Special Collections

Wellesley College
Margaret Clapp Library
106 Central Street
Wellesley MA , 02181
FAX: (781)283-3640
Institution Contact(s):
  Ruth R. Rogers, Special Collections Librarian (781)283-3592 rrogers@wellesley.edu
Hours: M-F 10:00AM-NOON; 1:00PM-5:00PM
Seasonal Hours:
  Summer Hours: M-F 10:00AM-12:00PM; 1:00PM-4:30PM
Online Catalog:
  Web: http://wellesley.edu/Library/Gifts/webpac.html
Services for the Disabled:
  Americans with Disabilities Act accessible Handicapped parking
Other Services:
Bibliographic Utility:
Name: Special Collections
Special Collection Contact(s):
  Ruth R. Rogers, Special Collections Librarian (781)283-3592 rrogers@wellesley.edu
Collections: 11
Formats: 63 linear feet of manuscripts 45,000 volumes of monographs 47 reels of microforms 150 serial titles
Collection Description:
  Durant Collection (18th and 19th century books including the social sciences, history, education, classical civilization, exploration and travel)
Rare Books Collection (illuminated manuscripts, incunabula, the Milne Collection of English Bibles, works in the history of science, philosophy, classics, and first editions of major literary works)
Alcove of North American Languages (printed books on North American Languages and 5 of the Micmac manuscripts of the Reverend Silas Rand)
Plimpton Collection (Italian literature ranging from the 14th to the 17th century, including a collection of Renaissance manuscripts and incunabula)
Elbert Collection (volumes on slavery, emancipation and Reconstruction)
Juvenile Collection (19th and early 20th century materials)
English Poetry Collection (includes autographed letters and manuscripts encompassing over five and a half centuries, including the original love letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning)
Marks Collection (documents concerning Jamaica)
Book Arts Collection (documenting all aspects of book production including volumes of specimens ranging from early typography to twentieth century fine printing and artists' books)
Ruskin Collection (editions of Ruskin's major works in the original parts, many rare pamphlets, autographs, presentation copies, exhibition catalogs, drawings, and watercolors as well as biographical and critical material)
Guy Walker, Jr. Collection (documenting the history of book illustration from early illuminated manuscripts to 20th century works)
Access: Collection(s) are available by appointment only Photo ID required Access only in reading room, supervised Laptop computers and tape recorders allowed with staff approval
Copying: Photocopying permitted at discretion of staff All photocopying done by staff Institution will produce microfilm copies for a fee
Loans: Loans for exhibits only
Finding Guides Available:
  Guide to monographic collection Guides for manuscript collection
Directions: FROM THE WEST: Take I-90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) to exit 14 (Weston). Go South on I-95/Route 128 for 1/2 mile to Route 16 (exit 21B). Follow Route 16 West for 2.9 miles to a stoplight (5-way intersection) in the town of Wellesley. Go straight on Route 135 West. At the third traffic light take a left into the main entrance of the College. The Archives are located in the Margaret Clapp Memorial Library near the center of the campus. FROM THE EAST: Take I-90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) to exit 16 (West Newton). Follow Route 16 West for 4.7 miles. Proceed using directions above. FROM THE NORTH: Take I-95 / Route 128 South to exit 21B (Route 16 West). Follow Route 16 West for 4.7 miles. Proceed using directions above. FROM THE SOUTH: Take I-95 / Route 128 North to exit 21B (Route 16 West). Follow Route 16 West for 2.9 miles. Proceed using directions above.