Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women’s Education Officially Launches Website

Posted October 18th, 2012 at 1:24 pm.

The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women’s Education has announced the official launch of its website.

Funded by the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation in Philadelphia, the Center is developing free, web-based, open access to materials from Bryn Mawr College’s archives related to the history of women’s education. The Center’s blog, Educating Women, was the precusor to the site and has received over 5,000 individual hits since its inception last year.

The Center’s website features lesson plans, digitized primary sources, thematic exhibits on past Bryn Mawr alumnae, such as Margaret Bailey Speer, and current Bryn Mawr undergraduates’ work on the scrapbooks created by students in the early years of the college. The Center is focusing on digitizing prominent or unique items in its collections which will be freely available for teaching, research, or general interest to users across the world.

As part of the launch of the site, the Center is announcing its second annual essay competition, sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Deadline for submissions is Nov. 30. The theme is ‘Transformations: How has the Bryn Mawr College experience made you the person you are today?’

The Center’s first exhibition, “Taking Her Place,” will be hosted in the Rare Book Room gallery in Canaday Library from January to June 2013 and will be launched by Helen Horowitz, renowned historian of women’s education, biographer of M. Carey Thomas and one of the keynote speakers at the “Heritage and Hope” conference in 2010. Her Jan. 28 talk is titled “Reading, Writing, Arithmetic … and Power: Education as Entry to the World.” On Thursday, April 18, Elaine Showalter ’62,  Avalon Foundation Professor Emerita at Princeton University, will also give a speech as part of the exhibition program.

The Center has also issued a call for papers for the conference “Women’s History in the Digital World,” which is to be held at Bryn Mawr College on March 22 and 23. Laura Mandell, director of the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture and a professor in the department of English at Texas A&M will give the keynote. The conference will bring together scholars working on women’s history projects with a digital component—exploring the complexities of creating, managing, researching, and teaching with digital resources.

The Center plans to hold other public events throughout the spring. To keep up to date on what’s happening with the Center, check its website and follow it on Twitter. Announcements will also be made through the Friends of the Library Facebook page.

Comments or questions can be sent to the Center’s director, Jennifer Redmond at or via Twitter.

More on the Center will appear in the next Alumnae Bulletin.

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