Ella Weed

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Ella Weed (1853-1894) was an American educator, "the guiding spirit in the first four years" of Barnard College.[1]


After graduating from Vassar College, Ella Weed became principal of Miss Brown's School for Girls in New York. Annie Nathan Meyer interested her in the effort to establish Barnard College. Weed attracted financial support for the venture, and became the paid chairman of the Academic Committee.[1]


  • A Foolish Virgin: a novel, 1883. A satirical novel about a Vassar graduate who tries to hide her intelligence and education.[2]
  • Pearls Strung by Ella Weed, 1898. A posthumously-published anthology of selections from Weed's favorite authors.[2]


  1. ^ a b Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz, Alma mater: design and experience in the women's colleges from their nineteenth-century beginnings to the 1930s, Univ of Massachusetts Press, 1993, pp. 135-7
  2. ^ a b James, Edward T.; James, Janet Wilson, eds. (1974), "Weed, Ella", Famous American Women: a biographical dictionary, Harvard University Press, pp. 556–7