History of Vassar College

In 1920 the French government donated a decommissioned Saint-Charmond tank to the college in recognition of the services to France during World War I of Vassar graduates, notably the “Vassar Relief Unit,” led my Margaret Lambie’06. Read about the Vassar Relief Unit, and the French Tank, shown here at its dedication on Armistice day, 1920.

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.