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Jun. 4, 2014 2:10 pm

Bryn Mawr College gets $40K grant to develop digital archive of ‘Seven Sisters’ colleges

Bryn Mawr's Special Collections department will lead the effort to digitize materials from each of the school's libraries. The aim is to make the collections widely accessible.

Bryn Mawr students sing during May Day, 1973. (Photo from Bryn Mawr's Tri-College Digital Library)

Bryn Mawr College, the Montgomery County women’s college, was awarded a one-year $39,650 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop a digital archive of the “Seven Sisters,” a group of women’s colleges that includes Bryn Mawr, according to the school’s Communications Office.

The archive will focus the first generation of the students at the schools, including Barnard, Mt. Holyoke and Smith. Bryn Mawr’s Special Collections department will lead the effort to digitize materials from each of the school’s libraries. The aim is to make the collections widely accessible, according to the release.

The NEH grant is to get the project off the ground, said Eric Pumroy, head of the Special Collections department.

“The content of the archive isn’t likely to be very deep when the project is over, but our goal is to have a prototype system working well enough that it will serve as the anchor for a series of cooperative digitization projects that will build rich historical collections on the history of women’s education,” he wrote in an email.

The project has roots in the work of Bryn Mawr’s Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women’s Education, a site that offers academic resources on the history of women’s education.

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Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes began as lead reporter at Technical.ly Philly in July 2012. Previously, she was a city services beat reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, as part of a project called “It’s Our Money.” She is learning to drive, learning to bike (in the city) but is an expert at taking SEPTA. She grew up in North Jersey and Manila, Philippines but she left the tropics for Bryn Mawr College, where she majored in linguistics. She now lives in West Philly.

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  • Stephanie Tramdack Cash

    At least five of my 1972 Bryn Mawr classmates agree, that’s us, not 1973. Note the excellent Hogwarts look we have going on.