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Special Collections

Mary Baldwin College Archives

The College Archives contain materials pertaining to the history of Mary Baldwin College, from its founding in 1842 as the Augusta Female Seminary to the present. The collection includes documents and letters of its founders, Rufus William Bailey and Mary Julia Baldwin; nineteenth century diplomas, programs, photographs and student records. Because many the documents are unique and fragile they are not available to the public.

The College Archivist is William C. Pollard. His regularly scheduled hours are Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and at other times by appointment. He can be reached at 540-887-7239 or . Questions may be sent through the Archives Information Request Form. Please allow approximately two weeks for a response.

The Library accepts donations of Mary Baldwin College memorabilia on behalf of the College, in accordance with current tax laws, through the office of Institutional Advancement.

Through a partnership with the Internet Archive, a large number of historical Mary Baldwin College Publications have been digitized. You can find more information about the project here: Historical Archive.

Included in that collection, the Mary Baldwin College Bluestocking is available online from 1891-2009. The annual started in 1891 as a literary publication and then in 1899 became a more traditional yearbook. The Bluestocking was not published in 1907, 1918, and 1919. The yearbook name, The Bluestocking, refers to an educated, intellectual woman.


Best-Seller Collection

The Continuing Education Committee of the Alumnae Association of Mary Baldwin College generously helps to fund the best-seller collection. You can see a list of books in the current collection here.

Course Reserves

Print reserves are available at the circulation desk on the main floor of the library.  Each student may checkout up to three reserves at one time.  Reserves check out for 2 hours and may not leave the library. 

NOTICE: WARNING CONCERNING COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS -- The Copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.