History of Vassar College

In joint observances in 1915, Vassar celebrated its 50th anniversary and the inauguration of President James Monroe Taylor’s successor, Henry Noble MacCracken, seen here with notable alumnae—among them (center) Smith College Professor of English Mary Augusta Jordan ’76. Read about Professor Jordan, and read her semi-centenary remarks about “Spacious Days at Vassar College.”

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.