Frissell, Hollis Burke - Administrative

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Principals and Presidents

1882-1917 (Administrative)

This section contains reports from various departments with suggestions as to improvements and departmental progress and includes, handwritten and typewritten letters on various subjects regarding Hampton Institute. Correspondence from many individuals follows.


Correspondence from Algeron S. Frissell, brother of Dr. Hollis B. Frissell, concerning financial meetings , endowments and person to be interviewed for funds.


Correspondence from Henry W. Foote of general nature concerning tuition and scholarships.


Correspondence from Lieutenant Colonel Houston concerning purchase of additional acreage from the College for the Hampton National Cemetery


Correspondence from Mr Arthur Curtiss James, member of the Board of Trustees of Hampton Institute.


Correspondence of a general nature from Mr. Willis A. Jenkins


Handwritten and typewritten letters from Robert Curtis Ogden president of the Board of Trustees, Hampton Institute


Correspondence from Eben Erskine Olcott including letters of confirmation regarding requests for special travel rates and arrangements for students and visitors to Hampton Institute. Mr. Olcott was president and general manager of the Hudson Bay Line, a common carrier of the era.


Correspondence from George Foster Peabody consisting of typewritten letters, telegrams, and meeting notices, Mr. Peabody served as a member of the Investment Committee


Correspondence of a general nature from Dr. Francis Greenwood Peabody including meeting notices, responses to invitations, and handwritten letters regarding Hampton Institute. Dr. Peabody served as a member of the Board of Trustees, Hampton Institute.


Handwritten and typewritten correspondence from John D. Rockefeller Jr. concerning student scholarships, invitations, and meeting notices.


Correspondence from William Henry Scoville consisting of handwritten daily financial reports and letters regarding his discharge from military duty. Mr Scoville served as secretary of Hampton Institute and was associated with the Southern Branch Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers (also known as the Virginia Hospital and Domiciliary at Hampton, Virginia, Kecoughtan Veterans Hospital, and presently known as the Veterans Administration Hospital and Domiciliary).


Typewritten correspondence from various individuals concerning administrative questions.

1897-1917 (Educational)

Correspondence of an educational nature including reports, handwritten letters, notes, notices, and miscellaneous items concerning Hampton Institute and the following organizations and institutions.


Twenty reports to the Department of Public Instruction, Commonwealth of Virginia, State of Virginia and 50 items from various members of the department.


Correspondence regarding the Conference for Education in the South. Included is information on various meetings and a typewritten report of H.B. Frissell who served as director of the six conferences.


Correspondences regarding the Cooperative Education Association of Virginia. Items are of a general nature and include announcements and programs.


Handwritten and typewritten letters from the Bureau of Educations, Department of the Interior including letters from various directors of the bureau on the subject of rural education. A listing of subjects taught at Hampton Institute is included.


Program announcements, booklets, and meeting notices regarding education in the South.


Miscellaneous items from the Judiciary Department, Supreme Court of the Republic of Liberia to Dr. Frissell when he served as president of the New York Colonization Society. Selection of a president for the college in Monrovia is also discussed.


Newspaper clippings, typewritten and printed materials and meeting notices from the National Civic Federation.


Correspondence regarding the affairs of the National Education Association.


Booklets, reports, and handwritten and typewritten information concerning the Negro Reformatory Association of Virginia.


Correspondence from Dr. Wallace Buttrick and James Dillard regarding fund project of the Negro Rural School Fund, Ann T. Jeanes Foundation.


Meeting notices and reports of the New York Colonization Society.

1894-1917 (Educational Institutions)

Mostly typewritten correspondence consisting of letters, notes, notices and miscellaneous items from various institutions, colleges, and schools, namely, Marion Institute; Morgan College (later known as Morgan State College); Virginia Collegiate and Industrial Institute; Department of Public Instruction, the Philippine Islands; Phillips Academy, Department of Education, Puerto Rico; Schofield Normal and Industrial School; Trinity college; Virginia State School for Colored Deaf and Blind Children, Staunton, Virginia; Virginia Union University; Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, Ohio; and Williamsburg Female Institute, Williamsburg, Virginia.


Correspondence from Fort Valley High and Industrial; Frierson Allen Normal and Industrial University, Georgia; Gloucester Agriculture and Industrial; Hope College; Jamaica Mission; Ewing Christian College; Kowaligia School, Lincoln Institute, Kentucky; Livingston College; Method Public School; Mount Bayou; Riggs Industrial Institute; Robert Hungerford Normal and Industrial School; and Haines Normal and Industrial School.


Correspondence from Dr. James Earl Russell, dean of Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, New York. Mostly of an administrative nature, it covers subjects regarding placement of teachers and National Education Association affairs.


Correspondence regarding the Southern Industrial Classes of Norfolk, Newport News, and Hampton , Virginia. Handwritten and typewritten letters, reports and requests for financial aid are included as well as correspondence from Miss Sara Evelyn Breed and Miss Taylor (Ellen).


Item from Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, Virginia. Included in correspondence from Celeste S. Parrish, professor of philosophy.


Correspondence from Dr. Charles Meserve, president of Shaw University, Raleigh, North Carolina.


Correspondence from High Point Normal and Industrial School; Martha Scholfield-Taylor Lane Hospital, Aiken, South Caroling (requesting financial aid); the Right Reverend William Alexander Guerry Diocese of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina (requesting Dr. Frissell's appearance as a guest speaker); S. C. Atkins, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Winston- Salem, North Carolina (requesting a teacher); Judge J.B. Pritchard, Richmond, Virginia; Virginia Theological Seminary and College, Lynchburg, Virginia (requesting financial aid); Reverend William A.R. Goodwin, rector of Bruton Parish Episcopal Church, Williamsburg, Virginia; J.D. Eggleston, superintendent of the Department of Public Instruction, Virginia Commonwealth (regarding a Southern Education Board meeting); Walter Page, president of Doubleday, Page Company, Publishers; Wallace Buttrick, Chairman of the General Education Board; Alice M. Longfellow, daughter of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (commenting on a sponsored student0; George H. Dewey, president of the Jamestown Exposition; and Reverend Estill, rector of St. John's Episcopal Church, Hampton, Virginia (regarding Indian students).


Typewritten letters, correspondence of a general nature, replies to invitations, and requests for information from Robert Emory Blackwell, president of Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia.

1882-1917 (General Correspondence)

Handwritten and typewritten letters and correspondence of a general nature. Correspondents include Charles Bigelow of the American Missionary Society; Spencer Trask Company; Horace Bumstead, president of Atlanta university; Seth Low of Columbia College; George McAneney of the Civil Service Reform Association; A. C. Thompson, Prison Association of Virginia; O. McDowell, chairman of the Columbian Liberty Bell Commission; Shaw University, Raleigh, North Carolina; L. G. Tyler, president of the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia; Colonel Thomas Tabb, Hampton, Virginia; Hampton, Virginia; H.B. Turner, Hampton Institute; Department of Public Instruction, Commonwealth of Virginia; Adjutant General's Office; Westinghouse Electric Manufacturing Company (regarding electrifying the campus); Mr. and Mrs. W. B.
Weaver, Cappahosic, Virginia (organizers of the Weaver Colored Orphanage in Hampton, Virginia); and handwritten letters from the Christian Endeavor Union regarding meetings held in Washington, D.C. New Jersey, Bradford and Sullivan counties, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Ohio and Brooklyn, New York.


Notices, invitations, and handwritten and typewritten letters from Dr. Edward Everett Hale, president of Yale University.


Letter from the William Schaus Art Gallery concerning a portrait of Collis P. Huntington to be shipped for exhibition. Mr. Huntington was one of Hampton Institute's most generous benefactors.


Correspondence, telegrams, meeting notices, and invitations. Correspondents include the American Tract; American Negro Academy; Charles Bigelow,president of the Bay State Shoe and Leather Company;Edwin Bulkley of Spencer Trask Company; Charity Organization Society, New York; S. T. Dutton, superintendent of schools of Brookline, Massachusetts; John L. Dube, superintendent of Incwadi Mission, Natal, South Africa; Houghton Mifflin Publishing Company; National Committee of One Hundred for the Establishment of the university of the United States; and Richard A.. Dobie, superintendent of Norfolk City Schools, Norfolk, Virginia.


Correspondence from W.E.B. DuBois consisting of handwritten letters, answers to invitation and meeting notices.


Correspondence from Annie Beecher Scoville, a niece of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Included are handwritten letters and a newspaper clipping concerning Miss Scoville's death


Correspondence, telegrams, invitations, and meeting notices from the American Missionary Society; Bay State Shoe and Leather Company; Civic Federation of Chicago;Caroline M. Campbell; Columbia University, New York City, New York; D. Webster Davis; John J. Dube, Zulu, South Africa (concerning the establishment of a manual training school in his native South Africa); S. T. Dutton, superintendent of school in Richmond, Virginia; F.J. Douglas, Boston Globe, Boston, Massachusetts; R. Hoe and Company; New York Public Library; Outlook Publishing Company; Mr Blair, vice-president of the Peoples National Bank; William H. Smith of Smith Brothers Cough Drops; and Colonel Thomas Tabb, Hampton, Virginia.


Items from Kelly Miller consisting of correspondence of a general nature, notices of meetings and replies to invitations extended.


Correspondence concerning Dr. James Soloman Russell. Included are various articles and booklets, a biography of Dr. Russell, twenty-fifth, fortieth and fiftieth anniversary speeches, correspondence with William Aery, Department of Public Relations, Hampton Institute , and handwritten letters of the American Church Institute for Negroes. Dr. Russell was Founder of St. Paul's College, Lawrenceville, Virginia and had a close personal and financial relationship with officials of Hampton Institute.


Telegrams, invitations, meeting notices, and notes from Catherine M. Campbell; J.D. Eggleston, Jr. (notes on Southern education); Charles Vanter, superintendent of the Miller Manual Labor School, Albermarle; and the Manning Brother Landscape Architects, Boston, Massachusetts (regarding plans for beautifying the Hampton Institute campus).


Letters, meeting notices, handwritten and typewritten correspondence from Yale University; Washington and Lee University; Edward Bok, editor of the Ladies Home Journal.


Notes and invitations from General C.H. Howard, founder of Howard University, Washington, D.C.; the editor of Farm, Field, and Fireside Magazine; Edward Bok, editor of the Ladies Home Journal; and the dedication address of President Edward Everett Hale, Yale University, dedicating the Collis Potter Huntington Memorial Library, Hampton Institute.


Correspondence concerning President Theodore Roosevelt including typewritten and handwritten letters, telegrams, invitations, and a speech given on Memorial Day, 1908, at Hampton Institute.


Letters, notes, telegrams, meeting notices, invitations, and handwritten and typewritten materials from James Bryce, British Embassy, Washington, D.C.; Helen Butler (Concern her $50,000 endowment to Hampton Institute); Mary B. Briggs (concerning gifts to Hampton Institute from her brother, C.W. Brent, Bishop of the Philippine Islands); Cornell University; Columbia Teachers College; University of Alabama; G.H. Dewey, president of Washington and Lee University; J.W. Darnell, commissioner of public health and national quarantine; J. H. Dillard of the Anna T. Jeanes Fund; Florida State Normal and Industrial School; Belton Gilreath, president of Gilreath Iron and Coal Company; Emma C. Gould (regarding bronze bust of General Armstrong); William H. Harkness, for whom Harkness Hall, dormitory of Hampton Institute's campus was named;
Governor Claude A. Swanson, Commonwealth of Virginia; Southern Branch Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers Hospital (Veterans Administration) Hampton, Virginia; and Ellen Armstrong Weaver (sister of General Armstrong).


Letters, meeting notices, telegrams, and handwritten and typewritten correspondence from various individuals, firms, schools and publishing companies. Correspondents include Walter Page, Doubleday, Page Company, Publishers; Southern Educational Review; Florida State College; Peoples' Building and Loan (established by Hampton Institute graduates); James Bryce, British Embassy, Washington, D.C.; The American Magazine; Thomas T. Crowell and Company, Publishers; Newport News Chamber of Commerce, Newport News, Virginia; North Carolina Agricultural and Mechanical College; Belton Gilreath, president of Gilreath Iron and Coal Company; Secretary of the Navy George Van L. Meyer; George A. Gates, president of Fisk University; Superintendent Harrison H. Dodge, Mount Hermon Association, Portsmouth, Virginia (a settlement involving Hampton Institute graduates) ; Harry A. Hunt, superintendent of public schools, Portsmouth, Virginia; General O. O. Howard; Thomas Jesse Jones; Legation of Sweden, Washington, D.C.; Vice-president J.F. Sherman; and Lynn G. Tyler, president of the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.


Correspondence regarding the Crab Factory Fertilizer Planet, Hampton,Virginia. Material deals with the problems effecting the Hampton Institute community because of the planet and contains the original writ for court appearance of individuals. Correspondents include Dr. George K. Vanderslice, Elizabeth City County Health Board; J.W. Rowe to W. W. Woodward with a copy furnished to Dr. Frissell (Mr. Woodward represented Hampton Institute and was an attorney with the law firm Jones and Woodward); Lunceford L.Lewis; a petition signed by George A. Blackmore, J.B. Pressey, F. D. Cock, Albert Howe, and T. T. Knox, Soldiers Home; and letters from Lunceford Lewis discussing the crab factory and answering queries about a new road plan and an addition to Holly Tree Inn, Hampton Institute.


Correspondence concerning Dr. Edward W. Schauffler, Founder’s Day speaker, 1912. Dr. Schauffler was an intimate friend of General Armstrong who had served with General Armstrong in the Civil War. A surgeon, Dr. Schauffler was in charge of a Negro hospital connected with the Freedmen's Bureau and lived in the Mansion House with General Armstrong from1866-1868.


Letters, meeting notices, telegrams and handwritten and typewritten correspondence from Edwin W. Alderman, president of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia; John H. Reed, president of the College of West Africa; Walter H. Page, president Doubleday, Page Company, Publishers; Bureau of Census, Department of Commerce and Labor; S.C. Mitchell, president of the University of South Carolina; Fannie Ogden Ide, daughter of Robert C. Ogden; Department of Public Instruction, State of North Carolina; Dr. Clarence Potter Jones, Seaboard Medical Association; Robert S. Hyer, president of Southwestern University, Texas; and The Danish Legation, Washington, D.C.


Letters, meeting notices, financial aid requests, and handwritten and typewritten correspondence from Rabbi Stephen Wise; Frank A. Snaders, Young Women’s Christian Association; Earl Grey and Lord Shelbourne (regarding a school in South Africa); Osward G. Villard; William Howard Taft, president of the United States; Negro Teachers Association and Improvement League; J.H. Kirkland chancellor of Vanderbilt University; Edwin W. Alderman, president of the University of Virginia; Bishop Isaiah B. Scott, African Methodist Episcopal Church, London Missionary Society (concerning work in British Guiana); Children's Bureau, United States Department of Labor; Walter Page, United States Embassy, London, England; Edward Bok, editor; Secretary of the Navy, Edinburgh Scotland; Eratus Edward Williamston, pay master of th Boston Navy Yard; Samuel Child Mitchell, president of the University of South Carolina; J. A. Jaleos, Jr., consul of Mexico; E.Azelia Hackley, music teachers; Leo M. Favot, associate supervisor of rural schools in Alabama; A.G. Fraser, Trinity College, Kandy, Uganda; Maurice Evans and John Dube, Durban, South Africa; Samuel A. Eliott, president of the American Unitarian Association; Melville Dewey (of the Dewey Decimal System and the simplified spelling system of the pre-World War II period which was unsuccessful); Ohlange Phoenix, Natal, South Africa; Raymond L. Dimas, New York Zoological Gardens; Edward T. Ware, president of Atlanta University; American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (regarding Cele and Mr. Dube); and a copy of letter sent to Woodrow Wilson.


Handwritten and typewritten letters, invitations, meeting notices, notes, and miscellaneous items from Ray Baker, editor of the American Magazine; Colin H. Livingstone, president of National Headquarters, Boy Scouts of America; Charles Dabney, president of the University of Cincinnati; Fayette Avery McKenzie, president of Fisk University; Byrd Prillerman, president of West Virginia Collegiate Institute, West Virginia; Federal Council of Churches in Christ in America; Mary Alice Armstrong; Andrew Carnegie; George M. Burdick, superintendent of the Korea mission, Seoul, Korea; invitation to the fiftieth anniversary of Vassar College; Edward Bok, editor of the Ladies Home journal; Ohlange Phoenix, Natal, South Africa; New Jersey State Board of Education; Yale University; Ellsworth Huntington, Peabody Museum; E. Azelia Hackley; Arthur C. James, Delaware College; S.C. Mitchell. president of the University of South Carolina; William Howard Taft; Lyman Abbott, Outlook Publishing Company; Department of Education, New York City, New York; Walter H. Page, United States Embassy, London England; Bruce R. Payne, president of the George Peabody College for Teachers, Nashville, Tennessee; J. A. C. Chandler, superintendent of public schools, Richmond, Virginia; John D. Rockefeller, Jr.; the American Review of Reviews; Julius Rosenwald, United States House of Representatives (regarding antipeyote bill); Henry L. Smith, president of Washington and Lee University; Frank Trumbull, chairman of the Board of Directors, C and C Railroad; E. Alderman, president of the University of Virginia; J.D. Eggleston, president of Virginia Polytechnic Institute.


Letters, meeting notices, handwritten and typewritten correspondence from Mr. m.R. Hilford; Secretary of War, Newton D. Baker; George Lincoln Burr, librarian at Cornell University; Professor Kelly Miller, Howard University; Martha Berry, president of the Berry School; and Edward Harkness.

1882-1917 (personal)

Correspondence. reports, speeches, sermons, booklets, articles, brochures, maps, newspaper clippings, and photographs. Included are ministerial licenses; delegate appointments; one bound letter book; information about Dr. Frissell's trip around the world; occupational papers; sermons by Dr. Frissell including the sermons given at the time of President Garfield's death (President Garfield had been a former trustee of Hampton Institute); the sermon given on Decoration day at the Soldiers Home in 1889; various chapel addresses and sermons; and articles by Hollis Burke Frissell as follows: 1900- The New World - Negro Education; 1900 - The Southern Education Journal - Normal Training for Negro Teachers; 1900- General and Industrial Education- Testimony by H. B. Frissell, Washington, D.C.; 1903 - the South Atlantic Quarterly - Educational Progress in Virginia; 1903 - the Outlook - The Aims of Negro Education; 1904 - The Missionary Review - What Industrial Education Is Doing for the Negro.

1893-1917 (Special)

Handwritten copies of outgoing correspondence. (see Special Index)

Hollis Burke Frissell - Administraive