Expected & Unexpected: Or, What's in Archives & Special Collections, Anyway?

Mary Lyon's green velvet bag, used when collecting funds to establish Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, ca. 1937.

In the Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections Lobby!

Mount Holyoke's Archives began in the 1930s when the College started collecting documents and photographs as part of its 100th anniversary celebration. By 1935 Williston Library also included a rare book collection. The two collections were formally combined in 1996 and today contain more than 9,000 linear feet of archival and manuscript material and over 11,000 published volumes. This exhibit features examples of what can be found in these rich and varied collections.