Inventory of the Eula Mae Massey Collection, 1921 - 1924 Mss.Coll.002

Inventory of the Eula Mae Massey Collection, 1921 - 1924
Mss.Coll.002


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Belk Library Archives and Special Collections
Elon University
2550 Campus Box
Elon, North Carolina
27244
336-278-6599
Email: belkarchives@elon.edu
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Descriptive Summary

Repository: Elon University. Belk Library Archives and Special Collections
Creator: Eula Mae Massey
Title: Eula Mae Massey Collection, 1921 - 1924
Language of Material: Material in English
Location: The collection is located in Belk Library Archives Satellite Shelving at Elon University. Please contact the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian for further details about the location.
Abstract: This collection consists primarily of letters written to Eula Mae Massey during the 1920s. Some of the letters reflect her time spent at Elon College as a student, as well as romantic relationships she had with various individuals. There is a small amount of printed material reflecting her time at Elon as music major. There is not a significant amount of information within this collection that offers biographical information of Eula Mae Massey.
Extent: 0.5 linear feet, 1 archival box

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.


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Copyright Notice

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Eula Mae Massey Collection, Belk Library Archives and Special Collections, Elon University, Elon, NC, USA.


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Gift or Purchase Note

Gift. Please refer to the Correspondence Legal file for more information.


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Accession Information

#2005.02.1


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Processing Information

Processed by Katie Nash, October, 2005

Encoded by Katie Nash, December, 2008


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Biographical Note

This collection contains letters written to Eula Mae Massey from a variety of people. There is little to no information pertaining to the biography of Eula Mae Massey and the individuals who wrote to her frequently. However, other sources have been consulted in order to provide some biographical information about Eula Mae Massey, as well as the individuals who wrote to her.

The names that are frequently mentioned throughout this collection include: Joe C. Story, Luther Story [(Luke) (Joe C. Story's cousin)], Nelson Furr Richards, Elise Caddell, Percy Elliott Lindley (P.E.), Louise Massey, and Jordon McCormick (spellings may vary).

Eula Mae Massey was born in Youngsville, NC. According to the Social Security Death Index, she may have been born April 14, 1901 and passed away May 1, 1990. She had a sister by the name of Louise Massey, who wrote her a letter from Youngsville, NC on January 12, 1922 (1:3). Nothing else is known about her sister.

Ms. Massey attended Elon College from 1919-1922, when she graduated from the Department of Music. While attending Elon College, she was involved with many groups and organizations including: Psiphelian; Maroon and Gold Reporter (1920); Psiphelian Entertainment (1920); Class Historian (1921); Marshal Junior-Senior Debate (1921); Chapel Monitor (1922); College Choir (1919-1922); Marshal Lyceum Course (1922); Music Lovers' Club (1922); Glee Club (1920-21). Also, she received a Certificate of Voice in 1921.

Elise Caddell, a friend of Eula Mae, attended Elon College during the same years that Ms. Massey did, but graduated in 1923. More information about what groups and organizations Elise Caddell was involved with during her time at Elon can be found in the Phi Psi Cli yearbook (1916-1923).

Percy Elliott Lindley was a young man who wrote to Eula Mae Massey often, and his letters are found in the majority of this collection. Lindley was originally from Saxapahaw, NC. He attended Elon College from 1917 to 1921, when he graduated. While attending Elon, he was the president of the 1920 ministerial association. Additionally, he was the first editor of the Elon College student newspaper, the Maroon and Gold. After he graduated from Elon College, he attended the Branham and Hughes Military Academy in Spring Hill, TN, where he wrote most of his letters to Eula Mae. According to the Elon Alumni News 1953 publication, Lindley later became a professor of religious education and taught at High Point College in High Point, NC. He died suddenly of a heart ailment in October of 1952.

Another young man who frequently wrote to Eula Mae Massey was Nelson Furr Richards. He was originally from Winchester, VA and attended Elon from 1914-1918. While at Elon he was the assistant manager of the baseball team and was a ball "tosser" for the basketball team. After he graduated from Elon, Richards was an active member in the apple business. He wrote to Eula Mae from Winchester, VA, while he worked for the Northern Virginia Orchard Co., in which he was the Vice-President. In addition to being involved with the apple business, he was a lieutenant in the Air Corps on active duty overseas during World War I. According to the Elon Alumni News 1951 publication, he died January 27, 1951 in Roanoke, VA and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Currently, this is all the information that has been gathered relating to the biography of Eula Mae Massey, and the various people in her life during the 1920s.

Biographical Sources:

Phi Psi Cli yearbook
1916 pg. 123, 132, 168
1917 pg. 75-76
1920 pg. 86, 129
1921 pg. 77, 81
1922 pg. 37
1923
The Elon Alumni Voice
August 1928 pg. 43
March 1951
January 1953


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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists primarily of letters written to Eula Mae Massey during the 1920s. Some of the letters reflect her time spent at Elon College as a student, as well as romantic relationships she had with various individuals. There is a small amount of printed material reflecting her time at Elon as music major. There is not a significant amount of information within this collection that offers biographical information of Eula Mae Massey.

The collection is arranged alphabetically into four series by type of material, and then chronologically within each series except the Printed Material series. Extensive in both variety of content and number of items, the Correspondence series is one of the most interesting. For example, in the letter Percy Elliott Lindley wrote to Eula Mae Massey on October 7, 1921 (from Branham and Hughes Military Academy in Spring Hill, TN) he writes, “Deed I can’t forget year before last either. In several ways that was the most outstanding year of my life. You know several of the reasons. Graduation, leaving Elon, being there, mother’s death, when you wrote so sweetly, and also the year of your companionship made it unlike anything I ever knew before” (1:1). The other letters contain similar language and writing style to the excerpt above. Each letter reflects a piece of time in Eula Mae Massey’s life and are examples of the romantic interests many men had for her.

The Pamphlet series offers a small glimpse into extra-curricular activities and events Eula Mae Massey was involved with and attended while at Elon in the early 1920s. Of particular interest, is a program titled “Elon College, North Carolina, Department of Music, Diploma Recital” in which Eula Mae Massey was one of the performers singing Mezzo-Soprano (2:1).

One of the smaller and less informative series is the Photographs. The negatives are primarily of unidentified people and places. There are a few negatives portraying a woman dressed in her graduation attire of a cap and gown (possibly Eula Mae Massey) (3:1). Located in the correspondence series, there is a letter from Eula Mae Massey’s good friend, Elise Caddell in which she describes a time when she and some “good looking boys” took a picnic trip to White Lake, NC (1:1). Included with the negatives and print photographs are some images of a group of males and females on a canoe in a lake. These images could be portraying the picnic trip to White Lake, which Ms. Caddell wrote about in her letter. Some photographs of interest include a group of German soldiers (WWI?), a football game on an open field (possibly Elon football), and bunk beds that could have been located in one of the dorms on Elon College’s campus during the 1920s (3:2).

Another small series contains Printed Materials. None of the items in this series relate directly to one another, therefore it is a miscellaneous collection of materials. Of particular interest is the original copy of a “Dean’s Permit”, which is signed by the Dean of Women, Mrs. Catherine L. Sturm, allowing Eula Mae Massey to go home to Mebane, NC for a couple of days. Additionally, there is a paper titled, A Case of Absolute Pitch, which is a love story that contains hand written musical notes and symbols throughout the text (could possibly be a story meant to go with music) (4:1).


Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically by type of material into four series, then chronologically within each series, except for the printed material series. The series are: Correspondence; Pamphlets; Photographs; Printed Material.


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Online Catalog Headings

These and related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs.

Massey, Eula Mae
Elon College
Letters
Massey, Eula Mae -- Correspondence
Lindley, Percy Elliott
Caddell, Elise
Story, Joe C.
Elon (N.C.)
Elon University -- Archival resources

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Related Material

There are no related materials to this collection at this time.

Detailed Description of the Collection

1. Correspondence. 1921-1923.
6 Folders. ca. 40 Items.
The correspondence in this series is arranged chronologically. Most of the correspondences are letters written to Eula Mae Massey either from college friends or gentlemen romantically interested in her. The majority of the letters are written to Eula Mae Massey from Percy Elliott Lindley or Joe C. Story. The letters offer a small glimpse into the personal and social life and romantic relationships of a young woman attending Elon College during the 1920s. In addition, the language found within the letters represents phrases and styles of writing during the 1920s era.
Of particular interest in the letters written to Eula Mae Massey from Percy Elliott Lindley is the correspondence that discusses his strong interest in her and how he wishes he could get down to Elon to visit her and be near her again. For example, in one letter Lindley writes to Massey he states, “Really my E-Mae, I like you so much and long for some occasion in and through which I may exhibit this very ‘care’, as you prefer to call it” (1:2).
An interesting historical linguistic piece of information can be found in a letter typed by Percy Elliott Lindley that was sent to Eula Mae Massy in December 1921. In the letter, he discusses in detail about a new phrase that he has recently learned and adapted. The letter states, “E-Mae, let me tell you a consoling motto I learned yesterday. While it is not new by any means, still it says so much in a short space. Here it is: ‘This too will pass away’” (1:2).
Through correspondences with the pastor, Joe C. Story, a love affair and interest in Eula Mae are revealed. In many of the earlier letters that Joe C. Story wrote to Eula Mae Massey, he came across as a friend, listener, and companion. However, in one particular letter that he wrote to her in December of 1921, he states “For I have only been knowing you such a short time, but that don’t keep me from loving you, as I told you this afternoon. I have been with lots of girls, but you have had more effect on me than all the rest” (1:2).
A good friend of Eula Mae Massey’s, Elise Caddell, wrote Eula Mae a letter that describes with some detail the life she is living as a teacher in Elon, NC. It is hard to determine from the letter where she taught and for how long. Caddell describes what her school room looks like, the size of the first grade class, and the dormitory that she lives in. She also mentions all the “good-looking boys” who are “real nice” that she goes out with every now and then (1:1).
Also found within this series, is a letter typed and signed by W.A. Harper, the President of Elon College from 1911-1931. In the letter, he writes to Eula Mae Massey to inform her that he found out that she had gone home for a couple of days. He concludes the letter by encouraging her to resume her studies and continue school in order to receive her degree in 1922 (1:3).
There are a number of other letters in this series that contain similar information and phrases as the ones mentioned previously. Each letter shows how the different men in Eula Mae Massey’s life during the early 1920s expressed their love and interest for her.
Folder 1. Letters. 1921 (June-October).
* Northern Virginia Orchard Company-Winchester, VA
* Richards, Nelson F.
* Story, Joe C. - pastor of 1st Presbyterian Church, Marion, NC
* Bladenboro, NC
* Caddell, Elise
* Branham and Hughes Military Academy-Spring Hill, TN
* Lindley, Percy Elliott
Folder 2. Letters. 1921 (November-December).
* Lindley, Percy Elliott
* Branham and Hughes Military Academy-Spring Hill, TN
* Elon College
* Dysortville, NC
* Richards, Nelson (Nell)
* Story, Joe C.
* Edgewood Grain Farm-Gibsonville, NC
* Maroon and Gold--Elon College
Folder 3. Letters. 1922.
* Youngsville, NC
* Massey, Louise
* Harper, William Allen
* Elon College
* Holden, J.E. - pastor of Methodist Church, South-Kenly, NC
* Betts, E.M. - President of The Music Lover's Club (Elon)
* Everett, B.W. - Secretary of The Music Lover's Club
* Story, Joe C.
* Mebane, NC
Folder 4. Letters. 1923.
* Youngsville, NC
Folder 5. Letters. No Date (ca. 1920s).
* Holland, Lois
* Sigma Phi Beta Fraternity-Elon College
* Browne, Allye
* Kibler, Dottie Frances ("Shorty")
* Western Union Telegram
Folder 6. Letters. No Date (ca. 1920s).
* Story, Joe C.
* McCormick, Jordon - English Prof. at Elon College
* Simpson, Jim
2. Pamphlets. 1921-1924.
1 Folder. 8 Items.
The pamphlets in this series are arranged chronologically. A majority of the pamphlets are publications for events that took place at Elon College. Although many of the pamphlets and programs do not differ much from what is printed today, they present a historical view of what types of programs and events were taking place at Elon College during the 1920s.
Of particular interest in this series is a 1922 program from the Elon College Department of Music, presenting the “Diploma Recital” (2:1). Eula Mae Massey was the Mezzo-Soprano singer during the program. In addition, there is also a copy of the Elon College 1922 Commencement program (2:1).
Folder 1. Programs. 1921-1924.
* Severn High School-Severn, NC
* Elon College
* Philologian Dinner
* Nash, Frances
* Bensel, Caryl
* White, Roderick
* Griffith, C.E.W.
* Smith, Evelyn Gertrude
* Fisher, Florence
* Betts, Edwin M.
* Freshmen-Sophomore Debate
* Corbitt, Margarete C.
* Massey, Eula Mae
* Commencement 1922
* Lynam, S.M.
* Music Lover's Club, the
3. Photographs. 1920s.
2 Folders. ca. 23 Items.
The photographs in this series are divided into negatives and photographic prints. There are no dates, names, or places recorded on the majority of the print photographs. The images captured in many of these photographs portray groups of people standing together, people in a small boat on a lake, and individuals enjoying the outdoors.
Folder 1. Negatives. No Date (ca. 1920s).
Folder 2. No Date (ca. 1920s).
* Dawson-Kraft Shop
* Columbia, TN
* Robey, K.H. (owner of Kraft Shop)
* Spring Hill, TN
4. Printed Material. 1920s.
1 Folder. 14 Items.
The items in this series have no particular arrangement. It is a collection of miscellaneous printed materials, in which many have no dates or places recorded. The majority of the items in this series are small business card like papers that have an individual’s name printed on the front in a fancy type script (often referred to as “calling cards”). On some of the cards, there are hand-written notes and messages that do not particularly relate to any other information found within the collection.
Of particular interest in this series is an original “Dean’s Permit”, signed by the Dean of Men, February 11, 1922. The permit represents the permission slip that women had to receive in order to travel off Elon College’s campus during the 1920s. The permit was made out to Eula Mae Massey, giving her permission to go to her home in Mebane, NC for two days. Moreover, in the space where the Dean of Men was to sign, the signature of the Acting Dean of Women, Mrs. Catherine L. Sturm is in its place (4:1).
Folder 1. Miscellaneous. No Date (ca. 1920s).
* Elon College
* Elon College Dining Hall
* Lindley, Percy Elliott
* Swanson, Mary
* Farmer, Florine
* Morrow, Deloris Holt
* Hinton, Mabel Clair