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Records of the Committee of Nine, established as the Committee of Four in 1934 to select a successor for Mary Emma Woolley as President of Mount Holyoke College and enlarged to nine members in 1935, consist of minutes, correspondence, reports, petitions, questionnaires, surveys, speeches, lists, newspaper and magazine articles, press releases, and publications. Most materials concern the controversy over the selection of Roswell Gray Ham as Mount Holyoke's first male president.
The Origins and Governance Collection brings together materials concerning the creation and administration of Mount Holyoke College, an institution for the higher education of women that was founded by Mary Lyon, granted a charter as Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, and opened in 1837. Materials date from 1834 to the present and include a ledger notebook, charters, acts, regulations, minutes, planning documents, publications, speeches, questionnaires, drawings, and photographs.
Mount Holyoke College Principals and Presidents Biographical Files, ca. 1875-, contain correspondence, curriculum vitae and resumes, press releases, books, newspaper and magazine articles, writings, recollections, genealogical information, obituaries, tributes, notes, audiocassettes, video recordings, DVDs, compact discs, and photographs relating to individuals who have served as principals and presidents of the College.
Mount Holyoke College Principals and Presidents Reports, 1867-1985, containing information about academic and administrative matters, the activities of faculty and students, and improvements to facilities and the campus.