Michael Plunkett, Editor
University of Virginia Press
© 1995 by the Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia
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Johnston Memorial Library
Petersburg, VA 23803
Personal and business correspondence of this graduate of Virginia State University from Suffolk. The collection reflects her commitment to social activism.
Consists of photographs and artifacts from the Christiansburg Institute.
A photograph, funeral program, and history of the Mount Zion Baptist Church in Oxford.
Issues of some of the black-owned newspapers that existed in and around the Southside Virginia area beginning in 1882.
Personal and business correspondence, accounts, and printed items of the first black Episcopal bishop in the United States. Included are copies of the newspaper published by Bragg, The Afro-American Churchman.
Manumission papers of slaves in North Carolina. The material was collected by Brewer while he was a faculty member at Virginia State. Included is a petition for the self-hire of a slave in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Bulletins pertaining to the association's athletics.
Personal, business, and academic correspondence of this antebellum free black and slave family from Petersburg. Included are letters concerning activities of the underground railroad in Petersburg. This large collection contains the papers of a number of related family members who were all involved in black academic institutions in Virginia. Among the correspondents are William Still, John Henry Hill, and William Henry Johnson.
Financial correspondence, printed items, and other memorabilia of the Colson-Hill family.
Personal and business correspondence of the fifth president of Virginia State, one of the leading proponents behind equalization of
Business and personal correspondence, writings, speeches, pamphlets, and news clippings of this professor of philosophy and religion at Virginia State University.
Photographs, most of which pertain to homecoming activities at Virginia State University.
Photographs of black women who were members of the "The First Colored Women Voters of Ettrick" club.
Self-published book, an account of a California family.
A Virginia State University commencement invitation.
Photographs of events, people, and places at Virginia State University.
Personal correspondence of the fourth president of Virginia State University.
Printed memorabilia of funeral services for people connected with Virginia State University.
Personal, business, and academic papers of the third president of Virginia State University. Included are two unpublished manuscripts by Gandy, one an autobiography and the other a history of Virginia
Personal correspondence and memorabilia collected by these influential black citizens of Petersburg.
The Howard University law degree of the founder of Virginia State.
Personal, business, and legal correspondence and accounts of this black Petersburg schoolteacher.
A photographic scrapbook of Virginia State showing all the houses and buildings and a copy of a master's thesis entitled "The Status and Treatment of Children during Slavery."
Political papers of the youngest person ever to serve on the Petersburg City Council. They address the issue of the United Virginia Bank making loans to the government of South Africa.
Manuscripts, reports, and a biography of Mrs. M. E. V. Hunter, the founder of the School of Home Economics at Virginia State University.
A Danville teaching certificate.
Correspondence, photographs, and memorabilia, most of which is directly related to the Colson family. Included is an 1836 letter to Sarah Colson from Joseph Jenkins Roberts, who later became the first president of Liberia.
Personal, business, and academic papers of this Afro-American historian and professor of history at Virginia State University. Among the correspondents are John Hope Franklin, W. E. B. DuBois, Hugh Smythe, Helen Edmonds, P. Bernard Young, E. Franklin Frazier, Charles S. Johnson, Rayford Logan, Alrutheus Taylor, Lorenzo J. Green, and Carter G. Woodson. In the collection are papers of black families collected by Jackson for his work, among them the Butler, Layton, and Wooldridge families, and an 1881-82 handwritten diary belonging to Samuel T. Miller, a missionary in South Africa, 1881-82.
A letter from two black businessmen of Covington to Booker T. Washington.
Correspondence of a member of the music department at Virginia State. Mrs. Jones wrote Play Songs of the Deep South, which was illustrated by James A. Porter. Included are the papers of Cleota Collins Lacy.
Personal and business correspondence, manuscripts, and military papers of the highest-ranking black officer in the 6th Virginia Volunteer Infantry. The manuscripts include a biographical sketch and speeches. Included are hundreds of photographs of black citizens of Petersburg, many dating from the nineteenth century.
Personal, business, and academic correspondence and accounts of this faculty member and author of Race Relations in Virginia and Miscegenation in the South, 1776-1860.
Academic and business accounts of the second president of Virginia State. Included are materials on the Virginia Teachers Association and the Peabody Reading Circle and a number of speeches and photographs.
Monthly teaching reports for one of the black schools in Sussex County.
Personal and business correspondence and photographs of this Virginia State faculty member who was a leading figure in the music department. Included is correspondence with E. Azalia Hackley.
Personal, business, and agricultural correspondence and accounts of this white farmer from Matoaca in Chesterfield County. Of special interest are many diaries detailing daily observations.
Personal, business, and academic papers of this faculty member who was the founder of the art department at Virginia State. Among the correspondents are Helen Edmonds.
Copies of the personal, political, and business correspondence of this black congressman from Chicago, Illinois. The originals are in the Chicago Historical Society. This group was collected by Professor Edgar Toppin of Virginia State.
Photographs, artifacts, and a few news clippings of this professor of music at Virginia State University.
Taped interviews with local black residents of Petersburg and surrounding communities and with people involved in some manner with Virginia State University. Some of the subjects covered are segregation and desegregation in Petersburg and other central Virginia communities, the Great Depression, racism in the military, early days at Virginia State, white-black relations, early transportation, religion, the KKK, World Wars I and II, and education in general..
Letterbook and biography of the Virginia State faculty member who started the Extension School.
Business correspondence and memorabilia of this faculty member at Virginia State University.
Photographs of the parents of Dr. E. H. Payne who were students at the Virginia Normal and Industrial Institute.
Commencement speech by this 1902 graduate.
Working papers of this school formed in reaction to the closing of the public schools in the county. All but one of the students were black. Included are medical records, photographs, yearbook, etc.
Minutes, conference reports, programs, and published documents of this black church of Mecklenburg County.
Mainly academic and some personal correspondence of this faculty member of the sociology department of Virginia State University who
CIAA (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) ephemera, consisting mainly of bulletins. Rodgers was the secretary of the group for a number of years.
Personal and business correspondence and manuscripts of this faculty member.
African masks collected by this black anthropologist.
Photographs collected by this head coach and athletic director at Virginia State University.
A plaque presented to Virginia State University on its centennial.
Correspondence, photographs, minutes, reports, films, tapes, news clippings, and artifacts of this association, which governed all nonacademic activities of black high schools in Virginia. The VIA was headquartered at Virginia State University from 1954 to 1969.
Minutes and reports of the board, early student records, grades, photographs, some correspondence of the president's office, fiscal records, and all catalogues.
Working papers, including correspondence, of this black teachers' association. Included are radio speeches, reports of conference meetings, etc.
Materials collected by White while he was writing a history of blacks in Buckingham County, consisting of copies of wills, letters, and news clippings. Also included are issues of the official journal of the Virginia Baptist Convention, The Expected.
Lithographs of Afro-American scenes.
Personal, business, and miscellaneous correspondence and accounts.of the first black minister of Gillfield Baptist Church in Petersburg. Williams was also a member of the Petersburg City Council during Reconstruction.
Personal correspondence of this resident of Ettrick.
Photographs mainly of Virginia State scenes.