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LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL.
JUNE 7, 1898. SIR: I have the honor to submit herewith the twenty-first number of the current series of contributions to American educational history, prepared for this Bureau and edited by Prof. Herbert B. Adams. The present volume is the history of Higher Education in Missouri, planned by Prof. Marshall S. Snow, of Washington University. Missouri, like Louisiana, originated in a French settlement. After 1820 the State was settled chiefly by immigrants from Kentucky and Virginia. After 1848 a large number of Germans settled in and about St. Louis. By that time the great stream of Northern migration had reached the Mississippi and crossed it into Iowa and Missouri. The early settlers founded the State educational system on a very broad basis, as may be seen by studying the laws founding the State University and the common-school system.
The history of the State University, at Columbia, and of Washington University, of St. Louis, are of great interest as furnishing two types of educational enterprise, each one wchieving a successful career. Respectfully submitted.
W. T. HARRIS,
Commissioner. Hon. CORNELIUS N. BLISS,
Secretary of the Interior.
The purpose of this series of papers is to illustrate the rise, development, and recent conditions of higher education in Missouri by studying a few representative institutions of high grade, each one standing for certain interests and influences peculiar to its surroundings. From more than two score institutions in this State which have a chartered right to grant academic degrees have been selected six, as follows:
(1) The State University, at Columbia.
(2) Central College, at Fayette, under the control of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.
(3) William Jewell College, at Liberty. A Baptist college.
(4) Westminster College, at Fulton, under the direction of the Presbyterian Church.
(5) Drury College, at Springfield, endowed and maintained chiefly by Congregationalists.
(6) Washington University, St. Louis. Nonsectarian.
The sketch of Washington University has been prepared by myself. For the others I am indebted to the valuable assistance of members of the faculties of the several institutions of which they treat. The names of the writers will be found at the head of their respective papers.
I desire to express here my thankful appreciation of this valuable cooperation in a work of common interest to us all.
Without their aid, so cheerfully rendered, my own task would have been an impossible one. As far as possible their contributions have been left untouched, such changes only having been made as were necessary to give unity to the whole work.
MARSHALL S. Snow. WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, St. Louis.