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Catalog Number 1960.22.1
Title Letter describing Hampton Institute under Dr. Frissell's leadership
Collection General Collection
Object Type Letter
Date August 1, 1960
Description/Scope & Content Photocopy of letter, from Rev. W. David Owl (a retired missionary to American Indians), Versailles, NY, August 1, 1960, to Sydney D. Frissell. Owl sent Frissell the letter in response to a request for memories of Dr. Hollis Burke Frissell's time at Hampton Institute, as part of research for a biography. The letter describes Frissell's leadership, Hampton's training students to "return to their people for full time Christian service" and Owl's own conversion to Christianity, career, and family with Seneca Indians in New York, the ideal instilled at Hampton that "the dignity and worth of the individual in America is basic to our democratic way of life", financial support of students from northern philanthropists, chapel services led by Dr. Frissell, plantation songs sung by the choir led by Major Moton, Indian dances led by Miss Cora Folsom, fundraising tours led by Moton, Frissell, and Booker T. Washington, relationships between Hampton's Indian and African-American student populations, training in a blacksmith class, athletics, and life in the "Wigwam" dormitory.
Extent of Description 11 sheets
People Frissell, Hollis Burke, Dr.
Owl, W. David, Rev.
Frissell, Sydney Dodd
Folsom, Cora M., Miss
Moton, R. R., Major
Washington, Booker T.
Topics Hampton University/Institute/Normal School
American Indians
Fine Arts (Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, etc.)
Place Names District07--Phoebus/HU
Site--Hampton University
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