Founded in 1986, the Christine Dunlap Farnham Archive is a collection within the Brown University Library. It makes visible and provides researchers access to the history of women at Pembroke College in Brown University and its predecessor the Women’s College, the undergraduate and post-graduate lives of Brown alumnae, and the experiences, work, and organizations of Rhode Island women.
Named in honor of the Pembroke College alumna, Christine Dunlap Farnham ’48, a leader in volunteer support of the Pembroke Center, the archive has grown to include the Pembroke Center Oral History Collection of alumnae interviews as well as a wide variety of archival materials. Items include the records of Pembroke College; files on student organizations and activities; campus publications; student diaries, correspondence, lecture notes, and other papers; photographs; audiovisual material; and museum objects. Collections relating to Rhode Island women include records from a diverse set of organizations: the Rhode Island Society for the Collegiate Education of Women, the Providence Association for Friendless Females, Women for a Non-Nuclear Future, and Sojourner House.
Researchers can access collections of the Christine Dunlap Farnham Archive by visiting the John Hay Library, using the published Research Guide to the Christine Dunlap Farnham Archive; or researching the collection online through the Christine Dunlap Farnham LibGuide and the Brown University Library catalog using the search term: “Christine Dunlap Farnham.”
The Pembroke Center Associates have sponsored several digitization projects to preserve and disseminate material from the Christine Dunlap Farnham Archive:
- The Pembroke Record, 1922-1970
- Pembroke Center Oral History Project: Capturing the history of women, transgender, and gender non-binary members of Brown University
- Online Exhibit: The Lamphere Case: The Sex Discrimination Lawsuit that Changed Brown
- Online Exhibit: Exploring the Farnham Archives
- Online Exhibit: Disturbances
For more information about donating or accessing material, please contact [email protected].