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College Government records

Identifier: 6G-Government

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of the records of College Government, dating from 1939-1968, including an outline of College Government, forms and stationary, the Constitution and By-Laws, the Bursar’s records and other financial records, records of ‘Aquaintanceships,’ the 75th Anniversary Fund, appointments, and building; also includes records of the Cabinet, the Constitutions Committee, the college curriculum, extra-curricular and social activities, publicity records, records of the Student Organization Funding Committee, and various subject files.


  • Majority of material found within circa 1876-1972, 2020


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. To make an appointment to view 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

Wellesley College Government (as of 2020) consists of a Senate, composed of the College Government Cabinet, Representatives for the Residence Halls, Representatives from Special Interest Groups, and Organization Representatives. The Wellesley College Government Association was organized in the Spring of 1901, when student body meetings produced a Constitution and By-Laws for the Association. All students were automatically members, and all College Houses as well as the village residents elected a representative Head. The basis of the College Government Association was the Faculty-Student Agreement which outlined rules and expectations. These rules were also referred to in printed form as the “Gray Book.” In 1918 a revision to the Agreement was passed, with the approval of the Board of Trustees, granting the College Government Association authority over social student life. The article “College Rejects C.G. Resignations” in the January 12, 1922 Wellesley News describes a desire for a new Faculty-Student Agreement, and the attempted resignation of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Sophomore and Freshman Senate Representatives, due to the perception that the student body was not adequately recognizing its responsibilities, particularly regarding recent disciplinary cases. This prompted a review and revision of the rules outlined in the Association’s “Gray Book,” particularly regarding how “judicial” proceedings should be handled. In 1970, the language of the Agreement was was revised again, making explicit that “the Association shall be entitled to legislate in the areas of residential and dormitory life.”

[Information from: Glasscock, Jean, and Katharine Canby Balderston. Wellesley College, 1875-1975: a Century of Women. Wellesley College, 1975. Pages 179, 403. See also: “Student Government at Wellesley” Wellesley News, October 10, 1901.]


13.3 Linear Feet (27 boxes, 1 oversize box, 1 oversize flat-file (in map-case))

Language of Materials



Collection is maintained in original order.
Wellesley College. College Government. College Government records, circa 1876-1972, 2020: a container list.
File-level description provided by a student worker (name unknown) in May 2017. Collection-level description updated by Natalia Gutiérrez-Jones, Project Archivist, in May 2020.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Wellesley College Archives Repository