History of Vassar College

Started in the summer of 1926 as the Vassar Summer Institute of Euthenics and continued as the Vassar Summer Institute for Family and Community Living until 1958, the multigenerational program drew mothers, fathers and children as participants, along with distinguished lecturers, social scientists and visitors, such as Eleanor Roosevelt, speaking here to children in the early 1950s. Read about the summer institute.

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.