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Compass items are organized into collections. Our collections showcase unique, archival and scholarly materials, including rare books, photographs, records, letters, audio, and video from Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges. To browse the collections of an individual institution, use the "All Institutions" drop down menu below.

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Ferguson, Abbie Park, 1837-1919; Teacher and missionary. Mount Holyoke Female Seminary graduate, 1856. Papers consist of correspondence, devotional book, clippings, biographical information, and photographs. Primarily documenting the founding of the Huguenot Seminary, South Africa, its history and her activities there. Also contains a correspondence by Anna Bliss, Mount Holyoke Female Seminary graduate, 1862.

Mount Holyoke College
37 objects found in collection
Abbie Park Ferguson Papers

Academic Departments and Programs records chiefly document the requirements, course offerings, and activities, of these units of the College. Materials date from circa 1863 to the present and include correspondence, minutes and agenda, course records, research records, subject files, questionnaires, records concerning programs and events, scrapbooks, historical sketches, brochures, announcements, lists, films, lantern slides, audiocassettes, video recordings, DVDs, and photographs.

Mount Holyoke College
410 objects found in collection
Academic Departments and Programs Records

Kelsey, Adaline DeMontall Higbee, 1844-1931; Physician, missionary and college teacher, Mount Holyoke Female Seminary graduate, 1868. Mount Holyoke Female Seminary physician and faculty member 1876-78. The papers span the years of 1878-1905 and include correspondence, writings, biographical material and photographs. The material principally documents her work in Asia.

Mount Holyoke College
13 objects found in collection
Adaline Higbee Kelsey Papers

Administrative Offices at Mount Holyoke are documented by a wide range of records which reflect the goals, organization, activities, and staffing of these units. These records are arranged by the name of each office. Materials date from circa 1841 to the present include reports, minutes, correspondence, subject files, publications, surveys, statistics, questionnaires, audiocassettes, and photographs. Records for some administrative offices are described by separate online finding aids.

Mount Holyoke College
32 objects found in collection
Administrative Offices Records

Gulick, Alice Gordon, 1847-1903; educator, founder of the International Institute for Girls in Spain, missionary. Mount Holyoke College graduate, 1867. Papers contain correspondence, writings, biographical information, memorabilia, and photographs and portraits; primarily concerning Gulick's work as an educator and as a missionary in Spain.

Mount Holyoke College
43 objects found in collection
Alice Gordon Gulick Papers

Frame, Alice Seymour Browne, 1878-1941; Teacher and missionary. Mount Holyoke College graduate, 1900. Mount Holyoke College faculty member, 1928-1929. Papers consist of correspondence, articles, biographical information and photographs; primarily documenting her experiences, particularly with educating local women, while a missionary in Northern China.

Mount Holyoke College
52 objects found in collection
Alice Seymour Browne Frame Papers

Alumnae Biographical Files primarily contain biographical questionnaires, correspondence, articles and other publications, press releases, and notes documenting the lives of Mount Holyoke alumnae. Also include diaries, letters, notebooks, and other personal materials for these individuals, often describing their experiences as students. Topics discussed by alumnae in these materials include their personal lives and employment in teaching, missionary work, and other fields. There is also extensive information about the curriculum, teachers and administrators (including Mary Lyon), regulations, schedules, expenses, domestic work system, books and reading, exercise and physical education program, religious life, traditions, Thanksgiving and other holiday celebrations, food, care of clothing, and buildings and grounds at Mount Holyoke.

Mount Holyoke College
243 objects found in collection
Alumnae Biographical Files

The mission of the Hampshire College Archives and Special Collections is to preserve and make accessible the records of Hampshire College as well as the creative and scholarly output of its students and faculty. In The Making of a College, by Franklin Patterson and Charles R. Longsworth, the authors refer to the library as the "educative aorta of the College." The Hampshire College Archives and Special Collections is an important part of the heart of the College, providing access to institutional heritage.

Please contact archives@hampshire.edu to make an appointment to use the collections.

Hampshire College
185 objects found in 6 collections
Archival boxes at Hampshire College

Archives and Special Collections documents Mount Holyoke College’s past and present through letters, diaries, rare books, scrapbooks, photographs, ephemera, and other types of unique material. Opened in November 1837, Mount Holyoke was one of the first institutions of higher education in the United States to offer female students coursework equivalent to that available to male college students, and the school is the first of the historic Seven Sisters Colleges. Archives and Special Collections is a rich and lively resource for women’s history and the history of women in higher education.

Archives and Special Collections’ digital collection includes select items that have been digitized from physical collections housed at Mount Holyoke. To learn more about an entire physical collection, please see the collection finding aid or contact the Archives and Special Collections staff at archives@mtholyoke.edu.

Mount Holyoke College
13,453 objects found in 29 collections
Archives and Special Collections

This collection contains images produced and collected in support of art history and art studio courses. From its beginnings as a 35mm slide collection established over forty years ago, these resources reflect the wide range of topics and classes taught by the Art Department faculty.

Mount Holyoke College
7,811 objects found in collection
Art Department Teaching Collection

Auxiliary Services records concern academic centers, centers for the care and study of children, Friends groups, and units of Mount Holyoke such as the Art Museum, Library, Chapel, and Equestrian Center that are neither administrative offices nor departments. The records are arranged by the name of each unit. Materials date from circa 1855 to the present and include minutes, reports, correspondence, publications, financial records, architectural plans and drawings, programs, and photographs.

Mount Holyoke College
27 objects found in collection
Auxiliary Services Records

Barbara Mettler, dancer, dance educator, author, and film and video producer, developed her own style of modern dance, which emphasized improvisation. Her core principles were beauty, freedom, and democracy. Dance was conceived as a fundamental human activity, of which all people are capable, as opposed to an elite, choreographed, performance art. She taught widely, to diverse lay people, including adults, children, and the handicapped, primarily from her own Mettler Studios. Her students later formed the International Association for Creative Dance to carry the principles of her work forward.

Hampshire College
1 object found in collection
Mettler dancers

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