Bryn Mawr College Special Collections manages extensive collections of art, artifacts, rare books, manuscripts, and photographs, as well as the historical records of the College. Please consult the individual pages for the Art and Artifact Collections and Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Archives to learn more about the collections.
Special Collections is also the home of many digital collections including the Castle Collection of Natural History Illustrations, the Catt Collection Suffrage Photographs, and the Early Advertising Collection. We have also digitized many items from the College Archives, including selections from the Bryn Mawr College Photo Archives, the Scrapbook and Photo Album collection, early editions of the College News, and a number of other College Publications. Learn more about our digital collections in the Digital Collections at Bryn Mawr College research guide.
The collections mentioned above are part of Triptych | The Tri-College Digital Library, a digital initiative of the Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore College Libraries or part of Scholarship, Research, and Creative Work at Bryn Mawr College, the open access repository of the scholarship and publications of the Bryn Mawr community. Browse or search these collections at triptych.brynmawr.edu and http://repository.brynmawr.edu/.
Finding aids for many of our archival and manuscript collections can be searched along with those of other Philadelphia-area collections using the PACSCL Finding Aids website or on our page of guides to our collections.
Special Collections is also home to The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women's Education, which aims to foster scholarship and dialogue on the history of women's education by providing a digital space that will act as a locus for inquiry and research into these diverse histories. Learn more at greenfield.brynmawr.edu.
With its golden pigments and delicately painted detail, the 19th-century Japanese screen in Bryn Mawr’s Special Collections illustrates the moment when the “shining prince” Genji first sees his future beloved, Murasaki. Donated by Asian art historian Helen Burwell Chapin, … Continue reading
The Collections are open to students, faculty and staff of the Tri-Colleges. Researchers from other institutions and independent scholars are also welcome. Please contact us before your visit to ensure that we will be able to provide assistance with and access to the research materials you need.
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