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History and College Life : Douglass Early Years

This guide presents select resources on Douglass and Rutgers Colleges' history. Originally created for the History and College Life seminar taught by Prof. Nancy Hewitt, Fall '12. .

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Mabel Smith Douglass 

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Sample Subject Headings

Douglass College

New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs

Women's colleges


Education (Higher)


Social aspects



Douglass Celebrates a Birthday: 95 Years in 2013  by Linda Stamato in NJ Voices, November 13, 2013. 

Douglass Residential College

Associate Alumnae of Douglass College

New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs

Towards a New History of Douglass College lists essays by students in the Douglass Scholars Program (2003). Includes essays on Mabel S. Douglass and many of the early college traditions. 

Published Primary Sources


Announcement (Includes requirement for admission, description of courses, tuition, etc.) 1956-1981. DOUGLASS REF LD7071.5.A15 and SC/UA.

Caellian. (Douglass College student newspaper). Index available for 1921-1955. SC/UA.

Douglass alumnae magazine. 1926-  Publication of the Douglass Alumnae Association. Bound Periodicals section, Douglass Library. 

Horn book magazine literary quarterly. (Student publication) SC/UA LH1.D6H67

Quair: Yearbook of Douglass College. 1922-2006 . (with gaps) Douglass REF LD6597.Q8 and SC/UA. 1922-1926 vols. are available online here.

"Red Book" Handbook of Information for Students. DOUGLASS REF LD7071.5.A32 1928-1943

The Early History of New Jersey College for Women: Personal Recollections by Dean Douglass. Douglass, SC/UA LD7251.N25332D68 1929 (reprinted from the 1929 Quair the Student Annual)

Twenty-five Years: Two Anniversary Sketches of New Jersey College for Women. Douglass, SC/UA LD7251.N25332M58


Everyday Life of Women in America, c.1800-1920 [Rutgers restricted]. Try a search using "education" as keyword. 

Gerritsen Collection of Aletta H. Jacobs [Rutgers restricted] Click on "Search" on the left side (NOT quick search on top of the page) and do a keyword search for "college."  

New York Times Historical [Rutgers restricted]

Washington Post [Rutgers restricted]


Frusciano, Thomas J. and Fernanda Perrone (2000). A New Generation Looks Back: Historical Essays on Douglass College. Written by the studens of the Douglass Scholars Program. DOUGLASS LD7071.5.A6 2000

Micheletti, Laura. Carrying on: students at New Jersey College for Women and WWII. Special Collections D810.E45N49 1999 (Honors Thesis, History Dept./Women's Studies Program)

Mullaney, Marie Marmo. The New Jersey College for Women: Middle Class Respectability and Proto Feminism, 1911-1918. The Journal of the Rutgers University Libraries 42:1, 1981. 

Schmidt, George P. (1968). Douglass College: a History. DOUGLASS LD7251N2533S3

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