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McLean College/South Kentucky College Records
1903-1961 (bulk 1903-1914)
Transylvania University Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40508 USA
Open to researchers.
[Identification of item], McLean College/South Kentucky College Records, 1903-1961 (bulk 1903-1914), TUA 7,Special Collections, Transylvania University, Lexington.
3.5 cubic ft.
McLean College was founded as South Kentucky Institute in Hopkinsville in 1849. Originally established as a finishing school for girls with close ties to the Christian Church, it became South Kentucky College in the late 1850s. In 1880 the college's charter was amended to allow the admission of men and the name was changed to South Kentucky College. It was renamed McLean College in 1908. Following a fire in 1912 the school was rebuilt exhausting the resources of the college and its benefactors. As a result of the financial situation and declining enrollment all McLean College property was acquired by Transylvania University in January 1914.
These are the records of McLean College and its predecessor South Kentucky College. Materials include correspondence (1913-1961); business, financial, and legal documents; records of student fee payments and other student accounts (1908-1913); college catalogs (1903-1913); student records with transcripts; and various descriptions of the college, historical summaries, and newsclippings. Much of the material relates to the purchase of McLean's property by Transylvania. Materials after 1920 primarily relate to meetings of McLean alumni. Unpublished catalog of holdings. Condition of material: fair (acid damage).
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