Agnes Scott College’s longtime library administrative and archives coordinator (and a vast source of institutional knowledge), Marianne Bradley '74, is set to retire this summer. After 19 years of service to the college and to McCain Library, she will be leaving behind an indispensable gift for all Scotties to share.

Bradley helped lead the effort to make the McCain Library Special Collections and Archives more visible and accessible through digitization, as well as helping to establish the Betty Pope Scott Noble '44 College Heritage Center on the second floor of the library.

A wide variety of material related to the history of the college, its founder, students, faculty and campus over the years that has been digitized can be found in the library’s Online Collections. During the 2010-2011 academic year, McCain Library digitized and made available online all Agnes Scott yearbooks from 1897 through 2010, as well as catalogs from 1889 through 2010. Also available are alumnae magazines, president’s reportsstudent newspapers and more.

Additionally, the online archives contain digitized copies of many of the college’s most notable histories, including "The Story of Agnes Scott College (1889-1921)" by Frank Henry Gaines, "Lest We Forget: An Account of Agnes Scott College" by Walter Edward McNair, and "A Full and Rich Measure: 100 years of Educating Women at Agnes Scott College, 1889-1989" by Christine Cozzens and M. Lee Sayrs.

Many other historical photographs and accounts of college traditions, athletics and campus buildings can be found online. Agnes Scott's online material is indexed and fully searchable through Google, but make sure to utilize Bradley’s search tips that can help speed the process and get the results you want.

Highlights from the Special Collections and Archives
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Although thousands of photos and resources can be viewed online, an in-person visit to the college’s Special Collections and Archives is a must for anyone looking to get the full Agnes Scott historical experience. Available to explore are special collections such as:

  • The Robert Frost Collection of books by and about Frost, periodicals in which poems were published, photos of Frost on the Agnes Scott campus and clippings related to his life and works;
  • Catherine Marshall ’36 Collection of personal papers, correspondence, book drafts and research notes by the prolific writer;
  • Wilburn Collection of architectural plan books published between 1914 and the mid-1950s by Agnes Scott alumna Leila Ross Wilburn, one of Georgia's first women architects;
  • "Gone with the Wind" Collection of US and international editions of "Gone with the Wind", originally belonging to Margaret Mitchell's personal secretary, Margaret Baugh. Several of the editions are inscribed by Margaret Mitchell to Miss Baugh;
  • and Agnes Scott faculty and alumnae publications.

While on campus, a visit to the Noble Heritage Center, located in McCain Library 204, is a must. The museum and research center can be visited by appointment or when a student assistant is available during the semester, and displays historical documents, photographs and artifacts relating to Agnes Scott (the person and the institution) and the Scott family. Agnes Scott's family Bible, the handwritten minutes of the 1889 meeting at which the college was founded, and one of the first two diplomas ever issued by the school in 1893 highlight this fascinating collection.

The McCain Library Special Collections and Archives provides meaning and context to the college’s long and complex history. How fortunate we are to have committed alumnae and staff members like Bradley devoted to safeguarding and shining a light on these indispensable resources for all to enjoy. Explore them today!