Bacon College Records,1836-1858

Descriptive Summary

Title
Bacon College Records,1836-1858
Creator
Bacon College
Extent
2.5 cubic feet
Subjects
Bacon College
Bowman, John B.,1824-1891
Lecture notes
Minutes
Taylor, James, 1798?-1876?
Universities and colleges -- Kentucky -- Finance
Universities and colleges -- Kentucky -- Georgetown
Universities and colleges -- Kentucky -- Harrodsburg
Bacon College Board of Trustees
Fund raising -- Kentucky -- Harrodsburg
Hatch, Samuel
Arrangement
Arrangement is chronological.
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: Staff; machine-readable finding aid created by:Bonnie Cox
Repository
Transylvania University

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Historical note: Bacon College was chartered in 1837 in Georgetown, Kentucky. Its founder was Thornton F. Johnson, a member of the Disciples of Christ who resigned from Georgetown College in order to establish an institution independent of the Baptists who administered Georgetown. Bacon College moved to Harrodsburg, Kentucky in 1839 and graduated its first students two years later. Suffering from limited financial resources throughout its existence, the college closed in 1850 having granted only twenty-four degrees while in operation. The campus was used as a high school from 1850 to 1855. It was revived through the efforts of alumnus, John B. Bowman and was rechartered in 1858 as Kentucky University.
Scope and Content
This is a collection of records from Bacon College in Georgetown and Harrodsburg, Kentucky. They document the general administration of the college. |b Materials include board of trustees minutes (1837-1858) accompanied by miscellaneous correspondence, committee reports, and financial records. Minutes from 1855 to 1858 primarily relate to the efforts of John B. Bowman and James Taylor to reestablish the college following its 1850 closing. |b Other records include a treasurers book detailing student enrollments and fee payments (1837-1839); various subscription lists reflecting donations to several college funds (1842-1850); matriculation records (1840-1850); lecture outlines of Professor Samuel Hatch; and various receipts.