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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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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
19 objects 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.

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
12 objects found in collection
Diana Davies papers

In their final year at Hampshire, students undertake a major independent study project with the guidance of a faculty committee. The project might be a body of writing, art, or performance; or scholarly or scientific research. The final product is referred to as the Division III project, or “Div III.” The Division III Archive, maintained by the Harold F. Johnson Library at Hampshire, preserves and provides access to these works in perpetuity. Works are submitted by their creators. The Division III Archive online contains works from 2006 to the present. Print copies of text-based Division III projects submitted to the Library by students from 1971-2014 are available on the second floor of the Library, or in the Div III Showcase on the Library's main floor.

Hampshire College
219 objects found in collection
Bell that Division III students ring when their final work is passed.

Blair, Dorothy Lilian, 1890-1989; art historian and curator. Mount Holyoke College graduate, 1914; Assistant, Mount Holyoke College Department of Art and Archaeology, 1914-1916. Papers date from circa 1913-1989 and consist of correspondence, dairies, writings, research materials, financial and estate records, memorabilia, a scrapbook, biographical information, and photographs which chiefly relate to her work as a museum curator and authority on the history of Japanese glass. Include diaries documenting her research and study in Japan (1927-1938) and Europe (1933) and an autobiographical recollection (1981) of her 1927-1928 stay in Japan.

Mount Holyoke College
40 objects found in collection
Dorothy Blair Papers

Murrow, Edward Roscoe, 1908-1965, radio and television journalist and United States Information Agency director, and Janet Huntington Brewster Murrow, 1910-1998, Mount Holyoke College graduate, 1933, and staff member, 1970-1978, and volunteer worker. Papers contain correspondence, writings, memorabilia, biographical information, and photographs. Primarily concerning their personal and professional lives, including their experience during World War II when he was Director of European Broadcasting for CBS, Inc., and she was executive director of the London Committee of Bundles for Britain, Inc.

Mount Holyoke College
28 objects found in collection
Edward R. and Janet Brewster Murrow Papers

Chapin, Elizabeth Lucy, 1838-1862; Secondary school teacher. Mount Holyoke Female Seminary graduate, 1857. Papers span the years 1842, and 1859-1861, and consist of correspondence, a photograph, a photocopy of a poem, and a small book. Primarily letters written by Lucy in Athens, Georgia and West Point, Mississippi, to a sister in Chicopee, Massachusetts, documenting her life as a young woman from the North teaching in the South on the eve of the Civil War.

Mount Holyoke College
12 objects found in collection
Elizabeth Lucy Chapin Papers

Grasso, Ella, 1919-1981; politician. Mount Holyoke College graduate, 1940. Papers consist of legislative files, correspondence, Connecticut State files, personnel files, biographical materials, writings, campaign material, articles, sketches and clippings, and photographs. Primarily documenting her work as a member of the United States House of Representatives in Congress, 1970-1974, and her prior and subsequent political career in Connecticut.

Mount Holyoke College
25 objects found in collection
Ella Tambussi Grasso Papers

Entretiens de Pontigny; gatherings of intellectuals in France, founded in 1910 as Decades de Pontigny and held at Mount Holyoke College in 1942-1944. Records consist of correspondence, meeting minutes, article, press releases, schedules, programs, a guest register and photographs relating to the meetings at Mount Holyoke Include letters by Gustave Cohen, Jean Andre Wahl, Dorothy Canfield Fisher, Beatrice Fry Hyslop, Jacques Maritain, Cecile Jahiel, Auguste Viatte, Andre Spire, Marcelle de Manziarly, Boris Mirkine-Guetzevitch, and Mrs. Raymond de Saussure.

Mount Holyoke College
193 objects found in collection
Entretiens de Pontigny Records

These are highlights from the papers of Eqbal Ahmad, scholar, teacher, writer, international political activist. Ahmad was Professor of Politics and Middle East Studies at Hampshire College from 1982 to 1997. The digital collection consists of primarily correspondence. Refer to the finding aid for more information about the entire collection.

Hampshire College
2 objects found in collection
Letter from the Eqbal Ahmad papers

Mount Holyoke College Faculty and Staff Biographical Files, circa 1837-, contain correspondence, press releases, directories, lists, writings, notebooks, school papers, drawings, audiocassettes, DVDs, and photographs relating to individuals who have served as faculty or staff members of the College.

Mount Holyoke College
260 objects found in collection
Faculty and Staff Biographical Papers

Faculty Governance Records document the work of faculty members as those responsible for developing and regulating the academic program at Mount Holyoke College.

Mount Holyoke College
61 objects found in collection
Faculty Governance Records

Fiske, Fidelia, 1850-1895; Teacher and missionary. Mount Holyoke Female Seminary graduate, 1842. Mount Holyoke Female Seminary teacher, 1858-1864. Papers contain letters and her book entitled, "Recollections of Mary Lyon." Primarily consisting of letters regarding her journey to Persia and her founding of a girls' school while a missionary there.

Mount Holyoke College
42 objects found in collection
Fidelia Fiske Papers

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