MF29 John T Goldthwaite Papers

John T. Goldthwaite Papers
MF 29

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Goldthwaite, John T.
Title: John T. Goldthwaite Papers
Dates: 1993
Abstract: The collection contains an evaluation of an educational experiment.
Quantity: 0.5 linear feet
Processed By: La’ Quisha Chaffin

Administrative History

John T. Goldthwaite reviewed the Exceptional Educational Experiment done at Oglethorpe University. Although World War II led to the termination of the experiment, it is still noted as one of the earliest and most ambitious experiments ever started in education programs. It focused on loading students with double the amount of credits needed and next-to-no social time. The experiment involved thirty-three young men, and the requirements and regimen of these men were intense. Dr. Thornwell Jacobs found private donors to sponsor the students’ room and board, tuition, and other college fees. The men only had to maintain “A” averages and acquire their own books. Although only one of the men completed the experiment, a few of the men remained in contact for up to fifty years after the experiment. All remaining men coined the experiment as being a major help to their future careers.


This collection contains a booklet evaluating the Exceptional Educational Experiment by Oglethorpe University.



Subject Headings

Goldthwaite, John T., 1841-1922

Exceptional Educational Experiment (Oglethorpe University)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:
Please cite John T. Goldthwaite Papers, MF 29, Archives, Philip Weltner Library, Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, Georgia. Permission to publish from this collection must be approved in writing by the Director of the Library, Oglethorpe University.