Bronxville History Center
Bulk Date: 1917 - 1919
About 600 pages
Correspondence, primarily, and reports, college records, notes, indentures, and printed material relating primarily to Hannah Dunlop (Andrews) Colt’s activities as a member of the Smith College Relief Unit, 1917-1919, and to her life and residences in Bronxville.
1883 Born, Oak Park, Illinois, October 27
1904 Graduated from Smith College
1906 Married Barrett Andrews, June 16
1906 Moved to Bronxville. Lived at 54 Park, c. 1906-1920; 15 Northern, 1926-1941; 2 Midland Gardens, c. 1943-1945; and 20 Oriel, 1946-1974.
1915 Graduated, Columbia University, M.A. in economics
1917-1918 Served with the Smith College Relief Unit; served as director, January 1918-January 1919
1920 Divorced Barrett Andrews
1922 Married William Leonard Colt, July 27
1927-1936 Member of the Bronxville School Board
1942-1948 Chairperson, Westchester County American Red Cross War Fund
1944-c. 1946 Trustee, Sarah Lawrence College
c. 1963 Active in the Westchester County Human Rights Commission
1974 Died, c. October 6
The collection is in two series. The Smith College Relief Unit File includes, most importantly, letters and reports by Hannah Dunlop Andrews relating to the work of the relief unit; two articles from April and July, 1918, about the relief unit which compile letters and reports by relief unit members; and a long pamphlet published in 1968. Andrews’ letters give an account of her experiences in the war zone of France that is often wonderfully detailed and evocative of the particular violence of World War I. Her letters also depict a small community of Bronxville residents brought together by experiences of war and concern for friends and loved ones engaged with war. Andrews’ correspondence include Helen R. Thayer, the chairman of the Smith College Relief Unit Committee; Margaret Chambers Halsey and her parents Frank Ross Chambers and Kate Chambers; her brother, John Dunlop, and her mother-in-law, “Mother Andrews”; and a donor to the relief unit, a Mrs. Rouer (spelling uncertain).
The Subject File includes a series of letters written by Captain/Major Charles W. Halsey to his wife Margaret Chambers Halsey, recounting his wartime experiences as a member of the quartermaster corps, American Expeditionary Force, 1917-1918; and a collection of research materials about Hannah Dunlop (Andrews) Colt created by former Bronxville village historian Eloise L. Morgan in about 1992.
Both series include documents copies from Ms. Morgan from the Smith College Archives, and the Subject File also includes documents copied from the records of Sarah Lawrence College.
No restrictions on access.
The collection is open for research by appointment at the Bronxville History Center, Bronxville Public Library, 201 Pondfield Road, Bronxville, NY 10708. Contact the village historian at .