[Hampton, Va. Printed by students of the Institute, n.d., but 1894]. 8pp. Illus. Small octavo. Original pictorial self- wrappers. Minor soiling, light wear. Very good plus. Item #WRCAM55632
A rare fundraising appeal from the illustrious Hampton Normal Institute aimed specifically at the members of the Christian Endeavor Society in 1894. The pamphlet was written by Principal Hollis B. Frissell and printed by the African American and Native American students at the institute. The pamphlet includes several photographs of the campus and the classroom, along with a group shot of the "Class of '94." The purpose of the pamphlet is stated in the second paragraph of text: "This leaflet is prepared especially for the Christian Endeavor Society, in hopes that, with the information it gives of Hampton Institute and its needs, it will arouse interest among young Christians in our work and bring our cause before you as an object worthy of your Christian charity." Frissell then expounds upon the training of the "head," "hand," and "heart" of the Hampton students before enumerating his institution's funding needs. Donations may be contributed to the institute's general fund or earmarked for the establishment of one-time or endowed scholarships, or given to the missionary fund, the "apparatus fund," the housekeeping fund, or as a subscription to THE SOUTHERN WORKMAN.
Hampton Institute apparently issued similar pamphlets under the same title on a regular (if not an annual) basis in the 1890s, though whether they issued more than one per year is not known, and any differences are likely only found in the text. OCLC records just seven copies of an 8pp. pamphlet from 1894 with this wrapper title, which we assume is the same as the present copy, though we cannot be sure. It appears that the present copy differs from at least the copies at Duke and Wisconsin, which are dated in print by Frissell, "September 1894." It is possible, even likely, that the Hampton Institute issued this appeal targeted at the Christian Endeavor Society, as well as other, more general fundraising pamphlets in the same year. In any case, it is a rare appeal from a significant African American and Native American educational institution. OCLC 6876159.