While the conversation about coeducation at Dartmouth started at least 155 years ago, coeducation did not become a reality until 1972. This exhibit marks the 50th anniversary of coeducation at Dartmouth, the most momentous change the institution has ever seen in its history. The exhibit explores the lead-up to that decision, the experiences of the first women students at Dartmouth, and the ways campus life and traditions have evolved in the half-century since then. This long and contentious story of coeducation at Dartmouth is told through primary source documents, including photographs, newspaper articles, student performances, flyers, and pamphlets.

Exhibit curated by Peter Carini, College Archivist and Records Manager, and Julia Logan, Assistant Archivist for Acquisitions. Design by Dennis Grady. Digital exhibit by August Guszkowski, Edward Connery Lathem '51 Digital Library Fellow.