Hutchins Library
Special Collections & Archives

Hutchins Library
Special Collection & Archives


RG 3 - Presidents

This record group includes the papers and records of E. H. Fairchild, (1869-89); William B. Stewart (1890-92); William G. Frost (1892-1920); William J. Hutchins (1920-39); Francis S. Hutchins (1939-67); and Willis D. Weatherford, Jr. (1967-84). The bulk of the records relate to the administrations of Frost, William and Francis Hutchins, and Weatherford.

RG 3.01
Edward Henry Fairchild, 1869-89
These are the official and personal papers of Berea College’s first president. A native of Stockbridge, MA, Fairchild was an 1840 graduate of the Theological Seminary at Oberlin. After serving pastorates in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York, Fairchild was principal of Oberlin’s preparatory department before becoming president of Berea College in 1869.
RG 3.02
William B. Stewart, 1890-92
This collection consists of fragmentary correspondence, clippings, copies of speeches and other materials related to Berea’s second president. Stewart, a native of Scotland, immigrated to Canada and was ordained a Baptist minister there in 1859. During his career he served as the head of three other educational institutions and as a professor of classical languages before becoming president of Berea in 1890.
RG 3.03
William Goodell Frost, 1892-1920
The collection consists of official and personal papers of Berea’s third president. Frost, a native of LeRoy, New York, was an 1876 graduate of Oberlin College, remaining there to teach Greek until 1892. Having refused Berea’s presidency in 1889, Frost reconsidered after the resignation of William B. Stewart and entered Berea’s service in 1892.
RG 3.04
William J. Hutchins, 1920-39
These official and personal papers document Hutchins’s early career as a pastor and educator, his years at Berea, tours of the Middle and Far East he made with the YMCA, and work for the Danforth Foundation. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Hutchins attended Oberlin College, Yale University, and Oberlin Theological Seminary. Graduating in 1896, Hutchins served a pastorate at Bedford Church in Brooklyn, then returned to Oberlin Graduate School of Theology in 1907 as professor of homiletics. In 1920, Hutchins became Berea’s fourth president, succeeding his former Greek professor, William G. Frost.
RG 3.05
Francis S. Hutchins, 1939-67
These are the official and personal papers of Berea’s fifth president, Francis S. Hutchins. Hutchins, a native of Northfield, MA was educated at Oberlin College (A.B. 1923) and Yale University (M.A. 1933). Having worked there as an undergraduate, Hutchins returned to China in 1925 as an instructor and later representative of the American trustees of the Yale-in-China Association’s educational mission (1925-39). In 1939, Francis Hutchins was elected by Berea’s trustees to succeed his father, William J. Hutchins.
RG 3.06
Willis D. Weatherford, 1967-84 (link opens pdf box list in separate window)
These are the official and personal papers of Berea’s sixth president, Willis D. Weatherford, Jr., consisting primarily of correspondence, reports, and subject files. Weatherford, a native of North Carolina, was the son of Willis D. Weatherford, Sr., a long-time trustee of Berea College. Educated at Vanderbilt (B.A. 1937), Yale (B.D. 1940) and Harvard (M.A. 1943, Ph.D. 1952), Willis Weatherford, Jr. was a teaching fellow at Harvard and the University of North Carolina. Weatherford taught economics at Swarthmore for seventeen years (1948-64) before becoming a dean at Carleton College (1965-67). Prior to and during his teaching career, Weatherford also held overseas assignments with the American Friends Service Committee, the Ford Foundation, and as a United Nations advisor in Europe, Africa, India and Malaya. Weatherford was inaugurated as Berea’s sixth president in 1967.
RG 3.07
John B. Stephenson, 1984-94
John B. Stephenson, a native of Staunton, Virginia, was elected Berea’s seventh president in 1984. Educated at William & Mary College and the University of North Carolina, Stephenson joined the faculty at the University of Kentucky in 1966. After serving as dean of undergraduate studies (1970-79), Stephenson became director of UK’s Appalachian Center, a post he held until he succeeded Willis D. Weatherford, Jr. at Berea. These records, which consist primarily of official correspondence, subject files, and reports, are not yet open for research.
RG 3.08
Larry D. Shinn, 1994 to the present
Larry D. Shinn succeeded John B. Stephenson as president of Berea College in 1994. Born in Alliance, OH, Shinn was educated at Baldwin-Wallace College, Drew Theological Seminary, and Princeton University. Shinn taught at Oberlin College before becoming dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Bucknell University. The records of the present administration are still active and are not available for research at this time.

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