A Guide to the Cleopatra White Armstrong Papers, 1923-1993 Armstrong, Cleopatra White papers, 1923-1993 1996-74

A Guide to the Cleopatra White Armstrong Papers, 1923-1993

A Collection in
Special Collections and Archives
Collection Number 1996-74


Johnston Memorial Library, Virginia State University

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Funding: Funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Processed by: Lucious Edwards Jr.

Special Collections and Archives, Johnston Memorial Library, Virginia State University
Collection number
Cleopatra White Armstrong Papers, 1923-1993

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Preferred Citation

Cleopatra White Armstrong Papers, 1923-1993, Accession #1996-74, Special Collections and Archives, Johnston Memorial Library, Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA.

Biographical/Historical Information

Cleopatra White Armstrong was a native of Ellewood, Kansas. She received her public school education in St. Joseph Missouri and earned her B.S. Degree in Home Economics from the University of Nebraska in 1926. Upon completing her undergraduate degree in 1926 Ms. White (later Mrs. Armstrong) joined the faculty of The Virginia Normal and Industrial Institute in Petersburg, Virginia as a member of the Domestic Arts Department. After joining the faculty Mrs. Armstrong began working toward a graduate degree, which she earned M.S Degree in Home Economics Education from Columbia University.

Mrs. Armstrong began her career at Virginia State University as an Instructor of Domestic Art. During her teaching career which spanned fifty-one years (1926-1971) she was professor of: foods, art, textiles and clothes.

Mrs. Armstrong was very active in the community and campus organizations. Some of her affiliation's were The American Home Economics Association, The Virginia Home Economics Association, Kappa Omicron Phiwhich is the National Home Economics Honor Society, The Petersburg, Colonial Heights and Prince George Teachers Association, The Virginia Teachers Association, The Tri City University Women, Petersburg Chapter of the NAACP, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc, and The Links Petersburg Chapter, Petersburg Chapter of Pinochle Bugs, The Holidays Inc, and the Sunday Night Supper Club. Mrs. Armstrong was the widow of Mr. Hughue M. Armstrong a Virginia State University Alumnus.

Scope and Content Information

Mostly printed material and some books showing some of Mrs. Armstrong's interests. Of special note is Mrs. Armstrong's scrapbook, which she maintained beginning in 1921. The scrapbook has several interesting items including a ticket to the Chesterfield County Colored Fair. The Cleopatra Armstrong papers reflect a life that helped so many in the field of Home Economics at Virginia state University and the many organizations that Mrs. Armstrong remained active in until her death in 1993.


Artifacts from Mrs. Cleopatra Armstrong's undergraduate years at the University of Nebraska and her graduate years at Columbia University and many social organization and memorabilia. Also included in this series are newsletters, articles and numerous awards given to Mrs. Armstrong.

Obituary, newspapers, yearbooks, scrap books, and memory books, from her high school days in St. Joseph Missouri, and her days serving on the faculty of Virginia State University. There are a small number of letters and postcards in the Memory Book.

Photographs of Virginia State University Home Economics Department, Fashion shows, Dinner Receptions, Virginia State University Homecoming Parade, Gandy Hall children and photo's of Mrs. Cleopatra White-Armstrong.

Contents List

  • Box-folder 1:1
    Awards 1923, 1993
  • Box-folder 2:2
    Newspaper clippings 1954, 1962
  • Box-folder 3:3
    Photographs 1962
  • Box-folder 3:4
    Photographs 1963
  • Box-folder 3:5
    Photographs 1964
  • Box-folder 3:6
    Photographs 1967
  • Box-folder 3:7
    Photographs 1968 (A)
  • Box-folder 3:8
    Photographs 1968 (B)
  • Box-folder 3:9
    Photographs 1969
  • Box-folder 3:10
    Photographs 1970
  • Box-folder 3:11
    Photographs 1971
  • Box-folder 3:12
    Photographs n.d.
  • Box-folder 3:13
    Photographs n.d.
  • Box-folder 3:14
    Photographs n.d.