Skip to main content

Caroline Hazard papers

Identifier: 1DD5-Hazard

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the personal papers of Caroline Hazard (1856-1941), President of Wellesley College 1899 to 1910 The records date from 1780 to 1941 and include addresses, publications, clippings, travel articles, poetry, photographs, diaries, letterbooks, scrapbooks, programs, accounts, certificates, and correspondence of the Hazard family (3 generations); concerning Caroline Hazard's business, publications and years at Wellesley, and Hazard family material on the Peace Dale Manufacturing Company, slavery and the economic growth of the south, travels in the early 19th century and sickness. Material of special interest are correspondence with Herbert Spencer, P. T. Barnum, prominent scholars (both American and European), Alice Freeman Palmer, H. E. Scudder, and Katharine Lee Bates


  • 1780-1941

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.

Biographical / Historical

Caroline Hazard (June 10, 1856 – March 19, 1945) was born in Peace Dale, Rhode Island to a family that were original settlers to the state. Hazard’s grandfather, Rowland Gibson Hazard, founded the successful Peace Dale Manufacturing company and her father, Rowland Hazard II was a successful financial backer of the Solvay Process Company. Carolyn’s mother was Margaret A. Hazard/Rood. Caroline Hazard was educated at the Mary A. Shaw school in Providence, R.I. and received tutoring at Brown University. She served as President of Wellesley College from 1899-1910 and remained on the Board of Trustees at Wellesley College until 1927. In later life she resided in Santa Barbara, CA. where she pursued her interest in philanthropy and the arts.


12 boxes

Language of Materials


Hazard, Caroline, 1856-1945. Caroline Hazard Papers, 1780-1941: a guide
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Wellesley College Archives Repository