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The Bryn Mawr College Library, Information and Technology Services (LITS) Division partners with Bryn Mawr College departments and community members to enable teaching, learning, research, and administrative work institution-wide by providing contemporary tools, data, scholarly resources, and expertise. Bryn Mawr College has three libraries: Canaday LibraryCarpenter Library, and Collier Library.

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This collection includes the diary and scrapbook of Helen Griffith, Bryn Mawr College class of 1905. The diary primarily documents her time at the college. She describes her day to day schedule, including classes she did and did not attend, gossip about friends, and her meal schedule. There are occasional time lapses in the latter part of the diary documenting her post graduate life. The scrapbook contains photographs and ephemera from Griffith's time at Bryn Mawr.

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Helen Griffith Papers

In Her Own Right is a project executed by members of the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL), with funding from the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). This collection contains digitized items from the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College, Swarthmore College Peace Collection, Bryn Mawr College Special Collections, and Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections that illuminate women's efforts to assert their rights and work for the rights of others in a variety of spheres in the century leading up to the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. Visit to view additional collections from other PACSCL libraries.

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Photograph of Pandita Ramabai Sarasvati's head and shoulders

Jean Scobie Davis (1892-1985) was a graduate of Bryn Mawr College class of 1914. After graduating, Davis traveled with her family to Neuchâtel, Switzerland, with the intention of studying French in preparation for taking graduate courses in Paris. The outbreak of World War I altered her plans and she instead studied economics and international law at the University of Geneva during the winter of 1914-1915. In March 1915, Davis left Switzerland for Paris and after a brief stay returned to the United States in July. Davis went on to teach economics and sociology at Agnes Scott College, Vassar College, Pierce College, Wells College, and the American Women’s College in Beirut. While working at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, Georgia, Davis developed an interest in prison reform, particularly in women’s prisons and reformatories for teenagers. She served on the Board of Visitors of the New York State Reformatory for Women at Bedford Hills, New York, for thirty-six years. This collection features letters written by Jean Scobie Davis to her parents and friends during her junior and senior years at Bryn Mawr College through her time in Geneva and Paris.

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Jean Scobie Davis Papers

Katrina Thomas (1927-2018) was a graduate of Bryn Mawr College class of 1949. After graduating, Thomas had a long career as a freelance photographer. She worked extensively in Africa and the Middle East, and her photographs have appeared in Time, Newsweek, Aramco World, and publications of the U.S. Information Agency. Thomas began photographing ethnic festivals and parades in the late 1960s as a way of documenting the increasingly diverse nature of American society. Within a few years, she focused on weddings, in which she could see the importance of cultural traditions to a community more clearly than in the often-scripted and commercialized festivals. Capturing the weddings on film highlighted a community’s religious and cultural traditions while revealing how those traditions were changing in a new world. Her ethnic wedding photographs were featured in Something Old, Something New: Ethnic Weddings in America, a traveling exhibit cosponsored by Modern Bride and the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies in Philadelphia in the 1980s. This collection includes 800 photographs captured by Thomas between 1963 and 2001, documenting the ways in which immigrant groups maintain and adapt wedding practices in the United States. While the greatest number took place in recent immigrant families, there are also many in older immigrant communities. Thomas sought out weddings where the family had decided to maintain or revive their group’s ceremonial traditions, although often enacting them within a contemporary context.

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Katrina Thomas Ethnic Wedding Photographs

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


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