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Statutes, circa 1841-1994

Identifier: rg02.04

Scope and Contents note

Statutes (circa 1841-1994) contain copies of and information about Mount Holyoke's rules and regulations. A notebook known as the Book of Duties (1842-1846) outlines the responsibilities of teachers, procedures for examinations and the system of marking, the daily schedule, the activities to be completed by members of the Mount Holyoke community of particular days, and the regulations concerning the care of health, study hours, music lessons, fire prevention, vacations, walking and calisthenics exercises for students, and the requirement that all students regularly write compositions. Other regulations (circa 1841-1994) concern student behavior with regard to church attendance, exercise, visitors, off-campus activities, the care and furnishings of dormitory rooms, the use of library materials, smoking, and consumption of alcoholic beverages. There are also articles and letters (circa 1867-1968) relating to parodies of Mount Holyoke's regulations known as the Blue Laws and Fire Laws. These burlesques of actual rules were originally written by Mount Holyoke students in the mid-nineteenth century and have often been mistaken for the school's authentic rules.


  • circa 1841-1994

Conditions Governing Access note



1 boxes

Language of Materials

From the Record Group: English

Arrangement note

Arranged by form of material, then chronologically.

Repository Details

Part of the Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections Repository

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