Documenting the History of Women in Higher Education


College Women is a searchable collection of diaries, letters, scrapbooks, and photographs from the archives of a select group of the earliest women’s colleges in the United States, the Seven Sisters. These materials document more than one hundred years of educational experience beginning in the mid-19th century. Read more →

Posted on November 7 2017 by Eric Pumroy, Bryn Mawr College Head of Special Collections

National Elections on Campus: "Wild Disorder and Tremendous Enthusiasm"

Elections were boisterous affairs on women’s college campuses a century ago, despite the fact that women did not have the right to vote. In 1908, Bryn Mawr junior Mary Whitall Worthington wrote at length about the raucous election eve parade, speeches and straw vote on campus in her diary.

Posted on October 27 2017 by Katie Prince, Class of 2019, and Mount Holyoke College Archives Summer Student Assistant 2017

Mary Lyon, Mount Holyoke founder and fitness enthusiast! (Or, The First Fifty Years of Physical Education)

  • Barnard College logo
  • Bryn Mawr College logo
  • Mount Holyoke College logo
  • Radcliffe Institute logo
  • Smith College logo
  • Vassar College logo
  • Lorem