Lucy Lee Lancaster Papers, 1915-1989 (Ms1990-069)

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Lucy Lee Lancaster Papers, 1915-1989 (Ms1990-069)


Admission of women
First women students


Lucy Lee Lancaster was born in Blacksburg, Virginia in 1905 and lived there until she died in 1989. She was one of the first women admitted to Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute (popularly known as VPI), and after graduating in 1925, she went on to earn her MLS from Columbia University Library School. She worked at the VPI library for the rest of her career. The Lancaster papers contain biographical materials, family papers, genealogy research, correspondence with family, friends, and business contacts, membership materials from local organizations, and travel memorabilia from her numerous national and international trips.
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Lancaster, Lucy Lee, 1905-1989




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Collection Items

Handwritten notes regarding admission of women and some women's "firsts"
Two pages of notes created by Lucy Lee Lancaster with highlights from women's history on campus.

So! She's Coming to Virginia Tech
Pamphlet aimed at recruiting women students to VPI, including details on housing, academic programs, and campus life.

Home Economics is the Door to Opportunity for Virginia Girls and Women
VPI pamphlet about the home economics program

Handwritten highlights of early women's history on campus
Eight pages of handwritten notes from Lucy Lee Lancaster about the admission of full-time women students, early achievements, and "firsts."

Notes from a conversation about women's history on campus
This item includes approximately 60 pages of handwritten notes created by Lucy Lee Lancaster while documenting women's history on campus. The first part contains her transcripts of conversations between early women students and women students in the…

History of Co-eds at VPI
An early history of women students on campus (note: this history does not cover much of the history of part-time women students before 1921) from about 1921 to the early 1960s.
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