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Agnes E. Wells & Companion

Dr. Agnes E. Wells (January 4, 1876 – July 6, 1959)  not only was one of the American's leading educators, she also was a vigorous standard bearer in the women's equal rights movement. After graduation from the former West Side Saginaw High School she spent one year at the Saginaw County Training School for Teachers. Then she studied in Dresden, Germany, and at Bryn Mawr College before obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 1903. In 1916 she earned her Master of Arts degree from Carleton College, Minnesota. In 1917 she was faculty member at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. There she was acting dean of women and social director of the Helen Newberry Residence. Then she went to Indiana University as dean of women, a post she held from 1919 to 1938.


Dr. Agnes E. Wells not only was one of the nation's leading educators, she also was a vigorous standard bearer in the women's equal rights movement. In 1949 she became chairman of the National Women's Party. Wells explained to an acquaintance in the Party that her “friend of 41 years and house-companion for 28 years” had just died. (Agnes Wells to Anita Pollitzer, August 24, 1946). Morrison Hall is one of four buildings of the Agnes E. Wells quadrangle at Indiana University, along with Sycamore Hall, Memorial Hall, and Goodbody Hall---all built between 1925-1940.

Dr. Wells was nationally known as an authority on women's guidance and housing. She taught mathematics and astronomy after retiring as dean of women. In 1949 she became chairman of the National Women's Party.

In a letter in 1946, Wells explained to an acquaintance in the Party that her “friend of 41 years and house-companion for 28 years” had just died. (Agnes Wells to Anita Pollitzer, August 24, 1946).

Morrison Hall is one of four buildings of the Agnes E. Wells quadrangle at Indiana University, along with Sycamore Hall, Memorial Hall, and Goodbody Hall---all built between 1925-1940. Morrison Hall is the home of The Kinsey Institute; founded in 1938, named after Alfred Kinsey, pioneer of human sexuality research.

Source: Biographical Sketches by Ed Miller and Jean R. Beach, Saginaw Hall of Fame and Castle Museum of Saginaw County

Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
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Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher



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