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Creator Ogden College
Title UA97 Ogden College
Collection WKU Archives
Object Name Records
Year Range From 1877
Description Records created by and regarding Ogden College. The collection consists mainly of publications, commencement programs and diplomas.

Originally, this was an artificial collection made up of records created by Ogden College, WKU and private individuals. A reworking of the collection has taken place to approximate the original provenance. The collection is arranged in eight series:

Series 1. Regent/Trustees/Ogden Foundation
Series 2. President
Series 3. Registrar
Series 4. Faculty
Series 5. Departmental
Series 6. Classes/Student Organizations
Series 7. Publications
Series 8. Memorabilia
Admin / Biog History Robert Wenn Ogden, born 1796 in Loudon County, Virginia moved to Warren County, Kentucky in 1815 and built his farm, Walnut Grove. Having no children, Ogden made provisions to establish a school in his name after his death. He set up a regent and a board of no more than five trustees to use $50,000 to create, endow and run Ogden College. Tuition scholarships were to be provided for white Warren County and Kentucky students. Robert Ogden died November 10, 1873 and his executor Hector Loving became the first regent of the school.

Under the provisions of Ogden's will Hector Loving named trustees and his own successor. The first trustees appointed in 1874 were Robert Rodes, president, D.W. Wright, secretary/treasurer, Hezekiah Thomas, William Hobson and H.T. Clark. Loving remained regent until 1913 when he was succeeded by D.W. Wright. D.W. Wright in turn served until his death in 1922 having appointed his nephew R.C.P. Thomas to succeed him.

Ogden College opened September 3, 1877 with President James Wightman presiding. A charter was obtained from the state legislature on March 8, 1878. The school was located on Thomas Calvert's farm in a building originally used by Warren College. In 1923 Perry Snell pledge $20,000 for the construction of Snell Hall which had an estimated cost of $50,000.

The original curriculum consisted of a two-year preparatory course and a four-year college course. This varied over time. Accreditation was an ongoing issue. The largest enrollment was 162 students in 1918. The school was served by ten presidents the last several acting as faculty chairs.

In November 1927 Regent R.C.P. Thomas leased Ogden College campus, which consisted of three buildings on seven acres and a 140 acre farm, to Western Kentucky State Normal School & Teachers College for a period of 20 years to begin January 1, 1928. Ogden College was to be named Ogden Department of Science with proceeds from the endowment to support the department. Student records were transferred to the custody of Western. This was effectively the end of Ogden College.
Subjects Ogden College (Bowling Green, Ky.)
Finding Aids TopScholar - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/57/

Ogden College Bibliography
Related Publications Johnson, Jesse & Lowell Harrison. "Ogden College: A Brief History," The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, Vol. 68, No.3, July 1970, pp. 189-220.

LD4191 .O432 C6x Cornette, James. The History of Ogden College, Nashville, Tenn.?, 1936.
Related Materials KL Photos - Alvis Temple

MSS 24 Dulaney, Elise, 1894-1966 "Recollections of Bowling Green, Ky.," B1F3.

MSS 30 Calvert-Obenchain-Young Collection 1775-1956, Ogden Drawing, C1-D1F11

MSS 31 Thomas Collection, 1926 Ogden Baseball, B4F2

MSS 41 Lucas Collection, UA51/3 - BGBU, Ogden & SNS Publications Index - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/284/

MSS 42 Strange Collection, Robert Wenn Ogden 1796-1873 B1F3, B3FA-B

MSS 53 Knott Collection, Ogden College Fees 1888, B3F3A; Ogden Reunion 1928 B5F5

MSS 57 Duncan, Wand Bolivar, 1903 Ogden Founder's Day Program, B1F5

MSS 73 McElroy, Clarence Underwood 1849-1928, Ogden College, Series I B5F15; Series V B1F1-2;
Series VI B1F2-8; Series VII B11F3; Robert Wenn Ogden 1796-1873 Series VII B1F7

SC 309 Obenchain, William Alexander, 1841-1916 Letters to. President of Ogden College Bowling Green, KY.

UA1C11.7 - Bill Lee Slide Collection

UA37.11 - James Cornette Collection

UA37.25 - Jesse Johnson Collection

UA94.2 - Student/Alumni Personal Papers
Catalog Number UA97
Dates of Creation 1877-present
Caption WKU Archives Logo
Extent 6.8 cu. ft.
Number of Images 1
Access Conditions no restrictions
Level of Description Fonds/Coll
Child Records Ogden College
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President's Office (OC)
Registrar (OC)
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