The Round Robin Letters were started by a group of women who called themselves the “True Blues”, comprised of eleven women from the class of 1936. “We were daughters of businessmen or professional men; anglo-saxon, protestant background; and mostly members of the Republican Party.” (From a letter written by Mrs. Sorrell Bodman) The Round Robin Letters began in 1938 as a way for the True Blues to keep in touch. They continued writing into the 1990s.
The True Blues decided after writing for many years to contact Wells College in regards to putting a collection of their letters into the Archives for anyone to study. President Farenthold agreed with them. The letters came with directions to be stored for 25 years and were put in the safe in Macmillan Hall until 2004.
The “Round Robin” was supposed to be a quick note written down to be passed quickly to the next member. As such the True Blues had rules for the Round Robin.
1. You had 4 days per person. (Until you had to pass it on)
2. Fill in your mailing dates. (It would appear on the top of the letters)
3. 25¢ fine per each extra day. (After the fourth)
The money raised from fines went to a collective donation to Wells College.
The collection, now in the Wells College Archives, contains information on how the letters were started and how long they continued. The letters contained in the collection begin in 1948 and continue through 1994. Also housed with the letters are photographs of the authors.
For more information on this collection, contact the Wells College Archives.
Summary edited by Nicole Di Mauro ’12