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Office of the Director of Residence records

Identifier: 5R

Scope and Contents

Records of the Office of the Director of Residence (whose title from 1904 to 1917 was Director of Halls of Residence, and from 1919 to 1952 was Dean of Residence); dating from 1940 to 1979 (with some earlier material, including statistics dating 1876 to 1974); consisting of budgets, contracts, correspondence, financial records, handbooks, lists, minutes, newspaper clippings, notices, programs, reports, statistics, and tickets; concerning the duties of the Director of Residence, the operation of the Residence Office, Baccalaureate, Commencement, Float Night, Food Services, the Guest-in-Residence Program, Health, Education and Welfare Department requirements, Honors Day, House Associates, House Presidents and Vice Presidents, housing for employees, faculty and graduate students, maintenance and renovation of dormitories, May Day, [a "Minority Concerns" meeting], parietals, regulations, Reunion, the Recreation Building Committee, Residence Contracts, residence lists, Resident Advisors, the Residential Policy Committee, security, Societies, student rooming, Tree Day, Upward Bound, vacation housing, Vil Juniors, and the Village Committee. (Note by Dorothy Brown, Class of 2009)


  • 1876-1979


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research, but contains some material which has been restricted as per the Wellesley College Archives Access Policy: To make an appointment to view unrestricted materials, please contact the Archives staff by email at or by phone at (781) 283-3745.

Conditions Governing Use

The Wellesley College Archives welcomes researchers to use materials in the public domain, to make fair use of copyrighted materials as defined by copyright law, and to request permission to use works whose copyright is held by Wellesley College. All materials from the Archives, regardless of copyright status, should be attributed to the Wellesley College Archives, Library and Technology Services when cited, quoted, or reproduced.

Biographical / Historical

The Office of Director of Residence was involved with managing student life as well as residence halls. The office was filled by alumnae from 1919 to 1952: Edith Tufts '84; Mary Cross Ewing '98; and Ruth H. Lindsay '15.

[Information from: Glasscock, Jean, and Katharine Canby Balderston. Wellesley College, 1875-1975: a Century of Women. Wellesley College, 1975. Page 91.]


3.0 Linear Feet (2 record cartons and 3 file boxes)

Language of Materials



Collection is arranged in alphabetical order by file title.
Wellesley College. Director of Residence. Office of the Director of Residence records, 1876-1979: a container list.
Original file list in Drupal created by Dorothy Brown, Class of 2009. Collection-level description updated in September 2020 and file-level description updated in April 2021 by Natalia Gutierrez-Jones, Project Archivist.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Wellesley College Archives Repository