The majority of shoes seen in this exhibition were donated by Lucy A. Morse. Morse donated this collection to Wheaton College in 1942 in memory of her mother who graduated from Wheaton in 1850. Though the initial collection began with Morse's gift, other donors have added to collection. Other substantial donors to the collection include Emily Hartwell, Amy White Howland, Mrs. Holcombe Austin, Majorie G. Jones, Mrs. Margi Gayle, Mrs. Phillips Boggs, Kate Upson Clark and Laura Povey.
The shoes donated by Lucy Morse are a collection she accumulated in her world travels. Over 80 pairs of shoes derive from these countries: Argentina, Russia, France, Italy, Palestine, China, Manchuria, Japan, Venezuela, Mexico, Turkey, Greece, Armenia, England, Spain, Korea, Egypt, and the United States. This collection contains many fascinating and rare shoes, organized by their country of origin.
You can view the physical shoe collection in the Marion B. Gebbie Archives and Special Collections.