Vassar College Digital Library

Digital Collections

Vassar College Libraries are committed to supporting a framework of sustainable access to our digital collections and to participate locally, nationally, and globally with other cultural and professional organizations and institutions in efforts to preserve, augment, and disseminate our collective documentary heritage. We are actively improving existing infrastructure and developing new technologies to collect, manage, preserve, and make available our digital collections. The Vassar College Libraries assume responsibility for the long-term preservation and accessibility of the digital material in our care.

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Vassar Pinion

Other Collections

The digital library is made possible by work from members of the Archives & Special Collections Library, Dickinson Music Library, Digital Scholarship & Technology Services Department, library colleagues throughout the Vassar College Libraries, student assistants, and the library technology community. The Vassar College Libraries Digital Initiatives Program includes a variety of projects on many platforms. Here you will find digitized archival collections, oral histories, and more. We are continually expanding the collections and improving access. You may find additional digital resources that reside outside the digital library here: https://digitallibrary.vassar.edu/other-collections-interest and a selection of Online Exhibitions here: https://digitallibrary.vassar.edu/online-exhibitions-0.

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Finding Aids

The Archives & Special Collections Library is part of the Vassar College Libraries system. It holds the rare book, manuscript, and archival collections of the college. It collects, preserves, and makes available rare and unique collections, and also engages in teaching and outreach activities. This collection of finding aids describe items in both the Virginia B. Smith Memorial Manuscript Collection and the College Archives. 

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Institutional Repository

Vassar College's institutional repository reflects the research and scholarly output of the Vassar College community.  It provides access to many collections, including a variety of senior theses and projects from disciplines ranging from American Culture to Urban Studies. 

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Plant specimen

Herbarium

The Vassar College herbarium holds over 15,000 specimens of vascular plants, bryophytes, and algae. Holdings are primarily from northeastern North America, and include collections made by several notable 19th century botanists.

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Through our digital collections, we aim to provide access to high-quality digital content generated by the Libraries for research and study, as open as possible; support the teaching, learning, and research needs of the College; preserve at-risk or fragile physical collections through digitization, or at-risk born-digital collections through reformatting; expose hidden, less-used physical collections through access to digital surrogates; and foster experimental, cutting-edge, and innovative projects through technology. 

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