Transylvania University Early Documents,1783-1851

Descriptive Summary

Title
Transylvania University Early Documents,1783-1851
Creator
Transylvania University
Extent
ca. 16 cubic ft
Subjects
Bacon College.
ducation, Higher -- Kentucky.
Minutes.
Shryock, Gideon, 1802-1880.
Transylvania Seminary.
Transylvania University -- Buildings.
Transylvania University -- Students.
Transylvania University. Board of Trustees.
Transylvania University.
Universities and colleges -- Kentucky -- Danville.
Universities and colleges -- Kentucky -- Georgetown.
Universities and colleges -- Kentucky -- Harrodsburg.
Universities and colleges -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
College buildings -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
College students -- Kentucky -- Societies, etc.
College students -- Kentucky.
College trustees -- Kentucky.
Kentucky Academy.
Old Morrison (Transylvania University)
Universities and colleges -- Kentucky -- Administration.
Universities and colleges -- Kentucky -- Faculty.
Universities and colleges -- Kentucky -- Pisgah.
Finding Aid Author
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Repository
Transylvania University

Collection Overview

Biography / History
In 1780 the Virginia legislature set aside land for the establishment of a school in the Kentucky district. In 1783 the school was named Transylvania Seminary. The first classes were held in Danville, Kentucky in 1785. By 1789 the school had moved to Lexington, Kentucky. As a result of dissatisfaction surrounding waning Presbyterian influence at the seminary, Reverend David Rice and others broke with Transylvania and established Kentucky Academy in 1794. The academy was located in Pisgah, Woodford County where it remained until 1799 when it merged with Transylvania Seminary to form Transylvania University. Schools of medicine and law were immediately established at the new university. Transylvania experienced rapid growth and earned a national reputation during the presidency of Horace Holley (1818-1925). Holley, a Unitarian minister and prominent educator, was able to attract outstanding faculty to the university.
Scope and Content
This collection includes a In 1780 the Virginia legislature set aside land for the establishment of a school in the Kentucky district. In 1783 the school was named Transylvania Seminary. The first classes were held in Danville, Kentucky in 1785. By 1789 the school had moved to Lexington, Kentucky. As a result of dissatisfaction surrounding waning Presbyterian influence at the seminary, Reverend David Rice and others broke with Transylvania and established Kentucky Academy in 1794. The academy was located in Pisgah, Woodford County where it remained until 1799 when it merged with Transylvania Seminary to form Transylvania University. Schools of medicine and law were immediately established at the new university. Transylvania experienced rapid growth and earned a national reputation during the presidency of Horace Holley (1818-1925). Holley, a Unitarian minister and prominent educator, was able to attract outstanding faculty to the university.