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    • John Bard, 1893

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    • Shown here at age 74, John Bard was a member of a distinguished family of doctors and educators. His grandfather and great-grandfather, Drs. Samuel and John Bard respectively, were preeminent physicians who practiced both in New York City and from...
    • China Doll Head

    • China dolls
    • This doll head was found ca. 1975 behind the site of the former Trinity School and Home, later called the Watts de Peyster Home for Girls. During the early decades of the 20th century it was customary for villagers to dump trash along the banks of...
    • Watts De Peyster Industrial Home and School

    • Boarding schools--United States
    • Despite the title of the postcard, this building was never home to John Watts De Peyster, who lived at Rose Hill in Tivoli. Originally built under the direction of James Starr Clark with funds provided by John and Margaret Bard, this school had...
    • Francis C. Post ...with girls living at the Home, 1910

    • Girls; Boarding school students
    • Francis C. Post stands with some of the girls from the Watts de Peyster Home, formerly the Trinity School and Home. Mr. Post was superintendent of the farm from 1899 to 1910. At his death in December of 1910, a newspaper clipping read: "He was...
    • John Bard

    • Portrait photography--United States
    • Posing here as a young man, John Bard was born in 1819 to a distinguished family of doctors and educators. His grandfather and great-grandfather, Drs. Samuel and John Bard respectively, were preeminent physicians who practiced both in New York...
    • "At Annandale, Christmas Eve 1888"

    • Annandale-on-Hudson (N.Y.)
    • This image is the only known photograph of the interior of the Bard Home. Taken after Margaret Bard's death, the house was not regularly occupied by John Bard and his second wife Annie Belcher at this time. The room appears to be well appointed and...
    • Picture window at Annandale

    • Annandale-on-Hudson (N.Y.)
    • John Bard's house Annandale had a framed picture window in the living room. When visiting the Bards with her father, Margaret Clark Sumner later recalled her first sight of this feature: "But what especially caught my eye was the view of the...
    • Hartzell Album, Reamer Kline Letter

    • St. Stephen's College (Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.)
    • This is copy of a letter from President Reamer Kline dated March 17, 1967 thanking Paul Hartzell for his gift of this photograph album to Bard College. President Kline makes reference to its value to future chroniclers of the college history--...
    • Children on horse

    • Photographs
    • William Matthews' scrapbook caption reads: "Dick the horse always said o.k. when White House campers asked for a ride to the barn."
    • Mr. Matthews on trumpet with "Bronco" Charlie Miller

    • Photographs
    • William Henry Matthews plays the trumpet, center, while "Bronco" Charlie Miller listens, at left. Bungalow Hill. William Matthews' scrapbook notes: "Bronco Charley Miller's "saga of the saddle" began in the 1860s when he began riding the Pony...
    • Rosalie De Normandie Bard

    • Portrait photography
    • Rosalie Bard, 18, stands for a formal portrait. She was the fourth child of John and Margaret Bard, and was only seven years old when her mother died. She married Charles Moran in 1891.
    • Blithewood Swimming Pool

    • Swimming pools--New York (State)
    • In the spring 2005 issue of About Town magazine, Dorothy Crane writes about the 'pool by the falls': "The pool was an integral part of summer life at Bard for 20 years after the college acquired it. A green canopy of overhanging trees shaded the...
    • Blithewood exterior

    • College buildings--New York (State); Annandale-on-Hudson (N.Y.)--Bard College;
    • This view of Blithewood from the southeast depicts the expanse of the building. After acquiring the property from Christian Zabriskie in 1951, Bard renamed the house 'Zabriskie Hall,' and used it primarily as a conference center until it was...
    • Bard Pool

    • Swimming pools--New York (State)
    • This postcard depicts another angle of the Blithewood pool. Acquired by Bard with the Blithewood estate in 1951, the college maintained the pool until the early 1970s. In the spring 2005 issue of About Town magazine, Dorothy Crane writes about the...
    • Chest X-Ray, the Gym

    • Annandale-on-Hudson (N.Y.)--Bard College; College students--New York (State);
    • Men stand shirtless in line, waiting to have chest x-rays taken by the machine in the left foreground. They each hold a card, perhaps for identification. The third man from the front is Harvey Fite who was a student at St. Stephens College until...

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