Special Collections

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/.

Our Art and Artifact Collections Database is now live. View over 30,000 objects from the Art & Artifact Collections, plus objects from Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges, at triarte.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.



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Friday Finds on Halloween–The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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Hang on to your hat—and your head—for the next preview of the upcoming Halloween-themed “Friday Finds” talk! Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow has it all: romance, the supernatural, and a healthy dose of biting satire, all this from … Continue reading