Guide to the Cobb Divinity School records, 1872-1908 | CA02.80

Summary Information

Repository
Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library
Creator
Bates College (Lewiston, Me.). Cobb Divinity School
Title
Cobb Divinity School records
ID
CA02.80
Date
1872-1908
Extent
1.0 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract
This collection contains the records of the Cobb Divinity School, a training institute for Freewill Baptist Miniters sponsored by Bates College.

Preferred Citation

Cobb Divinity School records, Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College.

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Historical Note

The Cobb Divinity School was a training institute for Freewill Baptist ministers, and was sponsored by Bates College. It was known simply as the Theological School from its creation until 1887, when it was renamed in honor of L.H. Cobb, a local businessman and prominent supporter of the School. The Divinity School existed from 1870 until 1908, when it was disbanded and its faculty and selected courses were integrated into the college as the religion department. The School was housed in Roger Williams Hall.

Scope and Content Note

These records contain catalogs, programs, reports, correspondence, notebooks, and other documents recording the administration of the Cobb Divinity School.

Organization and Arrangement

The records are organized into three series: I. Catalogs; II. Commencement and anniversary exercises; and III. General information.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library

70 Campus Avenue
Lewiston, Maine, 04240
207-786-6354
muskie@bates.edu

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

The collection is the physical property of Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library. Bates College holds literary rights only for material created by College personnel working on official behalf of the College, or for material which was given to the College with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication or other purposes that exceed fair use.

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Related Materials

Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Bates College (Lewiston, Me.)--History
  • Cobb Divinity School--Archival resources
  • Cobb Divinity School--History

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Collection Inventory

 CA0280/01 Catalogs 1891-1908   0.5 manuscript box

Scope and Content Note

This series contains the annual catalogs for the School. For the year 1893-1894, no separate catalog was published for Cobb; instead, catalog material was published in an issue of "Our Dayspring," a Freewill Baptist magazine. Catalogs prior to 1892-93 were published as a part of the Bates College Catalog, which can be found in collection CA 02.01.

Organization and Arrangement

The files are arranged chronologically.

Box

Cobb Divinity School Catalog 1891-1892   

1

Cobb Divinity School Catalog 1892-1893   

1

Cobb Divinity School Catalog 1894-1895   

1

Cobb Divinity School Catalog 1895-1896   

1

Cobb Divinity School Catalog 1896-1897   

1

Cobb Divinity School Catalog 1897-1898   

1

Cobb Divinity School Catalog 1898-1899   

1

Cobb Divinity School Catalog 1899-1900   

1

Cobb Divinity School Catalog 1900-1901   

1

Cobb Divinity School Catalog 1901-1902   

1

Cobb Divinity School Catalog 1902-1903   

1

Cobb Divinity School Catalog 1904   

1

Cobb Divinity School Catalog 1904-1905   

1

Cobb Divinity School Catalog 1905-1906   

1

Cobb Divinity School Catalog 1906-1907   

1

Cobb Divinity School Catalog 1907-1908   

1

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 CA0280/02 Commencement and Anniversary Exercises 1872-1907   0.5 manuscript box

Scope and Content Note

Contains programs for annual commencement and/or anniversary exercises. Most of the items represent the anniversary celebration, but occasionally commencement exercises were held at the same time, in which cases the single program reflects both events.

Organization and Arrangement

The files are arranged chronologically.

Box

Cobb Divinity School Exercises 1872   

1

Cobb Divinity School Exercises 1877   

1

Cobb Divinity School Exercises 1878   

1

Cobb Divinity School Exercises 1879   

1

Cobb Divinity School Exercises 1880   

1

Cobb Divinity School Exercises 1881   

1

Cobb Divinity School Exercises 1883   

1

Cobb Divinity School Exercises 1885   

1

Cobb Divinity School Exercises 1889   

1

Cobb Divinity School Exercises 1895   

1

Cobb Divinity School Exercises 1896   

1

Cobb Divinity School Exercises 1899   

1

Cobb Divinity School Exercises 1900   

1

Cobb Divinity School Exercises 1901   

1

Cobb Divinity School Exercises 1905   

1

Cobb Divinity School Exercises 1906   

1

Cobb Divinity School Exercises 1907   

1

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 CA0280/03 Administrative records 1873-1908   1.0 manuscript box

Scope and Content Note

This series contains a variety of records documenting some of the activities of the Divinity School between 1873 and 1908. Most significant are the three faculty meeting notebooks, which contain handwritten notes about meetings, grades, student assessments, and other topics. The hymnbook is titled "Best Hymns," by Elisha A. Hoffman, and was used by the students of the divinity school.

Organization and Arrangement

The files are arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Box

Certificate of Subscription to Permanent Fund (to endow the Fullonton Chair) 1888   

CA 02 Oversize 1

Church history papers: sketches of six leading religious denominations by the class in Church History 1895 

2

Committee report re: discontinuance of school 1908   

2

Hymnbook 1894   

2

Faculty Meeting Notebook, vol. 1 1894-1897   

2

Faculty Meeting Notebook, loose material from vol.1 1895-1901   

2

Faculty Meeting Notebook, vol. 2 1873-1885, 1897-1901   

2

Faculty Meeting Notebook, loose material from vol. 2 1900   

2

Faculty Meeting Notebook, vol. 3 1901-1908   

2

Minister's Institute 1895-1898   

2

Preachers and preaching: lectures delivered before the Maine Minisers' Institute 1899 

2

References to Cobb Divinity School in trustee minutes. 1867-1906 

Box

Roger Williams Hall Resolution ca. 1900   

2

Social Studies at Cobb Divinity School 1891   

2

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