Bryn Mawr College has a long and rich history. Archival records were paper first - and some research is still done with paper resources. In some cases, resources have been digitized. For most questions, you will need to use both types of records. Please consult the College Archivist for assistance.
For most of the buildings you will find a folder containing clippings of articles or miscellaneous materials. These folders are meant for quick reference. They contain secondary source material that has been sent to the college archives over the years. All published or unpublished material about every building is not reproduced here.
Paper - (Record Group 1K - 13 document boxes)
Early course catalogs (usually called the College Program or the College Calendar) also served as promotional material for the college. They sometimes included pictures, drawings or floor plans of college buildings, often as part of a brochure titled Academic Buildings and Halls of Residence. A complete set of course catalogs can be found in Special Collections.
Paper - (Record Groups 1AA [complete] and 1K [partial])
Bryn Mawr College on the Internet Archive
Scholarship, Research, and Creative Work at Bryn Mawr College
The correspondence of BMC presidents M. Carey Thomas, Marion Park, Harris Wofford, and Katharine McBride is available to scholars. Correspondence is generally filed by subject or correspondent, so you will need to review the index for the names of the building, architect, or builder. Although these records must be used in paper (or in the case of M. Carey Thomas, in mocrifilm), there are online guides to the collections :
Microfilm (M.Carey Thomas)
BMC buildings are sometimes mentioned in the report the president made to the board of trustees. However the reports were not made or published each and every year. You should search the reports published around the time that a specific buildings was being planned, built and completed.
Articles about some college buildings appeared in these publications in issues published around the time that the building was completed.
Microfilm (microfilm cabinets, B Floor)
Bryn Mawr College on the Internet Archive, 1892 - 1940
Scholarship, Research, and Creative Work at Bryn Mawr College, 1892 - 1940
When a faculty member retires, the Public Information Department transfers his or her file to the college archives. These files contain whatever information the faculty member shared with that department and any newspaper clippings that the department may have collected. It may contain a c.v. and in the case of deceased faculty members, possibly one or more obituaries. For information on faculty currently employed by the college, contact the Public Information Office.
If the faculty member wrote any articles for the Alumnae Bulletin these can be read in the back issues maintained inthe college archives. There are two indices to the back issues; ask for help in their use. The Alumnae Bulletin may also contain obituaries for deceased faculty members; look in the issues published soon after the date of death.
The courses taught by Bryn Mawr faculty are described in the series of Bryn Mawr course catalogs maintained at the college archives.
The manuscripts collection in the Special Collections Department contains personal and professional papers for some, but not all, Bryn Mawr faculty. Check the collected finding aids for the manuscripts collections. Please consult with us to see whether collections of papers for a particular faculty member might have been donated to another repository.
Material by or about the faculty member may have appeared in the College News. The college archives has an index to College News articles from 1914 to 1954. Ask special collections staff for help in its use. Microfilm copies of the College News (and the Bryn Mawr-Haverford Bi-Co News) are available for use in the microfilm room of the library.
Bryn Mawr College Yearbooks may contain images and miscellaneous information on faculty members.
The correspondence of presidents M. Carey Thomas, Marion Park and Katharine McBride is available to scholars. Indices for these collections can be found in the Special Collections reading area. Correspondence is generally filed by subject or correspondent, so you will need to review the index for the name of a correspondent.
Biographical information collected by the Bryn Mawr College Alumnae Association is transferred to the college archives at the time of an alumna's death. For living alumnae, contact the Alumnae Association.
If the alumna wrote any articles or letters to the editor published in the Alumnae Bulletin, these can be read in the back issues maintained at the college archives. There are two indices to the back issues; ask special collections staff for help in their use. Additional unindexed information (including obituaries) can be found by reading the "Class Notes" section at the back of each issue for the alumna's year of graduation.
While grades are permanently confidential, the college archivist may be able to access records indicating what classes a Bryn Mawr alumna took. Descriptions of those classes can be found in the collection of course catalogs maintained in the college archives.
The manuscripts collection of the Special Collections Department contains personal and professional papers for some, but not all, Bryn Mawr alumnae. Check the collected finding aids for the manuscripts collections. Check the resource Archives USA, available through the library web site, to see whether collections of papers for a particular alumna might have been donated to another repository.
Material by or about the alum may have appeared in the College News. The college archives has an index to College News articles from 1914 to 1954. Ask the special collections staff for help in its use. Microfilm copies of the College News (and the Bryn Mawr-Haverford Bi-Co) are available for use in the microfilm room of the library. Other student publications such as literary journals may be found in the college archives; ask for help in determining which ones were published while your subject was a student.
may contain images and miscellaneous information on alumnae. The yearbooks will also reflect the social environment during the subject's years at Bryn Mawr.
To find alumnae publications, check Tripod (the tri-college library catalog) and consult the Reference desk for aid in finding and using appropriate indices for that alumna's discipline.
A selection of literary magazines (Fortnightly Philistine, The Lantern, Tipyn o'bob, Counterpoint, The Title) published bdtween 1894-1955 have been digitized and are available online. Click here to view the digital editions available online at the Internet Archive.
Names and descriptions of courses can be found in the series of Bryn Mawr course catalogs maintained at the college archives.
The book titled A Century Recalled - Essays in Honor of Bryn Mawr College, published at the time of the college's centennial, contains several essays on the origins of various departments at Bryn Mawr.
These brochures contain general material describing the programs at Bryn Mawr. Consult the special collections staff in the use of this material.
Miscellaneous material by or about the various departments at Bryn Mawr. Note that this is by no means a complete record of the activities of any department. Consult the special collections staff in the use of this material.
These may contain information on various departments. However the reports were not made and published each and every year.
These include dissertation titles and in most cases list each graduate's major.
There is a separate finding aid for materials relating to the Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women Workers in Industry which are housed in a collection that occupies a total of thirteen boxes. The library stacks also include a number of secondary sources explaining this program.
Our three primary repositories of digitized archival material are:
The Collections are open to students, faculty and staff of the Tri-Colleges. Researchers from other institutions and independent scholars are also welcome. Please contact us before your visit to ensure that we will be able to provide assistance with and access to the research materials you need.
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