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Correspondence, 1957-1969


Scope and Contents note

Consists of letters by and to Gettell. Most of the correspondence is with individuals invited to present Commencement or Convocation addresses and receive honorary degrees. These documents include a letter from James Thurber (March 29, 1960) declining an honorary degree and referring to his wife Helen Wismer Class of 1924. Other correspondence is with Mount Holyoke trustees, alumnae, faculty, staff, students, and parents of students as well as with friends and colleagues. There is a letter from the College Physician, Dr. Carol Craig (March 17, 1967) describing her experiences on leave while working in a hospital in Da Nang Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Letters to students by Gettell including one concerning a change in required chapel regulations (July 30,1958) and another thanking those who awarded him an honorary degree of Hall Residency (April 30, 1964). Many letters written from September 1967-November 1968 respond to a ten-year report that Gettell wrote concerning the College or thank him for his service as President. A partial index to Gettell's correspondence is part of this series.


  • Creation: 1957-1969

Conditions Governing Access note



3 boxes

Language of Materials

From the Series: English

Arrangement note

Arranged chronologically with an alphabetical index to the names of many correspondents.

Repository Details

Part of the Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections Repository

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