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 April 23 2018 by Evan McGonagill

Seven Sisters Colleges Launch Updated & Expanded Portal

The Seven Sisters colleges announce the completion of a two year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. College Women: Documenting the History of Women in Higher Education funded the digitization of a wealth of student letters, diaries, scrapbooks and photographs. As a result of the project, the institutions digitized more than 75,000 pages of documents from over 100 collections of student writings from the middle of the nineteenth century to World War II.

Posted on March 14 2018 by The College Women Project Team

Using the Site: The College Women "Themes"

Items in College Women have been assigned one or more Themes by their contributing institutions. Themes is a custom metadata field developed by the College Women project team, which is intended to facilitate better curatorial connections between our materials and to enable scholars and students to easily pull together related results. The terms describe commonly occurring broad subjects that emerge across the collections.

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