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Albert Greer Weidler Papers



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A.G. Weidler Papers

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Title: Albert Greer Weidler PapersAdd to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1922-1956

ID: RG 09/9.62

Extent: 1.0 MS boxes

Arrangement: By subject matter.

Subjects: Berea College -- Labor Day, Education, higher -- Administration., Students, college -- Berea College

Languages: English


Albert Greer Weidler (1882-1957) served as Berea College’s Dean of Labor (1918-1948) and professor (primarily of Economics and Sociology) (1918-1952). Weidler organized and expanded Berea’s labor program and began the tradition of a campus wide Labor Day celebration. Weidler’s wife, Josephine Mary Corbin (1877-1961) taught at Berea in the Academy and Foundation schools.

Weidler received his undergraduate degree from Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pa., in 1902.  He completed post graduate work in 1910 at the University of Pittsburgh. Weidler was also an ordained Presbyterian minister.  Berea College President Frost recruited Weidler to serve as a professor of Latin in 1918 and became Dean of Labor in 1920 under President William J. Hutchins.

As Dean of Labor, Weidler expanded the labor program to include crafts and skills not directly related to the college’s physical plant.  The industries of Broom Craft, Needlecraft, and the Candy Kitchen promoted the ideas of thrift and “pioneer” craftsmanship in connection with the college. Under Weidler’s leadership, “the dignity of labor” as an extension of the college’s mountain heritage became a part of Berea’s educational experience and mission. In May of 1922 Weidler introduced a campus-wide celebration of labor with the first Labor Day.

In addition to his work at Berea College, Weidler served as director of the Berea Bank and Trust Company and as an advocate of co-operative consumerism. He organized several co-operatives in the Berea area, including the Berea College Credit Union and the Berea Building and Loan Association.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains the papers of Albert Greer Weidler, Berea's faculty member (1918-1948) and Dean of Labor (1918-1948). Materials inlcude a transcript of a 1924 commencement speech on race relations given by student Violet Tyler, documents pertaining to Weidler’s efforts to bring a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa to Berea College, correspondence between Weidler and students. Also inlcluded biographical materials, documents and anecdotal information related to Weidler’s involvement with the Berea Student and Berea co-operatives, and correspondence with other colleges.

Collection Historical Note

Dean of Labor

Subject/Index Terms

Berea College -- Labor Day
Education, higher -- Administration.
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: There are no restrictions on the collection other than federal copyright regulations.

Related Materials:

RG 3.04: W.J. Hutchins Papers

RG 4.03: Karl T. Waugh Papers

RG 5.24: Labor Program Office

RG 9.00: Faculty and Staff

RG 11.13: Labor Day

Preferred Citation: [Item/Folder/Box Identification], RG 09/9.62: Albert Greer Weidler Papers, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Berea, Ky.

Processing Information: The finding aid was created by Lori Myers-Steele, Collections Archivist, in June 2018.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Box 1: A.G. Weidler Papers],

Box 1: A.G. Weidler PapersAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Personal/Biographical, 1924 - 1944Add to your cart.
Including photographs
Folder 2: Olympia Springs Property, 1931 - 1937, ndAdd to your cart.
Correspondence, legal records, other
Folder 3: Credentials, 1940 - 1941Add to your cart.
Correspondence regarding/seeking credentials for potential hires
Folder 4: Correspondence with Students, 1933 - 1942, ndAdd to your cart.
Alphabetical: Auxier - Hart. Variety of topics, academic and personal
Folder 5: Correspondence with Students, 1933 - 1942, ndAdd to your cart.
Alphabetical: Haynes - Williams. Variety of topics, academic and personal
Folder 6: Correspondence with other Colleges/Schools, 1940 - 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Co-Operative Associations, 1939 - 1942, ndAdd to your cart.
Correspondence, other with Berea College Student Co-operative (Co-op), Berea Co-operative, others
Folder 8: Phi Beta Kappa, 1922 - 1932, ndAdd to your cart.
Correspondence, application materials (1929), other
Folder 9: Student LaborAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Violet Tyler, 1924Add to your cart.
Regarding her speech on Commencement Day, 1924.  Copy of Speech "Progress During Sixty Years." Correspondence regarding the matter and wanting to speak on the topic of Race Relations.
Folder 11: Harmon Foundation and Student Loans, 1922Add to your cart.
Student Loan Committee. Correspondence.
Folder 12: Tau Kappa Alpha, 1924 - 1956Add to your cart.
Correspondence, other

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