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February 17, 2019

20 Vintage Photographs That Capture Everyday Life in Wellesley College, Massachusetts From the Late 1940s

Wellesley College is a private women’s liberal arts college in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Founded in 1870 by Henry and Pauline Durant, it is a member of the original Seven Sisters Colleges. Wellesley is home to 56 departmental and interdepartmental majors spanning the liberal arts, as well as over 150 student clubs and organizations.

The college’s robust alumnae base has been widely viewed as the “most powerful women's network in the world,” and its graduates are often recognized as among the most accomplished of any institution and most responsive to fellow alumnae. Notable alumnae include Hillary Rodham Clinton, Madeleine Albright, Katharine Lee Bates, Cokie Roberts, Diane Sawyer, Nora Ephron, Pamela Melroy, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Soong Mei-ling and Bing Xin.

Here’s a photo series, reveals daily life of female students of Wellesley College taken, by photographer Nina Leen for LIFE Magazine in 1949.

(Photos by Nina Leen—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)



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