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Principals and Presidents Biographical Files, ca. 1875-
10 boxes (3.125 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 4.2 (LD 7082.25)

Abstract:
Mount Holyoke College Principals and Presidents Biographical Files, ca. 1875-, contain correspondence, curriculum vitae and resumes, press releases, books, newspaper and magazine articles, writings, recollections, genealogical information, obituaries, tributes, notes, audiocassettes, video recordings, DVDs, compact discs, and photographs relating to individuals who have served as principals and presidents of the College.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted except for Mount Holyoke College records and all recommendations filed with materials for Elizabeth T. Kennan and Lynn Pasquerella. Recommendations may be used by researchers who sign the Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections Restricted Records Statistical and Quantitative Research Contract.

Restrictions on use:

Use of the collection is governed by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S.C.).

Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
South Hadley, MA

Historical Note

Mary Lyon, the founder of Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, was Principal of the school from 1837 until her death in 1849. Her successors as Principal were Mary C. Whitman (1849-1850), Mary W. Chapin (1850-1865), Sophia D. Stoddard (Acting Principal, 1865-1867), and Helen M. French (1867-1872). In 1888, Elizabeth Blanchard, who had served as Principal since 1883, was named Acting President when Mount Holyoke's charter was changed to allow the school to grant degrees. Mary A. Brigham was elected President in 1889, but died in a railway accident on the way to assume her duties. Louise F. Cowles was Acting President until Elizabeth Storrs Mead became the first non-alumna President of the College in 1890. Her successor, Mary Emma Woolley, was elected President in 1900, took office in 1901, and served until 1937. In a controversial appointment, Roswell Gray Ham then became Mount Holyoke's first male President. His successor, Richard Glenn Gettell, was President until his resignation in 1968. Academic Dean and history professor Meribeth E. Cameron, who had served as Acting President when Presidents Ham and Gettell were on leave in 1954 and 1966, filled that office once again until David B. Truman became President in 1978. His successors as President have been Elizabeth T. Kennan (1978-1995) and Joanne V. Creighton (1996-present). History professor Joseph J. Ellis was Acting President for the spring semester in 1984 when President Kennan was on sabbatical, English professor Peter Berek served as Interim President from June-December 1995, and psychology and education professor Beverly D. Tatum was Acting President for the spring semester in 2002 when President Creighton was on sabbatical. Lynn Pasquerella, a 1980 graduate of Mount Holyoke, became President of the College on July 1, 2010.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Biographical files concerning the Principals and Presidents of Mount Holyoke College date from circa 1875 to the present and contain primary and secondary sources relating to these individuals. Materials concern those who have served as principals or presidents of Mount Holyoke as well as those who have been acting or interim principals and presidents. These materials consist of correspondence and writings by them, curriculum vitae and resumes, books, biographical sketches, press releases, genealogical information, obituaries, tributes, notes, audiocassettes, compact discs, and photographs. The files for Mary Emma Woolley include recollections about her by alumnae in the Classes of 1905-1938. Files for Elizabeth T. Kennan and Lynn Pasquerella contain Mount Holyoke College records from their years as students at Mount Holyoke. Materials relating to Joseph J. Ellis (Acting President, January-June 1984) contain six audiocassettes of an interview of him on C-SPAN's "Booknotes" program in 1997, seven compact discs containing fourteen lectures by him concerning the "Brotherhood of the Revolution: how America's founders forged a new nation," recorded for the Modern Scholar program in 2004, and eight compact discs containing his lectures about "Patriots: Brotherhood of the American Revolution," recorded for the Barnes and Noble "Portable Professor" Series, 2004. Materials for Joanne Creighton include a video recording of her introduction to the Mount Holyoke community as President-Elect in 1995. The files also include memorabilia that belonged to some of these individuals and information about their families.

Materials are arranged by the tenure in office of each individual.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted except for Mount Holyoke College records and all recommendations filed with materials for Elizabeth T. Kennan and Lynn Pasquerella. Recommendations may be used by researchers who sign the Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections Restricted Records Statistical and Quantitative Research Contract.

Restrictions on use:

Use of the collection is governed by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S.C.).

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Mount Holyoke College. Principals and Presidents Biographical Files, Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley, MA.

History of the Collection

Processing Information

Processed by Patricia J. Albright and Julie A. Singley, 2007.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
8 Dwight Hall
50 College St.
South Hadley, MA 01075

Phone: (413) 538-2013
Fax: (413) 538-2370

Email Reference Form: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/lits/library/arch/forms/areq.htm
URL: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/lits/library/arch/

Language
English

Contents List
Articles and notes about Mount Holyoke principals and presidents
1937, 1987, n.d.

Box 1: folder 1
Whitman, Mary C.: three letters from Morton Eddy (her widower) responding to invitations to visit Mount Holyoke and biographical note
1875, 1887, n.d.

Box 1: folder 2
Chapin, Mary W.: essays, notes, and correspondence relating to Chapin
1909, 1923, 1977, 1986, n.d.

Box 1: folder 3
Stoddard, Sophia D.: notes
n.d.

Box 1: folder 4
French, Helen M.: genealogical information, notes
1922, n.d.

Box 1: folder 5
Ward, Julia E.: Alumnae Association biographical forms and correspondence, tribute, notes
1915, 1919, 1921, 1945, n.d.

Box 1: folder 6
Blanchard, Elizabeth: notes
n.d.

Box 1: folder 7
Brigham, Mary A.: newspaper articles, obituaries, tributes, correspondence, and notes
1889, 1890, 1899, 1962, n.d.

Box 1: folder 8
Brigham, Mary A.: memorial service booklet for Brigham
November 6, 1889

Box 1: folder 9
Brigham, Mary A.: portraits of Brigham and photograph of her with relatives and friends
n.d.

Box 1: folder 10
Cowles, Louise F.: Alumnae Association biographical forms, notes
1910, 1914, 1919, 1921, 1924, n.d.

Box 1: folder 11
Mead, Elizabeth Storrs: Notable American Women biographical sketch, articles, correspondence, programs for funeral service, genealogical information, and notes
1901-1983, n.d.

Box 1: folder 12
Woolley, Mary Emma: articles, notes, press releases
1881, 1906, 1917-1943

Box 2: folder 1
Woolley, Mary Emma: articles, notes, press releases
1944-1966

Box 2: folder 2
Woolley, Mary Emma: articles, notes, press releases
1967-

Box 2: folder 3
Woolley, Mary Emma: notes about her life and events during her tenure as President of Mount Holyoke College
1899-1938

Box 2: folder 4
Woolley, Mary Emma: lists of her affiliations and memberships
1975-

Box 2: folder 6
Woolley, Mary Emma: memorabilia
1921, 1951

Box 2: folder 7
Woolley, Mary Emma: retirement materials
1936-1937

Box 2: folder 7
Woolley, Mary Emma: bibliography of writings about her and notes
n.d.

Box 2: folder 8
Woolley, Mary Emma: article and announcements about the Mary Woolley Fellowship and Mary E. Woolley Chair
1965, 1984

Box 2: folder 9
Woolley, Mary Emma: recollections, correspondence and audio cassette tape of Mount Holyoke alumnae and faculty recollections about Woolley
1957-

Box 2: folder 10
Woolley, Mary Emma: recollections about Woolley by alumnae in the classes of 1905-1923
1972-1974

Box 2: folder 11
Woolley, Mary Emma: recollections about Woolley by alumnae in the classes of 1924-1939
1972

Box 2: folder 12
Woolley, Mary Emma: recollections about Woolley by alumnae in the classes of 1911-1934
1974-1975

Box 2: folder 13
Woolley, Mary Emma: recollections about Woolley by alumnae in the classes of 1915, 1917, 1923, 1939
1981

Box 2: folder 14
Woolley, Mary Emma: Life and Letters of Mary Emma Woolley, by Jeannette Marks
1955

Box 3: folder 1
Woolley, Mary Emma: announcements, reviews and notes concerning Life and Letters of Mary Emma Woolley, by Jeannette Marks
1955

Box 3: folder 2
Woolley, Mary Emma: Miss Marks and Miss Woolley, by Anna Mary Wells
1978

Box 3: folder 3
Woolley, Mary Emma: A Practical Visionary: Mary Emma Woolley and the Education of Women, by Ann Karus Meeropol
1992

Box 3: folder 4
Ham, Roswell Gray: materials relating to "Salute to the Arts", a program in honor of Ham
February 1957

Box 4: folder 1
Ham, Roswell Gray: retirement materials
spring 1957

Box 4: folder 2
Ham, Roswell Gray: clippings, press releases, obituaries, tributes, and notes
1957-1983

Box 4: folder 3
Ham, Roswell Gray: clippings and notes concerning Ham's wife and children
1936-1976

Box 4: folder 4
Gettell, Richard Glenn: resumes, correspondence, press releases, articles, obituaries, tributes, and notes
1957-1994

Box 5: folder 1
Gettell, Richard Glenn: correspondence, articles, writings, and notes by or about Gettell's wife, Landonia Gettell
1957-

Box 5: folder 2
Gettell, Richard Glenn: book by Landonia Gettell (in Japanese)
1983

Box 5: folder 3
Cameron, Meribeth Elliott: biographical forms, articles, press releases, and notes
1948-1981

Box 6: folder 1
Cameron, Meribeth Elliott: writings by her
1948-1962

Box 6: folder 2
Truman, David Bicknell: articles, biographical sketches, correspondence, obituaries, tributes, and notes
1967-

Box 7: folder 1
Truman, David Bicknell: materials relating to Truman's wife, Elinor Griffenhagen Truman
1969-2005

Box 7: folder 2
Kennan, Elizabeth T.: biographical forms and sketches, articles, press releases, correspondence, and notes
1959-1979

Box 7: folder 3
Kennan, Elizabeth T.: biographical forms and sketches, articles, press releases, correspondence, and notes
1980-

Box 7: folder 4
Kennan, Elizabeth T.: Mount Holyoke College records for Kennan (CONFIDENTIAL)
1956-1968

Box 7: folder 5
Ellis, Joseph J.: biographical forms and sketches, correspondence, articles, announcements, invitations and notes
1977-

Box 8: folder 1
Ellis, Joseph J.: material concerning his claim of serving in the Vietnam War
2001-

Box 8: folder 2
Ellis, Joseph J.: correspondence
1980-

Box 8: folder 3
Ellis, Joseph J.: writings
1984-

Box 8: folder 4
Ellis, Joseph J.: photographs
circa 1972-

Box 8: folder 5
Ellis, Joseph J.: "Booknotes: Storytellers
"
interview (6 audiocassettes)
1997

Box 8: folder 6
Ellis, Joseph J.: Modern Scholar program, "Brotherhood of the Revolution: how America's founders forged a new nation" (14 lectures on 7 sound discs)
2004

Box 9: folder 1
Ellis, Joseph J.: Barnes and Noble "Portable Professor" Series, "Patriots: brotherhood of the American Revolution" (8 sound discs)
2004

Box 9: folder 2
Berek, Peter: biographical information, curriculum vitae, articles, correspondence, announcements, invitations, notes, and photographs
1980-

Box 10: folder 1
Berek, Peter: writings
1978-

Box 10: folder 2
Creighton, Joanne V.: articles
1996-

Box 10: folder 3
Creighton, Joanne V.: video recording of introduction as President-Elect, with DVD copy
1995

Box 10: folder 4
Tatum, Beverly Daniel: articles, invitation, notes, photograph
1997

Box 10: folder 5
Pasquerella, Lynn: biographical form, press release
1978-

Box 10: folder 6
Pasquerella, Lynn: Mount Holyoke College records (CONFIDENTIAL)
1978-1980

Box 10: folder 7

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Subjects
  • Berek, Peter.
  • Blanchard, Elizabeth, 1834-1891.
  • Brigham, Mary A. (Mary Ann), 1829-1889.
  • Cameron, Meribeth E. (Meribeth Elliott), 1905-
  • Cowles, Louise F. (Louise Frances), 1842-1924.
  • Creighton, Joanne V., 1942-
  • Eddy, Mary C. Whitman, 1809-1875.
  • Ellis, Joseph J.
  • Gettell, Landonia.
  • Gettell, Richard Glenn, 1912-1988.
  • Gulliver, Helen M. French, 1832-1909.
  • Ham, Roswell Gray, 1891-1983.
  • Ham family.
  • Kennan, Elizabeth T.
  • Lyon, Mary, 1797-1849.
  • Mead, Elizabeth Storrs, 1831-1917.
  • Mount Holyoke College--Presidents.
  • Mount Holyoke College--Recollections.
  • Pasquerella, Lynn.
  • Pease, Mary W. Chapin (Mary Williams Chapin), 1820-1899.
  • Stoddard, Sophia D. Hazen, d. 1897.
  • Tatum, Beverly Daniel.
  • Truman, David Bicknell, 1913-
  • Truman, Elinor Griffenhagen, 1915-2005.
  • Woolley, Mary Emma, 1863-1947.

Contributors
  • Eddy, Morton.

Genre terms
  • Audiocassettes.
  • Compact discs.
  • Corporation records.
  • Genealogies.
  • Letters.
  • Photographs.
  • Resumes.


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