“We have a queer thing to do for History tomorrow: That is, find out all the rigmarole which would have to be gone through with in order to get ourselves appointed postmistress of the town in which we live….I cannot find out much about it from any books that I have consulted yet….”     MS letter

Brought to Vassar in 1887 to establish Vassar's history department, Lucy Maynard Salmon's assignments often reflected her interest in social history, as well as her advocacy for woman suffrage and her insistance on the value of primary sources.