The Mount Holyoke College Archives supports reunion activities
of classes in a variety of ways. Listed below are some
frequently-asked questions about what the Archives can
do for class members--and what class members can do for
Is the Archives open during reunion weekends?
Yes, the Archives is usually open from 1:00-5:00 on Saturdays
during each weekend.
Do the Archives exhibit class material during reunions?
Yes, the Archives usually displays
documents and photographs relating to each returning class.
The time, date and
location of the exhibits is listed in the programs
for reunion weekends.
What do the Archives have relating to my class?
- The Archives has a wide range of materials documenting
classes. The collection includes:
- Copies of College publications such as the Mount Holyoke
News and Llamarada, course catalogues, and student
- Class profiles, Junior Show scripts, programs
for plays and dances, and newspaper articles and press
releases concerning class members as undergraduates
newsletters and reunion booklets
- Photographs and slides
dating from undergraduate years and later
- Films and
video recordings showing reunion activities
files for individual members of each class
How can I use these materials
from the Archives for my reunion?
Anyone can use the Archives during the hours that the
collection is open. Staff members can often answer
relating to the history of a class--the number of entering
students in a class, for example, or the date of when
a particular academic year began. In most instances,
one or more members of a class planning a reunion will
need to visit the Archives to review collection sources.
Can I borrow anything from the Archives to use before
or during my reunion?
The Archives often has extra copies of Llamaradas,
campus address directories, freshman and student
course catalogues that may be borrowed by any researcher.
Unique or scarce items such as Junior Show programs or
photographs cannot be borrowed, but class members may
ask to have photocopies made of many of these items
at no charge.
Other kinds of reproductions (print and electronic) may
be made by a local photographer who charges $25.00/image.
The Archives doesn't have very much material relating
to my class. What can I do to help?
The Archives relies on donations
from students and alumnae to build the collections. If
you or your
materials relating to your undergraduate
years, please consider donating them to the Archives.
For more information about making a donation to the
Archives, please contact the collection by telephone
or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Information for
donors is also available on the Internet at:
I do have some letters, diaries, course records, scrapbooks
and photographs from my time as a Mount Holyoke student.
Does the Archives really want my personal papers?
donations from alumna of the College, the Archives
would not be able to help others understand
history of Mount Holyoke. Your personal papers offer
an unparalleled glimpse into a different time and
for example, the value of class notes written by a student
at Mount Holyoke in 1844 and how much those materials
will vary from documents written in 1944 or 2004.
The more documentation
the Archives collects, the broader the picture that will
exist to tell the story of the College's unique history.
What kind of research is done in the Archives using personal
papers of Mount Holyoke alumnae?
These collections support research by everyone from
elementary school students to scholars writing monographs
on a wide
variety of topics. Mount Holyoke students regularly use
these sources to prepare papers and projects for classes.
During 2003/2004, for example, letters and photographs
in the collections were used by students creating an electronic
historical atlas of the College.
At present, the following
Research Associates of the Five College Women's
Studies Research Center are using collections to support
- Sarah Doyle's research concerns body Measurement,
physical education and posture at New England Colleges,
- Ann Karus Meeropol is writing a book about
of female leadership" at Mount Holyoke during the
1930s, when the College selected Roswell Ham as the successor
to Mary Woolley
- Jewel Smith is preparing a study of music
education in nineteenth-century American female seminaries
For other examples of how
personal papers in the Archives have been used, see
a bibliography on
We hope that you will contact the Archives if you have
any questions about using the collections or donating material!
(Images are from the 1920 Llamarada)