Oxford College and
Elizabeth College opened its doors in October 1897,
in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was a four-year Lutheran institution for women. Citizens of
Charlotte contributed money and land to build the College.
Photograph of the Conservatory
of Music at Elizabeth College.
To see more Elizabeth College ephemera preserved at the North Carolina Collection, click on the picture.
Elizabeth College featured a prominent music conservatory throughout its existence
in North Carolina.
In 1915 the College moved to Salem, Virginia, to merge with the Roanoke College
for Women. The name “Elizabeth College” was retained. The College
operated for a mere six years. In 1921 the building burned and was not rebuilt.
After Elizabeth College moved, the Charlotte property became a Presbyterian
hospital and other hospital buildings were erected around it. The hospital was
torn down in 1980.
Source for image on this page: Image from "Distinctive Features of Elizabeth College and Conservatory
of Music," in the Elizabeth College and Conservatory of Music Ephemera Collection,
North Carolina Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill. VC378.9 M67 Eliz. College.
Lillard, Stewart. “Elizabeth College.” In Encyclopedia of North
Carolina, ed. by William S. Powell. Chapel Hill, N.C.: University of North
Carolina Press, 2006. 390 p.
Powell, William S. Higher Education in North Carolina. Raleigh, N.C.:
State Department of Archives and History, 1970. 70 p.