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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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Edwards, Anna Cheney, 1835-1930; teacher. Mount Holyoke Female Seminary graduate, 1859. Mount Holyoke Female Seminary teacher, 1859-1892 and Associate Principal, 1872-1888. Papers consist of travel memorabilia, journals, guidebooks, postcards, clippings, and photographs. Primarily documenting her trips within the United States and abroad and her work at the Seminary.

Mount Holyoke College

1 item found in collection

Anna Cheney Edwards papers

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 items 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

18379 items found in 117 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

1797 items found in collection

Art Department teaching collection

From 1899 to 1939, Asa Kinney held the position of Botany and Plant Science Associate Professor Emeritus at Mount Holyoke College. Over the course of 41 years, Kinney extensively photographed the Mount Holyoke College campus, community, activities, natural environment, and architecture with a 5"x7" glass plate view camera. As a result, a collection of approximately two thousand glass plate negatives resides in Archives & Special Collections.

Mount Holyoke College

749 items found in collection

Asa Kinney papers

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 items 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 item found in collection

Mettler dancers

The Bethiah Miller Nichols papers consist of a letter, lecture notes, biographical information, and a photograph. The material primarily relates to her year at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, 1837-1838, and her opinions on religion and education.

Mount Holyoke College

6 items found in collection

Bethiah Miller Nichols papers

Records dating from 1836-2004 consist of minutes and agenda, by-laws, correspondence, reports, policy statements, financial records, subject files, statistics, newspaper articles, press releases, biographical material about Board of Trustees members, and an audio cassette documenting the activities of the Board, which is responsible for monitoring the overall welfare of Mount Holyoke College.

Mount Holyoke College

1266 items found in collection

Board of Trustees records

Buildings and Grounds records date from 1836 to the present and provide extensive documentation of the history of Mount Holyoke's campus and facilities. Materials include historical sketches, publications, plans, maps, lists, invitations, guest books, postcards, drawings, compact disks, video recordings, and photographs.

Mount Holyoke College

631 items found in collection

Buildings and Grounds records

Carmen Vázquez is an activist and movement leader in causes ranging from immigrant rights to lesbian health. The Carmen Vázquez papers document Vázquez’s activism for gay, lesbian, bi and transgender rights, and include materials pertaining to gay and lesbian health issues, as well as Vázquez's interest and involvement in broader issues of race and class.

Smith College

17 items found in collection

Carmen Vázquez papers

Henderson, Caroline Agnes Boa, 1877-1966; Secondary school teacher. Mount Holyoke College graduate, 1901. Papers consist of letters, articles, biographical information, and six letters written by her daughter, Eleanor; primarily documenting her daily activities and difficulties, including the Dust Bowl, on the family farm in Oklahoma.

Mount Holyoke College

1345 items found in collection

Caroline Boa Henderson papers

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