Alice Cobb Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2017.001

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

Collection items include: Scarritt College History Project (1980), Church and Community history task force documentation, Conference on Rural Life (1953), Upper Cleveland Ministry (1985), Highlander Folk School Situation (1959), Hinton Rural Life Center (1980’s), Boston College Diploma (1965), Distinguished Alumna Award, Distinguished Service Award (1984), Urban Studies (1973-4), Diary Entries (1990), William Crawford Memorial (1904), Nancy Bloch Award memorabilia (1958), Muslim Tour original journal entries and photographs (1953), Alumnae/ni articles (1981), college class course materials (1970), Sophia Falls documents, family history and geneology (1840-1920), Highlander Folk School Situation (1959), and Edgehill Church memorabilia (1960s).


  • 1834 - 2015

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 24 hours is needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact: The Virginia Davis Laskey Library, Scarritt-Bennett Center, Nashville, TN.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact: The Virginia Davis Laskey Library, Scarritt-Bennett Center, Nashville, TN

Biographical / Historical

The collection centers around the life of Alice Cobb, who was born in Seymour, Indiana, on April 7, 1909. During her adult life, from the 1950s to her death on May 18, 1995, she took on the roles of missionary, editor, student, teacher and college professor, community worker, social activist, consultant, journalist. A large part of the collection consists of documents, correspondence, and other information regarding her contribution to the Church and Community Ministry and Workers. The collection also contains information about her relationships with her students and alumnae/ni at Scarritt College and with Unitarian educator Sophia Fahs.


7.07 Linear Feet (9 regular, one 1/2 box, and one 20"x16" Hollinger boxes (Total= 11 boxes))

Language of Materials



The collection contains documents, correspondence, book and magazine collections, manuscripts, stories, alumnae/ni documents, Evangelism course materials, proposals, photographs and albums, journals, Organization notes, diplomas, a plaque, a tapestry, awards, a handwritten will, newspaper articles and clippings, memorabilia, and ephemera.


This collection is arranged by subject in single folders and the following groups of folders: books written by Cobb, books written by other authors, Sophia Fahs Collection, and Evangelism 350.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection is property of The Virginia Davis Laskey Library, Scarritt-Bennett Center, Nashville, TN.

Finding Aid for the Alice Cobb Papers
Jim Evilsizer
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Scarritt Bennett Center - Laskey Library and Archives Repository

Virginia Davis Laskey Library and Archives
1027 18th Avenue South
Nashville TN 37212


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