Guide to the Odessa Massey scrapbook, 1924-1928


Odessa Massey was an undergraduate student at Trinity College (Duke University) from 1924 to 1928. The topics of her scrapbook include social and academic life at Duke, women at Duke, dormitory housing, the Woman's College and the Y.W.C.A. The scrapbooks range in date from 1924-1929.

Collection Details

Record Group
Odessa Massey scrapbook
Massey, Clara Odessa
1.3 Linear Feet, 4 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

Contains photographs, correspondence, news clippings, telegrams, class schedules, courtship letters, autograph pages, holiday cards, programs, sports schedules and event memorabilia. The scrapbook ranges in date from 1924-1928.

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These items were originally included in a scrapbook created by Odessa Massey. The scrapbook is 71 pages long and contains general items which reflected her academic and social life at Duke University from 1924 to 1928. Loose items were placed in envelopes, and protective sheets were placed between pages with three-dimensional or acidic content.

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[Identification of item], Odessa Massey scrapbook, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

1. Correspondence, circa 1926-1928

This folder contains several reprimand letters from the W.S.G.A. regarding failure to report dates with men, and a personal letter from a fellow student.

2. Scrapbook, 1924-1928

This scrapbook contains memorabilia from social and academic events at Duke University from 1924 to 1928. Included are: photographs, correspondence, class schedules, event programs, Y.W.C.A. memorabilia, campus photographs and clippings. Not arranged chronologically.


Historical Note

Originally from Wilson Mills, NC, Clara Odessa Massey attended Smithfield High School in Smithfield, NC, where she was active in theater. She graduated in the spring of 1924 and enrolled at Duke that fall. She was a member of the Y.W.C.A. and the Athena Literary Society, and had an active social and dating life. She received multiple reprimands, including from the Women's Student Government Association for failure to meet with dating protocol. She remained at Duke until 1928, although she did not graduate.

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The Odessa Massey scrapbook was received by the University Archives as a gift in 1996.

Processing Information

Processed by Jessica Wood, August 2006

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, December 2006

Accession A96-118 is described in this finding aid.