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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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I Found Her In The Archives: The First Serbian at Mount Holyoke

Jul 31, 2012 by Jelena Jezdimirovic

I made a goal this summer; I decided to read and learn all I could about
famous Mount Holyoke Maries. The most obvious choice would be to start
from the very beginning, from the Mary, the one that built this school
in 1837 with her bare ten fingers and uncompromising will. I marched
into the stacks, armed with resolution and call numbers of the books
that haven’t been checked out in a long time. Why then, instead with
Mary Lyon, I decided to start my journey with Mary Woolley I am still
not sure. I call it the moment of Mount Holyoke wandering
sidetrack-ness, that one kind that always leads to amazing things  -  in this case the discovery of the first Serbian student at Mount Holyoke.   


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I Found It In The Archives: Courses at the Seminary

Jul 18, 2012 by Clara Bertagnolli

The purpose of Mount Holyoke College is to give women a good
undergraduate education. In the Archives, we have a great treasure
documenting the evolution of this education: the course catalogs.


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I Found It in the Archives: Giamatti and the Dante Collection

Jul 02, 2012 by Mohini Ufeli

I have made a series of discoveries working for Archives, and considering the fact that Mount Holyoke College is 175 years old, that really isn’t surprising. I very often discover the great deeds of alums and the really interesting lives they have lived. Do you know Paul Giamatti? Well, I recently made a discovery about him. (He is not an alum, do not worry.)


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A Day in the Life of Archives & Special Collections:What's in the Mail Today?

Jun 19, 2012 by Leslie Fields

You never know what the day's mail delivery will bring to Archives & Special Collections... 



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I Found It In The Archives: Historic Landscapes

Jun 15, 2012 by Clara Bertagnolli

Come to the Archives to see beautiful historic pictures of the campus landscape. Prospect Hill didn't always look the way it did today...

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Submitting your thesis to the Library

May 11, 2012 by Sarah Goldstein

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Read the Fireplace Finds!

May 08, 2012 by Leslie Fields

You are always welcome to visit the Archives & Special Collections reading room to see those items found in the Brigham fireplace in person. But if you are not on the Mount Holyoke campus and you want to see them, or if you want to take a look in the middle of the night, you are more than welcome to do that now too! 


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