Scarritt College Presidential Papers

Identifier: 2017-015

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

The collection organizes the communications, reports, newspapers articles, photographs, financial data, college coursework, staff and human resources information, promotional literature, and ephemera into folders for each president.


  • Majority of material found within 1918 - 1988

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

Scarritt College opened in 1892 in Kansas City, MO., as a Methodist training school for women to become missionaries and deaconesses. Eugene Hendrix was the first president and Belle Bennent the first vice president. Dr. and Mrs. Nathan Scarritt provided significant financial resources. In 1924, the college moved to Nashville during Jesse Lee Cunninggim’s presidency. Hugh C. Stuntz, the first president included in the collection, became president in 1943. Scarritt college closed in 1988.


5 Linear Feet (5 Full-size Hollinger boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection contains historical information regarding eight presidents of Scarritt from 1918 to to its closing in 1988. The presidents covered in this collection are Edmund Cook (1918-19210, J.L. Cunninngim (1921-1943), Hugh C. Stuntz (1943-1956), Foye Gibson ((1957-1959), D.D. Holt (1960-1970), Gerald Anderson (1970-1973), Richard Palmer (1973-1977), and Donald Welch (1980-1988). It does not cover Presidents Eugene Hendrix (1892), Edmund Cook (1918-1921), Jesse Lee Cunninggim (1921-1943), It does not include information about Maria Layng Gibson (1892-1918, Douglas Reid Sasser ((1978-1979), nor Interim President Sam Buchanan (1977-1978).


The collection is arranged chronologically starting with President Edmund Cook and finishing with President Donald Welch. The individual folders for each president are arranged by subject. The folders have been stored in Hollinger boxes.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

Presidential Papers Finding Aid
Jim Evilsizer
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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