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James A.G. Edwards Family Papers

Collection Number: A&M 4593

Scope and Contents

The James A.G. Edwards Family Papers relate to West Virginia State College, now WV State University, and the Edwards family, particularly Ernest E. Edwards, grandson of James E. Edwards. Since Ernest was a mechanical arts student at West Virginia State College (WVSC), the papers include many WVSC publications, such as class schedules, calendars, bulletins, fraternity and sorority news, and the By-Laws and Constitution for Dawson Hall, a dormitory. Also included is math and calculus homework and ephemera in addition to physics and biology illustrated lab reports, tests, and class notes. Other school work includes studies completed by Ernest Edwards and, to a lesser extent, from his sister Bettie Lee Brooks. Collected West Virginia State College events (baccalaureate, convocation, plays, luncheons, etc.), and materials related to West Virginia State College football, including schedules, tickets, programs, and other material are included in the collection.

Personal items from Ernest Edwards and Bessie Edwards include correspondence and publications, including from The Women’s Baptist Missionary Societies and the West Virginia State Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs. Later personal items, 1945-1952, include school work of Barbara L. Brooks and Bettie Lee Brooks, also children of James A.G. Edwards.

Family business items include receipts, checks, advertisements related to Edwards Quick Lunch (a restaurant), and bills and other ephemera from John A.G. Edwards’s water company. Additionally, Box 3 contains business ledgers, circa 1921-1922.

There is one photograph of a man and a woman (Box 1, Folder 27).

Oversized Box 4 contains issues of West Virginia State’s student newspaper, The Yellow Jacket, 1930-1932; one issue of WVSC’s Das Deutsche Blatt, 1930-1931; and one issue of The Pittsburgh Courier, February 20, 1932.

This collection includes the wooden water barrel where the documents were originally stored. It is presumed to be one of the ones used by John Edwards to deliver water to Morgantown citizens.


  • Creation: 1927-1953
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1927-1931


Conditions Governing Access

No specific access restrictions apply

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. For more information, please see the Permissions and Copyright page on the West Virginia and Regional History Center website.

Biographical / Historical

Ernest Edwards’ school papers make up the bulk of this collection. He attended West Virginia State College at the time its name changed from the West Virginia Collegiate Institute, 1929. At WVSC he was recognized as an outstanding athlete. After graduating with a degree in mechanical arts, he received a B.S. degree from West Virginia University and became a printer nd teacher. He served in the U.S. Army as second lieutenant Field Artillery, unit commander.

Ernest Edwards was the son of James A.G. Edwards, and his sister was Bessie Edwards, both with papers in this collection along with other Edwards’ family members.

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4.71 Linear Feet (1 record carton, 15 in.; 1 document case, 2.5 in.; 2 flat boxes, 1.5 in. each; 1 barrel, 3 ft.)



Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Personal protection is recommended when using this collection due to its previous storage conditions. As such, gloves and face masks will be made available in the Reading Room for patron use.

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:

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Schaupp, Adelheid, 2018 May 18

James A.G. Edwards Family Papers
Linda Blake
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Repository Details

Part of the West Virginia and Regional History Center Repository

1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US