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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An examination of the founding and development of the Seven Sisters colleges--Mount Holyoke, Vassar, Wellesley, Smith, Radcliffe, Bryn Mawr, and Barnard--Alma Mater focuses on the ideas behind their establishment and the colleges' architectural, academic, and social histories, as well as those of their twentieth-century successors--Sarah Lawrence, Bennington, and Scripps.

 

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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 is professor of history and American studies at Smith College. Her books include Campus Life: Undergraduate Cultures from the End of the Eighteenth Century to the Present; Culture and the City: Cultural Philanthropy in Chicago from the 1880's to 1917; and The Power and Passion of M. Carey Thomas.

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