Housed in the Jennie King Mellon Library at Chatham University document the dynamic history of one of the earliest women’s liberal arts colleges established as a college rather than as a seminary. Chartered in 1869 as Pennsylvania Female College, Chatham remains one of the last original eastern women’s colleges that still limit baccalaureate degrees to women. The archives include institutional records, student publications and records of student organizations, scrapbooks, architectural drawings, oral histories, selected personal papers, audiovisual materials, and memorabilia.  Online materials include a growing collection of images on Historic Pittsburgh; a collection of yearbooks, newspapers, and other publications on the Internet Archive; and a digital library of selected materials from The Rachel Carson Collection. (images) (yearbooks, etc) (Rachel Carson Collection)

The library’s  Special Collections include The Women’s Educational Historical Collection, which is a selection of materials relating to women’s education and the history surrounding women’s education. Some materials about Chatham are included, as are biographies of women who played important roles in education and educational reform.

Archivist: Rachel Rohrbaugh: (412.365.1123)