Radcliffe College was an extension of the then all-male Harvard University for female students with its own buildings and campus. The founding year is 1879, when 27 women passed the university entrance examination. The college was named after Ann Radcliffe (Lady Mowlson), an English patroness. In her will of 1643 she had given Harvard College, the forerunner of Harvard University, a legacy that, after her death in 1661, led to the establishment of the first American scholarship fund.
During World War II, an agreement was reached that allowed women to attend lectures at Harvard. From 1963, the Radcliffe graduates' diplomas were already signed by the deans of both universities. In the decades that followed, Harvard and Radcliffe students became more and more intermingled, so that in 1999 Radcliffe College joined Harvard University as the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study .
Today various institutes , including the one for women's studies, are housed in the buildings of the former Radcliffe University . The Radcliffe Institute also operates the Schlesinger Library , a research library on the history of women in America.
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- History of Radcliffe College , accessed May 31, 2011.
- Radcliffe Institute. Retrieved September 14, 2016 .