February 17, 1970, 112 items; Correspondence, programs, college history, alumnae lists, and clippings.
October 15, 1971, ca. 150 items; Correspondence and miscellaneous (1916-1961).
September 11, 1972, 100 items; Correspondence, programs, lists, reports, etc.
March 10, 1976, 29 items; Correspondence, minutes, clippings.
October 10, 1978, 80 items; Correspondence, clippings, minutes, bulletins, and miscellaneous.
May 30, 1980, 30 items; Correspondence, clippings, and miscellaneous.
August 28, 1980, 46 items; Papers (1927-1980), including correspondence, clippings, minutes, and miscellaneous.
October 8, 1980, ca. 150 items; Papers (1961-1970), including correspondence, programs, speeches, and clippings, and a 1906 issue of
April 7, 1982, 35 items; Correspondence, clippings, minutes, and miscellaneous (1980-1981).
April 30, 1986, ca. 200 items; Papers (1906, 1955-1985), including correspondence, clippings, programs, a yearbook, and miscellaneous.
October 13, 1986, 90 items; Papers (1969-1985), including correspondence, clippings, and miscellaneous materials.
December 29, 1987, ca. 80 items; Photographs, clippings, and published minutes of 19th Convention of Women's Christian Temperance Union (1901). Gift of Dr. Ralph Hardee Rives, Enfield, N.C.
October 10, 2007, (unprocessed addition 1), 85 items, 0.25 cubic feet; History correspondence, clippings, minutes, notes, etc. (1969-2007, undated) relating to the history and activities of Littleton College Memorial Association. See preliminary inventory attached. Recd. ca. 8/16/2007. Donor: Ralph Hardee Rives.
August 2, 2012, (unprocessed addition 2), ca. 240 items, 0.30 cubic feet; Papers include correspondence (1967-2009) concerning the Littleton College Endowed Scholarship at North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, N.C., the Littleton College Memorial Association and the Littleton Methodist Church. Clippings, tributes and articles (1940-2008) document important residents of Littleton or the Littleton Methodist Church and graduates or offspring of graduates of Littleton College. Other items include church bulletins (1974, 1976, 1992-2009), items such as Reunion programs (1979, 1981), photocopy of 1917-1918 report card, articles, minutes (1978-1979, 1987) and financial records (1965-1991) of the Littleton College Memorial Association, and photographs of Central Academy (for boys) owned by Reverend James M. Rhodes who also owned Littleton Female College. Donor: Ralph Hardee Rives.
Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.
Littleton College Memorial Association Papers (#114), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
- Gift of Dr. Ralph Hardee Rives
Correspondence in the collection primarily deals with the activities and work of the Association. Early correspondence (1925-1957) denotes the Association's first efforts in providing a home and financial support for Rev. and Mrs. Rhodes who were then living in Winter Haven, Florida. Unable to recoup their losses when the college burned, the couple was forced to rely on the Association, and especially Miss Herring, for aid. Other points of interest are the formation of the Association itself and the establishment of a loan fund by the organization to be used in helping deserving girls attending Scarritt College in Nashville, Tennessee. One letter (Sept. 10, 1929) is particularly interesting for its descriptions of road travel in the South as well as conditions and information concerning Valdosta, Georgia.
Correspondence (1960-1987) is chiefly addressed to Dr. Rives and concerns the Association's annual reunions. Most of these letters are from members of the Association and former students of Littleton College and are suggestive of the guidance given the Association by Dr. Rives.
Minutes of the Association (1965-1986) contain speeches, addresses, remarks, and programs of yearly meetings (1962-1987). A "reunion book" kept by one member gives information on various meetings held by the Association from 1928 to 1938 and contains a year-by-year listing of graduates from Littleton College (1886-1919). Biographies of and information concerning various students and leaders associated with Littleton College as well as a copy of a joint resolution (1975) of the North Carolina General Assembly honoring the life and memory of Frances Renfrow Doak, a former student at Littleton College, are also included. Brief biographies of Littleton College President James Manley Rhodes and his wife Lula H. Rhodes are also included in the collection. Other materials include Dr. Rives's booklet,
A Brief History of Littleton College (1969); a Class of 1916 file, containing several biographies of members from that class; and a group of miscellaneous Association papers, primarily receipts, notes, and drafts of news releases. Of note also is a folder containing photocopies of letters and post cards (1906-1910) concerning S. A. Stewart and wife Lillian B. Stewart and their work as missionaries in Kobe, Japan. Commentaries concern efforts to learn the Japanese language, distaste for Japanese food, the teaching of English, and the death of Mrs. Stewart.
Among those printed materials found in the collection are commencement programs, report cards, salutatorian and valedictorian addresses, certificates, graduation invitations, and student publications, (
The Chatterbox, 1908, 1909) and
The Pansy (1905, 1906, 1907).
Photographs reflect various meetings of the Association between 1937 and 1973. There are, however, a number of early photographs of the campus, its students and leaders. Of related interest is a post card picture of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Littleton (ca. early 1900s).
A variety of publications also appear in the collection. Those of a religious nature include in addition to church bulletins, several church histories, namely,
History of the Stem United Methodist Church: 1886-1986 by Merile Tewskbury (1986);
History of Connally United Methodist Church, Milton, North Carolina, edited by Ophelia Barker (1969); and
History of Anne Street Methodist Church, Beaufort, North Carolina, edited by Emily Loftin (1966). Noteworthy also is a pamphlet entitled
Minutes of the Nineteenth Annual Convention of the Women's Christian Temperance Union of North Carolina Held at Littleton, N.C. June 5-9, 1901.
Other publications include the following:
History of Beaufort, N.C.: Settled 1709-Incorporated 1722 by Emily Loftin, ed. by Mrs. Homer Lewis (second printing 1964);
Family of Ballachulish: McCalls, McLaurins and Related Families by Marguerite L. Whitfield (1977);
Truth and Righteousness: Baccalaureate Sermon by J. M. Carter, D. D. to the [Senior] Class of [the University of North Carolina] '92, and two books of poetry.
A few North Carolina Wesleyan College items are to be found in the collection including issues of the "North Carolina Wesleyan College Bulletin" (1962-1973), as well as editions of
The President's Report and Honor Roll (1965-1969). One folder contains information and a brochure (1873) concerning the former Wesleyan Female College in Murfreesboro.
Newspaper clippings detailing the history of Littleton College and activities of the Littleton College Memorial Association along with one complete copy of
The Littleton News (Oct. 29, 1939) comprise the remainder of the collection.