Special Collections Staff

Not sure who to contact? Call 610-526-6576 or e-mail SpecColl@brynmawr.edu


Eric Pumroy, Director of Library Collections and Seymour Adelman Head of Special Collections
Eric Pumroy

Associate Chief Information Officer and Seymour Adelman Head of Special Collections

(610) 526-5272

Eric Pumroy has been head of the Special Collections Department since 1999, and is committed to making the library’s extraordinary collections of rare books, manuscripts, art and artifacts a vital part of the educational work of the college through classes, exhibitions, digital projects, and student internships.  Prior to coming to Bryn Mawr, he directed the museum, library and public programs at the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies in Philadelphia, and earlier was head of the Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.  He is a past president of the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries and has been an active participant in many region-wide projects relating to historical collections.  He has published and presented papers on immigration history, and is co-author of Research Guide to the Turner Movement in the United States (Greenwood, 1996) on a major German immigrant organization.  He is also author of the chapter on Bryn Mawr in Founded by Friends: The Quaker Heritage of Fifteen American Colleges and Universities (Scarecrow, 2007) and is currently working on American book collecting in the first half of the 20th century.  He has graduate degrees in Early Modern European History and library science from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. from Earlham College.

Rachel AppelRachel Appel
Digital Collections Librarian

(610) 526-5093

Rachel Appel has been the Digital Collections Librarian since 2014. Her primary goals are to make Special Collections materials more accessible through digitization and metadata development and facilitate digital preservation for digitized and born-digital holdings within the TriCollege Consortium. Prior to Bryn Mawr, Rachel has held various positions at the University of Texas at Austin Office of Communications, the Briscoe Center for American History, and the Harry Ransom Center. She received her M.S. in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and she received her B.A. from Smith College in Film Studies with a minor in History. Rachel is interested in born-digital archives access solutions, software preservation, and personal digital archiving.

Patrick CrowleyPatrick Crowley
Rare Books Catalog Librarian

(610) 526-5082

Patrick Crowley is the Rare Books Catalog Librarian. He provides original cataloging for newly acquired materials and enriched cataloging for the existing collection, so as to make the collection as accessible and searchable as possible. He is always eager to help readers exploit the catalog to its fullest to meet their information needs. He is interested in the history and evolving structure of the physical book. He has graduate degrees in Library and Information Sciences and Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Bryn Mawr College respectively. He has a BA in Classics from University of California, Berkeley.


Christiana Dobrzynski
College Archivist

(610) 526-5285


Christiana Dobrzynski is the College Archivist. Please contact her for assistance with College records, and with historical research on the College itself, its alumane, and faculty.


Marianne Hansen

Marianne Hansen
Curator & Academic Liaison for Rare Book and Manuscript Collections

(610) 526-5289

Marianne Hansen is the Curator for Rare Books and Manuscripts. She assists classes, faculty, and individual researchers using the collections, and buys books and manuscript materials to enrich the collections. She works on guides to the collections, cataloging projects, and exhibitions. She supervises many Special Collections students workers; please contact her if you are interested in working for the department. She is a historian of the late medieval book, both manuscript and print, and is especially interested in illustrated works. She got her MLS at Syracuse University and her BA in anthropology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.


Monica Mercado

Monica Mercado
Director, The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women's Education



Monica L. Mercado is a CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Academic Libraries (link: http://www.clir.org/fellowships/postdoc) and Director of The Albert M. Greenfield Center for the History of Women's Education (link: http://greenfield.brynmawr.edu), where her work focuses on the digital possibilities of women's history research and pedagogy and the development of college archives to better document contemporary and diverse histories.

A historian of nineteenth- and twentieth-century U.S. women’s, gender, and sexuality history with a background in museums and archives, Monica holds a BA from Barnard College and an MA and Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago. She has taught courses in women’s education, gender and sexuality studies, oral history, and American religious history at the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois-Chicago, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. For more on Monica’s research, teaching, and publications, visit monicalmercado.com (link: http://www.monicalmercado.com).


Photograph of Carrie Carrie Robbins
Curator & Academic Liaison for Art and Artifact Collections

(610) 526-5335


Carrie Robbins is Curator for Art & Artifacts. She teaches annual seminars in the History of Art Department, leading students in the organization of exhibitions from Special Collections. She works on exhibitions, cataloguing, and opportunities to integrate collection objects into college curricula. She advises and supervises students on a regular basis. Carrie holds a PhD in the History of Art from Bryn Mawr College, where she also earned her MA; she has a BA in Art from Grinnell College. She has presented her research on intersections of trompe l’oeil illusionism and the history of photography at various symposia and has taught classes on art ranging from the 17th century to the present.

Monique ScottMonique Scott
Director of Museum Studies

(610) 526-5084



Monique Scott is the Director of Museum Studies at Bryn Mawr College. The Museum Studies program offers students a rich and dynamic education in both museum theory and practice. Students have the opportunity to learn about the history of museums and their roles in society as well as to engage with critical, theoretical museum scholarship. Through coursework and internships, students have the opportunity to gain practical hands-on experience in Bryn Mawr’s Special Collections as well as in museums in Philadelphia and beyond.

Monique specializes in museum anthropology, with particular expertise in how diverse museum visitors make meaning of anthropological artifacts as well as how audiences experience traditional anthropological exhibitions as a whole. She is the author of Evolution in the Museum: Envisioning African Origins (Routledge 2007). Monique received a PhD in Anthropology from Yale University in 2004 and a BA from Vassar College in 1996. In addition to her role at Bryn Mawr, she is a Research Associate in the Anthropology Department at the American Museum of Natural History and a Consulting Scholar for the African Section of the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. 


Marianne WeldonMarianne Weldon

Collections Manager, Art and Artifact Collections

(610) 526-5022

Marianne Weldon is the Collections Manager for the Art and Artifact Collections at Bryn Mawr College where she works to ensure preservation of the collection and provides access to the collection for students, faculty and researchers. Access is provided through class visits and through training and supervision of undergraduate and graduate students who photograph and catalog collections. The collections are also made available on the Internet through the collection database at: triarte.brynmawr.edu.  Marianne has an M.S. in art conservation from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation and a B.F.A in jewelry/metalsmithing from the Philadelphia College of Art and is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation. She has worked in institutions with fine art, ethnographic, archaeological, and historical collections for over 28 years including: H. F. DuPont Winterthur Museum, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Detroit Institute of Arts, and Detroit Historical Museum.

Recent personal projects have included collaborations on five books on the history of retailing and theater in Michigan. She can help with access to the Bryn Mawr College art and artifact collections and, with questions about the database, and collections. Particular areas of interest include examination and documentation of works of art using scientific methods and instrumentation, including RTI photography, Polarized Light Microscopy, X-Ray Flourescence Spectroscopy, and UV examination.


Publications: Digital Repository