Last week, I was pleased to attend a reception at Simmons in honor of Louise Lincoln. Miss Lincoln, an undergraduate at the eve of World War II (1936-1940), donated her scrapbook to her alma mater. It was integrated into the program's Notable Women project, which scans and meticulously catalogs alumni scrapbooks. Longtime readers with a very good memory may remember that I mentioned another Notable Woman several years ago, Daisy Helyar. All the Notable Women projects are generated by Candy Schwartz's digital library class. She selects scrapbooks from the college archive and her class transforms it over the span of a semester into a fully viewable and cataloged digital surrogate. In this case our own Sari Mauro was part of the team that made the magic happen. It was impressive to hear how a small group of students broke out the work, collaborated, and produced a highly detailed and technically perfect product.
Miss Lincoln, a notably quiet and devout woman, grew up during the Great Depression and joined the work force just as the second World War started. This influenced her to add to her secretarial skills with nursing; she continued her education at Yale. The scrapbook focuses on her years at Simmons, however. She valued her time as an undergraduate, she stayed in close contact with the school and that is reflected in the scrapbook pages. Each page is described at item level. I recommend taking time to browse the pages as well as trying out the search features.
Congratulations to Sari and her classmates on a job masterfully done.