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58 > Image 58 of Annual Register of the State College of Kentucky, Volume 3 (1885-1886)

Part of University of Kentucky course catalogs, 1865-

J ,- . , t n Z 58 STATE COLLEGE or KENTUCKY. t tl1e Mechanic Arts. The first condition was 111 part 1110b by tl1e citizens of Lexington and vicinity, \\'l1O subscribed the money for the purchase of the farm. The second was ii i11pa1t met by a donation for tl1e erection of buildings and tl1e equipment of a Me- ` 3 chanical Department. The State, moreover, advanced $20,000 to set tl1e Institution 1 i y going. In 1866, twenty years ago. tl1e Agricultural College opened. Its matriculates I { increased from year to yea1 till, in 1869-70, tl1e maxiniuin was 1eacl1ed. From that S yea1 its attendance began to decline, owing to causes tl1e discussion of which are not appropriate to this occasion. In 1878, the Legislature of that year sent a eonnnittee to t 1 Lexington to investigate the condition ofthe Collegeitsrelations and its work. They {-2 { found tl1e Illl1l1ll(}1' of students to be about 75. They found that its llechanical Depart- 2 ment l1ad practically closed. Tl1ey found tllilt its Agricultural Department consisted i" J of ordinary tarining and gardening, with no attempt to do experimental work. They t fltllllll that adequate College buildings had 11ever bee11 provided; tl1at tl1e title to tl1e { estate purchased as its site was vested in the Kentucky University. The committee i unanimously reported to the Lfg`lSlltl11', advising tl1e dissolution of the relationship at the end of thc collegiate year then current. X\*hen tl1e dissolution was etleeted, tl1e Agricultural College was just where it had l)G0l1 thirteen years before. It had its endow- ' ment illllltl in the custody of tl1e State Treasurer, viz, tl1e proceeds ot tl1e sale of 330,- A 000 acres of land at titty cents per acre. Butit l1ad nothing else. It l1ad no buildings, i no laboratories, library, museums or physical apparatus. It l1ad no farni, no shop. Tll(* i State found tlltli, tllG $20.000 which it l1ad advanced was irrecoverably gone. The ques- tio11the11 came up, what shall tl1e State do with it'? r,l`l1( Legislature appointed a com- I mission of eleven men to do three things: to make arrangements for its provisional , ' existence till the meeting of the next Legislature; to advertise for and receive bids from l those towns which desired to have the College established in their midst; tllltl to prepare . and present to the next General Assembly tl1e outlines of 2111 Institution, such as tl1e V _ dignitv, the traditions and the educational wants ofthe Commonwealth required. These duties they discharged. Bowling Green and Lexington were competitors fo1 tl1e location of tllL College. The latter otlcred to tl1e Legislature of 1870-80 the City Park, the present site, and $30,000 in city bonds, to be used for tl1e erection of build- ings. which oii`er the County Court supplemented by $20,000 in county bonds. to bc } used for the erection of buildings or tl1e purchase of land. Bowling Green otiered i l $:20,000, and a connection with a local institution. Ogden College, such as thc State ` V I had tormcrly made with thc Kentucky lvniversity. The commission accepted the otibr ot` lrexington. and the Legislature accepted and ratitied the recommendation. The'Legislaturc then proceeded to re-organize the College upon a basis entirely undcnominational. lt gave ita broad and liberal tbundation. lt provided for its internal growth and expansion. It provided tor such departments as its income. present lll(l prospective, could adequately sustain, with additions, enlargements and specializations, . i such as t`uturc conditions might make possible. lt made provision for a board oi T twelve trustees, who are appointed by the Governor and conti1nn.d by tl1e Senate. lt I required that a full and conqiletc report be made to tl1e Legislature biennially within 1 i one week after it conveues. 1 1 . . g V v_ __' ,,.,