New York: Wynkoop, Hallenbeck & Thomas, 1861. OCLC records one copy under this imprint (Vassar) and eight copies under the imprint of C.A. Alvord, in a larger format with a variant title (Vassar, AAS, Trinity College in Connecticut, New York Historical Society, Library Company of Philadelphia, Office of the Commonwealth Libraries, British Library, and UC Davis). We have been unable to determine priority for the imprints. With large title-page vignette. Minor dust soiling to wrappers. Front cover loosening at head of spine, though still firmly attached. A very good, clean, and attractive copy of an uncommon item dating back to the founding of Vassar College, the second degree-granting institution of higher education for women in the United States. Original buff paper wrappers printed in black. 24 pp. Twelvemo. Item #16969
Vassar College was founded in 1861 by Matthew Vassar (1792 – 1868). Following in the footsteps of Elmira College, which was founded in 1855, Vassar became the second college to grant degrees to women that were the equivalent to those given to men.
The present item records the charter that incorporated Vassar Female College on January 18, 1861; addresses by Matthew Vassar and Dr. William Hague; and a roster of the trustees and committee members at the time.Matthew Vassar states: “Woman, having received from her Creator the same intellectual constitution as man, has the same right as man to intellectual culture and development,” (pp. 13-14).