Reid Hall, Crosby Hall and University Women of the World
We are delighted to welcome Prof Joyce Goodman, recently elected an Honorary Member of BFWG, as our next speaker.
In her talk she will discuss the “value and attraction” of Reid Hall which resulted in promises of donations to the Crosby Hall fund.
It will trace the roles of M. Carey Thomas, Dean of Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania, in acquiring Reid Hall for the American Federation of University Women and that of her cousin Alys Russell, who played an important role in fund raising for Crosby Hall and who also travelled regularly to Paris on behalf of Reid Hall’s American governors to oversee Reid Hall in its early days as a centre for University women.
The talk will highlight some of the key differences in the remit, ownership, financing and management of Reid Hall and Crosby Hall, which would eventually lead to Reid Hall becoming Columbia University’s European study centre (where the French Federation of University Women continues to be located) and Crosby Hall becoming a private residence.