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Wellesley College songs

Identifier: 1X

Scope and Contents

This collection includes both compiled and edited Song Books with Wellesley College songs, both specific to certain class years, sports teams, and events, and general to the college experience, as well as unbound sheet music on similar themes.


  • 1880-2007


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

The earliest college song book, Songs of Wellesley, A Collection of Songs for the Use of the Glee Club and Students of Wellesley College, was published in 1897, and was compiled and edited by two students, Cordelia C. Nevers, '96, and Roberta H. Montgomery '97. The editor's preface to the first editions describes the book: "...It has been the aim of the editors to include all the Wellesley songs, written from time to time, which are worthy of preservation. In addition to the older and better known songs, the collection includes many of the later and less familiar ones, as well as some that have not appeared before; also a few general favorites, not of Wellesley origin, without which no college song book seems complete." As of 1906, the next edition of the song book was published by the managers of the Student Aid Society. Mary Caswell, who was the Secretary to the President, was the editor of the 1906, 1910, and 1912 editions. The following editions were edited by Professor of Music, Hamilton MacDougal. As of 1937 the book was being produced by the Christian Association, and in 2003 by the Alumnae Association. The regular publication of new editions was meant to keep up to date by adding recent classes' songs.


2.8 Linear Feet (8 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged in two series. Series I. Song Books includes predominantly various editions of the Wellesley College Song Book arranged chronologically, and one book of Christmas carols. Series II. Song Sheets includes unbound sheet music for songs arranged by various themes.

Related Materials

The 6C Classes collections occasionally include songs from the particular class year.
Wellesley College. Wellesley College songs, 1880-2007: a guide
File-level description by student assistant Paige Befeler, and QC and rehousing and collection-level description by Natalia GutiƩrrez-Jones, Project Archivist.
2019 January 29
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Repository Details

Part of the Wellesley College Archives Repository