The mission of the Wesleyan College archives is to promote knowledge and understanding of the origins, experiences, programs, and goals of Wesleyan College and its special role in the education of women. In accomplishing the mission, the Archives will identify, appraise, collect, organize, describe, make available, and preserve records that document the history and development of Wesleyan College; provide adequate facilities for housing and preserving such records; and serve teaching, research, and scholarship by making available and encouraging the use of its collections.
Among the archives of the college are materials - manuscript, print, and artifact – which reflect the history of Wesleyan. These include minutes; student, alumnae, and administrative publications; photographs; programs; and reports. The library holds a number of manuscript collections of former administrators, students, and other individuals of interest to the college.
The Liberty project is a virtual exhibit of compositions by Wesleyan's first alumnae from 1845 to 1880. The Wesleyan College Junior/Senior Compositions Collection, Box 1, consists of 37 compositions written by Wesleyan alumnae during their Junior and/or Senior years at the College. The collection has been archived at Willet Memorial Library, and consists of handwritten papers, often held together by small pieces of ribbon. It is organized by date. Liberty Compositions Virtual Exhibit
The Georgia Room houses special collections on Sidney Lanier and Harry Stillwell Edwards. The Park collection of Georgiana, the McGregor collection of rare Americana, and other items of special interest are also located in this room.
The China Room holds the Soong Sister Collection. The Soong Sisters, Ei Ling Soong (Madame H. H. Kung), Ching Ling Soong (Madame Sun-Yat Sen), and May Ling Soong (Madame Chiang Kai-Shek), were the first Chinese women to be educated in the United States. Gifts to Wesleyan College related to China and the Soong Sisters are also a part of the collection housed in the China Room.
These Special Collections Rooms are located on the third floor of the library and are available for research by appointment only. Only pencil and notepad are allowed in the Georgia Room. Photography is allowed in the China Room, with permission from the Librarian. Other personal items may be left at the Circulation Desk on the second floor or in lockers provided on the third floor.
Hours for appointments are 8:30 – 5:00 Monday through Friday. Please call (478) 757-5200 for more information.