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Candid Campus: The Lesser-Known Narratives of Bryn Mawr College

Introduction: Why Use Student Scrapbooks?

Page from the scrapbook of Euretta Simons, Class of 1936

Scenes from the obscure Little May Day, as documented by Euretta Simons, Class of 1936.

Certain social aspects of the Bryn Mawr College community are often overshadowed by the historical and academic contributions made by the institution. However, these smaller facets of the school are frequently considered by students as profoundly sentimental. Student scrapbooks chronicle topics that might be hastily dismissed as too trivial or saccharine to explore in depth. Examining student scrapbooks offers a fresh view of Bryn Mawr's history. By incorporating the information found in both reputable scholarly sources and on the pages of private albums into this exhibit, both intellectual and human connections are forged with the material presented, thus making said material personally resonant.