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Reverend Jesse Woodrow Castelloe Papers 1878-1998, undated

Manuscript Collection #846

Descriptive Summary Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Title: Reverend Jesse Woodrow Castelloe Papers
Creator: Castelloe, Jesse Woodrow, 1913-1980
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (ca. 1878-1980) including manuscripts, notes, ledgers, clippings, photographs, printed forms and published works, pertaining to the life of Bertie County, N.C., native Rev. Jesse W. Castelloe and his family.
Extent: 1.42 Cubic feet, 3 boxes.

Administrative Information Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Accessions Information

November 29, 2001, 176 items; 1.42 cubic feet; Papers (ca. 1878-1980) including manuscripts, notes, ledgers, clippings, photographs, printed forms and published works, pertaining to the life of Rev. Jesse W. Castelloe and his family, including Ray's School records (1878-1889), Wake Forest College, Crozer Theological Seminary (Chester, PA), Cashie Baptist Church, Ross Baptist Church, Hope Plantation, and Bertie and Washington counties, N.C. Gift of Mrs. Gwendolyn Phelps, Plymouth, N.C. .

Access Restrictions

No Restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Reverend Jesse Woodrow Castelloe Papers (#846), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mrs. Gwendolyn Phelps.

Processing Information

  • Processed by David J. Montgomery and Mary Boccaccio, 2002

  • Encoded by Gerald J. Judd, October 4, 2006


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Jesse Woodrow Castelloe [1913-1980] was from the town of Windsor, located in Bertie County, North Carolina. He attended Rays Elementary School and graduated from Windsor High School. Castelloe attended Chowan College from 1933 through 1935, and Wake Forest College from 1935 through 1937, where he received his B.A. He received his B.D. in 1940 from Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania. Crozer’s distinguished alumni includes Martin Luther King, Jr., who attended the school from 1948 through 1951.

Castelloe married Annie Ward in 1941. Ward was from Merry Hill, Bertie County, North Carolina, and attended East Carolina Teachers College. Afterwards she taught in the public schools of Gates County, North Carolina.

Castelloe served as pastor of five churches in Duplin and Onslow counties, N.C., from June 1941 through November 1942. He also served as director of Boys and Youth Work at Weirton Christian Center in Weirton, West Virginia, from November 1942 through August 1944, and as chaplain at the West Virginia Industrial School for boys in Grafton, West Virginia, from August 1944 through September 1945. Castelloe then served as executive director at Rankin Christian Center in Rankin, Pennsylvania, from September 1945 through December 1953. He served as a staff member and eventually vice president at Crozer Theological Seminary from January 1954 through June 1966.

Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

This collection consists of the papers (1878-1980, 1998) of Rev. Jesse Woodrow Castelloe, a Baptist minister and educator from Bertie County, N.C. The papers pertain to his family, education and career, but mainly focus on his work at Crozer Theological Seminary.

Clippings, photographs, certificates and a college scrapbook make up the bulk of materials that document Castelloe’s life and career. Also included are a few photographs of Castelloe and his future wife (1939, undated).

Also in the collection are photographs of Crozer Theological Seminary (1960). Other materials relating to Crozer’s history include financial reports, publications and other printed materials. Among these items are letters to alumni regarding the merger between Crozer and the Colgate-Rochester/Bexley Hall School in Rochester, New York. Publications pertaining to Crozer include The Crozer Quarterly, The Crossroads, Bulletin of Crozer Theological Seminaryand thirty-eight copies of a school publication entitled The Voice (1952-1960, 1962, 1969-1970). There is also a bulletin, entitled The United News (1954) containing information on Castelloe’s work as director of public relations while at Crozer. Printed materials such as histories and photographs document the use of the Seminary's first building as a hospital for soldiers during the Civil War.

Materials concerning other religious history include "Religion in the Colonies," a paper on the colonial history of several Protestant church branches in the U.S. and North Carolina, and "The Baptist of Eastern North Carolina." Also present is a paper written by Castelloe entitled "Sourcebook For Old Testament Life and Literature."

Several items on the history of Bertie and Washington counties, N.C. are also contained in the collection. Of particular interest is a school register (1878-1889) for Common School [for whites only], District 7, Bertie County. The register gives the teacher’s name and salary. Student information supplied includes names, parents' names, attendance records, courses taken, books used and scholastic progress. Also present are a few newspapers including the Bertie Ledger-Advance (1968, 1972) and the Virginian Pilot (1972-1973). These issues contain information on the 250th anniversary of Bertie County and the bicentennial of the town of Windsor. Numerous articles on several historic structures including homes, churches, and the Hope Plantation are described in great detail.

Card Catalog Entries Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Reading Room's card catalog. This system is no longer maintained, but it is left in place to help on-site researchers locate particular topics in the collection.

Geographic Entries :

  • Bertie County (N.C.)--History
  • Bertie County (N.C.)--Genealogy
  • Washington County (N.C.)--History
  • Pennsylvania--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Autograph Entries :

  • Castelloe, Jesse Woodrow, 1913-1980

Subject Entries :

  • Crozer Theological Seminary
  • Wake Forest College--History
  • Public Schools--North Carolina--Bertie County
  • Historic Hope Plantation (N.C.)
  • Voice (Chester, Pa.)
  • Baptists--Clergy--North Carolina--Bertie County
  • Baptist church buildings--North Carolina--Bertie County
  • Colgate Rochester Divinity School, Bexley Hall, Crozer Theological Seminary
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Hospitals

Corporate Entries :

  • Bertie ledger-advance
  • Virginian pilot (Norfolk, Va.:1955)

Container List Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

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Series 1:
Rev. Jesse W. Castelloe Biographical Materials
  • Box 1#0846.1
    • Folder a#0846.1.a
      Biographical Material, 1980, undated
      2 items; Brief biographical sketch (undated) of Rev. Castelloe and a letter (1980) of estate administration concerning his estate.
    • Folder b#0846.1.b
      Religious Publication, 1938
      1 item; "Sourcebook for Old Testament Life and Literature" by Rev. J. Woodrow Castelloe.
    • Folder c#0846.1.c
      Scrapbook, 1934-1945
      15 items; Items removed from a scrapbook begun while Rev. Castelloe was at Wake Forest University.
    • Folder d#0846.1.d
      Scrapbook (Photocopy), 1934-1945, undated
      1 item; Photocopies and scans of scrapbook (scrapbook begun while Rev. Castelloe was a student at Wake Forest University) pages before it was dismantled.
    • Folder e#0846.1.e
      Photographs , 1939, undated
      2 items; Photograph (undated) of Rev. Castelloe and photograph (1939) of Castelloe and his wife to be.
    • Folder f#0846.1.f
      Clippings, 1942-1971, undated
      9 items; Clippings concerning Rev. Castelloe's career.
    • Folder g#0846.1.g
      Certificates, 1924-1974, undated
      11 items; Public school attendance certificates, ordination and divinity school certificates and miscellaneous certificates. Oversized certificates are housed in box 3 (which is oversized), folder a.
Series 2:
Crozer Theological Seminary
  • Box 1#0846.1
    • Folder h#0846.1.h
      Financial Reports, 1957-1959
      3 items; Financial reports for Crozer Theological Seminary.
    • Folder i#0846.1.i
      Financial Reports, 1960-1965
      5 items; Financial reports (1960, 1962-1965) for Crozer Theological Seminary.
    • Folder j#0846.1.j
      Publications, 1950-1964
      4 items; Crozer Quarterly (Oct., 1950), United News (Feb. 1954, by American Baptist Convention), Crossroads (ca. 1956), Bulletin/Course Catalog (1963-1964).
    • Folder k#0846.1.k
      The Voice Publication, 1952-1958
      24 items; Quarterly/bulletin publication covering Oct. 1952 through October 1958.
    • Folder l#0846.1.l
      The Voice and The New Crozer, 1959-1970
      13 items; Quarterly/bulletin publication (12 issues) covering the years 1959-1962 and 1969-1970; and 1964 issue of the promotional publication The New Crozer.
  • Box 2#0846.2
    • Folder a#0846.2.a
      Crozer Seminary Correspondence and History Sketches, and Other Religious Histories, 1970, 1985, undated
      20 items; Alumni correspondence (1970), Seminary histories, papers on religious topics (especially Baptist in eastern N.C.).
    • Folder b#0846.2.b
      Photographs, 1960, undated
      10 items; Aerial view (undated) of and shots (Jan. 1960) of the snow-covered seminary. Two photographs document graffiti written on the walls of the original building when it was used as a hospital for soldiers during the Civil War.
    • Folder c#0846.2.c
      Clipping, 1957
      1 item; Clipping concerning the founding of the Seminary.
Series 3:
Eastern North Carolina History
  • Box 2#0846.2
    • Folder d#0846.2.d
      Publications, 1960-1980, undated
      5 items; Publications including, among others, The State Magazine (Oct. 29, 1960), Historic Washington County (put out by Washington County Historical Society 1979); and Tuck-a-hoe (by Bertie Junior High School Journalism Class 1980).
    • Folder e#0846.2.e
      Elementary School Register, 1878-1889
      1 item; Elementary school register for white students in District 7 of Bertie County, N.C.
Series 4:
Oversize Materials
  • Box 3#0846.3
    • Folder a#0846.3.a
      Certificates, 1940, 1966
      2 items; Certificates related to Rev. Castelloe's life were removed from box 1, folder g.
    • Folder b#0846.3.b
      Newspapers, 1968-1998
      6 items; Bertie Ledger-Advance special historical issues (1968, 1972) and Virginian Pilot historical sections (1972-1973) contain information on the 250th anniversary of Bertie County and the bicentennial of the town of Windsor. A 1998 clipping from the Roanoke-Chowan's Shopper describes the Hardy House near Colerain, Bertie County, N.C.
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