New Display in Special Collections

January 24th, 2007

“The Dating Game and The Rules Regarding Public Displays of Affection: A Selection of American Etiquette Books” is currently on display in Special Collections, The College of Wooster Libraries. The exhibit emphasizes American attitudes toward courting from the 19th century to the present. The manuals provide guidelines for proper introductions, hand-holding, and the first kiss. “Experts” advise young girls to never flirt and to never discuss previous boyfriends, especially if they happen to be in the same fraternity as the current suitor. Advice is offered on various situations, including sex in college, meeting the mother, and office romances.

Most of the titles represented in the exhibit are a part of The Josephine Long Wishart Collection: Mother, Home and Heaven–a monograph collection of popular advice literature. The collection demonstrates how self-improvement advice has been redefined to meet the needs of popular culture. The books, approximately 800 titles, were collected by Harrison Hayford over a period of several years. In 1990, his wife, Josephine Wishart Hayford (Class of 1937), donated the bulk of the collection in honor of her mother, Josephine Long Wishart, wife of President Charles F. Wishart. The Wishart family played a significant role in the college’s history for the better part of this century.

The exhibit is available for viewing Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., January 8 –March 9, 2007. Special arrangements can be made to view additional works from our collections. For more information, contac Denise Monbarren (ext. 2527) or Elaine Smith Snyder (ext. 2155).

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