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The Chatham University Archives & Special Collections are open to all students, faculty, staff, alumni and the public.

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The Chatham University Archives is located in the Jennie King Mellon Library, Room 012 on Chatham's Shadyside campus.
  • Enter the Library and take the elevator to the ground floor. The Archives can be found straight ahead and to your right.
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    Snowdon Mesoamerican Collection

     The Snowdon Mesoamerican Collection was donated by the family of Charles and Ruth Snowdon and includes a wide range of materials on Mesoamerica. It contains an excellent selection of materials on South and Central America, and in particular the history, archaeology, and anthropology of those areas.

    Ruth J. Snowdon's personal papers document her trip to the Yucatan in 1936-37, her involvement with the Tikal Project at the University of Pennsylvania, her involvement with the John Lloyd Stephens Memorial Plaque Committee and dedication, her friendships with archaeologists and historians in the field, and her overall enthusiasm for Mesoamerican history and archaeology.

    Click Here for the Ruth J. Sowdon Papers Finding Aid

    View Images from the Ruth Snowdon Collection Here

    Search the Snowdon books in Special Collections:

    Click Here to Browse Snowdon Mesoamerican Collection


    Open Research Hours:
    Tuesday 9:30 - noon
    Thursday 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
    And By Appointment
    Contact Archivist Molly Tighe
    or 412-365-1212
    for more information.


    We offer both in-class instruction sessions and tours of the Archives and Special Collections. Faculty can contact the Archivist for more details.

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