Chatham College Coeducation Debate Collection, 1890-1990
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Brief Description:

This collection documents the first formal consideration of coeducation at Chatham in the late 1960s and provides a historical context for the reinauguration of the debate in 1990.

The reference materials contained in this collection, primarily newspaper, correspondence, and magazine clippings, pertain to both the coeducation debate at Chatham, as well as similar debates taking place at other women’s colleges nationally. Reports document the work of various taskforces and committees created to manage and research a range of issues pertinent to the debate.

There are also supplementary materials that pertain to the resurgence of the coeducation debate in 1990.  Coeducation in graduate programs and move to coeducation in 2016 are not included in this collection.

Held at:
Chatham University Archives
Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Phone: 412-365-1212
Fax: 412-365-1465
Email: m.tighe [at]
Record Series Number: MSS/2016.001
Created by: Chatham University
Volume: 1.9 Object

Series 1, Records regarding women’s colleges and the prospect of coeducation, 1890-1984, bulk 1967-1973

Series 2, Coeducation files of President Rebecca Stafford, 1989-1991

Series 3, Supplementary coeducation records, 1984-1991, bulk 1989-1990

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.
Subject Index
Chatham University
Pittsburgh Female College--Alumni and alumnae--History--Sources
Women's colleges—History
Women's colleges--United States—History—Sources
Women -- Pennsylvania – Pittsburgh
Women in education--Pennsylvania--History—Sources
Related Materials: The Board of Trustees meeting minutes from the 1990s provide more information about the internal debate about coeducation, in particular Folder 242 (Executive Committee, 1/04/1990-8/29/1990).  Also, a pamphlet on coeducation found in this collection is also accessible in the online issue of the Alumnae Recorder, Spring 1971, accessible here: For more information please see
PreferredCitation: Chatham College Coeducation Debate Collection, 1890-1990, MSS.2016.001, Chatham University Archives & Special Collections