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Doane University Archives Finding Aids

Guides to some of the collections held by Doane University Archives.

Doane History

Thomas Doane

Collection Summary

Box Number 03 (Doane History), 01/01

Date Range 1850-1941

Size/Extent 1 box, 1 cubic foot

Scope and Content

Variety of historical information written by or about Doane College Founder, Thomas Doane. Contains letters, articles, pictures and other items.

Historical Note

Thomas Doane was the founder of Doane College in Crete, Nebraska. Born and educated in Massachusetts, he became a chief engineer for the Burlington and Missouri Railroad in Nebraska and took up residency in Crete. While there he was able to secure 600 acres of land east of Crete from the Railroad as a possible site for a college. When the Congregational churches of Nebraska agreed to locate their college here Mr. Doane gave much of his own money to see that successfully happen. For many years he was the chairman of the Board of Trustees and remained involved with the college until his death in 1897.