Western College Degrees Edit




  • 1883-1983 (Creation)


  • 3.00 Cubic Feet (Whole)
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  • Abstract

    Collection of degrees from various graduates of Western College Female Seminary.

  • Arrangement


    •Cora H. Smith, 1883 •Iona Irene Parrett, 1931? •Sarah Louise Bacon, 1931? •Charlotte Jeanette French, 1931? •Lucy Jeannette Watt,?

    •Western Female Seminary Diplomas on CD1. 1)Amy Jane Tuling 2)Annette Covington •Sara Roberta Griesmer, Western College •Helen Beatrice Griesmer, Western College

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Materials do not circulate and may be used only in the reading room.

  • Preferred Citation

    Western Female Seminary Degrees

  • Other Descriptive Information

    Diploma of Amy Jane Tuling. From Bantam, Ohio, Hulling was in the first class of twenty- three students to complete the three-year Seminary Degree Course in 1858. The studies of the Senior Class were Latin, Theology, Mental Philosophy, Logic, Philosophy, Analogy, and Trigonometry. The ribbon is affixed with the original Seminary seal. http://westernarchives.lib.miamioh.edu/show_content.php?unique_id=90

  • Biographical or Historical Information

    Western College was founded in 1853 as the 'western' representation of Mt. Holyoke in Massachusetts, with its dual vision of missionary zeal and low-cost yet high-quality education for women. Strongly supported by the leaders of the Presbyterian Church of Oxford, classes at the Western Female Seminary began in 1855 with Helen Peabody, a Mt. Holyoke graduate, as principal. In 1888, Western was moving toward becoming accredited as a College and chose Leila S. McKee, a Wellesley graduate, as the new principal. In 1894, Western became "The Western: A College and Seminary for Women;" in 1904, the word "seminary" was dropped and Western became "The Western College for Women." For the next fifty years, Western remained a general liberal arts college, primarily under the presidency of William W. Boyd. With the arrival of President Herrick B. Young in 1954, an international focus began. Many international students and faculty were recruited, international travel seminars were instituted, and a global emphasis was added to the curriculum. In 1970, an innovative interdisciplinary approach to education called "Freedom with Responsibility" was initiated under the leadership of President William C. Spencer. Another new direction was the decision in 1971 to admit men. Faced with major financial difficulties, Western College closed in 1974 and the physical facilities merged with Miami University.

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  • Scope and Contents

    Collection consist of original degrees donated to the Western College Memorial Archives.

  • Processing Information

    Collection processed by Western College Archivist.

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