Maggie Boyd’s World: Friendships and Correspondence

Today’s Ohio University students often use text or social media to keep in touch with their friends and family back home. But more than 130 years ago, none of these modern luxuries existed, so how did Maggie Boyd socialize and communicate? Letter writing was one of Maggie’s main forms of communication with friends and family […]

Spring Term in Maggie Boyd’s World

Spring quarter to students today usually means warm weather, blowing off classes to go to Stroud’s run and “fest season.” Spring term was much different socially in Maggie Boyd’s time at Ohio University. She enjoyed tea, crochet and going to church events. In terms of classes, Maggie Boyd spent the spring of 1873 studying history, […]

Boyd Hall: Maggie’s Legacy

Ed note: This post continues our series about Margaret Boyd, Ohio University’s first alumna. Over the winter and spring quarters in 2012, we are tweeting entries from Boyd’s diary @MaggieBoyd1873, and PACE students Karah Finan and Matt Wesley are writing blog posts about Boyd’s life and legacy.   After Maggie’s death in 1905, Ohio University began […]

Religion in Maggie Boyd’s World

Ed note: This post continues our series on Margaret Boyd, Ohio University’s first alumna, whose daily senior year diary you can follow on Twitter @MaggieBoyd1873. Over winter and spring quarter, we’re discussing issues that come out of the diary on the Library News Blog. This week’s post, researched by PACE student in Digital Initiatives Matt […]

University Archives Collections Reveal Student Life

Ed note: This winter and spring we’re tweeting the daily diary of Margaret Boyd(@MaggieBoyd1873), Ohio University’s first alumna. On the blog, we’ll be featuring posts describing the issues that Boyd discusses in her diary or that she would have encountered as a student in 1873.  This post is by Bill Kimok, University Archivist, and describes the wealth […]

Ohio University in 1873: Maggie Boyd’s World

On February 18, 1804, the Ohio General Assembly approved the charter plans for the creation of Ohio University, less than a year after Ohio became the nation’s 17th state on March 1, 1803. The university opened in 1808 with three students in the inaugural class (Ohio University Ohio University History). Six decades later, a student […]

Athens, 1873: Maggie Boyd’s World

Ed note: This winter and spring we’re tweeting the daily diary of Margaret Boyd (@MaggieBoyd1873), Ohio University’s first alumna. On the blog, we’ll be featuring posts describing the issues that Boyd discusses in her diary. This post by PACE students Karah Finan and Matt Wesley describes the Athens that Boyd would have known in 1873. […]

Maggie Boyd’s Classes in 1873

Ed note: This winter and spring, we are tweeting the diary of Margaret Boyd, Ohio University’s first female graduate. We’ll also be taking a look at Boyd’s world with News Blog posts about the issues she discusses in her diary. Margaret (Maggie) Boyd was a senior at Ohio University in 1873. Fresh back from her winter […]

Who Was Maggie B?

Ed note: Last week we began tweeting the daily diary of Margaret Boyd, Ohio University’s first alumna. PACE student employees Karah Finan and Matt Wesley will be writing blog posts about Boyd and the OU she knew in 1873 over the winter and spring quarters. This first post describes Finan’s experience first learning about Boyd […]

Follow the Senior Year of Ohio University’s First Female Grad

Margaret Boyd, Ohio University’s first female graduate returned to school in January of 1873 with a new diary in which she intended to write daily. Over the next several months, she chronicled the last days of her senior year, reflecting on the her academic and social experiences while anticipating her future. While her life at […]