New ExhibitWho Built Bryn Mawr?In the 1960s, students were influenced by the experiences and ideas of the national Civil Rights movement to push for change at Bryn Mawr.
Exploring HistoryWho Built Bryn Mawr?This project aims to recognize the wide range of alumnae/i, faculty, and staff who have made important contributions to building Bryn Mawr.
Over its 135+ years, the College has been sustained by countless individuals — not just the presidents, trustees, and donors memorialized on campus. Who are the people whose contributions have been forgotten, or too long overlooked? How can we tell their stories? How can we commemorate them?
Launched in 2021, this collective research project aims to recognize the wide range of alumnae/i, faculty, and staff who have made important contributions to building Bryn Mawr. This is only the beginning of a much larger project. The College is committed to this collective effort to change the way we understand our history.
Who Built Bryn Mawr? Students of the 1960s Confronting Race
November 5, 2021-June 3, 2022, Canaday Library and locations around campus
This exhibition highlights the ways in which Bryn Mawr students in the 1960s used ideas and experiences influenced by the national Civil Rights movement to shift the culture of the College. It was organized by Keyla Benitez (Class of 2024), Emma Burns (Class of 2021), Bankston Creech (Class of 2022), Elliot Fleming (Class of 2022), Carolina Molina (Class of 2023), and Katy Rosenthal (MA Candidate) with faculty advisors Ignacio Gallup-Diaz (Marjorie Walter Goodhart Professor of History) and Monique Scott (Director of Museum Studies and Associate Professor of History of Art.
January 2021-December 2021, Canaday Library, Lobby
- Sally Brown
- Uméko Tsuda
- Hilda Worthington Smith
- Enid Cook
This exhibit names and celebrates four individuals who helped shape the College’s first 50 years. Some of these names may be familiar, but their contributions to the College may not be. By their work and their conviction, they expanded educational opportunity for women at Bryn Mawr and beyond, even if that opportunity had been denied or made more difficult for them. They changed the lives of students, the nature of the College, and higher education and scholarship. They helped to build Bryn Mawr.
New Digital Tool for Exploring College History (blogpost Feb 5, 2021)
This project is organized by the Office of the President in partnership with Library & Information Technology Services' Special Collections department and Digital Scholarship program based on recommendations from the Telling Bryn Mawr Histories Group and the History Advisory Group. It receives support from the Friends of the Bryn Mawr College Libraries.