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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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Group photographs are chiefly of Mount Holyoke students from 1851 to the present. These photographs include images of students in classrooms, laboratories, and residence halls, at dances, on dates and picnics, and engaged in other social or recreational activities. The unidentified individuals photographs consist almost entirely of formal portraits, probably of women associated with Mount Holyoke as students, faculty, or staff from the 1860s through the 1920s.

Mount Holyoke College

435 items found in collection

Group and unidentified individuals photographs

The Archive consists of a series of oral histories conducted by each student in the Pandemics seminar. The interviews are intentionally short - 20 minutes or so - with each focusing on a single aspect of life in the United States since the onset of the COVID19 in February, 2020. Students conduct interviews on a range of topics, including how people experienced the disease itself; how working lives have been affected, including not working as a result of job loss; issues of food and food insecurity.

Hampshire College

1 item found in collection

COVID-19 Oral History Archive

Hartwell, Hannah Louisa Plimpton Peet, 1823-1908; Teacher and missionary. Mount Holyoke Female Seminary graduate, 1848. Papers contain four volumes of journals and notebooks, correspondence, Plimpton family correspondence, biographical information, and a photograph.

Mount Holyoke College

196 items found in collection

Hannah Plimpton Hartwell papers

Harriette A. Wells Royce, 1827-1892, attended Mount Holyoke Female Seminary from 1845 to 1846. Her papers consist of journals, primarily noting her daily activities at Mount Holyoke and her life upon return to the family farm.

Mount Holyoke College

2 items found in collection

Harriette A. Wells Royce journals

Research scientist, writer, and founder of the Zoology Department at Smith College. The Wilder papers reflect a single, overarching theme: Wilder is a man of science. Though both personal and professional papers are included in this collection, very few documents fall outside of this portrait. Materials include biographical material, photographs, writings, memorabilia, scrapbooks, research materials, slides, and diaries. Also included are an autobiography of his youth and correspondence, including 22 items from mentor and Amherst College professor John Tyler.

Smith College

2 items found in collection

Harris Hawthorne Wilder Papers

Hart-Lester Harris (Class of 1913) is an alumna of Smith College. The collection contains correspondence, diaries, news clippings, memorabilia and photographs describing the student life and Harris' perspectives. Topics range broadly from exams to professors, college and community social events, basketball and dramatics, cross-college events at Amherst College and Mount Holyoke, home life and trips to large cities, such as New York City and Boston.

Smith College

31 items found in collection

Hart-Lester Harris papers

Lay, Helen Brainerd; Librarian. Mount Holyoke Female Seminary graduate, 1887. Papers consist of a collection of book-plates designed and engraved by her brother-in-law, Edwin Davis French. Other material consists of the work of Cleora Wheeler, Octave Uzanne, K. Nakata and Yumimaro Ohmori. The correspondence is between Helen Brainerd Lay, Mount Holyoke College librarians, book-plate engravers, and other collectors. Also contains some periodicals, catalogs, advertisements, and supplementary books.

Mount Holyoke College

57 items found in collection

Helen Brainerd Lay bookplate collection

The Helle collection of Plath family photographs was assembled by June Johnson Helle with additions from her mother, Martha Plath Johnson, and her aunt, Frieda Plath Heinrichs, who were sisters of Otto Emil Plath. The collection is comprised of photographs of Otto Emil Plath and his siblings, as well as his wife, Aurelia Schober Plath; their two children, Warren and Sylvia Plath; and their Schober relatives.

Smith College

120 items found in collection

Helle collection of Plath family photographs

Travel journal and notebook belonging to James B. Sleigh, of Glasgow, Scotland. Contains account of trip from Jun 22-29th 1861 in Scottish mountains, as well as an accounting of costs from the trip and scraps of poetry. The narrative account describes includes train, boat, coach and foot travel from Loch Lommond to Ft. William, and to Oban. In addition, there is an account of walking up Ben Nevis.

Mount Holyoke College

No items found

James Sleigh travel journal

Jane Scudder, ca. 1828-1906, attended Mount Holyoke Female Seminary from 1844 to 1846. Correspondence consists of 15 letters to her parents, primarily describing her life at Mount Holyoke.

Mount Holyoke College

16 items found in collection

Jane Scudder correspondence

Bird, Jeanne Yvonne Pinard, 1914-1953; Housewife. Mount Holyoke College graduate, 1935 and M.A., 1936. Papers consist of professional records, photographs, newspaper articles, a small watercolor, and a travel diary. Primarily focusing on her experiences while accompanying her husband in Europe at the beginning of World War II.

Mount Holyoke College

3 items found in collection

Jeanne Pinard Bird papers