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Charles Noble Shutt Papers



Scope and Contents

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Personal and Biographical

General Administrative Concerns

Reorganization of the College

Southern Association of Colleges

Administrative - Finances

Residential Buildings

Academic Buildings

Jesse Preston Draper Hall

Off-Campus Projects

Curriculum Guidelines and Teaching

Berea College Academy

Campus Activities and Issues

Oversized Items

Diaries of Elva Weidler Shutt

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Collection Overview

Title: Charles Noble Shutt PapersAdd to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1915-1947

ID: RG 04/4.02

Primary Creator: Shutt, Charles Noble.

Extent: 12.0 Boxes (General)


Arranged in series as follows:

Series 1: Personal/Biographical, Series 2: General Administrative Concerns; Series 3: Reorganization of College; Series 4: Southern Association of Colleges; Series 5: Finances-Administrative; Series 6: Residential Buildings; Series 7: Academic Buildings; Series 8: Draper Building; Series 9: Off-Campus Projects; Series 10: Curriculum Guidelines and Teaching; Series 11: Berea College Academy; Series 12: Campus Activities and Issues; Series 13: Oversized Items; and Series 14: Diaries of Elva Weidler Shutt (RESTRICTED)

Subjects: Academy School., Berea College, Berea College -- Education Department, Berea College -- Faculty, Berea College -- Staff, Berea College -- Student Craft Industries, Education, higher -- Administration., Industrial arts -- Study and teaching., Students, college -- Berea College

Languages: English


In his forty-seven year association with Berea College, Charles Noble Shutt touched virtually every aspect of the college from the placement of closets in Draper building to the organization of the academic departments. His career encompassed the reign of three college presidents and weathered two world wars.  Shutt first came to the college in 1915 as a Latin and German teacher. He later taught history and English, and was known as the leading grammarian on the campus. In 1924, Shutt assumed the role of Head of the Academy. In 1937, under the leadership of Francis Hutchins, Berea Academy and Berea College underwent an academic reorganization creating an Upper and Lower Division.  The reorganization created a new position for Shutt, who assumed the title of Dean of the Lower Division, encompassing grades 11, 12 and the first two years of college. Shutt remained as Dean of the Lower Division until 1947, when the college again underwent a reorganization.  At this time he became the Director of Guidance and Testing, a position he held until his retirement from the college in 1962.

Shutt was born in 1894 in Scio, Ohio to Professor and Mrs. H.M. Shutt. He graduated from Canton High School, Canton, Ohio in 1910 and from the Wooster University,  Wooster, Ohio in 1915.  In 1917, Shutt married Elva Alice Weidler, also a graduate of Canton High School and at the time of their marriage, a teacher at Dueber School in Canton, Ohio.  After their wedding the Shutts  stayed briefly in Canton, then spent the month of August 1917 traveling in the mountains of North Carolina.  They returned to Berea for the Fall semester of 1917.  There is one mention of Shutt having served in the first World War, and a corresponding notation of Elva not living in Berea for one year in 1918.  However, draft cards dated 1915-1917, are the only records of military service.  The couple had two children, a daughter Muriel Vae (Duff) and a son, Nole MacHenry.  Elva died in September of 1941 from complications of abdominal surgery, only a  few days before her 48th birthday.

In 1945 Shutt married Jane Markarian, who came to Berea as a student from Scranton, Pennsylvania in March 1944.  At Shutt’s suggestion, and with his financial assistance,  Markarian left Berea College to attend  the University of Chicago for academic year 1946-1947.  The two were married in August 1947, while both were attending classes in Chicago.  Markarian returned to Berea with Shutt to complete her senior year of college.  She later went on to complete her medical degree in psychiatry and became a physician with Berea College Health Service.  Markarian and Shutt had three children, Christopher, Constance, and Barbara. The family lived in Berea until 1963, when Shutt retired and moved with his family to Cincinnati.

In 1955, at the age of 61, Shutt served as an advisor to Tunghai University in  Taichung (Formosa), Taiwan.  Berea College president Francis Hutchins granted Shutt a six month leave of absence for the task.  While in Tunghai, Shutt concentrated on creating a student labor program for the university.

Shutt was a popular and respected teacher and administrator. In 1940, while serving as Dean of the Lower Division, Shutt was honored for 25 years of service with Berea College. The program was attended by over 1,000 Academy students, faculty and alumni. In 1970, Shutt returned to Berea’s campus for a tribute titled, “Our Day with Dean Shutt”.  Alumni from twenty six states and Canada attended the event where Shutt was honored as an “iron fisted,” but “big hearted,” teacher and disciplinarian.

Shutt passed away  in 1973, at the age of 79. He is buried in the Berea Cemetery.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

These are the records of Charles Noble Shutt including biographical materials, administrative papers, and teaching and curricular materials.

Collection Historical Note

Dean of Lower Division (Berea College) 1937-1947

Subject/Index Terms

Academy School.
Berea College
Berea College -- Education Department
Berea College -- Faculty
Berea College -- Staff
Berea College -- Student Craft Industries
Education, higher -- Administration.
Industrial arts -- Study and teaching.
Students, college -- Berea 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: Federal copyright regulations apply.  Cite all information.  Some items may be restricted if they contain personal information; Series 14 is RESTRICTED.

Related Materials:

Berea College Photographic Archives

RG 5.39: Buildings and Grounds

Preferred Citation: [Record/Folder/Box], RG 04/4.02: Deans: Charles N. Shutt. Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Berea, KY.

Processing Information: Working from an older version of a finding aid, this guide was created in June 2018. The guide was updated with the addition of Series 14 in May 2019.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Personal and Biographical],
[Series 2: General Administrative Concerns],
[Series 3: Reorganization of the College],
[Series 4: Southern Association of Colleges],
[Series 5: Administrative - Finances],
[Series 6: Residential Buildings],
[Series 7: Academic Buildings],
[Series 8: Jesse Preston Draper Hall],
[Series 9: Off-Campus Projects],
[Series 10: Curriculum Guidelines and Teaching],
[Series 11: Berea College Academy],
[Series 12: Campus Activities and Issues],
[Series 13: Oversized Items],
[Series 14: Diaries of Elva Weidler Shutt, 1910-1941],

Series 2: General Administrative ConcernsAdd to your cart.
Materials in this series consist of correspondence, meeting minutes, notes and documents spanning Shutt's years as a Berea College administrator.  The bulk of the records cover the years 1920-1947.  Of particular interest in this series are the documents concerning Berea's subjection to the Day Law, court proceedings concerning Berea's non-profit status, and Berea's shift of interest to serving economically disadvantaged Appalachians. The series also contains a small collection of unsigned letters and notes (Shutt often read such correspondence out loud in Chapel Services).
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Laws and Litigation, 1902 - 1918Add to your cart.
Including materials on Day Law, taxes and non-profit status, Lincoln Institute, passages and roadways on farmland, sewage system in Berea, holding of property, business engagements, taxation of property, taxing property held in endowment fund
Folder 2: Forestry, 1902 - 1932Add to your cart.
US Department of Agriculture, Appalachian Forest Experiment Station, hand-made drawings of Berea College Forest, Penniman Lands (tracts), Bear Knob (growing fruits and vegetables on), US Forest Service, "Forest, Places, Tenants, and Terms" (list)
Folder 3: Veteran's Bureau, 1920-1925Add to your cart.
Proposals for Instruction, correspondence, Federal Board for Vocational Education, "Reasons Favorable to the Reception of Forty Five Additional Federal Board Men," training of disabled men at Berea, contracts
Folder 4: State Board of Health, 1927-1941Add to your cart.
Fishing in area lakes, Kentucky Child Health Council, dams and water supplies, sewage disposal by farmers, nursing services, need for colored nurse, sewage treatment and disposal, public health, disease prevention, college health program, Health Service of Berea College, dairy sanitation, Berea College Bakery and Candy Kitchen
Folder 5: Summer Labor, 1930Add to your cart.
Student Labor Program
Folder 6: Student Labor Program, 1931-1932Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Dr. William H. Hudnut, Jr., Fall 1936Add to your cart.
Regarding: religion, topics in religion, religious studies, problems on campus, student concerns
Folder 8: Farm Security Administration, 1937-1938Add to your cart.
Rural rehabilitation
Folder 9: Objectives of College, 1940Add to your cart.
Research Committee, problems pertaining to secondary school, admissions, curriculum; Forum Committee; Report of Committee on Organization of the College Faculty; "Aims and Objectives of Berea College;" "Aims and Objectives of Berea College (As Formulated by the Lower Division Faculty)" (Whom shall we serve)
Folder 10: "Berea's Program", nd (post 1940)Add to your cart.
"Berea's Program in the Light of Basic Economic Trends and Needs of the Berea Territory"
Folder 11: Cooperative Faculty Study, 1940Add to your cart.
"Cooperative Faculty Study of Berea Territory Counties, Outline of Procedure in Studying a Mountain County." Includes: Summaries of student demographics.
Folder 12: Home Ownership Study, nd (post 1940)Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Office of Guidance, 1944-1947Add to your cart.
"Recommendations of the Post-War Educational Policy Committee" (May 1944); Office of Guidance and Testing correspondence; College advising and advisers; recreation on campus (survey); Committee on Guidance and Discipline reports; questionnaire concerning registration procedure, questionnaire on advisory system; purposes of the Office of Guidance; other.
Folder 14: Student Council, 1947-1958Add to your cart.
Student Government. Meeting minutes of the Student Council (1947-1951, not comprehensive); Association of Berea College Students: Report on the Status of the Student Body (1947); Constitution of the Association of Berea College Students (contains rules on smoking, following safety precautions, academic honesty, drinking of alcoholic beverages, firecrackers, hiking and biking in mixed groups, and patronizing restaurants); Report on the Committee on Campus Social Life (June 1944, revised Jan. 1966); "Structure of Curriculum;" "Polling Committee Announces Results of Recent Poll Concerning Wallpaper" (student newspaper); polling ballots; suggested revisions to constitution
Folder 15: Speeches, 1955Add to your cart.
(1) Authors night (August 3, 1955) celebrating Jesse Stuart and Harriette Arnow; (2) Honoring John L. Gay nd Presentation of the Centennial Award (Berea Mayor)
Folder 16: Kentucky Association of Secondary School Principals, ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Press Releases, ndAdd to your cart.
"Berea's Head Tells Students to Make Labor a Fine Art" (Labor Day); "Berea's Head Extols the Art of Doing Things Well" (Labor Day); Wilderness Road
Folder 18: Social Activities, ndAdd to your cart.
1954, nd
Access Restriction: Proposal for Institutional Committee on Social Activities
Folder 19: Anonymous LettersAdd to your cart.
Often read to student by Shutt at convocations and chapel
Folder 20: Office Correspondence, 1938-1941Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Faculty, 1939-1944, ndAdd to your cart.
Notes and correspondence
Folder 22: Student Applications, 1914-1941Add to your cart.
Announcements, circulars, forms
Folder 23: Correspondence, Notes from President Hutchins Office, 1927 - 1941Add to your cart.
Various topics
Folder 24: Correspondence with Joseph C. Pray, 1935 - 1936Add to your cart.
Regarding graduate school, dissertation, other

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Personal and Biographical],
[Series 2: General Administrative Concerns],
[Series 3: Reorganization of the College],
[Series 4: Southern Association of Colleges],
[Series 5: Administrative - Finances],
[Series 6: Residential Buildings],
[Series 7: Academic Buildings],
[Series 8: Jesse Preston Draper Hall],
[Series 9: Off-Campus Projects],
[Series 10: Curriculum Guidelines and Teaching],
[Series 11: Berea College Academy],
[Series 12: Campus Activities and Issues],
[Series 13: Oversized Items],
[Series 14: Diaries of Elva Weidler Shutt, 1910-1941],

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