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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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Charles Noble Shutt Papers | Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

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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 6: Residential BuildingsAdd to your cart.
The bulk of this series consists of annual financial reports and repair requests of various college owned residential buildings revealing the college's priorities in terms of student needs, modernization, and comfort.  The series also contains records on the planning of James Hall and the development of the quadrangle in which the building stands.  Many architectural drawings and building sketches are included in this series.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 4: White CottageAdd to your cart.
Academy Country Home. Including budget items, requests
Folder 5: James Hall, 1926 - 1954Add to your cart.
Budgets, correspondence, requests
Folder 6: James Hall, 1901 - 1917Add to your cart.
Budgets, correspondence, requests, layout of campus and residential buildings, other
Folder 7: Merrow Cottage, 1930 - 1943Add to your cart.
Academy Country Home. Budget, other.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Morningside Cottage, 1931 - 1942Add to your cart.
Budgets, other.
Folder 2: North Carolina Cottage, 1932 - 1944Add to your cart.
Lower Division housing. Budgets, other.
Folder 3: Putnam Residence Hall, 1924 - 1944Add to your cart.
Budgets, other.
Folder 4: Campus Housing/Residence HallsAdd to your cart.
Housing for women staff members; Faculty Club; Retirement Housing for faculty and staff
Folder 5: Campus Rentals/Properties, 1925 - 1942, ndAdd to your cart.
Rules for electric customers;  rules governing rental properties for staff and faculty (1925); correspondence; property lease; cost of rentals, other
Folder 6: Residential Halls: Guests, 1925 - 1941Add to your cart.
Dormitories. "Policy for Entertainment of College Guest" (1925); correspondence; requests for recreational and cooking areas
Folder 7: Residential Halls: Management, 1924 - 1962Add to your cart.
Dormitories. Card playing policies; "Berea Training School" football team (existence or non-existence of); problems between Lower and Upper Division residence halls; "Straw in Ticks;" penalties to repair and replace objects, other; monitor questionnaire (1924); toilets; fire hoses; maintenance of halls; spaces available in halls to Lower Division students; sanitation concerns; illnesses; admittance to a students room (policy) (1937); suspicious persons on campus; use of battery radios; speedball team; room assignments; athletics
Folder 8: Campus and Residential Halls: RegulationsAdd to your cart.
Dormitories. "Dormitory and Campus Regulations: Hunting Hall" on board (c. 1921-1922); "Monitors of Dormitories" (1929); "Regulations for Dormitories" (1929); "A Welcome Guest" (nd; rules for living in halls); "Academy Men's Dormitory and Campus Regulations" (c. 1930, nd); materials regarding clean rooms and cards for noting conditions; memo on males needing to wear shirts when working or playing tennis (1933); police boxes (tampering of) (1933); discipline; loitering about classrooms; policies regarding bicycles on campus; memo on "Dangerous Snowballing" (1940); memo regarding roller-skating on campus (1940); memo regarding "Dress for Labor and Play" (1940); "Passing and kicking of balls on campus" (1942); absences from class; group absences; leaving campus during semester
Folder 9: Property Maintenance Issues, 1927 - 1956Add to your cart.

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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