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This paper and accompanying sources hope to provide a detailed examination of the world of Darlings at Hollins University between the years 1900 and 1921, using primary sources gathered from The Spinster, the university’s yearbook. As a small, single-sex university established in 1843, Hollins has a unique history of romantic relationships between students. Students who participated in these relationships between the years of 1900 and 1921 were called Darlings. These same-sex relationships flourished at Hollins in the early 20th century, and were a well known and accepted part of life at Hollins. For this study, over a hundred primary sources were gathered from The Spinsters of this time period and used to create a unique picture of the culture and customs of Darlings. These sources are entirely student-composed, and include poems, short stories, play scripts, jokes, cartoons, senior pages, club pages, and portraits. This paper has drawn from the sources found in The Spinster to compose a comprehensive history of the Darlings and their world at Hollins.


Undergraduate Research Awards - 2015 Winner, First-year/Sophomore category

Entry essay - Nagle.docx (13 kB)
Antonia Nagle's entry essay for the Undergraduate Research Awards 2015