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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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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
1,266 objects found in collection

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 objects found in collection

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.

Collections in Compass are comprised of digitized or born-digital materials and, therefore, may not represent the whole of a collection. If you are interested in materials that may not yet be digitized or made available on Compass, check out the finding aid or contact us.

Smith College
17 objects found in collection

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
1,346 objects found in collection

Morris, Caroline LeConte, d. 1899; student. Mount Holyoke Female Seminary graduate, 1841. Her letters to family members primarily document her experience as a student at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary.

Mount Holyoke College
19 objects found in collection

Carr, Emma Perry, 1880-1972; Chemist and college teacher. Attended Mount Holyoke College, 1900-1902. Mount Holyoke College faculty member, 1905-1946. Papers contain correspondence, published and unpublished writings, chemistry research, legal documents, biographical information, Carr family papers, photographs, and Mount Holyoke Chemistry Department records; primarily documenting Carr's chemistry research and her achievements in science.

Mount Holyoke College
6 objects found in collection

Ceremonies Records document Mount Holyoke’s Commencement, Baccalaureate, Convocation, and Founder’s Day celebrations, with additional materials concerning individuals awarded honorary degrees on some of those occasions. Materials date from 1838 to the present and include speeches, programs, announcements, press releases, lists, citations, memoranda, audiocassettes, video recordings, DVDs, and photographs. Each Commencement or Founder's Day address is catalogued in the online library catalog.

Mount Holyoke College
55 objects found in collection

Ely, Charlotte Elizabeth, 1839-1915 and Mary Ann Caroline, 1841-1913; Teachers and missionaries. Mount Holyoke Female Seminary graduates, 1861. Papers consist of correspondence, writings, memorabilia, and photographs. Primarily secondary material documenting their work with Armenians in Turkey, with special interest in their travels, orphanages, and the social conditions of the country.

Mount Holyoke College
78 objects found in collection

D'Evelyn, Charlotte, 1889-1977; college teacher, Medievalist. Mount Holyoke College faculty member, 1917-1954. Papers consist of correspondence, writings, dies of bookplates and a coat of arms, photographs and lantern slides. Primarily documenting her studies and experiences at the University of Oxford in England during World War I and her writings in medieval studies.

Mount Holyoke College
80 objects found in collection

Ward, Charlotte Edwards Allen, 1880-1973; Missionary and housewife. Mount Holyoke College graduate, 1903. Papers consist of diaries, correspondence, lists, memoranda, biographical information, and photographs. Primarily containing letters describing her life as the wife of Dr. Edwin St. John Ward and a medical missionary in the Middle East.

Mount Holyoke College
20 objects found in collection

Cogswell family. Wade and Hannah Barker Cogswell. Papers contain letters by Abby Cogswell Twycross, 1809-1878, daughter of Wade, to various relatives of the Barker and Twycross family and her sister, Elizabeth Cogswell Wood, 1807-1841. Primarily documenting family matters and Elizabeth's work as a teacher.

Mount Holyoke College
4 objects found in collection

A collection of digitized posters from Hampshire College's commencement celebrations.

Hampshire College
21 objects found in collection
1971 Hampshire College Commencement Poster

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