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Archives Exhibit: Caroline Henderson's Letters from the Dust Bowl

Nov 19, 2012 by Leslie Fields

Ken Burns' new documentary, "The Dust Bowl," begins with the story of Caroline Henderson, MHC Class of 1901. Henderson farmed a land claim in the Oklahoma panhandle from 1907 until 1966, struggling 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 the Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections through the letters that she wrote to her classmate Rose Alden and to family members, along with other writings that she published in Practical Farmer and the Atlantic Monthly

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You're History!

Nov 08, 2012 by Elizabeth J Schmitt

Help the Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections make history this Founder’s Day! Archives & Special Collections asks all students, faculty, and staff to submit photos from your Founder’s Day activities. Let's document what life is like 175 years after our opening day! Please email photos to, post them to the LITS facebook page, or tweet them to the Archives at @LITSatMHC![Read More]

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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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: 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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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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Tea & Treats & Archives & Special Collections this Wednesday!

Sep 17, 2012 by Leslie Fields

Tea & Treats & Archives & Special Collections this Wednesday, September 19, from 4 to 5pm! Join us in the Stimson Room for the first LITS tea of the new semester and see Wonders of Archives & Special Collections; make buttons; hear lightning talks from fellow students; eat treats; and be there when we launch our new pinterest site! [Read More]

I Found Her in the Archives: Woah, Nellie!

Sep 13, 2012 by Sarah Poniros

Nellie Goldthwaite, a Chemistry professor at MHC in the early 1900s, was a highly respected chemist of her time.  She developed a gelatin powder that is used in commercial desserts today, namely Jello, but she has received little to no credit for her work.  In the wonderful Mount Holyoke tradition of giving influential women credit where credit is due, this blog post is all about Nellie and her contributions to science and holiday parties everywhere.


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I Found Them in the Archives: Yearbooks & Irrepressible MHC Students!

Sep 07, 2012 by Mohini Ufeli

Mount Holyoke College is a hundred and seventy-five years old and the irrepressible nature of her students hasn't changed in all that time! How do we know? Because the MHC yearbooks in Archives & Special Collections tell us so... 

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I Found It In The Archives: Tasty Recipes

Aug 16, 2012 by Clara Bertagnolli

Food may be prohibited for the sake of our unique documents, but we still love it here in the Archives and Special Collections! Come see a wide variety of recipes from across the ages, free for you to copy down and take home to try on your own.

Deacon Porter's hat, a traditional Founder's Day dessert 

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