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Career Services Office records

 Collection
Identifier: 5W

Scope and Contents

The Career Services Office records are intellectually arranged into 5 series: Series I. Administrative records, 1904-1981, Series II. Graduate degree cards by subject, circa 1976, Series III. "Many Roads" Conferences, 1962-1983 (bulk 1972, 1974), Series IV. Card files of job postings and applicants, 1945 July 1-1946 June 30, and Series V. Statistics, 1975-1985.

Series I. Administrative records, 1904-1981, includes administrative records such as: Teachers' Registry forms with information on graduates looking for teaching work; records of the Internship Office including research on other institutions' internship offices, Massachusetts internship programs, internship directories, placement lists, and notes; correspondence to possible placement contacts and regarding open positions; files on other organizations such as the Urban Affairs Organization and the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program of MIT; notebooks on Job Hunting Techniques meetings and a notebook on the Placement Office's publicity; office budgets (1921-1966); input gathered for the office's annual reports (1977-1981); records of a Wellesley College Counseling Study and of the Counseling Committee (1975-1976); files on Career Expos held 1975, 1976 and 1979 with emphasis on careers for marginalized groups; three notebooks of references for students looking to teach at Wellesley, by department (1915, 1916, 1922); and a 1975 file about school desegregation. Also includes records of alumnae outreach and alumnae engagement in career programs; a study, surveys, summaries and statistics of alumnae graduate study and employment; Annual Reports (1966-1978); office publications and hosted activities; staff speeches and presentations; a file of clippings on demonstrations on various social issues; recruiting materials and Personnel Policy Committee records; and financial records (including of an Exxon Foundation fund).

Series II. includes a card file with information on the graduate degrees obtained by alumnae after their graduation from Wellesley, arranged by their subject of study and within that subject, by degree type.

Series III. includes records of "Many Roads" careers conferences held in 1972, 1974, and 1979, such as information on participants, schedules of events, planning materials including questionnaires, publicity records and a press kit, correspondence including with President Barbara Newell, summary reports and evaluations, and post-conference inquiries.

Series IV. includes a card file where each card lists details of a job posting such as qualifications, pay, job description, contact information, and more. Some, but not all, cards include candidate information on the reverse side, noting which Wellesley students or graduates were applying to the job and sometimes noting the results of their application.

Series V. includes files of statistics on students and alumnae (regarding admissions, employment, and graduate study) by class year, as well as a file of statistic reports.

Dates

  • 1904-1990

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research, but contains some material which has been restricted as per the Wellesley College Archives Access Policy: https://www.wellesley.edu/lts/policies/archivesaccess. To make an appointment to view unrestricted materials, please contact the Archives staff by email at archives@wellesley.edu 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

In the earliest years of the college, founder Henry Fowle Durant established a Teachers' Registry to aggregate the information of Wellesley graduates looking for teaching positions; inquiries from schools looking for teachers went through the President's Office. As a response to increased demand, in 1890 the Teachers' Registry was appointed a director, the Secretary to the President Mary Caswell. As other types of positions began opening to women, the Teachers' Registry changed its title and expanded its purpose, becoming the Appointment Bureau (by 1915 at the latest) and remained under Mary Caswell's direction until September 1921. Towards the end of her leadership, a Committee on Vocational Guidance was formed to seek out opportunities other than teaching for students. After Mary Caswell's 1921 retirement, Associate Professor of English Literature Alice I. Perry Wood assumed the role of Director; she had previously been the chairwoman of the Committee on Vocational Courses. At this time the Appointment Bureau changed its name to the Bureau of Occupations and the Committee on Vocational Guidance was absorbed into it; the Bureau began organizing annual Vocational Conferences for alumnae and others to present opportunities in various fields. [Information from: Report of the President 1921-1924, pages 10-11.]

This office has had various names, including: Wellesley Career Education (currently, as of 2021), the Center for Work and Service (circa 1996-2017), Career Center (circa 1986-1996), Center for Women's Careers (circa 1982-1986), Career Services Office (circa 1969-1981), the Placement Office (circa 1940-1969), the Personnel Bureau (circa 1926-1940), the Bureau of Occupations (circa 1921-1926), the Appointment Bureau (circa 1915-1921), and the Teachers' Registry (circa 1879-1915).

Extent

15.4 Linear Feet (10 cartons, 9 boxes, 2 oversize boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Arrangement

The Career Services Office records are intellectually arranged into 5 series: Series I. Administrative records, 1904-1990, Series II. Graduate degree cards by subject, circa 1976, Series III. "Many Roads" Conferences, 1962-1983 (bulk 1972, 1974), Series IV. Card files of job postings and applicants, 1945 July 1-1946 June 30, and Series V. Statistics, 1975-1985. Collection is physically maintained in original order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection contents come from accession A85-034 (Boxes 1-16, Oversize Box 1), as transferred by Diane Redonnet of the Center for Women's Careers, July 15, 1985, and from accession A93-055 (Boxes 17-19, Oversize Box 2), as transferred by Judy Hersey of the Career Center, December 1, 1993.
Title
Wellesley College. Career Services Office records, 1904-1983: a guide.
Author
Natalia GutiƩrrez-Jones, Project Archivist
Date
2021 May
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Wellesley College Archives Repository

Contact:

781-283-3745