Nineteenth Century Female Students

The following record collection in Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) includes a large variety of publications listing the names of students, faculty, alumni, and others associated with various public and private educational institutions:

U.S., High School Student Lists, 1821-1923

Most of these publications were produced prior to 1900. 35 states are represented, plus Washington, D.C. There are also publications from a number of foreign countries, including Canada, Italy, and Mexico.

It may surprise you to learn how many female students (and female-only educational institutions) are included in this record collection. You can do searches like those below to discover female-only schools in a particular state or country:

SEARCH—ANY EVENT Missouri (Exact to this place) SCHOOL NAME female (Exact) 474 hits
SEARCH—ANY EVENT Illinois (Exact to this place) SCHOOL NAME female (Exact) 553 hits

Our searches reveal school names like the following:

    Columbia Female Academy (MO)
    Dearborn Female Seminary (IL)
    Monticello Female Seminary (IL)
    St. Louis Female Institute (MO)

You can search for a particular student, or you can browse a particular publication, like the Third Annual Catalogue of the St. Louis Female Institute (1854). Publications typically include:

    List of instructors (names, subjects taught, and place of permanent residence)
    List of students (names and residences)
    Course of instruction
    Rules and requirements
    Tuition and fees (day students and boarders)

Results of the search for an individual generally include:

    Publication Year
    Publication State
    School Name
    Title of publication

You can use Ancestry LE at Central Library or any of our branches.

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