History of Vassar College

A fire that broke out suddenly in Main Hall at dinnertime on February 12, 1918, destroyed part of the historic building. Read about the Fire of 1918.

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.

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