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MS-0005 Tossie P. F. Whiting Papers

Abstract: Tossie P. F. Whiting was graduated from Hartshorn Memorial
College in 1895 and was an officer of the school's alumnae association
until the school merged with Virginia Union University in 1932. She was
a professor and administrator at Virginia State University from 1904 until
1948.

Materials relating to Hartshorn and its alumnae, focusing on its merger
with Virginia Union.

Online Catalog Terms:
Afro-American women--Education--Virginia--Richmond.
Hartshorn Memorial College (Richmond, Va.)--Alumni and alumnae.
Virginia Union University (Richmond, Va.)--Alumni and alumnae.
Whiting, Tossie P. F.

Size: About 100 items (0.5 linear feet).

Date Span: 1898-1947.

Provenance: Received from Edith Whiting of Richmond, Va.,
sister-in-law of Tossie Whiting.

Access: No restrictions.

Copyright: Retained by the authors of items in these papers,
or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Collection Overview:
The collection consists mainly of materials related to her role
as officer in Hartshorn Memorial College and Virginia Union University
alumni associations. The bulk of the collection covers the years 1921 to
1947, when Hartshorn considered becoming a women's college and then merged
with Virginia Union (1932). Ms. Whiting was concerned with the role of
Hartshorn women in Virginia Union's co-educational atmosphere and alumni
association. These materials reveal her efforts to keep the memory
of Hartshorn alive after the merger through a scholarship, memorial stone
marker, and a "museum" in the basement of the dormitory Hartshorn Hall.

The correspondence is largely form letters to Hartshorn alumnae from
Ms. Whiting as Secretary and Chair. The minutes and resolutions are
from meetings regarding the future of Hartshorn and include miscellaneous
fund raising materials. The lists are numerous, undated updates of the
names and addresses of Hartshorn alumnae. The Alumnae Journals are an
alumnae letter from 1898 as well as two copies of a journal from 1929.
The Bulletins and Catalogs span from 1909 to 1940 and are from both
Hartshorn and Virginia Union. There are two copies of the alumnae
directory of Hartshorn graduates (1895-1928). The few programs are for
Hartshorn events.