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Bard College Archives & Special Collections

Campus History

wellCampus History Links:

Before Bard: A Sense of Place - Students in Bard's Public History Practicum, History 3227, have developed an exhibit covering the unique history of this area before Bard was established (originally St Stephen's College in 1860).

Bard Timeline - provides a quick reference to significant dates in Bard’s history.

History of Bard - provides a concise narrative of important events in the College's history, and describes current programs and initiatives at Bard College.

Horticulture at Bard - articulates Bard's strong commitment to preserving and enhancing the natural beauty of its campus. This site features an interactive garden map, with linked pictures and descriptions of specific gardens, trees, and allees that dignify the College grounds.

Bard Student Newspaper Archive - launched in 2000 by two former Bard students, this site provides access to over 10,000 pages of student newspapers, spanning more than 100 years of Bard’s history. As the creators of the site note in their introduction: “Nowhere does one find a more intimate, personal account of Bard's cultural history than in the expressive output of the students themselves.”

Hungary '56 Reunion and Conference - This site was created for a three day event held at Bard in February 2007. This conference commemorated the passage of the 50 years since more than 300 Hungarian Freedom Fighters arrived at Bard for an intensive language and cultural orientation designed to prepare them for life in the United States. It also reunited many of the original participants, and honored their contributions to this country. The website has been updated, and now contains many pictures and articles from the conference.

Heinrich Blücher Archive - reintroduces the ideas and influence of Heinrich Blücher to the Bard community and beyond. This site features transcripts of lectures delivered in the 1950s and 1960s on the history of philosophy. These lectures embodied his ideas surrounding the Common Course, which evolved into the present First Year Seminar.

Hannah Arendt Collection - This site presents images and analysis of marginalia contained in selected titles from Hannah Arendt's personal library, given to Bard after her death in 1975. It also features audio segments from “Thinking in Dark Times,” a conference held at Bard in October of 2006 that re-examined her scholarship and commemorated the 100th anniversary of her birth.

The Bard Family - by Felix Hirsch, a former librarian and professor at Bard, offers a brief history of the Bard Family and the early history of Bard College.

Related Links:
Hudson River Valley Heritage
Bard College Library
Stevenson Library Catalog
Bard College Alumni/ae Office