Scope and Contents
This collection includes a copy of "The Students Dewdrop," a handwritten periodical "devoted to religious literature, the arts and sciences, agriculture, fun, current news, and all matters of general interest. Independent in all things, neutral in nothing." The October 3, 1860 edition was issued by Miss Etta McCoy as editress and Mr. A. Rankin Foster as editor and contains a prospectus and a number of essays written by Richand Academy students.
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Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
The Richland Academy was established in 1855 in Richland, Rush County, Indiana with stock subscriptions in the amount of $2,000. The school building was erected in 1856 and the school was controlled by a board of trustees that were elected by the stockholders. The first year attendance was 39 students and Reverend A. S. Montgomery served as principal. By 1859, the enrollment had grown to 69 students and John McGee had succeeded Montgomery as principal. In August 1861 following the outbreak of the U.S. Civil War, McGee recuited men for Company K, 37th Indiana Volunteer Infantry and around half of the company was made up of his students. Following the war, debts and a leaky roof troubled the Academy and lead to its decline. In August 1876 it was decided to lease the property for ten years to the township trustee. In April 1885, the building was sold to the township trusteee, but was later torn down and a new public school building was erected on the lot.
History of Rush County, Indiana, from the Earliest Time to the Present. Chicago: Brant and Fuller, 1888.
Joyce, John F. "Reminiscences." Rushville Republican (Ind.), October 22, 1932. https://www.newspapers.com.
"Richland School Founded Through Local Efforts." Rushville Daily Republican (Ind.), February 28, 1979. https://access.newspaperarchive.com.
Taylor, A.M. "The Old Richland Academy." The Daily Republican (Rushville, Ind.), April 29, 1922. https://www.newspapers.com.
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