Date: Thu, 5 Nov 1998 10:09:08 -0500 (EST)
From: Peter Nelson <>
Subject: UPDATE on 5 College Archives Digital Access Project

In September the project passed a major milestone!  All the collections at
Mount Holyoke proposed for digitization have been completed and are
available on the Web. These materials comprise 12,366 items/pages in ten
separate archival record groups or manuscript collections.  All were
chosen for their value in documenting the history of Mount Holyoke's
educational mission.

At the end of this message is a summary of the MHC collections online.  I
encourage you to visit the Web site ( to see
how materials are presented.  I hope you'll agree with me that in their
entirety they present a rich online resource, and one which will get all
the richer as materials from the other colleges are added in the next

More news:

The project moved to Smith College on October 2, and we near completion of
the first collection there (annual circulars, 1872-1910).  I will keep you
informed of developments.

Over the summer, a body of Amherst College materials has slowly been added
to the project Web site.  These are the Annual Catalogues, 1822-1900.  I
can report that this record series was completed in mid-October.  The
annual catalogues will complement the same publications digitized at Smith
and Mount Holyoke.

Recently I welcomed two new project assistants, Edward Monfred and Melissa
Johnson.  Edward joined us in August and is an MLS student at the
University at Albany (SUNY).  Melissa, who started in October, is a Ph.D.
candidate in Art History with a lot of previous experience in archival
work.  They are doing an excellent job getting us on schedule.

Finally, I'm happy to announce that the project Web site was recently
selected for inclusion in the Internet Scout Report (September 25, 1998).
The Scout Report is a weekly publication "for discerning Internauts" from
the University of Wisconsin-Madison that offers a selection of new and
newly discovered Internet resources of interest to researchers and
educators (  The reviewer
concluded our writeup by saying, "The site will be a boon, particularly
when completed, for anyone researching the history of American women's

As always, your comments and suggestions are welcome.




Origins and Governance Records, 1834-
        1,656 pages.

Office of  President David B. Truman.  Coeducation Subject Files, 1960-78
(bulk 1969-78)
        310 pages.

Office of the Dean of Students.  Coeducation Subject Files, 1968-69
        87 pages.

Annual Catalogs, 1837-1900
        1,890 pages.

Mount Holyoke Journal Letters (1843-1891) and Journal Memoranda
        2,697 pages.

Mary Lyon Collection
        Two series:     Correspondence (1818-1849)
                        Writings and Documents (1821-1848)
        4,119 pages.

Zilpah P. Grant Banister Papers
        Two series:     Correspondence (1822-1874)
                        Writings (1820-1874)
        1,133 pages.

Lucy P. Putnam (Class of 1848).  Papers, 1845-1846
        38 pages.

Bethiah Miller Nichols (Class of 1839). Papers, 1837-1838
        40 pages.

Sarah D. (Locke) Stow.  History of Mount Holyoke Seminary During Its First
Half-Century, 1837-1887.  [book]
        372 pages.   Digitized as text (OCR)


Peter Nelson                          
Five College Archives Digital Access Project
c/o Mount Holyoke College Archives
South Hadley, MA 01075                                 (413) 538-3020