Storer College. Administrative and Operational Records 1865-1960
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Records of Storer College, West Virginia's first African American institution of higher learning, located in Harpers Ferry. This collection contains mainly administrative and operational records of the college. Types of records include annual reports, publications, memorabilia, artifacts, and other material. This collection includes material regarding John Brown's Fort.

The collection is organized into eighteen series, including:

Series 1. Correspondence; 1865-1953; boxes 1a-61 (73 containers)

Series 2. Miscellaneous Correspondence; 1892-1957, undated; boxes 62-72 (14 containers)

Series 3. Individual Correspondence; 1920s-1950s; boxes 73-85b (25 containers)

Series 4. President's Reports; 1907-1955; box 86a, folders 1a-4 (partial container)

Series 5. Board of Trustees; 1926-1960; box 86a, folder 5-box 87b, folder 2b (2 containers, 2 partial containers).

Series 6. Dean of Women Reports; 1939-1944; box 87b, folder 3 (partial container)

Series 7. Executive Committee; 1924-1957; box 88a - box 88b, folder 1 (1 container, 1 partial container)

Series 8. Woman's Commission; 1937-1948; box 88b, folder 2 (partial container)

Series 9. By-Laws; 1867-1953; box 88b, folders 3-4 (partial container)

Series 10. Faculty; 1940s-1950s; boxes 89-90 (2 containers)

Series 11. Printed Material; 1920s-1950s; boxes 91-92 (2 containers)

Series 12. Student Records; 1890s-1950s; boxes 93a-122, 137-138 (35 containers)

Series 13. Financial Records; 1867-1956, undated; boxes 123a-136, 139-159, 164-169 (45 containers)

Series 14. Miscellaneous; 1884-1950s, undated; boxes 159-162, 175 (4 containers, 1 partial container)

Series 15. Newspaper -- Storer Record; 1892-1943; box 163 and microfilm reel (2 containers)

Series 16. Scrapbooks; 1870-1941; boxes 170-172b (4 containers)

Series 17. Alumni flags; undated; box 173 (partial container)

Series 18. Oversize; 1916-1952; box 174 and map cabinet folder (2 containers)



Series 1. Correspondence; 1865-1953; boxes 1a-61 (73 containers). Contains administrative correspondence of Storer College. This series includes correspondence regarding Storer College alumni, the annual Alumni Drive, and other topics related to the graduates of the college; correspondence regarding West Virginia state agencies, including the Department of Education; correspondence regarding the construction and renovation of Storer College campus buildings; correspondence regarding post-war education and the GI Bill, including letters between Storer College and the Veterans Administration; correspondence regarding prospective students and enrollment data; correspondence regarding publicity and public relations; correspondence regarding conferences and conventions, including a number of Baptist associated organizations; correspondence regarding the John Brown memorial and John Brown's Fort; as well as correspondence regarding other topics.



Series 2. Miscellaneous Correspondence; 1892-1957, undated; boxes 62-72 (14 containers). Contains miscellaneous correspondence of Storer College, including originals, typescripts copies, and ephemera, organized by year.



Series 3. Individual Correspondence; 1920s-1950s; boxes 73-85b (25 containers). Contains correspondence between Storer College officials and individual correspondents, including trustees, employees, and alumni, organized alphabetically by the name of the correspondent. This series includes originals, typescript copies, and ephemera. A minority of folders includes notes with explanations of their contents or importance; these notes were appended by President Henry T. McDonald or another Storer College official.



Series 4. President's Reports; 1907-1955; box 86a, folders 1a-4 (partial container). Contains the annual reports of the President to the Board of Trustees regarding enrollment, attendance, graduation, fundraising, use of buildings, improvements to the campus, teachers, academics, John Brown's Fort, needs, plans, and other topics.



Series 5. Board of Trustees; 1926-1960; box 86a, folder 5-box 87b, folder 2b (2 containers, 2 partial containers). Contains the records of the Storer College Board of Trustees, including meetings, minutes, correspondence, form letters, and other material.



Series 6. Dean of Women Reports; 1939-1944; box 87b, folder 3 (partial container). Contains the reports of the Dean of Women, Elizabeth M. McDonald, concerning Storer College's female students.



Series 7. Executive Committee; 1924-1957; box 88a - box 88b, folder 1 (1 container, 1 partial container). Contains the records of the Storer College Executive Committee, including minutes and other material.



Series 8. Woman's Commission; 1937-1948; box 88b, folder 2 (partial container). Contains the minutes of the Woman's Commission of Storer College regarding the creation of the commission, and its responsibilities, fundraising activities, and accomplishments, among other topics.



Series 9. By-Laws; 1867-1953; box 88b, folders 3-4 (partial container). Contains copies of the charter and by-laws of Storer College, including amendments and the proposed by-laws of the Storer College Trustees. Also contains transcriptions of early Storer College documents (1867-1909) among other material.



Series 10. Faculty; 1940s-1950s; boxes 89-90 (2 containers). Contains records regarding the faculty of Storer College, including the minutes of faculty meetings, the proposed constitution of the Storer College faculty, correspondence, personal data of faculty, data on prospective and former faculty members, ephemera, and other material.



Series 11. Printed Material; 1920s-1950s; boxes 91-92 (2 containers). Contains various types of printed materials regarding Storer College events and other subjects. This series includes programs (football programs, freshmen week programs, vesper hour programs, movie programs, and miscellaneous), calendars, President's newsletters, printed notices, form letters, news release and publicity materials, commencement materials, and other material.



Series 12. Student Records; 1890s-1950s; boxes 93a-122, 137-138 (35 containers). Contains records regarding the students of Storer College, including correspondence and other material regarding student veterans and the Veterans Administration; newspaper clippings; photographs and photographic negatives; student transcripts; records and correspondence of African students; records regarding tests and exams; records of students alphabetized by name; and other material.



Series 13. Financial Records; 1867-1956, undated; boxes 123a-136, 139-159, 164-169 (45 containers). Contains financial records of Storer College, including subject files arranged alphabetically by topic; Friends of Storer College donor lists; student accounts; budget reports; ledgers; checks books; cash books; account books; registers from John Brown's Fort; and other material.



Series 14. Miscellaneous; 1884-1950s, undated; boxes 159-162, 175 (4 containers, 1 partial container). Contains miscellaneous records of Storer College, including private correspondence between President Henry T. McDonald with the Kiwanis International; pamphlets, programs; conference reports; notebooks; address books; a "Save Storer" rubber stamp; and other material.



Series 15. Newspaper -- Storer Record; 1892-1943; box 163 and microfilm reel (2 containers). Contains issues of the Storer College newspaper the "Storer Record". The "Storer Record" is also available on microfilm, with issues dating from 1892 through 1943 available.



Series 16. Scrapbooks; 1870-1941; boxes 170-172b (4 containers). Contains six scrapbooks regarding Storer College. Scrapbooks contain programs, clippings, invitations, form letters from college officials, and other material. Topics include commencement and graduation exercises, prize declamations, concerts, and sporting events, among others.



Series 17. Alumni flags; undated; box 173 (partial container). Contains one large felt flag decorated with white felt letters reading "Storer Alumni" and a number of small felt pennant flags decorated with the Storer College crest and motto.



Series 18. Oversize; 1916-1952; box 174 and map cabinet folder (2 containers). Contains oversize records from Series 1, Correspondence (box 21); Series 3, Individual Correspondence (box 82a); Series 13, Financial Records (boxes 132, 140, and 141); and Series 14, Miscellaneous (box 160).



Contents List:



Series 1. Correspondence



box 1a; 1865-1941



box 1b; 1909-1912



box 2; 1909-1912



box 3; 1920s



box 4; 1930s



box 5a; 1930s-1940s



box 5b; 1940s



box 6; 1930s-1940s



box 7; 1930s-1940s



box 8; 1930s-1940s



box 9; 1939-1950



box 10; 1940-1941



box 11; 1930s-1940s



box 12; 1940s



box 13; 1941-1944



box 14; 1940s



box 15; 1942-1945



box 16; 1940s-1950s



boxes 17-21 (Water Works Miscellaneous Correspondence moved from box 21, folder 4 to Series 18, Oversize, box 174, folder 6); 1940s



boxes 22a-22b; 1940s



box 23; 1940s



boxes 24a-24b; ca. 1945



box 25; ca. 1945-1947



box 26 (includes folder "John Brown's fort"); 1940s



box 27; 1945-1949



box 28; 1940s



box 29; ca. 1945-1946



boxes 30a-30b; ca. 1945-1946



box 31; ca. 1946



box 32; 1946-1948



box 33; 1945-1948



boxes 34a-34b; 1940s-1950s



box 35; 1947



box 36; 1947



box 37a; 1945-1948



box 37b; 1947-1948



box 38; 1947-1949



box 39; 1946-1948, 1950



box 40; 1948



box 41; 1948-1949



box 42; 1948-1949



box 43; 1948-1949



box 44a; 1949-1953



box 44b; 1949-1950



boxes 45-47; 1950s



boxes 48a-48b; 1950s



boxes 49-54; 1950s



boxes 55a-55b; 1950s



box 56; 1950s



box 57a; 1950s



box 57b; 1950s



box 58; 1950s



boxes 59a-59b; 1950s



boxes 60-61; 1950s



Series 2. Miscellaneous Correspondence



box 62; 1892-1926



box 63; 1927-1932



box 64; 1933-1939



box 65a; 1940-1942



box 65b; 1942-1943



box 66a; 1944



box 66b; 1945



box 67; 1945-1946



box 68; 1946-1949



box 69a; 1950-1951



box 69b; 1952-1954



box 70; 1954-1957



boxes 71-72; undated



Series 3. Individual Correspondence



box 73; Abrams, Rev. S.A. to Bonds, Thomas W.; 1940s-1950s



box 74a; Booker to Chambers; 1930s-1950s



box 74b; Church to Cromwell, John W.; 1930s-1950s



box 75; Darius, V.J. to Hudson; 1930s-1950s



box 76a; Faulkner, Donald to Fraser; 1940s-1950s



box 76b; Frederick to Furr, William L.; 1940s-1950s



box 77a; Gandy, Thelma E. to Hayne; 1920s-1950s



box 77b; Hardy to Irons, H.L.; 1920s-1950s



box 78a; Jacobs, Marie C. to Johnson; 1920s-1950s



box 78b; All Johnson; 1920s-1950s



box 79a; Johnson to Koonce; 1920s-1950s



box 79b; Lakey to McDonald; 1920s-1950s



box 79c; McDonald to Minor; 1920s-1950s



box 80a; Moore to Nsima; 1920s-1950s



box 80b; Nelson to Peyton; 1920s-1950s



box 81a; Pickett to Red; 1920s-1950s



box 81b; Rhodes to Robertson; 1920s-1950s



box 82a; Robertson to Robey (Tuition account of Louis W. Robey moved from box 82a, folder 4b to Series 18, Oversize, box 174, folder 1); 1920s-1950s



box 82b; Robinson to Simpson; 1920s-1950s



box 83a-83b; Smith, Frank A. to Terrell, L.E.; 1920s-1950s



box 84a-84b; Terrell, L.E. to Westfall, Kathrine; 1920s-1950s



box 85a-85b; Whaley, Augusta to Wright, P.C.; 1920s-1950s



Series 4. President's Reports



box 86a, folders 1a-4; annual reports of the President; 1907-1955



Series 5. Board of Trustees



box 86a, folders 5-7; minutes; 1927-1940



box 86b; minutes; 1941-1946



box 87a, folders 1-7; minutes; 1947-1952



box 87a, folder 8; form letters to trustees; 1931-1960



box 87a, folders 9a-9b; reports; 1944-1957



box 87a, folders 10-12; minutes; 1941-1957



box 87b, folders 1-2b; trustees correspondence; 1926-1957



Series 6. Dean of Women Reports



box 87b, folder 3; dean of women reports; 1939-1944



Series 7. Executive Committee



box 88a; minutes; 1924-1957



box 88b, folder 1; minutes; 1946-1954



Series 8. Women's Commission



box 88b, folder 2; minutes; 1937-1948



Series 9. By-Laws



box 88b, folders 3-4; by-laws of Storer College; 1867-1953



Series 10. Faculty



box 89; faculty meeting minutes; 1943-1955



box 90; faculty applications, prospective teachers, personal data faculty, former faculty members, faculty miscellaneous items, two books, faculty minutes; 1940s-1950s



Series 11. Printed Material



box 91; alumni programs, homecoming, football programs, movie programs, printed notices, programs (general), bi-weekly calendar; 1930s-1950s



box 92; commencement folder, alumni form letters, form letters dated, form letters undated, freshmen week programs, news release folder, Storer publicity, President's newsletter, vesper hour programs; 1920s-1940s



Series 12. Student Records



box 93a; Veterans Administration; 1940s



box 93b; Veterans Administration; 1950s



box 94; Veterans Administration; 1940s-1950s



box 95; Veterans Administration -- vouchers; 1940s-1950s



box 96; Veterans Administration -- vouchers; 1950s



box 97; newspaper clippings; 1930s-1950s



box 98; photographs and negatives; 1890s-1950s



box 99a; student transcripts; 1920s-1940s



box 99b; student transcripts; 1920s-1940s



box 100; admission forms, high school credits, transcripts; 1940s-1950s



boxes 101a-101b; high school credits, additional correspondence; 1940s-1950s



box 102; correspondence and records of African students; 1940s-1950s



box 103; correspondence and records of African students; 1940s-1950s



box 104; Barrett-Ryan test series; 1938-1946



box 105; Barrett-Ryan test series; 1946-1955



box 106; Abbot, Geraldine to Blue, Mary Virginia; 1930s-1950s



box 107; Bobb, Bernice to Byrd, Mary Virginia; 1930s-1950s



box 108; Cabiness, Linda R. to Craven, Sadie; 1930s-1950s



box 109; Crayten to Eavens; 1930s-1950s



box 110; Ebong, Charles E. to Giles, Clarence; 1930s-1950s



box 111; Gillison, Geraldine to Hill, Preston G.; 1930s-1950s



boxes 112a-112b; Hill, Willie Henry to Johnson, Ella F.; 1930s-1950s



box 113; Johnson, Freddie M. to Lytle Nannie Sue; 1930s-1950s



box 114; Mack, Garnett to Minor, Madlyn M.; 1930s-1950s



box 115; Mitchell, Edwin to Owens, Sara C.; 1930s-1950s



box 116; Page, Mary W. to Reeler, Marion; 1930s-1950s



box 117; Reeler, Oscar D. to Scott, Sanford D.; 1930s-1950s



box 118; Sellers, Frank to Stewart, Mary B.; 1930s-1950s



box 119; Strickland, Dorothy to Tyner, William; 1930s-1950s



box 120; Udonkin, E.W. to Williams, James; 1930s-1950s



box 121; Williams, Jay P. to Young, Mary and Miscellaneous; 1930s-1950s



box 122; final exams; 1945-1955



box 137; 1930s-1950s



box 138; 1930s-1950s



Series 13. Financial Records



boxes 123a-123b; accounts receivable to financial reports; 1930s-1950s



box 124; financial reports to inventory reports; 1930s-1950s



boxes 125a-125b; inventory reports to Robertson, T.E. (stocks); 1930s-1940s



box 126; Storer College property records to trial balance reports; 1930s-1940s



box 127; Veterans Administration--finance reports; 1930s-1940s



box 128; vouchers to winter reports; 1930s-1950s



box 129; budget reports; 1926-1956



box 130a; co-operative club books [receipt books and club account books]; 1902-1908, 1920-1924



box 130b; check books [receipt books]; 1918-1925



box 131a; check books; 1938-1946



box 131b; check books; 1926-1946



box 132; check books [money receipts] (some petty cash receipts [1951-1952] moved to Series 18, Oversize, box 174, folders 2-3); 1945-1951



box 133a; friends of Storer College (names of donors); 1800s-1950s



box 133b; friends of Storer College (names of donors); 1800s-1950s



box 134a; friends of Storer College (names of donors); 1800s-1950s



box 134b; friends of Storer College (names of donors); 1800s-1950s



box 135a; friends of Storer College (names of donors); 1800s-1950s



box 135b; friends of Storer College (names of donors); 1800s-1950s



box 136; financial statements; 1937-1954



box 136; trial balances; 1938-1949



box 139a; ledgers; 1945-1956



box 139b; ledgers; 1945-1956



box 140; ledgers (various financial records [1944-1954] as well as reports regarding the American Baptist home Mission Society [ca. 1916-1925] were moved from box 140 to Series 18, Oversize, box 174, folders 4, 5, and 7); 1949-1951, 1953-1954



box 141a; ledgers (oversize financial records moved to map cabinet folder); 1917-1950s



box 141b; ledgers; 1917-1950s



box 142; ledgers; 1945-1946



box 143; ledgers; 1894-1912



box 144; ledgers; 1912-1914



box 145; ledgers; 1914-1916



box 146; ledgers and general financial records miscellaneous; 1923-1925, 1867-1944



box 147; ledgers; 1937-1944



box 148; petty cash; 1931-1937



box 148; petty cash; 1945-1948



box 148; bank reconciliation; 1945-1947



box 148; special account fund; 1945-1947



box 149; cash books; 1903-1910



box 150; cash books; 1913-1917



box 151; book store; 1926-1931



box 151; account books; 1899-1903



box 151; account books; 1906-1908



box 151; address book; 1899-1918



box 151; student account books; 1899-1927



box 152; student clubs; 1910-1913



box 152; student accounts; 1911-1916



box 152; student accounts; 1915-1916



box 153; student accounts (female); 1916-1920



box 153; student accounts (male); 1918-1924



box 153; student accounts (female); 1921-1924



box 154; student accounts (male); 1923-1928



box 154; student accounts (female); 1928-1936



box 154; student accounts (male); 1926-1929



box 155; student accounts (male); 1929-1936



box 155; student accounts (male); 1936-1937



box 155; student accounts (mixed); 1932-1933



box 155; student accounts (mixed); 1935-1936



box 156; student accounts (female); 1936-1937



box 156; library accession books; 1930-1949



box 157; registers from John Brown's Fort; 1906-1927



box 158; registers from John Brown's Fort; 1931-1948



box 159; registers from John Brown's Fort; 1949-1952



box 164; Tornado ledger book; 1948



box 164; post closing trial balance of general ledger; 1945-1946



box 164; ledger; 1949-1955



box 165; cash book; 1910-1911



box 165; cash book; 1911-1913



box 165; income records; 1926-1937



box 166; voucher register and petty cash journal; 1952-1955



box 166; expense records; 1926-1937



box 166; cash receipts; 1954-1955



box 167; ledger; 1927-1946



box 168; ledger; 1948-1954



box 169; account book of The Harpers Ferry and Bolivar Water Company ; 1925-1927



Series 14. Miscellaneous



box 159; student lab books; 1890s



box 159; Harpers Ferry Mill Company stock book; 1884



box 159; address book; undated



box 159; appointment book; 1941



box 160; notebooks and address books (Missionary Helper List [1918] moved to Series 18, Oversize, box 174, folder 8); undated, 1950s



box 161; private correspondence of H.T. McDonald with the Kiwanis International; 1941-1942



box 162; Free Baptist history and programs; 1913-1950s



box 162; general conference reports; 1937



box 175; Save Storer Campaign stamp; undated



Series 15. Newspaper--Storer Record



box 163; Storer Record; 1899-1943



microfilm reel; Miscellaneous Storer College Publications (includes: assorted issues of the Storer Record, 1892-1934; Y Gossip from March 4 and 12, 1932; and assorted issues of the New Storer Record from 1940-1943); 1892-1943



Series 16. Scrapbooks



box 170; 1870-1915



box 171; 1931-1932



box 171; 1935



box 171; 1939-1941



box 172a; 1915-1930



box 172b; 1932-1939



Series 17. Alumni Flags



box 173; undated



Series 18. Oversize



box 174; oversize records from Series 1, Correspondence (box 21); Series 3, Individual Correspondence (box 82a); Series 13, Financial Records (boxes 132 and 140); and Series 14, Miscellaneous (box 160); 1916-1952



map cabinet folder; financial records (from box 141); undated