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Barnard College

Jun 9th, 1903

Founding Date

Barnard, a women’s college established in 1889 when the doors of nearby Columbia University were closed to women, now enjoyed a more equal relationship with its Ivy League neighbor, and, since 1891, boasted four sororities. For several years, the New York City Alumnae chapter had kept a close eye on the school, “hoping for the right girls, the right time and the right circumstance to bring about the consummation.” The initiation took place on Saturday, May 9, 1903, at the home of Delta chapter sister Marion Reigel.