College Archives

The Sarah Lawrence College Archives is open to the College community as well as to scholars and researchers around the world. The College Archives contains official records, publications, students theses, photographs, memorabilia, artifacts, audio-visual materials, and digital recordings. The College Archives also maintains a collection of faculty papers and other manuscript collections related to the College.

College History

College History

Sarah Lawrence College, founded in 1926, began as a junior college for women offering a two-year diploma. Since its conception, it has evolved into a coeducational liberal arts institution granting both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Discover more about the College’s history from the following resources.

Collections

Collections

The College Archives comprises over 1,100 linear feet of archival material including photographs, audio-visual materials, publications, correspondence, meeting minutes, and other administrative records. Browse through the finding aids, search the Sarah Lawrence Magazine index, and consult the research guides to find information about the academic and administrative history of the College.

Digital Collections

Digital Collections

The College Archives maintains several digital collections which are accessible online. Learn about student life and campus happenings in the Student Newspaper Collection, flip through the Student War Board Scrapbook to find out about student involvement in World War II efforts at home, and browse through student theses and scholarly works by faculty on the Sarah Lawrence College Digital Commons page.

Exhibits

Exhibits

Browse virtual exhibits from the College Archives showcasing College presidents, alumni, faculty, and significant events in the College’s history. Topics include the College’s battle with McCarthyism in the 1950s, first men on campus and coeducation, and Maria Goeppert Mayer, the only woman besides Marie Curie to receive the Nobel Prize in Physics.

Using the Archives

Using the Archives

What you need to know about visiting, accessing, and using the College Archives.

About Us

About Us

Meet the staff, learn about our mission, and find out how to donate materials to the College Archives.