Scarritt Bible and Training School Collection

Identifier: 2018-018

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

The scope of this collection is to archive documents, correspondences, newspaper clippings, student and alumnus documentation, scrapbooks, graduation certificates, ephemera, and a vast collection of identified and unidentified photographs of individuals, groups, and buildings collected from its inception in 1892 to 1924 and was renamed Scarritt College for Christian Workers.


  • Majority of material found within 1893 - 1924

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 Bible and Training School opened in 1892 in Kansas City, MO. as a Methodist training school for women to become missionaries and deaconesses. Belle Harris Bennett, a Southern Methodist woman missionary presented the idea to create a training school for missionaries in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. The idea was agreed upon at the Southern Methodist Woman's Board of Foreign Missions annual conference in 1889. Board members Nathan and Martha (nee Chick) Scarritt were the first to offer pledges, financial support, and land for the new training school. The first building's cornerstone was laid in Kansas City on July 2, 1891. In 1924, it moved to Nashville, TN, and was renamed the Scarritt College For Christian Workers.


12 Linear Feet (12 Full-size Hollinger Boxes)

Language of Materials



Since the School’s opening in 1892, students, staff, faculty, and others saved a variety if documentation, books, journals, ephemera, and photographs that chronicled the life experiences at the institution. This Collection archives these items for posterity.


The collection contents are grouped by subjects and are not in chronological order. The collection is arranged in 12 full-size and Hollinger boxes

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

Scarritt Bible and Training School Collection
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


About this Site

This site contains collection guides, or finding aids, to the archival collections held by Vanderbilt University Special Collections and University Archives, the History of Medicine Collection, and the Scarritt Bennett Center. Finding aids describe the context, arrangement, and structure of archival materials, allowing users to identify and request materials relevant to their research.

Requesting Materials

Each finding aid contains a link to request materials from the collections. Collections can also be requested by emailing the repository directly through the library website. Each repository has its own location, hours, and contact information. Please consult the repository with questions about using the materials. Collections are non-circulating and must be used in the repository’s reading room. In many cases, the collections are stored off-site and require advance notice for retrieval.