Bryn Mawr College

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Mariam Coffin Canaday Library

101 N. Merion Ave.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899
610-526-6576 voice
610-526-7480 fax

Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Additional hours during the academic year for books, manuscripts, and archives: Wednesday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm


Eric Pumroy, Associate Chief Information Officer and Seymour Adelman Director of Special Collections, 610-526-5272,

Rachel Appel, Digital Collections Librarian, 610-526-5093,

Patrick Crowley, Rare Books Cataloguer, 610-526-5082,

Christiana Dobrzynski, College Archivist. 610-526-5285, 

Marianne Hansen, Curator and Academic Liaison for Rare Books and Manuscripts. 610-526-5289,

Evan McGonagill, Assistant Director, Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women's Education, 610-526-7518,

Monica Mercado, Director, Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women's Education, 610-526-7515,

Carrie Robbins,  Curator and Academic Liaison for Art & Artifacts, 610-526-5225,

Monique Scott, Director of Museum Studies, 610-526-5084, 

Marianne Weldon, Collections Manager. (610) 526-5022.

The Rare Book Collection, containing approximately 50,000 volumes, supports the College's teaching programs. The Goodhart Library of more than 1,000 incunabula provides texts for studying the late Middle Ages and Renaissance. The Castle Collection includes works in botany and ornithology. Together with the Adelman Collection it affords opportunities for the study of graphic arts. The Adelman Collection is rich in materials of Keats and his circle, A.E. Housman and Ralph Hodgson, Claud Lovat Fraser, Thomas and Susan Macdowell Eakins, and Americana.

The Manuscript Collection is strong in women's studies and British and American literary history. It includes the papers of Bryn Mawr president M. Carey Thomas, Carrie Chapman Catt, 1,200 letters of Marianne Moore, and correspondence of The New Yorker editor Katharine S. White. Manuscript holdings include a group of medieval and renaissance codices, includingbooks of hours. These collections are supported by a graphics collection ranging from the 15th century to the present, including 7,300 prints, 3,500 drawings, and 13,000 vintage photographs.

The Bryn Mawr College Archives serves as a research and security repository for the official administrative and historical records of the College, the professional and personal papers of faculty, administrators, and alumnae, and unique or ephemeral items reflecting other aspects of the history of the College. Holdings include the College Presidents' papers; College and student publication; minutes of faculty, trustee, and student organizations; reports, programs, and calendars; student notebooks, diaries, scrapbooks, and correspondence; biographical files for deceased alumnae. A substantial photograph collection, numbering some 6,500 prints of which one-fifth date from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, includes group and individual portraits as well as photographs of buildings, classes, sports, May Day festivities, and other College events.

The Fine Arts Collection consists of paintings, sculptures, casts and reproductions, and works on paper including prints, drawings, and photographs.

The Ethnographic Arts Collection is comprised of objects from around the world. Important holdings include ethnographic material from North, Central and South America, the Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld’53 Collection of African and Oceanic Art; the Twyeffort-Hollenback Collection of Southwest Pottery and Native American Ethnography, the George and Anna Hawks Vaux '35, M.A. ‘41 Collection of Native American Basketry; and pieces collected in Oceania by former Anthropology professor Dr. Jane Goodale. The extensive body of material includes masks, figures, headdresses, beadwork, and textiles. The Asian Art Collection includes Chinese, Korean and Japanese folk art, screens, scrolls, porcelains, lacquer ware, terracottas, bronzes, wood and stone artifacts of the Helen B. Chapin ‘25 Collection, and imperial Japanese art and artifacts from the Elizabeth Gray Vining ’23 Collection.

The Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology Collection includes over 6,000 objects from the ancient Mediterranean world, primarily Greece and Italy, but also the Near East, Egypt, Cyprus, and the Bronze Age Aegean area. The focus of this collection is on Greek and Roman minor arts, especially vases. The collection was formed from private donations such as the Densmore Curtis Collection presented by Clarissa Compton Dryden, ’32, MA ’35, the Elisabeth Washburn King ’17, MA ’37 Collection of classical Greek coins, and the Aline Abaecherli Boyce (MA ’28, Ph.D ’32) Collection of Roman Republican silver coins. In addition, the late Professor Hetty Goldman gave an extensive series of pottery samples from the excavation at Tarsus in Cilicia

The Decorative and Applied Arts Collection is represented in the rugs, furniture, tiles, silver and other metalwork, glass and applied arts (removed from College buildings) seen on campus.

The Bryn Mawr College Geology Department has one of the finest collections of minerals from Pennsylvania and around the world. Donor include the Department's founder, Florence Bascom, Theodore Rand, and the family of George Vaux, Jr., who gave his collection of over 8000 specimens to the College. Many of the minerals are on exhibit in 28 hall cases in the Park Science Center