Richard Glenn Gettell Records
Scope and Contents of the Collection
The Richard Glenn Gettell Records date from 1954-1969. Most materials document activities events and issues during his administration as President of Mount Holyoke College. There are also some documents concerning Four College cooperation that date from the administration of Gettell's predecessor, Roswell Gray Ham (President, 1937-1957). The records are arranged in these series: Correspondence, Writings, Ad Hoc Committee to Consider Rules and Standards Records, United States-India Women's College Exchange Program Records, Subject Files, Inauguration Records, Gettell's Appointment Book, Biographical Information, Film, and Photographs.
Correspondence (1957-1969) consists of letters by and to Gettell, primarily reflecting his contacts with individuals whom he invited to present Commencement or Convocation addresses and receive honorary degrees. Other correspondence is with Mount Holyoke trustees, alumnae, faculty, staff, students, and parents of students as well as with friends and colleagues, including letters responding to the announcement of his resignation as President in September, 1967.
Writings (1957-1968) consist of speeches and articles by Gettell. These documents include his inaugural address, "A Plea for the Uncommon Woman" (1957), copies of his Seventeen magazine article about "The Age of Discretion" (1966), and a speech entitled "What Price Coeducation?" (1967).
Ad Hoc Committee to Consider Rules and Standards Records (1961-1963) consist of minutes and agenda, correspondence, questionnaires, student opinions and questions, statements by committee members, articles, and reports. These materials document the work of members of the Mount Holyoke community who were asked by Gettell to develop "a statement of sensible principles" concerning social regulations for Mount Holyoke students.
United States-India Women's College Exchange Program Records (1963-1968) consist of proposals, statements of policies and procedures, minutes and agenda, correspondence, memoranda, reports, financial records, schedules, brochures, articles, applications, letters of recommendation, and a contract for the work of a Mount Holyoke faculty member, Lorraine Benner, at the Women's Christian College in Madras, India. These materials concern the activities of and participants in a program established in 1963 to promote the exchange of faculty and staff members at women's colleges in each country.
Subject Files (1954-1969) contain minutes, correspondence, reports, the text of speeches by Gettell and others, financial records, statistics, programs, charts, lists, schedules, memoranda, press releases, and articles. Most of these documents concern Mount Holyoke's finances and facilities, conferences and other programs in which Gettell or the College participated, and cooperative work by the Four Colleges: Mount Holyoke, Amherst, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Inauguration Records (1957-1958) consist of minutes and agenda, correspondence, reports, announcements, guest lists, congratulatory citations, speeches, programs, and newspaper clippings about the inauguration ceremony held for Gettell on November 9, 1957.
Gettell's Appointment Book (1967) records his appointments for meetings and events at Mount Holyoke and includes references to his recreational activities and vacations.
Biographical Information (1957-1968) consists of press releases and newspaper clippings documenting Gettell's activities as President of Mount Holyoke and events during his tenure.
The Film (1967) is of an interview of Gettell for a Seattle, Washington television program in 1962. His remarks are on the topic of "What's New in the Schoolhouse? Young Women in Today's College World."
Photographs (1957-1968) consist of images of Gettell's inaugural ceremony in November, 1957; formal and informal photographs of Gettell alone or with Mount Holyoke trustees, students, faculty, staff, alumnae, and visitors; and photographs documenting his participation in the Colleges commencement activities and other events. Also included are photographs of Landonia Gettell.
This collection is organized into ten series: