Records of the President's Office; primarily the records of the administrations of Presidents Caroline Hazard (1899-1911), Ellen F. Pendleton (1911-1936), Mildred McAfee Horton (1936-1949), and Margaret Clapp (1949-1966).
Mildred McAfee Horton was the seventh President of Wellesley College, from 1936-1949. She graduated from Vassar College in 1920. She took a leave of absence during World War II, from 1942-1946, to become the first director of the U.S. Navy Women’s Reserve, also known as WAVES: Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service. In 1946, she returned as the President of Wellesley College. Prior to arriving at Wellesley, she taught sociology and economics at Tusculum College in Tennessee and was Dean of Women at Oberlin College in Ohio.
Ruth Adams was the ninth President of Wellesley College, from 1966 to 1972. She received an undergraduate degree from Adelphi College with a master's from Columbia and Ph.D. from Radcliffe. In addition, Adams taught Victorian literature at the University of Rochester and served as Dean of Douglass College. Upon leaving Wellesley, Adams became the first woman vice president at Dartmouth College.
Barbara Warne Newell, the tenth President of Wellesley College, was president during the college's centennial decade (1972-1982). Newell graduated from Vassar College in 1951 with a B.A. in Economics. She continued her education at the University of Wisconsin, receiving a M.A. in 1953 and a Ph.D in 1958. Newell taught at the University of Illinois and at Purdue University.
Nannerl O. Keohane took office as the eleventh President of Wellesley College on July 1, 1981. A member of the class of 1961, she was the third alumna to serve in this position. A Political Science major at Wellesley, she continued her studies on a Marshall Scholarship at Oxford University and a Sterling Fellowship at Yale University. Before returning to Wellesley College, Keohane taught at Swarthmore College, University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University. While President, Keohane also held an appointment in the Political Science department and found the time to teach an occasional seminar some semesters.