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Ruskin Cave College Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0335

This collection houses photographs, alumni newspapers, programs, invitations, correspondence, and alumni lists documenting Ruskin Cave College. The majority of the material shows the institution and its students between approximately 1910 and 1916, but a few items document select alumni until 1964.

Dates

  • circa 1896-1964, undated
  • Majority of material found within 1911-1930

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

1.25 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection houses photographs, alumni newspapers, programs, invitations, correspondence, and alumni lists documenting Ruskin Cave College. The majority of the material shows the institution and its students between approximately 1910 and 1916, but a few items document select alumni until 1964.

Biographical/Historical Note

Ruskin Cave College (named for the cave that constituted the school's auditorium) opened on the former grounds of the Ruskin Colony in Ruskin, Tennessee, in 1904. Its founder, Reverend R. E. Smith, limited enrollment to 200 students and mandated military training for his students. The institution's educational program emphasized music and advertised the highest spiritual and literary training in the Grammar and High School grades, as prescribed by law, with an excellent course in vocal and instrumental music. Many of the faculty joined the Army during World War I, which forced the college to close in 1918.

Arrangement

This collection consists of three boxes.

Acquisition Note

These records were donated to Special Collections.

Related Archival Materials

Interested researchers may also wish to consult:

Missing Title

  1. MS.0023: Ruskin Cooperative Association Collection, 1894-1915, 1933-1958
  2. MS.2268: Ruskin Cave College Collection, 1912-1965 (bulk 1912-1918)
  3. MS.2357: Ruskin College Collection, 1931-1959

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480