Date Finding Aid Created/Updates:April 2002
Title: Russell Vance Collection, 1861-1976
Creator: Compiled by Russell Vance Jr.
Extent: 3 boxes, 1.25'
Edinboro University Archives
Edinboro, PA 16444
Abstract: Russell Vance Jr., formerly of the Edinboro History Department, was asked to write a history of Edinboro State College. These papers represent some of the research material he collected in the process of researching that project.
Acquisition Information: These materials were donated to the University Archives by Russell Vance Jr. The second donation was accepted on 2/10/95. The first donation was accepted prior to 1991. The two donations are combined into one collection.
Edinboro University Archives
Russell Vance Collection
Access Restrictions: Available to researchers for use in the archives.
Copyright: Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Alternative Format: none
Scope and Content Notes: This is a collection of some of the research materials Russell Vance used for writing his book, A Portrait of Edinboro, From Private Academy to State College, 1856-1976. Published in 1977, this book is the standard history of the school. In this collection is an eclectic group of papers, nearly all of which are related to the school's history. Contained in this collection are some papers of Margaret Compton. These are mostly notes for class lectures, but there are a few pieces of coorespondences.
There is also a small collection of photocopies of newspapers. One of these is the Educational Independent, a paper edited by former school principal Joseph Cooper.
Organization of Collection:
There is only one series, Edinboro College History
The folders have, as much as possible, remained labled as Russell Vance had them identified. Some of the folders are rich with Edinboro memoribilia. For instance, the "historical development" folder contains programs from the 1860's. There are also the "Religious Organizations, 1909-30" and "Special Day, 1914-54" folders that contain programs from the meetings and events. These include such things as the 75th Anniversary program and the topics examined during group discussions of the religious groups on campus.
This collection also contains papers from Margaret Compton, for whom Compton Hall is named. It contains a few pieces of correspondence and a number of notes on various topics that were probably used as class presentations. There is also the "Civil War Correspondence to Sophie and Margaret Compton," folder containing two letters to the Compton,s.
Controlled Access Terms:
Edinboro State Teachers College
Edinboro State College
Box Code: Vance 1
-Annual report, 1861
-2 "Beautiful Edinboro" booklets, [1916?]
-Appropriations for PA instutitutions of higher education, 1963
-Brief histories of school, 1957
-2 Certificates of contribution,1892
-1 Certificate of title, Atkinson to Student Services 6/19/1968
-2 Civil War letters with donation letter, 1864
-Correspondence, re: history of Edinboro, 1974-76
-"Edinboro Life," 1917
-Edinboro staff differentiation project, [1968?]
-Historical development, 1864-[1930?]
-Inaugurations, 1920, 1923, 1934
-1 letter Cooper to Agnew, May 12,1879
-Margaret Compton, correspondence (five letters and a photocopy of newspaper article), 1892-1932
-Memos, notes, 1942-58
-Notes of M. Compton, book review
-Notes of M. Compton, Chinese history
-Notes of M. Compton, Economic Conditions 16th century
-Notes of M. Compton, German History
-Notes of M. Compton, Greek thinkers
-Notes of M. Compton, Ikhnaton
-Notes of M. Compton, John Muir
-Notes of M. Compton, letter to the editor
-Notes of M. Compton, miscellaneous
-Notes of M. Compton, PA authors
-Notes of M. Compton, Public schools
Box Code: Vance 2
-Notes of M. Compton, religion & morals 18th century
-Notes of M. Compton, system of penance
-Notes of M. Compton, temperance
-Notes of M. Compton, two beliefs
-1 1925 photo, Hester McMichael McBurney and Dorothy Thompson
-Religious organizations, 1909-30
-Report of the first Education Congress, 1972
-Special day, 1914-54
-Last Will and Testimony of Margaret Compton, 1927
Box Code: Vance 3
-Edinboro Normal, 3/16/1889
Separates: Kept with Oral History Collection
-Audio cassette, Larry Blaney
-Audio cassette, Wilbur Billings
-Audio cassette, Dorothy Kennedy Strong
-Audio cassette, John Robinson