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The TriCollege Libraries Digital Collections include unique and rare archival collections, manuscripts, publications, ephemera, maps, photographs, and audiovisual content, including oral histories, from Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges. The materials available reflect the strengths and collecting priorities of each institution. To browse the collections of an individual institution, use the "All Institutions" drop down menu below.
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Lucy Evans Chew (1895-1974 ) was a graduate of Bryn Mawr College class of 1918. At Bryn Mawr, she served on the editorial board of The Lantern, as president of the French Club, business manager of the Glee Club, and the class editor for the Alumnae Bulletin. She married Samuel Claggett Chew, Professor of English at Bryn Mawr College, soon after her graduation in 1918. This collection includes one of Chew’s diaries, 1923-1924, in which she writes about her time at Bryn Mawr.

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Lucy Evans Chew Papers

Lucy Taxis Shoe Meritt (1906- 2003) was an acclaimed archaeologist, scholar, teacher, and editor who received B.A, M.A, and Ph.D degrees from Bryn Mawr College. Shoe Meritt taught at Mount Holyoke College and the University of Texas at Austin, was a fellow at the American Academy of Rome, and served as the Editor of Publications for the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. Additionally, she was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study and the American Institute of Archaeology. She received the Gold Medal of the Archaeological Institute of America for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement in 1976. This collection includes four of Shoe Meritt’s diaries, 1924-1927, from her freshman year to her first year as a graduate student at Bryn Mawr College.

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Lucy T. Shoe Meritt Papers

M. Carey Thomas (1857-1935) became the first Dean and head of the English Department when Bryn Mawr College opened in 1884. Following the death of the college's first president, James Rhoads, in 1894, she was elected to succeed him in the position. She used her position to both expand the College, ensuring several new buildings were constructed on campus, and to influence college policies. Thomas was involved in the women's suffrage movement and an early promoter of adding a sex-based equal rights amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Although she was interested in rights for white, Anglo-Saxon women, Thomas's legacy of racism and antisemitism kept both Black and Jewish students out of Bryn Mawr even after she stepped down as president. This collection is comprised of documents from both Thomas's personal papers and the official records that survive from her time at Bryn Mawr College, including office subject files and a great deal of personal correspondence.

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M. Carey Thomas Papers

Machteld Johanna Mellink (1917-2006) was an archaeologist and faculty member in the department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at Bryn Mawr College for five decades. The images in this collection were digitized from Mellink's collection of 35mm Kodachrome slides, taken in Turkey, Greece, Syria, Cyprus, Iraq, and Iran between the 1950s and 1990s. The project was made possible with the financial and logistical assistance of ARTstor.

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Machteld J. Mellink Collection of Archaeological Site Photography

Family papers of Mariana Wright Chapman. Includes her correspondence received while she was active in suffrage activities in New York State, 1893-1900, family letters, particularly between Mariana and Noah, and the correspondence of the Wrights, the Chapmans, and of her son, A.Wright Chapman. 

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Photograph of three women sitting on a porch, one of whom holding a baby

Marie Litzinger (1899-1952) was a graduate of Bryn Mawr College class of 1920. While at Bryn Mawr, Litzinger received a European travel fellowship which allowed her to study at the University of Rome in 1923 and 1924. She earned a Master of Arts degree from Bryn Mawr in 1924. She began teaching mathematics at Mount Holyoke College in 1925, and simultaneously pursued doctoral studies at the University of Chicago, receiving her Ph.D. in 1934. In 1937, she became Chairman of the Department of Mathematics at Mt. Holyoke College, where she continued to teach until her death in 1952. This collection consists primarily of Litzinger’s letters to her parents and sisters during her years as an undergraduate at Bryn Mawr College through her time studying in Rome.

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Marie Litzinger Papers

This collection contains biographical information, personal correspondence (1856-1916), and writings (primarily diaries, 1858-1903) by Martha Schofield, a Pennsylvania teacher who taught free blacks in South Carolina and founded the Schofield Normal and Industrial School in Aiken, S.C. Also included are financial and legal papers and School bulletins, annual reports, and some other papers. Among the correspondents are Martha Schofield's extended family and Susan B. Anthony.

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Photograph portrait of Martha Scofield's head and shoulders looking left

Mary Ayer Rousmaniere (1878-1954) was a graduate of Bryn Mawr College class of 1901. She spent her junior year at Radcliffe College, but graduated from Bryn Mawr in 1901 with degrees in political science and history. Rousmaniere was involved in varsity basketball, Mandolin and Banjo Club, and class plays. After graduating from Bryn Mawr, she pursued graduate studies at Radcliffe College (1901-1902) and Simmons College (1905-1906). This collection includes one of Rousmaniere’s diaries, spanning her freshman through junior years, 1897-1900. Rousmaniere’s diary offers insight into student athletics and academics, social life, and differences between her experiences at Bryn Mawr and Radcliffe Colleges.

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Mary Ayer Rousmaniere Diary

This collection includes letters to Mary G. Otis written by her mother and father, Susanna I. and James H. Otis, and her aunt, Sarah H. Otis. These relate primarily to family and local news. One letter of interest, written by Sarah H. Otis, quotes from Theodore Parker, describes his personal character, and muses on the similarities between Parker and the Quakers.

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Black and white photograph of Mary G. Otis's head and shoulders

Mary Whitall Worthington (d. 1912) was a graduate of Bryn Mawr College class of 1910 and the president of the Bryn Mawr chapter of the Woman’s Equal Suffrage League. She was the niece of the College’s second president, M. Carey Thomas. After graduating from Bryn Mawr, Worthington attended Johns Hopkins Medical School but died as the result of congenital heart failure in January 1912. This collection primarily includes Worthington’s diaries, covering her time at Bryn Mawr College and her first year of medical school at Johns Hopkins University and interspersed with photographs, correspondence, and ephemera. They are extensive and eloquent reflections on Worthington’s life as a young woman attending college in the early 20th century. The collection also includes Worthington’s notes, a speech written for a Suffrage League meeting, and a handwritten play.

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Mary Whitall Worthington Papers

The collection contains papers of Mira Sharpless Townsend, a major Quaker social activist and reformer in Philadelphia. Mira Sharpless Townsend (1798-1859) was born in Philadelphia, attended Friends Select School, and in 1828 married Samuel Townsend (1800-1887). He was a member of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting by whom she had six children, only two surviving to adulthood: Emily Sharpless Townsend who married Powell Stackhouse and Clara Gordon Townsend, married William Penn Troth. During the 1840's, Mira Townsend became an active and vocal social activist who wrote and published a variety of poetry and articles which reflected her strong views regarding women, slavery, temperance and capital punishment.

She also was the driving force behind the founding of the Rosine Association. In January 1847, at a meeting of the Society for the Abolition of Capital Punishment, she announced her desire to form a society "to open a house for the reformation, employment and instruction of females, who had led immoral lives." The result was the establishment of the Rosine. Mira Townsend was on the committee of five to create a Constitution and served as a Manager and Treasurer for the organization until her death. Encouraged by the support for the Rosine Association, Mira Townsend, together with others including her sister Eliza Parker, established a Temporary Home, a boarding house for destitute women and children. Townsend traveled to Harrisburg to petition the all-male state legislature for funding which was approved, and her case books record in detail her visits to unfortunate women.

Her extensive collection of correspondence, poetry, and related materials reflect her goals and political and social activism, and the case books offer documention of the lives of the women she sought to help. Her journals, letters, and poetry reflect her devotion to friends and family, especially to her two daughters, and her wide range of interests.

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Photograph of Mira Sharpless Townsend writing at a table

This collection of images of 33 letters written by Mohandas K. Gandhi includes twenty letters written to Reginald Reynolds between 1929 and 1946, six letters to Richard B. Gregg between 1927 and 1953, and single letters to Jane Addams, Horace Alexander, C.Y. Chintamani, John H. Holmes, Hannah C. Hull, Dorothy Newman, and one unknown recipient. An essay about the Gandhi-Reynolds correspondence is available.

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Handwritten letter from Mohandas Gandhi discussing the use of one of his speeches