Transylvania University records, 1780-1839, 1780-1826 (bulk dates)

Descriptive Summary

Title
Transylvania University records, 1780-1839, 1780-1826 (bulk dates)
Creator
Transylvania University.
Extent
11 pieces.
Subjects
Transylvania University.
Transylvania University.--Board of Trustees.
Virginia.--General Assembly.
Kentucky.--General Assembly.
Education--Kentucky--Finance.
Pioneers--Education--Kentucky.
Education, Higher--History.
Land titles--Registration and transfer.
Legislation--Virginia.
Legislation--Kentucky.
Universities and colleges--Kentucky.
Indentures.
Resolutions
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 early 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
Comprised of legal documents, legislative materials, and resolutions, these documents relate to the founding and administration of Transylvania Seminary (University) in Lexington, Ky. Many of the legal documents and lawsuits concern the acquisition of land for the school's campus, done mainly through the receipt of escheated lands from the state of Virginia. Copies of legislative acts of both the Virginia General Assembly and the Kentucky General Assembly are present and concern the founding of the school, its maintenance and provisions for revenue.

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