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Western Female Seminary records, 1863-1973.
1 boxill. (5 linear in.)
Collection number: MS 0599 (LD 7093.9 W4 A2)

Western Female Seminary, Oxford, Ohio, predecessor to Western College for Women, founded in 1853 by Rev. and Mrs. Daniel Tenney. It's first principal was Helen Peabody, one of Mary Lyon's students. Records consist primarily of notebooks, catalogs, publications, clippings, and photographs (1863-1973) with particular focus on the period 1877-1880.

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Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
South Hadley, MA

Historical Note

The Western Female Seminary was founded in 1853 in Oxford, Ohio by Reverend Daniel and Mrs. Tenney. It was one of the original "daughter schools" of Mount Holyoke Seminary. Helen Peabody, student of Mary Lyon, was selected as principal of the Seminary. In 1894 it became The Western, a College and Seminary for Women. In 1904 its name changed again, to Western College for Women. It is now a small liberal arts college.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Notebooks, catalogs, publications, clippings, photographs, of Western Female Seminary, later named Western College for Women. Includes manuscript journals of early years, 1863, 1877-1880.

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Western Female Seminary Collection, Mount Holyoke College, Acrhives and Special Collections, South Hadley, Massachusetts

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South Hadley, MA 01075

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  • Mount Holyoke College - Associated schools
  • Mount Holyoke College - Daughter colleges.
  • Western College for Women - History.
  • Western Female Seminary.
  • Women - Education - Ohio - History - Sources.

  • Western College for Women.

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