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2nd Floor, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
101 North Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Archives



The Library catalog, Tripod, is the most effective way to find books in Special Collections. Begin your search at Tripod's Books & More tab. Enter your search term in the box, and then use the facets that appear to the right under Narrow Search to limit your search to Bryn Mawr Special Collections under the Collections heading.

For help searching, please ask in Special Collections or write us.

There are illustrated online guides to some groups of books in our collection and we are adding more. Emblem Books, Illustrated Botanical Books, and Travel Books are among those currently available. See the full list at


Most of our manuscript collections have finding aids or box lists which may be consulted in Special Collections. A selection of these guides can be searched online as part of the PACSCL Finding Aids database.

In addition, other online guides exist for many of them, including the medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, the Carrie Chapman Catt Albums, the Henrietta Cozens Papers, Polar Exploration, and the Letters and Documents Collection.

Click here for a full list of online guides.

College Archives

There are many finding aids and indices to materials in the Bryn Mawr College Archives. All of these can be consulted in Special Collections, and some can be searched online (indicated here by the presence of blue hyperlinked text). These include: partial indexes to The College News, The Alumnae Bulletin, and Bryn Mawr Now, an index and reel list to the M. Carey Thomas papers, box lists for processed material, and indexes to the contents of the oral history tapes.

Finding aids for a select group of Bryn Mawr College manuscript collections are currently available through the PACSCL Finding Aids database.

We have also compiled a guide for those interested in researching Bryn Mawr history.

Please contact Christiana Dobrzynski, Interim College Archivist, for assistance.