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Bryn Mawr College (Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899)
Jennifer Redmond (Project Director: July 2013 to March 2014)
Eric Pumroy (Project Director: April 2014 to August 2015)
History of Women's Education Open Access Portal Project

A Foundations-level project to plan and conduct pilot work for an online portal to archival sources pertaining to the history of women's higher education in the United States.

Bryn Mawr College, in collaboration with Barnard College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Vassar College, Wellesley College, and the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, seeks support for a Foundations project to develop a shared approach to cataloging and providing access to the letters, diaries, and scrapbooks from the first generations of women to attend college. The seven colleges, once known as the Seven Sisters and regarded as the equivalent of the Ivy League before those institutions admitted women, contain extensive holdings of student personal writings dating back to the late-nineteenth century, an unparalleled and only partially tapped resource for the study of a wide range of women's history issues over the last century and a half. The seven institutions propose to make their collections more widely accessible through the development of a common search portal and shared standards for metadata and thematic vocabulary.

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Project fields:
American Studies; Women's History

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

$39,650 (approved)
$39,505 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2014 – 5/31/2015