Bascom & Chadboure Halls Names
August 23, 1866 The board learns that its preferred presidential candidate, Williams College professor Paul A. Chadbourne, flatly opposes
coeducation and will refuse its offer as long as that provision stands.
October 2, 1866 Regents adopt resolution opposing full coeducation, proposing female enrollment only 'under such regulations and restrictions as
the Board of Regents may deem proper.'
April 6, 1867 Legislature repeals earlier mandate on coeducation, imposing instead limitations sought by regents. State also finally makes first
actual appropriation to university, of $7,303.76 annually for 10 years.
July 22, 1867 Chadbourne, who writes of his belief in 'the divine authority of God, the veracity of the miracles
"In a letter to a friend Birge explain the choice of name: First President Chadbourne secured the appropriation for the building.
[Second] I thought it was only fair that Dr. Chadbourne's contumacy regarding coeducation should be punished by attaching
his name to a building which turned out [to be] one of the main supports of coeducation.
The name of the building was originally the main edifice, then (July 1859) University Hall, and in June 1920 under president Edward Birge became
Bascom Hall, perhaps with the same sense of irony that led Birge to rename Ladies Hall Chadbourne Hall, since it was Bascom who in 1880 had
referred to University Hall as "never a fortunate building".