New documentary history of Bryn Mawr College
Offerings to Athena: 125 Years at Bryn Mawr College is a new documentary history of one of the country’s most influential women’s colleges. Using letters, speeches, reports, college newspaper articles, articles from the national press, and hundreds of photographs, this 400-page book traces the history of the college from its founding in the Philadelphia suburbs in 1885 to the present day.
The book focuses particularly on the experiences of students at Bryn Mawr, treating issues of academics, social life, college traditions, and plans for life after college. But the book addresses larger social issues, as well, including student political activism, from the suffrage movement in the 1910s to the Civil Rights and anti-war activism of the 1960s; the College’s complicated history with African-American students and staff; the emergence of the new feminism and open discussions of sexuality; and debates over the continuing value of an all-women’s college after the all-men’s colleges went co-ed in the 1970s.
The book was edited by Anne L. Bruder, a Council on Library and Information Resources Postdoctoral Fellow at Bryn Mawr, whose research focuses on the history of women’s education in the nineteenth century. It was published by the Friends of the Bryn Mawr College Library. The book is for sale at Amazon.com for $79.99.