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.
Exploring HistoryWho Built Bryn Mawr?Sally Brown, a housekeeper in Merion Hall, is a subject of the Who Built Bryn Mawr? project.
Exploring HistoryWho Built Bryn Mawr?Umeko Tsuda, a student from 1889-1892, is a subject of the project.
Exploring HistoryWho Built Bryn Mawr?Hilda Worthington Smith, Class of 1910, is a subject of the Who Built Bryn Mawr? project.
Exploring HistoryWho Built Bryn Mawr?Enid Cook, Class of 1931 and the first Black student to matriculate at Bryn Mawr College, is a subject of the Who Built Bryn Mawr? project.
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.
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The Current Exhibit
- Sally Brown
- Uméko Tsuda
- Hilda Worthington Smith
- Enid Cook
Here we name and celebrate 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.
Much more could be shared. And many more stories need to be told. Find out how to contribute.
Who Built Bryn Mawr? Students of the 1960s Confronting Race
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).
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 and Makerspace departments based on recommendations from the Telling Bryn Mawr Histories Group and the History Advisory Group.