Right now, the outline for my paper is as follows:

I. Introduction

My paper shall seek to answer the question “Were the Trustees right in 1909 when they stated women were winning more awards because they had more time.”

  • A short history of the issue will be presented in the introduction, focusing mainly on the 1909 Trustee minutes, and the histories of Dickinson by Sellers and Morgan.

My tentative thesis is as follows: The 1909 statement by the board of Trustees that women at Dickinson were winning a disproportionate number of awards because they had too much time on their hands does contain a grain of truth. Through an analysis of the membership clauses of student clauses, the Microcosm, and student surveys covering the years 1885 – 1915, this paper will show that while women were involved on Dickinson’s campus, they were not nearly as involved as their male counterparts. This trend of women’s comparative uninvolvement suggests that there may be some credence to the Trustee’s 1909 allegations.

II. Analyisis of Student Clubs

  • Belle Lettres change in constitution to exclude women
  • UPS change in constitution to exclude women
  • Sellers and Morgan on dominance of Literary Societies in campus life

III. Microcosm

  • Analysis of class of 1907’s involvement in organizations, sorted male – female
  • Analysis of classes of 1905, 1906, 1908 and 1909 for involvement, sorted male – female

IV. 1955 Student Surveys from the years 1885 – 1915

  • Analysis of male reaction to student organization question in period 1905-10
  • Analysis of female reaction to same across entire time period

V. Conclusion

I just finished up my biography of Jose Bill, and in retrospect I think that researching his life is one of the more interesting historical projects that I have ever done. Never before have I truly had to piece together the life of a person in the way that I did that of Mr. Bill, and I learned some strange and interesting things, like Mr. Bill’s love of stamp-collecting. All in all, I am happy to have put the time into this, which is more than I say about most schoolwork.

I spent some time in the archives on Friday looking through club constitutions to see if they allowed women, but there really don’t seem to be all that many of them that survived, if there even were that many clubs on campus at the time. I guess from here the best thing to do would be to go on to the 1955 surveys to see who mentions doing what. I did not realize just how large a part the UPS and Belles Lettres must have played in campus social life, but I still think there is something to be made of this study; it just needs to be widened. Does any one have suggestions for materials that would further this topic?

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