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Bibliography - noun, a list often with descriptive or critical notes of writings relating to a particular subject, period, or author [Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary]

These and other sources are available in the Harrison-Baird Reading Room in the Kentucky Building.

Namesake

Robert Wenn Ogden, born 1796 in Loudon County, Virginia moved to Warren County, Kentucky in 1815 and built his farm, Walnut Grove. Having no children, Ogden made provisions to establish a school in his name after his death. He set up a regent and a board of no more than five trustees to use $50,000 to create, endow and run Ogden College. Tuition scholarships were to be provided for white Warren County and Kentucky students. Robert Ogden died November 10, 1873 and his executor Hector Loving became the first regent of the school.

History

Under the provisions of Ogden's will Hector Loving named trustees and his own successor. The first trustees appointed in 1874 were Robert Rodes, president, D.W. Wright, secretary/treasurer, Hezekiah Thomas, William Hobson and H.T. Clark. Loving remained regent until 1913 when he was succeeded by D.W. Wright. D.W. Wright in turn served until his death in 1922 having appointed his nephew R.C.P. Thomas to succeed him.

Ogden College opened September 3, 1877 with President James Wightman presiding. A charter was obtained from the state legislature on March 8, 1878. The school was located on Thomas Calvert's farm in a building originally used by Warren College. In 1923 Perry Snell pledge $20,000 for the construction of Snell Hall which had an estimated cost of $50,000.

The original curriculum consisted of a two-year preparatory course and a four-year college course. This varied over time. Accreditation was an ongoing issue. The largest enrollment was 162 students in 1918. The school was served by ten presidents the last several acting as faculty chairs.

In November 1927 Regent R.C.P. Thomas leased Ogden College campus, which consisted of three buildings on seven acres and a 140 acre farm, to Western Kentucky State Normal School & Teachers College for a period of 20 years to begin January 1, 1928. Ogden College was to be named Ogden Department of Science with proceeds from the endowment to support the department. Student records were transferred to the custody of Western. This was effectively the end of Ogden College.

Articles

Alumni / Western Alumnus

Ogden College

1972 Summer p. 32
1972/73 Winter pp. 4-5
1973/74 Winter p. 32
1974 Fall pp. 26-29
1975/76 Winter p. 32
1976/77 Winter pp. 6-9
1977/78 Winter pp. 20-21, 26
1980 Summer p. 25

Ogden Awards

1970 Fall p. 32
1971 Summer p. 5
1974 Summer p. 29
1976 Spring p. 28
1977 Spring p. 26; Summer pp. 1 & 26
1978 Summer p. 24
1979 Summer p. 24
1985 Summer p. 6

College Heights Herald 

Ogden College

1939 - Dec. 8, p. 1
1940 - Nov. 22, pp. 1 & 12
1942 - March 13, p. 2
1945 - Jan. 12, p. 1; Oct. 26, p. 1
1948 - Jan. 16, p. 5
1950 - May 26, p. 3
1955 - April 8, pp. 4 & 6
1960 - May 27, p. 1
1963 - Feb. 13, p. 2
1968 - Nov. 21, p. 16
1971 - April 6, p. 3

Alumni

1934 - Jan. 12, p. 1
1935 - Jan. 11, p. 1
1937 - Jan. 13, p. 1
1938 - Jan. 7, p. 1
1939 - Jan. 13, p. 2
1941 - Nov. 28, p. 5
1943 - Jan. 15, p. 1
1948 - Dec. 10, p. 12
1952 - Jan. 11, p. 1
1958 - Jan. 17, p. 1

Founder's Day

1935 - April 26, p. 1
1938 - April 1, p. 1; April 8, p. 1
1941 - March 28, p. 4
1942 - March 27, p. 3
1943 - April 9, p. 3
1948 - April 9, p. 1
1959 - April 10, p. 5
1963 - March 27, p. 1

Awards

Ogden-Robinson Oratorical Contest Winners  
Ogden Trustees Scholarship Award Winners    

Other Publications

Johnson, Jesse and Lowell Harrison.  "Ogden College: A Brief History," Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, Vol. 68, No. 3, 1970, pp. 189-200, located in Harrison-Baird Reading Room

Faculty / Staff List

Anthony, Robert, Ancient Languages -1910
Ayres, Frank, Math -1924
Bates, Prof., Math 1916-
Blithe, Roy, Manual Training 1903-1905
Campbell, Arthur, Principal Preparatory Course 1908-1910
Chambers, Horace, Ancient Languages & French 1913-
Clagett, John, English 1900-
Collins, Boyd, Math, 1920-
Craig, Harry, Principal Preparatory Course 1907-1908
Crofton, Arthur, Principal Preparatory Course 1895-1907?
Crump, M.H., Natural Science 1877-1895?
Frank, J.Herbert, Manual Training 1905-
Gaddie, William, English & Math 1890-
Goodwin, H.K., History, 1895-
Hannas, Francis 1907-
Hartford, Robert, Ancient Languages 1918-
Hendrix, Enos, Law & Penmanship, 1916-
Hook, Rev. A.M. English Elocution & History 1884-1885
Huddle, Horace, Science 1919-
Johnson, Jesse, History & Coach 1923-
Lambert, Mortimer, Natural Science, 1910-
Lee, William, Natural Science, 1922-
Leotsakos, John, Ancient Languages & Geography 1877-1878
Lewis, Thompson, Ancient Languages & French 1912-1913
McCloskey, Joseph, Manual Training 1905-
McGinnis, Landon, Principal Preparatory Course 1910-
McKee, S.R., Math and Science 1895-
Manchester, Paul, English 1917-
Minks, O.L., English 1923-
Morrison, Jacob, Natural Science, 1907-1910
Norcross, Saton, Natural Science 1912-1918
Obenchain, William, Math 1878-1881
Owen, John, Natural Science 1918-1919
Palmer, Edgar, History, 1920-
Perry, William, English Elocution & History 1882-1884; 1885-
Preston, J.B. 1886-
Preston, R.L., Ancient Languages 1884-
Ramsey, George, Ancient Languages 1880-1884
Reed, Pearley, English & German 1912-1914
Richeson, A.M., Math, 1919-
Schoefield, Prof., Manual Training 1900-1903
Steele, Asa -1907
Uhler, John, English & German 1914-
Wells, Ben, Math 1924-
Whitten, H.W., Languages 1914-
Witherspoon, Alexander, Principal Prepatory Course 1916-
Woodford, Burton, Ancient Languages 1910-
Woods, Henry, Ancient Languages 1878-1880
Woods, Marion, Ancient Languages & French 1917-1918

Documents & Primary Sources

UA97 Ogden College Records - collection inventory

The Cardinal Newspaper - 1922-1927 microfilmed

The Cardinal Yearbook - 1913, 1914 and 1917 - digitized

Ogden's First Homecoming Day Thanksgiving

The President's Home Now Completed

Snell Hall Dedication

Student records - 1877-1925 are found in UA97 Series 3.  Records for the period 1920-1925 are closed until 2025.  Inquiries may be made in WKU Archives or via email archives@wku.edu

That Ogden Spirit

UA1C11/7 Bill Lee Slide Collection - collection inventory

UA36I/25 Jesse Johnson Personal Papers - collection inventory

UA77 Alumni Relations Records - contains lists of Ogden College alumni

UA94/2 Ogden Student / Alumni Personal Papers

Series 1 - Rodes Myers Scrapbook - digitized

Series 2 - Edward Stout Papers - collection inventory

Series 3 - Small Collections - collection inventory

UA97/3 Ogden College Entrance Exam - digitized

Charles Whittle Papers - housed in Manuscripts

MSS121 Hobson Family Papers - collection inventory

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