LADIES: 1962 AND OTHER TALKS AT CONCORD ACADEMY, including an Address by Archibald MacLeish, illustrated by Tasha Tudor (1st edition)


Today, Concord Academy is known as a top-flight boarding school whose alumni include Caroline Kennedy and Drew Faust. Much of the school’s reputation was built under the administration of Elizabeth Blodgett Hall, who served as headmistress from 1949 to 1963, and whose tenure was marked by her addresses containing advice for the student body.


Hall’s talks so impressed the board of trustees that they encouraged her to publish them, which she did in Through the Crowded Ways (1959) and Ladies: 1962 and Other Talks at Concord Academy (1962). Ladies: 1962 is particularly interesting because it features an address by the Pulitzer Prize–winning American poet Archibald MacLeish and drawings by the Caldecott Honor–winning illustrator Tasha Tudor, whose daughter Efner attended Concord Academy.


This soft-cover, French-style booklet was privately published by the Board of Trustees of Concord Academy in 1962, when the school was then just for girls.  The publication is a series of talks on the education of young American women by Headmistress of School, Elizabeth B. Hall. It includes an address that Archibald MacLeish gave the student body.  89 pages, with a cover pictorial plus 12 black and white text illustrations, one full page, all others half page.


The booklet is in very good condition, with a minor mark/stain on the front cover and it appears that the back cover was at one point folded (please see photos).  There is very minor bumping at the top and bottoms of the covers where they extend over the pages.

LADIES: 1962 AND OTHER TALKS AT CONCORD ACADEMY, illustrated by Tasha Tudor