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Wonnacott, Erica (administrator), February 22, 1989

Identifier: MOH57

Scope and Contents

1 oral history interview with Erica B. Wonnacott, Middlebury's first Dean of Students, conducted on February 22, 1989.

Erica - first Dean of Students (:15); co-ordinate record keeping (1:45); pre co-ed women's rules (3:45); change to a co-ed campus (6:00); Gloria Steinem speaks on campus (10:49); Title IX, women's athlectic (12:00); role model (15:00); Sororities disbanding in 1970 (16:21); opinion on Fraternities (17:55); College rule on Alcohol (23:27); drinking age (24:27); issues and role of the Dean's office (25:57); Lopez committee (32:22); student philosophy of the 60's vs. current (36:02); role/ purpose of the college in student education (40:00); alumni (46:00); student volunteer effort (47:07); Dean's office staff (49:19); first year seminar (53:35); chaperoning (57:40); traditions (1:00:57); Mead Chapel (1:09:03); racist incident on campus - 1980's (1:10:08); plagarism and judiciary system on campus (1:16:35).


  • February 22, 1989

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Conditions Governing Access

Open for research without restriction.

Biographical / Historical

Erica B. Wonnacott (1926-2002) was one of the first women in the country to be appointed to a position of Dean of Students, and the first person at Middlebury to hold that position. She served as Assistant Dean of Women from 1968 to 1970, and as Dean of Students from 1970 to 1988. Wonnacott is the namesake of Wonnacott Commons.


From the Collection: 147+ Objects

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Physical Description

1 audio cassette


Assigned identifier: a13af19890222-01

Repository Details

Part of the Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives Repository

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