History of Vassar College

The Resolutes, shown here in 1876, were among the seven baseball clubs organized at Vassar since 1866; the sport was discontinued in 1877 owing to public censure of its rough and “plebian” nature. Read about early athletics at Vassar.

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.