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The Vassar College Libraries Digital Initiatives Program provides guidance and makes available the framework to preserve and disseminate, in digital format, selected resources held by the Libraries or created by members of the Vassar community. Furthermore, the Program creates and enriches digital collections to be used for instruction. Learn more »

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Open Access Repository

Digital Window is Vassar College's institutional repository, reflecting the research and scholarly output of the Vassar College community. It provides access to collections such as student capstone projects and theses as well as faculty papers from varying disciplines.

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Newspaper & Magazine Archive

The Vassar College Digital Newspaper Archives provides access to a wide range of newspapers and magazines that were published by Vassar College students from 1872-present.

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Albert Einstein Digital Collection

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.

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The Associated Emeritae/i of Vassar College (AEVC) Oral History

The Associated Emeritae/i of Vassar College (AEVC) was founded in the fall of 2007 with the principal goal of representing the interests and concerns of more than eighty retired members of the Vassar Faculty. In support of this goal, the AEVC began compiling oral histories from its members in 2018. Additional interviews are available on-site only in VCL Archives and Special Collections spcoll@vassar.edu

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Bidloo's Anatomia humani corporis (Vassar's Millionth Volume)

Bound in Moroccan leather, Anatomia humani corporis by Govard Bidloo comprises 105 engraved plates of anatomical drawings by Gerard de Lairesse. In 2011, the 150th anniversary of the college's founding, the Vassar Libraries acquired the college's millionth volume — Anatomia humani corporis by Govard Bidloo, a 17th-century anatomy atlas.

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton Papers

Papers include correspondence with Susan B. Anthony, Paulina Wright Davis, Elizabeth Smith Miller, Gerrit Smith, and others relating to family matters, her children, the woman's movement, her lectures and travels, publication of her books and articles, women and religion, abolition, temperance, and other social causes.

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Glass Plate Negatives

The Glass Plate Negatives Collection contains materials from 1904-1935, depicting events, students, and buildings at Vassar College. Most photographs were taken by E.L. (Edmund L.) Wolven. Funding note: the digitization of the glass plate negative collection from 1904-1935 was made possible by the Vassar Class of 1950.

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Images of Early Vassar

The Images of Early Vassar 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.

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Jasper Parrish Papers

The collection includes correspondence of Jasper Parrish, 1790-1829, and others, 1757-1869, relating to the Painted Post treaty, payments to Indians, supplies to the Seneca mission, conduct of the St. Regis Indians, and work of the Quakers among the Indians.

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John Burroughs Journals

John Burroughs (1837-1921) was a noted naturalist, essayist and a significant figure in the history of environmentalism.

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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.

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The Library Cafe Archive

The Library Café is a weekly program of table talk with scholars, artists, publishers and librarians about books, scholarship, and the formation and circulation of knowledge. It is hosted by Thomas Hill, Vassar College Art Librarian. http://library-cafe.org

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Mathew Vassar Papers

Matthew Vassar, founder of Vassar College, was born in the County of Norfolk, England, emigrated with his parents and other family members to Dutchess County, N.Y., in 1796. Vassar College was chartered in 1861 and opened its doors to students in 1865.

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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.

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Music Programs

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.

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Printer's Marks

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.

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Student Diaries

The Student Diaries collection provides access to more than fifty diaries from Vassar students from the nineteenth century.

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Student Letters

The Student Letters collection contains letters from Vassar students primarily during the nineteenth century.

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Student Photo Albums

The Student Photo Album collection contains material from Vassar students primarily during the nineteenth century.

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Student Scrapbooks

The Student Scrapbooks collection provides access to scrapbooks from Vassar students from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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Susan B. Anthony Collection

Most letters are hand-written and have an accompanying transcript. Digitization of the collection was made possible by a generous grant from Dr. Georgette Bennett in honor of Dr. Leonard Polonsky CBE.

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Transactions of the Association of Russian-American Scholars (ARAS)

This collection houses the complete set of the bilingual almanacs published by the Association of Russian-American Scholars in the USA (ARAS) titled – in two languages – Transactions of the Association of Russian-American Scholars in the USA / Записки Русской Академической Группы в США.

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Vassar College ANTH-AFRS 386 Interview Project

The interviews in this collection are a result of the projects by students in Vassar College's "ANTH/AFRS 386: Situating Blackness" course in Spring 2015. The course encouraged students to explore the meanings of blackness (and raced identity categories) as lived experience at Vassar College and beyond.

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Vassar College LGBTQ Oral History Project

The Vassar LGBTQ Oral History Project is a partnership between the LGBTQ Center, the Women’s Studies Program and the Vassar College Archives that began in the fall of 2012. The goal of the project is to capture the experiences, stories, and reflections of LGBTQ and ally alumnae/i as well as former and current LGBTQA staff members.

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Vassar College Library Gargoyles and Grotesques

Vassar College Library was built in 1905, the architecture and the style of the building is perpendicular Gothic, with many embellishments. Among those embellishments are approximately thirty-six gargoyles and grotesques.

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Vassar Songs

The Vassar Songs collection features volumes from 1881-1915, and a special seventy-fifth anniversary book from 1940.

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Vintage Vassar (Videos)

A collection of Vassar films depicting life at Vassar over the course of the 20th century, including the earliest films from the 1930s.

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