Finding Aid of the Stephen H. Forbes Papers, <date calendar="gregorian" era="ce" normal="1935/1967">1935 - 1967</date>, PC.1885

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Finding Aid of the Stephen H. Forbes Papers, <date calendar="gregorian" era="ce" normal="1935/1967">1935 - 1967</date>, PC.1885

Abstract

Stephen H. Forbes (1910-2003 ) attended Black Mountain College from 1935-1938 and 1940-1942. Later, he became a friend and financial supporter of the school.

His papers include correspondence dating from 1937 to 1959 concerning administration of the college, faculty changes, campus and physical plant development, operating finances and issues relating to property owned by the college. Other materials include pages from a journal kept by Forbes; class notes and exams; and notes on financial situations and other issues.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Stephen H. Forbes Papers
Call Number
PC.1885
Creator
Forbes, Stephen Hathaway
Date
1935 - 1967
Extent
192.00 items
Language
English
Repository
Western Regional Archives, State Archives of North Carolina

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    Access Restrictions

    Available for research.

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    Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], PC.1885, Stephen H. Forbes Papers, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC, USA.

    Collection Overview

    The Stephen H. Forbes Collection includes correspondence relating to the school dating from 1937 to 1959 concerning administration of the college, faculty changes, campus and physical plant development, operating finances and issues relating to property owned by the college. Three of the letters provide interesting insights into two faculty members who subsequently attained a degree of celebrity in the field of literary criticism, Alfred Kazin (December 7, 1944, and June 20, 1945) and Eric Bentley (August 15 and December 7, 1944). Others of the letters provide substantive information on Anni Albers and her weaving room at the college (March 16, 1944), theater productions (April 22 and May 29, 1944), the Summer Music Institute (July 10, 1944), and efforts by the college to bring a degree of racial intergration into its programs (March 11, 1943, February 25, 1944, and April 22, 1944). Correspondents include Ted Dreier, William Robert ("Bob") Wunsch, Natalya ("Natasha") Goldowski, David H. Corkran, Dan Rice, Nell Aydelotte Rice, Frank Aydelotte, Toni Dehn, Flola Lake Shepard, Charles Olson, and Wesley Huss.

    Other materials in the collection include pages from a journal kept by Forbes during a visit to the college, November 19-25, 1949; class notes and exams from the period when he was a student in 1935-1938; notes on the 1935 financial situation of the college; Howard Haines Brinton's ten "Integrative Forces in Planned Communities" drawn from his experience at the Quaker institution, Pendle Hill, in Pennsylvania; notes on the remarks of a labor operative from the United Mine Workers of America concerning unions and coal strikes of the 1930's; notes of the meeting held at the time of the visit of Louis Adamic to Black Mountain College in 1935; notes on other meetings held at the college between 1936 and 1941; and a 1941 "Survey on Physical Labor" at the college.

    Biographical and Historical No

    Stephen H. Forbes (1910-2003), son of Mr. and Mrs. Waldo E. Forbes, and a native of Milton, Massachusetts, was educated at Milton Academy (1923-1930), Harvard College (1930-1934), Black Mountain College (1935-1938, 1940-1942), and Temple University. Looking back nearly 30 years later, Forbes recalled his time at Black Mountain College as the happiest of his life. First as a student, then as a friend and financial supporter, Forbes maintained a close relationship with the college for nearly two decades.

    Contents of the Collection

    Subject Headings

  1. Albers, Anni
  2. Aydelotte, Frank, 1880-1956
  3. Brinton, Howard Haines, 1884-1973
  4. Corkran, David H.
  5. Dreier, Theodore, 1902-1997
  6. Forbes, Stephen Hathaway
  7. Goldowski, Natalya (Natasha), 1907-1966
  8. Huss, Wesley, 1918-
  9. Kazin, Alfred, 1915-
  10. Olson, Charles, 1910-1970
  11. Rice, Nell Aydelotte
  12. Shepard, Flola Lake
  13. Wunsch, William Robert, 1896-
  14. Adamic, Louis, 1899-1951
  15. Bentley, Eric Russell, 1916-
  16. Corkran, David H.
  17. Dehn, Toni
  18. Rice, Daniel
  19. Black Mountain College (Black Mountain, N.C.)
  20. United Mine Workers of America
  21. College integration--North Carolina--History
  22. Looms
  23. School integration
  24. Universities and colleges--North Carolina--Finance
  25. Integration
  26. College integration
  27. Labor unions
  28. Black Mountain (N.C.)
  29. Acquisitions Information

    Gift, Stephen H. Forbes, 1998.

    Processing Information

  30. Processed by George Stevenson, October, 2000
  31. Encoded by Ashley Yandle, May 30, 2002; additional encoding, May, 2010