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Health Services records

Identifier: 5H

Scope and Contents

Collection includes records of the Wellesley College Health Services from 1877 to 2001, such as information publications it produced (on reproductive health, healthy and unhealthy eating, sexual assault and interpersonal violence, alcohol use, and other health-related subjects), and an article written about "physical culture" at Wellesley. Also includes administrative documents such as communications regarding required medical tests and expenses, and announcements, promotional materials and pamphlets for events. Also includes Annual Reports from the Resident Physician, Consultant in Psychiatry, and Director of Health Services (1957-1983).


  • 1877-2001


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

In the first years after Wellesley College's opening, the Wellesley College Calendar stated: "A lady physician resides in the College, and gives her personal attention to the supervision of the arrangements connected with the health of the family. She has constant intercourse with the students, and instructs them as to the care of their health and the laws of Hygiene." The first College Physician was Dr. Emily Jones. In 1908 Simpson Cottage was remodeled to serve as a hospital, with rooms for patients and an emergency ward. In 1941 the space was modernized to serve as clinic and infirmary, and expanded off of the original building.


0.6 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



Collection is maintained in original order.
Wellesley College. Health Services. Health Services records, 1877-2001: a guide
File-level description by student assistant Paige Befelerm and QC and collection-level description by Natalia GutiƩrrez-Jones, Project Archivist. [A second box (accession A98-007) integrated by Natalia GutiƩrrez-Jones, Project Archivist, April 2021.]
2020 January 29
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Wellesley College Archives Repository