Not sure who to contact? Call 610-526-6576 or e-mail SpecColl@brynmawr.edu
Associate Chief Information Officer and Seymour Adelman Head of Special Collections
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 Appel is the Digital Collections Librarian, making
Special Collections materials more accessible and searchable through
digitization and metadata development. She also works on digital
projects within TriCo and facilitates digital preservation. Rachel
received her master's in information studies from the University of
Texas at Austin, where she also worked for two years as the Digital
Asset Manager, and she received her BA from Smith College in film studies
with a minor in history.
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.
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.
Evan McGonagill is a Project Assistant for The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women’s Education, where she generates content for the Center’s teaching resources, digital repository, and related social media. Prior to her work on Greenfield, Evan worked for two years as a Program Assistant and Systems Associate at The Open Society Institute in New York. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a BA in English in 2010.
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).
Lorett Treese is the Bryn Mawr College Archivist managing collections relating to the history of the college. A Bryn Mawr alumna, Treese worked as a systems analyst and public information writer prior to earning an M.A. in American History from Villanova University. She is also the author of nine books on regional history.
Brian Wallace is the Curator and Academic Liaison for Art and Artifacts.
Working with colleagues in Special Collections and with undergraduate
and graduate students, faculty, staff, and other researchers, Brian
facilitates class use of collection objects, organizes and helps
organize modern and contemporary art exhibitions (and related events and
publications), assists with research into campus histories and
collection-related records, develops and teaches courses, and arranges
for student-curated exhibitions and student-organized events across the
Brian brings extensive curatorial, teaching, and management experience gained from three decades of work in public and academic institutions including The Computer Museum, Boston, Bellevue Art Museum, Seattle, The Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design, and the Dorsky Museum at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Brian earned an MA in Curatorial Studies and Contemporary Art and Culture at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and a BA in History/Art History from Ithaca College. He has served on the Museum Committee of the College Art Association and is on the board of directors of the Association for Academic Museums and Galleries.
Marianne Weldon is the Collections Manager for the Art and Artifact Collections at Bryn Mawr College where she is currently working to provide access to students and faculty for classes and research. This is done both by working with classes and by continuing to photograph and catalog existing collections to make them available through our database at: triarte.brynmawr.edu. Marianne has an M.S. in art conservation and a B.F.A in jewelry/metalsmithing and is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation. She has worked in museums with fine art, ethnographic, archaeological, and historical collections for over 27 years. Recent personal projects have included collaborations on five books on the history of retailing and theater in Detroit and Grand Rapids, Michigan. She can help you with access to the archeology, anthropology and fine art collections at BMC, with questions about our database, or with digital imaging. Particular areas of interest include examination and documentation of works of art with scientific methods and instrumentation.
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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