History of Vassar College

A Hudson Valley neighbor and friend to the early college and its students, pioneer American naturalist John Burroughs visited the campus often, once with his friend Walt Whitman and, here, during the Founder’s Day celebration in 1919. Read about Founder’s Day over the years.

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.