Polly Adams Welts begins this interview by recounting her family life in Haverhill, Massachusetts before and after World War II. In Part 1, she also talks about dating among freshmen at Pembroke College, her work as a waitress, the participation of city girls – female day students who attended Pembroke but did not live on campus – in work and extracurricular activities, and her role as editor of the school newspaper, The Pembroke Record.
In Part 2, Welts discusses conforming to fashion norms, limited professional opportunities for married women, her cultural education at Pembroke, and she remembers Dean Nancy Duke Lewis. Wlets elaborates on her work as editor of the Pembroke Alumna magazine, her call for Pembroke to improve equality and diversity among administration, faculty and students, her role in the establishment of the Christine Dunlap Farnham Archives, her career establishing libraries for the Boston school system, and her work as a historian and author.
John Hay Library, Brown University