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
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.