Alumnae Association records
Scope and Contents
Series I. Alumnae Association subject files, 1880-1972, is the largest series, and includes records on a wide variety of topics such as Alumnae Association activities, its history (including charter, By-Laws and Consitution), publicity, the Alumnae Council, relationship with the American Alumni Council, statistics on alumnae, clubs and committees, interoffice communications (including with the President's Office), financial records, the Wellesley Magazine, alumnae directories, alumnae questionnaires, reunions, the Semi-Centennial Celebration and the 75th Anniversary Celebration, records of the Wellesley War Service Committee and relief units during World War I, records of the Graduate Council including its annual reports, its Wellesley Club Committee, and its Constitution and By-Laws. Also includes two photo albums of Alumnae Parade prize-winners and class groups, two original drawings from the Wellesley College Engagement Calendar, an Alumnae Association scrapbook (1896-1930), and two Alumnae Association guest books. The following Series II. through VII. were made distinct from Series I. as they included 10 or more files on a particular subject.
Series II. Annual Meetings, 1880-1972, includes Annual Meeting agendas from the 1966 to 1972, Annual Reports and meeting minutes from 1880 to 1927, 1935 to 1950 (with the exception of the 1942-1943 Report), and early versions of the Alumnae Association's Constitution.
Series III. Alumnae Board records, 1899-1971, includes the Alumnae Board's Annual Reports and Policy Book, biographies of Board members, records of the Class Officers Chairmen, three notebooks of the Class Presidents' Committee Chairmen, records of the Class Representatives Chairmen, Annual Reports made to the Board by the Executive Secretary and correspondence of the Executive Secretary including a "Tentative Agreement Between Board of Directors of Alumnae Association and Wellesley College." Also includes details of the responsibilities of various Officer positions, meeting agendas and minutes, records of the Nominating Committee, a 1946 Officer's Manual, correspondence of the President of the Board from 1954 to 1961, records of the First and Second Vice Presidents, and travel expense accounts from the 1950s.
Series IV. Cooperation with other institutions, 1920-1968, consists of records of collaborations and correspondence with other institutions and their alumni associations, including Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Dartmouth, Goucher, Mount Holyoke, Radclifee, Simmons, Smith, and Vassar Colleges, as well as MIT. Also includes a file on cooperation with the Seven College Conference.
Series V. Funds, 1923-1964 includes records of special funds of the Alumnae Association, the Alumnae Fund (including its history, objectives, publicity, insurance, and statistics), related statistics on alumnae from the Classes of 1879-1945, records of alumnae membership (including Life Members and the Mary Hemenway Section), records of the Durant Memorial Fund (including Committee correspondence and financial statements),and records of bequests and the Bequest Program. Also includes files on the Mayling Soong Foundation (see also collections 2BP and MSS-001), and a file on the S.S. Wellesley Victory (one of a type of cargo ships mass produced in the U.S. during World War II).
Series VI. Sales, 1896-1962 includes records of sales of memorabila such as rings, coat-of-arms pins, etchings, calendars, 'Baby's First Chairs,' Wedgwood china plates, and Wellesley Lyrics.
Series VII. Trustees, 1942-1972 includes records of Alumnae Trustee candidates and elections, records of the Alumnae Trustee Nominating Committee (including reports and correspondence), records of individual Alumnae Trustees and correspondence with College Trustees, and records of elections of Trustees at other institutions.
Series VIII. Wellesley College, 1876-1971 consists of files on the college specifically such as its Articles of Government, the Academic Council, conferences held, Tree Day history and class trees, the Committee on Long-Term Educational Policy, files on 'Distinguished Alumnae' and their accomplishments, records of events and festivities, three 'History' subject files documenting the story of the college's founding and early years, records of inaugurations, news clippings, files on the Institute of Foreign Students, Washington Interns, and the Summer Institute for Social Progress, and records of alumnae pushback against college policy regarding German faculty and exchange students just before World War II,
- Wellesley College Alumnae Association (Organization)
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Biographical / Historical
[Information from: "About the Association" webpage, URL: https://www.wellesley.edu/alumnae/about, and 7D file: "History (includes 1921-1922 fact sheet), 1883-1952," Box 1, Folder 17.]
15.6 Linear Feet (9 cartons, 4 boxes, 5 oversize boxes)
Language of Materials
A 1982 accession has been integrated into the existing collection (May 2021), maintained physically in original order at the end of the collection (boxes 12, 13, and Oversize 1), and intellectually integrated into the above 8 series by subject.
- Wellesley College Alumnae Association. Alumnae Association records, 1880-1972: a guide.
- Finding aid created by Natalia Gutiérrez-Jones, Project Archivist. Collection had existing folder titles and arrangement by former unidentified Archives staff, which has been slightly revised during creation of finding aid.
- 2021 April
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description