Guide to the Mary Freeman Crabbe Diaries
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Crabbe, Mary Freeman.
Title: Mary Freeman Crabbe diaries
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Mary Freeman, from Woodland, California, attended Stanford University from 1893 to 1897,
when she graduated with an a.b. in English. She lived in Roble Hall and, judging from
the Stanford Quad, was not particularly active in student organizations. In 1908 she
married John Hammond Crabbe.
SCOPE AND CONTENT
These diaries were recorded during two separate periods in Mary Freeman's life. There
are three volumes written as a teenager from January 1, 1890 to December 31, 1891.
Entries concern her daily activities such as school, visiting with friends, family
matters, attending church, playing piano for church groups, and a summer visit to Nevada
in 1891. These volumes also include various lists of parties attended, books read, and
miscellaneous social events.
The second set of eight volumes was written between January 1, 1894 and December 31,
1895, during her second and third year at Stanford. These entries largely concern her
social life as a student, with some mention of classes, exams, and study habits. She
also mentions lectures attended, including those by David Starr Jordan, Benjamin
Harrison, Harriet Hosmer, Helen Campbell, Walter Camp, and Susan B. Anthony. Other
subjects of note include a "bachelor party" in Roble, a fraternity or club stunt at
night outside Roble, a basketball game between Stanford women and the prep girls, a
Halloween Dance at Roble Gym, and jokes among audiences before lectures began.
Anthony, Susan B., (Susan Brownell),
Camp, Walter, 1859-1925.
Campbell, Helen, 1839-1918.
Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901.
Hosmer, Harriet Goodhue,, 1830-1908.
Jordan, David Starr,, 1851-1931.
Woodland (Calif.)--Social life and customs.
PARTIAL INDEX TO VOLUME FOR JANUARY 1, 1894 TO MARCH 25, 1894
lecture by Joseph Le Conte
talk by Jacob Voorsanger
talk by David Starr Jordan
lecture on Hull House by unnamed woman; comments on Stanford's lack of social
life, in particular dancing
"bachelor party" -women came dressed as men, smoked, drank "beer"
(sarsaparilla), and imitated college men
Frosh-Soph Tie-Up between classes of '96 and '97
talk by Harriet Hosmer and reception for her; mentions Professors Fairclough
singing songs in the Quad and being chased out by the watchman
comments on Benjamin Harris's visit to campus
talk by John Joseph Keane; Mrs. Stanford was present
a fraternity or club initiation stunt outside Roble Dorm
Founders' Day service with Benjamin Harrison and Horace Davis
basketball game between Stanford women and "prep" girls [probably Castilleja
PARTIAL INDEX TO VOLUME FOR MARCH 26, 1894 TO JUNE 10, 1894
Stanford Glee Club concert in Woodland and reception at the Freeman
talk by Benjamin Harrison
her friend Blanche votes for student body president (Mary is not in favor of
lecture by Helen Campbell on college woman
David Starr Jordan visits Roble and reads poetry
Memorial Exercises with talks by students
PARTIAL INDEX TO VOLUME FOR AUGUST 7, 1894 TO OCTOBER 6, 1894
David Starr Jordan talk, mentions Stanford's financial troubles
PARTIAL INDEX TO VOLUME FOR OCTOBER 7, 1894 TO FEBRUARY 6, 1895
Reading by a Miss Calhoun; electric lights failed; jokes and songs in crowd
while waiting for her to arrive -mentions Shirley Baker singing
Halloween party at Roble Gym, with visit of 50 ghosts (presumably male
students) dancing on tennis courts and then trying to get into the gym
Lecture by Walter Camp on college athletics; reports on the jokes made prior to
Football rally; band played music; boys danced but not the girls
PARTIAL INDEX TO VOLUME FOR FEBRUARY 7, 1895 TO MAY 6, 1895
Attended church services in new church in Palo Alto
Three lectures: Dr. Jordan on evolution; Jenkin Lloyd Jones on Emerson; Dr.
Jordan on his trip to Mexico
PARTIAL INDEX TO VOLUME FOR MAY 7, 1895 TO AUGUST 23, 1895
Talk by Susan B. Anthony and Miss Shaw
Faculty/Senior baseball game
January 1, 1890 to December 31, 1890
January 1, 1891 to August 31, 1891
September 1, 1891 to December 31, 1891
January 1, 1894 to March 25, 1894
March 26, 1894 to June 10, 1894
June 11, 1894 to August 6, 1894
August 7, 1894 to October 6, 1894
October 7, 1894 to February 6, 1895
February 7, 1895 to Mary 6, 1895
May 7, 1895 to August 22, 1895
August 23, 1895 to December 31, 1895