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 (1 container)
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 (1 container). 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).
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  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, 140, and 141); and Series 14, Miscellaneous (box 160); 1916-1952, undated
- Majority of material found within 1930s-1950s
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87.4 Linear Feet (Summary: 87 ft. 5 1/4 in. (160 document cases, 5 in. each); (28 document cases, 2 1/2 in. each); (7 record cartons, 15 in. each); (4 notecard boxes, 5 in. each); (2 notecard boxes, 4 1/2 in. each); (5 large flat storage boxes, 5 in. each); (4 large flat storage boxes, 3 1/2 in. each); (1 1/2 large flat storage boxes, 3 in. each); (1 small artifact box, 1 1/2 in.); (1 oversize folder, 1/4 in.); 1 reel microfilm)
Biographical / Historical
Although there were dedicated teachers in the beginning, by 1867 there were still only 16 instructors to educate 2,500 students. Reverend Brackett realized the only way to reach all of the students was to train African American teachers, thus necessitating the expansion of the school into a teacher college.
The philanthropist John Storer from Maine came forward and offered a $10,000 grant to the Freewill Baptists to create a teacher college under three conditions: first, the school must eventually become a degree-granting college; second, the school had to be open to all applicants, regardless of race or gender; and finally, the most difficult of the prerequisites, the Freewill Baptist Church had to match his $10,000 donation within a year. After a year-long effort the money was raised, and Storer Normal School opened its doors; and by March 1868 it received its state charter.
In the beginning local residents were resistant to a "colored school" and tried to shut it down through slander, vandalism, and local politics. One teacher wrote, "it is unusual for me to go to the Post Office without being hooted at, and twice I have been stoned on the streets at noonday." The attitudes of local residents eventually changed, however, so that later in his life Reverend Brackett became a respected citizen of Harpers Ferry.
Though Storer remained primarily a teacher college, in time it began adding courses in higher education to its curriculum so that students could graduate with a normal degree for teaching, or an academic degree for going on to college. In 1938, under the leadership of school president Henry T. McDonald, Storer became a college. Its enrollment peaked at around 400, and then dipped lower during World War II. The College survived until 1955 when declining enrollment, financial stress, and court-ordered desegregation combined to close it.
In addition to its progressive role in educating African Americans, the College became associated with other advocates of civil rights, such as Frederick Douglas, who visited Storer Normal School in 1881 to deliver a speech on John Brown, and the Niagra Movement led by William Du Bois, who held a conference at Storer in 1906. The NAACP was later to adopt many of the goals of the Niagra Movement.
[This historical note was sourced from the West Virginia Encyclopedia and Wikipedia.]
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