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William B. Stewart Papers

Collection Overview

Title: William B. Stewart Papers

Predominant Dates:1890-1892

ID: RG 03/3.02

Creator: Stewart, William Boyd.

Extent: 0.3 Linear Feet

Languages: English [eng]


Stewart, a native of Scotland, was educated there, in Canada, and in the United States. He was ordaineda Baptist minister in Toronto, Canada in 1859. During his career he served as president of three othereducational institutions and as a professor of classical languages. He was named president of BereaCollege in 1890 and his views reflected Fee's perspective in that Berea offered a Christian education.Stewart’s presidency occurred during a period in the College's history marked by adverse politicalpressures and a suspension of financial growth. He resigned the presidency in 1892, but continued as amember of the Board of Trustees until 1896.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of official and personal papers of Berea College's second president, William B. Stewart, including fragmentary correspondence, clippings, and copies of speeches. The collection consists predominantly of photocopied materials which were assembled to produce a fuller reference source on Stewart's presidency. Included are fragmentary correspondence of John G. Fee with E. P. Fairchild; statements made by Board of Trustees members concerning the hiring and, subsequently, the resignation of Stewart; a copy of Stewart's inaugural address; copies of clippings concerning Stewart's career and death; and a copy of Stewart's presidential report to the Board of Trustees for the 1890 - 1891 school year.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: Records can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.

Use Restrictions: There are no restrictions on the collection other than federal copyright regulations.  Cite all references to the material in this collection.

Preferred Citation: [Item/Folder/Box], W.B. Stewart Papers, Berea College Archives, RG 03/3.02, Berea College Special Collections & Archives, Berea, KY.

Finding Aid Revision History: The finding aid was created in May 2014 by Lori Myers-Steele, Project Archivist.  The box list was updated with the aid of T.J. Luster, Student Associate Archivist.

Box and Folder Listing

College Archive Record Group 3.02Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: BiographicalAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Biographical materials collected by Jerome Hughes for "Six Berea College Presidents: Traditions and Progress", 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 4: AdministrationAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: SpeechesAdd to your cart.

Link to digital image:

"The Work and Claims of the Christian College" (Inaugural Discourse of President William B. Stewart): https://berea.access.preservica.com/file/sdb%3AdigitalFile%7C7ba620c1-0a5f-473b-badb-414c9e1d3e3b/

Folder 6: WritingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: President's ReportAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: "Berea's Immersed President" - by Bill BestAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Peck NotesAdd to your cart.