Kentucky College for Women

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Kentucky College for Women

Description

Photographs of Caldwell College, Kentucky College for Women, and the early years of women on the Centre College campus, dating from the 1870s to the 1960s.

Chartered in 1854 as the Henderson Female Academy, the women's college opened in 1860 under a new name - Caldwell Female Institute. In 1876 the institution changed names again to Caldwell Female College. The name was shortened to Caldwell College as early as 1887. In 1913 the charter was amended, and the name changed to Kentucky College for Women. In 1926 the school consolidated with Centre College. Separate men's and women's campuses were maintained until 1962 when the KCW campus was vacated and the women students took up residence in new dormitories on the Centre campus.

Items in the Kentucky College for Women Collection

Archery students
Group of four Kentucky College for Women archery students; identified on back of photograph as (l-r) Margaret Hamlett, unidentified, Dorothy Lancaster, Nancy Campbell.

Bell Seminary alumni
Undated photograph of a group of Bell Seminary alumni. Identified on back as (1st row, l-r) Sadie Cook Parry, [?] Duke Lanton; Clara Lee McGrorty Bryce, [?] Salton Chestnut; (2nd row, l-r) [?] McDowell, Sophie Bright Logan, Josie Smith Robertson,…

Caldwell College basketball team, 1907
Photograph of the Caldwell College Wahpanoochis intramural basketball team from 1907. Members identified as (l-r) Grace Dyer, Mary Ashby Cheek, Lucie Waller (capt.), Mary Brown, Bessie Goss.

Caldwell College campus
View of the Caldwell College campus circa 1900, showing the main building (West Hall) and the smaller chapel.

Caldwell College campus
View of the Caldwell College campus, circa 1910, showing the main building (West Hall) and the smaller chapel.

Caldwell College Class of 1898
Studio portrait of the Caldwell College graduating class of 1898. Members identified as (l-r) Eva Jones, Margaret Sallie, Willie Sallie, Marie Spears.

Caldwell College Class of 1899
Studio portrait of the Caldwell College graduating class of 1899. Identified as (top) Pattie Nichols, Minnie Ingram, Alice Van Meter, Effie Thurmond, Edith Fuller, Fleecie Bosley, Mary Hackley; (middle) Agnes Nichols, Sara Cecil, Miss Ledyard, Bessie…

Caldwell College Class of 1905
Portrait of the Caldwell College graduating class of 1905.

Caldwell College students
Photograph of three Caldwell College students identified as (l-r) Louise Bohon, Emily Letcher, and Josie Mae MacGoodwin. Photograph dates circa 1900.

Caldwell College students
Group of four Kentucky College for Women students identified as (l-r) Martha A. Butt, Katherine Letcher, Frances Allen, and Jane Letcher. Photograph dates circa 1912.