William Alfred Millis,
The History of Hanover College
From 1827 to 1927
(Hanover, Indiana: Hanover College, 1927).
Hanover Historical Texts Project
Scanned and proofread by Sadiye Amcaoglu, Nida Khan,
Julie Merkel, Jonathan Perry, Faiza Shah, and Cory Sims in November 2000.
Object to give a picture of the growth of the College as an institution; Sources of material; What in general the picture shows.
II. John Finley Crowe, "TWICE THE FOUNDER."
Early life; activities as founder, trustee, professor and agent; The strong man of the Faculty.
III. The Corporation.
When, where and by whom organized; Objects of organizers and supporters; How governed; The charters - revisions and provisions; Trustees - selection, tenure, qualifications.
IV. The Presidents.
Brief sketches of individual men and their administrations; General ability, scholarship, personal contributions to the College; Productive work; How selected, salaries, powers, tenure.
V. The College and the Church.
College and Presbyterian Church of Hanover; College and Presbytery; College and the Synod of Indiana; The College and the Boards; Denominational character; The Theological Seminary.
VI. The College and Indiana.
Location, reasons for; Change of sites; Various attempts at removal; Presbytery and Synod twice select the present site; Sentimental attachments; Advantages of location; Hanover's contribution to leadership in Indiana; Hanover as a part of the educational system of Indiana.
VII. Financial Struggle for Existence.
Sources of endowments and income; Tuition charges at different periods; Other sources of income; Proportion of cost paid by student at different periods; Growth of assets.
VIII. Plant and Equiptment.
The old campus; New campus; College Farm; Story of the several buildings, costs, reconstruction; The building program; Laboratories, observatory, library, gymnasium, dormitory.
Education of young men for the ministry; Doctor Blythe's broader outlook; The "Manual Labor System"; Required by charter provisions; Failure of the system; Publication of church paper; Law School; Teacher Training; Pre-technical courses; Hanover essentially and consistently a Lieral Arts College.
X. The Curriculum.
The course of study adopted in 1830; Adoption verbatim of course of Miami University; Doctor MacMaster's revision; Hebrew; Struggle of the Natural Sciences for recognition; Classical and Scientific courses; Present Course of Study; Suspension of Preparatory Department; Graduate work; Advanced Degrees.
XI. Entrance and Graduation Requirements.
Academic requirements at different periods; age and character qualifications; Sub-rosa admission of women, 1869; Admission to full standing, 1880; Negroes not admitted; Do high schools prepare for college entrance as efficiently as the Preparatory Department?; Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts - prescribed and optional subjects, qualitative requirements.
XII. The Faculty.
Faculty selection of its own members; The scholarship of professors; Consideration of character and experience; inspirational powers; Professorial dignity; Church connections; Tenure; A roll of honor; The teaching load; Professor's salaries; Administrative duties; Intimate personal contact of teacher and student; Faculty families; Catalogue of Professors.
XIII. Methods of Instruction.
The recitation, laboratory and lecture methods; Use of library; Text books - selection, character; Influence of the introduction of science on methods of teaching; Change from abstract to concrete instruction; Teaching for personal use.
XIV. The Hanover Student.
Social status of students, descendants of sturdy pioneer stock; Hanover primarily an Indiana institution; Attendance from other states; Majority of students within the fifty-mile radius; Sources of students by decades; Sources of Indiana students by counties; Attendance from Jefferson County; Total net attendance by years from 1833 to 1926 inclusive; Student conduct; Volume and character of discipline by Faculty; Improvement of student conduct; Self-government.
XV. Student Activities.
The Literary Societies; The Christian Associations; Fraternities; Student Publications; Athletics; Other activities.
XVI. Student Life.
Student life wholesome; Living in private homes; Dormitories; Fraternity houses; Keeping expenses low; Expenses by decades; Comparative costs at Hanover and other colleges; The cost of student pleasure life; Scholarships; The Rotary Loan Fund; How Dr. Wiley lived; How Hanover students have dressed; The transportation problem; [Page 6] Waiting for the mail; Inauguration of telephone service; Student pleasure life.
XVII. The Alumni.
Their successes general; Found in all parts of the world; Distribution by vocations; The Alumni Record; Number of graduates by classes from 1834 to 1926; Hanover's contribution to Religion, Science, Government and Education notable; Growth of the scholarly spirit.
XVIII. A Chapter of Reminiscences.
A picture of the College during and immediately following the Civil War, by Dr. Edward P. Whallon and Dr. Stanley Coulter.
XIX. Looking Backward and Forward.
A valiant struggle with adversity in many forms; Poverty, the ever-present source of difficulty; The self-forgetting devotion of the early faculties; Hanover's rich heritage of prayer; The obstacle of location; The competition of tax-supported institutions; Church support; The problem of standardization; "The System of Things"; The first century ends in victory; The future bright with great promise.
A table of the more important events in the history of the College.
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