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Alumna’s New Guinean Objects Provide History Lessons for Student Intern

Gifts from Mary Olmsted ’41 Jamie Collings ’18 begins his research with the objects in a collection that immediately catch his eye. “I might do background research on the provenance/provenience of an object—trying to understand its history or how it came to be part of…... » Read more

Archival Equestrian Materials Presented at the Art Museum

The Material Life of Equestriennes, A recent display at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum featured this traditional English women’s riding hat and saddle. Estimated to be about two hundred years old, the hat is still remarkably intact. And it is remarkably different from the…... » Read more

What Did Virginia Apgar ’29 Carry in Her Medical Bag?

Dr. Virginia Apgar ’29 is most known for changing the landscape of obstetric medicine with her invention in 1952 of the Apgar Score, the first standardized method for evaluating newborn health. But do you know what she carried in her medical bag? Mount Holyoke Archives…... » Read more

Sphinx sculpture

Sphinx Statuette with Hidden Message Passed Down through Classes

... A shoe-sized bronze statuette of a sphinx sits in the Mount Holyoke Archives and Special Collections protected by thick layers of wrapping paper. The rust stains on the bronze and dusty edges reveal a trace of age. To discover the original use of the mysterious…... » Read more