Friday, October 31, 2014

For Resources relating to the History of Women in Higher Education...checkout The Greenfield Digital Center

I would encourage everyone to check out the website of the The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women's Education.  The Center's mission statement indicates that it serves as an online locus of scholarship on the history of women’s higher education.  The site includes access to teaching modules, digital exhibits, and a primary source collection of posters, news articles, and other items.

Among the digital exhibits, two of interest were A Purposeful Vision: Margaret Bailey Speer and Yenching University and At School, At Work, At Play: Gender Complexities at the First Southern Coeducational Institution.

The first of these exhibits explores the life of Speer primarily through her letters starting with her youth, then moves through her years at Bryn Maur, her 18 years of service in China, and concludes with her return to the United States.  She first traveled to Yenching University in 1925 at the age of 25 and her insights built through her travel and many contacts are fascinating to read.

The experiences of women in various aspects of life at Berea College provide the core of the second exhibit, developed as a collaborative project of an English class at the institution in 2012.