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History of Vassar College

In 1865, Vassar’s first professor of art, Henry Van Ingen—shown here with a student in Main Building’s art gallery and hall of casts—directed the independent School of Art, introduced the study of art history and helped integrate the study and practice of art into the liberal arts curriculum. Read more about this remarkable artist and teacher.

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.