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Essay and General Literature Index Retrospective

Dec 06, 2012 by Nick Baker

What was that famous essay on “camp?” And who wrote it? Turn to the Essay and General Literature Index Retrospective for the answer - a search for “camp” brings it right to the surface. According to the Index, a new addition to our library resources, Susan Sontag wrote “Notes on ‘Camp’” and you can read it in Against
interpretation, and other essays
, p. 275-92.

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Nineteenth Century Collections Online: Immediate access to rare historical letters, diaries, manuscripts, books and more!

Nov 30, 2012 by Julie Adamo

Image of NCCO masthead

Ever wanted to peruse playbills from 19th century theater productions on your desktop? Or learn about previously undiscovered women writers? Ever wanted to read some historical British working class autobiographies or rare radical and labour periodicals? These are just a few of the types of materials and topics that you can explore in the newly acquired Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) database. 

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The Liberator: 19th century abolitionist newspaper at your finger tips

Nov 16, 2012 by Alice Whiteside

We've recently acquired a subscription to the full run of the Boston-based abolitionist newspaper The Liberator (1831-1865)!

The Liberator masthead

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Gerritsen Collection: Historic and Primary Sources in Women's History

Nov 09, 2012 by Chrissa Godbout

historic images of women
What was "women's work" in the early 19th century?  View the complete "Woman's Encyclopedia" from 1800.  What were women in the mid 1800's in other countries writing about suffrage?  Read The claim of Englishwomen to the suffrage constitutionally considered from 1867.  Our new subscription to The Gerritsen Collection gives full text access to thousands of publications as far back as 1543 about women's history including suffrage, women's movements, feminism and women's rights.

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I Found It in the Archives: Women's Suffrage

Nov 06, 2012 by Clara Bertagnolli

Suffragettes rally for “Votes for Women,” circa 1916

The Presidential election is upon us, and most students who haven't voted by absentee ballot will take a bus today from Blanchard to the South Hadley High School, where the polls are set up. On November 5, 1895, students cast in their votes for a different cause: suffrage! Massachusetts held a state-wide vote to see how interested its citizens were in granting suffrage to women. To see who was interested, Wellesley, Smith, and Mount Holyoke each had their students cast votes. In the end, Wellesley and Smith found themselves in favor. It may come as a surprise that Mount Holyoke actually came out against women’s suffrage, 114 to 185. The state’s majority also went against.


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Jorge Knows Halloween

Oct 31, 2012 by Mary Stettner


And he's not afraid to dress up for it, this year in a costume inspired by a combination of one of his fiction favorites and a recent meteorological event of monstrous proportions.  Speaking of fiction, Jorge also knows a great trick for finding horror books and movies in the library collection: searching the Five College Libraries Catalog by genre . . .

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Cambridge Histories Online

Oct 30, 2012 by Bryan Goodwin

New to an historical topic or time period?  Looking for background information to begin researching a term paper?[Read More]

I Found It in Special Collections: Beatrix Potter

Oct 15, 2012 by Emily Wells

The story of how nine, first-edition books by Beatrix Potter found their way into the Mount Holyoke Special Collections...


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Explore Primary Sources from Early American History!

Oct 11, 2012 by James Burke

Did you know that you have access to more than 37,000 books, pamphlets and broadsides from the early years of American history? slavery

You can easily find and download original documents from a wide spectrum of life in 17th and 18th century America.  From social movements, economics, cooking, and foreign affairs to literature, Native American tribes, music, religion, slavery, and witchcraft, these documents cover just about any  topic imaginable!

Starting at the LITS homepage, just click on the link for "E-resources A-Z" and scroll down to Early American Imprints to begin your explorations in primary source materials!


I Found It in Special Collections: 1611 King James Bible

Sep 27, 2012 by Alena McNamara

Even after three years of working in Special Collections,
the rare book stacks can still surprise me.  A couple of weeks ago, that surprise took the form of a King James Bible from 1611—the first year that this translation was printed.

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