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Deanery files, , Bryn Mawr College

M129

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Summary Information

Repository:
Bryn Mawr College
Title:
Deanery files, , Bryn Mawr College
Date [bulk]:
1980-1991
Date [inclusive]:
1917-2010
Call Number:
M129
Extent:
5 Linear feet ((Two cartons and two large document boxes))
Language:
English
Mixed materials: [Box]
1-4
Abstract:
The Deanery was the home of the first Dean and second President of Bryn Mawr College, M. Carey Thomas, from 1885 to 1933. From 1933 until 1968, when the building was demolished for the construction of Canaday Library, the building served as the college's Alumnae Center and Inn. The collection is comprised primarily of Deanery records, mostly inventories of the building, and the files of Carol Campbell, Curator of Art and Artifacts in Bryn Mawr College's Special Collections
Cite as:
Cite as Deanery files, Special Collections Department, Bryn Mawr College Library.
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Biography/History

The Deanery was the home of the first Dean and second President of Bryn Mawr College, M. Carey Thomas. When she moved there in 1885 at the age of 28, it was a modest Victorian cottage of five rooms, situated to the west of what was then the central campus building, Taylor Hall. Thomas lived in the Deanery for almost five decades, sharing it first with Mamie Gwinn and later with Mary Garrett, both friends she had made growing up in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1896 and again in 1908, the building was renovated and expanded, ultimately becoming a sprawling 46-room mansion filled with the art and furniture that Thomas and Garret collected on their travels. While Thomas lived there, she entertained such famous figures as Henry James, Bertrand Russell, and Anna Howard Shaw, as well as holding Senior receptions and other events for Bryn Mawr students. Upon the death of M. Carey Thomas, the building and most of its contents were left to the Alumnae Association for use as an Alumnae Center and Inn. The Deanery was demolished in the spring of 1968; Canaday Library stands on the site today.

Scope and Contents

The collection is comprised primarily of Deanery records, mostly inventories of the building, and the files of Carol Campbell, Curator of Art and Artifacts in Bryn Mawr College's Special Collections. Campbell’s files include data sheets for individual objects in the Deanery collection as well as background research on people, objects, places, and the BMC Archives (including the M. Carey Thomas Papers). Another part of the collection consists of notes, labels, and research materials for the exhibition, “The Deanery Remembered,” which took place in the foyer of Canaday Library in 1985 as part of the college’s centennial celebration.

The Deanery records include inventories and appraisals, the latter performed by the Manufacturers' Appraisal Company in 1949, 1954, and 1963. In 1969 the company also performed an appraisal of the contents of Wyndham Hall, the building that became the college's new Alumnae Center and Inn upon the demolition of the Deanery in 1968, to which the majority of the Deanery furniture and furnishings were moved. Other appraisals in the collection include one performed in 1966 of the Victorian Art Glass (primarily of favrile glass made by Tiffany and Co.), as well as a 1968 report on the Oriental carpets in the Deanery. Special Collections also performed a survey of heritage objects on campus in 1988, and Carol Campbell compiled a list of Lockwood de Forest tabourets in 1999.

The data sheets created by Special Collections staff for objects in the Deanery collection are sorted by location at the time of the survey, including the Dorothy Vernon Room (in Haffner), the Wyndham Alumnae House, Taylor Hall, the President's house (Pen-y-Groes), and other locations on campus. The conservation reports deal primarily with a project undertaken by Special Collections in 1990 for the refurbishing of the Dorothy Vernon Room.

The background research material in the collection was compiled primarily by Carol Campbell, but many notes were taken by other staff members and students working for Special Collections during the 1980s and 1990s. Material relating to the 1985 exhibition "The Deanery Remembered" is divided into such categories as exhibition labels, research for the displays, photo-duplication orders, preparation material for the opening of the exhibition, and Carol Campbell's personal notes. These personal notes include drafts of label text, sketches of exhibit designs, a bibliography sheet, a list of objects to request for the exhibition, and miscellaneous drawings and notes.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Bryn Mawr College

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Barbara Ward Grubb, Carol Campbell, Rachel Starry, Nancy Halli, Melissa Torquato

Revision Description

Revised for MARC record. 2014 July 21

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

The Deanery files are the physical property of Bryn Mawr College Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, belong variously to the College and to the authors or their heirs and assigns.

Custodial History

The collection originated at Bryn Mawr College.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Bryn Mawr College.
Personal Name(s)
  • Campbell, Carol W.
  • De Forest, Lockwood, 1850-1932
  • Garrett, Mary Elizabeth, 1854-1915
  • Thomas, M. Carey (Martha Carey), 1857-1935
Subject(s)
  • Bryn Mawr College--History
  • Library exhibits -- Pennsylvania -- Bryn Mawr -- 21st century

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Collection Inventory

I. Inventories & Appraisals.

Box
1
Folder
1-7
Box Folder

1917 Inventory of the Deanery for M. Carey Thomas (Parts 1 & 2).

1 1-2

1949 Manufacturers' Appraisal of the Deanery.

1 3

1954 Manufacturers' Appraisal of the Deanery.

1 4

1963 Manufacturers' Appraisal of the Deanery.

1 5

1969 Manufacturers' Appraisal of Wyndham Hall.

1 6

1966 Victorian Art Glass Collection Appraisal.

1 7

1968 Report on the Oriental Carpets in the Deanery.

1 7

1983 Lockwood de Forest Furnishings in the BMC Collection (from thesis of Molly Moreno Seiler BMC 1983).

1 7

1988 Survey of Heritage Objects (MCT Collection) in Environmental Collections.

1 7

1999 Heritage Furniture (MCT Collection): Lockwood de Forest Tabourets.

1 7

II. Data Sheets.

Box
1
Folder
8-12
Box Folder

Objects in Haffner: Dorothy Vernon Room.

1 8

Objects in Wyndham Alumnae House.

1 9

Objects in Taylor.

1 10

Objects in Pen-y-Groes.

1 11

Miscellaneous Object Sheets.

1 12

III. Conservation Reports.

Box
1
Folder
13-16
Box Item

1990 Treatment Report for Haffner: Dorothy Vernon Room.

1 13

Notes on Haffner: Dorothy Vernon Room Refurbishing Project, Spring 1990.

Box
1
Folder
14-16
Box Folder

Conservation Notes Material.

1 14

Insurance for Heritage Furniture.

1 15

Other Notes (Maintenance, etc.).

1 16

IV. Background Research.

Box
1
4
Folder
17-55
1-21

People.

Box
1
Folder
17-31
M. Carey Thomas.
Box
1
Folder
17-19
Box Folder

General Research.

1 17

Will & Related Material.

1 18

Bibliography.

1 19
Lockwood de Forest.
Box
1
Folder
20-25
Box Folder

General Research.

1 20

Teakwood Room at Lawrence College.

1 21

Olana (home of Frederic Edwin Church).

1 22

New York City Residence.

1 23

Label Drafts for 2001 Canaday Exhibition.

1 24

Bibliography.

1 25
Mary Elizabeth Garrett.
Box
1
Folder
26-29
Box Folder

Garrett Family History.

1 26

Evergreen House (Johns Hopkins University).

1 27

Garrett Mansion, Baltimore.

1 28

Art Owned by Mary Elizabeth Garrett.

1 29
Other.
Box
1
Folder
30-31
Box Folder

Louis Comfort Tiffany.

1 30

C. R. Ashbee.

1 31

Objects.

Box
1
Folder
32-55
Furniture.
Box
1
Folder
32-33
Box Folder

Lockwood de Forest Furniture.

1 32

Mary Elizabeth Garrett Furniture.

1 33
Paintings & Prints.
Box
1
Folder
34-37
Box Folder

Lockwood de Forest Paintings no longer at BMC.

1 34

Van Dyck portrait.

1 35

Cruikshank print.

1 36

Bensing portrait of M. Carey Thomas.

1 37
Decorative Arts.
Box
1
Folder
38-46
Box Folder

Dorothy Vernon Room Brass Appliques.

1 38

Mercer Tiles.

1 39-40

Tiffany Objects.

1 41

Bronze Sculptures.

1 42
Deanery Garden.
1 43-46
Box Folder

Bronze Cupids.

1 43

Stone Lion.

1 44

Sculpture, General.

1 45

"Damascus" Tiles.

1 46
Other.
Box
1
2-3
Folder
47-55
Box Folder

Miscellaneous Object Research Material.

1 47

Objects in Anthropology and Archaeology Collections.

1 48-49
Object Sale Records (1971-1984).
1 50-52
Box Folder

Parke-Bernet Sale 1971 of BMC Items.

1 50

Maguire Estate Sale 1984.

1 51

Deanery Furnishings Sold or Missing (1971).

1 52
Object Identification.
1 53-55
Box Folder

Centennial Slideshow: Interview Transcript.

1 53

Objects Identified in Photos.

1 54

Notes on 1917 Inventory.

1 55

Photocopies of Deanery-Wyndham Collection card file.

2-3

Places.

Box
4
Folder
1-15
The Deanery.
Box
4
Folder
1-7
Box Folder

History.

4 1

Blue Room.

4 2

1952 Guillou Bequest.

4 3

Alumnae Remembrances.

4 4

Gift to Alumnae Association.

4 5

Archer & Allen, Architects (plan).

4 6

Photographs.

4 7
The Deanery Garden.
Box
4
Folder
8-9
Box Folder

History & Chronology.

4 8

Photographs.

4 9
Haffner: Dorothy Vernon Room.
Box
4
Folder
10-13
Box Folder

General Research Materials.

4 10

Haddon Hall, England.

4 11

Wood Types & Upholstery.

4 12

1996 Inventory of Room.

4 13
Wyndham Alumnae House.
Box
4
Folder
14-15
Box Folder

History.

4 14

Room Display Labels.

4 15

Other.

Box
4
Folder
16-21
BMC Archives.
Box
4
Folder
16-18
Box Folder

Life at the Deanery.

4 16

The Japan Committee of Philadelphia.

4 17

Miscellaneous Notes.

4 18
M. Carey Thomas Papers (thematic topics).
Box
4
Folder
19-21
Box Folder

M. Carey Thomas Papers, Indices.

4 19

Bills & Receipts.

4 20

Miscellaneous Notes.

4 21

V. 1985 Centennial Exhibition: "The Deanery Remembered".

Box
4
Folder
22-48

Labels.

Box
4
Folder
22-24
Box Folder

Originals.

4 22-23

Photocopies.

4 24

Carol Campbell's Notes.

Box
4
Folder
25-30
Box Folder

Label Drafts.

4 25

Exhibit Designs.

4 26
Other.
Box
4
Folder
27-30
Box Folder

Bibliography Sheet.

4 27

Plans & Drawings.

4 28

Miscellaneous Notes.

4 29

Notes on George Thomas's Class.

4 30

Object Request Lists.

4 31

Research.

Bin
4
Folder
32-36
Museum Display Techniques.
Box
4
Folder
32-34
Box Folder

Prints.

4 32

Atwater Kent Museum.

4 33

Winterthur Museum.

4 34

Styles and Periods of Furniture at BMC.

4 35

Terminology for Prints and Photographs.

4 36

Exhibition Photo-duplication Orders and Copies.

Box
4
Folder
37-40
Box Folder

Brochure Orders.

4 37

BMC Photo Studio Request.

4 38

Photo Murals.

4 39

Wall Murals.

4 40

Exhibition Opening.

Box
4
Folder
41-45
Box Folder

Preparation Material.

4 41

Invitees.

4 42

Reception Preparation.

4 43

Sponsors Label.

4 44

Publicity.

4 45

Other.

Box
4
Folder
46-48
Box Folder

General Information.

4 46

Exhibition Brochures.

4 47

Exhibition-related Correspondence.

4 48

VI. Other.

Box
4
Folder
49-67

Research Notes, including Personal Accounts.

Box
4
Folder
49-53
Box Folder

Carol Campbell: General Correspondence.

4 49

Ruth Merriam BMC 1931.

4 50

Constance Jones BMC 1930.

4 51

Karen Davidov.

4 52

Euphemia Whitridge.

4 53

Notes on Ownership of MCT Collection.

Box
4
Folder
54-55
Box Folder

Wyndham Committee Papers.

4 54

MCT Agreement.

4 55

Notes on Deanery Records.

4 56

Objects.

Box
4
Folder
57-58
Box Folder

Curtain Material (from Blue Room curtains).

4 57

Tin Appliques (from Dorothy Vernon Room ceiling).

4 58

1965 publication "A History of the Deanery" by Ruth Levy Merriam, 2 copies.

4 59

1985 publication "Bryn Mawr College", 1 copy.

4 60

Deanery Sales Binder.

Box
4
Folder
61-62
Box Folder

Binder Loose Articles.

4 61

Binder Primary Contents.

4 62

Deanery Furniture and Furnishings, Annotated Contact Sheets & Negatives.

Box
4
Folder
63-67
Box Folder

Wyndham, contact sheets & negatives (1974), 1974.

4 63

Haffner: Dorothy Vernon Room, contact sheets & negatives (1982), 1982.

4 64

Pen-y-Groes, contact sheets & negatives (1982).

4 65

Wyndham, contact sheets & negatives (1982), 1982.

4 66

Pen-y-Groes and Taylor, contact sheets & negatives (1987), 1987.

4 67