Skip to main content

p16311coll3

About this collection

Knoxville College, a historically black college, was founded in 1875 by the United Presbyterian Church of North America. Initially founded as a school for freedmen after the Civil War, the mission of Knoxville College was initially to offer education aimed at preparing students for ministerial and teaching careers. In 1901 Knoxville College was chartered by the state of Tennessee. In 1907 the Eliza B. Wallace Hospital was established at Knoxville College which not only provided training for black nurses but also provided critical health care for the black community in the era of segregation. The College of Arts and Sciences was established in 1914. The normal school was a leading supplier of teachers for black schools in East Tennessee for several decades in the mid-twentieth century. In 1957 Knoxville College was one of the first predominately black colleges admitted to full membership in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). In the 1970s and after, the college began to struggle financially, SACS accreditation was withdrawn in 1997, and enrollment declined. Classes at Knoxville College were suspended in 2016. The Knoxville College Archives are at the McClung Historical Collection. The collection includes college catalogs, the student newspaper The Aurora, photographs, and records of the college. Selected records of high interest will be digitized and added to this collection.

 
Select the collections to add or remove from your search
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z
 
OK