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Tea Talk and Treats and Button Making this Tuesday!

Oct 22, 2012 by Leslie Fields

Are those Halloween costumes from 1912? No, but find out just what is happening with these MHC women dressed as mushrooms and ferns at tomorrow's tea talk in the Library's Stimson Room at 4pm! There will be treats, lots of wonderful MHC history from the Archives, and, of course, fabulous button making!



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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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Wendy Wasserstein, class of 1971, is the subject of a major new biography and a forthcoming exhibition

Aug 23, 2011 by Caroline J. White

Award-winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein, class of 1971, chronicled her generation with wit and compassion. Creator of some of the most memorable roles for women and some of the most incisive commentary on women's lives, she is now the subject of a revealing new biography, Wendy and the Lost Boys, by Julie Salamon, published this month by Penguin Press.

Read the review in the New York Times.

Listen to the story on NPR.

Wendy, who died in 2006 at the age of 55, will also be celebrated during the 2011-2011 academic year with an exhibition of her personal papers, including photographs and memorabilia, along with many other events on campus showcasing her work and her life. The exhibition, curated by Archives and Special Collections, which holds the Wendy Wasserstein Papers, opens October 28 in the Art Museum.

Jorge Knows: A Great Year!

May 09, 2011 by Leigh Mantle

Congratulations on a wonderful year.  Jorge enjoyed the 2010-2011 academic year and has lots of photos to add to his scrapbook.  Here's a new favorite of Jorge with President Pasquerella on Pangy Day.


While you're packing for the summer, a few reminders from LITS: 

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Frances Perkins' Labor Legacy

Feb 28, 2011 by Lori Satter

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire that took place in New York City on March 25th and in celebration of Women’s History Month in March, Mount Holyoke College’s Archives and Special Collections exhibits items from its Frances Perkins Papers collection.


Frances Perkins looks on as FDR signs the Social Security Act into law, 1935

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Jorge Knows: Summertime!

May 13, 2010 by Leigh Mantle

 Photo Credit: Mary Stettner

Ahh, the end of final exams...Jorge has started his summer by relaxing in the LITS wellhead (a.k.a. hot tub) with some tunes and literally interpreting the inscription "You who are thirsty, come and drink freely" with a nice, cold Rao's iced tea.  If you need some good books or DVDs while you de-stress, LITS is open and the LITS End of May Schedule is available for Reunions and Commencement.  

Before you escape for summer:

Please return all library books and other materials (DVDs, laptops, etc.) to circulation. 

2.) If you wrote an honors paper (kudos!), submit your honors paper so that future scholars may benefit from your work.

3.) If you're graduating, read all about the perks of being an MHC alumnae with LITS Services for Alumnae.

4.) Subscribe to the LITS blog so you can keep up with the latest news and receive postcards from Jorge's travels this summer. 

5.) Get some sleep :) and then celebrate your achievement. 

Congratulations and best wishes for a wonderful summer from LITS!

Photo Credit: Mary Stettner

Celebrating An Extraordinary Life: Virginia Apgar

Jun 04, 2009 by Leigh Mantle

Dr. Virginia Apgar (June 7, 1909 - August 7, 1974)

Mount Holyoke College has many famous alumnae and one them would have celebrated her 100th birthday on June 7th.  Dr. Virginia Apgar was born June 7, 1909 and graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1929.  A couple of her achievements were developing the Apgar Score and becoming the first woman to be made full professor at a medical school (Columbia University School of Physicians).  The National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health exhibit Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians included Dr. Virginia Apgar's biography with pictures from the Mount Holyoke College Archives & Special Collections.

Visit the Mount Holyoke College Archives & Special Collections for more information about this extraordinary woman.   

Virginia Apgar Collection, 1962-Present (Mount Holyoke College Archives & Special Collections, Call Number: LD 7082.18 Apgar)
Apgar, Virginia, 1909-1974; physician and anesthesiologist. Mount
Holyoke College graduate, 1929. Collection contains a transcript of an
oral history interview, biographical information, material relating to
a postage stamp issued in her honor, an exhibit catalogue and a student
paper concerning her, material about the Columbia University Apgar
Symposium in 2002, Apgar family material, her National Women’s Hall of
Fame Medal, and photographs; consisting primarily of magazine and
newspaper articles about the Apgar score, her work for the National
Foundation (later the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation) and the
Apgar commemorative postage stamp. 

Virginia Apgar: Innovative Female Physician and Inventor of the Apgar Score by Melanie Ann Apel (Mount Holyoke College Archives & Special Collections, Call Number: LD 7082.18 Apgar) (Juvenile Literature)