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Using a keyboard on the quad, c.1950s. No wi-fi necessary.
Mike Oliver, boiler operator and mechanic, continuing a long tradition in the Vassar powerplant. When the college opened in 1865, it had the first central heating plant in the country. Photo: Benjamin Busch ’91
Students gather in the Dutch Cabin, c.1940s. The restaurant remains, although these days it's serving BBQ. See "Arlington Then and Now," a video about the village right next to campus.
Ken Livingston, professor of psychology, and Josh DeLeeuw ’08 with robots built for the annual robot competition. See a video of a competition rehearsal in 2010.
Sunset Lake reflections in Fall color. Read a 2010 blog post about alums’ memories of this lake. Photo: Evan Abramson ’00
Women’s Field Hockey in 1982. See a 2008 video about Vassar’s field hockey team. Also check out how this year’s team is doing.
Palmer co-op house, c. 1940s. Cooperative living projects started at Vassar in 1933, during the Great Depression. Learn more…
Physics professor Brian Daly works with ultrafast lasers in his research. See a 2009 video about Professor Daly and his student URSI fellows.
A couple take a walk on the Library lawn during a weekend visit, c.1964. The college began admitting men in 1969. Read more…
A detail of Wharf on the Hudson , 1894, by Henry Van Ingen, Vassar’s first professor of art. Read more about Van Ingen.
Radio broadcasting from Vassar started in 1938. By the 40s, a student-faculty “Radio Workshop Committee” was broadcasting regular programs. Read the history, and see a more contemporary video of WVKR in action.
The 2006 Bi-Dormal Formal, a dance often held in the Fall in the Students’ Building. In Vassar’s earliest days, dance wasn’t embraced so joyfully by some. Read more… Photo: Noah Fowler ’09
Rockefeller Hall, and the Hudson Highlands in the distance. For a panoramic view of Fall in the Hudson Valley, get out to the Walkway Over the Hudson. Photo: John Abbott
A physics class, c.1887, taught by Professor Leroy Cooley, who would become the first chair of the department. Read more about the history of Physics at Vassar.
A detail of Taylor Hall (1915) by C.K. Chatterton, who taught studio art at Vassar from 1915-1948. See video of Professor Chatterton teaching in 1943.
Carving pumpkins on the Ferry House patio in 2009. This may be the last week to get a pumpkin at the Arlington Farmer's Market. Check it out. Photo: Francis Smith '87
Professor Fred Chromey and students at the Class of 1951 Observatory. Learn more about the telescopes in this facility, as well as open nights during the semester. Photo: John Abbott
Students relaxing in the 1940s. See vintage video of students hanging out together over the years.
Halloween Dance, c.1980. See a 2009 student video by Charlie Nicholson '12, titled, "It's Halloween."
Dr. Milfred Fierce talks with students and others during the takeover of Main Building, Oct 30-Nov 1, 1969. Read an account by Claudia Lynn Thomas '71 of what it was like to be part of this historic moment.
The Vassar Vault: Vassar's darkest and best-kept secret.
Vassar College Office of Communications
124 Raymond Ave
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!