A Guide to the Amaza Lee Meredith Papers, 1912, 1930-1938 Meredith, Amaza Lee papers, 1912, 1930-1938 1982-20

A Guide to the Amaza Lee Meredith Papers, 1912, 1930-1938

A Collection in
Special Collections and Archives
Collection Number 1982-20


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© 2002 By the Board of Visitors of Virginia State University.

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

Processed by: Risha L. Stebbins and Lucious Edwards, Jr.

Repository
Special Collections and Archives, Johnston Memorial Library, Virginia State University
Collection number
1982-20
Title
Amaza Lee Meredith Papers, 1912, 1930-1938
Physical Characteristics
This collection contains ca. 5,000 pieces.
Language
English
Abstract
The Amaza Lee Meredith papers contain personal and business documents generated by Ms. Meredith which reflect the activities of her lifetime. Included are materials related to her career at Virginia State University, her participation in the V.S.U. Alumni Association the official records of the Azurest North Syndicate, and personal correspondence with several prominent blueprints, line drawings, and sketches of Ms. Meredith's designs which demonstrates her pursuits in architecture.

Administrative Information

Access

The items in Box 29 are restricted; there are no other restrictions in this collection.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

Amaza Lee Meredith Papers, 1912, 1930-1930, Accession #1982-20, Special Collections Dept., Johnson Memorial Library, Virginia State University, Petersburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

These papers were given to the V.S.U. Archives/ Special Collections Department by decree of Ms. Meredith's Last Will and Testament.


Biographical/Historical Information

Amaza Lee Meredith was born in Lynchburg, Virginia on August 14,1895. She was the daughter of Emma P. Kenny (Meredith) and Samuel P. Meredith. She had two sisters and one brother; the eldest child , Maude, maintained a life-long closeness with Amaza. In 1915, Meredith completed here early schooling in Lynchburg, where she graduated at the top of her class.

Her First teaching job was at a rural ungraded school called Indian Rock, located in Botetourt County, Virginia. Here, Meredith organized the Indian Rock Parent- Teacher's Association, which worked in conjunction with the Negro Organization Society of Virginia to bring improvement to the local school system. In 1918, she returned to Lynchburg, where she taught elementary school. In 1922, she served as Valedictorian for her class at the Virginia Normal and Industrial Institute. This was followed by six years of teaching mathematics at Dunbar High School in Lynchburg.

Ms. Meredith enrolled in the Teacher's College of Columbia University, New York in 1928. It was there where she earned both her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Fine Arts Education.

Her career with Virginia State University began in 1930, though she took a leave of absence from 1934-35 to complete her Master's degree. In 1935, she advanced to the position of Department Char, where she remained until her retirement in 1958. Amaza Meredith established the schools of Fine Arts department.

Beyond her career at V. S. U., Meredith's life was also rich in contributions. Her artistic self spilled over into these other facets of her life. She exhibited her art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and in galleries in New York and North Carolina. Some works were acquired by groups, such as the Gillfield Baptist Church, where they are still displayed; many others hang in the homes of area residents.

She also developed interior decorating and design skills. In the field of business, she coordinated color schemes for campus buildings. To provide for new shelving units, she created blueprints, which proposed modifications in the art department layouts.

This remarkable person also pursued architectural interests. Though she had no known formal training, Amaza Meredith fully designed her own home - both inside and out, and im1939, it was built on Boisseau Street here in Ettrick. She named it "Azurest South." In the ensuing decades, Meredith laid out the blueprints for several homes, most notably in Sag Harbor, Long Island, New York.

In the 1950's Sag Harbor flourished as resort area for blacks. Amaza and her sister, Maude, worked together to buy, create, and develop the subdivision later called "Azurest North." They worked with others to establish the "Azurest Syndicate, Inc." Syndicate lots were sold to individual investors, who the built summer, or year-round cottages and this land. Ms. Meredith designed at least two of these residences: 1) Terry Cottage, summer home for her sister, Maude Terry: and 2) Edendot, belonging to friends Ed and Dot Spaulding.

Additionally, Meredith provided several sets of blueprints for the proposed V. S. U. Alumni House in 1949. Once these plans fell through, Amaza tried another approach: She willed her half of Azurest South to the V. S. U. Alumni Association in the hopes that the dream for which she had worked so long would become a reality. Joint ownership of Azurest South was held with Ms. Edna Colson, another retired faculty member of V. S. U. In 1985, the Alumni Association purchased the Colson's half of the house, and Azurest South is now the official V. S. U. Alumni House.

Meredith was generally active in the Alumni Association. She was an honorary member of the Gillfield Baptist Church. While she participated in several other organizations and committees, the extent of her involvement is not known.

In 1984, Amaza Lee Meredith died.

Scope and Content Information

The Amaza Lee Meredith Papers, 1912-1983, document a slice of Virginia's history in the twentieth century. This founder of the Fine Arts Department lived a life abundant in contributions well beyond her career at Virginia State University, while some materials relate directly to her work as a faculty member. Her devotion to education spanned over four decades; these papers reflect her efforts. Born in 1895, Meredith was raised in a period which some consider the lowest point in African-American history since the antebellum era. A product of such adversity, she adjusted to work and achieve during and after a time of legal segregation. This collection speaks to her successes in overcoming the "obstacles" of both race and gender.

Beginning in 1930, Meredith corresponded frequently with family, most notably, her sister, Maude Terry. These letters reveal the depth of love and loyalty the family cultivated and nurtured for lifetime. They demonstrate the difference in women's roles between the black and white interdependent relationship with men; black women have received greater support from their peers in the arena of independence. In this vein, Meredith's family gave her nothing short of a full endorsement for her outstanding achievements. It is likely that such contributed to her ability to surmount societal resistance.

Many of Meredith's peers were educators. Her papers include correspondence with Helen Edmonds, Anne Crittendon Preston, and Jean Murrell Capers (who later made her mark in politics). The remaining correspondence comes from people of varied backgrounds, also as viable research material.

Another group of personal correspondence related to Stafford Evans, a prized students of Ms. Meredith. While there is some continuation of correspondence into the 1980s, most of these letters were written while Evans served in the navy from 1943-45. Included are copies of The Mananan, a WWII Black sailors' March and December of 1945. This sub-series lends expression to the ambiguity, which black soldiers felt while in fighting for a democracy to which they themselves were not privy.

Meredith's business records document the origins of the Azurest Syndicate in 1953. Ms. Meredith worked with her sister, Ms. Terry, to pioneer the development of a Black summer resort area known as the Azurest North. The Syndicate served to regulate the subdivision's lot sales. The unique aspect of this venture are numerous: the development of a black resort in this time period, the syndicate, and the project's creation and development by two Black women - whose careers were unrelated to such a field.

It appears that, from the 1950's through the 1970's some homes in Azurest North were designed by Ms. Meredith. Though she had no known formal architectural schooling, she created countless line and ink drawings as well as blueprints, which are also included in this collection. Several of these projects succeeded in being built. For many more, the end result is as yet undetermined.

Unquestionably, Meredith designed and built her own home, known as Azurest South, which she truly reflects her artistic gift. Blueprints, line drawings, and sketches of this home are available for research.

Found in another series are the plans for the proposed V. S. U. Alumni House. Beginning in 1949 and working through the next decade, Meredith was active with the Alumni House Committee in attempts to produce an Alumni House. She retained general Alumni records from as early as 1936 and ending in 1969.

Lastly, she created more than a dozen scrapbooks, devoting each to a different subject and/or person. They contain documents, photos, letters, news clippings, and ephemera, which combine to form a rich source of research on their topics. The materials cut across all the other sub-series in these collections.

Amaza Meredith maintained a life-long friendship with Edna Colson, former head of the Education Department at V. S. U. They also shared a residence and had mutual friends. Clearly, in order to research either person in- depth, it will be necessary to study the other. Some further correspondence exists in Colson/Hill the sub-series of MS. Colson's personal correspondence dating from 1905-79. This includes information of the trip to Europe made by Colson and Meredith. Some materials, however are restricted (Box 29).

Organization

Series I. BIOGRAPHICAL DATA (Container 1)


Series II. CORRESPONDENCE & REPORTS (Containers 1-9)

A. Family [1. By Date / 2. By Name]
B. Personal [1. By Name / 2. By Date]
C. Business [1. Azurest Syndicate / 2. U. S. Patent Office]


Series III. WORK- V.S.U. (Container 9)


Series IV. ALUMNI (Containers 10-12)

A. General
B. House Committee

Series V. ORGANIZATIONAL AFFILIATIONS (Container 12)

A. Dunbar High School Class Reunion
B. Gillfield Baptist Church
C. The Virginia Federation of Colored Women's Club

Series VI. SCRAPBOOKS (Containers 13-15, loose books)


Series VII. PHOTOGRAPHS (Container 16)


Series VIII PRINTED MATERIAL (Container 17)


Series IX. ARCHITECTURAL DRAWINGS (Containers 18-20)

A. Furniture
B. Line Drawings
C. Blueprints

Contents List

BIOGRAPHICAL DATA
  • Box-folder 1:1
    Biographical Data
  • Box-folder 1:1a
    Obituaries
CORRESPONDENCE & REPORTS
  • A. Family
    • Box-folder 1:2
      Correspondence: Meredith-Family 1930-1935
    • Box-folder 1:3
      Correspondence: Meredith-Family 1936
    • Box-folder 1:
      Correspondence: Meredith-Family
    • Box-folder 1:4
      Correspondence: Meredith-Family 1937
    • Box-folder 1:5
      Correspondence: Meredith-Family 1938 (Jan-Mar)
    • Box-folder 1:6
      Correspondence: Meredith-Family 1938 (April-June)
    • Box-folder 1:7
      Correspondence: Meredith-Family 1939-1942
    • Box-folder 1:8
      Correspondence: Meredith-Family 1943 (Jan-June)
    • Box-folder 1:9
      Correspondence: Meredith-Family 1943 (July-Dec)
    • Box-folder 1:10
      Correspondence: Meredith-Family 1944
    • Box-folder 1:11
      Correspondence: Meredith-Family 1945-1948
    • Box-folder 1:12
      Correspondence: Meredith-Family 1949-1950
    • Box-folder 1:13
      Correspondence: Meredith-Family 1951-1952
  • B. Personal
    • Box-folder 2:14
      Correspondence: Meredith-Family 1953-54
    • Box-folder 2:15
      Correspondence: Meredith-Family 1955-56
    • Box-folder 2:16
      Correspondence: Meredith-Family 1957-60
    • Box-folder 2:17
      Correspondence: Meredith-Family 1961
    • Box-folder 2:18
      Correspondence: Meredith-Family 1962
    • Box-folder 2:19
      Correspondence: Meredith-Family 1971-82
    • Box-folder 2:20
      Correspondence: Meredith-Family n.d.
    • Box-folder 2:20a
      Correspondence: Meredith-Family 1967
    • Box-folder 2:20b
      Correspondence: Meredith-Family 1942
    • Box-folder 2:21
      Correspondence: Meredith-Family n.d.
    • Box-folder 2:21a
      Bills & Receipts n.d.
    • Box-folder 2:22
      Correspondence: Meredith/Jean Murrell Capers 1953
    • Box-folder 2:23
      Correspondence: Meredith/Jean Murrell Capers 1954-55
    • Box-folder 2:24
      Correspondence: Meredith/Jean Murrell Capers 1957-59, 1961-62
    • Box-folder 2:25
      Correspondence: Meredith/Jean Murrell Capers 1967-69, 1971, 1974, 1976-77
    • Box-folder 2:26
      Correspondence: Meredith/Jean Murrell Capers n.d.
    • Box-folder 3:26a
      Correspondence: Meredith/Helen Cornele Cuyjet 1942-45
    • Box-folder 2:26b
      Correspondence: Meredith/Helen Cornele Cuyjet 1946-52
    • Box-folder 3:26c
      Correspondence: Meredith/Helen Cornele Cuyjet 1953,1982
    • Box-folder 3:26d
      Correspondence: Meredith/Helen Cornele Cuyjet n.d.
    • Box-folder 3:27
      Correspondence: Meredith/Helen Edmonds 1951
    • Box-folder 3:28
      Correspondence: Meredith/Helen Edmonds 1952
    • Box-folder 3:29
      Correspondence: Meredith/Helen Edmonds 1953(January-June)
    • Box-folder 3:30
      Correspondence: Meredith/Helen Edmonds 1953 (July-Dec)
    • Box-folder 3:31
      Correspondence: Meredith/Helen Edmonds 1954(January-September)
    • Box-folder 3:32
      Correspondence: Meredith/Helen Edmonds 1954(October-December)
    • Box-folder 3:33
      Correspondence: Meredith/Helen Edmonds 1956-57
    • Box-folder 3:34
      Correspondence: Meredith/Helen Edmonds 1958-59
    • Box-folder 3:35
      Correspondence: Meredith/Helen Edmonds 1960-61
    • Box-folder 3:36
      Correspondence: Meredith/Helen Edmonds 1962, 1971, 1976, 1981
    • Box-folder 3:37
      Correspondence: Meredith/Helen Edmonds n.d.
    • Box-folder 4:38
      Correspondence: Meredith/Stafford Ward Evans 1943 (June- September)
    • Box-folder 4:39
      Correspondence: Meredith/Stafford Ward Evans 1943 (October- December)
    • Box-folder 4:40
      Correspondence: Meredith/Stafford Ward Evans 1944(January- June)
    • Box-folder 4:41
      Correspondence: Meredith/Stafford Ward Evans 1944 (July- August)
    • Box-folder 4:42
      Correspondence: Meredith/Stafford Ward Evans 1944( September- December)
    • Box-folder 4:43
      Correspondence: Meredith/Stafford Ward Evans 1945 ( January- April)
    • Box-folder 4:44
      Correspondence: Meredith/Stafford Ward Evans 1945 ( May- July)
    • Box-folder 4:45
      Correspondence: Meredith/Stafford Ward Evans 1945 ( August- September)
    • Box-folder 4:46
      Correspondence: Meredith/Stafford Ward Evans 1945 ( October)
    • Box-folder 4:47
      Correspondence: Meredith/Stafford Ward Evans 1945 ( November- December)
    • Box-folder 4:48
      Correspondence: Meredith/Stafford Ward Evans 1946
    • Box-folder 4:49
      Correspondence: Meredith/Stafford Ward Evans 1980-81
    • Box-folder 4:
      Correspondence: Meredith/U.S. Navy n.d.
    • Box-folder 5:51
      Correspondence: The ManananMarch 3- June 17, 1945
    • Box-folder 5:52
      Correspondence: The ManananJuly 4- December 13, 1945
    • Box-folder 5:53
      Correspondence: Meredith/Florida Naomi Oettigrew 1977-78
    • Box-folder 5:53a
      Correspondence: Meredith/Mitchell 1951
    • Box-folder 5:54
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1930
    • Box-folder 5:55
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1931
    • Box-folder 5:56
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1932
    • Box-folder 5:57
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1933
    • Box-folder 5:58
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1934
    • Box-folder 5:59
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1935
    • Box-folder 5:60
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1936 (January- June)
    • Box-folder 5:61
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1936 (July - December)
    • Box-folder 6:62
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1937
    • Box-folder 6:63
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1938
    • Box-folder 6:64
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1939
    • Box-folder 6:65
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1941
    • Box-folder 6:66
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1942
    • Box-folder 6:67
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1943 (January - September)
    • Box-folder 6:68
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1943 (October - December)
    • Box-folder 6:69
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1944
    • Box-folder 6:70
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1945
    • Box-folder 6:71
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1946
    • Box-folder 6:72
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1947
    • Box-folder 6:73
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1948
    • Box-folder 6:74
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1949
    • Box-folder 6:75
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1950
    • Box-folder 6:76
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1951 (January - September)
    • Box-folder 6:77
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1952 (January - June)
    • Box-folder 6:78
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1952 (July - December)
    • Box-folder 6:79
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1953
    • Box-folder 6:80
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1954
    • Box-folder 6:81
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1955
    • Box-folder 6:82
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1956 (January - June)
    • Box-folder 7:84
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1957
    • Box-folder 7:84a
      Study Tour n.d.
    • Box-folder 7:84b
      Study Abroad Tour n.d.
    • Box-folder 7:85
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1958
    • Box-folder 7:86
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1959
    • Box-folder 7:87
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1960
    • Box-folder 7:88
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1961
    • Box-folder 7:89
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1962
    • Box-folder 7:90
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1963-66
    • Box-folder 7:91
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1967-70
    • Box-folder 7:92
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1971-73
    • Box-folder 7:93
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1975-76
    • Box-folder 7:94
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1977
    • Box-folder 7:95
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1979 (January - August)
    • Box-folder 7:96
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1979 (September - December)
    • Box-folder 8:97
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1980 (January - March)
    • Box-folder 8:98
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1980 (April- August)
    • Box-folder 8:99
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1980 (August - November)
    • Box-folder 8:100
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1980 (December)
    • Box-folder 8:101
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1981 (January - June)
    • Box-folder 8:102
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1981 (June- December)
    • Box-folder 8:103
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1982
    • Box-folder 8:104
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal 1983
    • Box-folder 8:105
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal n.d.
    • Box-folder 8:106
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal n.d.
    • Box-folder 8:107
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal n.d.
    • Box-folder 8:108
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal n.d.
    • Box-folder 8:109
      Correspondence: Meredith -- Personal n.d.
    • Box-folder 8:109a
      Political n.d.
    • Box-folder 9:
  • D. Business
    • Box-folder 9:109b
      Azurest North Plat Map 1947 & 1948
    • Box-folder 9:110
      Azurest Syndicate, Inc. Correspondence 1953
    • Box-folder 9:111
      111 Azurest Syndicate, Inc. Annual Meetings (Minutes) n.d.
    • Box-folder 9:112
      112 Azurest Syndicate, Inc. Reports n.d
    • Box-folder 9:113
      113 Azurest Syndicate, Inc. Bank Statements n.d.
    • Box-folder 9:113a
      Account- Meredith and Terry Azurest North n.d.
    • Box-folder 9:113b
      E. L. Parker Correspondence 1975
    • Box-folder 9:113c
      E. L. Parker - House Plains Azurest North n.d.
    • Box-folder 9:114
      Azurest Syndicate, Inc. Inventories n.d.
    • Box-folder 9:115
      U. S. Patent Office Golf Valet n.d.
SERIES III: WORKS-V.S.U.
  • Box-folder 9:116
    Virginia State University Correspondence n.d.
  • Box-folder 9:117
    Virginia State University Art Department Lesson Plans, Reports n.d.
  • Box-folder 9:118
    Virginia State University Art Department n.d.
  • Box-folder 9:119
    Virginia State University Black Man in American Music n.d.
  • Box-folder 9:120
    Virginia State University Centennial Commission n.d.
  • Box-folder 9:121
    Virginia State University "Co-op" n.d.
  • Box-folder 9:122
    Virginia State University Federal Credit Union 1958-60
  • Box-folder 9:123
    Virginia State University President's Address 1969
  • Box-folder 9:124
    Virginia State University Professional 11-2-1934, 6-5-1958
  • Box-folder 9:125
    Virginia State University Professional 03-24-1960,12-15-1976
  • Box-folder 9:126
    126 Virginia State University Professional 01-03-1977,03-07-1979
  • Box-folder 9:127
    Virginia State University Student Movement 1968,1971
SERIES IV: ALUMNI
  • A. General
    • Box-folder 10:128
      Correspondence- Alumni- Constitution n.d.
    • Box-folder 10:129
      Correspondence - Alumni- Annual Report 1969
    • Box-folder 10:130
      Correspondence - Alumni Annual Meeting Minutes 6-1-1968
    • Box-folder 10:131
      Correspondence - Alumni-Executive Committee 1948-57, 1959-61
    • Box-folder 10:132
      Correspondence -Alumni-Treasury Reports 1936-f.y. Ending 1954
    • Box-folder 10:133
    • Box-folder 10:134
      Correspondence- Alumni- Treasury Reports 1955-56,1957-61,1971
    • Box-folder 10:135
      Correspondence- Alumni- Receipts 1951,1958,1960-61
    • Box-folder 10:136
      Correspondence- Alumni - Correspondence 1938, 1943, 1946, 1948
    • Box-folder 10:137
      Correspondence - Alumni - Correspondence 1951-53
    • Box-folder 10:138
      Correspondence - Alumni - Correspondence 1956-57, 1959
    • Box-folder 10:139
      Correspondence- Alumni- Correspondence 1960-61, 1968, n.d.
    • Box-folder 10:140
      Correspondence- Alumni - Fine Arts Graduates 1937-60
    • Box-folder 11:142
      Alumni Forms, Individual File Sheets Lists of Graduates n.d.
    • Box-folder 11:143
      Alumni Names: Alumni Others n.d.
    • Box-folder 11:144
      Alumni Notes 1957-59
    • Box-folder 11:145
      Alumni Letters, Notes (Originals) 1945, 1949, 1959(May- Oct)
    • Box-folder 11:146
      Alumni Letters, Notes (Originals) 1959 (Nov-Dec) 1960
    • Box-folder 11:147
      Alumni Letters, Notes (Originals) n.d.
    • Box-folder 11:148
      Alumni Scholarships (VSU) ca. 1951-53
    • Box-folder 11:149
      Alumni - Songs n.d.
    • Box-folder 11:150
      Alumni Sub Committee: Dr Nicholas 1960
    • Box-folder 11:151
      Alumni Sub Committee: Ovcerton- Johnson 1960
    • Box-folder 11:152
      Alumni Summit/Sub-Committee 1950, 1953, 1959
    • Box-folder 11:153
      Alumni Summit: Sub- Committee 1960, 1962, n.d.
    • Box-folder 11:154
      Alumni Testimonial n.d.
    • Box-folder 11:155
      Alumni-Printed Newsletters 1949-56
    • Box-folder 11:156
      Alumni- Printed Newsletters 1957-63
    • Box-folder 12:157
      Alumni - Printed Statesman May 1960
    • Box-folder 12:158
      Alumni- Printed Brochures n.d.
    • Box-folder 12:159
      Alumni- Printed Bulletins, Ephemera n.d.
    • Box-folder 12:
  • B. House Committee
    • Box-folder 12:160
      Alumni- Printed Minutes (HC) 1959-60
    • Box-folder 12:161
      Alumni-Printed Original House Fund 1959
    • Box-folder 12:162
      Alumni-Printed Alumni House Fund Committee Organizational Material 1959
    • Box-folder 12:163
      Alumni- Printed Alumni House Fund Committee Organization Material 1960 & n.d.
    • Box-folder 12:164
      Alumni-Printed Fund Committee 1949-50
    • Box-folder 12:165
      Alumni-Printed Documents (Alumni House Fundraising) 1949-51, 1953-55, 1959
    • Box-folder 12:166
      Alumni- Printed V. S. U. - Alumni House n.d.
    • Box-folder 12:167
      Alumni-Printed House Plans '-Alumni n.d.
SERIES V: ORGANIZATIONAL AFFILIATIONS
  • A. Dunbar High School Class Reunion
    • Box-folder 12:168
      Meredith- Printed Personal Dunbar High School Class Reunion n.d.
    • Box-folder 12:169
      Meredith-Printed Personal Dunbar High School Class Reunion n.d.
  • B. Gillfield Baptist Church
    • Box-folder 12:170
      Meredith - Printed Personal Gillfield File n.d.
    • Box-folder 12:171
      Meredith - Printed Personal Art Exhibit-Sale Gillfield Baptist Church n.d.
  • C. Virginia Federation of Colored Women's Clubs
    • Box-folder 12:172
      Meredith-Printed Personal Virginia Federation of Colored Women's Clubs n.d.
SERIES VI. SCRAPBOOKS
  • Box-folder 13:173
    Scrapbook - Family Photographs n.d.
  • Box-folder 13:174
    Scrapbook n.d.
  • Box-folder 13:175
    Scrapbook- Family News Clippings n.d.
  • Box-folder 13:176
    Scrapbook- Family Coat of arms n.d.
  • Box-folder 13:177
    Scrapbook- Family Photographs n.d.
  • Box-folder 13:178
    Scrapbook- Family-Photographs n.d.
  • Box-folder 13:179
    Scrapbook- Photographs n.d.
  • Box-folder 13:180
    Scrapbook- Residence Photographs n.d.
  • Box-folder 13:181
    Scrapbook- Family n.d.
  • Box-folder 13:182
    Scrapbook - Photographs n.d.
  • Box-folder 13:183
    Scrapbook - Photographs n.d.
  • Box-folder 13:184
    Scrapbook - Personal Photographs n.d.
  • Box-folder 13:185
    Scrapbook - Personal Photographs n.d.
  • Box-folder 13:186
    Scrapbook - Personal Photographs n.d.
  • Box-folder 13:187
    Scrapbook - Personal Photographs n.d.
  • Box-folder 13:188
    Scrapbook - Photographs n.d.
  • Box-folder 13:189
    Scrapbook - Family Photographs n.d.
  • Box-folder 13:190
    Scrapbook - Family Photographs n.d.
  • Box-folder 13:191
    Scrapbook - Family Photographs n.d.
  • Box-folder 13:192
    Scrapbook - Family Photograph n.d.
  • Box-folder 13:193
    Scrapbook - Family Photographs n.d.
  • Box-folder 13:194
    Scrapbook - Family Photographs n.d.
  • Box-folder 13:195
    Scrapbook - Family Photographs n.d.
  • Box-folder 13:196
    Scrapbook - Photographs n.d.
  • Box-folder 14:197
    Scrapbook-Personal Photographs n.d.
  • Box-folder 14:198
    Scrapbook - Personal Photographs n.d.
  • Box-folder 14:199
    Scrapbook - Family Photographs n.d.
  • Box-folder 14:200
    Scrapbook - Family Photographs n.d.
  • Box-folder 14:201
    Scrapbook - Photographs n.d.
  • Box-folder 14:202
    Scrapbook - Family Photographs n.d.
  • Box-folder 14:203
    Scrapbook - Family Photographs n.d.
  • Box-folder 14:204
    Scrapbook - Photographs n.d.
  • Box-folder 14:205
    Scrapbook - Photographs n.d.
  • Box-folder 14:206
    Scrapbook - Photographs n.d.
  • Box-folder 14:207
    Scrapbook - Photographs n.d.
  • Box-folder 14:208
    Scrapbook - Photographs n.d.
  • Box-folder 14:209
    Scrapbook - Photographs n.d.
  • Box-folder 14:210
    Scrapbook - Photographs n.d.
  • Box-folder 14:211
    Scrapbook - Personal Photographs n.d.
  • Box-folder 14:212
    Scrapbook - Personal Photographs n.d.
  • Box-folder 14:213
    Scrapbook - Personal Photographs n.d.
  • Box-folder 14:214
    Scrapbook - Personal Photographs n.d.
  • Box-folder 14:215
    Scrapbook - Family Photographs n.d.
  • Box-folder 14:216
    Scrapbook - Family Photographs n.d.
  • Box-folder 14:217
    Scrapbook n.d.
  • Box-folder 14:218
    Scrapbook n.d.
  • Box-folder 14:219
    Scrapbook - Personal Photographs n.d.
  • Box-folder 14:220
    Scrapbook - Kersey Speech n.d.
  • Box-folder 14:221
    Scrapbook - NAACP Membership Certificate n.d.
  • Box-folder 14:222
    Scrapbook- Richards n.d.
  • Box-folder 14:223
    Scrapbook - Meredith (Personal) n.d.
  • Box-folder 14:224
    Scrapbook- Scrapbook - Report on Unrest at Kent State by Iris Richards n.d.
  • Box-folder 14:225
    Scrapbook - Meredith Historiography 1915 & A. S. 1940
  • Box 15
    Scrapbook entitled "Photograph"
    7.5 x 11.5 inches

    This is a collection of cards and programs. Included in this scrapbook is one of several telegrams.

  • Box 15
    Untitled scrapbook n.d.
    6.5 x 10 inches

    This is a photographic record of Azurest South during its construction and as the home shared by Amaza Meredith and Edna Colson.

  • Box 15
    Scrapbook #1: Untitled n.d.
    12.5 x 10 inches

    Correspondence, number of letters concerning Amamza Meredith teaching career in Lynchburg, and her being recruited to come to Virginia State by John M. Gandy. The other letters are mainly from friends concerning a variety of subjects. Included in the scrapbook is numerous of news-clippings, programs, tickets and other items collected by her long life.

  • Box 15
    Scrapbook #2: Art n.d.
    10.5 x 11.5 inches

    Some correspondence, most of the materials consist of several programs, which were designed by Miss Meredith. Included in this book are also a number of speeches most concerning the teaching of or about art.

  • Box 15
    Scrapbook #3: Photographs n.d.
    11 x 12 inches

    A collection of photographs covering a wide area.

  • Box 15
    Scrapbook #4: Poems n.d.
    10 x 11.5 inches

    This scrapbook includes a number of poems and letters written by Amaza Lee Meredith. The Evening song and Alma Mater of Virginia State is embodied in this scrapbook. Other letters and poems written or given to Miss Meredith can also be found. There are newspaper-clippings of poems written by Miss Amaza and also others that she collected.

  • Box 15
    Scrapbook #5: My Children n.d.
    10.5 x 11.5 inches

    Correspondence, photo's and newspaper-clippings from some of her former students. Included in this scrapbook are: James Gault Chander Flymn, Roderick Taylor, Freddrick F. Kersy, Reyenea Perry, Mildred Fountain, Huedillard Fitzgerald. Stanford Evens and others. There is addition some material about Lynchberg Virginia.

  • Box 15
    Scrapbook # 6: A L 1895-19 -
    11.5 x 11 inches

    Some correspondence, news-clipping, programs most of which document the establishment of the Meredith Art at Virginia State in 1972 Gallery.

  • Box 15
    Scrapbook #7: "Miss Anne" n.d.
    9.5 x 11.5

    This scrapbook contains some correspondence, programs and printed articles about Anne Spencer of Lynchburg. Mrs. Spencer was a poet of the Harlem Renaissance Period. One of Miss Meredith sisters was married to Miss Spencer sons.

  • Box 15
    Scrapbook #8: Letters 1941-1976

    A Scrapbook of letters from a wide group of people dating from 1941 through 1976.

  • Box 15
    Scrapbook #9: Dr. I and Fred III 1980-1982

    Some correspondence photographs and cards of sympathy about the death of Iris Terry Richards. Dr. Richards was Miss Meredith niece.

  • Box 15
    Scrapbook #10: Untitled n.d.
    10.5 x 11.5 inches

    News-clippings, newsletters and other material mostly about Art.

  • Box 15
    Scrapbook #11: Honors n.d.
    10 x 11.5 inches

    A combination of items includes Miss Meredith's High School grades and diploma. There are letters of recognition and certificates.

  • Box 15
    Scrapbook #12: Cards n.d.
    10.5 x 11.5 inches

    Most of the material document Miss Meredith involvement with the Gillfield Baptist Church in Petersburg, Va.

  • Box 15
    Scrapbook # 13: Amaza Lee Meredith September 1, 1958

    This scrapbook document Miss Meredith retirement from Virginia State University in 1958. There are cards, programs, letters and photographs.

SERIES VII. PHOTOS -- LOOSE
  • Box-folder 16:226
    Aunt Bea, Miss Meredith 1980's
  • Box-folder 16:227
    Eleanor (4 years) & Phalix (2 years) 1926
  • Box-folder 16:228
    Angie Nicholas 1930
  • Box-folder 16:229
    Chaucey Spencer 1939
  • Box-folder 16:230
    Stafford Evans 1940's
  • Box-folder 16:231
    Mary Moore 1942
  • Box-folder 16:
  • Box-folder 16:232
    Stafford Evans 1943
  • Box-folder 16:233
    Wayne 1960
  • Box-folder 16:234
    Wm. Earl Brooks 6-6-61
  • Box-folder 16:235
    Wayne, Mike 1961
  • Box-folder 16:236
    Wayne 1961 or 1962
  • Box-folder 16:237
    Mike 1962
  • Box-folder 16:238
    Hattie Pearl Hilliard 1-25-64
  • Box-folder 16:239
    Hattie Pearl in Huston 12/1964
  • Box-folder 16:240
    Betty Blackburn 5/1965
  • Box-folder 16:241
    Mr. & Mrs. Thadeus Boardman 11/13/65
  • Box-folder 16:242
    Hitomi Young 1967
  • Box-folder 16:243
    Hitomi and Warren Matthews 9/12/70
  • Box-folder 16:244
    Hattie Pearl, others 1970's
  • Box-folder 16:245
    Mike 1971
  • Box-folder 16:246
    Wayne 1971
  • Box-folder 16:247
    Wayne 1972
  • Box-folder 16:248
    Wayne 1972
  • Box-folder 16:249
    1972 Wayne
  • Box-folder 16:250
    Wayne 1972
  • Box-folder 16:251
    Dr. Colson, Miss Meredith 1973
  • Box-folder 16:252
    Andre Wadlington 3/74
  • Box-folder 16:253
    Orlando Dodson 1974
  • Box-folder 16:254
    Randy Stevens 3/1/75
  • Box-folder 16:255
    Wayne A. Stevens 3/3/75
  • Box-folder 16:256
    Melanie Hillard, Andrea Waddlington, Teri Dawn 12/28/75
  • Box-folder 16:257
    Dr. E. Colson, Nurse Gracie Pollard 8/8/78
  • Box-folder 16:258
    Dr. Colson 8/8/78
  • Box-folder 16:259
    Maisha 1979 (1 yr. Old)
  • Box-folder 16:260
    Brenda Richards, Evelyn, Hempstead, N.Y. 5/29/80
  • Box-folder 16:261
    Miss Amaza Meredith, Brenda Richards, Hempstead, N.Y. 5/29/80
  • Box-folder 16:262
    Miss Meredith, S. Evan's daughter, Azurest South 8/12/80
  • Box-folder 16:263
    Miss Meredith, S. Evans daughter, Azurest South 8/12/80
  • Box-folder 16:264
    Miss Meredith 7/81
  • Box-folder 16:265
    Myra Ball, Wilfred Ball n.d.
  • Box-folder 16:266
    Cornelia Brent n.d.
  • Box-folder 16:267
    James Brent Jr. n.d.
  • Box-folder 16:268
    Shirley, Clearence, Michele, Clearnecne IV, Jennifer n.d.
  • Box-folder 16:269
    The Dabneys n.d.
  • Box-folder 16:270
    Stafford Evans during WWII n.d.
  • Box-folder 16:271
    Stafford Evans n.d.
  • Box-folder 16:272
    Shirley Goode n.d.
  • Box-folder 16:273
    Meredith (Landscape) n.d.
  • Box-folder 16:274
    Miss Meredith n.d.
  • Box-folder 16:275
    Gayle Minnis n.d.
  • Box-folder 16:276
    Angelita Nicholas, Lestrita Nicholas n.d.
  • Box-folder 16:277
    Lestria Nicholas, Angelitca Nicholas n.d.
  • Box-folder 16:278
    Lestria Nicholas, Angelita Nicholas n.d.
  • Box-folder 16:279
    John Scott n.d.
  • Box-folder 16:280
    Wayne Stevens n.d.
  • Box-folder 16:281
    The Walter Pidely Family Christmas n.d.
  • Box-folder 16:282
    The Pidelys n.d.
  • Box-folder 16:283
    Elton Willis (6 yr. old) n.d.
  • Box-folder 16:284
    Grace Willis n.d.
  • Box-folder 16:285
    Ann Critendon, Preston Prairie View Texas 1965
  • Box-folder 16:286
    Ann Critendon Preston, Prairie View Texas- Photos from Anne and Dot n.d.
  • Box-folder 16:287
    Ann Critendon Preston, Prairie View Texas- Andot n.d.
  • Box-folder 16:288
    Ann Critendon Preston, Prairie View Texas- Dog named Sherrie and Flower n.d.
  • Box-folder 16:289
    Ann Critendon Preston, Prairie View Texas 1965
  • Box-folder 16:290
    Ann Critendon Preston, Prairie View Texas 1965
  • Box-folder 16:291
    Ann Critendon Preston, Prairie View Texas - ducks 1965
  • Box-folder 16:292
    Ann Critendon Preston, Prairie View Texas 1965
  • Box-folder 16:293
    Ann Critendon Preston Prairie View Texas- Andot 8/16/57
  • Box-folder 16:294
    Azurest South 6-2-26-28
  • Box-folder 16:295
    Azurest South n.d.
  • Box-folder 16:296
    Azurest South n.d.
  • Box-folder 16:297
    Azurest South Dining Room n.d.
  • Box-folder 16:298
    Azurest South- Snow Winter -Furniture n.d.
  • Box-folder 16:299
    Azurest South, Dr. Colson, Miss Meredith, Nurse Pollard 7/78
  • Box-folder 16:300
    Azurest South 1980
  • Box-folder 16:301
    Azurest South 1980
  • Box-folder 16:302
    Azurest South- Flowers n.d.
  • Box-folder 16:303
    Azurest South- Flowers Landscape n.d.
  • Box-folder 16:304
    Azurest n.d.
  • Box-folder 16:305
    Azurest South n.d.
  • Box-folder 16:306
    Azurest North n.d.
  • Box-folder 16:307
    Ann Spencer- Lynchburg,Va. Spencer Home n.d.
  • Box-folder 16:308
    Ann Spencer- Lynchburg, Va., Spencer Home n.d.
  • Box-folder 16:309
    Home - Lynchburg n.d.
  • Box-folder 16:310
    Anne Spencer Home n.d.
  • Box-folder 16:311
    Unidentified 1955
  • Box-folder 16:312
    Unidentified n.d.
  • Box-folder 16:313
    Unidentified n.d.
  • Box-folder 16:314
    Unidentified n.d.
  • Box-folder 16:315
    Unidentified n.d.
  • Box-folder 16:316
    Unidentified n.d.
  • Box-folder 16:317
    Unidentified n.d.
  • Box-folder 16:318
    Unidentified n.d.
SERIES VIII. PRINTED
Box: 17
SERIES IX. BLUE PRINTS, LINE DRAWINGS
Box: 18
SERIES X. OVERSIZED
Box: 18