“The Best Thing in a Girl’s Life”: Early Women’s Colleges in Fiction and Fact


 Elizabeth Maguire scrapbook


Many college girls kept scrapbooks and albums into which they pasted photos, playbills, exam papers, invitations to teas, letters from home, dance cards, newspaper clippings, valentines, and the hundred and one other pieces of paper they valued.  We are fortunate to have several dozen photo albums and scrapbooks from the early years of Bryn Mawr.  Most of the items on the “scrapbook pages” you will find throughout the exhibition are reproduced from albums in the College Archives.

 Ruby Waller scrapbook

 Louise Congdon scrapbook

The College Girl

Bryn Mawr College Library