The Academy Archives & Special Collections recently acquired a large album of over 325 photographs of Abbot Academy students and teachers, thanks to the generosity of Leslie K. Hendrix Abbot Academy class of 1973.
This album is an invaluable addition to the archive’s collections. Not only do the images provide a fascinating insight into women’s fashion—depicting hoopskirts, lace collars, gloves, and elaborately coiffed hair—but each of the women, and a handful of male trustees and professors, is identified by name and year of graduation, making it something of a 19th century Facebook.
The photographs in the album are largely unmounted cartes-de-visite and cabinet cards. These sepia colored photographs were taken in a photographer’s studio and the albumen prints were mounted on cardboard and traded with friends. In the case of the Abbot Academy album the images were affixed to the pages of a blank book and each one was carefully labeled, perhaps by a student or teacher.
For more information about the archives, or to make an appointment with an archivist to view the Abbot Academy album or other collections, please visit our website.