Elmira College - Gannett-Tripp Library

Parent Organization: Elmira College Department: Elmira College Archives and Special Collections
Elmira College
One Park Place
Elmira, New York 14901
Phone: 607-735-1862

Elmira College - Gannett-Tripp Library


Elmira College was founded in 1855, the first institution of higher education to offer degrees to women equivalent to those being offered to men. Now a private, co-educational liberal artscollege, Elmira emphasizes both general and professional education. Elmira College Archives and Special Collections serves as the repository for the historical records of Elmira College, rare and fragile materials in the collections of the Library and other institutional and manuscript collections that have been entrusted to the care of the College.

Elmira College - Gannett-Tripp Library is a member of the South Central Regional Library Council.


Elmira College Bulletin cover, 1940

Class catalogs from Elmira College, sometimes called The Bulletin.

Elmira College Historical Collection

This is a collection of photographs of Elmira College dating from the founding in 1855 through the mid-Twentieth century.

Elmira College Women’s Rights and Suffrage Collection

The Elmira College women’s rights and suffrage collection is an aggregate of records from the Elmira College Archives. Typical records from the collection include campus publications (Daily Evening Lepidotus, Sibyl, EC Weekly, and the Alumni Bulletin), photographs, student letters, student scrapbooks and addresses made by college officials. The collection documents the student, faculty and institutional role in the women’s rights movement from the inaugural speech of the College’s first President, Augustus Cowles, to the mounting suffrage efforts of the early 1900’s, until the passage of the amendment to the New York State Constitution granting women the right to vote in 1917.

Mark Twain Collection

This collection consists of letters and marginalia of Samuel Clemens, artifacts associated with him and photos having to do with Clemens' time in Elmira and the family and friends that comprised his circle.

Suffrage Documents of the New York State Federation of Women’s Clubs

The suffrage documents are a hidden collection within the New York State Federation of Women’s Clubs records. The suffrage documents, though limited, demonstrate the complexity of the suffrage issue and contain reports of the anti-suffrage and suffrage committees, an address in opposition of women’s suffrage, a Club resolution to endorse women’s suffrage, and a resignation letter and response concerning the Club’s perceived support of the suffrage issue. This collection offers a varied perspective that surrounded the suffrage question in the early 20th Century.