One of the College’s most notable alumnae is Ida Minerva Tarbell (1857-1944), who went on to a notable career as a journalist and historian. Her most renowned work was an exposé of the practices of oil magnate and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller in her “History of the Standard Oil Company” in 1904. She served the College as a visiting lecturer, course instructor, donor of books, trustee, and advisor to presidents for the remainder of her life, and her desk can still be seen in the special collections of Allegheny’s Pelletier Library.

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