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COLLECTION Identifier: A/G653

Commencement album of Evelyn Z. Goodman, 1920


Commencement album of Evelyn Z. Goodman, a student at Alcuin Preparatory school.


  • 1920


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the commencement album of Evelyn Z. Goodman may be held by Goodman's heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


1 folder

Collection consists of Evelyn Z. Goodman's Alcuin Preparatory School commencement album. The album was published by the Shalfield Publishing Company and includes sections (only some completed by Goodman) for autographs, clubs, dormitory recollections, roommates, athletics, photographs, dances and parties, commencement gifts, and other categories. Goodman's recorded gifts include five 20 dollar gold pieces, a corset cover, a purse, and "a wonderful desk set." Photographs of the "office" and "cooking room," as well as of picnics and other excursions and events are included, as are messages from friends; invitation cards; and descriptions of a school outing, a yacht trip up the Hudson River, a picnic, and dances, including a masquerade ball Goodman and some friends held at the Oakridge Country Club, and the breakfast that followed. Goodman writes of the latter event, "I think everybody enjoyed themselves. I, of course cannot say much as it was my affair." The class motto is entered as "Yes!!" A program for the school's commencement exercises on May 15, 1920, is inlaid in the album; it includes the cast list for a play titled "The Shoes that Danced" featuring Goodman as a ballet dancer.


Evelyn Z. Goodman was born in New York City in 1901, the daughter of Michael and Anna or Agnes (Siegel) Goodman. She had one younger sister, Estelle. Goodman attended the Alcuin Preparatory School, an all girls' school. In 1927 she married Arnold Kakse. Kakse died in 1945 and Goodman died in 1973.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2021-M207

The commencement album of Evelyn Z. Goodman was given to the Schlesinger Library by Carmen Valentino in December 2021.

Processing Information

Processed: January 2022

By: Susan Earle

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Sybil Shainwald Fund at the Schlesinger Library and Class of 1955 Manuscript Processing Fund.

Repository Details

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