History of Vassar College

Hailed at his retirement in 1914 as Vassar’s “second founder,” Dr. James Monroe Taylor redefined the college—its curriculum, faculty, campus and mission—in his nearly 30 years as president. Read about President Taylor.

The Vassar Encyclopedia project is an online work in progress under the direction of Vassar's College Historian, Dean Emeritus of the College and Professor Emeritus of English Colton Johnson. The project's goal is to present lively, accurate, and informative articles relating to the college and its history, of varying length and on diverse topics, written by a wide array of authors. Information about the project is available in the Preface and in the Guide to the Encyclopedia.