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Adele S. Simmons Papers

Identifier: HCA-02-003


  • Creation: 1965 - 1989

Biographical / Historical

Adele S. Simmons became the third President of Hampshire College in 1977. Before coming to the college , President Simmons served first as dean of Jackson College at Tufts University and the dean of student affairs at Princeton, where she was the first woman senior officer. She Graduated from Harvard University and received her doctorate from Oxford, where she pursued her interst in African history and politics.

While serving as President of Hampshire, she maintained her interst in education and in international relations. She is chairman of the board of trustees on the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of teaching, was a participant in Mortimer Adler's Paideia group, and served for six years as a member of the board of overseers of Harvard Univeristy. She has served on the board of the Union of Concerned Scientists and on the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars which oversees the Filbright program. Mrs. Simmons was also a member of President Carter's commission on World Hunger in 1978-80.

President Simmons left Hampshire in 1989 to become President of the MacArther Foundation.


42.53 Linear Feet (102 document boxes)

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This collection is arranged in four series:I:Chonological Files, II:General Subject and Correspondence Files, III: Trustee FIles, IV: Miscellaneous.

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