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RG 1 (A8). Gordon Catalog

INTRODUCTION

Date:
1892 - current; missing: 1895, 1898, 1900 - 1904, 1906, 1908, 1922.

Note: Some early Catalogs are available only as photocopies of originals.

Extent: 12.5 linear feet, including 9 boxes and over 70 bound volumes.

Creator: Gordon College. The current office reposible for publication of the Catalog is the Registrar's Office.

Access Restrictions: None. The Catalogs are open for public access.
Note: Duplicate copies of Catalogs beginning in 1914 are kept in Jenks Library.


SCOPE AND CONTENT


The Catalog is the annual print catalog of the College, used to promote the school and introduce the public to its mission, curriculum, culture and people. The Catalog includes lists of courses, faculty, staff, members of the Board of Trustees, descriptions of curriculum, honor societies, special programs, disciplinary policies, the school Statement of Faith and other general information. Older catalogs include lists of students and graduates by class. Typically, the Catalog is printed in anticipation of the school year it represents. For example, the Catalog for the 1955/56 school year was printed during the previous school year, in March 1955.

Although the school was founded in 1889, the first Catalog in the collection is for the 1891/92 school year. There are no known catalogs for the school's first two years. 


ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY

During the period 1907 - 1914, the Gordon School merged with and was a part of Newton Theological Institution. During these years, the Gordon catalog was included in a special section of the Newton catalogs, which are a part of this collection.

During its lifespan, the school has undergone several name changes, which are reflected in the Catalog and its title.

1889
Boston Missionary Training Institute
1889 Boston Square Missionary Training Institute
1892 Boston Missionary Training School
1895 Gordon Missionary Training School
1903 Gordon Bible and Missionary Training School
1907
The Gordon School of the Newton Theological Institution
1914 Gordon Bible Institute (independent from newton Theological Institution)
1916 Gordon Bible College
1921 Gordon College of Theology and Missions
1950 Gordon College and Divinity School (The Catalog began using this title in 1950, although the name did not become official until 1962.)
1970 Gordon College (On May 24, 1970 the graduate division, Gordon Divinity School, merged with Conwell School of Theology to become Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a separate entity from Gordon College.)
1985 Gordon College, The United College of Gordon and Barrington (after merging with Barrington College of Providence, RI)


INVENTORY

Box 1, 1892 - 1916

Box 1 contains an incomplete set of catalogs from1892 to 1916, with an irregular assortment of originals and copies. For several years, the only remaining records are copies of the originals.

  • Folder 1. 1892 (3rd year, 1891/92), Catalogue and Prospectus of the Boston Missionary Training School. 5 copies.
  • Folder 2. 1893 (4th year). Catalogue and Prospectus of the Boston Missionary Training School. 3 copies.
  • Folder 3. 1894 (5th year). Catalogue and Prospectus of the Boston Missionary Training School. 7 copies.
  • Folder 4. 1896 (7th year). Catalogue and Prospectus of the Boston Missionary Training School. 1 original. 2 copies.
  • Folder 5. 1897 (8th year). Catalogue and Prospectus of the Gordon Missionary Training School. 1 original. 2 copies.
  • Folder 6. 1899 (10th year). Catalogue and Prospectus of the Gordon Missionary Training School. 1 original. 2 copies.
  • Folder 7. 1905 (16th year). Sixteenth Year of the Gordon Bible and Missionary Training School. 3 copies.
  • Folder 8. 1907. Newton Theological Institution. 1 original. 2 copies.
  • Folder 9. 1909-1910. The Newton Theological Institution. 2 originals.
  • Folder 10. 1910. The Newton Theological Institution. 3 copies.
  • Folder 11. 1910-1911. The Newton Theological Institution. 3 originals.
  • Folder 12. 1911-1912. The Newton Theological Institution. 2 originals.
  • Folder 13. 1912-1913. The Newton Theological Institution. 1 original.
  • Folder 14. 1914. The Catalog of the Gordon Bible Institute. 3 originals.
  • Folder 15. 1915. Bulletin of the Gordon Bible Institute. 2 originals.
  • Folder 14. 1916. Bulletin of the Gordon Bible College. 3 copies.

Box 2, 1919 - 1926

Box 3, 1927 - 1942

Unboxed. Bound Volumes, 1911 - 2010