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Student Life collection

Identifier: 6L

Scope and Contents

The Student Life collection consists of artificially compiled and arranged subject files on student life at Wellesley College, dating from 1888 to 2009. Subject files relate to food, expenses, clothing, and social life at the college. Included is a file on the Boston Marathon, and a file on a controversial 2001 Rolling Stone article about Wellesley students. Subject files include some secondary sources.


  • 1888-2009

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research, but contains some material which has been restricted as per the Wellesley College Archives Access Policy: To make an appointment to view unrestricted 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.


1 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

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The Student Life collection is an artificial collection. 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.
Wellesley College. Student Life collection, circa 1880-1980: a container list.
Collection was artificially compiled and arranged by unidentified Archives Staff prior to circa 2014. Finding aid created by Natalia Gutiérrez-Jones, Project Archivist, March 2021.
2021 March
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Repository Details

Part of the Wellesley College Archives Repository