Cox College and Conservatory records

Cox College and Conservatory records

Descriptive Summary

Title: Cox College and Conservatory records
Creator: Bacon, Milton E., 1818-1886
Creator: Cox College and Conservatory (College Park, Ga.)
Inclusive Dates: 1853-1962
Language(s): English
Extent: 6.4 Linear Feet (5 document boxes, 2 half boxes, 3 oversized boxes, 3 oversize folders A, 1 oversize folder B)
Collection Number: ms72
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

The Southern Female College (later know as Cox College) was established in ca. 1842 in LaGrange, Georgia. Milton E. Bacon (1818-1886) was president from 1843-1855. In 1857, I.F. Cox became president and eventually the name was changed to Cox College. In ca. 1895 the college was moved to College Park near Atlanta and not long after the name was changed to Cox College and Conservatory. Cox remained president until the school closed in 1923. His son, Charles C. Cox (1864-1905) served as principal for a number of years. He was married to Alice Bacon, daughter of Milton E. Bacon.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of personal correspondence of the Bacon and Cox families and records relating to the Cox College and Conservatory and its predecessors, Cox College and Southern Female College. The personal correspondence is comprised mainly of letters (1853-1886) from Milton E. Bacon to his children. Written after his tenure at SFC, Bacon is living in Okolona, then Aberdeen, Mississippi where he is involved in female academies. The letters discuss mainly family news, emphasizing the education of his grandchildren and his current position. The collection also includes the personal correspondence of Charles C. Cox (1883-1905) mainly to and from his wife Alice Bacon Cox, his daughter Alice Cox, and his friend Clem P. Steed of Macon, Georgia.

Also included are records relating to the Southern Female College (LaGrange, Ga.), Cox College (LaGrange and College Park, Ga.), and Cox College and Conservatory (College Park, Ga.) including college catalogs (1867-1922, with gaps); programs; newspaper clippings; scrapbooks (1857-1912, with gaps) containing programs, flyers, and newspaper clippings; and photographs of the Southern Female College and the Cox family.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged into 4 series: (1) Correspondence; (2) Miscellaneous Catalogs and Print Material; (3) Scrapbooks; and (4) Photographs.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cox College and Conservatory (College Park, Ga.) records, ms72, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


Gift of Mrs. Dan Burge, Atlanta, Ga. in July and September 1967.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2009 June 16.

Related Materials and Subjects

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Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Correspondence

11Letters, 1870-1873
12Letters, 1874-1876
13Letters, 1877-1878
14Letters, 1879, January-May
15Letters, 1879, June-December
16Letters, 1880
17Letters, 1881
18Letters, 1883-1884
19Letters, 1885-1886
110Letters, 1887-1889
111Letters, 1890-1891
112Letters, 1892
113Letters, 1893
114Letters, 1894-1895
115Letters, 1896-1899
116Letters, 1900-1901
117Letters, 1904
118Letters, 1905, January-April
119Letters, 1905, May 1-10
120Letters, 1905, May 11-19
2a1Letters, 1905, May 22
2a2Letters, 1905, May 22
2a3Letters, 1905, May 23
2a4Letters, 1905, May 24
2a5Letters, 1905, May 25
2a6Letters, 1905, May 26-27
2a7Letters, 1905, May 26-27
2a8Letters, 1905, May 28-31
2a9Letters, 1905, June 1-8
2a10Letters, 1905, June 9-30
2b11Letters, 1905, July 1-16
2b12Letters, 1905, July 17-23
2b13Letters, 1905, July 24-31
2b14Letters, 1905, August
2b15Letters, 1905, September-December
2b16Letters, 1906-1907
2b17Letters, 1812
2b18Letters, 1920-1923 and undated

2. Catalogs and Print Material

31Atlanta Music Festival, 1905 1909
33Arcade, 1907-1908
34Catalogs, 1867-1868
35Catalogs, 1869
36Catalogs, 1870
37Catalogs, 1871
38Catalogs, 1872
39Catalogs, 1873-1874
310Catalogs, 1877-1878
311Catalogs, 1878-1879
312Catalogs, 1881-1882
313Catalogs, 1883-1884
314Catalogs, 1885
315Catalogs, 1887
316Catalogs, 1890-1891
317Catalogs, 1894
318Catalogs, 1896
319Catalogs, 1899
320Catalogs, 1901
41Catalogs, 1905-1906
42Catalogs, 1906-1907
43Catalogs, 1909
44Catalogs, 1912
45Catalogs, 1914
46Catalogs, 1916
47Catalogs, 1917
48Catalogs, 1918-19
49Catalogs, 1921-1922
410Cox, Alice M.-School Report
411Cox College and Conservatory and Environs, Undated
412Empty Envelopes
413Examinations & lists of Texts & Music
414Newspaper clippings, 1874-1899
415Southern Female College #2, Lagrange, 1895-1918
416Newspaper clippings, 1900-1929
417Newspaper clippings, undated
418Newspaper clippings, 1930-1962
51North American Review Article Re Literature
54Recital Programs, 1873-1909
55Scharwenka, Philipp Autograph on Certificate, 1894
56Senior Class Book, 1919
57Recital Programs, 1910-1928, undated
58Southern Baptist College for Women Prospectus
59Southern Female College Souvenir, 1890 - 96
511Teacher's Manuals, etc.
512Winona Female College Catalog , 1880 - 81
513Y.W.C.A. Committee Reports
514Catalog, 1938
516Miscellaneous Catalogues from Other Colleges
Alabama Central Female College-Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 1875-76
Andrew Female College-Cuthbert, Georgia, 1869-70
Atlanta Classical College-Atlanta, Georgia, 1867
Augusta Academic and Collegiate Institute-Augusta, Georgia, 1868
Columbia University-New York, New York, Summer Session, 1909
Columbia University-New York, New York, 1909-10
Eminence College-Eminence, Kentucky, 1871-72
Lucy Cobb Institute-Athens, Georgia, 1874-75
Orion Institute-Orion, Georgia, 1854-55
Salem Female Academy-Salem, North Carolina, 1874-75
Trinity University-Tehuacana, Texas, 1871-72
Trinity University-Tehuacana, Texas, 1872-73
Troy Female Seminary-Troy, New York, 1871
Virginia Female Institute-Staunton, Virginia, 1869-70
Von Ende Music School-New York, New York, 1911-12
W.E. Ward's Seminary for Young Ladies-Nashville, Tennessee, 1869-70
Young Female College-Thomasville, Georgia, 1874-75

3. Scrapbooks

61Southern Female College, 1857-1876
62Southern Female College, 1877-1881
63Southern Female College, 1874-1892
64Southern Female College, 1881-1892
71Cox College, 1900-1905
72Cox College, 1905-1910
73Cox College and Conservatory, 1911-1912
81Notebook and Accounts, Various dates
82Clippings, Programs, pamphlets, etc.
(Some history of College in here)
83Select Essays
(Pictures of LaGrange Female Seminary in here)
84Alumnae Records

4. Photographs

4.1 People

91C. C. Cox
92Mrs. Mamie Bacon Cox
93Alice Cox (Mrs Crenshaw
94Group pictures
President I.F. Cox & group of girls, no date
Graduating class of 1895
Southern Female College, 1893
Children in School yard, no date
Children in School yard, no date
Cox College Orchestra, no date
Southern Female College-Cox College, ca. 1912
I.F. Cox & group of girls, ca. 1870's
President Charles Cox & girls, ca. 1914
W.S. Cox & Girls, ca. 1918
95I.F. Cox, 1865-1888
96Sallie Cox ( Mrs. Stanton)

4.2 Buildings

Main entry lobby
Southern Female College
Cox College, College Park
Southern Female College

4.3 Oversize

1B1I.F. Cox, President of College, 1865-1888
1B2Milton E. Bacon
1B3Charles C. Cox
2AGraduating Class (with President Charles Cox)- 2 photographs, 1914 & Undated
3AClass Portraits , circa 1912 & 1918
4AClass Portrait; Cox College, College Park, 1870 & 1895

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