101 North Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania 19010

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.

Browsing as Anonymous (not verified)
26655 items


Nathalie Clotilde Gookin (1900-1980) was a graduate of Bryn Mawr College class of 1920. She won the Western States Scholarship upon being admitted and, as a freshman, was the youngest person at the College in 1916. She lived in Rockefeller dorm all four years, played field hockey, and majored in English and Latin. She was also a member of the English and French clubs. This collection primarily contains letters written by Gookin to her parents and her aunt, Nathalie Kennedy, while a student at Bryn Mawr, 1916-1920. It also includes four of her diaries, 1916-1919. Common subjects in her letters include the stress of her workload, homesickness, lectures, professors, social life in the dorms, small-scale activities, and larger, college-wide events and traditions

Bryn Mawr College logo

1178 items

Nathalie Gookin Papers

The Single Leaf Manuscripts Collection features several dozen medieval manuscripts donated by Sigmund Harrison. Most of these are religious texts and written in Latin. Additional highlights of this collection, gifts of Felix Usis, include six papal bulls, a document sealed by Queen Elizabeth I, a legal document signed by Louis XV, a letter signed by Philip II of Spain to the man in charge of supplies for his armada, and a few Arabic manuscripts, including one with an extraordinary illustration of a medieval battle scene.

Bryn Mawr College logo

199 items

Single Leaf Manuscripts

The Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women Workers in Industry, which ran from 1921 to 1938, was a residential summer school program that brought approximately 100 young working women—mostly factory workers with minimal education—to the Bryn Mawr College campus for eight weeks of liberal arts study. Conceived as part of the workers' education movement in the 1920s and 30s, the program was the first of its kind aimed at women in the United States. The School is also notable because in 1926, at the suggestion of students and against former College President and SSWWI founder M. Carey Thomas's wishes, Hilda Worthington Smith admitted five African-American students to the summer school at a time when Bryn Mawr College had no Black graduates. This collection includes photographs, mostly donated by SSWWI alumnae/i.

Bryn Mawr College logo

210 items

Summer School for Women Workers in Industry

Susan FitzGerald (1908- 2013) was the daughter of noted suffragist and founder of Bryn Mawr’s Self-Government Association, Susan Walker FitzGerald, and a graduate of Bryn Mawr College class of 1929. Following graduation, she taught Spanish and German from 1930 to 1945 before becoming the director of English language programs at the United States Information Agency. This collection contains letters from FitzGerald to her family during her sophomore and junior years at Bryn Mawr College.

Bryn Mawr College logo

60 items

Susan FitzGerald Papers

Susan Walker FitzGerald (1871-1943) was a graduate of Bryn Mawr College class of 1893. During her time at Bryn Mawr, she founded the Self-Government Association (the first student government organization in the nation, which survives today) and served as class president. Following graduation, she worked as secretary to the dean of the College, M. Carey Thomas, from 1893 to 1894; she continued in this role after Thomas became Bryn Mawr's president, from 1894 to 1895. FitzGerald is best known for her long commitment to the struggle for women's suffrage and her involvement in progressive political organizations, including the Boston Equal Suffrage Association for Good Government, the Massachusetts Woman's Suffrage Association, and the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA). She was elected in 1922 as the first female Democrat to enter the Massachusetts House of Representatives. This collection primarily contains letters from FitzGerald to her parents while she was a student at Bryn Mawr College and letters from fellow students to FitzGerald regarding the formation of the Student Government Association.

Bryn Mawr College logo

47 items

Susan Walker FitzGerald Papers

American playwright and theatrical producer Theresa Helburn (1887-1959) was a graduate of Bryn Mawr College class of 1908. Helburn had a long and distinguished career on Broadway and was a co-founder and producer of the New York Theatre Guild from 1919 to the 1950s. This collection includes over 1100 photographs related to Helburn's work on behalf of the Theatre Guild. Due to copyright restrictions, some images are restricted to the TriCollege community.

Bryn Mawr College logo

1131 items

Theresa Helburn Theater Photography


Other Participating Institutions