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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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Student Life records consist of articles, press releases, brochures, notes, and photographs which document the academic, residential, social, political, and religious lives of students at Mount Holyoke from about 1843 to the present.

Mount Holyoke College

1 item found in collection

Student life records

Student organizations records consist of correspondence, reports, minutes, programs, financial records, publications, scrapbooks, historical sketches, membership records, press releases, articles, posters, memorabilia, audiocassettes, video recordings, compact discs, DVDs, and photographs dating from circa 1865 which document the activities of student organizations on campus.

Mount Holyoke College

448 items found in collection

Student organizations records

The Teatro antiguo español collection consists of 900 plays (or sueltas) dating from 1732 to 1867, "primarily in the form of Comedias nuevas and Comedias famosas and a significant sainetes and plays in one or two acts, piezas, bayles, autos, escenas unipersonales, entremeses and soliloquios.”  

[Source: Arizpe, Víctor. The "Teatro antiguo español" collection at Smith College Library : a descriptive catalogue  (Kassel : Reichenberger, 1996) ]


Smith College

16 items found in collection

Teatro antiguo español

Undergraduate Programs records document programs which allow Mount Holyoke students to take courses during the January term, shape their own academic program, study abroad, conduct research, participate in internships, explore careers, and conduct research. These records also concern the Frances Perkins Program for women of non-traditional age who wish to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. Materials date from circa 1928 to the present and include proposals, reports, correspondence, evaluations, publications, articles, lists of participants, audiocassettes, video recordings, and photographs.

Mount Holyoke College

9 items found in collection

Undergraduate programs records

Consists of hand-made and commercially-made valentines from the U.S. and Europe dating from the 1840s to the 1980s from collectors Marjorie Eames, Marguerite A. Davol, Helen Laws, and anonymous donors. Included are three valentines made by Esther Howland, six valentines made by the George Whitney Co., and a few made by Raphael Tuck and Sons, Ernest Nister, and L. Pang. Also included is a scrapbook made in 1880. Rounding out the collection are valentine ephemera and two books on the history of valentines, Valentines: A Loving Remembrance by Jean P. Favalora and A History of Valentines by Ruth Webb Lee.

Mount Holyoke College

38 items found in collection

Valentines collection

Schuck, Victoria, 1909-1999; political scientist and college professor and administrator. Mount Holyoke College faculty member, 1940-1976. Papers contain correspondence; her writings; records for many of her courses at Mount Holyoke; records of the Amherst-Mount Holyoke Political Studies Center and the Washington Internship Program; subject files; records of Mount Holyoke committees, the Political Science Department, and the Women in Politics Symposium held at the College; memorabilia; biographical material; audiocassettes, and photographs. Primarily document her work as a political science professor at Mount Holyoke, her research interests, and her service as a member of numerous organizations, commissions, and boards.

Mount Holyoke College

22 items found in collection

Victoria Schuck papers

Sprague, Viette Isabel Brown, 1846-1923; missionary. Mount Holyoke Female Seminary graduate, 1871. Papers consist of correspondence, writings, biographical information and photographs primarily documenting her work as a missionary in China during the Boxer Rebellion and the political rights of Chinese women with special emphasis on foot binding.

Mount Holyoke College

18 items found in collection

Viette Brown Sprague papers

Barnes, Viola Frances, 1885-1979; Historian, college teacher, and author. Mount Holyoke College faculty member, 1919-1951. Papers contain correspondence, writings, course materials, family history drafts, autobiography, and financial records; principally consists of her work as a historian and the development of the American Studies program at the College. Author of "The Dominion of New England."

Mount Holyoke College

1 item found in collection

Viola Barnes papers

Apgar, Virginia, 1909-1974; physician and anesthesiologist. Mount Holyoke College graduate, 1929. Papers chiefly consist of diaries, correspondence, course and training records, writings, Apgar Score material, financial records, biographical information and photographs; focusing principally on her education and training at Mount Holyoke College, Columbia University, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, the University of Wisconsin, and Johns Hopkins University; her work as an anesthesiologist, administrator, and professor at Columbia-Presbyterian and Johns Hopkins; and her work for the National Foundation (later the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation). Also includes a letter and an article written by her father Charles E. Apgar.

Mount Holyoke College

91 items found in collection

Virginia Apgar papers

Wasserstein, Wendy, 1950-2006; playwright and author, Mount Holyoke College graduate, 1971. Papers consist of writings (plays and screenplays, short writings, and books); correspondence; diaries and notebooks; student material; awards and honors; address books, appointment books, and calendars; scrapbooks; memorabilia; biographical material; legal and financial documents; family papers; audiovisual material; photographs; and oversized material. The materials primarily document Wendy Wasserstein's career as a pioneering, feminist Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and author.

Mount Holyoke College

No items found

Wendy Wasserstein papers

The Neilson Personal Papers include extensive family material. His letters to his brother and sisters are particularly valuable. Other letters present Neilson's view of life at Bryn Mawr College under M. Carey Thomas, his experiences tutoring Helen Keller at Radcliffe College, and his first impressions of Smith College. The also collection reflects his strong interest in liberal politics. Also included are writings of Elisabeth Muser Neilson and the Muser, Neilson and Allan family papers. Material relating to Margaret Farrard Thorp's 1956 biography, Neilson of Smith is included in the collection. Other materials includes correspondence, manuscripts, press releases, lecture notes, texts of speeches, and photographs.

Smith College

4 items found in collection

William Allan Neilson Personal Papers

Hammond, William Churchill, 1860-1949; college teacher and organist. Mount Holyoke College faculty member, 1899-1937. Papers contain scrapbooks, correspondence, materials relating to his arrangement of "White's Air," music programs, biographical information, memorabilia, sound recordings, and photographs; primarily documenting his work as an organist in area churches and at Mount Holyoke.

Mount Holyoke College

5 items found in collection

William Hammond papers