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Swift, Jessica, 1975

Identifier: MOH6

Scope and Contents

1 oral history interview with Jessica Swift conducted by David Stameshkin in 1975.

(0:55) When Middlebury first started accepting women; (1:55) Discusses if she ever contemplated attending Middlebury College while growing up in Middlebury; (2:15) Middlebury's early transition to becoming a coeducational institution; (2:50) Professor Howard; (3:30) Discusses her father, who had a hisory at the college; (8:55) How students supplemented their funds to attend Middlebury, predominantly through teaching; (10:50) Trip to Europe; (13:10) Relationship between the town and the college; (19:20) Relationship between faculty and students; (22:10) Professor Brainerd; (24:20) President Merrill (25:55) Dicusses Mr. and Mrs. [Brexit?]; (26:50) President Merrill; (27:35) President Brainerd; (27:55) President Thomas; (29:05) Interaction between local women and women's college; (30:30) Interactions between college boys and girls; (31:30) Discusses when Hilde created some sort of social committee; (33:20) Discusses when she left the college and town; (34:05) Her return to Middlebury; (35:45) Discusses how students and faculty grew farther apart the bigger the college grew; (36:15) Professor Higley; (37:50) Location of first college building; (38:50) Professor Seeley; (40:20) Discusses her teenage years; (41:25) Mother's death; (45:30) Father's letters in the Sheldon Museum; (48:10) Father's wide variety of positions in Vermont; (49:20) Relationship between President Theodore Roosevelt and her father; (51:10) Interaction with Senator Stewart and editor of the Evening Sun; (53:10) Dating between men and women of the college; (54:40) Discusses some differences between modern young people and the young people of her era


  • 1975


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research without restriction.

Biographical / Historical

Jessica Stewart Swift (1872-1982) was a Middlebury, VT philanthropist and niece of Joseph Battell (Middlebury College class of 1860).


1 Digital file

Physical Location


Physical Description

1 audio cassette


Assigned identifier: a13af19750000-02

Repository Details

Part of the Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives Repository

Middlebury College
Davis Family Library
110 Storrs Avenue
Middlebury Vermont 05753 United States