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Rachel Carson, one of the world's most influential nature writers, graduated from the Pennsylvania College for Women (now Chatham) with a degree in science in 1929. Silent Spring, her most famous book, led to the banning of DDT, the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as the groundswell of public opinion and mobilization that led to the modern day environmental movement.
Through a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, the Jennie King Library has organized a collection of Rachel Carson and the Rachel Carson Institute materials. This site contains information about this collection as well as links to other sources of information.
Rachel Carson and the Championship Hockey Team in a 1928 yearbook photograph.
Visit the Chatham Archives Digital, a collection of online exhibits featuring material from the Chatham University Archives.
Explore exhibits ranging in topic from the U.S. Women's Suffrage Movement to the 1972 Tour of Europe by the Chatham Choir. These exhibits, and others still in development, present the history of Chatham University (formerly Pennsylvania Female College, Pennsylvania College for Women, and Chatham College) within broader contexts, like the efforts to achieve universal suffrage in the United States. Likewise, these materials highlight the Chatham community off-campus as performers signing in Lucca, Italy and as activists on the steps of City Hall.