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The Rachel Carson Digital Library Collection

The Rachel Carson Digital Library Collection contains photographs and select documents digitized from the Rachel Carson Collection housed in the Chatham College Archives. Throughout her life Rachel Carson was dedicated to Animals and Nature. In this collection you will find images that depict Rachel Carson's childhood at the Carson Homestead in Springdale, Pennsylvania where she lived with her family and attended Springdale Elementary School and Parnassus High School (1907-1924). The collection also documents her enrollment and campus life at the Pennsylvania College for Women (PCW), now Chatham College, through snapshots and photos from the PCW yearbook The Pennsylvanian (1925-1929). Carson was actively involved in Sports and Recreation at PCW, and was a member of the championship Field Hockey Team in 1928. This collection also features photographs taken throughout Carson's career as an environmentalist and author (1930-1967). You will find photographs of Carson performing her Field Research at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Pennsylvania and Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory in Massachusetts. You may also browse images of the covers of Books and Monographs by and about Rachel Carson, including The Sea Around Us(1951) and her landmark work, Silent Spring (1962). The collection also includes images of Awards, portraits, and memorials of Rachel Carson including the 1952 National Book Award Ceremony, the Rachel Carson Homestead, and the Rachel Carson College at SUNY, Buffalo (1968-1990).

You may browse the collection by clicking on View the Collection.

Copies of the photographs and documents can be purchased for educational or research purposes by following the link attached to each image. Please note that Chatham College cannot, does not, and will not warrant and represent that it owns the copyright in the described photographs. It can only warrant to you that it is the owner of such photographs in the Archives Collections. If you have any questions concerning the copyright of any of these photographs, you should independently make a determination as to whether any third party is claming to own the copyright of the same and you should not rely on any representation, expressed or implied, other than this representation to you that these photographs are a part of its Archives.

For more information about the Rachel Carson Digital Library or the Rachel Carson Collection in the Chatham University Archives, please email jausel@chatham.edu or phone (412) 365-1670.



This project is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and the John W. Cummins Endowment for the Chatham University Archives