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Friends of the Library

Friends of the Library membership provides our Friends with the opportunity to contribute to the life of the Library and the College.

The Library benefits from annual membership dues and endowment income that:

  • Employs undergraduate and graduate interns in Special Collections
  • Purchases new materials to build our collections
  • Conserves sensitive bindings and fragile books
  • Improves services to students and faculty using the Bryn Mawr Library today


Calendar of Events


Ancient Life on Greek Pottery

March 30 to June 1, 2015
Hours: Noon – 4:30 pm daily

Class of 1912 Rare Book Room, Canaday Library

Bryn Mawr College

Curated by Robert Sutton, professor emeritus of Classical Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, the exhibition reveals a complicated portrait of the people and the cultures associated with the objects on view. From personal items to ritual objects, from pristine examples to enigmatic fragments, and from intimate depictions to mythic expressions, Sutton'€™s selections illustrate the breadth and scope of the College'€™s collection of Greek pottery and offer insights into an ancient world that can seem remote and yet familiar.

Public Programs

Opening Reception and Gallery Talk

Monday March 30, 2015
Opening reception from 5:30-7:30 pm
Gallery talk by Robert F. Sutton at 6:30 pm

The exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public. For information, please contact us at 610-526-6576



Backtalk: Exposures, Erasures, and Elisions of the Bryn Mawr College African Art Collections

Second Floor Gallery and First Floor Lobby, Canaday Library

February - May, 2015

In honor of Black History Month and looking ahead to the completion of the new Black Cultural Center on campus, Bryn Mawr College’s Special Collections and Africana Studies programs have collaborated on Backtalk, an exhibition of selected objects and selective information from the College’s African Art Collection. Showcasing 35 artworks keyed to various aspects of family, political and spiritual life, Backtalk invites viewers to engage questions of what the collection includes, leaves out, clarifies, and obscures, as well as how this collection came to be and how it functions within and beyond the College. As an exhibition, Backtalk strives to facilitate meaningful discussions about the complexity of exhibition and ownership of African cultural items.

Opening reception
On Thursday, February 5, 6:00 to 7:00 pm, the community is warmly invited to a Backtalk opening reception in the Canaday Library Coombe Suite immediately before the Naomi Tutu Black History Month Keynote lecture.

Creative Workshop
Saturday, February 21, 11:30am to 1:30pm, Canaday Library 2nd Floor Coombe Suite
Participants will respond via writing, visual media, and/or performance to pieces/aspects of the Backtalk exhibition in a workshop led by Alice Lesnick, Term Professor of Education, Director, Bryn Mawr/Haverford Education Program, and Coordinator, Africana Studies. Location: Coombe Suite.

Panel Discussion

Wednesday, February 25, 6:00-8:00pm, Canaday Library 2nd Floor Coombe Suite
Kalala Ngalamulume, Associate Professor of Africana Studies and History; Linda-Susan Beard, Associate Professor of English, BMC; Alicia Walker, Assistant Professor of Medieval Art and Architecture; and moderator Whitney Lopez '15 will discuss evolving methods for talking back, with attention to the tensions and synergies between scholarly and political discourse.

Social Media
Viewers are invited to engage virtually via a Backtalk webspace at Serendip Studio once the exhibition opens.


Friday Finds

A series of informal chats about historical and cultural objects in Bryn Mawr's Special Collections. All of the events begin at 3:00 in the Special Collections Seminar Room, on the second floor of Canaday Library, and last about an hour.

Feb. 6 Friday Finds – "The Collector's View: Japanese Art Objects in the Bryn Mawr Collection". Anna Moblard Meier, graduate student

Feb 27 Friday Finds – "Marking Time: Renaissance Books of Hours in Manuscript and Print." Maeve Doyle, graduate student

April 3 Friday Finds – "College Women: Researching Seven Sisters Students." Evan McGonagill, Assistant Director of the Greenfield Digital Center, with Brenna Levitin, 2016

April 24 Friday Finds – "Black at Bryn Mawr," Emma Kioko, 2015 and Grace Pusey, 2015

For additional information, contact the Special Collections Department:, 610-526-6576.


Exhibitions and public programming are sponsored by the Friends of the Bryn Mawr College Library.


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Floor 3, main staircase landing
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For additional information: 610-526-6576