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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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Consists of reports, correspondence, minutes, course descriptions, articles, brochures, manuals, booklets, scrapbooks, newsletters, questionnaires, recollections, announcements, certificates, lists, audio cassettes, and photographs documenting the impact of various wars in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East on students, faculty, administrators, and alumnae of Mount Holyoke College. Most materials concern World War I (1914-1918), World War II (1939-1945), and the Vietnam War (1961-1975).

Mount Holyoke College

103 items found in collection

Mount Holyoke College war collection

Mount Holyoke journal letters and notebooks date from 1843-1889 and were compiled by teachers at the school. They contain descriptions and discussions of events, students, teachers, visitors, donations, and improvements to buildings and grounds. Notebook VI also includes newspaper articles from 1856-1868 that provide insight into popular perceptions of Mount Holyoke.

76 items found in collection

Mount Holyoke journal letters and notebooks

Mount Holyoke Seminary and College scrapbooks date from circa 1837-1954 and were compiled by teachers, administrators, and alumnae including Anna C. Edwards, Class of 1859, a faculty member from 1868-1892 and Associate Principal from 1883-1888. These volumes primarily contain newspaper articles describing ceremonies, lectures, and other events at the school, improvements to the campus, and the activities of students, faculty, and staff. Some scrapbooks also contain programs, invitations, tickets, magazine articles, and notes.

Mount Holyoke College

25 items found in collection

Mount Holyoke Seminary and College scrapbooks

Leighton, Nathaniel Wilson, 1833-1899; Physician and United States Army surgeon. Papers consist of diaries, correspondence and United States Civil War material. Primarily documenting his work as a surgeon during the Civil War.

Mount Holyoke College

11 items found in collection

Nathaniel W. Leighton papers

Nkenge Touré is a political and civil rights activist, health reformer, and feminist, who has written and presented extensively with regard to rights and justice for women of color. The Nkenge Touré papers are comprised of materials pertaining to Touré’s activism in health reform, civil and political rights for African American women, and her professional and public life.

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Smith College

24 items found in collection

Nkenge Touré papers

Noss family. Christopher Noss and Lura Boyer Noss, d. 1907, and Carol Day Noss and 12 children. Papers consist of correspondence between the family while the parents were missionaries in Japan. Principally documenting the education of two of the children, Frederick Boyer Noss, 1901-, and Anna Isabel (Annabelle) Noss Welty, 1899-2000, in addition to family matters, home life, report cards, and academic life. Also includes genealogical and biographical information provided by the donor.

Mount Holyoke College

6 items found in collection

Noss family papers

The William Allan Neilson collection documents his official duties as President of Smith College. The collection includes correspondence, subject files, organization files, and confidential files. Neilson's collaboration with trustees is demonstrated in the correspondence files. His involvement in the development of the curriculum, alumnae relations, construction of buildings, and the basic running of the college is highlighted in the subject files. Of particular interest in the organization files is information on donors to Smith College. The confidential files document the acquisition of pieces of art for the Smith College gallery.

Smith College

1 item found in collection

Office of President William Allan Neilson Files

Office of the President records concern activities, issues, and events during the administrations of Mount Holyoke College presidents.

Mount Holyoke College

226 items found in collection

Office of the President records

The Origins and governance collection brings together materials concerning the creation and administration of Mount Holyoke College, an institution for the higher education of women that was founded by Mary Lyon, granted a charter as Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, and opened in 1837. Materials date from 1834 to the present and include a ledger notebook, charters, acts, regulations, minutes, planning documents, publications, speeches, questionnaires, drawings, and photographs.

Mount Holyoke College

367 items found in collection

Origins and governance collection

The Population and Development Program at Hampshire College ("PopDev") is a center for critical thinking, learning and advocacy on population and the environment. It is a sister program of the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program (CLPP) at Hampshire. Records found in this community include the issue paper series DifferenTakes, and in the future may include reports, statements, and other publications produced by PopDev. DifferenTakes issue papers provide alternative news and analysis on sexual and reproductive health, population control, the environment, climate change, immigrant rights and militarization.

Hampshire College

88 items found in collection

Logo from Different Takes issue paper

The Prison Birth Project (2008-2017) worked to "support, encourage, and train currently and formerly incarcerated mothers and trans* parents to become community leaders within a reproductive justice framework." The records include administrative files, program and event planning materials, forms, newsletters and other publications related to midwifery and the Prison Birth Project. Of particular interest are photos and videos of various events; curriculum materials related to Doula training; and records related to the organization's work on anti-shackling legislation. [source: PBP website]

Smith College

1 item found in collection

Prison Birth Project banner

This record group is comprised of materials related to special programs at Smith College, including but not limited to the honors program, honor societies (Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi), Junior Year Abroad programs, and the Gloria and Wilma School for Organizers.

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, contact us.


Smith College

1 item found in collection

Record Group 50. Special Programs