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William Goodell Frost Papers



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Sermons, Addresses, and Lectures


Day Law


Eleanor Marsh Frost



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

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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


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

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],

Series 9: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
This series includes photographs from Frost's childhood, Oberlin College, and Berea College, with portraits of Frost, photos of him with family members, and with staff. Also included are two albums compiled by Frost—one inscribed in 1895 to D. K. Pearsons, a frequent contributor to Berea College building projects and a second loose-leaf album of Berea, mountain areas, and area residents.
Box 40Add to your cart.
Folder 1: FrostAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Frost and Daughter, EdithAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Frost at Oberlin; Frost with StaffAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
(1) Frost in Woods photograph; (2)Frost portrait
Folder 5: Frost: President emeritusAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Office and fireplace photographsAdd to your cart.
Includes: (1) photograph of Willard Frost at desk; (2) photograph of room with portrait of Maria Goodell Frost over fireplace
Folder 7: Frost on campusAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Frost family at Curtis house, ca. 1900Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Horse and buggyAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Frost Cottage, ca. 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 11: William Frost and R.P. Hodge portraitAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Frost and group in woodsAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Frost resting in front of fireAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: President's house postcardAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Eleanor, Edith and Cleveland Frost, 1909Add to your cart.
Children Edith and Cleveland seated; Christmas 1909
Folder 16: Frost with daughter, EdithAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Young Frost - Portraits and ProfilesAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Frost at Boone TavernAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Frost in front of his homeAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Young FrostAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Frost Portrait, ca. 1879Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Oberlin Portrait in profileAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Frost at Church of Christ, UnionAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Oberlin PortraitsAdd to your cart.
Two portraits on cards: William G. Frost and Lewis Clayton Frost
Folder 25: Classroom photoAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Frost with EleanorAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Artist rendering of Edith FrostAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Frost luggageAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Frost's FuneralAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: Portrait -Frost in RobesAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: Portrait -President Frost at the time of taking up work at Berea CollegeAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: Portrait -Frost standingAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: Portrait -President Frost and John G. FeeAdd to your cart.
Folder 34: Portrait -Frost Sepia PortraitAdd to your cart.
Folder 35: Portrait -Frost seatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 36: Portrait -Frost front plate and excerpt from Berea QuarterlyAdd to your cart.
Folder 37: Portrait -Frost with arm proppedAdd to your cart.
Folder 38: Portrait -Frost in profileAdd to your cart.
Folder 39: Portrait -Sepia portraitAdd to your cart.
Folder 40: Portrait -Frost with arm propped near headAdd to your cart.
Folder 41: Portrait -Frost with college staffAdd to your cart.
Folder 42: Portrait -FrostAdd to your cart.
Folder 43: Portrait -Frost front plate, "Faithfully yours..."Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Portrait -Clipping photo of FrostAdd to your cart.
Folder 45: Portrait -Frost relaxing with bookAdd to your cart.
Folder 46: Portrait -Frost with filesAdd to your cart.
Folder 47: Portrait -Nail and Hammer FrostAdd to your cart.
Folder 48: Portrait -Portrait and ???Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Portrait, ca. 1892Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Portrait -Frost ca. end of presidency?Add to your cart.
Folder 51: Portrait -Frost, ca. 1900Add to your cart.
Folder 52: Group - Frost with Osbourne, Morton and TaylorAdd to your cart.
Folder 53: Group - Frost's office, 1912Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Group - Frost with Eleanor on steps of homeAdd to your cart.
Folder 55: Group - Oberlin GroupAdd to your cart.
Folder 56: Group - Frost with two othersAdd to your cart.
Folder 57: Group - Frost and classAdd to your cart.
Folder 58: Group - Frost with BoggsAdd to your cart.
Folder 59: Group - Frost and family outside Oberlin HouseAdd to your cart.
Folder 60: Group - Frost and his secretariesAdd to your cart.
Folder 61: Group - Unidentified Group PhotoAdd to your cart.
Folder 62: Group - Portrait college, 63Add to your cart.
Folder 63: Campus postcards from OberlinAdd to your cart.
Postcards contain handwritten notes by Frost regarding scenes on postcard and time at Oberlin
Folder 64: Oberlin Photographs - PortraitsAdd to your cart.
Portraits on cards: include portraits of friend of Frost; Professor Morgan ("Came to Oberlin with Lane Seminary Rebels"); President Jas. H. Fairchild; Mrs. Lubuston, Lady Principal. Oberlin; Finney
Folder 65: Oberlin College - Representatives of Class of 1876, 1876Add to your cart.
Folder 66: Lewis P. Frost and FamilyAdd to your cart.
Includes images of parents of L.P. Frost: Mercy Fuller Frost and Nelson Amasa Frost
Folder 67: Frost Family, Christmas, 1909Add to your cart.
Includes: (1) photograph of Eleanor Frost, Edith Frost (seated) and Cleveland Cady Frost (seated); (2) photograph of William G. Frost and Cleveland Cady Frost
Folder 69: Frost Family - Frost's Great-GrandchildrenAdd to your cart.
Alan and Dianne Wright
Folder 70: Album -Tod K. PearsonsAdd to your cart.
Inscribed: "Dr. D.K. Parsons, with the Warm Regard of Wm Goodell Frost.  April 1985"  containing pictures of College, Frost home, and others

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],

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