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Catalogue of Shaw University, 1876-'77:
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Shaw University

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(title page) Catalogue of Shaw University, 1876-'77
(cover) Catalogue of the Shaw University, Raleigh, N. C. 1876 and 1877
Shaw University
28 p., ill.
Raleigh, N. C.
Edwards, Broughton & Co., Printers and Binders

Call number C378 S53J (North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

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Shaw University,


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Males 33  
Females 20 53
Males 76  
Females 55 131
Males 9  
Females 5 14
Males 33  
Females 9 42
Total   240
Total studying for the Ministry   47

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1. Normal Course.




        Rhetorical Exercises every Wednesday afternoon; also instruction is given in the rudiments of music.

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2. Scientific Course

        The first three years, studies the same as in the Normal Course.


        During the last year Latin can be substituted in the place of some of the regular studies if desired by the pupil.

        It is believed that this course, embodying as it does the studies of the Normal Department, will meet the present practical wants of the colored people to a very great extent.

        Diplomas will be given to those who complete either the Normal or Scientific Course; and those who graduate in the Classical Course will be entitled to the Degree of A. B.

3. Classical Course




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        Lectures will be given upon the Natural Sciences and Metaphysical studies; also Rhetorical Exercises will be continued through the entire course upon Wednesday afternoons.


        This school is beautifully located in the city of Raleigh, N. C., within five minutes walk of the Post Office and Capitol. The grounds include several acres of land, and are among the finest in the city. This Institution already furnishes by far the largest accommodations of any colored school in North Carolina, and in the large number of advanced pupils, is not surpassed by any colored Institute in the country.

        In the various departments of the School, all the different branches are taught which a thorough course of study requires. In the Preparatory Department the elementary branches are pursued, and students are fitted to enter the Normal Department, where, in both the male and female departments, this system has been successfully introduced, and thus affords pupils the opportunity to prepare themselves to become teachers with as thorough a drill as would be secured in any Normal School in the North.

        A College Department has also been established to accommodate students who aspire to a more liberal education, and classes have been formed to meet the wants of this class of students.

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        It must be distinctly understood, however, that a student, in order to be advanced into the higher course, must have mastered the elementary branches and be able to bear a critical examination in all the studies pursued in the Normal Department. No scholarship of a superficial character will be allowed to advance a pupil in his course, and thus enable him to lay claim to knowledge he never possessed, resulting in positive injury to himself and calculated to bring reproach upon the Institution.

        The Theological Department is in successful operation, and such a course of study pursued as will quality young men for the work of the gospel ministry. Colored ministers of the State will be welcomed even if they remain in school only a month or two at a time.

Expenses Per Month:

        The young ladies will be allowed to do their own washing. The young men will be charged extra fifty cents per month for washing, if done by the Institution.


        The expense of instruction upon the Organ and Piano is $10.00 per Session. As the colored people possess great natural ability in Music it has been thought desirable to afford first-class facilities that they may be able to cultivate this talent, which cannot fail to be of great service as an auxiliary in promoting their elevation and especially in its attractive and refining influence both in connection with the Sabbath School work and their religious worship.


        Young men who have the ministry in view, and can present testimonials of unblemished moral and religious character, will be assisted, if found worthy after several months of trial in school. It is expected, however, that they will enter school at the commencement of the session, and remain through the year, and will assist in their support by working sufficiently to keep the grounds in good order, and cultivate the lands connected with the premises. Students who do not enter School at the commencement of the session and comply with rules governing beneficiaries will forfeit their scholarship.

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        The Estey Seminary building is the finest school edifice in the State of North Carolina and is said to have been the first erected of any considerable size and devoted exclusively to the education of colored women. It has accommodations for about one hundred pupils. The Seminary is named after Dea. Estey, of Brattleboro, Vt., and constitutes one department of Shaw University. Dea. Estey and Sons were the first men in the denomination to aid ill this department of work, and it has been largely through their liberality and continued interest in female education among the colored people flint the building has been completed and furnished. George Al. Morse, of Putnam, Conn., has also rendered valuable assistance, and the Seminary has not a more devoted friend.

Financial Condition of the University.

        The important work of founding this Institution has been steadily going forward during the last nine years, until the property is valued at more than one hundred thousand dollars. But the success of the past, while it. calls for devout thanksgiving to the Bestower of all good, should not blind the friends of this enterprise to the necessity of continued effort and zeal. A great work has been nobly begun, and with the continued blessing of God, it is determined that it shall not be left half finished. The favor which northern friends have shown this enterprise, begets a reasonable assurance that our applications for additional aid will not be disregarded. This Institution stands now in the front rank, compared with the schools established by other denominations for the education of colored people, and should these pages meet the eye of any who see the importance of this enterprise, and feel that we must have a first class institution, or lose our hold upon the colored people, and are looking around to see how they shall invest their surplus wealth where it will bless most fully the present and the coming generations, we invite them to consider the wants of this Institution, not only as it relates to the colored people of our own land, but its destined effects upon African civilization as a foreign Missionary Work.

A New Department Needed.

        The colored people at present tire without educated Physicians, and thus are subjected to all manner of quackery and imposition, and many suffer and die for want of medical attention. No definite action as yet has been taken by the Trustees as to the establishment of a

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Medical Department, but individual members of the Board have been very favorably impressed with the idea and have not hesitated to advocate immediate action in the matter; and the subject has been brought to the attention also of many wealthy and leading citizens of the North, and the general impression has seemed to be that it was an important work, and it is hoped that during the coming year some faithful steward of God will come forward and help the colored people in establishing a Medical School. It is believed that the colored people themselves would largely assist in such an enterprise. There is much enthusiasm among the students of the Institution, many of whom are anxious to obtain a medical education, and such a school would be largely patronized by the colored people of the adjoining States.

        Next Session commences Oct. 3rd, 1877, and continues eight months.


        1st. The course of study shall be open to all young men and women who can present testimonials of unblemished moral character.

        2d. Students must bear a satisfactory examination in all the previous studies of the class which they propose to enter, and to be admitted, their scholarship must be equal to the average of the class.

        3d. No student will be allowed to absent himself from any recitation, lecture, roll call, or any exercise enjoined by the Faculty, unless previous permission has been obtained front the proper excusing officer.

        4th. All excuses for delinquencies shall be made in person or by writing, to the proper officer, and until this is done, the delinquencies of any student will stand against him as unexcused.

        5th. During study hours each pupul, when not in recitation, shall remain in his room and apply himself strictly to his studies. The following points at least are embodied in the above rule. There shall be no loud talking and laughing in any of the halls or rooms. No frivolous conversation or attention to trivial matters, or visiting each other's rooms or lounging upon beds or loitering upon the grounds.

        6th. Any defacement of the buildings or grounds, or committing any nuisance, will subject a student to immediate expulsion[.]

        7th. No student shall be allowed to throw water, slops, paper, or anything offensive or dangerous from the windows of any building of the University.

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        8th. No student shall be allowed to smoke or chew tobacco in any of the University buildings, or spit upon the floors, or visit any drinking saloon, or bring upon the grounds or use any spirituous liquors, unless for medical purposes.

        9th. If anything is removed or lost that is in the possession of any student, or if injury is done to furniture, rooms, buildings or any property, belonging to the university, the damage shall be assessed by the President, and the amount designated to cover the loss, shall be paid immediately by the student or students doing the injury.

        10th. Students are required to attend Divine worship at the University church, unless a student may be a member of another denomination, when, if he prefers, he will be allowed to attend his own church.

        11th. No students will be permitted to remain in the University who does not at all times maintain the habits of virtue and the strictest rules of deportment, and treat the officers of the institution and their fellow students with respect.

        12th. Whenever the Faculty become satisfied that it student is wilfully violating the rules of the school, or is not industrious in his studies, or for any cause is not it fit member of the University, the President shall write his parents or guardian, in order that he may be withdrawn, but in case the welfare of the University demands immediate action, then he shall be disciplined or excluded, at the discretion of the Faculty.

        13th. No student shall be admitted under twelve years of age.


        14th. Students must remain in the Institution a reasonable length of time to prepare themselves for the sacred work of the Gospel ministry.

        15th. No student will be allowed to leave school during the session, unless in case of sickness or in the Providence of God the necessity becomes evident.

        16th. All ministerial students expecting to receive aid must enter punctually at the beginning of each term, or forfeit their support.

        17th. Any beneficiary leaving, contrary to the advice of the Principal, will refund to the Institution the amount of money due for Board from his first entering school, computed at the rate of $6.00 per month.

        18th. Beneficiaries who are unmarried will not be permitted to enter the matrimonial state during the course of study.

        19th. Students taking application for aid must pledge that they will refrain from the use of tobacco and spirituous liquors, that in temperance they are total abstinence in principle.

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As no Catalogue was issued for 1875-1876, we append the names of the Teachers and Pupils.

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        Whole number pupils for 1875-'76 . . . . . 236