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Olive Lee Burke autograph book

Olive Lee Burke autograph book, 1918-1930
Olive Lee Burke autograph book
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Autograph book, 1918-1922, of Olive Lee Burke (b. ca. 1907), signed by family members in Staunton, Virginia, and fellow students at Hartshorn Memorial College in Richmond, Virginia. The school, which eventually became part of Virginia Union University, was said to be the first African American women's college. Inscriptions are often in the form of poems, focusing on topics such as friendship, general life advice, and the desire to be remembered after school has ended. Many of the young women signing the book gave addresses, showing that students came from all around Virginia as well as Delaware, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Also included are miscellaneous enclosures, 1920-1930 and undated, consisting of a 1928 letter to Burke at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina; a Valentine's Day card; two handwritten copies of a poem or song entitled "Unity Forever;" a 1920 Acca Temple death announcement for Louis P. Ecker; and an envelope promoting a 1930 "calendar rally" at Augusta Street M. E. Church (town unspecified)
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Biographical or historical data
Olive Lee Burke was born about 1907, the daughter of Ashby and Belle Burke. The family's last name is sometimes recorded as Burkes. Olive attended Hartshorn Memorial College in Richmond, Virginia. She had returned to Staunton by the time of the 1930 census, living there with her grandmother, Margaret Burke(s), aunts Ella and Rosa, and four younger siblings, William, Helen, Carter, and Eugene.
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Olive Lee Burke autograph book
  • The Library of Virginia
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There are no access restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Richardson, Selden
Type of unit
  • v. (33 leaves and 8 p.)
  • leaves and
  • items.

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