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Jennie and Mary Templeton Notebook and Other Materials

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1418

This collection consists primarily of a notebook that sisters Jennie and Mary Templeton used for their schoolwork at Mary Sharp College in Winchester, Tennessee. It begins with several essays on various philosophies of life and goes on to cover such subjects as Latin, Shakespeare, poetry, composition (including apparently original essays on such subjects as duty, character, and affliction), algebra, trigonometry, geometry, and philosophy. The Templetons also enumerate their expenses for the years of 1878 and 1880. In addition, the collection includes several pages of notes and a letter addressed to "Willie."

Dates

  • circa 1876-1880

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.57 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection consists primarily of a notebook that sisters Jennie and Mary Templeton used for their schoolwork at Mary Sharp College in Winchester, Tennessee. It begins with several essays on various philosophies of life and goes on to cover such subjects as Latin, Shakespeare, poetry, composition (including apparently original essays on such subjects as duty, character, and affliction), algebra, trigonometry, geometry, and philosophy. The Templetons also enumerate their expenses for the years of 1878 and 1880. In addition, the collection includes several pages of notes and a letter addressed to "Willie."

Biographical/Historical Note

Twin sisters Virginia K. Jennie and Mary D. Templeton were born to Burgess and Elizabeth Miranda (Kirk) Templeton in Winchester, Tennessee on October 20, 1857. They were two of eight children, including Hugh (1849-), Kossuth A. (1851-1854), Flonoy (1853-1854), Eugene (1855-1921), Frank (1864-1890), and Sarah Ellen (Templeton) Walton (1866-1946). Both attended Mary Sharp College in Winchester, Tennessee and graduated in the 1870s. Jennie Templeton went on to teach school in Winchester and died on August 28, 1881. Mary Templeton married W. R. Jarratt, had three children, and died on September 1, 1884.

Mary Sharp College was chartered in 1850 in Winchester, Tennessee. Formerly known as the Tennessee and Alabama Female Institute, it was the first women's college in the United States to offer degrees equivalent to ones at men's colleges. It opened under the direction of Dr. Z. C. Graves and was named after abolitionist Mary Sharp. Women from all over the United States attended this institution from 1851 until 1896, when the school closed due to the economic crisis of the 1890s. Mary Sharp College is an example of the seminal institutions that paved the way for women's place in higher education before it was common in the U.S.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single box.

Acquisition Note

Special Collections purchased this journal in July of 1987.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480