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Spanish and Italian Department records

 Series — Box: Spanish Department - Speech Department
Identifier: RG 18-38

Scope and Contents

The Mount Holyoke College Department of Spanish and Italian Records contain a brochure; a flyer; a photograph; and reports. The brochure and flyer held in the records pertain to the department itself, providing a description of the features of the department. The photograph held in the records is of several faculty members. The annual reports of the department to the President of the College are contained in the records. These reports include information about curriculum revision, enrollment trends, majors, prizes and honors, language assistants, Ham Hall, department activities, and faculty work.


  • 1976-

Conditions Governing Access

Records restricted to use by office/department of origin for 25 years from date of record creation.

Historical Note

In 1876, Mount Holyoke was among the first colleges in the nation to require the study of a modern foreign language for graduation. At this time, Mount Holyoke offered a course of study in French or German. In the 1894/1895 academic year, courses in both Italian and Spanish were introduced at the College. These courses were not offered regularly until 1901 when the College acquired a permanent professor of romance languages. At this time, Mary Vance Young became the chair of the Romance Languages Department. Included in the Romance Languages Department were French, German, Italian, and Spanish. In the 1936/1937 academic year, the department expanded to become the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. This department remained until the 1942/1943 academic year when it split into three departments, including the French Department, the Italian Department, and the Spanish Department. The Spanish Department and the Italian Department existed as separate entities for many year but merged in the 1975/1976 academic year to form the Department of Spanish and Italian. Recently, the goal of a department major has been described as the achievement of fluency in the language and knowledge of the literature and culture of Italy and Spain or Latin America.


0.17 Linear Feet (4 folders)

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The Mount Holyoke College Department of Spanish and Italian Records contain a brochure; a flyer; a photograph; and reports.

Spanish and Italian Department
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Repository Details

Part of the Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections Repository

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South Hadley MA 01075-6425 USA