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Roy E. Hoke Papers

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Hoke (Roy E.) Papers

Inventory of the Roy E. Hoke papers

Summary Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Hoke, Roy Edward, 1896-1975
Roy E. Hoke papers
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1946-1991
Date [inclusive]
1848, 1904-1992
2.0 Linear feet
Personal, family, and professional papers of one of Charlotte's first psychologists, who established the Psychological Service Center in 1946. Includes correspondence, financial and legal records, speeches, notes, copies of his newspaper columns and other writings, transcriptions of radio broadcasts, and photographs. Also contains unpublished stories for children written by his wife, Erma Ramsburg Hoke, and material about the family home at 1717 Cleveland Avenue, a local historic landmark known as the Scott-Hoke house.

Preferred Citation note

Roy E. Hoke Papers. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

Roy Edward Hoke was born in York, Pa., on July 3, 1896 to Edward John and Mary Margaret Rhodes Hoke. He attended public schools in Lewistown and Lancaster, Pa., and received his B.A. (1916) and M.A. (1917) from Franklin and Marshall College. Hoke attended the Theological Seminary of the Reformed Church in Lancaster, 1917-18. In 1922, he received a Ph.D. from John Hopkins University -- the youngest Ph.D. graduate of the institution at the time. From 1916 to 1917, Hoke taught at the Columbia Grammar School in New York City. While attending Johns Hopkins, Hoke was ordained by the Reformed Church in America and served as pastor to the congregation in Jefferson, Md. Afterwards he continued to preach as a substitute or invitee of Methodist and Presbyterian congregations. In 1921, Hoke started teaching psychology and education at Birmingham-Southern College, where he also established and became the first dean of the School of Education, serving 1922-28. He left Alabama for Emory and Henry College, where he served as a professor of psychology and religion and as registrar, 1928-44. Moving to North Carolina, he taught psychology at Davidson College from 1944 to 1946. In 1946, Hoke became the director of guidance at Kings Business College in Charlotte, a post he held until 1973. He also taught psychology there. In 1946 Hoke also began his private practice as a psychologist in Charlotte. Hoke served in the army during both World Wars: World War I as a sergeant in the Medical Corps and assistant to the chaplain at Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga.; and World War II as a first lieutenant and chaplain stationed in Ohio. Hoke was also a writer and had numerous publications, including a weekly column in The Charlotte Observer. He also appeared on a regular Saturday morning program broadcast on Charlotte radio station WBT-AM. Hoke married Erma Ethel Ramsburg of Utica, Md., on December 22, 1921 and they had two daughters, Elizabeth Ramsburg and Margaret Ann. He died in Charlotte on November 3, 1975 and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Charlotte.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains the professional and personal papers of Dr. Roy E. Hoke and his family. His papers show his interest in educating and helping people through psychology and/or religion.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte 1993

9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC, 28223

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Erma R. Hoke, 1991.

Processing Information note

Processed by Alan Litehizer, November, 1993.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Catawba College -- History
  • Scott Hoke House (Charlotte, NC.)

Family Name(s)

  • Hook family.
  • Ramsburg family.

Personal Name(s)

  • Carnegie, Dale, 1888-1955
  • Hoke, Erma Ramsburg, 1899-1992
  • Hoke, Roy Edward, 1896-1975


  • Children's literature
  • College teaching
  • Preaching--United States
  • Psychology
  • Sermons, American
  • World War, 1914-1918--Personal narratives, American
  • World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American

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The Charlotte News, 11-4-1975 (obituary); The Charlotte Observer, 11-5-1975 (obituary); and National Cyclopedia of American Biography, vol. 58 (1979). For additional biographical information, see boxes 1:11 and 2:19.]

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: PROFESSIONAL 1918-1975

Scope and Contents note

This series contains material relative to Hoke's careers as a teacher, a minister, and a psychologist. Also contains his writings and some speeches relating to these professions.

Box Folder

ARTICLES 1946-1957

Scope and Contents note

Primarily articles that are self-help in-nature.

1 1

BOOKLETS 1922, 1938, 1956

Scope and Contents note

Consists of booklets and/or pamphlets published by Hoke, including his work on the typewriter keyboard, The Improvement of Speed and Accuracy in Typewriting (1922).

1 2
Oversize Folder

INTERVIEWS 1951 Vinyl recordings

Scope and Contents note

Interviews on WENC of Whiteville, N.C. (vinyl recordings)

OF4 2

INTERVIEWS 1951 Cassette copies

Scope and Contents note

Copies of recordings listed above.

Box Folder

LEGAL 1924, 1938, 1956, 1965, 1972-1974

Scope and Contents note

Relates to contracts and patents for Hoke's publications, as well as correspondence (1972-74) concerning his membership in the Charlotte Board of Realtors.

1 3


Scope and Contents note

Hoke wrote this column for The Charlotte Observer, in which he offered practical advice and answered letters from readers.

1 4-10


Scope and Contents note

Correspondence and newspaper clippings related to Hoke's profession as a psychologist. Primarily routine in nature, includes congratulations from professional friends, his practice in Charlotte, and his reprimand from the Association of Practicing Psychologists concerning advertising. Also includes a letter of thanks (8-3-48) from Dale Carnegie in regard to a favorable review of his book, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, by Hoke that appeared in The Charlotte Observer. Also includes his obituaries in The Charlotte News (11/4/75) and The Charlotte Observer (11/5/75) [for additional biographical information, see box 2:19, Hoke Roy E.--Biographical].

1 11

RELIGION--GENERAL 1919-1945-48, undated

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence related to Hoke's ministerial activities, including a bulletin (1948) from First Presbyterian Church in Rockingham, N.C., listing Hoke as the pastor. He also preached in Pennsylvania for his father and friends who needed a substitute. During World War II, Hoke served as a chaplain. [See also box 1:4-14, Religion--Sermons; for more on the Army, see also series 2, box 1:23-24, Hoke, Roy E.--Military Service; and box 2:4-8, Hoke Family--Correspondence, for correspondence with father about giving services.]

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Scope and Contents note

These folders contain sermons given by Hoke, which are organized alphabetically by title. Apparently Hoke was an extemporaneous speaker, as this material is comprised primarily of notations and clippings. He also kept a record of location and honoraria received for each sermon.

1 13-23


Scope and Contents note

Hoke developed this course while teaching and used it as a sideline business. Includes a rough draft outline for topics covered in the six day course as well as letters of appreciation from many Charlotte businesses.

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SPEECHES 1921-1965

Scope and Contents note

Hoke attended many seminars and ceremonies as a speaker.

1 25

TEACHING 1848, 1916-46, 1959, 1973-75, undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes college bulletins, correspondence, and newspaper clippings related to Hoke's tenures as a faculty member at Birmingham-Southern, Biscayne Southern, Davidson, Emory and Henry colleges and the Charlotte Center of the University of North Carolina. [See also series 2, box 1:24 for letter to Chancellor of Emory and Henry College concerning Hoke's volunteering for U.S. Army] Also includes a "quarterly letter" [report card] (1848) from C. Collins, president of Emory & Henry College concerning student Jas. Nye.

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Series 2: PERSONAL AND FAMILY 1904-1992

Scope and Contents note

This series contains material relating to the personal lives of Roy E. Hoke and his family, including his wife, Erma, their daughter, Margaret, and his brother, Elmer.

Box Folder

HOKE FAMILY 1916-1931

2 1


Scope and Contents note

Letters written by family and with friends. Includes a booklet given to Erma Hoke and containing a copy of all the surviving letters written to Erma from Roy before their marriage (folder 5).

2 2-6


2 7


Scope and Contents note

Deeds and correspondence pertaining to various houses owned by the Hokes prior to moving to Charlotte.

2 8


Scope and Contents note

Roy E. Hoke's brother was the twelth president of the college overall and its first after it reorganized in 1924 and moved from Newton to Salisbury, N.C. [See also box 2:1, Hoke Family, for additional material about Elmer Rhodes Hoke]

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2 10


2 11


2 12


2 13


Scope and Contents note

Includes year books of this Charlotte book club.

2 14

HOKE, ERMA R.--RAMSBURG FAMILY 1883, 1916-28, 1937, 1961, 1975-76, 1989, 1992, undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes material on Erma R. Hoke and a Ramsburg Family genealogy (undated).

2 15

HOKE, ERMA R.--WRITINGS 1953-1980, undated

Scope and Contents note

Primarily book reviews for the various book clubs to which she belonged.

2 16


Scope and Contents note

Contains three unpublished children's short stories.

2 17


2 18


Scope and Contents note

Includes his vita, medical report (1940), death certificate (11/3/75), and memorials and newspaper clippings. [See also box 1:11, Psychology--General, for obituaries]

2 19


Scope and Contents note

Cocuments his personal education.

2 20


Scope and Contents note

Letters discuss some problems experienced by Hoke, although he was not subjected to combat.

2 21


Scope and Contents note

Includes documents, orders, and manuals of his service.

2 22


Scope and Contents note

Located at 1717 Cleveland Avenue in Charlotte and a designated local historic landmark. Contains material relating to the house while the Hokes lived there. [For a detailed description of the house, see the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historical Landmarks Commission Reports; see also series 3, Photographs]

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Series 3: PHOTOGRAPHS 1916-1975

Scope and Contents note

This series is comprised primarily of photographs of Roy E. Hoke and his family.

PHOTOGRAPHS--PRINTS 1918-1975, undated

Scope and Contents note

230 prints (P156/1-230), primarily of Roy E. Hoke and his family. Includes exterior and interior photographs of the Scott-Hoke House in Charlotte (P156/149-155, 157-173).

Box Folder item

Roy E. Hoke 1936?

P15 9 P156/1

Sgt. Roy E. Hoke 1918

P15 9 P156/2

Sgt. Hoke, Sgt. (?) Roberts, and Pvt. R. M. S. (left to right), Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. 1918

P15 9 P156/3-4

Sgt. Hoke 1918

P15 9 P156/5

Cpl. Lundquish and P.F.C. Crandal undated

P15 9 P156/6

Sgt. Simmons 1918

P15 9 P156/7

Sgts. Simmons, Butler, and Hoke (left to right) 1918

P15 9 P156/8

Sgt. Fowler 1918

P15 9 P156/9

Sgt. Hoke 1918

P15 9 P156/10

Sgts. Hoke, Simmons, Wilkeson, Butler, and Butters (left to right) 1918

P15 9 P156/11

Sgt. Hoke 1918

P15 9 P156/12

Sgt. Roberts and Pvt. R. M. S., Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. 1918

P15 9 P156/13

Chaplain B. W. Roberts undated

P15 9 P156/14

Sgt. Hoke 1943

P15 9 P156/15

Servicemen at a dinner [Hoke facing in front, 3rd from right] (?) undated

P15 9 P156/16

Hoke undated

P15 9 P156/17-23

Hoke, Coach Drew (?), and two unidentified men outside Bromingham undated

P15 9 P156/24

Hoke with unidentified men undated

P15 9 P156/25-26

Two unidentified men and their hunting "kills" (?) 1970

P15 P156/27

Mehrl (?) and Hoke at Betty's (?) 1956

P15 9 P156/28

Hoke (left) with an unidentified man undated

P15 9 P156/29

Unidentified men undated

P15 9 P156/30-31

Hoke undated

P15 9 P156/32-34

Unidentified man (noted as being "The Boss"; Roy E. Hoke ?) 1922

P15 9 P156/35

Hoke undated, late 1950's, 1960

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(photo #36: at Yosemite Park; photo #37: taken at Emory, Va.; photo #38 at Chattanooga, Tenn.)

P15 9 P156/36-39

Hoke and Margaret Hoke undated

P15 9 P156/40

Hoke, unidentified woman, and Margaret Hoke (left to right) undated

P15 9 P156/41-42

Hoke and Arton (?) undated

P15 9 P156/43

Hoke family undated

P15 9 P156/44

Hoke and Erma Hoke undated

P15 9 P156/45

Hoke with mother undated

P15 9 P156/46

Grandma, brother Clarence, Margaret, and Roy (?) undated

P15 9 P156/47

Roy E. Hoke family undated

P15 9 P156/48

"The Honeymooners" (Roy E. Hoke and wife ?) undated

P15 9 P156/49

Hoke and Erma Hoke (?) undated

P15 9 P156/50

Hoke with Betty at her home on Lake Norman 1969

P15 9 P156/51

Kappa Phi Kappa, Hoke's fraternity [Hoke on front row, 2nd from left (?)] undated

P15 9 P156/52

Students at Birmingham-Southern College undated

P15 9 P156/53

Hoke (2nd from right) with unidentified people undated

P15 9 P156/54

Hoke undated

P15 9 P156/55-56

Hoke and Dr. George (?) Crane undated

P15 9 P156/57

Hoke, Dean of summer school (front, 2nd from left) and Dr. Guy E. Gravely, President, with a group of staff members (?) undated

P15 9 P156/58

Hoke speaking to a group of staff members and/or students (?) undated

P15 9 P156/59

John Edward Hoke, Hoke's father undated

P15 9 P156/60

Grandfather (?) and Elmer Hoke undated

P15 9 P156/61

Grandfather undated

P15 ) P156/62

Elmer Hoke undated

P15 9 P156/63-64

Sister of Mary Hoke, Erma and Elmer Jr. undated

P15 9 P156/65

Mary Hoke and Margaret 1937

P15 9 P156/66

Mary Hoke undated

P15 9 P156/67

Elmer Hoke, Grandmother, and Mary Hoke undated

P15 9 P156/68

Mary Hoke, Elmer Hoke, and Elmer Jr. undated

P15 9 P156/69

Elmer Hoke and Elmer Jr. undated

P15 9 P156/70

Elmer Hoke, Mary Hoke, Grandmother, Grandfather, and 3 unidentified children undated

P15 9 P156/71

Elmer Hoke and Mary Hoke undated

P15 9 P156/72

Hoke's uncle on his mother's side (Rhodes) undated

P15 9 P156/73

Elmer Hoke's church and parsonage undated

P15 9 P156/74

Margaret Hoke undated, 1959

P15 9 P156/75-78

Unidentified girl undated

P15 9 P156/79

Ann Hoke carrying train on wedding dress of May Quiern (?) undated

P15 9 P156/80

Betty Hoke undated

P15 9 P156/81

Ann Hoke undated

P15 9 P156/82

Ann Hoke, Eliz Martz (?), and Irene Martz (?) 1940

P15 9 P156/83

Unidentified woman (Margaret Hoke ?) undated

P15 9 P156/84

Unidentified group of men and women at the Grub vom Heidelberger Schlob (?) undated

P15 9 P156/85

Margaret Hoke (front right row, 2nd from right ?) on Europe trip circa 1967

P15 9 P156/86

Margaret Hoke and family (?) undated

P15 9 P156/87

Anton Hoke, two unidentified girls, and Alta Hoke undated

P15 9 P156/88

Two unidentified women and one unidentified child undated

P15 9 P156/89

Anton Hoke's highschool graduation picnic undated

P15 9 P156/90

Anton Hoke (standing on fence) and unidentified man and woman undated

P15 9 P156/91


P15 9 P156/92

Anton Hoke and Betty Hoke undated

P15 9 P156/93

Unidentified woman undated

P15 9 P156/94

Anton Hoke (middle) with unidentified women 1938

P15 9 P156/95

Unidentified woman and child and Anton Hoke undated

P15 9 P156/96

Anton Hoke (age eleven) and unidentified girl undated

P15 9 P156/97

Anton Hoke (far right) with family members (?) undated

P15 9 P156/98

Hoke (right), Anton Hoke (2nd from right ?) undated

P15 9 P156/99

Erma Hoke (right), and Miss Elliah, Dr. Swonely's (?) secretary standing in front Science Hall 1922

P15 9 P156/100

Erma Hoke 1925

P15 9 P156/101-102

Erma Hoke and Isabelle Houch (?) undated

P15 9 P156/103

Grandma Ramsburg (Anna Sophia Staley ?), Anton Hoke's paternal grandmother undated

P15 10 P156/104

Aunt Florence, Mamma (Clara Anne J. Ramsburg), and Grandma Ramsburg undated

P15 10 P156/105

Mamma (Clara Anne Jeanette Ramsburg) undated

P15 10 P156/106-107

Anton Hoke's mother (Clara Anne Jeanette Ramsburg ?) undated

P15 10 P156/108

Anton Hoke and her mother (Clara Anne Jeanette Ramsburg ?) undated

P15 10 P156/109

The Hokes, the Drews, and Mike Huntley (Anton Hoke top left) at the Warrior River, Ala. undated

P15 10 P156/110

Unidentified baby undated

P15 10 P156/111

Unidentified baby on the front porch of Anton's old home place undated

P15 10 P156/112

Tombstone of Urias D. Ramsburg undated

P15 10 P156/113


P15 10 P156/114

Erma, Everett, Mrs. S. (?), unidentified boy, Dr. Hoke (?), and Brant (?) 1922

P15 10 P156/115

Group of unidentified women undated

P15 10 P156/116

Unidentified group of men and women undated

P15 10 P156/117

Unidentified men and girl undated

P15 10 P156/118

Group of unidentified women undated

P15 10 P156/119

Erma and "friends" (?) 1938

P15 10 P156/120

One unidentified boy and three women undated

P15 10 P156/121

Anton's friends (?) undated

P15 10 P156/122

One unidentified boy and two women undated

P15 10 P156/123

Unidentified group of men and women undated

P15 10 P156/124

Unidentified woman undated

P15 10 P156/125-128

Erma 1977

P15 10 P156/129

Erma (?) and two unidentified women 1990

P15 10 P156/130

Unidentified home undated

P15 10 P156/131-134

Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pa. 1917

P15 10 P156/135

American Red Cross at Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. 1918

P15 10 P156/136

Vestonia on crest of Shode Mountains, Birmingham, Ala. undated

P15 10 P156/137

Unidentified group at Jefferson, Md. undated

P15 10 P156/138

Emory and Henry College undated

P15 10 P156/139

Farm at Old Emory, Va. that Anton and Hoke bought undated

P15 10 P156/140

Back view of house at Emory, Va. 1938

P15 10 P156/141

Unidentified farm undated

P15 10 P156/142-146

Rice farm, Emory, Va. undated

P15 10 P156/147

Unidentified farm undated

P15 10 P156/148

Scott-Hoke house, Cleveland Ave., Charlotte 1978

P15 10 P156/149

Unidentified house (Hoke's home ?) 1977

P15 10 P156/150-155

Aunt Margaret Hoke's house in Annapolis, Md. undated

P15 10 P156/156

Hoke's office 1977

P15 10 P156/157-159

Dining room and living room in an unidentified house (Hoke's home ?) 1977

P15 10 P156/160-165

Unidentified house (Hoke's home ?) 1977-1978

P15 10 P156/166-171

Unidentified elderly woman holding an unidentified baby undated

P15 10 P156/172

Dining table decorated and set for Christmas 1979

P15 10 P156/173

Hoke (Roy E. Hoke ?) tombstone in Evergreen Cemetary, Charlotte undated

P15 10 P156/174

Rockville Stone Arch Bridge across Sesquahana River, Harrisburg, Pa. circa early 20th century

P15 10 P156/175

Ships (U. S. battleships ?) docked at an unidentified port undated

P15 10 P156/176

Lancaster, Pa. area (?) circa 1920

P15 10 P156/177-178

Hoke's Lancaster, Pa. home; later bought by Aunt Margaret just before she died circa 1920

P15 10 P156/179

Roy, Starr, Baker, Mac, and unidentified man 1918

P15 10 P156/180

Hoke (?) talking with an unidentified man undated

P15 10 P156/181

Hoke (?) playing cards with three unidentified men undated

P15 10 P156/182

Unidentified people undated

P15 10 P156/183-209

Apartments (?) along a street in Lebanon, Pa. circa 1920

P15 10 P156/210

Unidentified people undated

P15 10 P156/211-214

Dr. I. H. DeSong beside the "Ark of the Covenant" (?) 1918

P15 10 P156/215

Unidentified house undated

P15 10 P156/216

Three unidentified men and two women undated

P15 10 P156/217

Unidentified baby undated

P15 10 P156/218

Mr. and Mrs. Laughinghouse; Anton and Roy E. Hoke had their first home with them, they had two rooms and shared a bath undated

P15 10 P156/219

Unidentified people 1964, undated

P15 10 P156/220-228

Group of women, girls, and boys [name "Margaret" on back of photo] undated

P15 10 P156/229

Young men and women in front of a school (?) [name "Dr. Hoke" on back of photo] undated

P15 10 P156/230


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Three black and white prints (PL156/1-3). Includes Roy E. Hoke's 1916 graduating class (PL156/1) and the Scott-Hoke House (PL156/3).

Box Folder item

Hoke's graduation class, Franklin and Marshall College 1916

PL4 7 PL156/1

Costume party undated

PL4 7 PL156/2

Scott-Hoke House, Charlotte undated

PL4 7 PL156/3
Map-case Drawer


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Five black and white panoramic prints (PO156/1-5). Includes two photographs (PO156/1-2) of Camp Greene in Charlotte during World War I (1917), including one of Company E, 162nd Regiment, 41st Division; two photographs (PO156/3-4) of Camp Greenleaf in Chickamauga Park, Ga. (1918), including one of Company 3, Battalion 15, School for Non-Commissioned Officers (Hoke in picture); and one photograph (PO156/5) of the Chaplain School at Harvard University (1943).

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