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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 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]

LITS Honors Our Graduating Student Workers

May 02, 2012 by Debra Morrissey

Library, Information and Technology Services (LITS) is honoring our student assistants in the Class of 2012.

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A Day in the Life of Archives & Special Collections: New Acquisitions Arrive!

Mar 22, 2012 by Leslie Fields

A day when new acquisitions arrive in Archives & Special Collections always feels to me like a childhood birthday and Christmas morning rolled into one. This past Monday, March 19, was just such a day because we received this exciting package from Christine Tacq at the p's and q's press in England:


 Oooh! Let’s unwrap and take a closer look...

Carefully bundled here in bubble wrap and tissue paper are four wondrous books created by Ms. Tacq in Thame, Oxfordshire. All four are new additions to the Virginia Ross Collection. 

Established during 1994, the Ross Collection is a book arts collection principally comprised of selections of books and ephemera printed by contemporary private presses. English presses are well-represented, as well as works from presses in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France, Holland, Belgium, Spain, and Wales. There also are several American presses represented, including Gehenna (“Skulls”), Double Elephant, Grabhorn and Providence. The patrons of the Collection, George Berkeley Ross and his daughter, Virginia (MHC Class of 1966), wish to encourage contemporary private printers of fine books and acquire some of the long overlooked editions of earlier presses.

Our four new arrivals are:

Sleep Walking Through Trees; anthology for those born later: "Layered images, based on links between generations, pay homage to poems that refer to particular trees. Text is printed on Somerset Velvet rag paper in 24 pt Garamond opposite 7 full-page colour etchings, with collagraph elements that create blind embossing on the reverse, and 4 smaller etchings. Tactile qualities are exploited throughout the book to give a sense of sleepwalking through time. The prints are interleaved with mulberry tissue and the book is bound in screen-printed linen canvas." In other words: it is stunning.


A Memorable Fancy; Une Vision Mémorable: "A book of contrasts created in collaboration with Azul Editions in Paris. This book juxtaposes the French and English language and images of heaven and hell in woodcuts by José San Martin and etchings by Christine Tacq, inspired by Blake’s text. The text is in Garamond, on Somerset paper. Khadi papers used inside the special solander case echoes the colours of the naturally tarnished copper strip set into the cover."

Coffee Times: "By Christine Tacq with various quotes from Paul-Jean Toulet, Charlotte Brontë and others; letterpress on chine collé for the cover and copied as ink jet printed text, over-printed with drypoint and collagraph images." (I especially love Christine's use of coffee filter pockets to hold the cards!)



Sonnet XL111: "Shakespeare's sonnet; stamp printed letterpress on chine collé for the cover and copied as ink jet printed text, over-printed with drypoint and collagraph images."


These new acquisitions will be cataloged and available for study in the Archives & Special Collections Reading Room in Dwight Hall. We’re open Monday through Friday, 9:30 to noon and 1 to 4:30. Please stop by to welcome Ms. Tacq's wonderful works of art to Mount Holyoke!

Galileo’s Muse in the Library Court

Nov 23, 2011 by Jennifer King


November 16 - December 16, 2011,

Williston Court

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Simmons library students are learning how to build a digital library using a scrapbook from Mount Holyoke College’s Archives and Special Collections

Nov 16, 2011 by Jennifer King

This fall, for the first time, Simmons, which is based in Boston, is
offering a class in digital libraries to its Western Mass. students. And
the digital scrapbook they are creating was donated by a Mount Holyoke
alumna, Virginia Drosten, class of 1969. This project is a collaboration between Simmons and the Archives and Special Collections and Digital Assets and Preservation Services departments in LITS.[Read More]

Wendy Wasserstein Exhibition, Talk and Reception on Thursday 11/10 at 4:00 pm

Nov 04, 2011 by Jennifer King

In celebration of the grand opening of the Wendy Wasserstein Papers and multimedia exhibition, The Uncommon Life of Wendy Wasserstein by Mount Holyoke's Archives and Special Collections, Julie Salamon, New York Times bestselling author of Wendy and the Lost Boys: The Uncommon Life of Wendy Wasserstein, will visit Mount Holyoke on November 10.

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Ross Collection Exhibition

May 19, 2011 by Jennifer King

Williston Library Court, May 18 – June 4, 2011

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