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Policy Documents and Studies, 1936-1976

Identifier: rg02.07

Scope and Contents note

Policy Documents and Studies consist of records documenting the work of four committees and one working group at Mount Holyoke College from 1936-1938 and 1968-1976 and a conference report concerning affirmative action from 1972. The earliest of these groups, the Committee of Four, was initially established as the Committee of Ten in the spring of 1937 to study the inter-relationships among trustees, administrators, faculty, students, and alumnae in the aftermath of the divisive controversy over the selection of Roswell Gray Ham to succeed Mary Emma Woolley as President of Mount Holyoke College. Records for the committee date from 1936-1938 and consist of minutes, correspondence, and reports, including a examination of The Machinery of Control at Mount Holyoke College that was published in the November 1937 issue of the Mount Holyoke Alumnae Quarterly. In 1969, numerous Mount Holyoke students worked on a study of Mount Holyoke's educational philosophy and curriculum. The results of their work was issued as A Working Paper on Education for Mount Holyoke College, written by Janet Hall, Judy Harris, Jane Hickie, Susan Norton, and Merrill Wasserman with Susan Essock. Records of the Fact-Finding Committee on Coeducation (1968-1970) consist of correspondence, questionnaires, articles, press releases, and reports that concern the work of a group of trustees, faculty, administrators, and students that thoroughly examined Mount Holyoke's single-sex status. Activities of the Danforth Workshop Committee, comprised of Mount Holyoke faculty members who participated in seminar-workshop about women in higher education at Danforth Foundation Workshop on Liberal Arts Education in 1972, are documented by memoranda and a report (1972-1973). Records of the Ad Hoc Committee on Communications and Decision-Making (1974-1976) which was established by the Board of Trustees to recommend ways to improve communication among trustees, students, faculty, and staff and allow students to more fully participate in the decision-making processes at the College, consist of minutes and agenda, correspondence, notes, articles, and a final report. The Conference Report on Equal Opportunity for Women: University Affirmative Action Programs by Mount Holyoke professors Marjorie Childers and Penny Martin (later Gill) from December, 1972 concerns discussions at a meeting sponsored by the Urban Research Cooperation.


  • Creation: 1936-1976

Conditions Governing Access note



2 boxes

Language of Materials

From the Record Group: English

Arrangement note

Arranged chronologically.

Repository Details

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