Earl H. Smith
A lively history of Colby College from its founding in 1813 to the present day.
Founded by Baptists in Waterville, Maine (and originally named The Maine Literary and Theological Institution), Colby College began as a tiny place- half college, half seminary. It faced doom at the end of the Civil War but was rescued by Gardner Colby, a wealthy manufacturer whose $50,000 donation saved the college. Three years later, it changed its name to honor its benefactor. Sixty years after that, the tiny college had become choked by the city's success. Squeezed between the Kennebec River and the railroad tracks, it faced the daunting challenge of building a larger campus. This book tells the story of that audacious move, made in the darkest days of the Great Depression and funded by Waterville's residents, who raised $100,000 for a new campus on the heights above the city- on Mayflower Hill.
The years after the move were marked by vibrant growth and daring change, leading to an institutional prominence unimagined by the founders. Using anecdotes and biographical asides to humanize this history, Earl H. Smith describes Colby's shift from a religious focus to secularism, from "coordination" to coeducation, and from provincialism to global notice. Smith tracks the growth of an ever-stronger faculty who were willing to make innovative changes in the curriculum and of trustees who dared to revolutionize student life by shedding outdated traditions. He brings to life the voices of students during the 1960s and 1970s, eager to change the old rules, protest an unpopular war, and demand equality and social justice on campus and worldwide. And perhaps most important of all, Smith illuminates how Colby College slowly reversed its role from the protected to a protector of the city that saved it.
Far more than a mere institutional history, Mayflower Hill resonates with the independent spirit of its founders and of subsequent generations of presidents, trustees, faculty, and students who took inspiration and courage from the story of the old college and carried the new Colby to its place among the finest small colleges in the land.
Ernest C. Marriner
Beloved Colby historian Ernest Cummings Marriner '13 documents Robert E. Lee Strider's nineteen years as president of Colby College. Marriner is also the author of the definitive History of Colby, which covers the period up to the Strider presidency.
Ernest C. Marriner
An account of the life of Franklin W. Johnson, Colby College's fifteenth president, who served from 1929-1942. Under Johnson, the college relocated from a crowded downtown campus to its current home on Mayflower Hill in Waterville, Maine.
Ernest Cummings Marriner
As Colby College approaches 1963, the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the granting of its charter by the General Court of Massachusetts, a new history of the college seems appropriate. Many changes have occurred during the third of a century since Dr. Edwin C. Whittemore published his history of the college in 1927. A great deal of material not available to Dr. Whittemore has also come to light concerning Colby's first century. Decision has therefore been made to publish an entirely new account.
The present  history seeks to portray the development of the college against the background of the changing times. For instance, early events are shown in the light of the Baptist movement of the early nineteenth century, of the controversy between Federalist Boston and Jeffersonian Maine, and of the importance of the Dartmouth College decision by the United States Supreme Court. In the later periods consideration has necessarily been given to the effect of the Civil War on Maine business and finance, the splurge of investment in western lands, the theological conservatism of Maine Baptists, and the shifting tides in New England regarding coeducation.
Persistently this history seeks to answer the recurring question, "Why?" Why was the theological course so soon abandoned? Why did General Richardson wreck the chances to secure an additional land grant? Why did Gardner Colby's restrictions on his gift in 1865 cease to be effective? Why was the Centennial celebrated in 1920 instead of 1913? Why did enrollment of men decline alarmingly in the first decade of this century? These and many other questions confront any serious inquirer into Colby history.
Bertha Louise Soule
An account of the life of Arthur J. Roberts, president of Colby College during the years 1908-1927.
"He could be an outstanding president because with comprehending mind he knew what to notice and what to overlook, when to condemn and when to forgive, and kept always the commonsense, the fresh outlook of youth."
Norris Potter Jr.
A collection of Colby student poetry edited by Norris Potter, Jr.
"This 'Anthology of Recent Colby Verse' merits the attention of everyone interested in poetry-or in Colby. It contains, perhaps, no great poems; but it contains many interesting ones." --From the introduction by Merle Crowell, Editor of the American Magazine.
Edwin Carey Whittemore
The definitive history of Colby College's first century.
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