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CHISHOLM, FRANK P., 1879-1977.
Frank P. and Helen Chisholm family papers, 1846-1994

Emory University

Robert W. Woodruff Library

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322



Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/8z431

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Chisholm, Frank P., 1879-1977.
Title: Frank P. and Helen Chisholm family papers, 1846-1994
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 808
Extent: 15.5 linear feet (31 boxes), 2 oversized papers boxes and 1 oversized papers folder (OP), and 6 bound volumes (BV)
Abstract:Papers of the Frank Chisholm, Northern Field Representative for Tuskegee Institute, and his wife Helen James Chisholm including personal, professional, and biographical documents.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Purchase, 1994.


[after identification of item(s)], Frank P. and Helen Chisholm family papers, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.


Processed by Student Manuscript Processors and Pat Clark, August 21, 2001.

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Collection Description

Biographical Note

Born to Walter Chisholm and Anna Cook on January 18, 1879, Frank Pierce Chisholm (d. 1977) worked for over sixty years as a Northern Field Representative for Tuskegee Institute. Frank Chisholm was an alumnus of Tuskegee (1902), and was also educated at Atlanta University and Harvard University. He was active in civic affairs, serving as manager of the Tuskegee Jubilee Singers, and as a member of several prominent organizations, including the George Washington Carver Foundation and the United Negro College Fund. Between 1901 and 1912, Chisholm functioned as a private attendant to Booker T. Washington.

On June 1, 1910, Frank Chisholm married Helen "Lou" James, a graduate of Hampton Normal and Agricultural School. From this union two children were born: Helen Emily and Frank Jr. (the later died as an infant). Helen James Chisholm (1876-1971) studied agricultural science and taught abroad at The Kamehameha Schools (1901-1904) in Honolulu, Hawaii, and the Penn School (1907) on St. Helena Island, off the coast of South Carolina. After she married and moved to Saybrook, Connecticut, which became the Chisholms' permanent residence, Helen J. Chisholm focused on free-lance writing, and maintained correspondence with family, friends and former colleagues. One of the many notable women in Helen James Chisholm's family is her niece, Ann Petry, author of The Street (1946).

Helen Emily Chisholm was born December 25, 1911, and was educated at Russell Sage College and Howard University, where she received her Master of Science in Psychology. She worked as a government employee in Washington, D.C., and taught at Connecticut College.

Scope and Content Note

The Frank and Helen Chisholm family papers consist of personal, professional and biographical documents from 1846-1994. Along with the collected correspondence of their daughter, Helen Emily, the Chisholm family papers include correspondence, photographs, writings, legal documents, printed material, and general ephemera.

Arrangement Note

Organized into seven series: (1) Biographical and genealogical material, (2) Correspondence, (3) Financial documents, (4) Writings, (5) Photographs, (6) Printed material, and (7) Ephemera.

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