Cox College and Conservatory records

Cox College and Conservatory records

Descriptive Summary

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

Biographical/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 Note

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.


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

Index Terms

Aberdeen (Miss.)
College Park (Ga.)
Cox College (College Park, Ga.)
Cox College (LaGrange, Ga.)
Cox family -- Photographs
Cox, Alice
Cox, Alice Bacon
Cox, C. C.
LaGrange (Ga.)--History.
Okolona (Miss.)
Private schools--Georgia.
Private schools--Mississippi.
Southern Female Academy (College Park, Ga.).
Steed, Clem P.

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

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.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Series 1: Correspondence

11Letters, 1870-1873
2Letters, 1874-1876
3Letters, 1877-1878
4Letters, 1879, January-May
5Letters, 1879, June-December
6Letters, 1880
7Letters, 1881
8Letters, 1883-1884
9Letters, 1885-1886
10Letters, 1887-1889
11Letters, 1890-1891
12Letters, 1892
13Letters, 1893
14Letters, 1894-1895
15Letters, 1896-1899
16Letters, 1900-1901
17Letters, 1904
18Letters, 1905, January-April
19Letters, 1905, May 1-10
20Letters, 1905, May 11-19
2a1Letters, 1905, May 22
2Letters, 1905, May 22
3Letters, 1905, May 23
4Letters, 1905, May 24
5Letters, 1905, May 25
6Letters, 1905, May 26-27
7Letters, 1905, May 26-27
8Letters, 1905, May 28-31
9Letters, 1905, June 1-8
10Letters, 1905, June 9-30
2b11Letters, 1905, July 1-16
12Letters, 1905, July 17-23
13Letters, 1905, July 24-31
14Letters, 1905, August
15Letters, 1905, September-December
16Letters, 1906-1907
17Letters, 1812
18Letters, 1920-1923 and undated

Series 2: Miscellaneous Catalogs and Print Material

31Atlanta Music Festival, 1905 1909
3Arcade, 1907-1908
4Catalogs, 1867-1868
5Catalogs, 1869
6Catalogs, 1870
7Catalogs, 1871
8Catalogs, 1872
9Catalogs, 1873-1874
10Catalogs, 1877-1878
11Catalogs, 1878-1879
12Catalogs, 1881-1882
13Catalogs, 1883-1884
14Catalogs, 1885
15Catalogs, 1887
16Catalogs, 1890-1891
17Catalogs, 1894
18Catalogs, 1896
19Catalogs, 1899
20Catalogs, 1901
41Catalogs, 1905-1906
2Catalogs, 1906-1907
3Catalogs, 1909
4Catalogs, 1912
5Catalogs, 1914
6Catalogs, 1916
7Catalogs, 1917
8Catalogs, 1918-19
9Catalogs, 1921-1922
10Cox, Alice M.-School Report
11Cox College and Conservatory and Environs, Undated
12Empty Envelopes
13Examinations & lists of Texts & Music
14Newspaper clippings, 1874-1899
15Southern Female College #2, Lagrange, 1895-1918
16Newspaper clippings, 1900-1929
17Newspaper clippings, undated
18Newspaper clippings, 1930-1962
51North American Review Article Re Literature
4Recital Programs, 1873-1909
5Scharwenka, Philipp Autograph on Certificate, 1894
6Senior Class Book, 1919
7Recital Programs, 1910-1928, undated
8Southern Baptist College for Women Prospectus
9Southern Female College Souvenir, 1890 - 96
11Teacher's Manuals, etc.
12Winona Female College Catalog, 1880 - 81
13Y.W.C.A. Committee Reports
14Catalog, 1938
16Miscellaneous 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 (2 copies)
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

Series 3: Scrapbooks

61Southern Female College, 1857-1876
2Southern Female College, 1877-1881
3Southern Female College, 1874-1892
4Southern Female College, 1881-1892
71Cox College, 1900-1905
2Cox College, 1905-1910
3Cox College and Conservatory, 1911-1912
81Notebook and Accounts, Various dates
2Clippings, Programs, pamphlets, etc.
(Some history of College in here)
3Select Essays
(Pictures of LaGrange Female Seminary in here)
4Alumnae Records

Series 4: Photographs

Subseries 4A: People

91C. C. Cox (5 pictures)
2Mrs. Mamie Bacon Cox (1 picture)
3Alice Cox (Mrs Crenshaw (6 pictures)
4Group 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
5I.F. Cox, 1865-1888 (2 pictures)
6Sallie Cox ( Mrs. Stanton) (4 pictures)
7Subseries 4B Buildings
Main entry lobby
Southern Female College
Cox College, College Park (1 picture)
Southern Female College (7 pictures)

Subseries 4C: Oversized Photographs

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