The Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy, later the University of Missouri, Rolla, and currently the Missouri University of Science and Technology, was founded in 1870. Twenty-eight students were admitted in 1871 to the first technology school west of the Mississippi River. During the early years of the school, a preparatory course of study was offered for students who lacked secondary education, or whose secondary education had not adequately prepared them for college study. In 1873, the school’s first women were admitted to certificate programs in general subject areas. In 1885, the Missouri General Assembly required the university to provide a liberal academic course of study as well as technical coursework. The first foreign student was admitted in 1882. The preparatory course was abolished in 1892.
The two volumes of student registers include student names, ages, courses of study, parents or guardian names, hometowns, and boarding addresses. During this period, students enrolled from 21 foreign countries, 46 states, and the District of Columbia (no one enrolled from Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, or Vermont).
Rights and Reproductions
The original student registers for the School of Mines and Metallurgy are held by the University Archives, Missouri University of Science and Technology. Please see that institution for copyright and permission to use requirements.
How to Use This Collection
Where full names are available, they are provided; otherwise, data is entered as close as possible as it was written on the registration page. Handwriting quality varies. There are twenty five names per page written in order of registration. For ease of use, the names are entered in alphabetical order by surname (see Subject.Local Field). Marked out names are included.
Please see the following institutions for additional material pertaining to the history of the School of Mining and Metallurgy: Curtis Laws Wilson Library, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla; Ellis Library, University of Missouri, Columbia; Library Center, Springfield-Greene County Library District, Springfield, Missouri; Linda Hall Library, Kansas City, Missouri; Missouri History Museum, Missouri Historical Society of St. Louis; Missouri State Archives, Jefferson City; Missouri State University, Springfield; Missouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri; Phelps County Historical Society, Rolla; Pius XII Memorial Library, Saint Louis University, Missouri; Rolla Free Public Library, Missouri; Saint Louis Public Library, Missouri; State Historical Society of Missouri, Columbia; University Archives, University of Missouri, Columbia; University Library system, University of Missouri, St. Louis; and Washington University in St. Louis
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