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Alumnae/i Services and Resources

Mary Baldwin College Archives

Many Mary Baldwin College alumnae/i are interested in viewing historical materials, such as the Mary Baldwin College Bluestocking. The Bluestocking is now available online from 1891-2009. The Bluestockings are also available in the library by request. 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.

There are additional materials in the College Archives. The 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 mornings and at other times by appointment. He can be reached at 540-887-7239 or wpollard@mbc.edu . Questions may be sent through the Archives Information Request Form. Please allow approximately two weeks for a response. If you are visiting Staunton and wish to see materials from the Archives, it is recommended that you call ahead to make an appointment.

Borrowing Privileges

MBC alumnae/i are eligible to check out material from the library.  Alumnae/i may check out general books in the circulating collection, as well as bestseller books for leisure reading (see below).

The Bestseller Collection

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

Ask Us

Grafton Librarians are still available to take your reference questions even after graduation. Please refer to this form.

Article Databases

Get free access to early journal content (including over 500,000 articles from 200 journals) at JSTOR.

More Resources

Depending on where you live, you should have access to free online resources through your local public library. For example, if you live in Virginia you can use Find It Virginia to search for online resources.