National College Collection

 Collection — Container: 13
Identifier: 2019.014

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

This collection of 16 Hollinger boxes contains documents, correspondences, personal surveys, constitutions, directories, meeting minutes, yearbooks, articles of corporations, publications, and catalogs regarding The National College and its predecessor, The Kansas City National Training School.


  • Majority of material found within 1899 - 1970

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 24 hours are required to retrieve these items for use. Contact The Laskey Library, Scarritt-Bennett Center, Nashville, TN.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interesests of this collection remain with the creator. Contact The Laskey Library, Scarritt-Bennett Center, Nashville, TN

Biographical / Historical

National College was founded in 1899 in Kansas City, Kansas. However, it was called The Fisk Bible and Training School at this time, and its main purpose was to train women to be Deaconesses in the Methodist Church. In 1904, the school changed its name to The Kansas City National Training School for Missionaries and Deaconesses (KCNTS). The KCNTS Alumnae Association was founded in 1907. The name of the school was changed again during the Great Depression in 1933 to The National Training School for Christian Workers. In 1946, the school changed its name to National College for Christian Workers, and the graduates were assured they would receive Bachelor of Arts degrees from an accredited school. The school closed in 1964.


16 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



This collection contains correspondences, documents, photographs and a scrapbook, directories, enrollment records, newspaper articles and clippings, documents, yearbooks, course catalogs, and publications related to The National College, The Kansas City National Training School, and The Alumnae Association from 1900-1980.


This collection is arranged by Alumnae Association documents, National College records, staff correspondences, “A History of Commitment” publication and associated documents and notes by Louise Dutcher Johnson, World Horizon publications, “The Shield” yearbooks, National College catalogs, and scrapbooks

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection is the property of The Laskey Library, Scarritt-Bennett Center, Nashville, TN

National College Collections
Jim Evilsizer
November 6, 2019
Language of description
Script of description

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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