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The Ifill Collection

Researchers can now access Gwen Ifill’s papers and more.

Researchers who want to learn more about the life and trailblazing journalism career of Gwen Ifill ’77, ’93HD can now access writings, photographs, memorabilia and other items that her brother, Bert Ifill, donated to the Simmons University Archives in 2017. The collection documents her earliest work as a student and extends through her 40 years as a reporter and television anchor.

“It is very exciting to be able to open the Gwen Ifill papers to researchers within the Simmons community and beyond,” says University Archivist Jason Wood ’01MS, ’11MS. “Gwen’s is a quintessential Simmons story of a student’s passions informing the directions of their professional life. And this collection tells her story in a very real and direct way. Scholars—especially student scholars—will find much in her papers that will impress and inspire.”

“This collection tells her story in a very real and direct way,” says University Archivist Jason Wood ’01MS, ’11MS.

“My sister leveraged her education to excel as a liberally educated, consummate professional. She graduated thoroughly grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, and well prepared to embark on her journalism career,” said Bert Ifill.

The University Archives welcomes Simmons students, faculty, alumnae/i and administrators, as well as other interested researchers.

Simmons Names First Two Ifill Scholars

Priscilla Wiltshire- Bland ’21, left, and Alexandra Bohanan ’19, right, are the inaugural recipients of the Ifill Scholarships, named in honor of the late Gwen Ifill ’77, ’93HD. The scholarships will be awarded annually to students in The Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities who have displayed academic excellence and vast potential inside the classroom and beyond. Wiltshire-Bland, a Dix Scholar, is a communications major; Bohanan is majoring in arts administration. The scholarships have been funded in part by a group of donors led by some of Ifill’s classmates from Classical High School in Springfield, Mass.  

Photograph by Paige Burns