BOX II. 9 – Biographical - education
Folder 9 of 18
Newspaper clippings and class listings
of Dix’s graduating class at Clarksville Female Academy, Clarksville, TN
and Hollins Institute (University), Roanoke, VA.
1. “Miss Lizzie
Meriwether left this week for Botetourt Springs, Va., where she will
enter Hollins Institute for a six month’s review” [1878, source unknown,
but probably The Clarksville Weekly Chronicle, Clarksville, TN].
2. Book Of Alumnae Of The Clarksville Academy, Class Of 1856-1902.
The Corn Sheller, The Montgomery County Historical Society Newsletter,
v. 18 (8) August 1995 [reprint of book].
3. Letter from Dix to a
Mr. Turner who forwarded Dix information about Founders Day at Hollins
which Dix attended. Turner asks in a letter to Dix in which room she
lived while at Hollins Institute. March 10, 1930 (photo copy).
Letter from Dix to Matty Cooke, a teacher at Hollins Institute while Dix
was there. Dix is pleased and flattered and it “warms the cockles” of
her heart that he remembers her “out of all the army of girls who have
marched through the doors of Hollins since I was there.” February, 22,
1930 (photo copy).
5. “Intimate Glimpses of the Senior Class.”
Dear Miss Dix letters collected during the year of 1929-30 for the
Hollins yearbook Spinster from a certain group of Hollins students—the
Senior Class. Sixty-two short paragraphs presented to Dix while
attending commencement and showing off her medal she won in the 1879 for
the best composition. A 200 word thank you from Dix is included.
February 15, 1930 (photo copy).
6. “In Memoriam, The True Dorothy
Dix…A Tribute.” Hollins Alumnae Magazine, Spring 1952 (photo copy).
7. Announcement that former Hollins girl, Mrs. E.M. Gilmer, nee Miss
Lizzie Meriwether, accepted a position on the editorial staff of the New
Orleans Picayune. THE SEMI-ANNUAL, February 1898 [Hollins publication]
8. Listing of the MEDALISTS in the Hollins Catalog
for the academic year 1878-79. Miss Lizzie Meriwether, Clarksville,
Tenn., as the winner of the English Composition. Hollins Catalog,
1878-79 (photo copy).
9. “A Shoulder to Weep On,” by Dorothy Dix.
One page article by Dix with a foreword by the editor of Hollins Alumnae
Magazine, Winter issue, 1947-48, vol. XXI, NO.2 (photocopy).
“The few who embraced ‘letters’ have made pronounced reputations. Mrs.
Elizabeth Gilmer, grand daughter of the pioneer scholar and gentleman,
Dr. William Douglas Meriwether. Her graceful pen early found its way
into current literature, and now of the New Orleans Picayune staff
wielding an influence mightier than the sword.” History of the
Clarksville Female Academy, Mrs. Nanny H. Williams, p. 30. Tennessee
Centennial 1890. W.P. Titus, Printer and Binder, 1899 (available in the
APSU library, TN Hist LD 7251.C6 W5).
11. Female Academy
graduation ceremony. Miss Lizzie Meriwether presented her senior essay
titled “’In the Market.’ Not so complimentary to the present age-a
trenchant satire on the universal dominion of the almighty dollar, for
which everything may be bought, honor and love, lawyers, politicians and
young ladies. Exceptions were made, however, in favor of Lee and
Jackson, who were quoted as above price. The elocution of this young
lady was generally remarked as admirable.” The Clarksville Weekly
Chronicle, June 15, 1878.
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