Old Oglethorpe University
1833-1877 [bulk 1847-1858]

Descriptive Summary

  Creator: Oglethorpe University. Old Oglethorpe.
  Title: Old Oglethorpe University
  Dates: 1833-1877 [bulk 1847-1858]
  Abstract: Oglethorpe University was originally located in Midway, a community of Milledgeville, Georgia. The founding date was 1835. These papers include report cards, correspondence, receipts, invitations, catalogues, addresses and essays, notebooks, and newspaper clippings concerning the everyday life of the school and its students in this original location. The campus relocated to Atlanta, Georgia in the early 20th century.
  Quantity: 3 linear feet.

Administrative History


Oglethorpe University was chartered by the state of Georgia in 1835, shortly after the centennial observance of the state. The college was named after James Edward Oglethorpe, the founder of Georgia. Oglethorpe University, which commenced actual operations in 1838, was one of the earliest denominational institutions in the South located below the Virginia line. The antebellum college, which began with four faculty members and about 25 students, was located at Midway, a small community near Milledgeville, then the capital of Georgia. Oglethorpe's president during much of this period was Samuel Kennedy Talmage, an eminent minister and educator. Oglethorpe's most distinguished alumnus from the antebellum era was the poet, critic, and musician Sidney Lanier, who graduated in 1860. The Civil War brought an end to the college. It re-opened in 1872 for a short time then closed again until its revival in Atlanta in 1913.



The arrangement is alphabetical by subject.



The Old Oglethorpe papers consist of items related to the university when it was founded and resided in Midway, Georgia. Items include correspondence, report cards, notebooks, receipts, catalogues, and addresses.




Subject Headings


Oglethorpe University (Milledgeville, Ga.).

Oglethorpe University Magazine.

Oglethorpe University catalogs.

Presbyterians--Southern States--History.

Hunter, Benjamin.

Kennedy, Robert T.

Administrative Information

  Preferred Citation: Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Director of the Library. Please cite Old Oglethorpe University, Archives, Philip Weltner Library, Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, Georgia.


Folder List

  Box 1.
  Five notebooks of lecture notes kept by an early student.
  Box 2.
  Folder 1. Addresses, 1844-1859
  Folder 2. Autograph book, 1856
  Folder 3. Catalogues of Oglethorpe, 1858-1860
  Folder 4. Commencement, 1850,1858
  Folder 5. Correspondence, 1839,1846,1849,1853
  Folder 6. Delegate to Convention certificate, 1877
  Folder 7. Endowment letter, 1851
  Folder 8. Ephemera
  Folder 9. Indenture of Oglethorpe College, 1880
  Folder 10. Invitation to the ball, 1858
  Folder 11. Manual for 1856
  Folder 12. Map of campus, 1865
  Folder 13. Minutes--Presbytery of South Carolina, 1861
  Folder 14. Minutes--South Carolina and Georgia Synod, 1833,1843
  Folder 15. Oglethorpe University Magazine, 1855
  Folder 16. Oration, 1839
  Folder 17. Receipts, 1880s
  Folder 18. Report Card of Benjamin Hunter
  Folder 19. Notebook, n.d.
  Folder 20. Robert T. Kennedy Papers, 1852
  Box 3 (Oversize).
  Minutes, Trustees, Oct. 1835-June 1871
  Box 4 (Oversize).
  Minutes, Trustees, 1870-1879

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