Emma Hart Willard founds the Troy Female Seminary in New York.
Working, 1800-1930 site includes a profile of Willard and links to
works by and about Willard.
Adams Female Academy opens in Londonderry, New Hampshire under the
leadership of Zilpah Polly Grant.
See the Zilpah
P. Grant Banister Papers, part of the Five College Archives Digital
Oberlin College becomes the first coeducational collegiate institution
in the United States.
Ohio Memory includes
Oberlin student Betsy Mix Cowles' letters from the 1830s.
Women and Social Movements in the
United States includes documents that students can apply to the
following question: How Did Oberlin
Women Students Draw on Their College Experience to
Participate in Antebellum Social Movements, 1831-1861?
Prudence Crandall, a white Quaker, opens a teacher-training school for
young African-American women in Canterbury, Connecticut. Local opposition
forces the school to close the following year.
Crandall's letters and other relevant documents are reproduced in A Canterbury Tale: A
Document Package for Connecticut's Prudence Crandall Affair [Gilder
See Kazimiera Kozlowski and David A. Poirier, .... To Get A
Little More Learning. -
Prudence Crandall's Female Boarding School CRM Online 20,
no. 3 (1997): 40-43.
Laura Bridgman becomes a student at the Perkins School for the Blind.
The Perkins School for the Blind History Museum offers a Biographical
profile of Bridgman and a Laura Bridgman
Mary Lyon (1797-1849) founds Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in
See the Mary Lyon
Collection, part of the Five College Archives Digital Access Project.
Lucy Stone graduates from Oberlin College. Stone refuses to write a
commencement address because she would not be allowed to read it
herself. See Women's Rights
Pioneer Lucy Stone Born [Mass Moments, Massachusetts Foundation for
the Humanities] for a profile of Stone. The site also includes the text of
from Stone to her parents in which she explains why she refused to
write a commencement address.
Elizabeth Blackwell becomes the first woman to receive the
Blackwell: That Girl There Is Doctor in Medicine, an online exhibit
from the National Library of Medicine, includes Blackwell's class notes,
brother's account of the graduation, and additional sources that document
The Female Medical College of Pennsylvania becomes the first medical
school for women. The institution will be renamed Woman's Medical
College of Pennsylvania in 1867.
Physicians: 1850s-1970s [Drexel University College of Medicine]
documents the history and influence of the Woman's Medical College
of Pennsylvania with correspondence, scrapbooks, clippings, college
records, images, diaries, publications and ephemera.
Sophia Smith Endows
New Women's College, March 8, 1870 [Mass Moments, Massachusetts
Foundation for the Humanities]
The Five College Archives Digital Access Project includes materials that
document the founding, opening, and early history of Smith College.
Ellen Swallow Richards becomes the first woman graduate of MIT.
Swallow Richards online exhibit from MIT Libraries.
Emma Spaulding Bryant
Letters: An Online Archival Collection [online]. Durham, N.C.: Duke
Libraries. Available from: http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/bryant/.
Alice Freeman Palmer becomes president of Wellesley
Ruth Bordin's book, Alice Freeman
Palmer: The Evolution of a New Woman [University of Michigan Press]
is available online. Chapter 6,
covers Palmer's presidency at Wellesley.
Atlanta Baptist Female
Seminary is founded by Sophia B. Packard
and Harriet E. Giles. The institution is renamed Spelman Seminary in
1884 and Spelman College in 1924.
Education in the Jim Crow South [Rockefeller Archive Center]
Packard's letter to John D. Rockefeller from 1883 in which she asks
for the institution.
Association of Collegiate Alumnae, forerunner of the American Association
of University Women, is formally organized.
Association of University Women's Online Museum features a
timeline that includes the minutes
from the organization's first meeting, photographs, and other sources.
M. Carey Thomas becomes Dean of Bryn Mawr College.
Bryn Mawr College Library offers two fascinating online exhibits: The Sargent
Portrait: M. Carey Thomas and John Singer Sargent and "The
Very Best Woman's College There Is": M. Carey Thomas and the Making of the
Bryn Mawr Campus.
Mary Elizabeth Garrett's gift of $306,977 enables the medical school of
Johns Hopkins University to open the following year.
the Philanthropy of Mary Elizabeth Garrett.
Senda Berenson introduces the first rules for women's basketball.
The Five College Archives Digital
Access Project includes correspondence, lecture notes,
photographs, publications, and speeches from the Senda Berenson
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