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About the Archives

"The one thing that makes life worth living is to serve a cause, and the greatest cause that can be served is Childhood Education."
- Lucy Wheelock, My Life Story, p. 50.

The Wheelock College Library Archives houses the memorabilia of Lucy Wheelock, a pioneer in the United States kindergarten movement and founder of Wheelock School (now Wheelock College) in 1888. Her documents represent her scholarship in early childhood education and serve as important scholarly resources on the history of education. In addition to the Lucy Wheelock collection, the Archives contains materials documenting the history of Wheelock College, and a variety of rare children's literature and scholarly books on education and the child.


Access to the Archives is provided through appointment only. Please contact the Archives at to arrange an appointment. The Archives is located on the Lower Level of the Wheelock Library at 132 Riverway, Boston, MA 02215-4185.


The Wheelock College Archives is a non-circulating repository open to the Wheelock College community and interested public. There are rare exceptions to the Archives' non-circulation policy; in certain instances, borrowing privileges may be granted for the purposes of display or publication. All policies of the Wheelock College Archives are subject to change. For more information, please contact the Archives by emailing

Items Allowed in Research Area

Only paper, pencils and laptops may be used in the research area. Food, drink, smoking, the use of cell phones and personal scanners are not permitted.

Use of Materials

Archival materials, including photographs, must be handled with care. They must not be marked or folded and their existing order must be maintained. If a filing error is suspected, researchers should report the error to the Archives; researchers should not rearrange any material. Surfaces of photographic prints should never be touched.

Photocopying and Scanning/Reproduction Services

Photocopying is done at the discretion of the staff (see page 2 of Archives Access Policies and Duplication Services/Fee Schedule [.pdf]). Scanning and photographic reproductions are generally unavailable, unless approved by the Archives. The Archives reserve the right to refuse any copying request that might damage the material, or if fulfillment of the request would involve violation of copyright law. All copies made are for personal research only. Duplication of archival material does not constitute transfer of copyright or property right, nor does it constitute permission to publish in excess of "fair use" or to display materials.


All images from the Archives must be credited and a URL included when possible. Please cite as:

  • [Collection Name], Wheelock College Archives, Boston, MA.
  • ex: Lucy Wheelock Collection, Wheelock College Archives, Boston, MA.

Permission to Publish

Permission to examine material is not authorization to publish it.   A separate letter requesting permission [.doc] to publish should be submitted to the Library Director.

Archives Collection Policy

The Wheelock College Archives Collection Policy outlines the mission, goals, scope and limits of collecting responsibility for the archives.

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