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Deanery Files, Bryn Mawr College


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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Bryn Mawr College. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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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.

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.

The collection originated at Bryn Mawr College.

Bryn Mawr College
Finding Aid Author
Barbara Ward Grubb, Carol Campbell, Rachel Starry, Nancy Halli, Melissa Torquato
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.

Collection Inventory

1917 Inventory of the Deanery for M. Carey Thomas (Parts 1 & 2).
Box 1 Folder 1-2
1949 Manufacturers' Appraisal of the Deanery.
Box 1 Item 3
1954 Manufacturers' Appraisal of the Deanery.
Box 1 Item 4
1963 Manufacturers' Appraisal of the Deanery.
Box 1 Item 5
1969 Manufacturers' Appraisal of Wyndham Hall.
Box 1 Item 6
1966 Victorian Art Glass Collection Appraisal.
Box 1 Folder 7
1968 Report on the Oriental Carpets in the Deanery.
Box 1 Folder 7
1983 Lockwood de Forest Furnishings in the BMC Collection (from thesis of Molly Moreno Seiler BMC 1983).
Box 1 Folder 7
1988 Survey of Heritage Objects (MCT Collection) in Environmental Collections.
Box 1 Folder 7
1999 Heritage Furniture (MCT Collection): Lockwood de Forest Tabourets.
Box 1 Folder 7

Objects in Haffner: Dorothy Vernon Room.
Box 1 Folder 8
Objects in Wyndham Alumnae House.
Box 1 Folder 9
Objects in Taylor.
Box 1 Folder 10
Objects in Pen-y-Groes.
Box 1 Folder 11
Miscellaneous Object Sheets.
Box 1 Folder 12

1990 Treatment Report for Haffner: Dorothy Vernon Room.
Box 1 Item 13
Conservation Notes Material.
Box 1 Folder 14
Insurance for Heritage Furniture.
Box 1 Folder 15
Other Notes (Maintenance, etc.).
Box 1 Folder 16

General Research.
Box 1 Folder 17
Will & Related Material.
Box 1 Folder 18
Box 1 Folder 19
General Research.
Box 1 Folder 20
Teakwood Room at Lawrence College.
Box 1 Folder 21
Olana (home of Frederic Edwin Church).
Box 1 Folder 22
New York City Residence.
Box 1 Folder 23
Label Drafts for 2001 Canaday Exhibition.
Box 1 Folder 24
Box 1 Folder 25
Garrett Family History.
Box 1 Folder 26
Evergreen House (Johns Hopkins University).
Box 1 Folder 27
Garrett Mansion, Baltimore.
Box 1 Folder 28
Art Owned by Mary Elizabeth Garrett.
Box 1 Folder 29
Louis Comfort Tiffany.
Box 1 Folder 30
C. R. Ashbee.
Box 1 Folder 31
Lockwood de Forest Furniture.
Box 1 Folder 32
Mary Elizabeth Garrett Furniture.
Box 1 Folder 33
Lockwood de Forest Paintings no longer at BMC.
Box 1 Folder 34
Van Dyck portrait.
Box 1 Folder 35
Cruikshank print.
Box 1 Folder 36
Bensing portrait of M. Carey Thomas.
Box 1 Folder 37
Dorothy Vernon Room Brass Appliques.
Box 1 Folder 38
Mercer Tiles.
Box 1 Folder 39-40
Tiffany Objects.
Box 1 Folder 41
Bronze Sculptures.
Box 1 Folder 42
Bronze Cupids.
Box 1 Folder 43
Stone Lion.
Box 1 Folder 44
Sculpture, General.
Box 1 Folder 45
"Damascus" Tiles.
Box 1 Folder 46
Miscellaneous Object Research Material.
Box 1 Folder 47
Objects in Anthropology and Archaeology Collections.
Box 1 Folder 48-49
Parke-Bernet Sale 1971 of BMC Items.
Box 1 Folder 50
Maguire Estate Sale 1984.
Box 1 Folder 51
Deanery Furnishings Sold or Missing (1971).
Box 1 Folder 52
Centennial Slideshow: Interview Transcript.
Box 1 Folder 53
Objects Identified in Photos.
Box 1 Folder 54
Notes on 1917 Inventory.
Box 1 Folder 55
Photocopies of Deanery-Wyndham Collection card file.
Box 2-3
Box 4 Folder 1
Blue Room.
Box 4 Folder 2
1952 Guillou Bequest.
Box 4 Folder 3
Alumnae Remembrances.
Box 4 Folder 4
Gift to Alumnae Association.
Box 4 Folder 5
Archer & Allen, Architects (plan).
Box 4 Folder 6
Box 4 Folder 7
History & Chronology.
Box 4 Folder 8
Box 4 Folder 9
General Research Materials.
Box 4 Folder 10
Haddon Hall, England.
Box 4 Folder 11
Wood Types & Upholstery.
Box 4 Folder 12
1996 Inventory of Room.
Box 4 Folder 13
Box 4 Folder 14
Room Display Labels.
Box 4 Folder 15
Life at the Deanery.
Box 4 Folder 16
The Japan Committee of Philadelphia.
Box 4 Folder 17
Miscellaneous Notes.
Box 4 Folder 18
M. Carey Thomas Papers, Indices.
Box 4 Folder 19
Bills & Receipts.
Box 4 Folder 20
Miscellaneous Notes.
Box 4 Folder 21

Box 4 Folder 22-23
Box 4 Folder 24
Label Drafts.
Box 4 Folder 25
Exhibit Designs.
Box 4 Folder 26
Bibliography Sheet.
Box 4 Folder 27
Plans & Drawings.
Box 4 Folder 28
Miscellaneous Notes.
Box 4 Folder 29
Notes on George Thomas's Class.
Box 4 Folder 30
Object Request Lists.
Box 4 Folder 31
Box 4 Folder 32
Atwater Kent Museum.
Box 4 Folder 33
Winterthur Museum.
Box 4 Folder 34
Styles and Periods of Furniture at BMC.
Box 4 Folder 35
Terminology for Prints and Photographs.
Box 4 Folder 36
Brochure Orders.
Box 4 Folder 37
BMC Photo Studio Request.
Box 4 Folder 38
Photo Murals.
Box 4 Folder 39
Wall Murals.
Box 4 Folder 40
Preparation Material.
Box 4 Folder 41
Box 4 Folder 42
Reception Preparation.
Box 4 Folder 43
Sponsors Label.
Box 4 Folder 44
Box 4 Folder 45
General Information.
Box 4 Folder 46
Exhibition Brochures.
Box 4 Folder 47
Exhibition-related Correspondence.
Box 4 Folder 48

Carol Campbell: General Correspondence.
Box 4 Folder 49
Ruth Merriam BMC 1931.
Box 4 Folder 50
Constance Jones BMC 1930.
Box 4 Folder 51
Karen Davidov.
Box 4 Folder 52
Euphemia Whitridge.
Box 4 Folder 53
Wyndham Committee Papers.
Box 4 Folder 54
MCT Agreement.
Box 4 Folder 55
Notes on Deanery Records.
Box 4 Folder 56
Curtain Material (from Blue Room curtains).
Box 4 Folder 57
Tin Appliques (from Dorothy Vernon Room ceiling).
Box 4 Folder 58
1965 publication "A History of the Deanery" by Ruth Levy Merriam, 2 copies.
Box 4 Folder 59
1985 publication "Bryn Mawr College", 1 copy.
Box 4 Folder 60
Binder Loose Articles.
Box 4 Folder 61
Binder Primary Contents.
Box 4 Folder 62
Wyndham, contact sheets & negatives (1974), 1974.
Box 4 Folder 63
Haffner: Dorothy Vernon Room, contact sheets & negatives (1982), 1982.
Box 4 Folder 64
Pen-y-Groes, contact sheets & negatives (1982).
Box 4 Folder 65
Wyndham, contact sheets & negatives (1982), 1982.
Box 4 Folder 66
Pen-y-Groes and Taylor, contact sheets & negatives (1987), 1987.
Box 4 Folder 67

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