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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

143 items found in collection

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

Classes records document the undergraduate and post-graduate lives and activities of Mount Holyoke alumnae from the Class of 1838 to the present. Materials date from 1843 to the present and include correspondence, reports, minutes, class constitutions and by-laws, programs, dance cards, menus, songs, collections of letters by members of different classes, articles, scrapbooks, audiocassettes, sound recordings, video recordings, DVDs, slides, photographs, photograph albums, and objects such as props used in a Junior Show and costumes worn at reunions.

Mount Holyoke College

529 items found in collection

Classes records

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 items found in collection

Cogswell family correspondence

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

Hampshire College

22 items found in collection

1971 Hampshire College Commencement Poster

Clapp, Cornelia Maria, 1849-1934; Zoologist and college teacher. Mount Holyoke Female Seminary graduate, 1871. Mount Holyoke College faculty member, 1872-1916. Papers consist of letters, writings, biographical information, and photographs; principally documenting her career as a zoology researcher, her work at Woods Hole Marine Biological Institute and her travels.

Mount Holyoke College

24 items found in collection

Cornelia Clapp papers

Diana Davies became a photojournalist in the 1960s and was one of the principal documentarians of the second-wave women's movement in the United States. She photographed events of the civil rights, peace, labor, and welfare rights movements and the individuals and groups engaged in these movements, as well as artists, celebrities, and politicians. The Diana Davies papers are comprised of her photographs, biographical and published materials.

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Smith College

12 items found in collection

Diana Davies papers