Mount Holyoke Early Letters and Diaries, 1837-1849

Opened in November 1837, Mount Holyoke was one of the first institutions of higher education in the United States to offer female students coursework equivalent to that available to college men, and the school is the first of the historic Seven Sisters Colleges.

Mount Holyoke's Archives and Special Collections contains original letters and diaries of many of the earliest students who attended the school during founder Mary Lyon's tenure, 1837 through 1849. Filled with details about their classes, teachers and classmates; social activities; health; and families, these materials are a rich and lively resource for women's history.

Collections available here for transcription currently include: Caroline LeConte Morris, Class of 1841; Lucy Goodale, non-graduate Class of 1841; Julia Hyde, Class of 1842; Lucy Fletcher Hawley, non-graduate Class of 1843; Sarah Holden, Class of 1846; Elizabeth Mary Bell Welch, Class of 1847; and Lucinda Guilford, Class of 1847.



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