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Linda Lee Abel Digital Scrapbook

Linda Lee Abel is a graduate of the Connecticut College Class of 1969.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the college in June of 1969. Before attending Connecticut College, she resided with her family in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, where she attended North Attleboro High. During her undergraduate years at Connecticut College (1965-1969) she majored in Zoology. She achieved high academic status throughout her years at Connecticut College and was the recipient of The E. Frances Botsford Prize in Zoology in May of 1969. During her time at the college, Linda served as a Library Representative, a student officer position, and was also involved with the college radio station WCNI.

While Linda attended Connecticut College (Sept. 1965 - June 1969) it was a women’s college, hence the college's former name Connecticut College for Women.  In September of 1969, Connecticut College became coeducational, a decision by college President at the time Charles E. Shain.  Even though the college institued this change a semester after Linda graduated, debates on whether or not Connecticut College and other academic institutions should become coeducational were taking place during Linda's undergraduate years. Therefore, coeducation at Connecticut College and other academic institutions, such as Yale, Vassar and Wesleyan are prominent subjects in the scrapbook.

Linda's scrapbook contains newspaper clippings, college event programs and tickets, theater pamphlets, stickers, pins, personal letters, drawings, cards and many assorted pieces of ephemera and memorabilia related to the social and educational environment of Connecticut College during the years 1965-1969.  

- The scrapbook has been digitized for this online exhibit, but is available for viewing in The Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives, which is located in the Charles E. Shain Library at Connecticut College.

New London Postcards

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This digital exhibition presents images of New London, Connecticut, postcards from the first few decades of the twentieth century. Postcards can tell us quite a bit about a time and a place, well beyond the depiction of familiar buildings and landmarks. They can tell us about neighborhoods and streets that were considered important; they can show some of the changes that occurred in those places over time. Postcards can also show some of their advantages and limitations as a form of communication, and even provide clues about the history of printing and publishing. Our digital exhibit helps users learn about all these things as they look at pictures of the area's lighthouses, historical and municipal buildings, churches, neighborhoods, streets, hotels and military installations. An eye for detail — as well as perusal of the descriptive information that's included — can illuminate many other elements, including historical information about dress, transportation and architecture; the kinds of things poeple wrote to each other via postcard during the early twentieth century; the places to and from which New Londoners were communicating; and the key publishers of the day. Whatever your purpose for viewing these postcards — be it scholarly research or personal enjoyment, or somehwere in between — we hope that doing so is a productive endeavor. Click the links on the righthand side of this page to get started.