September 18 2020   05:48:06am

A. O. & Dorothy Steele Collection

About this collection

Background
Dr. Algernon Odell Steele was a theological professor and administrator for over 32 years at JCSU and an ordained minister of the United Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Dorothy Fletcher Steele was an educator in the Charlotte area for many years and retired in 1972. She was one of the first African Americans to serve on the NC Textbook Commission and participated in the integration of schools in the Charlotte Mecklenburg system. The A. O. & Dorothy Steele Collection is replete with photographs, correspondence, monographs, personal notes, and other ephemera illustrating middle class African Americans in the Fletcher and Steele families from the late 1800’s until the mid-1990’s.

This collection encompasses Dr. Steele’s manuscripts, articles, sermons, inspirational writings, book reviews, and dissertation. This collection also house materials on Mrs. Dorothy Fletcher Steele, such as her genealogy research, teaching materials, articles, and a large quantity of early to present photographs. Correspondences, biographical information, personal letters and memorabilia are also a part of this collection.

Collection Highlights

Notes from Mrs. Dorothy Fletcher Steele’s talk on Black English
Dr. A.O. Steele’s dissertation submitted in 1942 to the University of Chicago (partial)
Photographs and ephemera from the life of Dr. and Mrs. A.O. Steele as a couple
Sermons delivered by Dr. Algernon Odell Steele

Popular Searches

Photographs and correspondence for Mrs. Dorothy Fletcher Steele
Photographs from Dorothy Fletcher Steele’s genealogy research (and more here)
Teaching certificates awarded to Mrs. Dorothy Fletcher Steele

Related Finding Aid(s)

Dr. A.O. Steele Collection [RG-23c]

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