Finding Aid to the Bard Avon School Photograph and Ephemera Collection, 1939-1964, PP314

Finding Aid to the Bard Avon School Photograph and Ephemera Collection, 1939-1964, PP314

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

 

Collection summary

Title

Bard Avon School Photograph and Ephemera Collection

Creator

Pippin, Paul

Call number

PP314

Inclusive dates

1939-1964

Bulk dates

1940-1963

Extent

2 boxes

Abstract

Contains ephemera and photographs related to the Bard-Avon School from 1939-1964.

Administrative summary

Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument St.

Baltimore, MD 21201

www.mdhs.org

specialcollections@mdhs.org

Access restrictions

Open to the public without restrictions.

Use restrictions

For information about how to purchase digital reproductions and for permission information, please visit the Rights and Reproductions page.

Provenance

Gift of Paul W. T. Pippin, May 12th, 1987

Accession number

003156

Processing note

Processed by Margaret N. Burri, June 17th, 1991; Finding Aid Created July 8th, 2016 by Maggie McCready.

 

Historical Note

This collection was donated by Paul W. T. Pippin, the brother of Robert Comegys Pippin, the Bard-Avon School’s last known president from 1945-1964.

The Bard-Avon Secretarial School was an all women’s trade school founded in 1892 by Miss Laura May Haughwout. The School was located at 805 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD. The school offered two main programs for women to pursue: Secretarial work and Radio art & Broadcast; there were also at least two recreational programs: fencing and theater.

It appears as though the Bard-Avon School dissolved in 1964, and was succeeded by the Stratford Secretarial School, founded and owned by Robert Pippin in 1964. The Stratford School was also located in the same building, 805 North Charles Street until it moved to its final location 311 East Pennsylvania Avenue, Towson, Maryland in mid 1970. Robert Pippin retired from this work in 1970, though the school continued operation at least into 1981. Robert Pippin died in 1987.

Scope and Content

This collection contains both ephemera and photographs relating to the Bard-Avon School between 1939 and 1964. The material in this collection is divided into two clamshells, the first one containing ephemera, the second containing photographs.

Box 1 is organized into 10 folders that contain empty diploma holders, diplomas, various promotional materials and pamphlets, programs, and a commencement program from the Stratford Secretarial School. Specifically, there are commencement exercise programs from 1939-1964 and drama production programs from the Vagabond Theater at Bard-Avon including the years 1942-1963. All dated documents have been placed in chronological order.

Box 2 is organized into 12 different folders that begin with group shots of graduating classes, school life, promotional photos, graduates and incoming students, theater, and fencing activities. Dated graduation photos (in Folder 1) range from 1940 to 1962, with sporadic coverage of the 1940s and 1950s; these have been placed in semi-chronological order. Undated graduation photos (in Folder 2) range from the early 1940s to the 1960s, and are organized according to collection number. Within the broader “School Life” category, there are photos related to social life at the school, handwriting courses, typing courses, broadcasting exercises, and book balancing.

The collection also includes three magnetic audio tape reels, probably test recordings made by students. These have been removed from the collection and placed into the A/V collection: Christmas Program 12/18/1958, Bard-Avon School; Christmas Program 1960; Christmas Program 12/20/1956.

Container List

Description

Date

Photographer/

Publisher

Image

ID #

Box

Series 1: Ephemera

 

 

 

 

8 empty Bard-Avon School Diploma Holders and 3 unused diplomas.

Not Dated

 

PP314

Box 1, Folder 1

Diploma, Elizabeth Ann Commasello

June 14th, 1963

 

PP314

Box 1, Folder 2

Diploma, Letitia Jane Hacker

June 12th, 1964

 

PP314

Box 1, Folder 2

Commencement Exercise Programs

1939-1964

 

PP314

Box 1, Folder 3

Drama Programs for Summer and Winter shows at Bard-Avon School

1942-1963

 

PP314

Box 1, Folder 4

Promotional Poster, Bard-Avon Secretarial and Dramatic Art-Radio School, notes location of school, phone number, and foundation date.

C. 1940

 

PP314

box 1, folder 5

2 Promotional pamphlets for Summer Classes, and information card.

Not Dated

 

PP314

Box 1, Folder 6

12 Promotional photos of the School and Students, used in the 1946 "Employment" Booklet

1946

 

PP314

Box 1, Folder 7

5 Large, in-depth brochures for the school, including brief history of, description of majors and courses, and lists of teachers.

1947, 1948

 

PP314

Box 1, Folder 8

Promotional brochure, listing the jobs of recent graduates of the Bard-Avon School. Includes unused official letterhead, and business cards and cases of Robert Comegys Pippin

c. 1945

 

PP314

Box 1, Folder 9

The Stratford School Commencement Exercise Program

June 16th, 1967

 

PP314

Box 1, Folder 10

Series 2: Photographs      

 

 

 

 

Subseries 1: Graduation group shots

 

 

 

 

Student Body, 1952-1953

1953

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.1

Box 2, Folder 1

Girls in White with Diplomas, including one duplicate

1959

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.2

Box 2, Folder 1

Color photo of girls in white standing in front of Washington Monument with Diplomas

June 16th, 1961

Kodacolor, Kodak

PP314.3

Box 2, Folder 1

Color photo of girls in white standing in front of Washington Monument with Diplomas, alternate shot, same group as PP314.3

June 16th, 1961

Kodacolor, Kodak

PP314.4

Box 2, Folder 1

Photo of girls in white standing in front of Washington Monument, alternate shot, same group as PP314.3

June 16th, 1961

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.5

Box 2, Folder 1

Color photo of girls in White standing with diplomas

June, 1962

Kodacolor, Kodak

PP314.6

Box 2, Folder 1

Photo of girls in white standing in front of the Washington Monument, alternate shot, same group as PP314.6

June, 1962

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.7

Box 2, Folder 1

Small group shot of women wearing long gowns, holding diplomas. Includes detached cardstock mount with date information

June 7th, 1940

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.8

Box 2, Folder 1

Photo of girls dressed in white holding diplomas, standing in front of the Washington Monument.

1964

 

PP314.9

Box 2, Folder 1

Photo of girls inside an auditorium, dressed in white, holding diplomas.

1948

Van Kan Pictorial Illustration, Inc.

PP314.10

Box 2, Folder 1

Photo of women standing in front of the Washington Monument, dressed in white, holding diplomas. Names of the women on the back. Dated to 1960.

June 17th, 1960

Morton Tadder, Baltimore.

PP314.21

Box 2, Folder 1

Photo of women dressed in white, holding diplomas.

c. 1960s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.11

Box 2, Folder 2

Photo of women standing in front of the Washington Monument, dressed in white and holding diplomas. Duplicate included.

c. 1960

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.12

Box 2, Folder 2

Photo of women standing in front of the Washington Monument, dressed in white and holding diplomas.

c. 1960

 

PP314.13

Box 2, Folder 2

Photo of women in an auditorium, dressed in full length gowns, holding diplomas.

c. 1940s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.14

Box 2, Folder 2

Photo of women in an auditorium, dressed in full length gowns with flowers in their hair, holding diplomas.

c. 1940s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.15

Box 2, Folder 2

Photo of women in an auditorium, dressed in full length gowns, holding diplomas.

c. 1940s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.16

Box 2, Folder 2

Photo of women in an auditorium, dressed in full length gowns with flower corsages pinned to their chests, holding diplomas.

c. 1940s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.17

Box 2, Folder 2

Photo of women standing outside, dressed in white holding diplomas.

c. 1950s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.18

Box 2, Folder 2

Photo of women standing in front of the Washington Monument, dressed in white, holding diplomas.

c. 1950s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.19

Box 2, Folder 2

Photo of women seated in an auditorium, dressed in white, holding diplomas.

c. 1940s-1950s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.20

Box 2, Folder 2

Photo of women seated in an auditorium, dressed in white, holding diplomas.

c. 1950s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.22

Box 2, Folder 2

Photo of women seated on a couch, dressed informally. Name, Jean Medeneyer [?] written on back.

C. 1950s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.23

Box 2, Folder 2

Photo of women in a curtained room, wearing full length gowns and holding diplomas.

C. 1940s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.24

Box 2, Folder 2

Photo of women standing in front of the Washington Monument, dressed in white, holding diplomas. Two duplicate images included.

C. 1960s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.25

Box 2, Folder 2

Photo of women in an auditorium, dressed in white, holding diplomas. Two duplicates included.

c. 1940s-1950s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.26

Box 2, Folder 2

Photo of women in an auditorium, dressed in white, holding diplomas.

c. 1950s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.27

Box 2, Folder 2

Photo of women in an auditorium, dressed in white, holding diplomas.

c. 1950

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.28

Box 2, Folder 2

Photo of women in an auditorium, dressed in white, holding diplomas.

C. 1940s-1950s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.29

Box 2, Folder 2

Photo of women in an auditorium, dressed in full length gowns, holding diplomas.

c. 1940s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.30

Box 2, Folder 2

Photo of girls dressed in white holding diplomas, standing in front of the Washington Monument. Duplicate included.

c. 1960

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.31

Box 2, Folder 2

Subseries 2: School life and functioning

 

 

 

 

Group of girls eating lunch inside

c. 1940s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.32

Box 2, Folder 3

Writing Classes-- Classroom full of girls, looking forward toward the teacher.

c. 1940s.

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.33

Box 2, Folder 4

Writing Classes-- Girls sitting in groups at tables going through card catalogues.

c. 1940s

 

PP314.34

Box 2, Folder 4

Writing Classes-- Girls sitting in groups at tables taking notes. Three Duplicates included.

c. 1940s

 

PP314.35

Box 2, Folder 4

Writing Classes-- Women sitting at desks taking notes.

c. 1940s-1950s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.36

Box 2, Folder 4

Writing Classes-- Women sitting at tables in groups taking notes from books.

c. 1940s

 

PP314.37

Box 2, Folder 4

Writing Classes-- Women sitting at a table, writing notes in binders.

c. 1940s-1950s

Mershon Master Made and Natural Action Photographs, Baltimore.

PP314.38

Box 2, Folder 4

Typing Classes-- Women sitting at desks, copying manuscripts with typewriters.

c. 1940s

 

PP314.39

Box 2, Folder 5

Typing Classes-- Women sitting at desks, copying notes with typewriters.

c. 1940s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314. 40

Box 2, Folder 5

Typing Classes-- Women sitting at desks, copying notes with typewriters.

c. 1940s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.41

Box 2, Folder 5

Typing Classes-- Women sitting at desks with typewriters, looking forward.

c. 1940s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.42

Box 2, Folder 5

Typing Classes-- Older women sitting at tables with typewriters, copying notes. Note: names written on back, could be faculty.

c. 1940s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.43

Box 2, Folder 5

Typing Classes-- Women sitting at desks with typewriters, looking forward. Alt shot of PP314.41

c. 1940s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.44

Box 2, Folder 5

Typing Classes-- Candid shot of women sitting at typewriters, laughing and smiling. Duplicate included.

c. 1940s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.45

Box 2, Folder 5

Typing Classes-- Women copying notes with typewriters.

c. 1940s

Mershon Master Made and Natural Action Photographs, Baltimore.

PP314.46

Box 2, Folder 5

Broadcasting-- One woman reading into a microphone, women on bleachers behind her watch.

c. 1940s

Mershon Master Made and Natural Action Photographs, Baltimore.

PP314.47

Box 2, Folder 6

Broadcasting-- Two women standing at microphones, waiting for direction from woman in the sound booth.

c. 1940s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.48

Box 2, Folder 6

Broadcasting-- Two women standing at a microphone smiling.

c. 1940s-1950s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.49

Box 2, Folder 6

Broadcasting-- Three women and a man sitting at a table with a microphone reading notes.

c. 1940s

Mershon Master Made and Natural Action Photographs, Baltimore.

PP314.50

Box 2, Folder 6

Broadcasting-- Three women standing at a microphone with notes, while an audience of seated women watches.

c. 1940s- 1950s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.51

Box 2, Folder 6

Broadcasting-- Young woman standing at a microphone with notes while an older woman starts a record-player recorder.

c. 1940s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.52

Box 2, Folder 6

Broadcasting-- Three young women standing at a microphone with notes.

c. 1940s

Mershon Master Made and Natural Action Photographs, Baltimore.

PP314.53

Box 2, Folder 6

Book balancing-- A group of 6 women walk up a flight of stairs while balancing books on their heads.

c. 1940s

Mershon Master Made and Natural Action Photographs, Baltimore.

PP314.54

Box 2, Folder 7

Book balancing-- A group of 3 women walk on a flight of stairs while balancing books on their heads.

c. 1940s

Mershon Master Made and Natural Action Photographs, Baltimore.

PP314.55

Box 2, Folder 7

Group activities & shots-- Group of women standing and singing.

c. 1940s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.56

Box 2, Folder 8

Group Activities & Shots-- Women standing and sitting, reading and talking.

c. 1940s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.57

Box 2, Folder 8

Group activities & shots-- Group of women holding fern fronds and hanging them up. Writing on back.

c. 1940s

 

PP314.58

Box 2, Folder 8

Group Activities & Shots-- 5 Women walking in the Washington Monument Park.

c. 1940s

 

PP314.59

Box 2, Folder 8

Group Activities & Shots-- Four Women together with a bunch of flowers. "Flower Mart" [?] Names on back: Janet Albaugh,  Lois Van Oosten, Mary Ruth Burns, Peggy Derby, (class of 1951)

c. 1950

Frank P. Kalita, The Sun Papers

PP314.60

Box 2, Folder 8

Group Activities & Shots-- Three women sitting.

c. 1940s-1950s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.61

Box 2, Folder 8

Group Activities & Shots-- Three women in front of a curtain.

c. 1940s-1950s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.62

Box 2, Folder 8

Group Activities & Shots-- Women gathered in a room with a piano, social gathering.

c. 1940s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.63

Box 2, Folder 8

Group Activities & Shots-- Large crowd of girls in a room, duplicate included.

c. 1940s-1950s

 

PP314.64

Box 2, Folder 8

Group Activities & Shots-- Women standing behind a banquet table.

c. 1940s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.65

Box 2, Folder 8

Subseries 3: Promotional Photos

 

 

 

 

Women standing on stairs. "The stairway to a future of economic independence and service"

c. 1940s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.66

Box 2, folder 9

Women standing on stairs. Same location. Alternate promotional photo.

c. 1940s-1950s

 

PP314.67

Box 2, folder 9

Women standing on stairs. Same location. Alternate promotional photo.

c. 1940s

Mershon Master Made and Natural Action Photographs, Baltimore.

PP314.68

Box 2, folder 9

Two women sitting at a desk in a room with a fireplace.

Not Dated

 

PP314.69

Box 2, folder 9

Two women sitting at a desk in a room with a fireplace. Different women.

Not Dated

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.70

Box 2, folder 9

Two women sitting at a desk in a room with a fireplace. Different women.

Not Dated

 

PP314.71

Box 2, folder 9

Group of women standing outside of the Bard-Avon School.

c. 1940s-1950s

 

PP314.72

Box 2, folder 9

Group of women standing outside of the Bard-Avon School. Alternate group. Three duplicates included. One photo labels all women's names. "Between classes during the Summer Session."

c. 1943-1945

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.73

Box 2, folder 9

Subseries 4: Graduates of the Bard-Avon School

 

 

 

 

"Girls Latin School graduates now enrolled at Bard-Avon 1949-1950// Heuther, Jeanne 1949// Milligan, Bernice M. 1949"

1949-1950

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.74

Box 2, Folder 10

Photo of Dorothy Callis at a typewriter.

1946

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.75

Box 2, Folder 10

"Notre Dame of Maryland graduates now enrolled at Bard-Avon, 1949-1950// Aiken, Nancy Lou, 1949// Kammerer, Dorothea, 1949// Pacy, Amelia S., 1949"

1949-1950

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.76

Box 2, Folder 10

Group of seven unidentified women.

c. 1940s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.77

Box 2, Folder 10

Shot of a standing woman, unidentified.

c. 1940s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.78

Box 2, Folder 10

"June Bilseker, Grad '43, at her desk with Roland-Park, Roland. Cure Realtors."

c. 1940s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.79

Box 2, Folder 10

"Graduates of Eastern Shore high schools now enrolled at Bard-Avon, 1949-1950// Cambridge High School: Adams, Mildred// Jones, Elizabeth Ann// Easton High School: Willis, Mary M.// Preston High School: Fuchs, Louise// Vienna High School: Bradshaw, Angela B."

1949-1950

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.80

Box 2, Folder 10

"Girls from Garrison Forest School now enrolled at Bard-Avon, 1949-1950// Hurst, Frances// Rouse, M. Parker// Shriver, Eleanor A."

1949-1950

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.81

Box 2, Folder 10

"Western High School graduates now enrolled at Bard-Avon, 1949-1950// Berman, Elaine, 1949// Brenner, Joan, Feb. 1949// Caplan, Anita, 1949// Grempler, Beverly, 1942// Thompson, MaryAnn Horan, 1945"

c. 1949-1950

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.82

Box 2, Folder 10

"Forest Park High School graduates now enrolled at Bard-Avon, 1949-1950." Last Names: Avery, Dettor, Fowble, Fulenwider, Greenfield, Gross, Hartman, Levy, Schoen, Sigler, Tellam.

1949-1950

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.83

Box 2, Folder 10

"Eastern High School graduates now enrolled at Bard-Avon, 1949-1950." Last Names: Cameron, Chalfant, Davis, Decker, Ford, Hildebrand, Kidd, Kinzel, Krauf, Leeb, Manning, Martin, Mitzel, Price, Ripperger, Sherry, Suter, Wolfe.

1949-1950

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.84

Box 2, Folder 10

"Mount Saint Agnes graduates now enrolled at Bard-Avon, 1949-1950." Last Names: Burtscher, Cooper, Ewing, Farley, Mohan, Nolan, O'Hara, Perrin, Ruth, Weber.

1949-1950

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.85

Box 2, Folder 10

Photo of unidentified woman standing in front of fireplace.

c. 1940s-1950s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.86

Box 2, Folder 10

Two unidentified women, blonde and brunette. Duplicate included.

c. 1940's-1950's.

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.87

Box 2, Folder 10

Subseries 5: Theater

 

 

 

 

"Carol Meisenbelder" Dressed as a page.

c. 1940s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.88

Box 2, Folder 11

Women dressed in Medieval Attire on stage, names on reverse side.

c. 1940s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.89

Box 2, Folder 11

"Nine Girls" play, group of women standing on a stage set. Names on back.

Spring 1951

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.90

Box 2, Folder 11

"Nine Girls" play, two women on the set. Names on back.

Spring 1951

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.91

Box 2, Folder 11

Large group of women in full length gowns standing around back stage.

c. 1940s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.92

Box 2, Folder 11

"Schubert Alley, March 27 + 28, 1953"

March, 1953

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.93

Box 2, Folder 11

"Schubert Alley, March 27 + 28, 1953" Full cast, names listed on back. Duplicate included.

March, 1953

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.94

Box 2, Folder 11

Four women standing on stage in full length gowns.

c. 1950

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.95

Box 2, Folder 11

Group of women doing makeup tests behind stage.

c. 1950

Mershon Master Made and Natural Action Photographs, Baltimore.

PP314.96

Box 2, Folder 11

Unidentified woman in white period costume, mid 1900s.

c. 1940s-1950s

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.97

Box 2, Folder 11

"Elizabeth, the Queen, Lucille Barnes, Elise Di Paula"

1950

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.98

Box 2, Folder 11

"The Boy with a Cart: Devil, 1950" Names on reverse.

1950

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.99

Box 2, Folder 11

Unidentified women dressed in 18th century period costume.

Not Dated.

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.100

Box 2, Folder 11

Unidentified woman in yellow face and Asian costume.

Not Dated.

Blakeslee-lane, Inc. Baltimore.

PP314.101

Box 2, Folder 11

Series 2: Photographs Subseries 6: Fencing

 

 

 

 

Unidentified woman with a fencing saber.

Not Dated.

 

PP314.102

Box 2, Folder 12

Fencing class.

Not Dated.

 

PP314.103

Box 2, Folder 12

Fencing class, two women dueling.

Not Dated.

 

PP314.104

Box 2, Folder 12

  
  
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