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Jackson College

 Organization

Dates

  • Existence: 1910

Named after Cornelia Maria Jackson, who bequeathed funds to Tufts to help "remove the disabilities of women," Jackson College was founded in 1910 as a coordinate college to Tufts College for men. An alternative to both women's colleges and fully coeducational schools, coordinate colleges provided women with a separate, and supposedly equal, education at a women's college that existed in conjunction with a men's school. From 1917 to 1963 women graduates received Tufts degrees only. From 1963 until 2002, women's diplomas carry an identification of Jackson College.

Named after Cornelia Maria Jackson, who bequeathed funds to Tufts to help "remove the disabilities of women," Jackson College was founded in 1910 as a coordinate college to Tufts. An alternative to both women's colleges and fully coeducational schools, coordinate colleges provided women with a separate, and supposedly equal, education at a women's college that existed in conjunction with a men's school.

Women were first admitted to Tufts College in 1892, some forty years after the college's founding, and their presence was a continual source of debate among the faculty, administration, and Trustees. As an alternative to coeducation, President Frederick Hamilton, himself an opponent of coeducation, argued for the establishment of a separate, coordinate college. This compromise resulted in the establishment of Jackson College. Caroline Davies, the first woman to serve on the Tufts faculty, and the first female administrative officer, was named as the first dean.

Segregated instruction lasted only a few years, and by the time the catalogue for 1913 was published all mention of separate classes for women was gone. From 1917 to 1963 women graduates received Tufts degrees only. From 1963 until 2002, women's diplomas carried an identification of Jackson College.

Socially, however, the concept of Jackson College remained strong until the 1970s. Jackson College had its own student government, clubs, and other student organizations. The Jumbo, the undergraduate college yearbook revived in 1917, had separate sections for Tufts College and Jackson College through the 1960s.

Although no longer a separate part of the university, Jackson College is still a legal entity and the title of the undergraduate division of the university remains the College of Liberal Arts and Jackson College.

Found in 310 Collections and/or Records:

1920 Jackson class reunion, 1935-06-15

 Item — Volume: 64
Call Number: MS036.001.064.00001.03449
Scope and Contents: Munro Scrapbook: Vol. 44, Box No. 64, Pg. 16
Dates: 1935-06-15

1920 Jackson class reunion, 1935-06-15

 Item — Volume: 64
Call Number: MS036.001.064.00001.03450
Scope and Contents: Munro Scrapbook: Vol. 44, Box No. 64, Pg. 16
Dates: 1935-06-15

1920 Jackson class reunion

 Digital Image
Dates: 1935-06-15

1920 Jackson class reunion

 Digital Image
Dates: 1935-06-15

Air raid drill

 Digital Image
Dates: 1944

Air raid drill, 1944

 Item — Box: Shared 62
Call Number: UA001.009.DO.01626
Scope and Contents: The collection contains correspondence, government publications, press releases, clippings, and photographs. Dates are 1920-(1938-52)-74. The majority of these records were created in the course of Leonard Carmichael's presidency, 1938-52. The collection contains materials relating to Carmichael's attendance at Tufts, his term as its president, activities at the university during those years, his employment as secretary of the Smithsonian, and his many activities as a professional...
Dates: 1944

Alpha Kappa Gamma Sorority members

 Digital Image
Dates: 1903-04-01

Alpha Kappa Gamma Sorority members, 1903-04-01

 Item — Box: Shared 19
Call Number: UA136.002.DO.03975
Scope and Contents: 10 x 16
Dates: 1903-04-01

Basketball players watch the hoop, 1967

 Item — Box: 9
Call Number: UA033.001.009.00006.00005
Scope and Contents: The series contains material gathered by Russell Miller in preparation for writing his two volume history of Tufts, "Light on the Hill." The material is sharply focused on student activities specific to Jackson College including records of the student government and social groups and activities. Some photographs have been removed to the University Image collection, but there are several boxes of photographs that are grouped at the end of the collection.
Dates: 1967

Basketball players watch the hoop

 Digital Image
Dates: 1967