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First astronomy class at Vassar College, 1866

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Date
19-?
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Professor Maria Mitchell and fifteen female students wearing long dresses, seated or standing behind a telescope. Some are holding hats or an open book.

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First astronomy class at Vassar College, 1866

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12500-Service File.jpg
Date
1866
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Professor Maria Mitchell and fifteen female students wearing long dresses, seated or standing behind a telescope. Some are holding hats or an open book.

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Vassar College Astronomical Observatory interior

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Date
between 1868 and 1881
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Interior of Observatory dome of Vassar College with an equatorial telescope, steps, chair and double-doors.

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Vassar College Astronomical Observatory interior with class

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12435-Service File.jpg
Date
188-?
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Interior (the Meridian Room) of Observatory of Vassar College with telescopes, brick pillars, ladder, table, chair, clock and books on shelves. Also shows professor Mary W. Whitney (?) and students wearing long, dark dresses, some with hats. They are seated or standing around the telescope. One of

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Vassar College Astronomical Observatory interior, 1889

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12444-Service File.jpg
Date
1889
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Interior of Observatory dome of Vassar College with an equatorial telescope and ladder. Also shows Maria Mitchell wearing a long, dark dress and shawl, seated on the left and Mary W. Whitney wearing a long, dark dress, leaning on a ladder on the right.

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Vassar College Astronomical Observatory interior, ca. 1880

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12572-Service File.jpg
Date
ca. 1880
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Interior (the Meridian Room) of Observatory of Vassar College with telescopes, brick pillars, ladder and books on shelves.

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Vassar College Astronomical Observatory with students, ca. 1874-1878

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Date
between 1874 and 1878
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Observatory of Vassar College with path, lawn, evergreens and lamp post. Building is partially covered by vines. Five women wearing hats and long dresses are seated or standing around a telescope on a table in the foreground. One is seated on the steps and two are seated on the right.

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Vassar College astronomy class, 1878

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12384-Service File.jpg
Date
1878
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Professor Maria Mitchell and six female students wearing long, dark dresses. They are seated, standing or kneeling by two telescopes in front of the Vassar College Observatory. Part of a lamp post is on the left and a tree in leaf is on the right. Also shows tables, chairs and paths.

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Vassar College astronomy class, 1878

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12400-Service File.jpg
Date
1878
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Five female students wearing long dresses, seated or standing around a telescope. Some of the students have hats. One of them is looking through the telescope. Also shows other apparatus and books on shelves in the background.

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Vassar College expedition to Colorado to view a solar eclipse, 1878

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12371-Service File.jpg
Date
1878
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Expedition to Colorado to view the 1878 solar eclipse. Astronomy professor Maria Mitchell and students wearing hats and long dresses, seated by telescopes on a plain. Two men wearing hats, a tent, ladder and horse-drawn, canopied wagon are in the background.

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Vassar College students using telescope, 1865/66

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12548-Service File.jpg
Date
19-?
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Two young women wearing long, dark gowns by a telescope. One of them is seated, looking through the telescope. The other is seated in the foreground, holding a book.

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