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My College Years: A Snapshot of the Class of 1917

This is an exhibit about life for the Class of 1917 at Mount Holyoke College. The images and letters from Archives and Special Collections here will introduce you to their college life, fashions, and traditions. We hope that these materials will inspire you to visit ASC and consider where your story fits into the College's history. 

 
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Mary Woolley & Jeannette Marks: Life, Love, & Letters

Mary Woolley and Jeannette Marks were educators and partners who lived and worked at Mount Holyoke College during the early 1900s. The letters and photographs in this exhibition will introduce you to their life together, from their first meeting as Wellesley College professor and student to their retirement in upstate New York. We hope that these materials will inspire you to visit the Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections, and learn more about these women and their important plac...

 

The Photographs of Asa Kinney

From 1899 to 1939, Asa Kinney held the position of Botany and Plant Science Associate Professor Emeritus at Mount Holyoke College. Over the course of 41 years, Kinney extensively photographed the Mount Holyoke College campus, community, activities, natural environment, and architecture with a 5"x7" glass plate view camera. As a result, a collection of approximately two thousand glass plate negatives resides in Archives & Special Collections. This online exhibit highlights some of these long-hidden glimpses of campus life. Over time, mo...

 

Persistence and Existence: LGBTQ History at Mount Holyoke College

This exhibit exists to bring to light the numerous histories of queer culture on the Mount Holyoke campus and to show the necessary change over time that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning student organizations underwent. This exhibit can make no broad claims about queer people or LGBTQ+ culture -- Mount Holyoke communities are located in a specific contextual time and place that fosters the creation of particular types of organizations. This exhibit cannot account for the experien...

 

Love for the Earth, Loyalty to the Land: Caroline Henderson's Letters from the Dust Bowl

Caroline Boa Henderson, Mount Holyoke College Class of 1901, farmed a land claim in the Oklahoma Panhandle from 1907 until 1966. She struggled against recurring droughts, dust storms, extreme blizzards, and other disasters. And yet, through all of these troubles, she and her husband chose to stay on their land. 

Henderson's firsthand accounts of the Dust Bowl years are preserved in Archives and Special Collections through the letters she wrote to her Mount Holyoke classmate Rose Alden and to Alden's mother, along with other writings that she published in Practical Farmer and the Atlantic Monthl...

 

A Mount Holyoke Woman in Macedonia: Mary Matthews and the American School for Girls, 1888 to 1920

Curator Liz Knoll, Class of 2016 and a Lynk intern, tells the story of Mary Matthews, who was a Mount Holyoke student in the 1880s and then spent thirty-two years as a missionary educator in the turbulent Balkans. Matthews became an institution in the city of Monastir through the Balkan Wars and World War I. Throughout her tenure, she helped women and girls from all religious and ethnic backgrounds and provided refuge to many families who were affected by war. Her wor...
 

The Class of 1920: A Peek Into the Past

This exhibit explores the lives of the Mount Holyoke Class of 1920 during their years at the College. It paints a picture of their academic efforts as well as the social scene on campus, which reveals not only their dedication to their studies, but also their enthusiasm for Mount Holyoke traditions and connection to one another as a class. Despite the time lapse of 100 years, it's possible that you may even see a reflection of yourself in these students! 

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Goodnow Park and the Pepper Box

A Gathering at the Pepper Box, 1888-90

Goodnow Park! the Pepper Box! Lake Nonotuck! Hardly anyone today recognizes these names, yet between 1882 and 1920 they were the sites of lively activities at Mount Holyoke. They have been utterly lost. Only the Pepper Box has literally disappeared, torn down in 1920. The other two remain but their names have changed. Goodnow Park is now simply Prospect Hill, and Lake Nonotuck has reverted to the prosaic Lower Lake.

This exhibition brings these abandoned places back t...