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William Goodell Frost Papers

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Personal

Correspondence

Sermons, Addresses, and Lectures

Writings

Day Law

Reports

Eleanor Marsh Frost

Miscellaneous

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William Goodell Frost Papers | Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

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Collection Overview

Title: William Goodell Frost PapersAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates:1860-1894

ID: RG 03/3.03

Primary Creator: Frost, William G. -- (William Goodell) -- 1854-1938

Other Creators: Hutchins Library

Extent: 21.4 Linear Feet

Arrangement: Arrangement of the collection is in series: Personal; Correspondence; Sermons, Addresses, and Lectures;Writings; Day Law; Reports; Eleanor Marsh Frost; Miscellaneous; and Photographs.

Subjects: African Americans -- Appalachian Region., Appalachian Region, Southern -- History., Appalachian Region, Southern -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- History -- 20th century., Appalachian Region -- Economic Conditions., Appalachian Region -- History, Appalachian Region., Berea, (Ky.), Berea College, Education, higher -- Administration., Education, Higher -- Appalachian Region -- History., Frost, Eleanor Marsh., Frost, Maria Goodell., Frost, William G. -- (William Goodell) -- 1854-1938, Kentucky Day Law., Minorities -- Education -- United States., Oberlin College.

Languages: English

Abstract

Frost, a native of LeRoy, New York, was an 1876 graduate of Oberlin College and taught Greek at him alma materfrom 1876 through 1892. Having refused the presidency of Berea College in 1889, Frost reconsidered theappointment after the resignation of William B. Stewart.  Frost was inaugurated in 1892 and served as presidentuntil 1920. Frost is credited with being chiefly responsible for the significant growth of Berea College during thisperiod. His term saw enrollment rise from 350 in 1912 to 2400 in 1920, and the College’s endowment increasefrom $1,000,000 to $3,500,000 over the same period. He was also responsible for re-directing the school'smission from that of coeducation of blacks and whites to one which focused on educating "AppalachianAmericans", a term he is credited with popularizing. This shift took place contemporaneously with passage ofthe Kentucky Day Law (1904) which forbade integration of blacks and whites within single institutions. Thisresulted in removal of black students from the college and the establishment by Berea of the Lincoln Institute inLouisville, a separate school solely for blacks.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of official and personal papers of, William Goodell Frost, who served as BereaCollege's third president from 1892 to 1920. The Frost papers include personal and official correspondence; sermons, addresses, and lectures; manuscript writings; diaries; reports; photographs; and papers of Frost's wife, Eleanor Marsh Frost. The papers provide important documentation of Frost's life, racial issues in Kentucky, and on the history of Berea College.

Collection Historical Note

Third president of Berea College

Subject/Index Terms

African Americans -- Appalachian Region.
Appalachian Region, Southern -- History.
Appalachian Region, Southern -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- History -- 20th century.
Appalachian Region -- Economic Conditions.
Appalachian Region -- History
Appalachian Region.
Berea, (Ky.)
Berea College
Education, higher -- Administration.
Education, Higher -- Appalachian Region -- History.
Frost, Eleanor Marsh.
Frost, Maria Goodell.
Frost, William G. -- (William Goodell) -- 1854-1938
Kentucky Day Law.
Minorities -- Education -- United States.
Oberlin College.

Administrative Information

Repository: Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

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 description], W. G. Frost Papers, Berea College Archives, BCA RG 03/3.03, Berea College Special Collections & Archives, Berea, KY.

Finding Aid Revision History: The finding aid was updated from previous versions in June 2014 by Lori Myers-Steele, Project Archivist. The box list was created by Katie L. Grindstaff, Student Associate Archivist.

Other Note: The online version of content from this collection is available on-campus to Berea College students, staff, and faculty through the Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice, 1490-2007 database by Adam Matthew.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Personal],
[Series 2: Correspondence],
[Series 3: Sermons, Addresses, and Lectures],
[Series 4: Writings],
[Series 5: Day Law],
[Series 6: Reports],
[Series 7: Eleanor Marsh Frost],
[Series 8: Miscellaneous],
[Series 9: Photographs],
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Series 4: WritingsAdd to your cart.

Materials consist of Frost's personal diaries, manuscript verse, a draft of his For the Mountains, and miscellaneous other writings.

Diaries, along with miscellaneous autobiographical notes and memoranda books, are present for 1871, 1874-1876, and 1907-1938. Early volumes detail Frost's years at Oberlin College, although entries are sometimes sporadic and contain summaries of events as opposed to day-to-day descriptions. Fragmentary notes provide some biographical detail for years 1882-1890 and a typed transcription of an 1892 diary is also available; it's probable that the 1882-1890 notes are Frost's and that the transcription was done by Berea College history professor Elizabeth Peck, who wrote a history of the college. Diaries for 1907-1938 detail Frost's daily activities as president, family and private business affairs, his health, local weather, etc.

Other materials include a carbon typescript of Frost's autobiography, For the Mountains: the latter, labeled "Full Version", has various penciled corrections to the text and was ultimately published in 1937. Manuscripts of Frost's "Family Stories", which refer to his family (1910, carbon copy), a folder of manuscript poems (1872-1938), and miscellaneous speeches or articles about Berea, education, and his foreign travels are also present. Published copies of the latter (approximately .2 I. f.) complete the series. Arrangement is chronological.

Box 16Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Diary - Entries, Oct. 1871-March 1872Add to your cart.
20 pages
Folder 2: Diaries, 1872Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Diaries Entries, 1872-1876Add to your cart.
September - October 1872: 12 pages; June - November 1874: 22 pages; December 1874-1876 (with added comments on 1882, 1890): 24 pages
Folder 4: Diaries - West Virginia, 1884Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Diaries, 1907Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Diaries, 1908Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Diaries, 1909Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Diaries, 1910Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Diaries, 1911Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Diaries, 1912Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Diaries, 1913Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Diaries, 1914Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Diaries, 1915Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Diaries, 1916Add to your cart.
Box 17Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Diaries, 1917Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Diaries, 1918Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Diaries, 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Diaries, 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Diaries, 1921Add to your cart.
Box 18Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Diaries, 1922Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Diaries, 1923Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Diaries, 1924Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Diaries, 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Diaries, 1926Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Diaries, 1927Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Diaries, 1928Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Diaries, 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Diaries, 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Diaries, 1931Add to your cart.
Box 19Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Diaries, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Diaries, 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Diaries, 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Diaries, 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Diaries, 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Diaries, 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Diaries, 1938Add to your cart.
Box 20Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "Fortified Memory" Journal, 1934-1938Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Loose Pages from "Fortified Memory" JournalAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Diaries - Excerpts (typed), (1892-1911)Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Diaries - Excerpts (typed), (1912-1920)Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Notebook, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 6: For The Mountains - Manuscript [Chapters 1-4, 8, 9]Add to your cart.
Folder 7: For The Mountains - Typescript ["Supplemented" text, Chapters 1-6, pgs. 3-74]Add to your cart.
Folder 8: For The Mountains - Typescript ["Supplemented" text, Chapters 7-12, pgs. 75-157]Add to your cart.
Folder 9: For The Mountains - Typescript ["Supplemented" text, Chapters 13-17, pgs. 158-246]Add to your cart.
Box 21Add to your cart.
Folder 1: For the Mountains - Typescript ["Supplemented" text, Chapters 18-23, pgs. 247-329]Add to your cart.
Folder 2: For the Mountains - Typescript ["Supplemented" text, Chapters 24-28, pgs. 330-410]Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Additional Insertions Found with Supplemented TypescriptAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Manuscript For the Mountains - Section 1Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Manuscript For the Mountains - Section 2Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Manuscript For the Mountains - Section 3Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Manuscript For the Mountains - Section 4Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Manuscript For the Mountains - Section 5Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Manuscript For the Mountains - Section 6Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Manuscript - Family Stories (Groups 1-9)Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Manuscript - Family Stories (Groups 10-13)Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Typed and Handwritten, (n. d.-1921)Add to your cart.
Box 22Add to your cart.
Link to digital image: Note: Item not found in box. An Educational Program for Appalachian America (1896): https://berea.access.preservica.com/file/sdb%3AdigitalFile%7Cbcaf1d71-f5b6-4b19-a09e-fafd5574c4f1/
Folder 1: AddressesAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Verse, (1872-1938)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence - Typed excerpts of lettersAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Published pieces, n.d. -1910Add to your cart.

Link to digital image:

Article, New England in Kentucky, June 16, 1895: https://berea.access.preservica.com/file/sdb%3AdigitalFile%7C4168744d-5c91-49f1-99e1-90d9d75d1076/

Folder 5: Published pieces, (1911-1938)Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Writings/Notes/Verses/MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Personal],
[Series 2: Correspondence],
[Series 3: Sermons, Addresses, and Lectures],
[Series 4: Writings],
[Series 5: Day Law],
[Series 6: Reports],
[Series 7: Eleanor Marsh Frost],
[Series 8: Miscellaneous],
[Series 9: Photographs],
[All]


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