The Archives and Special Collections for Outside Researchers
- What types of materials are in the Marion B. Gebbie Archives and Special Collections?
The archival collections contain administrative records of Wheaton Female Seminary and Wheaton College; College publications; papers and manuscripts of the Wheaton family, as well as of several alumnae and faculty, including Lucy Larcom; photographs, scrapbooks, and other memorabilia; audio and video tapes of Wheaton events; materials related to student organizations and academic pursuits; and the records of the Alumnae/i Association.
Particular strengths of the special book collections include the art of printing and binding, children's literature, travel, and women, families, and gender issues. Manuscript collections include papers of Wheaton alumnae/i and faculty, as well as diaries and papers of women, families and organizations unconnected with the College. Wheaton is the local repository for the records of SMCL (Southeast Massachusetts Consortium of Libraries), and the southeastern chapters of the American Association of University Women. The collections are non-circulating, and are housed in closed stacks.
- Do I need to fill out forms to gain access to the Archives?
You do not need to fill out any forms prior to coming to the Marion B. Gebbie Archives and Special Collections. However, upon arrival you will be asked to sign into a visitor's log where you will state your name and the nature of your visit.
- I cannot travel to the archives, can I still access materials?
The Marion B. Gebbie Archives and Special Collections will try its best to accommodate researchers who are unable to travel to Wheaton College to conduct his or her research. However, due to limited staffing and time, each research request will be dealt with on a case by case basis. For this reason, researchers should contact the Archives and Special Collections directly, either by phone or e-mail, to work out arrangements.
- How do I make an appointment to visit the Archives and Special Collections?
The Marion B. Gebbie Archives and Special Collections is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. It is closed on Saturday and Sundays and designated holidays. Due to limited staffing and time, researchers interested in visiting the Archives and Special Collections should contact an archivist directly (either by phone or e-mail) to ensure that an archivist will be available to aid you with your research.