What is the theme of the exhibit?
|"Horse Girls" and "Transcontinental Journey" exhibits|
We are working on decentering whiteness in the Archives by recognizing the unique contributions and legacies that women of color have at MHC. In this exhibit, we feature several photographs of women of color and of various historical events pertaining to race dialogues with faculty. The overarching theme of the exhibit is “Hidden Histories: Treasures from the Archives” which speaks to the Archives’ commitment to education and community building through social media outreach. We choose blog topics based on what we think the Mount Holyoke community should know about: controversial sororities, beautiful May queens, a cross-country road trip, and racial diversity on campus."
How do we choose which photographs to feature on our social media sites?
|The Archives' tumblr site|
Sometimes, however, we find inspiration for our posts by exploring the stacks of the Archives - some discoveries include a centenary box time capsule to be opened in 2037, and Mount Holyoke's very own Flying Club for teaching women aviation! If we don't find our photos in our own research or the stacks, we can use the Archives & Special Collections Digital Images database to browse for images by subject, type, date, location, and other keywords."
How did the themes emerge?
|A close-up of "Horse Girls"|
|Two students in a class, circa 1970s. |
This photograph was featured on our Tumblr and in our exhibit.
Megan Haaga: "I have always found the pictures of Mount Holyoke's May Queens to be incredibly beautiful, and we have featured them on Pinterest and Tumblr before. I decided to create one section of my exhibit based on May Queens because I think that the tradition of May Day and May Queens is visually stunning, and it also has an interesting history. May Queens were chosen by a secret ballot of all students as the 'fairest' senior, and there were even sometimes rules stating that she had to be blonde in even years and brunette in odd ones. The May Day tradition dates back to 1896, starting as a fundraiser for the Dramatic Club, but the first fully sanctioned May Day was held in 1901 for President Mary Woolley’s inauguration. The pageant featured plays and pantomimes with elaborate themes and large casts.
|The "Presidential Socks" blog post|
What were the challenges of putting together this exhibit?
|"A Transcontinental Journey"|
|The "May Queens" exhibit|
Check out the exhibits located in both the MEWS in LITS and the ground floor of Dwight Hall at Mount Holyoke College! Please don't hesitate to leave comments on this post, speak to us in the the Archives, or ask us a question on our tumblr! (We've enabled anonymous messages in case you'd prefer to be nameless.)
We'd also like to thank our co-workers, especially Caro Pinto, Leslie Fields, and Patty Albright for their aid and advice in constructing our exhibit. Margaret would like to thank Kim Holmquist and Charlotte Wolter for their interviews and information for her Transcontinental Journey blog post.