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Further Reading

This essay explores the subject of "romantic friendships" and "Wellesley marriages" at Dana Hall.
Winifred Lowry Post's Purpose and Personality: the Story of Dana Hall. This chapter focuses on the school's founding and operation under the Eastman Sisters. (PDF)

Mildred Grimes' unpublished history of Dana Hall. This section deals with the school under the Eastman Sisters. (PDF)

The Victorian view of "School-Friendships of Girls"

Ellis, Havelock. Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Vol. 2, Sexual Inversion. Philadelphia, F. A. Davis Company, 1908. 2nd Edition.
-- First published in 1901. See especially Appendix D, on "The School-Friendships of Girls." This British doctor was one of the first to research sexuality, with a special interest in homosexuality. His theories about "inversion" would form the foundation for later theories about homosexuality and its origins.

DeBare on the History of Girls' Schools

DeBare, Ilana. Where Girls Come First: The Rise, Fall, and Surprising Revival of Girls' Schools. New York: The Penguin Group, 2004.

-See especially chapter 5 for more on romantic friendships at girls' schools.

Chauncey on Gay New York
Chauncey, George. Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940. Basic Books, 1995.
Palmieri on Wellesley marriages

Palmieri, Patricia Ann.  In Adamless Eden: The Community of Women Faculty at Wellesley.  New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995.


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