This project is a collection of research and recently uncovered archival information pertaining to the life and works of Winifred Van Etten. The project is designed to showcase the author’s time at Cornell College along with the challenges and barriers she faced and eventually overcame as a writer and early feminist. With the help of Mary Iber, a set of tapes were uncovered in the archives containing interviews held by Cornell students asking questions of Van Etten and her husband about life during the early days of Cornell and her experiences at the college. These experiences, along with other archival information will create a much clearer picture of one of the most renowned Cornell graduates of all time. A Cornell Graduate, Professor, and best-selling author, Winifred Van Etten continues to be a shining star in the history of Cornell College. Winner of the 1936 $10,000 Atlantic Prize, Van Etten was, and always will be, one of the most influential and celebrated Cornell graduates. This research was influenced by, and will be dedicated to, Mary Iber, a brilliant librarian and expert archivist.
David Reischman, ’14
Major: English – Creative Writing Concentration
Sponsor: Leslie Hankins