Accession Number: RG 3.01
E H Fairchild (1815-1889)
Bulk Dates: 1860-1894
.81 linear feet
Series I - Personal
Series II - Correspondence
Series III - Addresses and Sermons
Series IV - Printed Material
Series V - Miscellaneous
Series VI - Photographs
Access and Use
Provenance: Members of the Berea College administration
and the Fairchild family donated some of these materials, while
others were preserved as they became available by College librarians.
Preferred Citation: E. H. Fairchild Papers, Berea College Special
Collections & Archives, Berea, Ky.
- RG 01 -- Founders & Founding
- RG 02 -- Board of Trustees
1 Manuscript Box
This series includes biographical information about President E H
Fairchild and his family, especially during his years at Berea. In
addition to his own memoir about his wife, there are recollections
from a grandson, Frederick Hall; his brother, J H Fairchild; a granddaughter,
Bertha Lauder; faculty colleagues; an anonymous student; and President
Frost. Also included is a 1973 article about Fairchild by the Rev.
Dr. Harley Patterson, recollections about Arthur Fairchild and his
family, a newspaper account of Charles Fairchild and the Fairchild
Spring, published materials by or about prominent nephews, and a
legal record relating to his sister-in law's will.
- Printed memorial to Fairchild; Robertson's holograph note on
Fairchild; 1920 statement on Fairchild's presidency by Frost,
from Frost's Farewell Report (1 page); Anonymous recollections
of a student who attended Berea during the latter part of President
Fairchild's administration. Principal Hunting's remarks on Fairchild,
1890. Clipping from Louisville Transcript, "Two Strong Men
. . .", 1890, by JHH [Hayward]. Clipping of President Frost's
reflections at the cemetery monument to Fairchild.
- Typed copy of Frederick F. Hall's letter to William G. Frost
(1925), Berea's third president; interview with Frederick Hall
(1944). Hall's reminiscences on the occasion of renaming Ladies
Hall ( Pinnacle, 1934); accounts of Frederick and Anna Hall following
their accidental death.
- Typescript recollections by Fairchild about his wife, Maria
Babbit Fairchild, with letter of transmittal from Frederick F.
Hall (ms-n.d., Hall letter-1936); also a holograph. Ancestors
of Maria Babbit Fairchild, researched by Richard Sears.
- Extracts about the "Oberlin Lynching" from J. H.
Fairchild's publications (JH was brother to EH, and president
of Oberlin College.See also # 3, above)
- A copy of Bertha Fairchild Lauder's "A Child Remembers
Berea in the 70's" (ca. 1946, 64 pages) and the edited version
printed by Berea College. Correspondence of Ruth Lauder with
Berea College about her mother's memoir. Typed extract of pp.
29-53 of the manuscript, describing Maria Babbit Fairchild. Obituary
of Bertha Fairchild Lauder.
- Article for the Berea Citizen (1928), describing the
dedication of Fairchild Spring and the Fairchild family's part
establishing it. Clipping about the Fairchild Roost.
- Account of Fairchild's life, citing sources, prepared by the
Rev. Harley Patterson, DD (1973).
- Pages from a diary maintained by Phoebe Haynes, E.H. Fairchild's
niece by marriage, with annotations by F.F. Hall (20 small pages,
March, 1885). Haynes was employed in the Music Department at
Oberlin and made a trip to Berea for a musical program. Also
a note on her sister Caroline Willard Haynes, who taught at Berea,
attributed to W.E. Barton.
- Three letters by grandsons Henry Pratt Fairchild and F.F. Hall
(1931, 1936), along with copies or reprints of miscellaneous
articles by H.P.F. from Harper's, The Forum, Atlantic,
etc., and clippings about his daughter; articles about EHF's
nephew David Fairchild, his books, and the Fairchild Gardens;
and a booklet published by the Rev. E.M. Fairchild, nephew.
- Reminiscences of Mrs. R. W. McLeod, 1946, recalling Arthur
Fairchild, Julia Fairchild, and other family members. Letter
from Grace Ohl (great granddaughter of EHF) about the location
of family Bibles.
- List of legatees of Helen V Fairchild, sister-in-law. Obituary
of Walter Fairchild, grandson. Clipping re visit to Berea by
Dr. Fred Fairchild, grandson.
- Genealogy of the Fairchild family, with biographical information,
compiled by Prof. Richard Sears of Berea College, from immigrant
ancestor Thomas Fairchild, Sr., through the grandchildren of
President Edward Henry Fairchild.
|| Box 1, cont.
This series consists of original correspondence Edward Henry Fairchild wrote
or received, most of it from the period when he was president of Berea College,
along with a couple of commendations of the school. Some letters are originals,
but most are copies. One letter attributed to SC Armstrong praises Berea and
President Fairchild, but probably was addressed to someone else.
- Two handwritten letters from E.H.F. to Brother Pratt [Almon B. Pratt, Trustee],
August 3, 10, 1870
- Holograph draft of a description of Berea, evidently for a publicity circular
- A series of nine letters received by E.H.F. relating to a donation to Berea
by Charles F. Dike (1872-1877); typed transcripts.
- A typed transcript of a letter of E.H.F. to Charles G. Finney (July 10,
1860, 3 pages).
- A letter of E.H.F. and Maria Babbit Fairchild to "their children," W.E.
Barton and Etta F. Barton (November 21, 1887). Holograph and transcript.
- An invitation from E.H.F. to Robert G. Hutchins (father of Berea's fourth
president, William J. Hutchins), to speak at the 1882 commencement. (February
- A recommendation of Berea by A. P. Peabody, of Cambridge.
- A letter from Henry B Rogers, of Boston, in response to a visit by the
man he supposed to be EHF, but who must have been his son, Eugene P. Fairchild,
who beccame the financial agent for Berea College in 1889.
- An incomplete letter praising Fairchild and Berea, perhaps from General
S.C. Armstrong, a founder of Hampton Institute.
||Addresses and Sermons
||Box 1, cont.
Fairchild's great hopes for the students that came to Berea, both black
and white, are evident in these printed copies of addresses he made
directly to the Berea student body and the Berea community. His influence
extended beyond Berea, however, through the publications of the American
Missionary Association, articles published elsewhere, and his communications
with others who were also endeavoring to meet the needs of those with
little means. Some
documents in this series point to that wider
- Printed copies (6) of the inaugural addresses given by Fee and
Fairchild in 1869, when EHF became President, along with typed extracts
from Fairchild's address.
- Printed copies of E.H.F.'s baccalaureate sermons at Berea in1878
and 1881 (4).
- Typed extracts from Fairchild's comments during a conference at
Fisk University in 1881 (Dec. 26-28), probably drawn from a printed
record or minutes of the conference.
- AMA pamphlet with Fairchild's article, "God's Design for
and through the Negro Race."
- Typed quotations from Fairchild's annual reports of Berea's commencements
in the American Missionary, from 1874, 1879, and 1885.
- "What Career for the Negro?" (3 reprints from Sunday
||Box 1, cont.
Publicity circulars and advertisements of courses available at
Berea College from the first 7 years of Fairchild's presidency,
along with Fairchild's history of the founding of Berea and an
address by his brother, urging that religious feeling
be directed towards social action.
- Circular, 1869: a brief history of Berea College
- Circular, 1870: includes list of faculty (2)
- An appeal, 1871: includes recommendations from prominent supporters
- Circular, 1870: list of faculty includes Julia Britton, Kate Gilbert
- Annual Circular, 1874: Illustrated with engravings of Ladies Hall, Howard
Hall, and Chapel.
- Annual Circular, 1875: Illustrated with engravings of Ladies Hall and Howard
- Circular, 1877-78.
- 1874 reprint of address by JH Fairchild, President of Oberlin College,
to the National Council of Congregational Churches: Needed Phases of
- EH Fairchild. Berea College: An Interesting History, 1876. A printed
appeal for assistance for the college is tipped in, with a handwritten note
to President Tuttle, then president of Hanover(?) College.
||Box 1, cont.
This series consists of documents and clippings, including reminiscences of
women teachers at Berea from former students; descriptions of a rally to raise
money for Berea in New York; notes by Elizabeth Peck; and impressions of Berea's
- Half page report by E.H.F. to Berea College Board of Trustees (July, 1878).
- Summary of funds raised by various financial officers, including EH Fairchild
and his sons Charles and Eugene.
- Nina Lawson's teaching experiences at Bear Wallow School
- Henry Allen Laine (1926), a black student who became a teacher, writing
about the women teachers of Berea in the late 19th century, including Mrs.
- "Comes the glad Noel," song for recorder and voice sent as Christmas
greeting by the Ravlins.
- Letter from Kirke Smith, a black student, recalling meeting Kate Gilbert
at a Christmas dinner at the Eugene Fairchild home.
17. Blueprint of a bronze plaque honoring Fairchild, dated 1929. [Was this
for the dedication of Ladies Hall as Fairchild Hall?]
18. Clippings describing a 1969 meeting at Cooper's Union in New York designed
to raise money for Berea; John G Fee, EH Fairchild, and Henry Ward Beecher
were among those speaking.
- The New York Herald
- The Congregationalist
- The N. Y Tribune
19. Clippings describing commencement week events at Berea:
- 1875, a Massachusetts paper
- 1883: The Kentucky Register
- 1883 The Republican of Mt. Vernon, Ohio
20. Packets of notes Elizabeth Peck took on the Fairchild era for her book, Berea's
Included here are views of the Fairchild family and house; Berea College students,
buildings, and campus scenes; as well as views of the surrounding area. A family
album with captions and a number of loose prints comprise the series.
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