Northampton Ma: Smith College, October, 1890. Wraps. Octavo; pp; 48; original pictorial tan paper wrappers;. edge wear, small dampstain at top left, else very good;. Item #17409
History, the Courses of Study, Faculty, Students, etc. The Handbook. The college was chartered in 1871-1891 by a bequest of Sophia Smith and opened its doors in 1875 with 14 students and six faculty. When she inherited a fortune from her father at age 65, Smith decided that leaving her inheritance to found a women's college was the best way for her to fulfill the moral obligation she expressed in her will: "I hereby make the following provisions for the establishment and maintenance of an Institution for the higher education of young women, with the design to furnish for my own sex means and facilities for education equal to those which are afforded now in our colleges to young men.”.