Visionary women and men, led by Elizabeth Cary Agassiz, create the “Harvard Annex” for women’s instruction by the Harvard faculty.
The Annex is chartered as Radcliffe College by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The College is named in honor of Ann Radcliffe, Lady Mowlson, who established Harvard’s first scholarship fund in 1643.
During World War II, Harvard and Radcliffe sign an agreement opening Harvard classrooms to women students for the first time.
The donation of Maud Wood Park's suffrage papers forms the nucleus of the Schlesinger Library, which becomes the foremost library on the history of women in the United States. The library’s opening ceremonies are held on the 23rd anniversary of the signing of the 19th Amendment.
Concerned about the “climate of unexpectation” facing women academics, Radcliffe President Mary Ingraham Bunting establishes the community of scholars, scientists, and artists known as the Bunting Fellowship Program.
Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is opened to women and the Radcliffe Graduate School closes.
All programs in the Harvard Business School are opened to women and the Harvard-Radcliffe Program in Business Administration ends.
The first joint Harvard and Radcliffe commencement is held in Harvard Yard.
Harvard Yard is opened to female residents.
A joint Harvard-Radcliffe Office of Admissions begins to admit male and female undergraduates.
Radcliffe and Harvard sign an agreement governing their new educational partnership.
Radcliffe College and Harvard University officially merge, thereby establishing the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, where individuals pursue advanced learning at its outermost limits and create new knowledge in every field from poetry to biomimetics.
Radcliffe Institute fellowships open to male scholars, scientists, and artists.
Historian Drew Gilpin Faust—now Harvard University president—becomes dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
The renovation of the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute achieves Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, which demonstrates our commitment to innovative green design and sustainability.
The newly renovated Radcliffe Gymnasium opens and becomes the central intellectual meeting place at the Radcliffe Institute.
Computer scientist Barbara J. Grosz becomes dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
The Radcliffe Institute kicks off its 10th year with a two-day symposium, “Celebrate 10 Years! Crossing Boundaries at the Radcliffe Institute," which highlights a decade of multidisciplinary exchanges and accomplishments.
The Radcliffe Institute announces its 2011–2012 fellows after selecting only 6 percent of applicants—the same acceptance rate as Harvard College.
Historian Lizabeth Cohen RI ’02 becomes dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.