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Barnabas C. Hobbs Papers

Identifier: FMS-29

Scope and Contents

The Hobbs Papers consist of correspondence and documents mainly reflecting Hobbs' trip to Europe in 1877-1878. Hobbs was sent to Germany and Russia with a message of peace and a request that the Mennonites not be forced to serve in the military.


  • 1861-1904

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Conditions Governing Use

Some materials may be protected by copyright. Permission to reproduce and to publish for commercial purposes must be requested from the Archivist.

Biographical or Historical Information

Barnabas C. Hobbs (1815-1892) was a prominent Orthodox Quaker educator and minister and the first president of Earlham College. Hobbs grew up in the Blue River Quaker community in Washington County, and graduated from Blue River Academy. Hobbs entered Cincinnati College in 1837, and he taught at Blue River and Friends Boarding School in Mount Pleasant, Ohio. He married Rebecca Tatum and moved to Richmond, Indiana, where he became superintendent of the boarding school that would become Earlham College. He then served as the college’s first president from 1867-1868 before leaving to become Indiana's Superintendent of Public Instruction. During his tenure he oversaw the implementation of the Fifteenth Amendment and the admittance of African American children into Indiana public schools. He was later appointed a trustee of Earlham College. Hobbs was also the long-time head of Bloomingdale Academy, and he died in Bloomingdale on June 22, 1892.

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Source of Acquisition

Collection acquired before 1975.

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Repository Details

Part of the Friends Collection and Earlham College Archives Repository