John Mitchell Bonnell papers, 1848-1864

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Bonnell, John Mitchell, 1820-1871.
Title: John Mitchell Bonnell papers, 1848-1864
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 105
Extent: 6 bound volumes (BV)
Abstract:Collection consists of a common-place book, two record books, two lesson books, and a sermon book of Methodist educator and college president John Mitchell Bonnell.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Biographical Note

John Mitchell Bonnell, educator and college president, was born 16 April 1820, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and died in September 1871. He became a Methodist minister (1845) and served in Georgia and Kentucky; was professor of Greek Literature, Emory College, Oxford, Georgia (1851); taught natural science at Wesleyan Female College, Macon, Georgia (1852); was president of Tuscaloosa (Alabama) Female High School (ca. 1853-1859); and served as president of Wesleyan Female College (ca. 1860-1871). Bonnell's son, John Fletcher Bonnell, taught at Emory College after his father's death.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of a common-place book (1848-), two record books (1856-1859), two lesson books, and a sermon book. Bonnell's common-place book contains excerpts from literature read, thoughts on classical and theological questions, and notes. The record books contain a list of pupils at Tuscaloosa Methodist Female High School (1856-1857) and a list of the faculties of the Methodist Schools (1858-1859; later used by J.F. Bonnell). The sermon book also contains a draft of a letter refusing to allow Wesleyan Female College to be used as a Confederate Hospital (ca. 1864).

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Container List

Box Folder Content
1 1 Commonplace book, 1848-?
1 2 Lesson book (1)
1 3 Lesson book (2)
1 4 Record of faculty of Methodist Schools, 1858-1859, and some information on the schools
1 5 Record of the pupils, Tuscaloosa Methodist Female High School, October 1856-April 1857; also includes lesson plans
1 6 Sermon book; also contains draft of letter refusing to allow the buildings of Wesleyan Female College (Macon, Georgia) to be used as a hospital for Civil War wounded, ca. 1864.