Scarritt College Course Catalogs

Identifier: 2019.024

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

The scope of this collection is to preserve course catalogs, course descriptions, bulletins, and promotional material for workshops, seminars, and summer semester classes. It contains bound and unbound original catalogs, and a cornucopia of pamphlets, brochures, and other promotional materals.


  • Majority of material found within 1895 - 1986

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. Initially, it was called the Scarritt Bible and Training School. In 1924, it moved to Nashville, TN, and was renamed the Scarritt College for Christian Workers. It became a became a Graduate School in 1981. The institution started publishing course catalogs in 1895. Course catalogs were initially called yearbooks. Later publications were called The Trained Layworker, Catalogues, Bulletins, Annual Catalogue and Announcements.


10 Linear Feet (5 full- and 5 half- size Hollinger boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection contains published catalogs from 1895 to 1988 except 1916 and 1917, and duplicate copies are located throughout. In addition to course descriptions, publications often contained announcements for upcoming years and short essays with a variety of noteworthy information. Separate folders contain promotional information for summer courses starting in 1929 and sponsored workshops on a other courses offered after 1949.


The publications are generally placed in chronological order from 1895 to 1988 in 10 Hollinger boxes.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

Scarritt College Course Catalogs
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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