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Lillian Ann Gibbins, The Girl Graduate : Her Own Book

Identifier: MSS 0093-Item 0063

Scope and Contents

This gift book was used as a scrapbook by Lillian Ann Gibbins to commemorate her graduation from St. Elizabeth Academy in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1926.

The printed gift book was designed and illustrated by Louise Perrett and Sarah K. Smith and provided Gibbins with space to assemble ephemera and memories from her time at St. Elizabeth Academy. Although Gibbins graduated in June 1926, the book contains items dating from at least 1924 to 1929. At the front of the volume there is a table of contents listing the sections of the book, which include spaces for class photographs, class autographs, invitations, and press notices. Gibbins did not complete the entire book, leaving sections on the class prophecy, presents, and baccalaureate sermon empty. Under the section for class colors, Gibbins wove a piece of light blue ribbon into the page. She included several class photographs, photographs of herself, and a black and white silhouette of a girl with a bobbed haircut that she simply labeled “me.” Several loose photographs at the end of the volume show Gibbins in later decades.

In the “class autographs” section of the book, Gibbins’s classmates recorded their well-wishes and signatures. Several included poignant or humorous aphorisms. Classmate Ruth Reidel promised she would be Gibbins’s friend “till Santa Shaves.” Nympha Brockelmann inscribed a brief poem: “Lillian Lillian mind your mother/Mind her with Grace/When the boys kiss you/Slap them in the face.” Gibbins included one photograph of a teacher, identified as Sister M. Agnella. The last several sections of the volume contain party invitations dating from 1924 to 1926, newspaper clippings regarding marriages and parties, and greeting cards from 1925 to 1929. On the final page there is a yellow paper parasol with Gibbins’s name attached.

This volume is bound with a purple suede cover with the title “The Girl Graduate/Her Own Book” gilt stamped on the front. Below the title is a blind stamped design of a pen and a book. The volume’s pastedowns and flyleaves consist of gold paper. A stamped bookplate on the first page reads “This book belongs to/Lillian Ann Gibbins/Graduated from/St. Elizabeth Academy.” The title page is printed in blue and yellow with a young woman surrounded by yellow flowers. It reads “The Girl Graduate/Her Own Book/Designed and illustrated/by/Louise Perrett/and/Sarah K. Smith/The Reilly and Lee Co./Chicago.” The accompanying box has a gray marbled exterior. The box top reads “The Girl Graduate/Her Own Book” in gold lettering. There is a gold oval cartouche at the center of the box top with an illustration of a young woman surrounded by flowers. The bottom edge of the box top reads “The Girl Graduate/Ooze” in print with the word “GREEN” stamped below. On the underside of the box top there is a pencil inscription that reads “Harvey B. Roy/ 10/28/26.”


  • Creation: approximately 1924-1929


Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections, University of Delaware Library,

Biographical / Historical

Lillian Ann Gibbins, the creator of this scrapbook, was born on November 6, 1909 in Ballwin, Missouri, to Otto and Lillian Gibbins. She attended St. Elizabeth Academy in Saint Louis, Missouri, and graduated in 1926. Gibbins died in St. Louis on May 10, 1992.

St. Elizabeth Academy in St. Louis was founded as an all-girls Catholic school in 1882. It closed in 2013.

Bock, Jessica. “St. Elizabeth Academy, Catholic school for girls in St. Louis, to close after 130 years.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch. January 9, 2013. Accessed July 7, 2017. 1920 Federal Census (accessed via on July 7, 2017)1940 Federal Census (accessed via on July 7, 2017)Social Security Death Index (accessed via on July 7, 2017)Information derived from the collection.


1 volume (1 volume with original box) : 192 pages ; volume 24 cm; box 25 cm


This gift book was used as a scrapbook by Lillian Ann Gibbins to commemorate her graduation from St. Elizabeth Academy in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1926.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, September 2016

Related Materials

This item forms part of MSS 0093 Commonplaces, Albums, and Scrapbooks collection.

Shelving Summary

Item 0063: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0093

Processing Information

Processed and encoded by Elizabeth Jones-Minsinger, July 2017.

Finding aid for Lillian Ann Gibbins, The Girl Graduate : Her Own Book
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
2017 July 7
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