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Archives and Special Collections

Digital Collections

Buchanan Photograph Collection

The Buchanan Photograph Collection consists of 63 glass plate negatives taken by Isaac William Pleasant Buchanan, a graduate of Cumberland University (A.B. 1885, Ph.D. 1892). I.W.P. Buchanan was the Head of the Mathematics Department at Cumberland from 1894 to 1898 and the first Headmaster at Castle Heights Academy in Lebanon, Tennessee. Although very little detail is available about the subjects depicted in the photographs, they are primarily family members and house servants. The images show scenes of the people and places of Lebanon during the late 1800s to the early 1900s, including the local buildings of the period. The collection was a donation from Dr. Virginia Lockmiller, a long-time trustee of the University. We are grateful to the staff of the Tennessee State Library and Archives for digitizing the images.

Student Newspapers

This collection contains digitized copies of Cumberland University's student newspapers, The Cumberland Kick-Off and The Cumberland Collegian.

Yearbooks, Bulletins, and Catalogues

Included in this collection are University Catalogues, Bulletins from 1846-2000, as well as The Phoenix yearbooks from 1895-1989. Also included are Annual Catalogues of the Lebanon College for Young Ladies, 1907-1908, and its earlier publication, The Cedars, 1903. Additionally, the complete volume of Winstead Paine Bone’s book, A History of Cumberland University, 1842-1935 was included in this digitized collection which is now available online. This exciting project was made possible through the LYRASIS Mass Digitization Collaborative – a Sloan Foundation grant-subsidized program that has made digitization easy and affordable for libraries and cultural institutions across the country.