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Bertha Blakely's Influence


View of Williston Library Entrance. Courtesy of MHC Archives.


Miss Blakely’s knowledge and perspective of the library’s interior requirements was an important contribution to the success of the expansion. In Charles Collens’ library dedication speech he mentions “When it comes to a profound knowledge of library needs, a careful regard of very minute detail, and the most patient investigation into every feature that has gone into this building, we feel that sufficient praise cannot be accorded your librarian, Miss Blakely. If we ever get another library to design, we may be forced to take her into partnership”. (17).

In her memory, Blakely Hall was established in the library on the fourth floor landing. This area features a marble alcove with a bench that sits under six beautiful Gothic windows. Incidentally, these are the beautiful windows that face the entrance of the building.

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The History of Gothic Architecture:
Cambridge and Princeton
About Ralph Cram

A Time of Transition:
Bryn Mawr
Mary E. Woolley
Frederick Olmsted Jr.

The Envisioned Plan:
Program for Campus Development
Designs for the Library and Chapel
Shurtleff and Cram Present Their Ideas

The Implemented Plan:
Meetings and Discussions
Collens' Library Designs(Exterior)
Collens' Library Designs (Interior)
Bertha Blakely's Influence
Abbey Memorial Chapel
Charles Collens Dedication Speech and closing comments

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This page was created by Ellie Perrier '07 FP in History 283, Spring 2 006