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Storer College Correspondence, Business Papers, and Other Material

 Collection
Collection Number: A&M.2621
Records of Storer College, West Virginia's first African American institution of higher learning, located in Harpers Ferry. This collection contains both institutional records and personal papers related to the College.

Types of records include correspondence, business papers, photographs, memorabilia, issues of the Storer Record (the Storer College newspaper), financial records, scrapbooks, bulletins, minute books, newspaper and magazine clippings, diaries, motion pictures, and miscellaneous material.

Highlights of the collection include records regarding the early years of Storer College; correspondence and papers of Henry J. McDonald, who served as president of Storer College president from 1899 to 1945; correspondence and other material regarding the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); and correspondence and photographs regarding the service of Storer College students during World War I and World War II.

The collection is organized into sixteen series, including:

Series 1. Correspondence and Business Papers; ca. 1865-1964; boxes 1-12, 15-18a, 19, 25-26, 29-30
Series 2. Storer Record -- Newspaper; 1892-1931, 1940, 1942; boxes 13-14, 18b
Series 3. Financial Records and Other Material; 1912, 1939, 1953-1954; box 18b
Series 4. Scrapbooks and Miscellaneous Publications; ca. 1875-1950; boxes 20a-20b
Series 5. Financial and Other Record Books; 1913-1955; box 21
Series 6. College Bulletin and Other Material; 1882-1951; boxes 21, 22, 24
Series 7. Student Affairs; 1907-1955; boxes 23a-23b
Series 8. Minute Books; 1898-1944; box 27a
Series 9. Newspaper and Magazine Clippings; 1895, 1920, 1947, 1963-1964; box 27b
Series 10. Miscellaneous; 1867-1897, 1922-1940; box 28
Series 11. Diary of Henry T. McDonald; 1899-1900; box 28
Series 12. Photographs; ca. 1870-1955; boxes 31-32
Series 13. Correspondence; ca. 1854-1950; boxes 33-41
Series 14. Memorabilia; 1938, undated; boxes 42-45
Series 15. Motion Pictures; 1940s, 1946; box 46
Series 16. Oversize Photographs; ca. 1895-1955; boxes 47-4

Series 1. Correspondence and Business Papers; ca. 1865-1964; boxes 1-12, 15-18a, 19, 25-26, 29-30.

Contains administrative records, such as correspondence, minutes, reports, financial documents, legal documents, speeches, clippings, and other material. Much of the material in this series is connected to the functioning of the President's Office, and much of it is related to the administration of President Henry T. McDonald, who served from 1899-1945. Topics include, among others, commencements, John Brown, legislation, local politics, NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), school curriculum, and WWI (letters from students), among others.

Series 2. Storer Record -- Newspaper; 1892-1931, 1940, 1942; boxes 13-14, 18b.

Includes original copies of the "Storer Record," a newspaper published by and for students and staff of Storer Normal School (later Storer College).

Series 3. Financial Records and Other Material; 1912, 1939, 1953-1954; box 18b.

Includes financial report for College (1939), financial statements (1953, 1954), index to trustee minutes (1912), and other material.

Series 4. Scrapbooks and Miscellaneous Publications; ca. 1875-1950; boxes 20a-20b.

Includes four scrapbooks related to Storer containing calendars of events and programs (1940s). There are also some publications with a religious orientation, including "Free Baptist Women's Missionary Society, Report" (1875), "Free Baptist" minutes (1904), six issues of the "Missionary Helper" (1913-1916), and an issue of the "Home Mission College Review (1927), etc.

Series 5. Financial and Other Record Books; 1913-1955; box 21.

Includes receipt book for Baptist ministers conference (1946), Founders Day donations book (1946), Cornforth Contest book (1913-1955), and award winner books, among other material.

Series 6. College Bulletin and Other Material; 1882-1951; boxes 21, 22, 24.

Includes publications by Storer College, including Bulletins and Catalogs, that document admissions procedures, courses of study, curriculum, etc., in order to assist students and facilitate the operation of Storer.

Series 7. Student Affairs; 1907-1955; boxes 23a-23b.

Includes many letters from Storer students involved in World War I (1917-1918). Also includes material related to prize winners for orations and declamations (1880-1909), and a listing of honor students (1907-1944). In addition, there are student handbooks from Colleges comparable to Storer, including Jackson College, Tuskegee Institute, etc. (1940).

Series 8. Minute Books; 1898-1944; box 27a.

Includes minutes of the Board of Trustees of Storer Normal School (later Storer College).

Series 9. Newspaper and Magazine Clippings; 1895, 1920, 1947, 1963-1964; box 27b.

Includes articles and clippings regarding the education of African-Americans in the United States in general, and regarding Storer Normal School, later Storer College, specifically.

Series 10. Miscellaneous; 1867-1897, 1922-1940; box 28.

Includes records regarding the Free Baptist Conference Board, Commission for the Promoting of Education in the South, faculty minutes (1922-1940), and president's report (1944).

Series 11. Diary of Henry T. McDonald; 1899-1900; box 28.

Diary of Henry T. McDonald in holograph created in the first year of his presidency at Storer Normal School (5 1/2 in. x 11 1/2 in.; 89 pages). Includes observations regarding both his personal experiences and professional activities.

Series 12. Photographs; ca. 1870-1955; boxes 31-32.

Includes numerous images of the students, faculty, facilities, grounds, and activities of Storer Normal School (later Storer College). (Most of these photographs have been scanned and are available for inspection within the online West Virginia History OnView catalog; see link in Instances.)

Series 13. Correspondence; ca. 1854-1950; boxes 33-41.

Contains letters related to the administration of Storer Normal School (later Storer College).

Series 14. Memorabilia; 1938, undated; boxes 42-45.

Includes alumni banner, pennants, flag, beanies, and other material.

Series 15. Motion Pictures; 1940s, 1946; box 46.

Includes footage of an inauguration and of a commencement.

Series 16. Oversize Photographs; ca. 1895-1955; boxes 47-48.

Includes mounted photographs documenting the students, faculty, staff, facilities, and activities (such as sports, music, etc.) of Storer Normal School (later Storer College). Includes both portrait and group photographs.

Contents List:

Series 1. Correspondence and Business Papers

box 1; folder 1; Storer College ; 1865-1869

box 1; folder 2; Storer College ; 1872-1911

box 1; folder 3; Storer College ; 1922-1925

box 1; folder 4; Storer College--student strike; 1922

box 1; folder 5; Storer College--letters, clippings and personal ; 1924

box 1; folder 6; Storer College--letters, clippings and personal ; 1924

box 1; folder 7; assorted letters; 1920s-1930s

box 1; folder 8; Storer College--personal papers; 1919-1925

box 1; folder 9; Storer College--personal papers; 1919-1925

box 2; folder 1; Storer College--financial papers ; 1926-1927

box 2; folder 2; Storer College--letters--personal ; 1928

box 2; folder 3; Storer College--letters--personal; 1928

box 2; folder 4; Storer College--letters; 1928-1935

box 2; folder 5; Storer College--letters, programs, etc.; 1932

box 2; folder 6; Senator Rush Holt--letters; 1937

box 2; folder 7; financial reports; 1937

box 2; folder 8; letters; 1938

box 2; folder 9; letters; 1938

box 3; folder 1; college and personal; 1939

box 3; folder 2; Mrs. E. Bird--letters; 1938-1944

box 3; folder 3; W.R. Dance--letters; 1938-1944

box 3; folder 4; Johnson--letters; 1932-1944

box 3; folder 5; NEA; 1938

box 3; folder 6; NEA; 1938

box 3; folder 7; student council; 1940

box 3; folder 8; student council; 1940

box 3; folder 9; Hening--letters; 1940-1943

box 3; folder 10; letters; 1940

box 4; folder 1; letters; 1941-Sept 1942

box 4; folder 2; letters; 1941-Sept 1942

box 4; folder 3; Fraser--letters; 1941-1944

box 4; folder 4; Fraser--letters; 1941-1945

box 4; folder 5; Hudson--letters; 1942-1944

box 4; folder 6; Hudson--letters; 1942-1944

box 4; folder 7; college and personal--letters; 1942-1944

box 5; folder 1; Free Baptist Women's Missionary Society; 1941-1943

box 5; folder 2; Storer's 75th Anniversary; 1942

box 5; folder 3; Cook Hall; 1942

box 5; folder 4; J.A. Ramer--letters; 1943

box 5; folder 5; Beall--letters; 1942-1944

box 5; folder 6; Beall--letters; 1942-1944

box 5; folder 7; president's report; 4/26/1905

box 5; folder 8; Mrs. Howard S. Palmer--letters; 1940-1944

box 5; folder 9; letters; 1945-1946

box 5; folder 10; Storer College--Mrs. L.F. Bennett--letters; 1937-1944

box 5; folder 11; Storer College--Stillman--letters; 1931-1938

box 5; folder 12; Women's Commission at Storer--Mrs. M.P. Dyson; 1941-1944

box 5; folder 13; Storer College--Walnut Grove Bank; 1931-1935

box 5; folder 14; Storer College-Miss B. Brodt--letters; 1940-1943

box 6; folder 1; Storer College--G.M. Hudson--letters; 1937-1942

box 6; folder 2; Storer College--G.M. Hudson--letters; 1937-1942

box 6; folder 3; H.S.Myers--letters; 1928-1942

box 6; folder 4; H.S.Myers--letters; 1943-1944

box 6; folder 5; President's reports; 1942-1944

box 6; folder 6; President's reports; 1943-1944

box 7; folder 1; Storer College--A.W. Anthony--letters; 1920s-1930

box 7; folder 2; World War II--letters; 1941-1944

box 7; folder 3; World War II--letters; 1941-1949

box 7; folder 4; Store College--Gardiner--letters; 1938-1943

box 7; folder 5; Eastern Panhandle Association; 1936

box 7; folder 6; Jefferson County rehabilitation; 1934-1947

box 7; folder 7; Storer College--NAACP chapter; 1948

box 8; folder 1a; NAACP--booklets; 1940s

box 8; folder 1b; Storer College--songs, etc. ; 1920s-1940s

box 8; folder 2; trustees' minutes; 1932-1936

box 8; folder 3; Cook Hall; 1920s-1930s

box 8; folder 4; Storer College--financial statements--Dr. Brackett; 1890s-1900s

box 8; folder 5; speeches and personal life--McDonald (includes writing on John Brown); 1930s-1940s

box 8; folder 6; commencement programs; 1940s-1950s

box 8; folder 7; papers--Miss Ella V. Smith; 1936

box 8; folder 8; miscellaneous; 1920s

box 8; folder 9; Kiwanis--McDonald; 1940s

box 8; folder 10; Storer College--old deeds; 1860s, 1880s, 1843

box 8; folder 11; Storer College--Circus Hill--Mrs. McDonald; 3/30/1905

box 9; folder 1a; Storer College--contracts and specifications; 1928, 1937

box 9; folder 1b; Storer College--finances--J.F. Turnball; 1937

box 9; folder 1c; Storer College--finances ; 1940s

box 9; folder 2; Storer College--matters of finance; 1920s-1940s

box 9; folder 3; Free Baptist--general conference; 1900s-1930s

box 9; folder 4; Charles Town--hospital; 1945-1948

box 9; folder 5; Storer College--letters--Johnson; 1954

box 10; folder 1; roads for Harpers Ferry; 1919-1925

box 10; folder 2; roads for Harpers Ferry; 1919-1925

box 10; folder 3; city government politics--Harpers Ferry; 1923-1925

box 10; folder 4; Summer White House; 1923-1929

box 10; folder 5; city government and politics; 1923-1924

box 11; folder 1a; politics; 1930s

box 11; folder 1b; politics; 1919, 1930s

box 11; folder 1c; Shenandoah Valley Incorporated; 1924

box 11; folder 2; Shenandoah Valley Incorporated; 1924

box 11; folder 3; Shenandoah Valley Incorporated; 1927

box 11; folder 4; Shenandoah Valley Incorporated; 1926-1928

box 11; folder 5; Shenandoah Valley Incorporated Stationery; undated

box 12; folder 1a; Storer College -- Bonds, etc.; 1925

box 12; folder 1b; historic markers; 1937

box 12; folder 2; Storer College--financial statements; 1920s-1950s

box 12; folder 3; Founders Day address; 1937, 1943

box 12; folder 4; Speeches--McDonald; 1930s-1950s

box 12; folder 5; McKinney Administration (includes transcript of By-Laws, 1867); 1943-1951

box 15; folder 1; Anthony Hall fire and Morrell House; 1920s-1940s

box 15; folder 2; miscellaneous; 1940s, 1961

box 15; folder 3; small bulletins; 1940s-1950s

box 15; folder 4; small bulletins; 1940s-1950s

box 15; folder 5; Storer College--Charter and by-laws; 1860s-1900s

box 15; folder 6; McDonald--retirement; 1944

box 15; folder 7; McDonald--activities and organizations; 1920s-1930s

box 16; folder 1; Mrs. Louise Wood Brackett--brief history; undated, 1936, 1944

box 16; folder 2; letters concerning WW I medals; undated, 1918, 1921, 1922

box 16; folder 3; Mosher--Anthony--letters; 1880s, 1940s

box 16; folder 4; McDonald--agreement; 1945

box 16; folder 5; McDonald--newspaper clippings (includes biographical info.); 1930s-1940s

box 16; folder 6; Baptist--miscellaneous material; 1885, 1950s

box 16; folder 7; Storer College--history; undated, 1950s

box 16; folder 8; miscellaneous; 1890s-1900s

box 16; folder 9; McDonald--NAACP; 1930s

box 16; folder 10; McDonald--NAACP; 1930s

box 16; folder 11; McDonald--history; 1920s-1950s

box 16; folder 12; McDonald--letters; 1916-1918

box 17; folder 1; trustee--letters, etc.; 1952-1956

box 17; folder 2; fire insurance planning--November and January; 1953-1954

box 17; folder 3; clippings--patriotism; 1900s

box 17; folder 4; Storer College--survey; 1954

box 17; folder 5; study of student potential--February and March; 1954

box 18a; folder 1; Save Storer--campaign; 1954

box 18a; folder 2; total abstinence pledge signers; 1953-1955

box 18a; folder 3; faculty record book--December 16th-Decemeber 6th ; 1891-1909

box 18a; folder 4; stockholders--records; 1860s-1890s

box 18a; folder 5; diplomas--miscellaneous; undated, 1915

box 18a; folder 6; trustee--letters, etc.; 1957-1964

box 18a; folder 7; trustee--letters, etc.; 1957-1964

box 19; folders 1a-1c; newsletters and announcements; 1930s-1950s

box 19; folder 2; audit reports; 1948-1951

box 19; folder 3; McDonald--miscellaneous folder, clippings, and magazines; 1930s-1940s

box 19; folder 4; McDonald--miscellaneous folder, clippings, and magazines; 1913, 1930s-1940s

box 25; folder 1; booklet, tickets, picture, auto tag, and account book; undated

box 25; folder 2; letters--Baker-Stewart; 1880s

box 25; folder 3; letters--Mills, Hayes, and Cheney; 1870s-1880s

box 25; folders 4-7; The Home Mission College Review; 1927-1930

box 26; folder 1; letters--D. Waterman, J.D. Stewart, and S. Curtis; 1870s-1880s

box 26; folder 2; letters--J.D. Stewart, and S. Curtis; 1870s-1880s

box 26; folder 3; letters--J.D. Stewart, and J.L. Sinclair, A.H. Chase, D. Durgin, L. Tarker, and J. Fullonton; 1870s-1880s

box 26; folder 4; letters--J.D. Stewart, L.Crandall, G. Ramsey, R. Summ, E. Knowlton, A. Huling, T. Stevens; 1870s-1880s

box 26; folder 5; letters--J.D. Stewart, L. Reynolds, C. Latham, L. Anothony, J. Brewster, E. Ricken, J. Hall; 1870s-1880s

box 26; folder 6; letters--J.D. Stewart, J. Goodwin, A. Waldron, E. Porter, G. Holt, C. Penny, H. Plumb; 1870s-1880s

box 26; folder 7; letters--J.D. Stewart, E. Fernard, F. Lyford, H. Brown, F. Wiley, W. Dow, A. Hogbin, S. Bates; 1870s-1880s

box 26; folder 8; diaries, Missionary Helper, Beta Kappa Chi; 1865-1870

box 26; folder 9; letters to Weldon C. Malone; 1925, 1949

box 29; folder 1; Historical papers--deeds, contracts, etc.; 1900s, 1920s

box 29; folder 2; bank deposit book; 1933-1935

box 29; folder 3; letters; 1920s

box 29; folder 4; bond information ; 1937

box 29; folder 5; financial documents; 1890s-1900s

box 30; folder 1; Curtis Baptist Church; 1890s-1900s

box 30; folder 2; Curtis Free Baptist Church; 1900s-1950s

box 30; folder 3; Curtis Free Will Baptist Church; 1878, 1890s

box 30; folder 4; miscellaneous; 1880s, 1930s-1940s

box 30; folder 5; notes--checks ; 1860s-1870s

box 30; folder 6; Account of the 1936 Flood; 1936

box 30; folder 7; historical sketches; 1920s-1950s

Series 2. Storer Record -- Newspaper

box 13; folder 1; October 11--newspaper clipping--The Watchman; 1911

box 13; folder 2a; August--Volume 31, Number 3; 1919

box 13; folder 2b; February--Volume 32, Number 1; 1920

box 13; folder 3; May, August, December--Volume 33, Numbers 2, 3, 4; 1921

box 13; folder 4; June and December--Volume 34, Numbers 1, 2,3, 4; 1922

box 13; folder 5; March and July--Volume 35, Numbers 1, 2, 3; 1923

box 13; folder 6; May--Volume 36, Number 2; 1924

box 13; folder 7; August and December--Volume 37, Numbers 3, 4; 1925

box 13; folder 8; August and December--Volume 38, Number 3, 4; 1926

box 13; folder 9; April and June--Volume 39, Numbers 1,2 ; 1927

box 13; folder 10; March and July--Volume 40, Numbers 1, 4; 1928

box 13; folder 11; May and December--Volume 26, Number 11 and Volume 27, Number 1; 1902

box 13; folder 12; April, July, September--Volume 27, Numbers 2, 3, 4; 1903

box 13; folder 13; May, July, and December--Volume 28, Numbers 2, 3, 4; 1904

box 13; folder 14; March, May, July, and December--Volume 29, Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4; 1905

box 14; folder 1; March--Volume 21, Number 1; 1907

box 14; folder 2; April--Volume 22, Number 1; 1908

box 14; folder 3; March and May--Volume 24, Numbers 1, 2; 1910

box 14; folder 4; May--Volume 25, Number 2; 1911

box 14; folder 5; May, August, December--Volume 26, Number 2; 1912

box 14; folder 6; May--Volume 27, Number 2; 1913

box 14; folder 7; March, May, and December--Volume 28, Numbers 1,2, 4; 1914

box 14; folder 8; April--Volume 30, Number 1; 1916

box 14; folder 9; March--Volume 28, Number 4; 1917

box 14; folder 10; March--Volume 30, Number 1; 1918

box 14; folder 11; March and May--Volume 31, Numbers 1, 2; 1919

box 14; folder 12; Winter term; 1892

box 14; folder 13; supplement; undated

box 14; folder 14; Spring and Fall term; 1893

box 14; folder 15; Fall and Winter term; 1894

box 14; folder 16; February, March, and April--Volume 12, Number 2, 3, 4; 1895

box 14; folder 17; November, March, and May--Volume 13, Number 1, 4, 6; 1895-1896

box 14; folder 18; Storer College newspaper--Storer Record-February, March, April, and May--Volume 14, Numbers 3, 4, 5, 6; 1897

box 14; folder 19; May--Volume 15, Number 4; 1897

box 14; folder 20; January and December--Volume 26, Numbers 3, 5; 1900

box 14; folder 21; March, May, June, and December--16, Numbers 6, 7, 8, 8; 1901

box 14; folder 22; March--Volume 16, Number 10; 1902

box 14; folder 23; miscellaneous issues; 1901, 1940. 1942, undated

box 18b; folder 1; December--Volume 30, Number 4; 1928

box 18b; folder 2; March and December--Volume 31, Number 1, 4; 1929

box 18b; folder 3; April, July, and December--Volume 32, Number 2, 3, 4; 1930

box 18b; folder 4; March, June, and December--Volume 33, Numbers 1, 2; 1931

Series 3. Financial Records and Other Material

box 18b; folder 5; financial statements--August 31st ; 1953

box 18b; folder 6; financial statements--August 31st ; 1954

box 18b; folder 7; "Cabin to College" (history of Storer by Clara Pinkham); 1936

box 18b; folder 7; "Tornado" (1st issue of a Storer newspaper); 1948

box 18b; folder 7; financial report for College; 1939

box 18b; folder 7; index to trustee minutes; 1912

Series 4. Scrapbooks and Miscellaneous Publications

box 20a; folder 1; Alexander's Magazine--October; 1905

box 20a; folder 2; six issues of The Missionary Helper; 1913, 1915-1916, 1919

box 20a; folder 3; Free Baptist Women's Missionary Society--report; 1875

box 20a; folder 4; minutes of the 2nd general conference of The Free Baptist; 1904

box 20a; folder 5; The Home Mission College Review--November; 1927

box 20a; folder 6; West Liberty State Teachers College Bulletin; 1940-1941

box 20b; folders 1-4; four scrapbooks--programs and calendars of events; 1940s

Series 5. Financial and Other Record Books

box 21; unfoldered; Baptist ministers conference--receipt book; 1946

box 21; unfoldered; Founder Day--contributions--receipt book; 1946

box 21; unfoldered; Founders Day--donations--May; 1946

box 21; unfoldered; Founders Day--receipt book; 1948

box 21; unfoldered; Ledger Book (blank)--List of Women Cited for Record in the Lillian Sims Cup; undated

box 21; unfoldered; Ledger Book--List of Winners of Viola Scott Morris Medal ; 1943-1955

box 21; unfoldered; The Cornforth Contest--scrapbook; 1913-1955

Series 6. College Bulletin and Other Material

box 21; unfoldered; ledger; 1937-1946

box 22; unfoldered; catalogs; 1936-1937

box 22; unfoldered; catalogs; 1939-1951

box 24; unfoldered; alumni programs; 6/1943

box 24; unfoldered; Storer College bulletin; 1882-1884

box 24; unfoldered; Storer College bulletin; 1889-1891

box 24; unfoldered; Storer College bulletin; 1897-1909

box 24; unfoldered; Storer College bulletin; 1914-1915

box 24; unfoldered; Storer College bulletin; 1927-1928

box 24; unfoldered; Storer College bulletin; 1931-1936

box 24; unfoldered; Storer College bulletins, supplements, and Storer Sentinel; 1940s

Series 7. Student Affairs

box 23a; folder 1-13; letters--Storer College students--WWI; 1918-1919

box 23b; folder 1; honor students--book; 1907-1944

box 23b; folder 1; orations and declamations for prize winners--booklet; 1880-1909

box 23b; folder 2; alumni record commencement--three notebooks; 1942-1955

box 23b; folder 3; Storer College--student guide book; 1945-1948

box 23b; folder 4; Antioch College "A" Book -- student handbook; 1940

box 23b; folder 4; Fairmont State Teachers College -- student handbook; 1940

box 23b; folder 4; Glenville State Teachers College -- student handbook; 1940

box 23b; folder 4; Jackson College-- student handbook; 1940

box 23b; folder 4; Morgan State College -- student handbook; 1940

box 23b; folder 4; Salem College -- student handbook; 1940

box 23b; folder 4; The Mentor--Hillsdale College -- student handbook; 1940

box 23b; folder 4; The Skegan--Tuskegee Institute -- student handbook; 1940

box 23b; folder 4; William and Mary -- student handbook; 1940

Series 8. Minute Books

box 27a; folder 1; board of trustees minute book; 1898-1912

box 27a; unfoldered; trustees annual minutes--book; 1913-1944

Series 9. Newspaper and Magazine Clippings

box 27b; folder 1; The Morning Star, Boston, MA. (photocopies) 30 May 1895; 1895

box 27b; folder 2; Newsclippings; 1963-1964

box 27b; folder 3; Magazine Clippings; 1963

box 27b; folder 4; Clippings and other material; 1963-1964

box 27b; folder 5; Storer College Bulletin (one issue, "pictorial number"); 1947

box 27b; folder 6; Missions: A Baptist Monthly Magazine; 1920

box 27b; folder 7; Newsweek; 1963

box 27b; folder 8; Time; 1963

box 27b; folder 9; Look; 1963

Series 10. Miscellaneous

box 28; folder 1; Faculty minutes--September 18 to September 18; 1922-1940

box 28; folder 2; president's report; 1944

box 28; folder 3; Commission for the Promoting of Education in the South--records--February-June; 1867-1874

box 28; folder 4; Free Baptist Conference Board--records; 1886-1897

box 28; folder 5; Storer College book no.1 records with index notes made 08/19/1937; 1868-1897

Series 11. Diary of Henry T. McDonald

box 28; folder 6; September 1899 to September 1900; 1899-1900

Series 12. Photographs

box 31; folder 1; faculty and staff--individual photographs; 1870s-1950s

box 31; folder 1a; (not scanned)

box 31; folder 2; faculty and staff--individual photographs; 1870s-1950s

box 31; folder 2a; (not scanned)

box 31; folder 3; faculty and staff--group photographs; 1870s-1950s

box 31; folder 3a; (not scanned)

box 31; folder 4a; students--individual photographs; 1870s-1950s

box 31; folder 4b; students--individual photographs; 1870s-1950s

box 31; folder 4c; (not scanned)

box 31; folder 5; students--individual photographs; 1870s-1950s

box 31; folder 5a; (not scanned)

box 31; folder 6; students--WW I photographs; 1870s-1950s

box 31; folder 6a; (not scanned)

box 32; folder 1; students--group photographs; 1870s-1950s

box 32; folder 1a; (not scanned)

box 32; folder 2; class--photographs; 1870s-1950s

box 32; folder 2a; (not scanned)

box 32; folder 3; athletics--photographs; 1870s-1950s

box 32; folder 3a; (not scanned)

box 32; folder 4; Storer College and Harpers Ferry scenes--photographs; 1870s-1950s

box 32; folder 4a; (not scanned)

box 32; folder 5; Storer College--scenes--photographs; 1870s-1950s

box 32; folder 5a; (not scanned)

box 32; folders 6-7; negatives; 1940s-1950s

Series 13. Correspondence

box 33; folder 1; 1854, 1857, 1859

box 33; folder 2; 1860-1869

box 33; folders 3a-3b; 1870-1871

box 33; folder 4; 1872-1874

box 33; folder 5; 1875-1879

box 33; folder 6; 1880-1881

box 34; folder 1; 1882-1883

box 34; folder 2; 1884-1887

box 34; folder 3; 1890-1892

box 34; folder 4; 1893

box 34; folder 5; 1894

box 35; folder 1; 1894

box 35; folder 2; 1895

box 35; folder 3; 1896

box 35; folder 4; 1897

box 35; folder 5; 1898

box 36; folder 1; 1899

box 36; folder 2; 1899

box 36; folder 3; 1900

box 36; folder 4; 1900

box 36; folder 5; 1901

box 36; folder 6; 1901

box 37; folder 1; 1902

box 37; folder 2; 1903

box 37; folder 3; 1904

box 37; folder 4; 1904

box 37; folder 5; 1904

box 38; folder 1; 1905

box 38; folder 2; 1905

box 38; folder 3; 1906

box 38; folder 4; 1907

box 39; folder 1; 1908

box 39; folder 2; 1909, 1911-1913

box 39; folder 3; 1915-1918

box 39; folder 4; 1919-1920

box 40; folder 1; 1921-1923

box 40; folder 2; 1924-1925

box 40; folder 3; 1926

box 40; folder 4; 1927-1928

box 40; folder 5; 1929

box 41; folder 1; assorted letters; 1930s

box 41; folder 2; assorted letters; 1940s

box 41; folder 3; assorted letters; undated

box 41; folder 4; letters--Mrs. McDonald's family--undated; 1865-1875

box 41; folder 5; letters--to Mrs. Mosher; 1876-1885

box 41; folder 6; miscellaneous; undated

Series 14. Memorabilia

box 42; unfoldered; memorabilia--loving cup; 1938

box 43; unfoldered; memorabilia--alumni banner and pennants; undated

box 44; unfoldered; memorabilia--flag; undated

box 45; unfoldered; memorabilia--beanies; undated

Series 15. Motion Pictures

box 46; unfoldered; two films--inauguration (ca. 1940s) and baccalaureate-commencement (1946) (includes original two reels of film and DVD user copy); ca. 1940s, 1946

Series 16. Oversize Photographs

box 47; unfoldered; 1870s-1950s

box 48; unfoldered; 1870s-1950s

Dates

  • 1854-1964

Creator

Language of Materials

English

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Extent

21.3 Linear Feet (Summary: 21 ft. 4 in. (39 document cases, 5 in. each); (4 document cases, 2 1/2 in. each); (2 records cartons, 15 in. each); (1 small flat storage box, 3 in.); (1 large flat storage box, 3 in.); (2 large flat storage boxes, 3 1/2 in. each); (1 card file box, 4 in.); (1 roll storage box, 4 in.))

Overview

Records of Storer College, West Virginia's first African American institution of higher learning, located in Harpers Ferry. Types of records include correspondence, business papers, photographs, memorabilia, issues of the Storer Record (the Storer College newspaper), financial records, scrapbooks, bulletins, minute books, newspaper and magazine clippings, diaries, motion pictures, and miscellaneous material. Includes records regarding the early years of the College, among other topics. See "Scope and Content Note" and "Historical Note" for further information.

Biographical / Historical

Storer College of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, emerged from the aftermath of the Civil War with the purpose of educating former slaves who were now facing the world with few skills and no education. It began in 1865 as a school in the Lockwood House, a private residence, with the support of the Freewill Baptist Home Mission Society of New England under Reverend Nathan Cook Brackett; in 1867 it officially became Storer Normal School, with the mission of training teachers; and in 1938 Storer became a College. The College closed in 1955 due to declining enrollment, financial problems, and the advent of desegregation.

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.

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 Niagara 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 Niagara Movement.

This historical note was sourced from the West Virginia Encyclopedia and Wikipedia.]

Physical Location

West Virginia and Regional History Center / West Virginia University / 1549 University Avenue / P.O. Box 6069 / Morgantown, WV 26506-6069 / Phone: 304-293-3536 / Fax: 304-293-3981 / URL: https://wvrhc.lib.wvu.edu/

Related A&M Collections

1131, 1168, 1322, 1471, 2621

Creator

Title
Storer College Correspondence, Business Papers, and Other Material, 1854-1964
Author
Staff of the West Virginia & Regional History Center
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the West Virginia and Regional History Center Repository

Contact:
1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US
304-293-3536