Faculty and Staff Biographical Files
Scope and Contents of the Collection
The Mount Holyoke Faculty and Staff Biographical Files date from circa 1837 to the present and contain a wide range of materials relating to individuals (including alumnae and graduate students) who have worked at the College. The materials are arranged in three series: Articles, Directories, Press Releases, Lists, and Announcements; Group Photographs; and Files for Individual Faculty or Staff Members. The materials primarily consist of personnel records, articles, press releases, biographical forms, sketches, and notes, recollections, obituaries and tributes, and photographs. Some files contain copies or audiocassettes of lectures, speeches, panel discussions, and oral history interviews. There are also several films and DVDs concerning faculty members, among them Leonard Delonga (studio art) and Peter Viereck (history).
Of particular note in Series 1 are collections of faculty and staff profiles published in 1936/37 and 1959/60 and picture books of faculty and staff published in 1971/72, 1972/73 and 1974/75. There are also collections of "Data Concerning the Faculty" from 1913, 1914, and 1916 and brochures containing profiles of selected faculty in 1984 and 1988. Lists and invitations dating from 1990 to the present document an annual celebration of faculty achievements in teaching and research.
Series 2 consists of photographs of groups of faculty and staff members. The earliest image is a formal portrait of five Mount Holyoke Female Seminary teachers from 1861. There are three copies of a photograph album containing portraits of teachers in 1889. Most of the photographs fare formal, but these images also include snapshots and other informal photographs. Many of them show robed faculty in procession during College ceremonies at Commencement or Founder's Day.
Most of the materials in Series 3 consist of articles, press releases, biographical forms, sketches, and notes, obituaries and tributes, and photographs concerning faculty and staff members. Some files also contain primary sources such as letters, diaries, notebooks, drawings and other documents created by these individuals. These sources include materials reflecting the undergraduate activities of Mount Holyoke alumnae who worked for the College. The following list identifies some of these items (the class affiliation of alumnae is given in parentheses after each person's name:
Agard, Sarah Jane (1880; curator of the "Botanical Museum" 1900-1928). Notebooks, 1910, 1916-1918 used in botany course at the College. Contain drawings and descriptions taken from textbooks by Asa Gray. 4 volumes
Ainsworth, Lucy M. (1849; teacher 1849-1851). Composition, 1849 entitled "My Teacher's last Instruction" describing Mary Lyon's final illness and death. 8 pages
Allen, Mary P. (1889; botany instructor 1904-1906). Correspondence, 1883-1888 describing her student activities at the College, including her classes (especially in botany), examinations, teachers, friendships and "mashes", and a Christmas spent at the school. 5 items
Bailey, Hannah O. (1839; teacher 1844-1845). Correspondence, 1837-1838 discussing her support of Mary Lyon's plans for Mount Holyoke, the problems of raising funds for the school, and her domestic work and other activities as a student. 2 items
Bliss, Seraph A. (1895; physics instructor 1895-1900). Letter, 1897 October 1 describing her activities, expenses, and events at the College.
Chisholm, Shirley (Purington Professor 1982-1983, 1986-1987). Audiocassettes with recordings of speech entitled "Humanism for Blacks and Whites" on 1983 February 14 and an address to the Mount Holyoke Alumnae Association on 1986 May 24. 3 items
Curtis, Lucy M. (1844; teacher 1844-1849). Correspondence, 1849 February 24-March 5 to Mrs. Andrew Porter, teacher at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary describing the illnesses of several students and teachers, the death of Sarah Wingate (1849), and Mary Lyon's final illness and a commonplace book, circa 1849 containing "Original Compositions and Selected Articles" written or copied by Mount Holyoke students between 1838-1849. Also includes autographs. 7 items
Eltinge, Ethel (botany professor 1928-1964). Audiocassette, fall 1986 describing the history of the Biological Sciences Department at Mount Holyoke College as recorded in an oral history interview by Kathleen Holt and Diana B. Stein. 1 audiocassette.
Emmons, Sarah Abby (1853; teacher 1855-1856). Composition, 1852 July 5 entitled "Translation of Cato's Oration", written as a student at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. 4 pages
Fiske, Rebecca W. (1846; 1846-1849). Correspondence, 1847-1849 to her cousin, Fidelia Fiske, Zilpah P. Grant Banister, and "dear friends" written as a teacher at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. Discusses Fidelia's reports of her work as a missionary in Persia, students at Mount Holyoke, family news, and Mary Lyon's final illness and death. 5 items
Foote, Nancy A. (1844; teacher 1844-1845). Letter, 1844 December 28, South Hadley, Mass., to Martha Grant, Millbrook, Conn., describing her work as a teacher at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, other faculty members, and the state of religion at the school; student notebook, 1844 with notes for the study of Milton's "Paradise Lost" and includes a "Parody" sung at Commencement, 1844, and a "Soliloquy of a young lady at Holyoke on Composition Evening", 1844, both by Jerusha Babcock, x-1845 2 items
Fuller, Helen G. (1915; Head Resident of House 1953-1961). Student notebook, 1913-1914 containing notes for zoology course. 1 manuscript, 79 pages
Gault, Bertha H. (Library 1905-1933). Letter, 1919 May 7 from President Warren G. Harding discussing his views on the League of Nations proposal. 1 page
Goldthwait, Martha C. (1884; teacher 1889-1890). Drawings, 1882-1895 pencil sketches of buildings and scenes at Mount Holyoke College, including several interior and exterior views of the Seminary Building. 14 items
Graves, Mary Esther (1844; teacher 1845-1846). Letters, 1843 October 18, South Hadley, Mass., to Mrs. Polly Graves, Hatfield, Mass., telling her mother that she is too "dull" to write a letter, then turns her pen over to her sister, Fanny Graves (x-1845), who describes her homesickness, domestic work, the Seminary Building, rules, dislike of South Hadley, and Mary Lyon's daily talks ("she says the same thing over half a dozen times".); 1846 January 14, South Hadley, Mass., to Fidelia Fiske (1842), Persia, describing how she has returned to teach at Mount Holyoke because "God is here more than anywhere else", commenting on the work of missionaries, her teaching duties, and Mary Lyon's religious remarks. 2 items
Haywood, Charlotte (1919; physiology professor 1921-1962). Student notebook, 1918 prepared for a zoology course on the "Elements of Histology and Microscopal Technique" taught by A. Elizabeth Adams. 1 manuscript, 25 pages
Hegarty, Inez E. (1941; speech professor 1941-1959). "Observational study of verbal play", 1942 May 20, an independent study paper written for Psychology 402 while Hegarty was a graduate student at Mount Holyoke College. 135 pages
Hoeflich, Nancy J. (chemistry professor 1946-1948). Research notebooks, 1947-1948 for work towards an M.A. in chemistry and duties as a graduate assistant at Mount Holyoke College. 2 volumes
Hupp, Sharon W. (1970; library 1970-1974). Course notebooks, 1967-1968 for the first and second semesters of History 261. 2 spiral notebooks
Jahncke, Helga M. (1961). Paper, 1960 a foreign student at Mount Holyoke College comments on her experiences and impressions during a tour of the United States in the summer of 1960. 3 pages
Jennings, Sabrina (1843; teacher 1847-1848). Letter, 1879 March 10, Brookfield, Mass., to Sarah A. Bonney Nichols describing Mary Lyon's religious views, sense of humor, relationship with the students, and interest in music. Also discusses Lucy Lyon and Fidelia Fiske. 8 pages
Johnson, Harriet (1846; teacher 1848-1852). Letter, 1850 July 12, South Hadley, Mass., to Mrs. Hannah Kingsbury Porter, Monson, Mass., as a teacher at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, she discusses Mary Whitman's departure from the school, the large number of applicants, and other events, including the dismissal of several students. 3 pages
Kimball, Mary A. (1853; teacher 1855-1856). Correspondence, 1856 excerpts from letters in which "Annie" tells relatives and friends about her experiences as a teacher at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, including mention of sermons by local ministers, visitors to the school, and an Independence Day celebration; notebook, 1855-1856 "Section Book, Junior Class", kept as a teacher at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary including lists of rules and records of "exceptions" for students, as well as spelling lessons 4 items
Komito, Holly (International Student Intern 1978-1979, Head Resident of House 1979-1980). Journal, 1978 September 13-October 11 describing her experiences as an international student at Mount Holyoke College, including discussions of foreign students and the International Club at Mount Holyoke and plans to turn Ham Hall into an "International House." 7 pages
Komito, Holly (International Student Intern 1978-1979, Head Resident of House 1979-1980). Report, 1979 April discussing orientation the program for international students at Mount Holyoke College and makes suggestions for improving the procedure. 4 pages
Matthews, Drue E. (1935; Appointment Bureau 1958-1980). Financial records, 1931 October documenting accounts to expenses during the first month of freshman year at Mount Holyoke College. 1 manuscript with explanatory note, 8 pages
Milosz, Czeslaw (Purington Professor 1985). Audiocassettes: 1985 October 10, 16, 24 of a poetry reading, lecture, and discussion by Milosz at Mount Holyoke College; 1985 October 16 panel discussion at Mount Holyoke College on the nature of history with participants Joseph Brodsky, Czeslaw Milosz, and Peter Viereck. 4 items
Pickett, Lucy (1925; chemistry professor 1930-1968). Audiocassette, 1990 May 27 of an interview with Carole Bernstein Shmurack (1965) with Pickett's oral release at the end. 1 item
Pyle, Christopher H. (political science and complex organizations professor 1976-2001). Signed letter, 1983 April 22 to Edward P. Boland and Silvio O. Conte, Representatives in the U.S. Congress, concerning U.S. foreign policy in Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador, including 17 unnumbered sheets of signatures of Mount Holyoke faculty, 2 to 11 names per sheet.
Quadri, Silvana (GS 1959/60). Paper, 1960 a foreign student at Mount Holyoke College comments on her experiences and impressions during a tour of the United States in the summer of 1960. 2 pages
Randolph, Louise Fitz (1872; archaeology and art history professor emeritus 1892-1912). Letter, 1882 November 16, Rome, Italy, to Anna C. Edwards, South Hadley, Mass., recalling the places and persons visited during a trip in Europe. 14 pages
Richards, Ruth (1918; biblical history and literature reader 1918-1919). "A college medley", 1914 December 18 a short story about college life written for English I. 1 manuscript, 8 pages
Savage, Helen M. (1868; teacher 1868-1870). Notebook, circa 1864-1868 containing lists of rule, schedule of bells, copy of the "Blue Laws" and an "order "of calisthenic exercises, and a list of composition subjects, probably compiled by Savage as a student at Mount Holyoke. 1 manuscript, 21 pages
Scott, Martha C. (1845; teacher 1845-1855). Recollection, circa 1848 describing the final illness and death of Emma G. Washburn, a student at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary who suffered from "the lung fever." 10 pages
Sykes, Gertrude (1853; teacher 1853-1858). Student notebook, 1852 reflecting her study of botany at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. 1 manuscript, 67 pages
Thurston, Persis G. (1845; teacher 1845-1847). Correspondence, 1841-1845 written to her sister and brother while a student at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary discussing Mary Lyon's views on honoring one's mother and being punctual, mentioning a day of fasting and prayer for missionaries, illnesses among students, and her cold room, comparing winter in South Hadley and in her native Hawaii, and listing conundrums popular at the school. 1845 letter is written in columns in the form of a newspaper called "New Year's Gif"t. 2 items
Tolman, Jane C. (1851; teacher 1858-1864). Correspondence, 1861, 1863 to Jessie Usher discussing her work as a teacher and conditions at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, mentioning the textbooks used to teach logic, the large enrollment and shortage of teachers at the school, and the patriotism and war work of the students. 2 items
Waterman, Nancy M. (1946; geology and geography professor 1954-1955). Letter, 1945 April 16, South Hadley, Mass., to Mr. and Mrs. W. N. Waterman, Hanover, N.H., describing reaction of Mount Holyoke College students and faculty, especially professors Barnes and Rox, to death of Roosevelt. 4 pages
Wilson, Faith E. (1943; zoology professor 1944-1945). Student paper, 1944 for a graduate course in zoology taught by Christianna Smith. 32 pages
This collection is organized into three series:
Series 1 and Series 2 are arranged by form of material, then chronologically. Series 3 is alphabetically arranged by the last name, first name, and middle initial(s) (if any) of each person. Folders containing confidential material are marked with a blue plastic clip.