September 2009


Finding aids for the following research collections are now available on the Goucher College Special Collections & Archives website.

Alberta H. and Henry G. Burke papers and Jane Austen research collection, 1811-1996

The Collection consists of personal correspondence and non-published research materials related to the Burke’s book collection documenting Jane Austen.

Hans and Frances Mitchell Froelicher papers, 1790-1994

A variety of records documenting the personal and professional lives of Hans and Frances Mitchell Froelicher, including German language letters and manuscripts relating to the Froelicher family, certificates and memorabilia, especially of Goucher College, published works and related notes, diaries, photographs, and scrapbooks, especially of the laying of Froelicher Hall at Goucher College.

Goucher College Class of 1903 round robin letters, 1907-1938

The Round Robin Letters cover a wide variety of topics, including family life, war and war efforts, suffrage, and travel.

H.L. and Sara Haardt Mencken collection, 1886-1951

The bulk of the H.L. and Sara Haardt Mencken Collection materials includes correspondence between Sara Haardt and Mencken on their relationship and Mencken’s opinions on writing, the film industry, Baltimore, and national and international events of the 1920s and 1930s. The Collection also includes all of Sara’s published and unpublished works, other materials related to her career, and correspondence with other prominent writers.

Florence B. Seibert papers, 1897-1991

The Papers include biographical material, scrapbooks, personal correspondence, writings and publications, and awards related to the life of Florence B. Seibert, a researcher whose work focused on the identification and treatment of tuberculosis.

Dorothy Stimson papers, 1890-1988

The Papers include biographical information, correspondence, publications and writings, awards and degrees, diaries, scrapbooks, and photographs relating to the life and work of Dorothy Stimson, an historian in the field of the history of science, and president of the History of Science Society from 1953-1957.

Lilian Welsh papers, 1894-1954

The Papers include biographical materials, professional papers, photographs, and memorabilia relating to the life and work of Lilian Welsh, professor of anatomy, physiology, hygeine, and physical training at Goucher College, 1894-1924.

(Index of Finding Aids)

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Over the summer, we were presented with a large task: to move the library collections to a brand new building. This past week, we celebrated the opening of the library which now resides in the Goucher Athenaeum. The grand opening also served as the kick-off for the 125th Anniversary Celebration of the founding of Goucher College.

We begin moving the books from the Julia Rogers Library to the Athenaeum.

We begin moving the books from the Julia Rogers Library to the Athenaeum.

The shelves were taken out of the former Rare Book Room to be used as a Pilates studio.
The shelves were taken out of the former Rare Book Room to be used as a Pilates studio.
A small section of books was symbolically passed by community members from the Julia Rogers Library to the Goucher Athenaeum.
A small section of books was symbolically passed by community members from the Julia Rogers Library to the Goucher Athenaeum.
College President Sandy Ungar moderates a panel in the new forum about "The College Library in a Changing World."
College President Sandy Ungar moderates a panel in the new forum about “The College Library in a Changing World.”
What's a celebration without cake?
What’s a celebration without cake?
Our new reading room allows researchers to spread out and take advantage of our collections.
Our new reading room allows researchers to spread out and take advantage of our collections.
We now have a prominent place to display exhibits, like this one on the treasures of our collections!
We now have a prominent place to display exhibits, like this one on the treasures of our collections!
The books now reside in our new compact shelving.
The books now reside in our new compact shelving.

 Please come visit us in our new space!

~Cassie

Everybody knows that books are bad for the environment.  All that paper is made from trees, and deforestation is contributing to the loss of habitat and biodiversity.

Would it surprise you to know that little over 150 years ago, paper was actually eco-savvy?  Or moreover, that it was a means of recycling old undergarments and rags?  Prior to the mid-19th century, paper was made from leftover or discarded cotton and linen.  This is what’s known as “rag paper.”

During the late 16th and early 17th centuries, when newspapers and pamphlets really came into vogue, there was an international shortage in the rag supply.  Certain countries even issued sanctions against the exporting of rags, and rag smugglers started up a new black market!

Continued shortages caused paper manufacturers to seek alternative fibers in the 18th century, and it wasn’t until the 1840’s that experiments in using ground-wood pulp began. But once we figured out how to process wood fibers into paper pulp, boy, did that solve the problem!  Trees grow everywhere.

If you’d like to see an early example of wood pulp paper, stop by the upcoming exhibit of Highlights from the James Wilson Bright Collection, opening September 9th in the Goucher College Athenaeum.  More details to follow!