Lucy Cobb Institute (Athens, Ga.)

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The Lucy Cobb Institute, a secondary school for young women in Athens, was founded in 1859 by Thomas R.R. Cobb, a prominent lawyer and proslavery writer. Between 1880 and 1928 Cobb's niece Mildred Lewis Rutherford, a Lucy Cobb graduate, taught at the school. She served as principal for twenty-two of those years... Despite its success, the institute struggled to maintain high enrollment and keep its bills paid. The school faced acute financial difficulties in the 1920s, mostly because of the agricultural depression that hurt the entire state. After Rutherford's death in 1928, the school struggled on for a few more years, finally closing in 1931.-- "Lucy Cobb Institute." New Georgia Encyclopedia. http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/nge/

From the description of Lucy Cobb Institute grade books, 1904-1910. (University of Georgia). WorldCat record id: 316577560

Lucy Cobb Institute, private girls school located in Athens, Georgia, operated from 1858-1931.

From the description of Lucy Cobb Institute collection, [ca. 1858-1940]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 38478167

Lucy Cobb Institute, a female educational institution located in Athens, Clarke County, Georgia.

From the description of Lucy Cobb Institute records, 1855-1931. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 38476277

The Lucy Cobb Institute, a secondary school for young women in Athens, was founded in 1859 by Thomas R.R. Cobb, a prominent lawyer and proslavery writer. Between 1880 and 1928 Cobb's niece Mildred Lewis Rutherford, a Lucy Cobb graduate, taught at the school. She served as principal for twenty-two of those years. Rutherford's work in women's clubs, most significantly the United Daughters of the Confederacy, made her one of the best-known women in Georgia of her day. Her national reputation as a historian of the Civil War (1861-65) and the Old South brought the school widespread recognition and respect. -- The New Georgia Encyclopedia. (http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/nge/Article.jsp?id=h-2624&hl=y) Retrieved 2/13/2009.

In 1880, shortly after Mildred Rutherford became principal of the Lucy Cobb Institute (a college for girls founded in 1858), she recognized the need for a chapel for the religious services of the school. She initiated a fund-raising campaign by having students contact prominent philanthropists. Nellie Stovall wrote to George I. Seney, who had given to both Emory University and Wesleyan College. Seney contributed a significant amount, under the condition that the citizens of Athens contribute the remaining sum needed. This was quickly done. Construction was begun and the cornerstone of the Seney-Stovall Chapel was laid in May 1882. The chapel was used for graduation exercises, as a recital hall, for lectures, plays, pageants, concerts and cultural events of all sorts. -- The Carl Vinson Institute of Government website. (http://www.cviog.uga.edu/about/chapel/history.php) Retrieved 2/13/2009.

From the description of Lucy Cobb Institute. Trustees extract: 5 November 1881, 1881. (University of Georgia). WorldCat record id: 308452049

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Carlton, Livy. Livy Carlton scrapbook, 1894-1897. University of Georgia, University of Georgia, Main Library
referencedIn Featherston, Lucius Horace, 1814-1886. Lucius Horace Featherston papers, 1825-1979. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
referencedIn Seydell, Mildred, 1889-1988. Mildred Seydell papers, 1842-1978. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
referencedIn Rutherford, Mildred Lewis, 1852-1928. Mildred Lewis Rutherford scrapbooks, [ca. 1858-1930]. Georgia Newspaper Project
referencedIn Smith, Jennie, 1862-1946. Jennie Smith papers, 1863-1944. Georgia Newspaper Project
referencedIn Mitchell, Robert Goodwin, 1843-1926. Robert Goodwin Mitchell papers, 1833-1885 (bulk 1861-1864). Georgia Newspaper Project
creatorOf Lucy Cobb Institute (Athens, Ga.). Lucy Cobb Institute grade books, 1904-1910. University of Georgia, University of Georgia, Main Library
referencedIn Sosnowski family. Sosnowski family papers, 1840-1967. South Carolina Historical Society
referencedIn Lucy Cobb Institute (Athens, Ga.) photographs, circa 1900s. University of Georgia, University of Georgia, Main Library
referencedIn Lena Martin papers, 1865-1945. University of Georgia, University of Georgia, Main Library
referencedIn Rutherford, Mildred Lewis, 1852-1928. Athens pamphlet collection, circa 1906-195u. University of Georgia, University of Georgia, Main Library
referencedIn National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. Athens Chapter. National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, Athens Chapter. Athens homes, circa 1942. University of Georgia, University of Georgia, Main Library
referencedIn Friends of Lucy Cobb manuscript collection, 1892-1919. University of Georgia, University of Georgia, Main Library
referencedIn Goodwyn collection, 1913. University of Georgia, University of Georgia, Main Library
referencedIn Vernon Kilns (Firm). University of Georgia Commemorative plates, 1995. University of Georgia, University of Georgia, Main Library
referencedIn University of Georgia student's letters, 1863. University of Georgia, University of Georgia, Main Library
referencedIn Sarah McElmurray scrapbook, undated. University of Georgia, University of Georgia, Main Library
referencedIn Spalding, Phinizy. Phinizy Spalding papers, 1910-1994 (bulk 1931-1982). Georgia Newspaper Project
referencedIn Stacy, Ina Dillard Russell, 1894-1991. Ina Dillard Russell Stacy papers, 1888-1985. Georgia Newspaper Project
referencedIn Harwell family photographs, 1900-1920. University of Georgia, University of Georgia, Main Library
referencedIn Lucy Cobb Institute photograph, 1896-1897. University of Georgia, University of Georgia, Main Library
referencedIn Lavender R. Ray family collection, Ray, Lavender R. family collection, 1867-1900, 1877-1892 William L. Clements Library
creatorOf Lucy Cobb Institute (Athens, Ga.). Lucy Cobb Institute collection, [ca. 1858-1940]. Georgia Newspaper Project
referencedIn Cobb, Carolyn Elizabeth, 1884-1957. Carolyn Cobb papers, 1901-1957. University of Georgia, University of Georgia, Main Library
referencedIn Lucy Cobb Institute (Athens, Ga.) collection, 1859-1926 (bulk 1924-1926). Georgia Newspaper Project
referencedIn Lipscomb, Mary Ann Rutherford, 1848-1918. Mary Ann Rutherford Lipscomb family papers, 1855-1951. Georgia Newspaper Project
referencedIn Rutherford, Mildred Lewis, 1852-1928. Mildred Lewis Rutherford papers, 1883-1930. Georgia Newspaper Project
referencedIn Cobb, Thomas Reade Rootes, b. 1896. Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb family papers, 1872-1961. Georgia Newspaper Project
referencedIn Irene Felker scrapbook, circa 1896. University of Georgia, University of Georgia, Main Library
creatorOf Lucy Cobb Institute (Athens, Ga.). Lucy Cobb Institute. Trustees extract: 5 November 1881, 1881. University of Georgia, University of Georgia, Main Library
creatorOf Lucy Cobb Institute (Athens, Ga.). Lucy Cobb Institute records, 1855-1931. Georgia Newspaper Project
referencedIn Bower family. Bower family papers, 1872-1906 (bulk 1893-1894). Georgia Newspaper Project
referencedIn Lipscomb-Lucy Cobb collection, 1917-1927. University of Georgia, University of Georgia, Main Library
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associatedWith Bower family. family
associatedWith Carlton, Livy. person
associatedWith Cobb, Carolyn Elizabeth, 1884-1957. person
associatedWith Cobb, Thomas Reade Rootes, b. 1896. person
associatedWith Featherston, Lucius Horace, 1814-1886. person
associatedWith Lipscomb, Mary Ann Rutherford, 1848-1918. person
associatedWith Lucy Cobb Institute (Athens, Ga.) Board of trustees. corporateBody
associatedWith Mitchell, Robert Goodwin, 1843-1926. person
associatedWith Ray family family
associatedWith Rutherford, Mildred Lewis, 1852-1928. person
associatedWith Seney, George I. 1826-1893. person
associatedWith Seney-Stovall Chapel (Athens, Ga.) corporateBody
associatedWith Seydell, Mildred, 1889-1988. person
associatedWith Smith, Jennie, 1862-1946. person
associatedWith Sosnowski family. family
associatedWith Spalding, Phinizy. person
associatedWith Stacy, Ina Dillard Russell, 1894-1991. person
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Georgia
Clarke County (Ga.)
Georgia--Athens
Georgia--Athens
Athens (Ga.)
Georgia
Athens (Ga.)
Clarke County (Ga.)
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Bankers--Charitable contributions
Women--Education
Student record
Private schools
School management and organization
Girl's schools
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