This collection includes photographs, slides, transparencies, and negatives depicting the history of Bryn Mawr College from the mid 1800s to the late 1990s. Images depict individuals associated with the College, including faculty, staff, students, and alumnae/i; historical and current College buildings and campus landscapes; events, including commencement, sports, plays, and traditions; and group photographs. The majority of the images are black-and-white, though there are some color images from the late 1960s through the 1990s. Early photographic formats include cartes-de-visite, cabinet cards, cyanotypes, and photomechanical prints.
Bryn Mawr College Publications contains a variety of publications produced by the College over the years. These include informational booklets about various collections and college history as well as books of entrance examinations and other archival materials.
This collection contains scrapbooks and photograph albums assembled by Bryn Mawr College alumnae/i, focusing on their years at Bryn Mawr College. The scrapbooks contain personal memorabilia, such as letters and cards, programs, photographs, newspaper clippings, souvenirs from dances and dinners, and college traditions material. Poems, drawings, and notes from friends give a distinctive perspective into daily life at Bryn Mawr College. Each scrapbook is unique and gives the reader an impression of the author, her era, and Bryn Mawr College.
The collection consists of representative images from more than 150 botanical and ornithological books, printed between 1499 and 1920, and including many of the landmark works in each field. The books are from the Ethelinda Schaefer Castle Collection.
Carrie Lane Chapman Catt (1859-1947) was an internationally recognized suffragist, feminist, and political activist. This collection contains six of Catt’s personal photograph albums, circa 1840 to 1940. The albums contain approximately 815 photographs related to the women's suffrage movement, including portraits and records of parades, demonstrations, conferences, and other events. The albums cover both the American and international suffrage movements. Notable figures depicted include: Louisa May Alcott, Dr. Josephine Baker, Carrie Chapman Catt, Emmeline Pankhurst, Mark Twain, Theodore Roosevelt, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Woodrow Wilson.
The Katrina Thomas Ethnic Wedding Photographs collection includes 800 photographs captured by freelance photographer Katrina Thomas between 1963 and 2001, documenting the ways in which immigrant groups maintain and adapt wedding practices in the United States. While the greatest number took place in recent immigrant families, there are also many in older immigrant communities. Thomas sought out weddings where the family had decided to maintain or revive their group’s ceremonial traditions, although often enacting them within a contemporary context.
Scrapbook of letters written by Frances Arnold, Bryn Mawr College Class of 1897, to her parents and cousin, written from Bryn Mawr and during Arnold's travel to France, Germany and Italy, ca. 1893-1897. Note that to date, the scrapbook is loaded with no additional transcription or description at the page level. It is uploaded for browsing only and it not full-text searchable.
M. Carey Thomas (1857-1935) became the first Dean and head of the English Department when Bryn Mawr College opened in 1884. Following the death of the college's first president, James Rhoads, in 1894, she was elected to succeed him in the position. She used her position to both expand the College, ensuring several new buildings were constructed on campus, and to influence college policies. Thomas was involved in the women's suffrage movement and an early promoter of adding a sex-based equal rights amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Although she was interested in rights for white, Anglo-Saxon women, Thomas's legacy of racism and antisemitism kept both Black and Jewish students out of Bryn Mawr even after she stepped down as president. This collection is comprised of documents from both Thomas's personal papers and the official records that survive from her time at Bryn Mawr College, including office subject files and a great deal of personal correspondence.
Machteld Johanna Mellink (1917–2006) was a pioneer of Anatolian archaeology and a pre-eminent scholar of ancient Turkish cultures. For nearly three decades, she served as chair of the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at Bryn Mawr College. Upon her death, Mellink bequeathed her personal archive of color slides to Bryn Mawr College, where it is now housed in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology. Approximately 3,900 images from the Mellink Archive have been added to the Digital Library, the majority of which depict archaeological sites in Turkey, including numerous images of sites that Mellink excavated herself. Also well-represented are sites in Greece, Cyprus, Syria, Iran, and Iraq, dating from Prehistoric through Medieval periods. Produced from the 1950s through the 1990s, these images depict the Classical and Near Eastern archaeological sites that Mellink explored, studied, and taught over the course of her long, celebrated career.
Machteld Johanna Mellink (1917-2006) was an archaeologist and faculty member in the department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at Bryn Mawr College for five decades. The 3955 images in this collection were digitized from Mellink's collection of 35mm Kodachrome slides, taken in Turkey, Greece, Syria, Cyprus, Iraq, and Iran between the 1950s and 1990s.
A collection of twenty-two digitized Islamic manuscripts from the Bryn Mawr College collections. Includes texts in Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Syriac, and Berber (Tashelheit/Shilha), dating from the 10th to 19th century.
Mary Whitall Worthington (d. 1912) was a graduate of Bryn Mawr College class of 1910 and the president of the Bryn Mawr chapter of the Woman’s Equal Suffrage League. She was the niece of the College’s second president, M. Carey Thomas. After graduating from Bryn Mawr, Worthington attended Johns Hopkins Medical School but died as the result of congenital heart failure in January 1912. This collection primarily includes Worthington’s diaries, covering her time at Bryn Mawr College and her first year of medical school at Johns Hopkins University and interspersed with photographs, correspondence, and ephemera. They are extensive and eloquent reflections on Worthington’s life as a young woman attending college in the early 20th century. The collection also includes Worthington’s notes, a speech written for a Suffrage League meeting, and a handwritten play.
The Single Leaf Manuscripts Collection features several dozen medieval manuscripts donated by Sigmund Harrison. Most of these are religious texts and written in Latin. Additional highlights of this collection, gifts of Felix Usis, include six papal bulls, a document sealed by Queen Elizabeth I, a legal document signed by Louis XV, a letter signed by Philip II of Spain to the man in charge of supplies for his armada, and a few Arabic manuscripts, including one with an extraordinary illustration of a medieval battle scene.
The Speer Family Papers represent four generations of that family, with the bulk of material attributed to Robert Elliott Speer and his wife and three of his five children: Emma Bailey, Elliott, Margaret Bailey, and William Speer. To date, a selection of letters, scrapbooks, images and ephemera from the Speer collection have been digitized to provide an introduction to Margaret Bailey Speer, a strong leader and visionary who applied herself fully to the matters that compelled her. This engagement is most visible in her work for the education of Chinese women, with which she involved herself in various capacities beginning in the years shortly after her graduation from Bryn Mawr College in 1922, and continuing up until her death.
American playwright and theatrical producer Theresa Helburn (1887-1959) was a graduate of Bryn Mawr College class of 1908. Helburn had a long and distinguished career on Broadway and was a co-founder and producer of the New York Theatre Guild from 1919 to the 1950s. This collection includes over 1100 photographs related to Helburn's work on behalf of the Theatre Guild. Due to copyright restrictions, some images are restricted to the TriCollege community.