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The Skidmore College Catalog was published in print form from 1911 until 2011. The Catalog underwent several name changes, starting as the “Preliminary Announcement” in 1911, then becoming the Skidmore School of the Arts Catalogue from 1912-1915, the Skidmore College Bulletin until 1989, and then finally the Skidmore College Catalog until it transitioned to a solely digital publication. The Catalog itself changed format very little through all of these name changes and is among the most valuable historical records of the College due to all the often overlooked information it contains. Beyond the obviously important course listings, the catalog provides a record of faculty and teaching staff, departments, financial aid, costs of attending the college, geographic breakdowns of where the student body was coming from, rules for student workers, and many other interesting facts such as a record of the linen and maid services students used to purchase. The Catalog is one of the best sources for sociological research. For example, the early business department at Skidmore turns out not to have been a startling progressive managerial degree for young women in the early 1900’s but rather a vocational secretarial training program. Another example is the yearly breakdown of student majors, which clearly shows societal changes as students gravitate towards different majors in different decades, with some majors such as Home Economics enjoying tremendous popularity only to later vanish from the curriculum altogether.

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