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Records of the Class of 1885

Identifier: 6C-1885

Scope and Contents

Records of the Class of 1885, dating from 1881 to 1979, consisting of correspondence, class histories, clippings, minutes, notebooks, photographs, photograph albums, programs, and scrapbooks; concerning class meetings and the social and academic activities of members of the class as undergraduates, and information on reunions, careers and activities of members of the class as alumnae.


  • 1881-1979


Conditions Governing Access

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.

Historical Note

Wellesley College, first named The Wellesley Female Seminary, was founded in 1870 by Henry and Pauline Durant. In 1875, 314 students enrolled as part of the first class. 18 of those women graduated in 1879.


5 Linear Feet (5 boxes, 3 oversize boxes)

Language of Materials



6C Classes collections are artificial collections. 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. Given that 6C Classes collections include contents from multiple creators, Archives staff have imposed criteria for when files from one individual should be grouped into its own series (a sub-grouping within the collection that gives supplementary description about the creator): series are established when there are ten or more files from one creator present in a collection.

Processing Information

Box Oversize 1 was added to Shared box 858 in June 2023.
Wellesley College. Class of 1885. Records of the Class of 1885, 1881-1979: a guide.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Wellesley College Archives Repository