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University Curriculum in 19th century America

Chancellor from 1875 to 1893, Landon Cabell Garland established the first of his strong ties to Vanderbilt University by collecting the world’s finest scientific instruments on the institution’s behalf. In the spring of 1875, Garland embarked on a journey to European hubs and returned with cutting-edge devices for use in the realms of physics, astronomy, chemistry, and geology. With this precedent set for his pivotal role in determination of Vanderbilt’s academic foci, Garland would go on to establish the university’s first educational departments.