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Students and Alumnae Profiles and Statistics Collection, 1882-present
9 boxes (3.54 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 23 (LD 7093.8)

Abstract:
The Mount Holyoke College Students and Alumnae Profiles and Statistics Collection primarily consists of articles, press releases, brochures, directories, notes, lists, citations for awards, audio cassettes, video recordings and photographs concerning women who have attended the school from 1837 to the present. The collection includes information about the occupations and professions of alumnae and the enrollment and experiences of African American students and alumnae as well as those from countries other than the United States.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted.

Restrictions on use:

Use of the collection is governed by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S.C.).

Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
South Hadley, MA

Historical Note

Mount Holyoke Female Seminary opened on November 8, 1837 with 116 students. The first graduating class of three students received diplomas on August 23, 1838. Initially, homemaking, teaching and missionary work were the only occupations open to alumnae. By the middle of the nineteenth century, however, increasing numbers of alumnae had entered professions such as social work, librarianship, journalism, medicine, and law. Notable alumnae include poet Emily Dickinson; women's rights advocate Lucy Stone; Olympia Brown, the first woman to become a full-time ordained minister; physician and anesthesiologist Virginia Apgar; playwrights Wendy Wasserstein and Suzan-Lori Parks; Frances Perkins, the first woman to serve as a member of the cabinet of a United States President; and Ella Grasso, the first women elected a state governor in her own right (not as the successor of her husband). A number of these women have been honored on United States postage stamps or with induction into the National Women's Hall of Fame. The Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College has also recognized the achievements and contributions of alumnae with a variety of awards including the Alumnae Medal of Honor and the Mary Lyon Award.

Although Mount Holyoke was established as a non-denominational school, most students during the nineteenth century were affiliated with Protestant denominations and the student body was not geographically, racially or ethnically diverse until the mid-twentieth century. The first Native American students, Elinor S. and Mary H. Boudinot (also spelled Boudinott), attended Mount Holyoke in the 1840s and were the daughters of an assimilated Cherokee father. The first known African American student at Mount Holyoke was Hortense Parker, Class of 1883. The first students born outside the United States came to Mount Holyoke from Canada or the Sandwich Islands (now Hawaii) in the 1840s. The first student from Japan, Toshi Miyagawa enrolled in 1889 and the first students from China, Chi Nyok Wang and Ysu Tsit Law, graduated in 1916. Latina and Asian American women began attending Mount Holyoke in the 1930s. In 2010, Mount Holyoke enrolled students from 48 states and nearly 70 countries. On average, approximately one in every three undergraduates is an international citizen or an African American, Asian American, Latina, Native American, or multiracial student.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Mount Holyoke College Students and Alumnae Profiles and Statistics Collection primarily consists of articles, press releases, brochures, directories, notes, lists, citations for awards, audio cassettes, video recordings, and photographs dating from 1882 to the present which document the backgrounds, occupations, and experiences of women who have attended the school from 1837 to the present. Of particular note are materials concerning African American students and alumnae or those from countries outside of the United States. Materials are arranged in nine series: Biographical and Historical Notes, Statistics, and Lists; Alumnae in States, Regions, and Countries; Alumnae Occupations and Professions; Alumnae Awards, Programs, and Honors; Native American Students and Alumnae; African American Students and Alumnae; International Students and Alumnae; Audiocassettes and Video Recordings; and Photographs.

Biographicaland Historical Notes, Brochures, Statistics, and Lists date from 1906 to the present. The materials include a newspaper article from about 1910 entitled "The Colleges and Motherhood," a typescript copy of an article about "Mount Holyoke's Tradition in Community Service" (circa 1960), and a fact sheet about the Alumnae Association (1980). The statistics include a detailed "Alumnae Census" prepared by students in a statistics class at the College in 1937, a report on the information about alumnae gathered from a 1960 questionnaire, and summaries prepared by the Alumnae Association from 1976-2004 which give numbers of alumnae by class, state, foreign country, and Alumnae Club areas. The series also includes lists and articles about "alumnae daughters" and other family relationships among alumnae and brochures about "minority" students at the College.

Alumnae in States, Regions, and Countries materials (1882-present) chiefly consist of lists and notes about alumnae from different areas of the United States or other countries. A compilation of "Alumnae Regional Profiles" prepared by the Alumnae Association in 1989 provides a wide variety of information about alumnae in the United States including their employment, interests, marital status, and number of children. Also of note is an extensive collection of materials about alumnae from the southern region of the United States compiled by alumna Gail Sullivan Fleming (1950) in between 1988-1990. In addition, there are articles, notes and lists about some of the women from Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Vermont who have attended Mount Holyoke.

Alumnae Occupations and Professions materials (1888-present) consist of lists, statistics, articles, and directories primarily concerning alumnae artists, authors, editors, journalists, lawyers, fundraisers, educators, members of the clergy, doctors, nurses, and scientists. There is also information about alumnae affiliated with international organizations (including the Peace Corps and Vista) and those with careers in radio or television broadcasting. The materials include a copy of MHC Woman in Science: a Directory of Alumnae in Chemistry and Biochemistry (1991) which provides information about the work of these women.

Alumnae Awards, Programs, and Honors materials (1937-present) consist of articles, press releases, announcements, lists, notes, programs, and citations for awards. Most of these materials concern awards presented by the Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College such as the Alumnae Medal of Honor recognizing "eminent service in promoting the effectiveness of the Alumnae Association, signal service in completing definite projects undertaken by the College, or other noteworthy services which strengthen the position of the College" and the Mary Lyon Award honoring "a young alumna who has been out of the College fifteen years or less, who demonstrates promise or sustained achievement in her life, profession, or community consistent with the humane values which Mary Lyon exemplified in her life and inspired in others." There are also articles concerning Virginia Apgar (1929), Ella Grasso (1940), Frances Perkins (1902) and other alumnae elected to the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York or honored by United States postage stamps. In addition, the series includes information about Mary McHenry (1954) and Dorothy Semenow (1951) as participants in the Alumnae-in-Residence program at the College in 1974.

Native American Students and Alumnae materials date from 1982 and consist of lists of the few Native American women at the College between the 1840s-1930s and in the 1980s. There is also a brief reference to a scholarship established in 1932 for Native American students at Mount Holyoke.

African American Students and Alumnae Materials (1947-present) chiefly consist of articles, press releases, lists, notes, correspondence, brochures, programs, announcements, and invitations documenting the College's history of enrolling and supporting African American students and the activities and experiences of these women. An article by Linda M. Perkins discusses "The African American Female Elite: The Early History of African American Women in the Seven Sister Colleges, 1880-1960" (1997). Many newspaper articles from 1958-1969 concern the admission of increasing numbers of African American students to private colleges in the United States. There is also an article by Clara R. Ludwig, Director of Admissions at the College, entitled "The Goal of Equal Opportunities: Mount Holyoke's Response" (1968); notes by faculty members Sarah Montgomery and Jean Grossholtz about "Possible Responses to the Racial and Urban Revolution Open to Mount Holyoke College" (1968), a recommendation and article describing the Black Culture Center (later called the Betty Shabazz House) established at the College in 1968; and a 1971 description of "The Black Experience at Mount Holyoke" written by Gloria Maxwell, an African American woman in the Class of 1972. The takeover of several buildings at Mount Holyoke, Amherst College, and the University of Massachusetts in Amherst by African American students in the spring of 1970 is documented by articles, notes, memoranda, and a copy of "A Proposal for the W.E.B. DuBois Department of Afro-American Studies" at the University of Massachusetts. In addition, the materials include an illustrated brochure entitled "The Black Student on the White Campus" (1967); brochures prepared by the College in an effort to recruit African American students (1978-present), and a copy of the Black Alumnae Network Directory published by the Alumnae Association in 1994.

International Students and Alumnae materials (1893-present) concern women from countries other than the United States who have attended Mount Holyoke. These materials primarily consist of articles, press releases, handbooks, brochures, correspondence, lists, and notes. There are several articles about the history of international students at Mount Holyoke, including one written in 1986 by Mary Jacob, the Dean of International Students. Some of these materials concern Chinese alumnae and alumnae in China. Editions of the International Student Handbook (1982-1987) provide information about many aspects of life at Mount Holyoke and United States such as common terms and idioms, temperature conversions, and women's clothing size conversions. There are also brochures prepared by the College (1978-present) as a means of recruiting international students and informing them about policies that would help them with financing their education. In addition, the materials include memoranda, articles, and invitations (1980-1988) concerning the Host Family Program which allowed local residents to help international students adjust to both college life and life in the United States.

Audiocassettes and video recordings (1984-present) documents events at the College involving African American or international students and alumnae as well as alumnae recipients of awards. These materials include audiocassettes of ceremonies for winners of the Mary Lyon Award in 1984, 1988, and 1989; a video recording of the "Africa Day Cultural Show" on February 22, 1992; and a video recording of the proceedings of the Alumnae Association's Black Alumnae Conference in November, 1994.

Photographs (1893-present) primarily show groups of African American or international students or alumnae. Some photographs are of African American students at the Betty Shabazz House or Black Alumnae Conferences and there are many photographs of international students wearing the clothing of their home countries. Other photographs are of several alumnae living in Canton, China in the 1930s and recipients of the Alumnae Medal of Honor (1937-1987).

This collection is organized into nine series:

  • Biographical and Historical Notes, Brochures, Statistics, and Lists (1906-present)
  • Alumnae in States, Regions, and Countries (1882-present)
  • Alumnae Occupations and Professions (1888-present)
  • Alumnae Awards, Programs, and Honors (1937-present)
  • Native American Students and Alumnae (1982)
  • African American Students and Alumnae (1947-present)
  • International Students and Alumnae (1893-present)
  • Audiocassettes and Video Recordings (1984-present)
  • Photographs (1893-present)

Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted.

Restrictions on use:

Use of the collection is governed by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S.C.).

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Mount Holyoke College. Students and Alumnae Profiles and Statistics Collection, Archives and Special Collections, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA.

History of the Collection

Processing Information

Processed by Patricia J. Albright and Martha H. Brundage, 2010.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
8 Dwight Hall
50 College St.
South Hadley, MA 01075

Phone: (413) 538-2013
Fax: (413) 538-2370

Email Reference Form: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/lits/library/arch/forms/areq.htm
URL: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/lits/library/arch/
Language
English

Contents List
Biographical and Historical Notes, Brochures, Statistics, and Lists
1906-


Biographical and historical notes
1906-

Box 1: folder 1
Brochures
1962-

Box 1: folder 2
Statistics
1912-present

Box 1: folder 3-4
Alumnae relatives
circa 1933-

Box 1: folder 5
Minorities
1980-

Box 1: folder 6
Alumnae in States, Regions, and Countries Materials
1882-present


"Alumnae Regional Profiles," compiled by Nancy Lech
Jan. 4, 1989

Box 1: folder 7
California
1989-

Box 1: folder 8
Iowa
circa 1980s

Box 1: folder 9
Japan
1999-

Box 1: folder 10
Kansas
1989-

Box 1: folder 11
Maine
circa 1980s-

Box 1: folder 12
Massachusetts
1882-

Box 1: folder 13
Michigan
circa 1980s

Box 1: folder 14
Southern U.S.
1893-

Box 2: folder 1
Vermont
1922-

Box 2: folder 2
Alumnae in Occupations and Professions Materials
1888-present


Professional fields statistics
circa 1950s-

Box 2: folder 3
Art (includes artists, curators, museum directors)
1976-

Box 2: folder 4
Authors, writers, and editors
1908-

Box 2: folder 5
Development Work (including volunteerism, fund-raising)
1980-

Box 2: folder 6
Education (including teachers)
1906-

Box 2: folder 7
Internationalism
1988-

Box 2: folder 8
Law
1985-

Box 2: folder 9
Media (including television and radio)
1989-

Box 2: folder 10
Medicine (including nursing)
1888-

Box 2: folder 11
Peace Corps and Vista Volunteers
1961-

Box 2: folder 12
Religion
1900-

Box 2: folder 13
Science
circa 1920s-

Box 2: folder 14
"A Directory of Alumnae in Chemistry and Biochemistry"
1991

Box 2: folder 15
Alumnae Awards, Programs, and Honors
1937-present


Alumnae Achievement Award
2007-

Box 3: folder 1
Alumna-in-Residence Program
1973-

Box 3: folder 2
Alumnae in the National Women's Hall of Fame
1998-

Box 3: folder 3
Alumnae Loyalty Award
2007-

Box 3: folder 4
Alumnae medalists - Articles, Lists
1937-

Box 3: folder 5-6
Alumnae on United States postage stamps
1994-

Box 3: folder 7
Elizabeth Topham Kennan Award for Excellence in Teaching
2008-

Box 3: folder 8
Mary Lyon Award Recipients
1984-

Box 3: folder 9
Young Alumnae Loyalty Award
2008-

Box 3: folder 10
Native American Students and Alumnae
1982


Lists and note
1982-

Box 4: folder 1
African American Students and Alumnae
1947-present


Guides and references 1980s-


Box 5: folder 1
Brochures, clippings, articles, memoranda, booklet
1947-

Box 5: folder 2-4
Student takeover
1970

Box 5: folder 5
Lists of African American Students
1973-1980

Box 5: folder 6-7
"Black Alumnae Network Directory"
November 1994

Box 5: folder 8
International Students and Alumnae
1893-present


Historical information, memoranda, forms
1930-

Box 6: folder 1
"International Student Handbook"
1982-1987

Box 6: folder 2
Lists of International Students at MHC
1893-1936, 1944/45-2004/05

Box 6: folder 3-6
Host Family Program
1980-1988

Box 6: folder 7
Articles, clippings, press releases
1918-

Box 7: folder 1-7
Chinese Alumnae and Alumnae in China 1980s-


Box 7: folder 8
Audiocassettes and Video Recordings
1984-present


Mary Lyon Award Recipients (audiocassettes)
1984-1989

Box 8: folder 1
"Africa Day"
February 22, 1992

Box 8: folder 2
Black Alumnae Conference
Nov. 4-6, 1994

Box 8: folder 3
Commencement Activities
1995

Box 8: folder 4
Photographs
1893-present


Groups of alumnae
circa 1920s-

Box 9: folder 1
Alumnae Medal of Honor recipients
1937-1987

Box 9: folder 2
African American Students and Alumnae (includes slides)
1898-1996

Box 9: folder 3-6
International Students
1893-

Box 9: folder 7-12

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Subjects
  • African American college students-Massachusetts-South Hadley.
  • African American women-United States.
  • Asian American college students-Massachusetts-South Hadley.
  • College students-Massachusetts-Political activity.
  • Foreign study-Massachusetts-South Hadley.
  • Hispanic American college students-Massachusetts-South Hadley.
  • Indians of North America-Education (Higher)-Massachusetts-South Hadley.
  • Minority college students-Massachusetts-South Hadley.
  • Mount Holyoke College-Administration.
  • Mount Holyoke College-Admission.
  • Mount Holyoke College-Alumni and alumnae-Statistics.
  • Mount Holyoke College-Alumni and alumnae.
  • Mount Holyoke College-Description.
  • Mount Holyoke College-Handbooks, manuals, etc.
  • Mount Holyoke College-Registers.
  • Mount Holyoke College-Students-Political activity.
  • Mount Holyoke College-Students-Statistics.
  • Mount Holyoke College-Students.
  • Multiculturalism-Massachusetts-South Hadley.
  • Universities and colleges-United States-Statistics.
  • Women college students-Massachusetts-South Hadley.
  • Women-Awards-United States.
  • Women-China.
  • Women-Employment.

Genre terms
  • Audiocassettes.
  • Brochures.
  • Directories.
  • Photographs.
  • Video recordings.


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