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Dalton Institute Records

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Dalton Institute Records

Dalton Institute records
MS0298

Summary Information

Repository
J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Creator
Dalton Institute (Dalton, N.C.)
Title
Dalton Institute records
ID
MS0298
Date [inclusive]
1878-1902
Extent
15.0 Linear inches
Language
English
Mixed materials [Box]
1
Abstract
Lecture notes, correspondence and enrollment books from a private boarding school in Stokes County, NC.

Preferred Citation note

Dalton Institute Records. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

The Dalton Institute was a private boarding school with a brief and rather obscure history. In fact, the tangible evidence left behind leaves many gaps and unanswered questions concerning this institute and its history. What little we know of this school exists in the form of a one paragraph essay, probably written by Samuel S. Dalton, a relative of one of the school’s founders. The Dalton Institute, which existed from 1872 to 1908, was located in Dalton, Stokes County, North Carolina. Two pieces of correspondence addressed to W. A. Flynt indicate that he was the headmaster, and an instructor. His sister taught the lower classes: reading, writing, arithmetic, and Latin. David N. Dalton built a house for Professor Flynt in 1875. Most years, there were about twenty-five students, and the enrollment records indicate that the Flynt’s taught both boys and girls—girls were separated into their own department. As a boarding school, boys were housed in the Flynt, Dalton, and Snyder houses. Girls lived in the Schultz house. Most of the students were from around the Dalton, Mount Airy, Germantown, Winston-Salem, Kernersville, Greensboro, and High Point area.

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Scope and Contents note

The Dalton Institute Records is a small collection of material left behind from a boarding school in Stokes County, North Carolina. The history of this school is mostly obscured by the lack of records left to posterity. In fact, the Dalton Institute existed for only thirty-six years. Materials included in this collection are correspondence (2 items addressed to W.A. Flynt), five enrollment books spanning from 1879 to 1902, and lecture notes covering a variety of subjects (the Institutes of Christianity, US government, mineralogy, and philosophy). The most revealing items in this small collection are five enrollment books, which indicate the names of the students, the courses they took, the fees they paid, and their attendance. In addition, these books also indicate that the Dalton Institute was a co-educational school, with a “female department.”

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Arrangement note

This collection is arranged into three series, beginning with a series containing two letters addressed to W.A. Flynt, the headmaster and instructor of the Dalton Institute. This is followed by a series of lecture notes on a variety of subjects taught at the Dalton Institute. Series III contains five student enrollment books, from 1872 to 1902.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte 2005

9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC, 28223
704-687-1170
spec-coll@uncc.edu

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

Tony Crumbley, 2002.

Processing Information note

Processed by Robert A. McInnes, August 2005

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Dalton Institute (Dalton, N.C.)

Geographic Name(s)

  • Dalton (N.C.)--Social life and custom
  • Stokes County (N.C.)--Social life and customs

Personal Name(s)

  • Dalton, David Nichols, 1825?-
  • Flynt, W. A., 1840-1918
  • Sawyer, Arthur B.

Subject(s)

  • Private schools--North Carolina--Dalton--19th century
  • Private schools--North Carolina--Dalton--20th century
  • School enrollment--North Carolina--Dalton

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Collection Inventory

Letters received

Box
1
Folder
1

Letter from J. G. H. Mitchell of Danbury, N.C., concerning the enrollment of his son, Robert, at Mr. Clark’s school instead of the Dalton Institute. 1879 Feb 3

Letter from Arthur B. Sawyer of Columbia, S.C., concerning his new job as assistant clerk at the South Carolina Supreme Court, and the days he spent at the Dalton Institute. 1800 Mar 8

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Lecture Notes

Government of the US

Box
1
Folder
2

Institutions of Christianity

Box
1
Folder
3

Mineralogy

Box
1
Folder
4

Philosophy

Box
1
Folder
5

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Enrollment Books 1878-1902

Box
1
Folder
6-7

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