Alma Mater: Design and Experience in the Women's Colleges from Their Nineteenth-century Beginnings to the 1930s

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Univ of Massachusetts Press, 1985 - Education - 420 pages
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Horowitz 'analyzes the architecture of each college as a way of understanding its social and cultural history. Blending the usual stuff of institutional history with a keen understanding of esthetics and design, Mrs. Horowitz shows how the physical plan of each college contained and implicit message about the way society perceived women, the limits placed on their aspirations, and the expectations about their relationship to one another.
  

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I used this for a paper on Radcliffe's origins, many years ago, and enjoyed it both for the commentary and the pictures. Read full review

Review: Alma Mater: Design and Experience in the Women's Colleges from Their Nineteenth-Century Beginnings to the 1930s

User Review  - Sue - Goodreads

Looks at the Seven Sisters (as well as Sarah Lawrence, Bennington and Scripps) and traces their foundings and goals. Read full review

Contents

More Lasting Than the Pyramids v A s s A R
28
That Beauty Which Is Truth WELLES LEY
42
Acting a Manly Part THE BEGINNINGS OF COLLEGE LIFE
56
To Preserve Her Womanliness SMITH
69
The Advantages of the Socalled Cottage System
82
As Unnoticed as the Daughters of Any Cambridge Residents
95
A Certain Style of Quaker Lady Dress BRYN MAWR
105
The Stately Columned Way BARNARD
134
A Larger School Room MOUNT HOLYOKE
223
The Day of Small Things h Over RADCLIFFE BARNARD
237
A Great Design WELLESLEY
262
In Obedience to a Social Convention
280
In the Spirit of Our Times VASSAR MOUNT HOLYOKE
295
The Training Wh1ch a College Can Give in Character and
307
Without Reference to the Analogy of Colleges for Men
319
Epilogue
351

The Life STUDENT LIFE
147
Households of Women FACULTYLIFE
179
The Necessities Peculiar to Women of Today
203
Notes
357
Index
399
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Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz, Sylvia Dlugasch Bauman Professor in American Studies at Smith College, is the author of The Power and Passion of M. Carey Thomas" "(1994), Campus Life (1987), Alma Mater (1984), and Culture and the City (1976). She is the recipient of grants and fellowships from, among others, the Radcliffe Institute and the American Antiquarian Society. Rereading Sex" "was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the finalist for the Francis Parkman Prize, and the winner of the Merle Curti Prize from the Organization of American Historians. She has taught at Scripps College and the University of Southern California. She and her husband, Daniel, live in Northampton and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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