Vassar College - Archives & Special Collections Library

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Poughkeepsie, New York 12604-0020
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Vassar College - Archives & Special Collections Library


Vassar College is a private, liberal arts college in Poughkeepsie, New York. It was founded in 1861 as a college for women. Vassar has been co-educational since 1969. These collections consist of materials from the College Archives relating to the institution's early history, but also include items from our Manuscript Collection, such as the journals of the naturalist John Burroughs, and from our Music Library's collection of programs from concerts and other events.

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Christine Ladd-Franklin Diary

Diary of Christine Ladd-Franklin, Vassar College Class of 1869, and noted mathematician and logician.

Images of Early Vassar

Historical images of early Vassar College including people, buildings and activities.

John Burroughs Journals

A selection of journals from noted naturalist and author John Burroughs.

Lucy Maynard Salmon and Adelaide Underhill Collection

This collection focuses on the partnership between Lucy Maynard Salmon and Adelaide Underhill, two important women in the early years of Vassar College.

Vassar College Music Programs

This collection documents Vassar College Department of Music events from 1866 to 1969.