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Flip through vintage photos of women’s colleges in this Philly-built digital archive

Backed by a $40,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant, the project was led by the Main Line's Bryn Mawr College.

An undated photo of the Bryn Mawr archery team slaying the patriarchy. (Photo from the Bryn Mawr College archive)

Bryn Mawr College got a $40,000 grant last year to build a digital archive of the “Seven Sisters” colleges, a group of women’s colleges in the Northeast thought of as a counterpart to the Ivy League when it only admitted men.
Bryn Mawr just launched the beta version of the digital archive, built by local firm Interactive Mechanics. “College Women” pulls photos, letters and diary entries from each of the seven school’s digital archives. We’ve already spent a little bit too much on time on it, feeling nostalgic for college. (This reporter went to Bryn Mawr.)
“College Women makes these treasures available online and searchable together for the first time, enabling researchers to consider student materials in a larger context of movements for women’s education and expanded opportunities for women in American society,” the press release reads.
Philly is also home to another digital archive: the South Asian American Digital Archive, which is currently crowdfunding for its first book.

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