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National History Day 2019-2020: Breaking Barriers

Radcliffe College

Radcliffe College broke barriers for women seeking to earn the same educational opportunities presented to men. Elizabeth Cary Agassiz and other women established the Society for the Collegiate Instruction of Women to offer classes taught by Harvard faculty and which came to be called the Harvard Annex. The Annex opened its doors in 1879 and by 1890 more than 200 women were being taught by 70 men. In 1894, Radcliffe College was granted an official charter by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Agassiz become Radcliffe College's first president. Agassiz was president of Radcliffe College from 1894 to 1899 and served as honorary president until 1903. You can find more collections and digitized materials about Radcliffe College in the research guide.