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Wellesley Centers for Women records: a guide

Identifier:  10W

Scope and Content

Contains materials related to the organizational history, activities, and research conducted at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) dating from 1974 through 2013. Correspondence, publications, event fliers, photographs and meeting minutes cover the creation and early organizational history of the Center at Wellesley for the Study of Women in Higher Education and the Professions, the Stone Center (SC), the Center for Research on Women (CRW), and the merger between the SC and the CRW that led to the creation of the WCW. Of note are meeting minutes and correspondence documenting the center’s relationship with Wellesley College, and correspondence, meeting minutes, research projects, and policy and curriculum notes pertaining to the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing (1995). A bulk of the records contain personal and professional records relating to the work of the WCW’s third director, Susan McGee Bailey (1986-2010) which include correspondence, travel, research, and outreach she performed during her tenure as director.


  • 1974-2012

Language of Materials

The materials are primarily written and printed in English with some materials in Chinese and Spanish.


Contains some restricted material. Restrictions are noted at the file level.


Copyright in some papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright publishing quotations from any material in the collection.


Center at Wellesley for the Study of Women in Higher Education and the Professions established in 1974; Center at Wellesley for the Study of Women in Higher Education and the Professions changed name to Center for Research on Women in 1978; Stone Center for Developmental Services and Studies established in 1981; Center for Research on Women merges with the Stone Center and the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute is established in 1995.

Biographical/Historical Notes

The Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) was established in 1995 at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts when the Centers for Research on Women (CRW) and the Stone Center (SC) merged into one organization committed to interdisciplinary gender research. The SC was established in 1981 as a research facility focused on psychological therapy and women. Prior to the merger, the CRW and SC were each recognized internationally as being at the forefront of social science based gender research. The CRW was originally established as the Center at Wellesley for the Study of Women in Higher Education and the Professions in 1974 through partial funding by the Federation of Professional Women. The CRW’s name was changed in 1978, reflecting a commitment to broaden the organization’s research scope beyond higher education and professions. The merger brought the two women’s research centers together under one director and a board of overseers. The WCW’s research on women and impact on policy and education is broad. Since 1974, the WCW has conducted interdisciplinary studies on issues such as gender equity in education, sexual harassment in schools, child-care, adolescent development, gender violence, and women’s leadership—studies that have influenced private practices and public policy. The center continues to provide professional development for educators, child caregivers, and youth workers that encourage children’s social-emotional development and enhance learning environments and safety. Other WCW scholars have dedicated themselves to the prevention of psychological problems, the enhancement of psychological wellbeing, and the search for a more comprehensive understanding of human development through theory development and research. The WCW’s international collaborations strive to improve the lives of women and girls across the globe.


51.25 Linear Feet (99 file boxes)


This collection comprises the organizational and historic records of the Wellesley Centers for Women, the Centers for Research on Women, and the Stone Center, dating from 1974-2012. The collection includes correspondence, photographs, books, articles, and audiovisual materials. A bulk of the collection also includes the professional papers of Susan McGee Bailey, director of the Centers for Research on Women and the Wellesley Centers for Women from 1986-2010.

Physical Location

Col. 20F-A (top shelf), Col. 21F-E (top shelf)

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Wellesley Centers for Women, 2013-01-06.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Mary Yearl, 2015 and Sara Ludovissy, 2015-2016.
Wellesley Centers for Women records
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Repository Details

Part of the Wellesley College Archives Repository