Bishop College
Historically Black College



Report from Bishop College To The Trustees of the John F. Slater Fund 1907-1908

BISHOP COLLEGE, Marshall, Harrison County. Charles H. Maxson, President.

The school is connected with the American Baptist Home Mission Society. Founded, 1881; incorporated, 1882. Property: land, $60,000; buildings, $120,000; equipment, $10,000; productive endowment, $12,000; total, $202,000. Property vested in American Baptist Home Mission Society. Annual income for current expenses: from Slater Fund, $1,500; American Baptist Home Mission Society, $11,759;. private subscriptions, $78.50; tuition, $3,288.47. Expenditure on account of permanent improvements, $2,960. Expenditure on account of current expenses: administration and office, $2,520.13; teachers' salaries, $10,381.54; fuel and light, $2,100; loss on boarding department, $479.24; miscellaneous, $603.20. Instructors: white men, 1; white women, 10; colored men, 11; colored women, 5; total instructors, 27; instructors who have taught here more than two years, 9. Students: male, 187; female, 147; total, 334. Students by departments: elementary, 161; secondary, 127; college, 28; special, 18. Students in the following courses: carpentry, 63; other wood-working, 32; blacksmithing, 3; sewing, 103; commercial subjects, 30; music, 52. The number of students learning trades is 39; the trades taught are shoemaking, printing, painting, carpentry and blacksmith- ing. Dormitories accommodate: male, 100; female, 125. Boarding students, all in dormitories: male, 118; female, 107. Degrees conferred: B.A., B.S., B.D., B.Th. For training teachers: special normal course under a competent superintendent. Practice school of three grades with 112 pupils. Library of 4,000 volumes. Number of magazines and superior newspapers regularly received, 5.

The appropriation from the John F. Slater Fund has been used for salaries of teachers in the Industrial Department.

Extract from the report of the President:

" The normal work has been well done. The sewing and millinery department has been particularly satisfactory. The work, however, is much too heavy for one teacher. For the shop we have secured for the coming year a practical craftsman who shows evidence of technical training. We hope to bring up this department and put it on a practical basis."