Cumberland University

Stockton Archives

The Stockton Archives of Cumberland University, located in Vise University Library, is a closed-stack resource. The Archives primarily house papers concerning the administration of Cumberland University. For more information, please e-mail the Vise Library, at or call 615.547.1299. For Archives research requests, please click here

Cumberland University Participates in LYRASIS Mass Digitization Collaborative

We are pleased to announce that Cumberland University’s Doris & Harry Vise Library has digitized and made available historical university publications from its Ernest Stockton Archives. Included in the digitization project are University Catalogs and Bulletins from 1846-2000, as well as The Phoenix yearbooks from 1895-2010. Also included are Annual Catalogs of the Lebanon College for Young Ladies, 1907-1908, and its earlier publication, The Cedars, 1903. Additionally, the complete volume of Winstead Paine Bone’s book, A History of Cumberland University, 1842-1935 was included in this digitized collection which is now available online.

This exciting project was made possible through the LYRASIS Mass Digitization Collaborative – a Sloan Foundation grant-subsidized program that has made digitization easy and affordable for libraries and cultural institutions across the country.
Through the Collaborative’s partnership with the Internet Archive, all items were scanned from cover- to-cover and in full color. You can choose from a variety of formats, page through a book choosing the “read online” option, download the PDF or search the full text version.
To view the collections, simply visit: or click on the picture above.

Buchanan Photograph Collection

View pictures from the Buchanan Photograph Collection, a collection of 63 glass plate negatives taken by Isaac William Pleasant Buchanan, a graduate and mathematics professor of Cumberland University by clicking on the picture below:


First Student YMCA

The first “student YMCA” was started in 1856 at Cumberland University and was dedicated to the leadership development of college students. 

View scanned images of YMCA Student Handbooks, published by the Cumberland College YMCA in the 1800s: