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1910s photo scrapbook

Identifier: MSS-019

Scope and Contents

Photograph album containing pictures from Lucy Maddox's tenure as principal (1900-1923). Many photographs depict young women wearing a neckerchief, or sailor's collar, in accordance with 1910s fashion. The book contains no textual information.

Donor, Mildred (Corosh) Lipps, graduated in 1928. Although a young Mildred Corosh Lipps may be in some pictures, the original creator of the photo scrapbook was almost surely the woman whose family is featured in the many pictures taken during a beach outing. The woman featured in the beach outing is also depicted wearing a neckerchief consistent with the fashion of the 1910s and looks to be the age of a senior student, so the creator of the book probably graduated long before 1924. This puts the age of the creator as perhaps at least 10 years older than the donor. How Mildred (Corosh) Lipps came to be in posession of this photo scrapbook remains a mystery.

Photograph album donated by Mildred Corosh Lipps (1928 HS), who is probably not the creator. Front and back covers are black cardboard; intended for string binding, but no longer bound; approximately 55 pages with one to three black-and-white photographs per page. Snapshots show: young women around SMFS (canoeing, standing on dock, in field, etc.); young women and young men; young men; infants and children (playing and posed with adults); buildings (including one with signs "Nassau" and "Adams Express Company"); kittens; squirrel; men in military uniforms (some in hilly desert, scrubland, with horses); steamboat docking; family portraits; automobile decorated with flags; beach and ocean. Women and men of wide age range are represented. Some were clearly taken at St. Mary's while some were clearly not, other locations are uncertain.


  • circa 1915


0.125 Linear Feet (1 item)

Language of Materials



Photograph album containing pictures of students at St. Mary's Female Seminary during the 1910s. The photos have been reused by the college in a variety of contexts due to the inherent aesthetic beauty of the photographs and the skill of the photographer. Both the high quality of the photographs and the lack of textual information give the scrapbook an air of mystery.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Lipps, Mildred (Corosh)

Existence and Location of Copies

Scanned copies of 56 of the scrapbook's images, P1915_1910sps_001 - P1915_1910sps_056, are stored in the archive's digital photo collection. Many are available online at:

Physical Description

Photograph albums, 5 3/4 x 8 1/4 x 1 1/2

Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the St. Mary's College of Maryland Archives Repository

Calvert Hall
St. Mary's College of Maryland
47645 College Dr.
St. Mary's City MD 20686-3001 United States