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Ellen Fitz Pendleton papers

Identifier: 1DD6-Pendleton

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of the personal papers of former Wellesley College President, Ellen Fitz Pendleton, dating from 1910-1936, 1959. Includes speeches, pamphlets, news clippings, and records of tributes and honors received.


  • 1910-1936, 1959

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

Ellen Fitz Pendleton was President of Wellesley College from 1911-1936. She was born in Westerly, Rhode Island, in 1864, and passed away shortly after retiring from Wellesley College in 1936. She was a member of Wellesley's Class of 1886. After graduating she worker as a tutor until 1888, when she became an instructor in mathematics. She earned a master's degree from Wellesley College in 1891. From 1897-1901 she was the Secretary of the College. From 1901-1911 she served as Associate Professor of Mathematics, Dean, and Head of College Hall. While Pendleton was President, the endowment grow substantially to almost $10 million. She was President when College Hall burned in a fire in 1914, and oversaw fundraising and construction efforts to rebuild the college.

[Information from "Ellen Fitz Pendleton." Encyclopaedia Britannica, August 3 2019. URL:]


0.2 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Pendleton, Ellen F. (Fitz). Ellen Fitz Pendleton papers, 1910-1936, 1959: a container list
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Repository Details

Part of the Wellesley College Archives Repository