March 1
April 1


“A Mutual Need for Friendship in New Surroundings”: The Union College Student Wives Association and Childcare Center, 1965-1986

Taken at Mrs. Martin’s house the night of the tea with the faculty wives - 1966.

In honor of International Women’s Day, this exhibition features materials from two collections in Union’s archives: the Student Wives Association of Union College and the Childcare Center Reunion Collection.

The Student Wives Association of Union College was established in 1965 by a small group of women who were married to men studying at Union. The group was interested in forging a sense of community with one another, addressing the challenges they faced as a collective, including housing, transportation, financial aid, and access to childcare, and getting involved in both the Union community and the wider community of Schenectady. The Student Wives Association hosted a variety of events, from dinners, to dances, to volunteering at nursing homes and children’s centers, to bringing a speaker from Planned Parenthood on campus in 1973. Members of the Student Wives Association were also involved in the formation of the Childcare Center, which opened in 1974 and had a reunion celebration in 1986.


This exhibit can be found in the Beuth Atrium, which is on the 1st floor of Schaffer Library, just behind the reference desk. 

Selected Images from the Exhibition:


Curated by Gabriella Baratier, Class of 2025.