Guide to the Seashore Summer School, Inc. Records, 1923-1928


Seashore Summer School, Inc. was a school for teachers affiliated with Trinity College and Duke University and located at Oriental, North Carolina. The records contain files of correspondence, financial records, reports, and printed materials documenting the school's operations.

Collection Details

Record Group
Seashore Summer School, Inc. records
Seashore Summer School, Inc. (Oriental, N.C.)
0.25 Linear Feet, approx. 250 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

The records which are in rough chronological order contain correspondence, telegrams, student rosters, financial records, reports, printed matter and other materials pertaining to the operations of the school. Subjects include curriculum planning, enrollment estimates, meetings of the Board, faculty selection and salaries, and the school's finances. The major correspondents are Taylor B. Attmore and Holland Holton.

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[Identification of item], Seashore Summer School, Inc. Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Seashore Summer School, Inc., 1923-1925
Box 1
Seashore Summer School, Inc., 1926
Box 1
Seashore Summer School, Inc., 1927
Box 1
Seashore Summer School, Inc., 1928
Box 1
Seashore Summer School, Inc., Certificate of Incorporation, 1924 February 5
Box 1
Seashore Summer School, Inc., printed matter, 1924-1927
Box 1
Seashore Summer School, Inc. financial records, 1924-1928
Box 1

Historical Note

The Seashore Summer School developed out of an experimental summer school for teacher training that was started in 1919 by Holland Holton of Trinity College's Department of Education. The school, located at Oriental, North Carolina, initially operated as a branch of the college's summer school; another branch of the college's summer session was located at Lake Junaluska, NC. Both braches became distinct corporations, the one in Oriental receiving its charter on February 5, 1924. William Preston Few, President of Trinity College was ex-officio the chairman of its board, and Taylor B. Attmore, Superintendent of Schools of Pamlico County, NC, its secretary, and later its director. As specified in the charter, it remained "affiliated with" Trinity and, later, Duke, and its offerings were included in the course catalogs of the college and university. The school offered courses in education, history, music, and social and physical sciences. Courses had to be approved by North Carolina's Superintendent of Public Instruction. Due probably to financial difficulties questions about its future began to come up late in 1927, and it appears to have ceased operations in 1928.

Related Material

  • Holland Holton Papers, 1859-1956 (Duke University Archives)
  • William Preston Few Records and Papers, 1814-1971 and undated (bulk 1911-1940) (Duke University Archives)
  • Summer Session records, 1918-1991 (Duke University Archives)

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The Seashore Summer School, Inc. Records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1977.

Processing Information

Processed by Thomas Harkins, August 2009

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, August 2009

Accession is described in this finding aid.