ERIC Number: EJ1150023
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
"Character of a University": The Journey of a College President in the Early Republic
Cousins, James P.
American Educational History Journal, v41 n1 p21-40 2014
Reverend Horace Holley, a New England-born, Yale-educated, Unitarian minister from Boston, was offered the presidency of Transylvania University in the town of Lexington, Kentucky, in 1817. He investigated the opportunity by way of a "tour of inquiry," a circuitous route west through notable "literary establishments" of the east. His purpose was to learn the character of higher learning--the content, expectations, uses, and structures of America's colleges--in anticipation of his start at Transylvania. This article interprets Reverend Horace Holley's reflections as part of a larger narrative of academic self-identity and therefore sits at the intersection of two distinct yet complimentary historiographic traditions, biographies of early college presidents and the history of American professionalism.
Descriptors: College Presidents, Educational History, Clergy, Self Concept, Historiography, Biographies, Professional Identity, Universities, Institutional Advancement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky