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About this Site

ArchivesSpace is a database used by the Wellesley College Archives to provide access to descriptions of materials available to researchers in the archives reading room. Some materials are not listed in this database. If you are having trouble finding materials please contact archives staff.

Archives Policies

Wellesley College Archives Copyright and Permissions Policies

Archives Access Policy

Archives Service Levels

Archives Reading Room Rules


The archives are open to all; Wellesley College affiliation is not required. Appointments are required to access materials in our reading room. Materials in the Wellesley College Archives cannot be checked out. Some materials are stored offsite and require 72 hours for retrieval. The staff will help you identify materials that can be used in the archives reading room.


Appointments are required to visit the archives. You may book an appointment by emailing The reading room is open fromopen hours: Monday through Thursday 10-12 and 1-4:30.


The Wellesley College Archives is located in Clapp Library rRoom 407. Free parking is available on campus.


Email or phone (781) 283-3745

Search Tips

  • Browse digitized archival materials by clicking on the "Digital Materials" tab located in the menu bar above. If available in one of our repositories, click the “Digital Object” link to access.
  • Search terms are not case sensitive.
  • To search for an exact phrase, use double quotes. (For example: "Hoop Rolling" or "Katharine Lee Bates").
  • To find materials that include all of your search terms, use the word AND between the terms.
  • To exclude a term from your search, put a minus sign in front of it. (For example, the search "protest" -divestment will find materials with the phrase "protest" that do not include the word "divestment".)
  • Asterisks can be used as a wildcard character, meaning that a search for "w*m*n" will return results including "woman," "women," "womyn," "wimmin", etc.
  • Create advanced searches by clicking the "+" button to the right of the date range to add a search row.
  • Glossary

    A Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology
    From the Society of American Archivists, 2005