About Us

Our Mission

The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women's Education is an online locus of scholarship on the history of women’s higher education. The Center aims to foster inquiry and dialogue on how the history of women’s education has informed contemporary life and how it will shape the global future. Through its blog, exhibits, instructional lesson plans, and digital collections the Center provides informative materials and a digital space for teaching and learning on these topics.

The Greenfield Digital Center serves both a local community and the work of remote researchers. Drawing on the abundant archival material held at Bryn Mawr College, the online portal provides free access to a digital repository of primary sources and a collection of instructional activities and thoughtfully curated resources for teaching faculty at colleges and high schools. The Center also hosts regular local programming at Bryn Mawr College and the surrounding area to highlight historical and contemporary issues in women’s education. As part of a commitment to enrich both local and dispersed dialogues, the Center practices and supports the use of new technologies in scholarship that incorporate fresh methods and perspectives into historical study. By promoting reflection on the history of women’s access to and experiences of intellectual communities, the Center aims to drive conversations that will actively shape the future of women’s higher education.

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    International students at Bryn Mawr College, 1960s


Evan McGonagill

Assistant Director

Eric Pumroy

Director of Library Collections and Seymour Adelman Head of Special Collections


Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr is one of the world's most distinctive, distinguished colleges. Every year 1,300 undergraduate women and 400 graduate students from around the world gather on the College's historic campus to study with leading scholars, conduct advanced research, and expand the boundaries of what's possible. A Bryn Mawr woman is defined by a rare combination of personal characteristics: an intense intellectual commitment, a purposeful vision of her life, and a desire to make a meaningful contribution to the world. These attributes create a spirit that is palpable on campus. It is visible, too, in the lives of Bryn Mawr alumnae, women who have become leaders in a wide range of fields, including those in which women are traditionally underrepresented.

The Albert M. Greenfield Foundation

The Foundation, created by Albert M. Greenfield in 1953, reflected his personal ideals of service, the dignity of mankind, and the preservation of individual and civil liberties. Emphasizing grants in arts and culture, education, human services, and civic initiatives, Mr. Greenfield’s original ideals have been continuously reaffirmed and updated for contemporary relevance by succeeding generations of Foundation trustees. The Foundation’s primary goal is to strengthen the fabric of community life in the City of Philadelphia.

Other Contributors

Former employees, students and others who have helped build and shape the Center include (in alphabetical order):

Jessy Brody (Digital Assistant, 2011-2012)
Cheryl Klimaszewski (Digital Collections Specialist, 2011-2013)
Jen Rajchel (Assistant, 2011-2012)
Jennifer Redmond (Director, 2011-2013)