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Mordechai Feingold

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198779919

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198779919.001.0001

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In Mary Lyon’s Footsteps: The Historiography of Mount Holyoke College

In Mary Lyon’s Footsteps: The Historiography of Mount Holyoke College

(p.166) In Mary Lyon’s Footsteps: The Historiography of Mount Holyoke College
History of Universities

Joel T. Rosenthal

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a survey of the imposing body of historical writing that has focused on and told the story of Mount Holyoke College, the oldest women's college in the United States of America. Founded first as a seminary by Mary Lyon, it came into existence as a result of her crusade for women's education. A look at the whole body of literature about Mount Holyoke places the college in the centre of the mega-narrative of women's history, of the social history of the Republic, and of higher education. The chapter examines works of Mount Holyoke's past presidents, at some of the many student and alumnae efforts, at various creative writing and media presentations that merit a glance, at biographies of several early friends of the fledgling seminary, and at such miscellaneous items as the histories of ‘daughter’ colleges that were direct historical and ideological offsprings of Mount Holyoke.

Keywords:   historical writing, Mount Holyoke College, women's college, United States of America, Mary Lyon, seminary, women's education, higher education

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