History & Exhibits
Notable Women of Simmons College Digital Scrapbook Collection
The College Archives is pleased to invite the Simmons community and beyond to view and experience, online, the lives of early Simmons College women through their digitized scrapbooks.
The Digital Scrapbook Collection will be offline between March 5th and 24th due to maintenance.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
Current Scrapbook Collections
- Virginia Woodward Smith, 1930 Graduate of the Simmons College School of Library Science
- Louise Lincoln, 1940 Graduate of the Simmons College School of Secretarial Studies
- Ruth Tallmadge, 1933 Graduate of the Simmons College School of Secretarial Studies
- Paula Kantala McAndrews, 1932 Graduate of the Simmons College School of Secretarial Studies
- Edith Hornik Beer, 1953 Graduate of the Simmons College Prince School of Retailing
- Caroline Stokes, 1933 Graduate of the Simmons College School of Science
- Alice Morris Walker, 1934 Graduate of the Simmons College School of Library Science
- Jean Elizabeth "Bettie" Goodrich, 1937 Graduate of the Simmons College School of English
- Daisie M. Helyar, 1910 Graduate of the Simmons College School of Library Science
- Olive Ruby Henty, 1913 Graduate of the Simmons College School of Household Economics
- Ruth Mitchell Wunderly, 1919 Graduate of the Simmons College School of Household Economics
- Marion Pearl Ayer, 1917 Graduate of the Simmons College School of Secretarial Studies
- Catherine Hering Jensen, 1947 Graduate of the Simmons College School of Secretarial Studies
The Notable Women of Simmons College Digital Library captures and makes accessible the lives of early college women through their scrapbooks and other memorabilia. These records not only offer insights into a student's college experiences, but also provide an entrée into understanding the social conditions and historical period in which these women lived, the first half of the 20th century. The collections aim to portray the lives and times of these pioneers, highlighting their intellectual achievements and leisure activities, as well as the cultural and historical context of their experiences while attending Simmons.
In 2005, the first digital collection was created from the scrapbook of Marion Pearl Ayer, a 1917 graduate of the Simmons College Business Program. Subsequent virtual scrapbook collections have highlighted the college experiences of other early 20th century students and graduates of Simmons College . Viewable images include photographs, letters, notes, train tickets, dance cards and other forms of printed material that document residence life, sporting and cultural events, group outings and romances. In addition to student life, these mementos offer a glimpse of early 20th Century Boston, especially in the Fenway neighborhood, home of Simmons College.
Curriculum at Work - Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences
Since Notable Women's inception, graduate library and information science students in a digital libraries course (taught by GSLIS Professor Candy Schwartz), have been entrusted with scrapbooks from the Simmons College Archives to digitize and present in an electronic format. The students are responsible for the semester-long endeavor from conception through creation. Their work encompasses all aspects of the production process, including content, descriptive metadata, digitization, web development, intellectual property, and marketing. The library is built using open source software and the technical resources of the College.
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News from the Archives
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