History of Vassar College

Chartered —as is the college—by the State University of New York as an educational corporation, Vassar’s Alumnae House has served as a center for the community of alumnae/i and for the college community since its opening in 1924. Read more about the history and mission of Alumnae House.

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.