This list was not kept from year to year but was constructed in
1862 by Henry Cowles with the help of others. For this reason it
cannot be considered strictly accurate.
There are no names from that date to 1880 because no lists were
kept. Mr. Bigglestone says that the college felt in the early years
that negroes should be considered the same as other students and
not as individuals in a minority group and so there was no reason
to keep a separate listing of them.
When George Jones became secretary he started to keep accurate
lists of Negroes His notes indicate that the federal government
requested such information and this may have been the reason. We
can assume, therefore, that the lists beginning in the year 1899-1900
Rachel Powers, August 18, 1972