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Ethos records

Identifier: 6S-Ethos

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of the records of the student organization Ethos, dating from 1965-2014. Collection consists of three series. Series I. Administrative records (1965-2006) includes budget records, news clippings, the Constitution and Covenant, the organization history, correspondence, records of events, including a run of files on the annual Black Quintessence programming, meeting minutes, and a subject file on Black Theatre. Series II. Publications (1967-2005) includes editions of the Black Directory, Black Sister, the Ethos Newsletter, and Ethos Magazine: Sentiments of Blackness. Series III. Event posters (1980-2014) includes posters for visiting speakers and performers, Black Quintessence events, speakers brought by Quintessence Presents, performances by Ethos Black Theatre, a poster for Latina Month, posters for African dance and music performances, posters for the Pulse Fashion Show, and for panel discussions. Includes posters for events held by Ethos in collaboration with Harambee House, and by the Wellesley College Black Studies Department.


  • 1965-2014


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 idea for Ethos was conceived in December, 1966, by Francine Rusan Wilson, Nancy Gist, Alvia Wadlaw, Karen Williamson (all Class of 1969), and Yvonne Smith Madlock (Class of 1970), amongst others, following attendance of a black-student conference held at Columbia University. During Ethos' early years, the organization fought to end racist rooming policy, and established Harambee House to provide community and support for students of African Descent.

[Information from: Hilary Hurd Anyaso, Karen Grigsby Bates, and Ikhlas Saleem. “The Generations of Ethos.” Wellesley Magazine, Spring 2018.]


3 Linear Feet (5 boxes, 1 oversize box)

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Collection is physically maintained in original order. Collection is intellectually arranged in three series: Series I. Administrative records (1965-2006), Series II. Publications (1967-2005), and Series III. Event posters (1980-2014).

Related Materials

See also the collection 5E Harambee House records.
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Part of the Wellesley College Archives Repository