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Fairmount Academy Collection

Identifier: FRG-15

Scope and Contents

The collections consists of student and financial records.


  • 1885-1929

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open without restriction.

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

Fairmount Academy, “Queen of the Hilltop,” was established by the Northern Quarterly Meeting (now Fairmount) and opened in 1885.The building was erected at the cost of around $10,000. It came as a result of a desire for the establishment in Grant County of an institution of higher learning on the order of Spiceland Academy to serve Fairmount and surrounding communities.Both academic and grammar departments were opened.In 1888 it was incorporated, and a contract was made with the town of Fairmount for schooling one hundred children from the corporation. In 1893 the need was felt for more room and better equipment. The old building was sold and a new modern structure erected northwest of town on land donated by Nixon and Louisa Rush.In 1887 the number of graduates was two--in 1913 the number was forty-four. So the school grew--having many departments and drawing from a large part of the surrounding country.In 1904, with the aid of Allen Jay, $20,000 was raised for endowment.The school continued with increasing popularity and success until township funds were withdrawn from its support in 1919. A valiant effort to raise $100,000 endowment was made but failed, and Fairmount Academy passed into history in 1923.” Ethel Hittle McDaniel, The Contribution of the Society of Friends to Education in Indiana (Indianapolis, 1939), 192-93.

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Method of Acquisition

Most of these records were transferred to the Friends Collection from the vault at the Fairmount Meetinghouse in 1993. The financial records and the minutes of Aurora Literary Society had long been in the Indiana Yearly Meeting Archives.The whereabouts of board minutes is unknown--they are thought to be still in the Fairmount area.

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Repository Details

Part of the Friends Collection and Earlham College Archives Repository