Lucy Cobb Institute diplomas

Lucy Cobb Institute diplomas

Descriptive Summary

Title: Lucy Cobb Institute diplomas
Creator: Lucy Cobb Institute (Athens, Ga.)
Inclusive Dates: 1873-1977
Language(s): English
Extent: 2 oversize_folders
Collection Number: UA15-025
Repository: University of Georgia Archives

Collection Description

Historical Note

The Lucy Cobb Institute, a secondary school for young women in Athens, Georgia, was founded in 1859 by Thomas R. R. Cobb, a prominent lawyer and proslavery writer. Cobb had hoped his daughter, Lucy, would be able to attend the school but she died before it opened. The Institute's board decided to honor her by naming the school after her. One of the most noted teachers at the school was Mildred Lewis Rutherford, T.R.R. Cobb's niece. She taught at the school from 1880-1928, serving as principal during 23 of those years. The students, known as "Lucies", were educated in both the academics and gentility, perparing them for both private and public life. The school closed its doors in 1931 during the depression. In the 1980s and early 1990s the Lucy Cobb Institute was renovated with two appropriations from Congress and well as money private donations totaling over $5.5 million and is now included on the National Register of Historic Places. It is now the home of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of several diplomas from various graduates who matriculated at the Lucy Cobb Institute in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Lucy Cobb Institute diplomas, UA15-025, University of Georgia Archives, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2015.

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Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

2Scudder, Smith, and Yow

Special Collections Libraries
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-1641