History of Vassar College

The site of the first collegiate women’s Field Day in 1895, Vassar continued this athletic tradition into the 1930s. Here, Elizabeth Woolsey ’30 sets a new record—33’ 1”—for the Hop, Step and Jump at the 35th annual Field Day, in 1929. Learn more about the venerable tradition here.

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.