The Archives documents the life of Mount Holyoke by collecting materials created by students, faculty and administrative and departmental staff. The records in the Archives can provide you with answers to specific questions or help you to understand broad social and cultural issues.
The following types of records are represented in the Archives collection, as well as many more. Please ask an archivist for additional information and assistance.
Academic records document the Mount Holyoke curriculum through official catalogs and reports, academic department collections and faculty papers.
Administrative records provide information about how Mount Holyoke operates. Records from major offices include the Board of Trustees, Admissions, and Dean of Faculty.
Office of the President Records
Office of the President records concern the lives of those who served as the head of Mount Holyoke and events and issues during the administrations of these individuals.
Mary Lyon, 1837-1849
Mary C. Whitman, 1849-1850
Mary W. Chapin, 1850-1865
Sophia Stoddard, 1865-1867
Helen French, 1867-1872
Julia E. Ward, 1872-1883
Elizabeth Blanchard, 1883-1889
Mary Brigham, 1889
Louisa Cowles, 1889-1890
Elizabeth Storrs Mead, 1890-1900
Mary E. Woolley, 1900-1937
Roswell Gray Ham, 1937-1957
Richard Glenn Gettell, 1957-1968
Meribeth E. Cameron, Acting President, 1969
David B. Truman, 1969-1978
Elizabeth Topham Kennan, 1978-1995
Joanne V. Creighton, 1996-2010
Lynn Pasquerella, 2010-2016
Student Life Records
Diaries, letters, photographs and scrapbooks provide a personal glimpse into the world of Mount Holyoke students and alums; student organization records document student activities on campus; and student publications highlight journalism and creativity.
We also run an ongoing oral history project archiving the stories of student life on campus.
Buildings and Grounds
Buildings and Grounds records contain manuscripts and photographs documenting the development of the physical campus, the construction of buildings and the activities that took place in these buildings.