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Call No.: MC 897
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Whiting, Beatrice Jeanette, 1890-1966
Title: Papers of Beatrice Jeanette Whiting, ca.1915-1960
Quantity: .42 linear feet (1 file box)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: A volume of sewing exercise instructions and samples (ca.1915) created by home economics teacher, Beatrice Jeanette Whiting, and a volume of congratulatory messages from the faculty of Armstrong High School presented to Whiting upon her retirement (1960).
Beatrice Jeanette Whiting was born on April 25, 1890, in Henrico County, Virginia, to Robert Walter Whiting, a contractor, and Nancy Manning-Whiting. She grew up in Richmond, Virginia, with four siblings (Tossie Permelia Frances, Annie M., Robert L., and Walter G.). Her sister, Tossie Permelia Frances, was the first Dean of Women at Virginia Normal and Industrial Institute (now Virginia State University), a historically black college in Ettrick, Virginia.Between 1893 and 1900, Whiting's mother passed away. In the 1910 United States census, Whiting is racially identified as "mulatto." By 1920, she is categorized as "black."Whiting spent her life as a primary and secondary school teacher. She taught Home Economics at the all-black Armstrong High School in Richmond, Virginia, and eventually earned a four-year college degree. After Whiting retired in 1960, she received an award from the Old Dominion Vocational Association for her many years of faithful service in the public schools of Richmond, Virginia. Whiting died in 1966. She never married.
The papers of Beatrice Jeanette Whiting include a volume of sewing exercises dating to about 1915 with instructions and samples completed by Whiting. Also included is a volume of congratulatory messages presented to Whiting by the faculty of Armstrong High School upon her retirement in 1960.