Alice Elvira Freeman Palmer

1855 – 1902

Personal Vita

Compiled by: Christine Tillman

Borne: Alice Elvira Freeman

February 21, 1855

Colesville, New York

Died: December 6, 1902 in Paris at 47

of intestinal complications

Parents: James Warren Freeman &

Elizabeth Josephine Higley

Siblings: Fred, Ella Louise, & Roxie


Husband: George Herbert Palmer

Harvard philosopher

married in 1887

Informational Sources:

The Evolution of a New Woman by Ruth Bordin

Article adapted from World Book

Women's History: A New York State Perspective 1848 – 1890

The Wellesley College Archieves

[source: Infoseek Internet search engine]


1870 – Classical Preparatory Curriculum, Secondary Education, Windsor Academy, Windsor, New York

1876 – Baccalaureate with Honors, University of Michigan & also completed graduate work in history

[source: Bordin, 1]

Work History:

1879Head of History Dept., Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA

1881 – First female President of Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA

1892-1895 – First Dean of Women at University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.

[source: Bordin, 1]

Associated subjects:

Higher education of women

New Woman

Coeducation by gender

[source: Bordin]

Associated people:

Henry Fowle Durant

William Rainey Harper

Lucy Caroline Andrews

Lucy Sprauge Mitchell

[source: Bordin]

Associated organizations:

1882 - American Association of University Women, helped found Association of Collegiate Alumnae which later became known as AAUM. Served as President form 1885 – 1886

Member, Massachusetts Board of Education

Supported the Harvard Annex, later known as Radcliffe College

Advisor to Barnard College

Education Hall of Fame

[source: Bordin]

Associated places:

Susquehanna Valley, New York

Saginaw, Michigan

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Wellesley College, Wellesley, New York

[source: Bordin]


Crowell, Thomas & Co. (1897). Why Go to College, lecture published in pamphlet form

[source: Bordin]

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