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Spring 2021: Sherrill and Moriarty Library are closed as part of the Lesley University COVID-19 response.  Please visit us online through our library website and via our Ask-A-Librarian service,and see our Remote Services Guide.

Lesley University Archives

Archives and Special Collections @ Lesley

The Lesley University Archives collects and preserves manuscripts, publications, administrative records, photographs, audiovisual materials, school memorabilia, and related ephemera that document the history of Lesley since its founding in 1909 to the present. 

Collections such as University Presidents' papers, course catalogs, yearbooks, and photographs are frequently used.  However, a handful of collections unique to Lesley are worth noting:

  • New England Kindergarten Conference Proceedings
  • Photographs from the School of Practical Art and Art Institute of Boston, 1940-2001
  • Expressive Therapies program records
  • Books and objects demonstrating Friedrich Froebel's gifts and occupations
  • Lesley memorabilia and ephemera (e.g. gym uniform, beanies, posters)
  • Evelyn Finnegan collection (books and dolls by Ms. Finnegan '48)
  • Oral history interviews (stories from alumni, administration, and faculty)

If you are looking for something specific or need assistance, you are welcome to email us:

Finding Aids

A finding aid explains the scope and content of an archival collection, and provides historical background about its subject(s). Most aids will also provide a detailed list of series, folders, and/or items in the collection.

Lesley's archives and records collections are grouped according to the office or department that created them.

Centers, Institutes, and Conferences

New England Kindergarten Conference, 1962-2003

Lesley College Schools for Children

Lesley College Schools for Children, 1909-2002

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