Elizabeth Di Cataldo
Elizabeth Nye Di Cataldo is the archivist at the Edith Hamilton Library of the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, Maryland. Established by M. Carey Thomas, Mary Elizabeth Garrett, Mamie Gwinn, Elizabeth Tabor King, and Julia Rogers as the first girls’ school to offer only a college preparatory program, the school required that all students pass the rigorous entrance examinations to Bryn Mawr College in order to graduate. Opening on September 21, 1885, the school was managed by M. Carey Thomas and Mary Elizabeth Garrett throughout its early years. Edith Hamilton became the school’s first headmistress in 1896 and served until her retirement in 1922. For decades, most Bryn Mawr School girls who pursued higher education went to Bryn Mawr College, many on full scholarships paid for by Miss Garrett.
Di Cataldo is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists and holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science as well as an advanced certificate in Digital Libraries from Syracuse University. Her undergraduate work is in the history of the decorative arts. She is also a graduate of the Institute for Art and Restoration in Florence, Italy, where she specialized in the restoration and conservation of gold leaf, wooden objects, and books and paper. She is the author of Ex Solo Ad Solem, a history of the Bryn Mawr School published in recognition of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the school and college.