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Accession #MC2009/65
TopicHardman, Eva: Diploma, Bible School, 1897,
KeywordsReligion, E. S. Young,
TitleDiploma: The Bible School 16 March 1897, Granted to Eva Hardman
LocationFlat File Drawer B
CitationDiploma: The Bible School 16 March 1897, Granted to Eva Hardman , MC2009/65, Archives and Church of the Brethren Collection, Funderburg Library, Manchester University, North Manchester, Indiana.
AccessResearchers are responsible for determining copyright status of archived materials where this is relevant to their intended use of the materials.
ProvenanceUnknown, in Archives prior to April 2006.
Scope and Content1. One diploma belonging to Eva Hardman from The Bible School, 16 March 1897.
Date of Accession18 April 2009
Bio History Note

One diploma from The Bible School signed by E. S. Young, President, Manchester College, 16 March 1897.  A previous accession number of 88-8-335 had been given to the object and belongs to a previous accessioning system. 


First and former president on the Manchester College campus, David N. Howe, along with the Trustees, sold the institution to avoid financial ruin. They had been duped by the second college president, Professor Kriebel, who promised to endow North Manchester College with a million dollars from an anonymous, aging millionaire.  This endowment had turned out to be an empty promise that ran the college towards bankruptcy.  

E. S. Young and his brother (S. S. Young) purchased the College after the Kriebel scandal. They came from Mt. Morris, Illinois with the intent to start their own German Baptist Brethren college and Bible School.  The name they gave the institution was, "Manchester College and The Bible School."

From, A Century of Faith, Learning and Service, by Timothy K. Jones, pg. 20.:

"The Bible Department, however, seems to have taken center stage in the early days of the college.  Catalog descriptions of courses and degrees spanned 14 pages in 1896-97.  The aims of the Bible School, the catalog noted, included giving 'everyone who desires it, whether intending to work in the ministry, Sunday-school, prayer meeting, or mission field, a broader knowledge of the Word of God.'  The school had the added goal of establishing Bible school in districts and local churches, 'so that many who cannot leave their homes may have an opportunity for a short term of Bible study.'  The school even offered a correspondence Bible course."

Archivist Note

Description prepared 18 April 2009 by Jeanine M. Wine.


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