The Wells College Archives, located on the third floor of the Louis Jefferson Long Library, houses material documenting the history of Wells College from 1868 to the present. In addition to many collections, the Archives is also home to a growing collection of senior theses.
The Emily Howland Papers contains items from the personal papers and library of abolitionist, suffragist, and peace activist Emily Howland, including her collection of political pamphlets, posters, program documents, articles, conference papers, short papers, and other publications relating to topics such as women’s suffrage, anti-slavery movements, Indian rights, the Unitarian Church, and temperance.
The majority of this collection is the correspondence between Sylvia Warner and those she sought information from; the Takada family, Wells college, etc. The remainder of this collection includes the original manuscript, the published book, handwritten poems of Robert Coffin, info on atomic weapons.
This collection contains material on Erastus Dow Palmer, used by Temple Hollcroft, Catherine Bacon, and Joseph Gravit, ranging from the nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. It also contains pictures of E.D. Palmer himself and his work.
The majority of the contents of this collection are letters the Wells Canteener women sent home from abroad. The remainder of the collection contains newspaper articles which describe their work and living conditions, as well as the article entitled The Y Girl in the Leave Area.
The Else Fleissner Collection covers the period from just prior to World War Two up to 1982. Correspondence from friends inside Nazi Germany covers the World War Two period. Various correspondence, manuscripts, and personal papers cover the remaining period.
The collection contains material relating to the history of Wells College, including newspaper clippings and histories of the college written prior to Dieckmann’s publication of Wells College: A History in 1995. The collection also contains materials relating to Mary Hunter Marsh ’17 and Eleanor Hunter Byrne ’29, including correspondence written by the sisters while students at Wells College, as well as photographs, many undated or unidentified.
This collection contains records of business transactions, property investments, personal correspondence, travel diaries and ephemera from the life of Edwin Barber Morgan, as well as his father, Christopher Morgan, and known associates. In addition, it contain extensive material documenting Morgan's life and pursuits, including travel abroad, serving in the military and government, as well as his connection with the New York Times.