Mary Woolley and Jeannette Marks were educators and partners who lived and worked at Mount Holyoke College during the early 1900s. Thirty-eight boxes of their personal correspondence, dating from 1898 to 1947, are housed in the Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections. Learn more about Woolley and Marks's relationship, their professional activities, Mount Holyoke College history, and early 20th century women's lives by joining us and other digital volunteers in transcribing these handwritten letters!
To learn more about Woolley, Marks, and their life together, please visit this Archives and Special Collections student-curated exhibition.
Caroline Boa Henderson, Mount Holyoke College Class of 1901, farmed a land claim in the Oklahoma Panhandle from 1907 until 1966. She struggled against recurring droughts, dust storms, extreme blizzards, and other disasters. And yet, through all of these troubles, she and her husband chose to stay on their land.
Henderson's firsthand accounts of the Dust Bowl years are preserved in Archives and Special Collections through the letters she wrote to her Mount Holyoke classmate Rose Alden, to Alden's mother, and to her own daughter Eleanor, along with other writings that she published in Practical Farmer and the Atlantic Monthly. More information about the collection can be found in this full description and finding aid.
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 men, and Mount Holyoke 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.