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Commission on Community Life records

Identifier: 2L

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of the records (dating from 1970 to 1977) of the Commission on Community Life, an ad hoc committee of the Board of Trustees active from 1973 to 1977. Collection includes several files on the Commission's Articles, goals, structure, membership, leadership, and meeting minutes, as well as subject files relating to particular activities and concerns of the Commission including the creation of an affirmative action program, academic computer selection, budgets, benefits and salaries, campus police, counseling and advising, employee concerns and complaints, financial aid, Grievance and Appeal Procedures, the Housing Policy, the Continuing Education program, and a Race Relations course led by the Commission Coordinator. Also includes files on the activities of Sub-Committees on Minority Concerns and Women's Concerns.


  • 1970-1977

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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 Commission of Community Life was an ad hoc committee of the Board of Trustees, active from Spring 1973 until 1977, and was responsible for developing an affirmative action program. The 1974 Report of the President describes the formation and purpose of the Commission on Community Life: "The diversity of our student and staff population necessarily produces a variety of individual needs— student needs to which our faculty and staff must respond, employee needs to which we must be sensitive as a community. In the spring of 1973 we created a Commission on Community Life as an experimental group to review social interaction among the various segments of our College community and to recommend programs aimed both at increasing the diversity of our community and at improving intergroup relations. To date, subgroups within the Commission have focused on such issues as employment policies for academic and nonacademic staff, the needs of religious and ethnic minorities on campus, and the handling of financial aid. The Commission on Community Life represents a new kind of effort at an American college, and I am pleased to report that its work has already resulted in a number of positive measures. It is a challenge— even in a community as intimate as ours- to work toward agreement on ends and means, but we are encouraged by the initial success of the Commission and look forward to its further efforts in helping to build at Wellesley an effectively functioning, cohesive community."

(Pages 16-17, URL:


1.6 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials



Collection is predominantly arranged in alphabetical order by title of subject file, with several files on the Commission's Articles, goals, structure, membership, leadership, and meeting minutes at the beginning of the collection.
Wellesley College. Commission on Community Life. Commission on Community Life records, undated: a container list.
Natalia Gutiérrez-Jones, Project Archivist
2021 May
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Repository Details

Part of the Wellesley College Archives Repository