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Archives & Special Collections Library

The Catherine Pelton Durrell Archives and Special Collections Library is proud to announce that its work with Vassar’s Digital Initiatives Team has resulted in the launch of our Digital Library ( Collections include student letters and diaries, photographs from the college’s earliest years, a student newspaper archive, and other materials relating to the college. Other items in the Digital Library include journals of naturalist John Burroughs and Vassar’s millionth volume, Govard Bidloo’s Anatomia Humani Corporis. The collection has grown quickly in scope and content, and currently includes more than 25,000 images as well as a few oral history audio files; the largest collections are the nineteenth-century Student Diaries (with more than 13,000 pages in 57 diaries) and Student Letters collections (which includes more than 5,000 pages in 750 letters). Most items are fully searchable, allowing researchers to uncover ideas and trends across a variety of works.

Through our digital collections, we aim to provide access to high-quality digital content generated by the Libraries for research and study, as open as possible; support the teaching, learning, and research needs of the College; preserve at-risk or fragile physical collections through digitization, or at-risk born-digital collections through reformatting; expose hidden, less-used physical collections through access to digital surrogates; and foster experimental, cutting-edge, and innovative projects through technology. 

Future collections slated to be added to the Digital Library include Vassar’s collection of Albert Einstein manuscripts, the records of the the Vassar Wesleyan Program in Paris, and the Longfellow Sheet Music Collection.


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