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Manuscript Collections

The following is a list of Wellesley College presidents, faculty, alumnae, related individuals and associations whose papers are housed at the archives.  Finding aids and folder lists for some collections at the Wellesley College Archives are available below. This is not a complete list. In addition, some inventories are currently available in-house only. 

College Records

The following is a list of Wellesley College administrative, academic, and research departments whose records are housed at the archives.  Finding aids and folder lists for some collections at the Wellesley College Archives are available below. This is not a complete list. In addition, some inventories are currently available in-house only. 

The collections are organized into a classification scheme partially based on Wellesley College administrative hierarchy.

1 COLLEGE College Publications, Presidents' Papers and Correspondence
2 GOVERNING BOARDS Board of Trustees and Committee Records
3 CURRICULUM

Curricular Materials, Academic Department Records

4 ACADEMIC AFFAIRS Admission and Deans' Records
5 STUDENT SERVICES Student Services Records
6 STUDENTS Class Records, Student Organizations
7 ALUMNAE Biographical Information and Publications, Reunion Materials
8 DEVELOPMENT Resources Records and Fundraising Materials
9 BUSINESS MANAGEMENT Financial, Budgetary Records
10 LEARNING RESOURCES Museum, Library, Research Center Records

 

1 COLLEGE

 

2 GOVERNING BOARD

  • 2B Board of Trustees
    • 2BI Individuals
    • 2BP Standing Committee
    • 2BR Special Committee
  • 2D Treasurer
  • 2E Secretary of College
  • 2G Board of Visitors
    • 2GI Individuals
  • 2H Committee on Use of Humans as Experimental Subject
  • 2L Commission on Community Life
  • 2R Academic Council
    • 2RP Standing Committees
    • 2RR Special Committees
  • 2S Special or Ad Hoc Committees
    • 2SS Special or Ad Hoc: Search
    • 2S1 The Wellesley - MIT Exchange Program Review Committee
    • 2S2 Task Force on Racism
    • 2S3 Committee on Wellesley in the 90's
    • 2S4 Plans & Priorities Committee
    • 2S5 Master Plan
    • 2S6 Technology Task Force
  • 2W Administrative Council
    • 2WP Standing Committees
    • 2WR Special Committees 

 

3 CURRICULUM

 

4 ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

 

5 STUDENT SERVICES

 

6 STUDENTS

 

7 ALUMNAE

  • 7A Publications [as a group]
  • 7B Alumnae Biographical Files
  • 7D Alumnae Association, Executive Director
    • 7DC Classes [liaison]
    • 7DR Clubs [liaison]
  • 7E Editor, alumnae magazine
  • 7F Fundraising
  • 7H Hygiene and Physical Education Section
  • 7P Publications [of individual alumnae]
    • 7P/special [publications by special students]
    • 7P/graduate [publications by graduate students]
    • 7P/1879 [publications by members of Class of 1879]
    • 7P/1880 [publications by members of Class of 1880]
  • 7R Alumnae Council
    • 7RC Wellesley Clubs
  • 7S Class Secretaries Association
  • 7V Events
  • 7Z

 

8 DEVELOPMENT

  • 8D Resources, Vice President
    • 8DW Estate and Donor Files
  • 8E
  • 8F Fundraising Campaigns
    • 8F1
    • 8F2 Restoration and Endowment
    • 8F3 Semi-Centennial
    • 8F4 75th Anniversary
    • 8F5 Centennial
    • 8F6 $150 Million
  • 8P Publications
  • 8T Trusts
  • 8W Donor and Estate files 

 

9 BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

 

10 LEARNING RESOURCES

Scope of the Collection

The Wellesley College Archives collects the records of administrative and institutional offices, academic departments and programs, and student organizations. The Archives collects supplemental materials when they document the history of Wellesley College. The Archives collects the papers of alumnae and faculty when those papers support the academic mission of Wellesley College.

Examples of institutional records collected by the Archives include:

  • Records of major administrative offices
  • Publications, including catalogs, publicity and prospective materials
  • Annual reports
  • Memoranda
  • Committee reports
  • Budget materials
  • Curricular materials
  • Blueprints and plans
  • Student newspapers
  • Yearbooks


Examples of supplemental materials collected by the Archives include:

  • Honors theses written by Wellesley College students
  • Published monographs and articles by Wellesley College faculty
  • Letters written by or received by Wellesley students
  • Diaries written by Wellesley students
  • Scrapbooks created by Wellesley students
  • Albums created by Wellesley students
  • Documents and other materials created by associated organizations, such as Wellesley College alumnae clubs

More specific information regarding donation of alumnae materials can be found here.

Wellesley College staff may find more information about transferring college records to the archives here:

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