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Barnard Beginnings Petition

Identifier: BC10

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection contains a petition signed by over 1400 New York City community members, following a meeting of the Association of the Promotion of the Higher Education of Women. The petition advocates for the admission of women into Columbia University courses and lectures. Following this petition, Annie Nathan Meyer began the process of founding Barnard as an affiliated institution to Columbia, for the education of women.


  • Creation: 1882 - 1882



This collection has no restrictions.

Publication Rights

Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Barnard Archives and Special Collections. The Barnard Archives and Special Collections approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Reproductions Restrictions

Photocopies or scans may be made for research purposes.


10.33 Linear Feet (2 oversize boxes)




This collection consists of a petition circulated by Annie Nathan Meyer advocating for the acceptance of women into Columbia University courses.

Collection Arrangement

The collection is housed in two boxes. Box 1 contains collection materials that have undergone preservation and are encased in protective plastic. Box 2 contains a portion of the petition that was reproduced in 1976.

Physical Location

This collection is located in the Barnard Archives and Special Collections, Barnard Library. To use this collection, please contact the Barnard Archives and Special Collections at 212.854.4079 or

Acquistion Information

The acquisition date and source is unknown.


No additions are expected.

Processing History

This collection was processed and the finding aid written by Dinah Handel, August 2015.

Guide to the Barnard Beginnings Petition
Dinah Handel
© 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

3009 Broadway
New York NY 10027 United States