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Records of the Class of 1917

Identifier: 6C-1917

Scope and Contents

Records of the Class of 1917, dating from 1913-2000, consisting of event programs, examinations, meeting minutes, photo album, biographical information on alumnae, class directories, Secretary and Treasurer’s records, reunion records, photographs and photo albums, and a diploma; concerning undergraduate and alumnae activities. Also includes a file relating to the College Hall Fire of 1914, and some records relating to May-ling Soong Chiang who became the First Lady of the Republic of China (see also MSS-001). Of note are the papers of Eleanor Blair, the Alumnae President of the Class of 1917 who was responsible for the restoration of the original College Hall pillars, and who authored the book “Wellesley College and Community” (1974), and the artworks of Harriet Ames Fuller.


  • 1913-2000


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.


18.4 Linear Feet (11 boxes, 14 oversize boxes)

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6C Classes collections are artificial collections. Artificial collections are created by Archivists bringing together multiple smaller acquisitions to the archives from multiple creators, and organizing them based on their subject. This is unlike most archival collections which are organized by provenance, meaning by the original creator, and which maintain the original creator’s arrangement of the collection. Given that 6C Classes collections include contents from multiple creators, Archives staff have imposed criteria for when files from one individual should be grouped into its own series (a sub-grouping within the collection that gives supplementary description about the creator): series are established when there are ten or more files from one creator present in a collection.

Existence and Location of Copies

The Eleanor Blair letters have been digitized, and are accessible at this URL:

Related Materials

See also the papers of class member May-ling Soong Chiang (MSS-001), who went on to be First Lady of the Republic of China.
Wellesley College. Class of 1917. Records of the Class of 1917, 1913-2000: a guide.
Natalia Gutierrez-Jones, Project Archivist
2019 June 11
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Repository Details

Part of the Wellesley College Archives Repository