The Margaret Sanger Papers


Claverack College and Hudson River Institute (1854-1902)

Boarding school. Located New York's Hudson Valley, Claverack College evolved from Washington Seminary (founded 1779) and Claverack Academy (founded 1830), a Dutch Protestant seminary. A secondary school, the College offered courses for both men and women on a variety of subjects including the mathematic, classics, English, foreign languages, music and visual arts. It offered a special program for women which also included training in moral, physical and social development. Sanger attended Claverack College from 1895-1897, her tuition paid by her sisters, Anna and Mary Higgins, while she worked in the school kitchen to pay for her room and board. Sanger, who focused on the social sciences while at Claverack, and enjoyed her time there, 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: Ellen Chesler, Woman of Valor: Margaret Sanger and the Birth Control Movement in America (1992); 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).