Transylvania University records, 1795-1826

Descriptive Summary

Title
Transylvania University records, 1795-1826
Creator
Transylvania University.
Extent
2 Reels of microfilm.
Subjects
Adams, John, 1735-1826.
Burr, Aaron, 1756-1836.
Washington, George, 1732-1799.
Jay, John, 1745-1829.
Transylvania University.
Education, Higher--History.
Universities and colleges--Kentucky.
Education--Kentucky--Finance.
Lexington (Ky.)--History.
Minutes.
Resolutions.
Lists
Arrangement
Arranged chronologically.
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: Archives Staff ; machine-readable finding aid created by:Eric Weig
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Chartered as a public school by the Virginia Assembly in 1780 as Transylvania Seminary, the institution, renamed Transylvania University in 1799, was the first college west of the Allegheny Mountains. Located in Lexington, Ky, Transylvania ranks among the elite small colleges as a distinguished liberal arts institution. As an educational pioneer, Transylvania played a significant role in developing the trans-Allegheny West and was the first college west of the Alleghenies to have a medical school (1817). Among its founding trustees were noted leaders such as Isaac Shelby, the first governor of Kentucky, George Rogers Clark, the Revolutionary War hero who won the Northwest from the British and Henry Clay. National Leaders such as George Washington and John Adams were included in the list of initial contributors.
Scope and Content
This microfilm collection of records is a copy of Transylvania founding documents from the Shane collection in the Presbyterian Historical Society, Philadelphia, Pa. Included are minutes from trustees meetings (1795-1826), a list of trustees, a list of meeting places of the board of trustees and resolutions passed by the trustees. Some financial records are present, including a record of pledges (1795) which lists George Washington, John Adams, John Jay amd Aaron Burr among the donors.
Originals: Presbyterian Historical Society, 520 Witherspoon Building, Philadelphia, Pa.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.

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