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Coeducation: Looking Back over the Years

In 1975, nine women who were already at Amherst as part of the 12-College Exchange were admitted as transfer students to become members of the Class of 1976. This was the beginning of coeducation at Amherst. The more than fifty photographs in this virtual exhibition show the new Amherst. The photographs were drawn from the holdings of the Archives and Special Collections and the Public Affairs Office. They are a just small sampling of images that chronicle individual students, student life, campus events, Amherst faculty and staff, athletic events, classroom activities and just ordinary life at the College during last twenty- five years. We hope you enjoy looking at our recent history.

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Most of the photographs came to the Archives and Special Collections without identification. As a result, the brief captions are sometimes just a best guess or captions don’t exist at all. We welcome your help identifying the events, people, and dates of the photographs - anything you can tell us. If “this is you” please let us know. Clicking on the light bulb icon (left) will connect you to us electronically. Please write and set the record straight. (Be sure to tell us the caption of the photo.) Thanks.

 


This exhibition has been made possible through the generous support of:

The Amherst College Library
The 25th Anniversary of Coeducation Planning Committee


Commencement, May 1999
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Lauren Gaskill '99 (center)


Commencement, May 2000
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Commencement, May 2000
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Naana Frimpong '00


Commencement, May 1981
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Commencement, May 1991
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Converse occupation, May 1992
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Football fans, October 1986
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Moving in, September 1989
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Aerobics class, January 1984
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Students identified in this picture:
Peter Sands 1986 (center, wearing Phillips Andover t-shirt); to his left is Rafael Campo 1987.


Rebecca Sinos, Professor of Classics
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Photograph by Frank Ward, 1994


Onawumi Jean Moss, Associate Dean of Students
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Football fans in the rain, October 1995
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Frisbee players
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In the research lab
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Students in Professor Richard Goldsby's genetics research lab.


 

Senior Assembly procession, May 1996
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Left to right: Janice Denton, Trinda Lee, Elisabeth A. Graves,
Kim Gittens, Dana Z. Hopings, Nicole Roux


 

Senior Day, May 1990
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Students in Merrill Lecture Hall, February 1995
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Students in Merrill Lecture Hall, February 1995
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Students before class,
Merrill Lecture Hall, April 1998
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Students working on a geology project, October 1998
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At far right: Charlotte Taylor '01.


 

Students meeting with President Tom Gerety to protest the loss of Assistant Dean of Admissions Michael Whittingham, [1995?]
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Affinity groups at Orientation, September 1998
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Professor Andrea Rushing teaching outside the Keefe Campus Center
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Students in outdoor class, 1990
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Singing at Reunion, June 1990
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Reunion Run
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Runners
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Senior Assembly, May 1991
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Softball game, [no date]
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Sabrinas, February 2000
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The 1999-2000 Sabrinas, Amherst's all-female a cappella group, are pictured at the annual Drew Bop, a celebration of music by African-American artists. Pictured from top to bottom: Vanessa Olivier '01, Hannah Gersen '00, Kathy Klein '00, Kim Rosenstock '02, Denise Lee '01, Erica Sussman '02, Tama Suderman '00, Elisa Choi '00, Min Kim '02, Sarah Wolf '03, Mardi Fuller '01 and Shruti Raju '01.

Thanks to Becca Louick for providing caption information.


Audience at the Winter Carnival Talent Show, [no date]
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Audience at the Winter Carnival Talent Show, [no date]
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Campus tour, August 1993
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Class in Merrill Lecture Hall, February 1995
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Seniors by Johnson Chapel, Commencement, May 1996
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Honorary Degree recipient Jacob Lawrence, May 1996
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Left to right: Rowland Abiodun, Hermenia Gardner, Janice Denton, Jacob Lawrence , Marni Sandweiss


Doris Kearns Goodwin receiving an honorary degree
from President Tom Gerety at Commencement, May 1996
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Students singing at Commencement, [no date]
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June Kim '98 and Jill Meredith, Mead Art Museum, March 1998
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Mead Art Museum Director Jill Meredith and Associates of Fine Arts Fellow June Kim '98 discuss the prints in "The Age of Hogarth" exhibition at the Mead Art Museum, March 1998.


Shaunette Richards '98 receiving the Mossman Trophy, 1998
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Shaunette Richards '98 receiving the Mossman Trophy for outstanding athlete of the graduation class from President Tom Gerety as Dean Ben Lieber looks on, Class Day, May 1998.


Students in Merrill Lecture Hall
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Alumni cyclists, May 1988
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Protest in Converse Hall, ca. 1983
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Students occupying the lobby of Converse Hall to protest
the elimination of fraternities on campus, ca. 1983.


Commencement procession, May 2000
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