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Guide to the Annville Institute Records, Part A, Series IV

Accession Number: 43
Annville Institute Records, 1900-1980
21 Microfilm Reels and 1155 Photographs
Online Catalog Record (BANC)

Part A - Selected Records
        Series I - Historical Sketches and Scrapbooks, 1916-78
        Series II - Operational and Vital Records, 1909-1979
        Series III - Alumni Files, ca.1910-1978
        Series IV - Publications, ca.1904-1978
        Series V - Student Records, 1911-1978
Part B - Selected Photographs
        Series I - General File, ca. 1910-ca. 1978
        Series II - History of Annville High School, ca. 1920-ca. 1940
        Series III - D.C. Nehorir Photographs, ca. 1930s
        Series IV - Lisa Overturff Photographs, ca. 1970-1979
        Series V - Alma Hacker Photographs, ca. 1920-ca. 1970
        Series VI - John E. and Mary Moore Photographs, ca. 1920-ca. 1940

Series IV Publications, ca. 1904-1978 Microfilm Reel 21, cont.

The publications files of the Annville Institute Collection consist of news publications generated at the school by the staff, student publications, and brochures and pamphlets generated primarily by the New York City offices of the Reformed Church. The publications are arranged in the order in which they are described in the following section; i.e., Staff publications are first in the series; student publications begin with the Annville Echo, 1930-1932; and Reformed Church of America Publications begin with the Year Book and Course Study of the Mckee Academy, 1911.

Initiated by the staff in 1966, Echoes from the Hills (extant editions 1966-1968, 1971-1978), was a news publication for the outside reader describing student / staff activities, new programs, the contribution of various volunteer work groups, and the visits of members of other RCA congregations. A special edition, published in June, 1978, describes the budget cutbacks which were to result in the closing of the school, asks for donations to help keep the school open, and includes personal testimonials of support from a cross section of the staff and administration.

Although there are some gaps in the record, the student publications span a good number of years (1930-1978). The majority of these are either school newspapers or memento / yearbooks put together by a graduating class. Also of note in this section of Series IV are some writings by the Class of 1924 which include a short story and a handwritten copy of the first student newspaper; and the Eclipse (1974-1975), a much later publication which was published on-campus by the journalism class and intended to become a county newspaper.

The brochures and pamphlets published by the Women's Board of Domestic Missions (later changed to the Board of Domestic Missions) are informational brochures regarding the work of the Jackson County missionaries, including but not limited to those at Annville Institute. As a whole, they are explanatory and promotional in nature: i.e., they try to explain and describe as well as win support for the missionary program in Jackson County. Not only the earlier but also some of the more recent brochures describe the missionaries' impressions of economic conditions, the educational system, the traditional culture and religious practices in Jackson County. A few worked towards articulating the role of the Annville Institute as an educator of Appalachian young people. Other brochures support such programs as the hospital at Gray Hawk, or the elementary schools and religious programs, which the RCA established or assisted. Some are brief histories of the county or vignettes of families in the area; some outline the history and philosophy of the Reformed Church.

Reel 21, cont.

  1. Newsletters, ca. 1942,1959, n.d.
  2. Echoes from the Hills, 1966-1978
  3. Staff Writings: "The Loom," Dorothy Brockman, n.d.
  4. Annville Echo, 1930-1932
  5. Annville Echoes, 1932-1934, 1941, 1943
  6. A Momento of 1936
  7. Echoes of Annville Institute, 1939
  8. Hi-Lights of 1940
  9. Memorabilia of 1942
  10. Annville Star, 1944
  11. The Annville Cardinal, 1945
  12. The Sawbriar, 1933 (yearbook)
  13. Sawbriar, 1946-1961 (1956-1959 missing)
  14. The Eclipse, 1974-1975
  15. The Annville Spirit, 1975-1977
  16. Student Writing:
    • Annville Life, Class of 1924
    • The Homecoming, J.H. Davidson, Class of 1924
    • Mirthquakes, Class of 1924
  17. Year Book and Course of Study of the Mckee Academy, 1911
  18. A Story of Remembrance, Dorothy Burt, ca. 1971
  19. RCA Publications, ca. 1904-1968, n.d.

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