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Wells, Barbara (Class of 1941), January 30, 1975

Identifier: MOH9

Scope and Contents

1 audio cassette tape containing interview with Barbara Wells, Class of 1941.

1941 graduate, 1943 MA. Sciences, Biology major; fewer faculty members in 1940s, community relations were stronger (02:25); dating patterns between high school students and college students (03:10); teacher certification began for students in practice teaching (14:30); rebuilding image of females on campus-same tests given to males and females in 1955 (18:08); President Stratton-good business/administrative leader (21:40); President Moody more visible to students-viewed as an academic (22:40); Student life in late 1930's (30:46); women were not as assertive in classes (34:02) Position as Admissions director (37:05); Post -1964, Development Department processing gifts (41:00); Change in women's opportunities after college, 1940s-1950s (43:18)


  • January 30, 1975

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Conditions Governing Access

Open for research without restriction.

Biographical / Historical

Barbara Ann Wells (1921-2018) graduated from Middlebury College in 1941. Wells returned to the College after graduating and served in various administrative appointments for over three decades. In 1946, Wells was hired as the Alumni Secretary and Placement Director for Women. In 1952, she became Director of Admissions for Women, and served in this position until 1964 when the admissions offices for men and women were combined. Wells served as Executive Secretary for the Ford Challenge Program in the Development Office from 1964 to 1968, as Secretary of the College from 1968 to 1976, and as a College Loan Officer from 1976 to 1983. Wells was born in Middlebury, VT to Nellie Mae Barnett Wells and Warden Henry Wells. She graduated from Middlebury High School in 1937.


From the Collection: 147+ Objects

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Physical Description

1 audio cassette


Assigned identifier: a13af19750130-01

Repository Details

Part of the Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives Repository

Middlebury College
Davis Family Library
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Middlebury Vermont 05753 United States