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RG4331.AM:  Gates College (Neligh, Nebraska)

Records and miscellaneous:  1882-1911

Neligh, Antelope County, Nebraska

Size:  0.25 cu.ft., and 1 reel of microfilm


The Columbus Association of Congregational Churches met at Oakdale, Nebraska, in 1881 to discuss maintaining a college in the area.  The communities of Oakdale and Neligh placed bids to host the college.  Neligh’s bid of $7,000 and forty acres of land was chosen.  Named for Hiram N. Gates, superintendent of Congregational Home Missions in Nebraska, Gates college opened its doors in 1882, attracting students from across the country. Gates became an academy in 1899 and was discontinued in 1914 due to declining enrollment.


This collection consists of one box and one reel of microfilm containing miscellaneous records and other items relating mostly to administrative and financial affairs of Gates College.  The materials are arranged in seven series:  1) Announcements, 1899-1900; 2) Catalogues, 1882-1911; 3) Clippings; 4) Financial items; 5) Programs; 6) Registers, 1882-1883; and 7) Class record book, 1894-1906.  The microfilm contains catalogues and the class record book; some items are only available on microfilm.  Series 7 is labeled as Series 8 on the microfilm.

Note:  See the library for various Gates College and Gates Academy publications.  Several other manuscript collections include additional materials relating to Gates College, including RG1063, RG1202, RG2678, RG3403, RG3854 and RG4371.


Series 1 – Announcements, 1899-1900

Box 1


  1. Announcements, 1899-1900

Series 2 – Catalogues, 1882-1911

  1. Catalogues, 1892-1893, 1894-1895

    Catalogues, 1882-1911 (on microfilm only)

Series 3 – Clippings

  1. Clippings

Series 4 – Financial Items

  1. Financial items

Series 5 – Programs

  1. Programs

Series 6 – Registers, 1882-1883

  1. Registers, 1882-1883

Series 7 – Class record book, 1894-1906

  1. Class record book, 1894-1906 (on microfilm only)


Subject headings:

Antelope County (Nebraska) — History

Colleges and universities — Nebraska

Education — Nebraska

Gates Academy (Neligh, Nebraska)

Gates College (Neligh, Nebraska)

Neligh (Nebraska) — History


WFS/HEK/js           04-24-1965

JEP/cr                   06-19-1969

KFK                      10-31-1997

TMM                     05-15-2018