History of Vassar College

A monument to pioneering naturalist Professor James Orton was dedicated to his memory by his daughter and Vassar alumnae in 1921, at the site of his burial, in 1877, in Peru. Read about James Orton’s life and accomplishments.

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.