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Entered as second-class matter April 1, 1924, at the Post Office at Fredericksburg, Va., under the 

Act of August 24, 1912. Acceptance for mailing at special rate of postage provided for in Section 

1103, Act of October 3, 1917, authorized December 3, 1938. 


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Jrioxy Washington is the Woman's College of the University of Virginia and is an integral 
part of the University System. It is a liberal arts college, and its purpose is to provide for 
women educational opportunities comparable to those provided for men in the College 
of Arts and Sciences on the campus of the University at Charlottesville. 

The name of the college has real historic significance and background, combined with 
intimate local associations. The college overlooks the home and tomb of Mary Washington; 
the boyhood home of her illustrious son, George Washington; and Kenmore, the home of 
her daughter, Betty Washington Lewis; and the grounds were at one time a part of the 
estate of Betty Washington. 

Mary Washington College is ideally located amidst the finest traditions of Old Virginia, 
almost in the shadow of the Nation's Capital and accessible to the great centers of culture 
of the East. The spacious grounds, including the main campus and the historic Brompton 
estate, containing 381 acres, are situated on the famous Marye Heights, commanding a 
panoramic view of the City of Fredericksburg and the beautiful Rappahannock River 
Valley, and are adjacent to the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. 

The setting, campus, and buildings possess a singular charm and appeal. The stately 
colonial pillars, the rolling shady lawns, and the hallowed traditions which cluster about 
the place are vividly reminiscent of the gracious charm, culture, and romance of the Old 
South. The environment is both inspiring and romantic because of its colorful past and 
the peculiar blending of the life of early colonial days with the life of today. 

Considering the historic significance of Fredericksburg and the fact that it is one of the 
most accessible and cultural communities in America, it would be difficult to find a more 
fitting place for a college or an environment more stimulating. 

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This building is named in honor of the Father of our Country whose boyhood 
home was in Fredericksburg and whose life and activities were closely associated 
with the community. 

The Chancellor and 
the President. 

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Named for the neighboring county of Westmoreland — birthplace of Washington, 
Lee, Monroe, and many other prominent men. 

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Mary Custis residence 
halls connected by arcades. 

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A freshman dormitory. Named in honor of the great temperance 
leader and Christian scholar. 

Stately Colonial pillars, rolling shady lawns, ana line hallowed tradi- 
tions which cluster about the place are vividly reminiscent of the 
gracious charm culture and romance of the Old South. In these idyllic 

surroundings zc'.'.eqe days pass ad :co quickly. 

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-Ziving quarters in the newer 
residence halls are arranged 
either in suites of two rooms 
with connecting bath or one 
room with private bath. 

6/ach of the residence halls is in charge of 
a full-time hostess or counselor, who also 
serves as housemother. 

/hroughout the college 
care has been exercised 
to surround the student 
with comfort and an at- 
mosphere in keeping with 
academic dignity. 

/he classic columns of 
Seaoobeck Hall portray 
the Jeffersonian influence. 

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Science Hall, named in 
memory of Algernon B. 
Chandler, Jr., a former 
President of the College. 
This building houses the 
biological and physical 
sciences, and the home 
economics laboratories 
and demonstration work. 
Well-equipped labora- 
tories provide workshops 
for study and experi- 
mentation in all the sci- 

I he (-oLUae Snoppe 

is a combination shop 
and tearoom and is a 
popular meeting place 
for students and fac- 
ulty alike. Students 
have the privilege of 
dancing here with ap- 
proved dates. 

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designed in the shape of a star, stands on the 
site of an Indian village of the Seacobeck 
tribe visited by Captain John Smith and his 
party in 1608. It is one of the most beautiful 
buildings on the campus, and contains dining 
halls, lounge rooms, model kitchen, offices 
for the dietitians, and storage rooms. It is airy 
and well-ventilated and has the most modern 
eguipment, including its own ice plant, cold 
storage, and bakery. 

One of the six dining halls. 

/he artistically decorated dining halls, divided by 
French doors from the main lounge room with its beau- 
tiful dome lighting, large fireplace, deep carpet, and 
comfortable furnishings, provide a dignified setting 
for the formal dinners and banquets as well as a quiet 
and pleasant place in which to enjoy the routine 
meals of the day. 

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ing a symphony concert. 

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Mtomptan, home on the /-'zeiident 

Built in 1730, the Scene of Notable Events in Peace and War. 

This beautiful old colonial residence served as the headquarters 
of General Robert E. Lee during the Battles of Fredericksburg, 
and the marks of shot and shell are still plainly visible. Brompton, 
more than two hundred years old, stands today in quiet but 
impressive dignity and is a veritable treasure-trove of history. 


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home in a speak- 
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Named in memory of the late E. Lee Trinkle, former Governor of Virginia and 
for many years President of the Governing Board of the College. 

/he paneled Browsing Room 
with comfortable chairs and 
lounges and a large fireplace, 
the Periodical Room, and the 
Virginia Room combine to make 
the library one of the most de- 
lightful places at the college 
for relaxation and reflection as 
well as study. 

/he library building 
has facilities for 150,- 
000 volumes. It also 
contains the Mendel 
Museum and class- 
rooms for instruction 
in library science. 

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/he mural students create their 
own background by transforming 

Monroe Hall with the magic of 
design and color. What better 
teaching than the actual doing. 

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beauty in art and 
life — a search for 
heightened vision. 

//ever in the 
history of the 
world was 
there greater 
human need 
of the arts, 
and espe- 
cially music, 
than there is 
today. It trans- 
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tional and 
racial bound- 
aries. It is in 
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The college has acquired the rare and very valuable 
music collection of Dr. Felix M. Gatz, orchestral 
conductor, musiologist, composer, and founder of the 
Scranton Symphony. It contains most of the standard 
complete operas, symphonies and concertos including 
conductor scores and full orchestral parts, also stand- 
ard and unusual works in piano, trio, quartet, choral 
and solo vocal music. In addition, there are some 600 
books, many rare and over a hundred years old, pub- 
lished in French, German, and English, on music, 
esthetics, philosophy, and the arts in general. There 
is probably no music collection in the South to com- 
pare with it in size or variety. 

Aiusic is an integral part of our 
educational program and as such 
is a source of enjoyment and in- 
spiration. Private instruction is of- 
fered in voice, piano, organ, and 
all string, reed, and brass instru- 
ments, as well as group instruction 
in the band, orchestra, Glee and 
Choral Clubs, and the history and 
appreciation of music. 

College Dance Orchestra. 

/he rhythmical cadence and colorful 
pageantry of the College Band. 

/<adio broadcasting in George Washington 

Hall. ,v Mary Washington on the air." 


he spacious auditorium of George Washington Hall is eguipped with the finest stage 
appointments, sound devices, and all that ensures the comfort of an audience and effect- 
iveness of speakers and performers. The stage scenery and settings are planned to take care 
of the most elaborate programs. The auditorium also contains a pipe organ and moving 
picture eguipment. A number of dressing and make-up rooms are conveniently located 
under the stage. 

The College Symphony Orchestra. 

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The position of the buildings gives them a commanding appearance, bringing out in 

strong relief the classic beauty of the architecture. 

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/he students at Mary 
Washington enjoy the 
performances of out- 
standing artists in the 
fields of drama and 
music, and participate 
in a well-rounded so- 
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These experiences af- 
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George Washington Hall. 

/he grace and 
rhythm of bod- 
ily motion inter- 
pret a world of 

/he Virginia climate and scenery 
add to the enjoyment of the bridle 

yuaier sports in a 
picturesque and 
secluded section 
of the campus. 


/he college provides expert riding instruction and an ample number of saddle horses. 
The Oak Hill Riding Academy, containing clubhouse, the riding ring, and stables, stands 
in a dense grove of trees near the campus. Extensive shaded bridle trails wind through 
a rolling countryside. 

jnf n extensive campus affords facilities for 
an invigorating and healthful outdoor life. 
Spor:s are an important phase of life at the 
college and students may engage in the 
recreational activities and sports in which 
they are particularly interested. 

/ennis, archery, 
hiking, hockey, 

golf, riding, and 
swimming offer a 
wide variety from 
which to choose, 
and the mild Vir- 
ginia climate per- 
mits students to 
engage in outdoor 
activities through- 
out the year. 

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Montoe i^4// 

Ivy-clad walls contrasted with 
gleaming white pillars. 

/he "Bridge of Sighs" in the spring- 
time when the glen is covered with 
rhododendron, honeysuckle, and a 
carpet of soft green moss and grass, 
and the stillness is broken only by 
the singing of the birds and the mur- 
muring of the brook as it wends its 
way through the overhanging trees 
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/^Vrchitects' drawing of the new Fine Arts Center. 

The central building of this group is named Jessie Ball duPont Hall, in honor of Mrs. Alfred I. 
duPont, a native of the Old Dominion, in recognition of her interest and generosity to the 

This is the most extensive group of buildings on the campus and provides ample facilities for 
all of the fine arts. The south pavilion is devoted entirely to the various phases of art. The north 
pavilion is devoted exclusively to music. The central unit is designed for exhibit rooms, class- 
rooms, broadcasting studios, moving picture eguipment, and storage. Also included in this 
group is the Little Theatre, seating capacity 308, with well eguipped stage appointments, 
make-up rooms, practice rooms, and scenery loft. 

/Architects' drawing of Ann Carter Lee Hall — the 
new Student Activities Building. 

This building is named in honor of the mother of Gen- 
eral Robert E. Lee and the great-granddaughter of 
"King" Carter. 


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In the perfect 
setting of the am- 
phitheatre, the 
newly crowned 
May Queen sur- 
rounded by her 
court reigns 
over a festival of 
music, color and 
movement. The 
dancers , or- 
chestra, Glee 
Club, and our 
own composer 
conspire to cre- 
ate a ballet of 
touching beau- 

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By day, an at- 
tractive setting 
for luncheons, 
receptions or in- 
formal social 
gatherings. At 
night, an en- 
chanted spot— 
cool as the 
deck of a roll- 
ing ocean liner, 
the sky studded 
with the moon 
and stars as a 
canopy, a 
smooth dance 
floor — a perfect 
setting for 
dances and 
other social 
events during 
the spring and 

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//Vain driveway through the campus densely shaded by towering trees. The natural 
beauty of the Virginia countryside has been preserved on the campus. 

_Z)ays of inspira- 
tion and gracious 

e>tudents enter- 
t a i n i n g at 
Kenmore Hall 
during Garden 


he college grounds over- 
look Fredericksbur g— 
"America's Most Historic 
City." On the heights now 
occupied by the college once 
stood Seacobeck, an Indian 
village visited by Captain 
John Smith in 1608. 

The old Sunken Road at the 
base of the heights; the 
Confederate Cemetery at the 
foot of the hill; the breast- 
works and gun emplacements 
on the crest of the hill; and 
Brompton, the battle-scarred 
Colonial residence, constitute 
mute but eloguent testimony 
of the two sanguinary battles 
which were staged on these 
heights during the War Be- 
tween the States. 

■tflitotic Kenmote, the home of 

Betty Washington Lewis, sister 
of General George Washington, 
in full view of the college. 

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Standing in plain view of the cam- 
pus, this simple but graceful shaft 
marks the burial place of the mother 
of George Washington and serves 
as a constant and impressive tribute 
to high ideals and noble woman- 

cTTome of Mary, the mother of George Washington, located just off 
the campus. 

Courtesy Life Insurance Company of Virginia 

rV system of general instruction, which shall reach every description of our citizens, 
from the richest to the poorest,, as it was the earliest, so it will be the latest of all public 
concerns in which I shall permit myself to take an interest." 

1V I am closing the latest scene of my life by fashioning and fostering an establish- 
ment for the instruction of those who come after us. I hope that its influence on their 
virtue, freedom, fame and happiness will be salutary and permanent." 

— Thomas Jefferson, Founder of the University. 

Ma.ty Waihington 

draws its students from every state in the Union, the territories, and many foreign 
countries. This results in a cosmopolitan atmosphere at the college. The oppor- 
tunity to mingle and make friends with students from every section of the United 
States and from other countries contributes toward a liberal education. 

Standards of admission are flexible, but are such as to insure a high quality 
of scholarship. A careful analysis is made by the Committee on Admissions of 
the transcripts and certificates of all applicants for admission, and each applica- 
tion is considered upon its individual merits. Factors other than scholarship, such 
as personality, character, earnestness of purpose, and general background, are 
given due consideration. 

yn a publication of this nature the amount of material that can be used is naturally limited, 
and it has been necessary to omit pictures and descriptions of many of the buildings and 
student activities, as well as references to other phases of life at the college. No attempt 
has been made to present the educational program or detailed information in regard to 
course offerings. The college catalogue which contains complete information in regard 
to courses, entrance requirements, costs, etc., will be sent upon request.