Mount Holyoke College Record Group 2:

Origins and Governance, 1834-

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Origins and Governance is an artificial record group containing a wide variety of materials related to various aspects of the origin, development and governance of Mount Holyoke College. It comprises 8 boxes or 2.54 linear feet of material. A small portion of the collection, consisting of more recent materials, is restricted and therefore not accessible in electronic format.

Scope and Content Note

The records include information on the Committee of 1834, a committee formed to decide upon the name and site of the original Mount Holyoke Female Seminary and to apply to the Massachusetts legislature for for an act of incorporation. Also included are documents related to charter of the College; its name changes in 1888 and 1893; rules and regulations of the College (including parodies on the rules); information on and examples of College heraldry such as colors, seal and logo; reports, studies and minutes by various committees including the Committee of Four, the Ad Hoc Committee on Communication and Decision-Making, the Fact Finding Committee on Coeducation and self-studies and reports related to revaluations by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The records include a large amount of information on coeduction including articles, correspondence, questionnaires and reports both from Mount Holyoke and other institutions.

Series List

  1. Committee of 1834 : 1 ledger
  2. Charters and Acts of Incorporation: 2 folders
  3. Name Changes: 2 folders
  4. Statutes, Rules and Regulations: 1 box (5 linear in.)
  5. Heraldry: 1 box (2.5 linear in.)
  6. Collegiate Status: 1 folder
  7. Policy Documents and Studies: 2 boxes (10 linear in.)
  8. Coeducation 1 box (5 linear in.) (see also note below on "Related Materials")
  9. Self Studies and Reports: 2 boxes plus 1 folder (5.5 linear in.) RESTRICTED

Related Materials

See also the following official Mount Holyoke College digitized records on the topic of the College's consideration of adopting a coeducational mission:
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