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Kamala Cornelius Senior Portrait

Portrait in the 1918 Yearbook

The Chatham University Archives is pleased to highlight the story of Kamala Cornelius Asirvatham, graduate and member of the Pennsylvania College for Women (now Chatham University) Class of 1918. 

Additionally, we are honored to announce that materials documenting Asirvatham’s connection to Chatham and writings she shared with the Chatham community are now accessible through the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA).  SAADA works to create a more inclusive society by giving voice to South Asian Americans through efforts that represent their unique and diverse experiences.  We appreciate the opportunity to work with SAADA to empower communities through history.   The collection can be viewed here.

Detail of South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) Website

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Using the menu on the right or the navigation at the bottom, we encourage you to explore moments in the life of Mrs. E. Asirvatham (formerly Kamala Cornelius), member of the Pennsylvania College for Women (PCW) class of 1918, and the impact she made on  campus and in India. These moments include her years as a student, her career in India, her support for the university, and her return to campus. 

Researchers, students, and the public are welcome to contact the Chatham University Archives about further research.

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