Science Education for Women in Antebellum America

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Work discusses the "popular enthusiasm for science" felt by many American women in the second third of the nineteenth century. Probes educational resources for women, including many female academies in America. Discusses education beyond private coeducational and women's schools, including popular lectures on scientific topics. In relation to the Smithsonian, explores how many wives served as secretaries and research assistants to their husbands, and were able to further their scientific education in that manner, including Elizabeth Cabot Cary Agassiz (Louis Agassiz), Nancy Bache (Alexander Dallas Bache) and Jane Gray (Asa Gray).


  • Gray, Jane L
  • Bache, Nancy
  • Agassiz, Elizabeth Cabot Cary


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography


Includes annotated footnotes.

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Isis Vol. vol. 69, 246 (Journal)

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


March 1978


  • Women
  • Education
  • Science
  • History
  • Women--History

Physical description

pp. 58-67

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