Vassar College Digital Library

Vassar College Digital Library

Vassar College's Digital Library digitizes, makes available, and preserves materials important to the library and Vassar College. We create collections using both existing digital material and by converting analog materials, including textual materials, print photographs, audio, and more. Learn more »

Albert Einstein Digital Collection at Vassar College Libraries

A gift of Morris and Adele Bergreen in 2003, Vassar College Libraries' Albert Einstein collection documents a lesser-known aspect of Albert Einstein’s career: his social and political work in the United States and abroad, with special attention to Jewish affairs. The collection was formed by Einstein's friend and executor to his will, Otto Nathan, an economist and professor at several institutions of higher learning, including Vassar College.

Bidloo's Anatomia humani corporis

Bound in Moroccan leather, Anatomia humani corporis by Govard Bidloo comprises 105 engraved plates of anatomical drawings by Gerard de Lairesse. With a few exceptions, these are not idealized or diagrammatic representations of the human body, as was typical in early atlases of human anatomy. They are naturalistic drawings of actual cadavers, remarkable for their sensuous portrayal of their subjects.

Digital Window

Digital Window is Vassar College's institutional repository, reflecting the research and scholarly outupt of the Vassar College community.  It provides access to many collections, most notably a variety of senior theses and projects from disciplines ranging from American Culture to Urban Studies.

Images of Early Vassar

This collection consists of materials relating to the early history of Vassar College, from its founding in 1861 to the early years of the 20th century. The images provide visual documentation of Raymond Avenue, college buildings and buildings relating to Matthew Vassar, class groups, faculty, presidents, students, trustees, Vassar Lake, and Matthew Vassar and his relatives.

John Burroughs Journals

John Burroughs (1837-1921) was a noted naturalist, essayist and a significant figure in the history of environmentalism. He was born in a small town in the Catskills and spent the bulk of his adult life in West Park.  The project is currently a work in progress; at completion, there will be 54 volumes available.

Landauer Longfellow Collection

The Landauer Longfellow Collection consists of approximately 300 pieces of sheet music and some bound volumes (totaling more than 6500 pages) featuring the poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The items were published in the United States and Europe primarily throughout the nineteenth and early twetieth centuries.

Lucy Maynard Salmon and Adelaide Underhill Exhibit

This exhibit, part of the Hudson River Valley Heritage's "Women of the Hudson Valley" exhibit, highlights selected materials that focuses on the partnership between Lucy Maynard Salmon and Adelaide Underhill, two important women in the early years of Vassar College, and the way that their relationship informed, shaped and sustained their work and their lives.

Memorial Minutes

The Memorial Minutes collection consists of short biographical pieces from Vassar faculty members, read in their honor at faculty meetings from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The collection includes biographical information from many notable people in Vassar history, including George Sherman Dickinson, Achsah Mount Ely, Henry Noble MacCracken, Cornelia Raymond, John H. Raymond, Lucy Maynard Salmon, Adelaide Underhill, and Henry Van Ingen.

Music Programs Digital Collection

One of the oldest continuous collections of concert programs in an academic institution, the Music Programs Digital Collection documents Vassar College Department of Music events from 1866 to the present. Student and faculty concerts, interdepartmental collaborations, and guest appearances by music scholars, composers, critics, and performers of jazz, world music, and classical music are represented here.

Newspaper Archives

The Vassar College Digital Newspaper Archives provides access to a wide range of newspapers published by Vassar College students from 1872-present. The publications feature numerous diverse topics, political opinions, literary works and criticisms, and rich illustrations; overall, they provide an excellent overview of ideas, issues, and events happening on- and off-campus throughout Vassar's history.

Oral Histories

The Oral History collection currently consists of one sub-collection: Queering the Archives.  This collection, from WMST 219 under the direction of Professor Hiram Perez, provides sound recordings, transcripts, and commentary of six oral histories conducted with recent alumni in the LGBTQ community. 

Printers' Marks in the Vassar College Library

This collection provides images of, and information about, all of the extant printer's marks in the windows of the Vassar College Library.  Printer's marks are visual emblems that identify the printer of a particular book. They first appeared in the 15th century, and helped early printers establish their businesses and protect their work in what was still an emerging and precarious field.

Student Diaries

The Student Diaries collection provides access to more than fifty diaries from Vassar students from the nineteenth century. The diaries concern life on campus, other students, classes, relationships with their professors, vacations, family news, and other subjects; some volumes have short entries on daily activities while others have longer, more reflective entries. Students include Florence Wislocki, 1922; Frances M.

Student Letters

The Student Letters collection contains letters from Vassar students primarily during the nineteenth century.  The letters were written by students to family, friends, and Vassar faculty, with some letters received by students from family and friends, concerning life at Vassar, their studies, social events, and family affairs; students include Ruth Adams, 1900-1904; Grace Louise Fletcher Chase, 1907-1916; Muriel Tilden Eldridge, 1911-1914; Roberta T.

Vassar Songs

The collection of Vassar College song books consist of nine books published between 1881-1940. Together they constitute some 500 pages -- songs written at Vassar, published by Vassar and sung by Vassar students. Some songs, such as the Wentworth/Gow "(Vassar) Alma Mater" are repeated in many if not all of the books, but there is some evidence of title changes, and variations in words or harmonizations, and additional verses.

Vintage Vassar

A collection of Vassar films depicting life at Vassar over the course of the 20th century, including the earliest films from the 1930s.  Video footage from the College Archives and Communications Department.

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