Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. Unit of Work with Colored People
Records, 1924-1945
Finding Aid to Record Group 301.10
1.00 cu.ft.

Presbyterian Historical Society
425 Lombard St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147-1516

ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY

In 1923, the Board of Home Missions (PCUSA) was reconstituted as the Board of National Missions. At that time, the Board of Missions for Freedmen, which the Board of Home Missions had created in 1865 to minister to freed African-American slaves, became the BNM's Division of Work for Colored People (later called the Unit of Work with Colored People). The Associate Secretary for this work under the old board had been John M. Gaston; he was promoted to Secretary of the Division of Work for Colored People, and he remained in that post until retirement in 1938. He was succeeded by Dr. A.B. McCoy, who retired in 1950. In 1950, McCoy was succeeded by Jesse Belmont Barber. In 1951, the Unit's name was changed to Department of Work in Atlantic, Blue Ridge and Canadian Synods, and in 1959 to Work in the South. The following year, the few remaining projects were shifted to the Departments of Educational and Medical Work and Town and Country Church Work.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

Very few records of the early BNM work with African-Americans have survived. RG 301.10 contains scattered records of the Division of Work for Colored People from 1930-1938, although all of the series contain one or two older items and one or two more recent items. The bulk of the collection consists of a file on schools for African-American children operated in the Southeastern part of the country--these files include correspondence, reports and newsletters. Other records in the collection include reports, articles, lesson materials and photographs.

The collection is arranged as follows:

SERIES 1: REPORTS, 1924-1938

SERIES 2: MANUSCRIPTS/PUBLICATIONS, 1934-1945

SERIES 3: ARTICLES, SCRIPTS, LECTURES, 1926-1938

SERIES 4: EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS, 1927-1942

SERIES 5: SCHOOLS, 1927-1943

SERIES 6: PHOTOGRAPHS

NOTES TO THE RESEARCHER

Record Group 143 was reprocessed to form this collection.

Related collections include:

RG 42 Board of Missions for Freedmen Records

RG 301.7 BNM Division of Church Strategy and Development
Records

RG 301.8 BNM Division of Educational and Medical Work Records

RG 301.9 Commission on Religion and Race/Council on Church and
Race Records

Collection processed and finding aid prepared: 1979
Robert A. Goldstein, Assistant Records Researcher

Collection reprocessed and new finding aid prepared: June 1992
Stephanie Muntone, Processing Archivist

Box	Folder	Description
1	1	Finding Aid to Record Group 301.10

SERIES 1:  REPORTS, 1924-38

2	Annual Reviews of Work, 1933-38
2a	Grants to Churches and Schools, 1924-1925
3	BNM Survey Report on Negro Work, 1932

SERIES 2:  MANUSCRIPTS/PUBLICATIONS, 1934-45

4	Adult Study Book on the Negro in America--
		correspondence with Missionary Education Movement of US and Canada, 1934-36	5	"History of Work of Presbyterian Church Among Negroes"
 by Jesse Barber--correspondence, 1936
6	"Like a Spreading Tree" manuscript and correspondence, 1936
7	"Map Talk"--work for Colored People, 1936
7a	"The New Advance" Newsletter, 1945
8	"News from the Colored Field" newsletters
9	Printing of Pamphlet by C.P. Pritchard, 1936-37
10	"The Rise of a Race," 1936

SERIES 3:  ARTICLES, SCRIPTS, LECTURES, 1926-38

11	Articles by Marjorie W. Smith, Secretary, 1930-33
12	Articles/Stories, 1926-38
13	Scripts, 1930-33
14	Slide Lectures--Correspondence, Script, 1935-36
15	Worship Services--"Sepia Tones," "Service for Race
 		Relations Sunday," 1936

SERIES 4:  EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS, 1927-42

16	Conference/Discussion Materials re Negro in America, 1935-36, 1942
17	Correspondence re publication of educational materials, 1936-38
18	"Course for Young People on the American Negro," 1936-37
19	"Course for Presbyterians on the Negro In America," ca. 1936
20	Leader's Manual for "We Sing America," 1936-37
21	Outlines, Bibliographies, 1932-36
22	"Putting First Things First"--educational material and correspondence, 1934-35
23	Statistics, 1930-36
24	Sunday School Missionaries, 1927-36

SERIES 5:  SCHOOLS, 1927-43

25	Alice Lee Elliott Academy, Valliant, OK, 1933-36
26	Arkadelphia Academy, Cotton Plant, AK, 1932-34
27	Barber-Scotia Junior College, Concord, NC, 1931-36
28	Boggs Academy, Keyesville, GA, 1933
 
1	29	Bowling Green Academy and Students' Home, Bowling Green, KY, 1932-36
30	Brainerd Institute, Chester, SC, 1931-35
31	Coulter Memorial Academy, Cheraw, SC, 1930-33
32	Fee Community Station and Memorial Institute, Nicholasville, KY, 1932-34
33	Fisk University, Nashville, TN, 1931-32
34	Gould Academy, Chadbourn, NC
35	Harbison Institute, Irmo, SC, 1932-37
36	Hodge Academy, Washington, GA
37	Hot Springs Academy, Hot Springs, AK
38	Ingleside/Ingleside-Fee Seminary, Burkeville, VA, 1927-34
39	Irmo Church and Grade School, Irmo, SC, 1932-33
40	Johnson C. Smith University (formerly Biddle Institute), Charlotte, NC, 1931-36
41	Kendall Institute, Sumter, SC, 1933
42	Larimer High School, Edisto Island, SC, 1933-36
43	Lincoln University, Lincoln, PA, 1935
44	Margaret Barber Seminary, Anniston, AL, 1932
45	Mary Allen Junior College, Crockett, TX, 1930-43
46	Mary Holmes Seminary, West Point, MS, 1935
47	Mary Potter-Redstone-Albion Academy, Oxford, NC, 1931-34
48	McClelland Academy, Newman, GA
49	Monticello Academy, Monticello, AK
50	Mt. Nebo School, Lone Star, SC
51	Nannie J. Gillespie-Selden Normal and Industrial School, Cordele, GA
52	Newton Community Center, Chattanooga, TN
53	Richard Allen Institute, Pine Bluff, AK
54	Swift Memorial Junior School, Rogersville, TN, 1932
55	Schools, General, 1933-36

SERIES 6:  PHOTOGRAPHS

56	Photographs--Women Students, Brainerd and Fee Memorial