November 2016 Features

Hail and Farewell

Bryn Mawr Alumnae Bulletin 1921_CoverThe first issue of the Bryn Mawr Alumnae Bulletin—Vol. I, No. 1—appeared in January 1921.

Back then, the Bulletin was a 32-page journal that measured a trim 5.5 by 8.75 inches and included five pages of advertising and only seven pages of Class Notes. It appeared monthly, except for August and September, and the subscription price (yes, alumnae paid for the Bulletin back then) was $1.50 a year. A single copy went for 25 cents.

Dean Smith provided updates about the incoming class: at 122 students, it was the largest freshman class ever, with representation from 23 states, Washington, D.C., and the Territory of Hawaii. M. Carey Thomas contributed the first in a series of articles about her travels in the Mediterranean basin, and Carolyn Trowbridge Radnor-Lewis, the director of publicity at H.R. Mallinson & Company, made a plea for advertising.

Clearly, it was a different time.

Of course, the Bulletin evolved over the years. By the 1940s, Class Notes had almost doubled in length to an average of 13 pages and fundraising appeals had begun to appear.

Thirty years on, the Bulletin was longer, bigger—a standard magazine size—and illustrated, albeit only in black and white. Four-color photographs didn’t come on the scene until 1990 and then only on the cover, and it wasn’t until 2006 that the Bulletin got its first serious online presence. That same year, we gave the magazine a front-to-back redesign, with the use of color through and through. And, for the past decade, that design has served us well.

Still, it’s time for a change.

Today, the Bulletin editorial team has taken up the challenge, and the first thing we did was consult with alumnae/i in a formal survey and in face-to-face conversations.

What did you tell us? The Bulletin is your No. 1 source for information about Bryn Mawr, you still like print, and the first thing you read is Class Notes. You’re interested in the student experience (in the classroom and on campus), what your fellow alumnae/i are up to, and the state of the College.

Even as we have been pulling together this issue, we’ve been hard at work on a new look and feel for the magazine. So stay tuned for the new and improved Bulletin, which debuts with our next issue.

Bryn Mawr Alumnae Bulletin, 1940