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A class in Russian history, taught by Professor Lucy Textor, being held outside on a spring day in the mid-1940s.
Meryl Streep, class of 1971, performs the title role in August Strindberg's "Miss Julie" in 1969.
Students playing for the camera on the Library lawn after a big snow in 2003.
A painting of Springside, Matthew Vassar's estate in Poughkeepsie, by Henry Gritten in 1852.
In 1920, after World War I, France gave a military tank to Vassar, in appreciation for the services of Vassar women during the war. Read more »
The College Center on Tasty Tuesday, when local food purveyors offer up a wide range of selections, including Indian, Jamaican, Greek, BBQ, pastries, farm produce, and more. Photo by Nancy Crampton '56.
Students with Groucho Marx glasses in front of a wall filled with similarly disguised portraits. The taking of these photos started as a cross-country team tradition in 2002.
The Maria Mitchell Observatory, c.1870s. Croquet was popular at Vassar and was often played in front of the observatory. Read more about the observatory...
Vassar's new campaign website features videos about several noted alumnae/i, including Bart Shepherd '97, curator of the Steinhart Aquarium in
San Francisco. See more »
Students and their dates assemble for the grand march on prom night, c.1950s. Read more about the history of proms at Vassar...
Main drive after a snow, c.1930s
Kristen Thompson, a janitor in Custodial Services, using an auto-scrubber to clean the basketball court floor in the Athletics & Fitness Center, 2009. Photo by Ben Busch ’91.
Students practice their golf posture in 1894. The first golf course on campus was constructed in 1896. Read more about early athletics at Vassar.
Students depart campus, c.1940s. Weekend travel to see friends at institutions like Yale was broadly practiced at Vassar before co-education arrived in 1969. Read more about the history of co-education at Vassar.
In 1909, Alice Huyler Ramsey, Class of 1907, was the first woman to cross the continent in an automobile. The journey of 3,800 miles took 41 days and 11 spare tires. Read more...
A student with a special arrangement for studying in her room, 1951.
Henry Van Ingen and students in 1889 near what was at the time known as Mill Cove Lake, and is now known as Vassar Lake; Van Ingen was an artist and Vassar's first professor of art. Read about Van Ingen, or read about Mill Cove Lake.
Vassar has never had an official football team, but touch football became very active in 1962 when Vassar students arranged games against male teams from Yale, Princeton, and other schools. Read more...
The Thompson Library lobby seen through the gothic tracery of a stairwell, 2009. Photo by Ryan Muir '06
Maria Mitchell's first group of six astronomy students, known as the Hexagon. Mary Whitney, Maria Mitchell's successor, is seated in the center, c. 1860s. Read more...
Vassar College Office of Communications
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Poughkeepsie, NY 12604
Late 1800s - 2013
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Starting in 2011, Vassar’s 150th anniversary, the college’s homepages have been available for browsing in this archive. Each image is captioned, and the caption links to related information. Enjoy!