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Collection of James B. Dodd materials

Identifier: SC-Cent. Misc. Mss. 17

Scope and Contents

This collection primarily consists of photocopied material about James B. Dodd. It includes a letter appointing him professor of mathematics at Centenary College (Brandon Springs, Miss.) dated 1841. Also included are the following publications by Dodd: “Address, delivered at the opening of the Centenary College, on the 9th of November, 1841,” (Jackson, MS: Southron Office, 1841); “An essay on the nature of arithmetical science and the proper method of teaching this science, in opposition to the prevailing inductive systems,” (s.l., s.n.: 1858); title page only for “Key to Dodd’s Arithmetics,” (New York: Pratt, Oakley & Company, 1860). Also included are James B. Dodd obituary newspaper clippings (1872). The collection also features excerpts from the following publications about Dodd: “The Biographical encyclopædia of Kentucky of the dead and living men of the nineteenth century,” (Cincinnati, OH: J. M. Armstrong & Company, 1878); “Collins' Historical Sketches of Kentucky,” (Covington, KY: Collins & Co, 1882); James Hal Ross, “Moved to Louisiana: Centenary College Founded in State,” Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.), August 25, 1968. Also included is Walter N. Vernon’s biography of Dodd written circa 1970.


  • 1841 - circa 1970


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Physical rights are retained by the Centenary College of Louisiana Archives and Special Collections. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

James B. Dodd (1807-1872) was born in Loudon Country, Virginia. In 1841, he became professor of mathematics at Centenary College (Brandon Springs, Miss.). With the college’s move to Jackson, Louisiana, he accepted his same teaching position in January 1846, but resigned in July 1846 to accept a position at Transylvania University (Lexington, Ky.).


2 Folders

Language of Materials



Arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection donated by Walter N. Vernon on 1973 November 6. Additional material donated by Vernon in 1984.

Finding Aid to the Collection of James B. Dodd materials
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Repository Details

Part of the Centenary College of Louisiana Archives and Special Collections Repository

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