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Dartmouth 250 On Solid Ground

Ernest Martin Hopkins to Charles Bancroft, March 26, 1921

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Ernest Martin Hopkins to Charles Bancroft, March 26, 1921

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In the 1920s several events occurred that led the then President of the College, Ernest Martin Hopkins, to worry about the influence on the “mental hygiene” of men playing women’s roles. In other words, he was afraid that it was encouraging them to become gay. In this letter Hopkins writes to consulting psychiatrist, Charles Bancroft to express his concerns about what he clearly sees as a disease that is spreading among the student body. While this letter is highly disturbing in many ways, it is an exemplar of the stigma that gay students faced in this time period, and often still do.

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Ernest Martin Hopkins

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Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License

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Trustees of Dartmouth College

Bibliographic Citation

Ernest Martin Hopkins, Ernest Martin Hopkins to Charles Bancroft, March 26, 1921, 6764:Undergraduate S-Z, Dartmouth College Office of the President (1916-1945: Ernest Martin Hopkins) records, DP-11, Rauner Special Collections Library.

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