The Margaret Sanger Papers


Claverack College and Hudson River Institute (1854-1902)

Secondary boarding school in the Hudson Valley of New York which evolved from Washington Seminary (founded 1779) and Claverack Academy (founded 1830). Claverack College and Hudson River Institute offered courses for both men and women on a variety of subjects including the Classics, English, foreign languages, music and other arts. Women were also trained in moral, physical and social development. Sanger attended Claverack from 1895-1897, her tuition paid by contributions from her sisters, Anna and Mary? Higgins and from her own work in the school kitchen. Sanger focused on social sciences while at Claverack, but was forced to leave before graduation when her mother died. In January of 1916, Sanger attended an alumni banquet for former students of Claverack held in New York City.
References: Florence Mossman, "Area Student Had Role in Birth Control Measures," The Register-Star (Hudson, NY), March 31, 1991; Margaret Sanger, My Fight for Birth Control (1931); Ellen Chesler, Woman of Valor: Margaret Sanger and the Birth Control Movement in America (1992).