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Lucy Taxis Shoe Meritt (1906- 2003) was an acclaimed archaeologist, scholar, teacher, and editor who received B.A, M.A, and Ph.D degrees from Bryn Mawr College. Shoe Meritt taught at Mount Holyoke College and the University of Texas at Austin, was a fellow at the American Academy of Rome, and served as the Editor of Publications for the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. Additionally, she was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study and the American Institute of Archaeology. She received the Gold Medal of the Archaeological Institute of America for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement in 1976. This collection includes four of Shoe Meritt’s diaries, 1924-1927, from her freshman year to her first year as a graduate student at Bryn Mawr College.

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Lucy T. Shoe Meritt Papers

M. Carey Thomas (1857-1935) became the first Dean and head of the English Department when Bryn Mawr College opened in 1884. Following the death of the college's first president, James Rhoads, in 1894, she was elected to succeed him in the position. She used her position to both expand the College, ensuring several new buildings were constructed on campus, and to influence college policies. Thomas was involved in the women's suffrage movement and an early promoter of adding a sex-based equal rights amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Although she was interested in rights for white, Anglo-Saxon women, Thomas's legacy of racism and antisemitism kept both Black and Jewish students out of Bryn Mawr even after she stepped down as president. This collection is comprised of documents from both Thomas's personal papers and the official records that survive from her time at Bryn Mawr College, including office subject files and a great deal of personal correspondence.

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Machteld Johanna Mellink (1917-2006) was an archaeologist and faculty member in the department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at Bryn Mawr College for five decades. The images in this collection were digitized from Mellink's collection of 35mm Kodachrome slides, taken in Turkey, Greece, Syria, Cyprus, Iraq, and Iran between the 1950s and 1990s. The project was made possible with the financial and logistical assistance of ARTstor.

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Machteld J. Mellink Collection of Archaeological Site Photography

Marie Litzinger (1899-1952) was a graduate of Bryn Mawr College class of 1920. While at Bryn Mawr, Litzinger received a European travel fellowship which allowed her to study at the University of Rome in 1923 and 1924. She earned a Master of Arts degree from Bryn Mawr in 1924. She began teaching mathematics at Mount Holyoke College in 1925, and simultaneously pursued doctoral studies at the University of Chicago, receiving her Ph.D. in 1934. In 1937, she became Chairman of the Department of Mathematics at Mt. Holyoke College, where she continued to teach until her death in 1952. This collection consists primarily of Litzinger’s letters to her parents and sisters during her years as an undergraduate at Bryn Mawr College through her time studying in Rome.

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Mary Ayer Rousmaniere (1878-1954) was a graduate of Bryn Mawr College class of 1901. She spent her junior year at Radcliffe College, but graduated from Bryn Mawr in 1901 with degrees in political science and history. Rousmaniere was involved in varsity basketball, Mandolin and Banjo Club, and class plays. After graduating from Bryn Mawr, she pursued graduate studies at Radcliffe College (1901-1902) and Simmons College (1905-1906). This collection includes one of Rousmaniere’s diaries, spanning her freshman through junior years, 1897-1900. Rousmaniere’s diary offers insight into student athletics and academics, social life, and differences between her experiences at Bryn Mawr and Radcliffe Colleges.

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Mary Ayer Rousmaniere Diary

Mary Whitall Worthington (d. 1912) was a graduate of Bryn Mawr College class of 1910 and the president of the Bryn Mawr chapter of the Woman’s Equal Suffrage League. She was the niece of the College’s second president, M. Carey Thomas. After graduating from Bryn Mawr, Worthington attended Johns Hopkins Medical School but died as the result of congenital heart failure in January 1912. This collection primarily includes Worthington’s diaries, covering her time at Bryn Mawr College and her first year of medical school at Johns Hopkins University and interspersed with photographs, correspondence, and ephemera. They are extensive and eloquent reflections on Worthington’s life as a young woman attending college in the early 20th century. The collection also includes Worthington’s notes, a speech written for a Suffrage League meeting, and a handwritten play.

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