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Women at Northwestern: Academics

Woman's Medical School, Chicago 

Home Economics, Nutrition Class 

Engineering lab, 1970s

Technological Institute, Girl's Open House, 1970s

Northwestern University, WAVES, 1940s

Woman's Medical School, Chicago 

Records of Schools and Departments

Evanston College for Ladies (1869-1933)North Western Female College (1855-1976)School of Domestic Arts and Sciences (1899-1972)Woman’s College (1872-1893)Subject Files: School of Medicine --Woman's Medical CollegeThe list below features links to finding aids of collections relating to women's curriculum and resources for women at Northwestern. The collections were donated to Northwestern University Archives. Also, please note that some collections or portions of collections are restricted. Review the "Conditions Governing Access" section of the finding aid for more information. 

A finding aid is a guide to an archival collection. It helps researchers identify primary and secondary sources relevant to their research. Each finding aid provides historical or biographical context and explains how the collection is organized and its inclusive contents.

Northwestern University Archives database of finding aids 

Publications About Women's Education at Northwestern







Student Essays 

  • "The Daisy Girton Hurrey Memoirs: A Search for the Purpose of a College Education Circa 1900," Michon Lemieux (1978)
  • "Educational Opportunities for Women in Evanston, Illinois: With A Focus on Frances E. Willard," Margaret Mulqueen (1976)
  • "The Emergence of Coeducation at Northwestern University," Nancy Peterson (1978) 
  • "Early Coeducation at Northwestern University: Controversy and Concern," Gale Raphaelson(1976) 
  • "Evanston College for Ladies," Hayley Altabef (2012)
  • "Here to Stay: The Beginning of Co-Education at Northwestern University" (2004) 
  • "History, Curriculum, and College Life at the North-Western Female College, 1855-1871," Susan Hauser (1976)
  • "The Journey to Coeducation at Northwestern," Hyungjoo Han (2010) 
  • "Northwestern University and Women: Education Circa 1870-1905," Betsy Sheets (1979)
  • "Sexist and Gender Neutral Language in University Documents," Judith Markowitx (1980)
  • "Woman's Medical College," P. Turicik (1976)
  • "The Woman's Medical School of Northwestern University," Jacqueline Lyons (1979)
  • "Women at Northwestern University Early Coeducation and Health Concerns," Carolyn Molden (1977) 
  • "The Women of the Women's Medical College," Teresa Cowin (1978) 
  • "The Women's College of Evanston," Irene Hayes (1977)
  • "The Women's College of Northwestern University: First Reactions to Coeducation," Victoria Lynn Jones (1977