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Luther Rice papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS0260-UA
Materials in this collection include correspondence financial ledgers, log books. His papers include promissory notes, financial documents, college building appeal, Baptist Documents, notebooks, diaries and other records. The collection covers the twenty year period between 1812 and 1832.

Dates

  • 1812-1832

Creator

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Extent

4 Linear Feet

Abstract

Luther Rice (1783-1836) is regarded as the founder of Columbian College, now The George Washington University. Collection include correspondence financial ledgers, log books. His papers include promissory notes, financial documents, college building appeal, Baptist Documents, notebooks, diaries and other records. The collection covers the twenty year period between 1812 and 1832.

Historical or Biographical Note

Luther Rice (1783-1836) is regarded as the founder of Columbian College, now The George Washington University. Rice was born in Nothborough Massachusetts in 1783 and died in Edgefield district, South Carolina in 1836. Rice entered Williams College in 1807 and there developed a strong interest in foreign missions.

He was ordained as a Congregational minister in Salem, Massachusetts in 1812. In 1813 and after a missionary journey to India, he went to Boston. Having difficulties with policy within the Congregational Church he turned to the Baptists, as had many of his fellow missionaries.

With his missionary zeal he turned to the cause of ministerial education. Mainly through his efforts, fund-raising and personal influence he established, along with five other Baptist missionaries, the Columbian College in the District of Columbia. For several years he served Columbian College as its agent and treasurer.

Acquisition Information

Provenance of this collection not known.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Luther Rice Papers, 1812-1832
Author
University Archives, Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Date
2006
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

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