About this collection
Johnson C. Smith University was established on April 7, 1867 with Rev. Samuel C. Alexander as the director and Rev. Willis L. Miller as the associate director and field agent. The first school session began May 1, 1867 with an enrollment of five to ten students.
The history of Johnson C. Smith University contains correspondences, original letters regarding the establishment of the University, speeches, handouts, pamphlets, news articles and books outlining the founding of the University. The collection also covers the co-founders and their roles in the development of the University. The pictures are housed in the Photograph Collection.
- Inez Moore Parker’s 128-page book, The Biddle, Johnson C. Smith University Story, published in 1975.
- Correspondences about Biddle University
Founding of the History of Biddle handwritten document by S.C. Logan
- H.L. McCrorey article, A Brief of Johnson C. Smith University, which appeared in 1933 in the Quarterly Review of Higher Education Among Negroes.
- Manuscript, Biddle – The Capstone Charlotte, NC
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