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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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The Buildings records are part of the larger Buildings and Grounds collection and focus on the College's buildings, both extant and demolished. The vast majority of information in the collection falls between 1875 and the present, though there are a few scattered items from before 1875. The College Archives staff is continually adding new information to the files. This collection interprets the term "building" loosely, and includes information not only about the buildings themselves, but also about what occurred / occurs in the buildings, especially where student residences are concerned. Much of Smith College student life is and long has been centered in the residential houses, and so a buildings file may contain annual group photographs of house residents, student rosters, house government material, and information on house traditions, in addition to the architectural information, ownership history, and photographs of the building itself. The collection also interprets "Smith building" loosely, containing limited information on a number of privately-owned, off-campus boarding-houses.

Smith College

5 items found in collection

Buildings 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

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 items found in collection

Caroline LeConte Morris correspondence

Mount Holyoke College Catalogs, Registers, and Directories are comprised of annual and supplementary catalogues, courses of instruction booklets, handbooks for advisers and new students, summer session catalogues, course evaluations, class schedules, calendars, registers of teachers and students, and directories. These materials describe academic requirements and the curriculum, document events at the school, and provide information about students, faculty, and administrators.

Mount Holyoke College

272 items found in collection

Catalogs, registers, and directories

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 items found in collection

Ceremonies records

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

158 items found in collection

Charlotte and Mary Ely papers

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

81 items found in collection

Charlotte D'Evelyn papers

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 items found in collection

Charlotte Edwards Allen Ward papers

Montgomery, Charlotte Nichols, 1904-1994; journalist, columnist, author, consumer advocate. Papers date from 1912-1986 and consist of writings, speeches, correspondence, journals, diaries, research materials, publicity and press clippings, photographs, awards, scrapbooks, biographical materials, and ephemera which primarily document her professional life as a pioneering consumer advocate and columnist best known for the column "Speaker for the House" in Good Housekeeping magazine from 1955-1982.

Mount Holyoke College

2 items found in collection

Charlotte Nichols Montgomery papers

Williams, Clara Catherine "Kate" Pond, 1831-1895; missionary and teacher. Mount Holyoke Female Seminary graduate, 1857. Mount Holyoke Female Seminary teacher, 1857-1864. Papers consist of correspondence, transcripts of journals, compositions, biographical information sheets, and a photograph album. The bulk of the collection consists of her journals (1865-1866 and 1871-1889) and letters to her classmate Jessie Usher.

Mount Holyoke College

2 items found in collection

Clara Pond Williams papers

Class books, Freshman handbooks, and yearbooks were prepared by students for the use and enjoyment of other students. These publications include information about the curriculum, campus, regulations, student organizations, social life, and College traditions as well as recommendations regarding clothing and room furnishings. Yearbooks, known as the Llamarada, contain information about and photographs of members of each class, along with details about events and organizations at the College. Student handbooks, prepared by the Mount Holyoke chapter of the Young Women's Christian Association, student government organizations on campus, or administrators, chiefly outline regulations for students’ behavior. Alumnae registers have been issued by Mount Holyoke since 1843, with those through 1887 prepared by the Memorandum Society and those from 1887-2008 by the Alumnae Association. These publications list the names and addresses of alumnae and often include details about their post-Mount Holyoke lives.

Mount Holyoke College

177 items found in collection

Class books, freshman handbooks, yearbooks, student handbooks, and alumnae registers