Girls’ Education – Women’s Education – 19th Century U.S.


Books and articles on girls’ and women’s education in the 19th Century; 1800s. School & college curriculum, descriptions, essays and addresses, more.

 
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“College Life for Women”

Sunday magazine Volume 25, page 99, 1896

College Life for Women Book Cover

Aitken, Edith
London: Strahan        Dewey Dec.    376

“Woman in College”

Harvard Magazine Volume 6: page 353, 1860

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Alden, Leonard Case
Boston: Harvard University        Dewey Dec.    376

“Educated to Death: a Mother’s Story”

Popular Science Monthly Volume 6: pp 57-60, 1874

Educated to Death, A Mother's Story Book Cover

Anonymous
NY: Appleton        Dewey Dec.    376

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Report on the Organization of a High School for Girls, and Seminary for Female Teachers, and Seminaries for the Education of Teachers for the Primary Schools

Report on the Organization of a High School for Girls Book Cover

Bache, Alex
Philadelphia: 1840        Dewey Dec.    376

The first document is a plan proposed to the Board of Controllers of the Public Schools in Philadelphia for the high school and seminary mentioned in the title. The plan for the girls’ high school includes: -(Requirements for) Admission, Course of Study (includes justification), -Discipline, -Exercise, etc., -Building

For the proposed Seminary for Female Teachers, the plan covers similar topics to those above. There is also a discussion of the proposed ‘organization’ or administration of both institutions.

The document entitled “Seminaries for the Education of Teachers for the Primary Schools” seems to be a description of various existing seminaries in Europe.

“Self-help among American College Girls”

Nineteenth Century Volume 39: page 502, 1896

Self-Help Among American College Girls Book Cover

Banks, Elizabeth L.
London: King        Dewey Dec.    376

By “Self-help” the author refers to the means by which girls earn money to pay for college.

The Condition of Woman in the United States; a Traveler’s Notes

The Condition of Woman in the United States Book Cover

Bentzon, Therese
Boston: Roberts 1895        Dewey Dec.    376

Bentzon, better known as Madame Blanc, was a popular French author of both fiction and non-fiction.
Contents: Biographical Sketch of Madame Blanc, 1. First Impressions. In Chicago. Women’s Clubs, 2. Boston, 3. Colleges for Women. Co-Education. University Extension, 4. A Woman’s Prison. Homes and Clubs for Working Women. Domestic Life. Industrial Schools. Agricultural Institute at Hampton: Negroes and Negresses

A Visit to some American Schools and Colleges

A Visit to some American Schools and Colleges Book Cover

Blake, Sophia Jex
London: Macmillan 1867        Dewey Dec.    376

Contents: 1. Boston to Oberlin, 2. Oberlin, 3. Hillsdale, 4. St. Louis, 5. Antioch, 6. The Public Schools of America, 7. The Public Schools, continued. – Salem Normal School, 8. And Last

The Education of American Girls: Considered in a Series of Essays

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Brackett, Anna C., ed.
NY: G. P. Putnam’s Sons 1874        Dewey Dec.    376

A book of essays, all written by women working in the education field. Some are reports of women’s education at universities that were written by or officially approved by administrators.
Contents: -Education of American Girls, -A Mother’s Thought, -The Other Side, -Effects of Mental Growth, -Girls and Women in England and America, -Mental Action and Physical Health, -Michigan University, -Mount Holyoke Seminary, -Oberlin College, -Vassar College, -Antioch College, -Letter from a German Woman, -Review of “Sex in Education”, -Appendix

Woman and The Higher Education

Woman and the Higher Education Book Cover

Brackett, Anna C., ed.
NY: Harper 1903        Dewey Dec.    376

Sex in Education; or, A Fair Chance for Girls

Sex and Education, A Reply Book Cover

Clarke, Edward H., M.D.
Boston: Osgood 1875        Dewey Dec.    376

The first edition of this book was released in 1873 and stimulated a discussion in periodicals in 1873 and 1874. See the collection of essays in the volume edited by Julia Ward Howe, found on this page.

American Female Education: What? And By Whom? A Lecture

American Female Education Book Cover

Cushman, Robert Woodward
Boston: Jewett 1855        Dewey Dec.    376

Cushman was the Principal of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ School, a French and English Protestant boarding school, at the time he delivered this lecture before the Columbian Association of Teachers at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

An Address on Female Education, delivered Nov. 21, 1827 at the Opening of the Edifice Erected for the Accommodation of the Hartford Female Seminary

An Address on Female Education Book Cover

Gallaudet, Thomas Hopkins
Hartford: Huntington 1828        Dewey Dec.    376

Gallaudet was a pioneer in the education of the deaf.

Sex and Education; A Reply to Dr. E. H. Clarke’s “Sex in Education”

Sex and Education, A Reply Book Cover

Howe, Julia Ward, ed.
Boston, Roberts 1874        Dewey Dec.    376

This volume is a collection of essays by the writers below, responding to the book by Dr. Edward H Clark entitled Sex in Education; or, A Fair Chance for Girls, which can be found on this page.
Contents: 1. Julia Ward Howe, 2. Thomas Wentworth Higginson, 3. Mrs. Horace Mann, 4. Ada Shepard Badger, 5. Caroline H. Dall, 6. By C., 7. Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, 8. From “Boston Daily Advertiser”, 9. Mercy B. Jackson, 10. Professor Bascom, 11. Abby W. May, 12. Maria A. Elmore, 13. A. C. Garland

Testimony from Colleges, – Vassar College, – Antioch College, – Michigan University, – Lombard University, – Oberlin College

What Shall we Do With our Daughters? Superfluous Women, and other Lectures

What Shall We Do With Our Daughters, Superfluous Women Book Cover

Livermore, Mary Ashton
Boston: Lee and Shepard 1883        Dewey Dec.    376

Contents: 1. Changed Conditions of Woman’s Life, 2. Physical Education, 3. Higher Education, 4. Need of Practical Training, 5. Industrial and Technical Training, 6. Moral and Religious Training, 7. Superfluous Women

Letters to School Girls

Letters to School Girls Book Cover

Mathews, Joseph (Rev.)
Cincinnati: Swormstedt & Poe 1853        Dewey Dec.    376

A set of essays by the principal of the Oakland Female Seminary in Hillsboro, Ohio. Titles are: -Study, -Reading, -Lies, -Conversation, -Manners, -Religion, -Prayer, -The Sabbath, -Eighth Commandment, -Dancing, -Health, -Temperance, -Missions, -Vulgarisms, -Marriage, -Duties to Parents, -Temper, -Spoiled Girls, -Teaching, -Valedictory, -Female Education

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Rational Education for Girls

Rational Education for Girls Book Cover

Murdock, Elizabeth Hutchinson
NY: Crowell 1899        Dewey Dec.    376

Liberal Education of Women: The Demand and the Method. Current Thoughts in America and England

Liberal Education of Women, the Demand and the Method Book Cover

Orton, James, ed.
NY: Barnes 1873        Dewey Dec.    376

The book contains articles from the U.S. and England that touched on liberal or collegiate education of women, and were considered to offer “leading thoughts upon the method of meeting this demand of the age.” The 36 chapters include published articles from magazines and student publications, and reports by University administrators.

Address on the Education of Woman, delivered at the Anniversary of the Pittsfield Young Ladies’ Institute

Address on the Education of Woman Book Cover

Palmer, Ray
Albany: Gray, Sprague 1852        Dewey Dec.    376

“History of the Michigan Female College, and a Sketch of the Life and Work of Miss A. C. Rogers”

Report of the Pioneer Society of the State of Michigan Vol 6, 1884, 284-290

History of the Michigan Female College Book Cover

Smith, Eliza C.
Lansing: W. S. George        Dewey Dec.    376

This paper, authored by an alumnus of the subject college, describes the efforts by Miss A. C. Rogers and others, beginning in 1855, to establish a university for women in Lansing. The ‘college’ was begun in the face of great adversity and indifference, and operated for about 15 years, apparently without achieving recognition as a university. A substantial portion of the article consists of a biographical sketch of Miss Rogers.

Thoughts on Female Education

Thoughts on Female Education Book Cover

Stith, Mrs. Townshend
Philadelphia: Clark & Raser 1831        Dewey Dec.    376

The College Woman

The College Woman Book Cover

Thwing, C: F.
Baker 1894        Dewey Dec.    376

Discusses problems of woman’s college life, her preparatory work, studies, environment, health and her duties to and influence on the community. -A.L.A.Catalog 1904

Contributions towards a Bibliography of the Higher Education of Women

Contributions towards a Bibliography of the Higher Education of Women Book Cover

Trustees of the Public Library in Boston
Boston: 1897        Dewey Dec.    376

Woman’s Unfitness for Higher Coeducation

Woman's Unfitness for Higher Coeducation Book Cover

Van De Warker, Ely M.D.
NY: Grafton 1903        Dewey Dec.    376

The author was Commissioner of Schools, Syracuse, New York.


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