Guide to the Records of Dartmouth College, Office of the President, Administration of Samuel Colcord Bartlett, Circa 1881 - 1910Manuscript DP-8

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Title:

Guide to the Records of Dartmouth College, Office of the President, Administration of Samuel Colcord Bartlett, Circa 1881 - 1910

Call Number:

Manuscript DP-8

Collection Dates:

Circa 1881 - 1910

Size of Collection:

3 Boxes (.75 linear feet)

Abstract:

Samuel Colcord Bartlett (1817-1898). 8th Dartmouth College President. Contains materials related to the Trustees efforts to have Bartlett removed from office. The papers include personal correspondence, transcripts of Bartlett's hearing and a manuscript written by Bartlett entitled the "Inner History of the Troubles of Dartmouth College." Letters to and from J. K. Lord and Judge Chase discuss Bartlett's situation and hearing. Also included is correspondence relevent to the construction of Rollins Chapel.

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Unrestricted.

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Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The Papers of Samuel Colcord Bartlett concerns the Trustes effort to have Bartlett removed from office. The papers include personal correspondence, transcripts of Bartlett's hearing and a manuscript written by Bartlett entitled the "Inner History of the Troubles of Dartmouth College." Letters to and from J. K. Lord and Judge Chase discuss Bartlett's situation and hearing. Also included is correspondence relevent to the construction of Rollins Chapel.

Introduction

Samuel Colcord Bartlett (DC graduate 1836) was the President of Dartmouth College from 1877-1892. Bartlett was born in 1817 in Salisbury, NH and died in 1898. After graduating from DC, Bartlett studied at the Andover Theological Seminary and became a Congregational clergyman and educator. From 1858-1877, Bartlett was a professor of biblical literature and sacred theology at the Chicago Theological Seminary. Bartlett left this school when he became the president of Dartmouth College. Under Bartlett's tenure as college president, three significant building projects were undertaken: the construction of Rollins Chapel, Bartlett Hall and Wilson Hall. Also significant during his presidency was that the endowment surpassed $1 million for the first time in the school's history, there were improved working conditions for faculty members and 30 new scholarships were added. However, Bartlett's presidency was tainted by a bitter battle with the alumni and faculty. This fervor reached a height when the members of the Class of 1881 called for his resignation and/or removal from office. During the hearing, Bartlett was able to convince the majority to allow him to retain his post and disregard accusations that Bartlett alienated the faculty, ignored administrative duties and conducted himself in a way not befitting a Dartmouth College president. In 1892, Bartlett resigned in order to take a position as a DC faculty member.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 25873, Presidential records of Samuel Colcord Bartlett, Circa 1881-1910

Correspondence, reports, hearing documents, Inner Workings of the Dartmouth College troubles; Rollins Chapel donation and building.

Box: 6638, Dates: Circa 1881

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Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Report of the Trustee of DC; DC expenditures from 1843-1877, 1878-1891, July 28, 1881
  • Folder: 2, Cover of "Inner History of the Dartmouth College Troubles", undated
  • Folder: 3, President Bartlett Hearings, Vol. 1-4, June 17, 1881; June 18, 1881
  • Folder: 4, Manuscript: The Inner History of Dartmouth College Troubles, undated
  • Folder: 5, President Bartlett Hearings, Vol. 5-7, June 18, 1881; July 12, 1881
  • Folder: 6, President Bartlett Hearings, Vol. 8-9, July 13, 1881

Box: 6639, Dates: 1883-1910

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Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Correspondence from EA Rollins, 1883-1885
  • Folder: 2, Corrspondence from John Faxon, architect of Rollins Chapel, 1884-1885
  • Folder: 3, Correspondence from Frederick Billings, 1884-1891
  • Folder: 4, Miscellaneous Correspondence related to Rollins Chapel, 1883-1910

Box: 6640, Dates: 1881-1884

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Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Correspondence to and from J K Lord and Judge Chase, 1881-1882
  • Folder: 2, Correspondence to and from J K lord and Judge Chase and address to the "Committee" written by Louis Polleus, 1883-1884

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