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Alumnae Association Clubs records

Identifier: 7RC-Clubs

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of records of alumnae Wellesley Clubs, dating from 1891-1995. The collection is organized into two series, Series I. United States Club records (1891-1995) and Series II. International Club records (1921-1989). Within Series I. files are organized into sub-series by state, and some states include multiple clubs representing various cities or regions. Content primarily consists of directories, newsletters, and documentation of club activities and events, including fundraising, professional networking, group travel, and social gatherings with entertainment. Also includes administrative records such as the Clubs' financial records, histories, meetings, and committee work.


  • 1891-1995


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 Clubs were first referenced in an official capacity at the 1893 Alumnae Association meeting. A Committee on Wellesley Clubs was established in June 1912, at the second meeting of the Wellesley College Graduate Council (which was renamed the Alumnae Council and incorporated into the Alumnae Association in 1922). 35 new Wellesley Clubs were formed between 1912-1922 due to Committee efforts, and the number has since increased. As of 1974, there were 115 formally organized and active Wellesley Clubs, along with many other less formal groups with similar purpose. Wellesley Clubs were meant to serve the College, through activities like information-sharing and fundraising.

[Information from: Glasscock, Jean, and Katharine Canby Balderston. Wellesley College, 1875-1975: a Century of Women. Wellesley College, 1975.]


14 Linear Feet (14 records cartons)

Language of Materials



Collection is predominantly physically arranged in alphabetical order by United States state name, followed by international clubs also in alphabetical order by country. The intellectual arrangement is in two series, Series I. United States Clubs records and Series II. International Clubs records, and reflects this alphabetical arrangement. Series I. has been further intellectually arranged into sub-series by state.
Wellesley College Alumnae Association. Alumnae Association Clubs records, 1891-1995: a guide
File-level description by student assistant Paige Befeler, and collection-level description by Natalia GutiƩrrez-Jones, Project Archivist.
2020 March
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Repository Details

Part of the Wellesley College Archives Repository