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Baptist Education Society of the State of New York records, A1010

Identifier: A1010

Scope and Contents

The records of the Baptist Education Society of the State of New York (BESSNY) contain correspondence, financial records, and administrative documents.

The majority of the correspondence consists of letters to H.S. Loyd, BESSNY's secretary for many years. Also included are a small amount of letters written by Loyd as well as letters to and from previous BESSNY secretaries Zenas Freeman, P.B. Spear, and Nathaniel Kendrick. The financial records include account books and Treasurer's papers; documents recording details of bequests and student scholarships; and a large amount of fundraising material, including pledge books and promotional material. The administrative documents contain papers and record books of BESSNY’s Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, reports from secretary H.S. Loyd, legal documents, student records, and a few historical accounts of the organization.


  • Creation: 1809-1927

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Historical note

The founding of the Baptist Education Society of the State of New York (BESSNY) began with a meeting of thirteen men in Hamilton, New York in 1817. In 1819, the state of New York granted the Society a charter. Also in 1819, BESSNY selected Hamilton as the location where they would establish a theological institution, which eventually became Colgate University.

Howard Williams, A History of Colgate, 1819-1869 (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1969), 1-13,


17.32 Cubic Feet

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Related Materials

A1024, Hinton Summerfield Lloyd papers. Note that Hinton Summerfield (H.S.) Lloyd appears to have spelled his last name both Loyd and Lloyd.

A1136, Colgate Founders collection.

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries Repository

13 Oak Drive
Case Library and Geyer Center for Information Technology
Colgate University
Hamilton New York 13346 United States US
315-228-7934 (Fax)