Colleges and universities are often living monuments to their founders, as either the school or its buildings bear their benefactor's name. Institutional histories, statues, paintings, plaques, biographies, and campus publications tell the college's story—from humble beginnings to present-day glories, praising the generosity, wisdom, and vision of the founder. Such is not the case, however, with Barnard College, the women's undergraduate division of Columbia University, and one of the prestigious Seven Sisters. The college took its name from Frederick A. P. Barnard, tenth president of Columbia (1864–1888). President Barnard had, before his death, wished the new institution well, but took no part in establishing it. In fact, he preferred and worked for coeducation at Columbia, and his family initially objected to the college's use of his name. If not Frederick Barnard, then who founded the college? The answer to that question depends very much upon whom you ask.