Scope and Contents
Series I. Production materials, 1936-2007, consists of records of Junior Show productions from the Class of 1938 through the Class of 2009 (missing the Classes of 1954, 1991-1992, 1995-1997, 2000-2002, 2005, 2006, and 2008). Includes planning documents, scripts, songbooks, correspondence, reports, and programs. Series II. Audiovisual recordings, 1941-2003, consists of audiovisual materials including VHS videocassettes, video tape reels, album records, as well as one optical disc and a 3M audio mastering tape. Includes recordings of the Junior Shows of the Classes of 1943, 1954-1959, 1978, 1980-1982, 1985-1986, 1988-1991, 1993, and 1999. Also includes an audio recording of a 1958 joint performance of the Blue Notes, Tupelos, Wabanaires, and Wellesley Widows called “Four Go Informal.”
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research. To make an appointment to view materials, please contact the Archives staff by email at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 tradition of Junior Shows began in 1936, as the idea of Virginia Spangler and Marie “Putzie” Hinrichs (both Class of 1938) amongst other students living in Shafer Hall. Junior Shows are put on by the junior class, and have original music, choreography, and scripts. The first Junior Show, of the Class of 1938, took place on November 6, 1936, and was called “In One Ear and Gone Tomorrow.”
[Information from: Glasscock, Jean, and Katharine Canby Balderston. Wellesley College, 1875-1975: a Century of Women. Wellesley College, 1975. Pages 255-256. See also: "Reporter Traces Junior Show From
Birth To Fame As Popular Success." The Wellesley News, Volume XLV, No. 7. November 12, 1936. URL: https://repository.wellesley.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2109&context=news]
6.6 Linear Feet (9 boxes, 3 oversize boxes)
Language of Materials