Esther Popel Shaw (Class of 1919) Diary

Esther Popel Shaw (Class of 1919) Diary
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June 10, 1914 - April 30, 1915

Esther Popel Shaw, Class of 1919, was the first African American woman to graduate from Dickinson College.  This diary from Esther's senior year of high school documents her daily activities, particularly her interactions with family, friends, and neighbors. Esther routinely listed the names of the individuals she met each day and the people with whom she corresponded. She also included accounts of her school days, the books she was reading, the lectures and social events she attended, and her membership in a basketball team named the Philanders. It was during this time that Esther self-published her first collection of poetry, titled Thoughtless Thinks by a Thinkless Thoughter, which she sold to establish a college fund. The diary traces the evolution of this publication, which was printed on February 26, 1915.

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MC 2013.4, B1, F1 (Diary) ; MC 2013.4, B1, F3 (Transcript of Diary)
Gift of Patricia Shaw Iversen, Patrick Shaw Iversen, and Torkild Iversen