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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 897

Papers of Beatrice Jeanette Whiting, ca.1915-1960


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).


  • 1915-1960

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Beatrice Jeanette Whiting as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


.42 linear feet (1 file box)
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.


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.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2012-M178

The papers of Beatrice Jeanette Whiting were acquired by Schlesinger Library in October 2012 from Franklin Gilliam Rare Books.

Processing Information

Processed: January 2017

By: Jehan Sinclair, with assistance from Margaret Dalton.
Link to catalog
Whiting, Beatrice Jeanette, 1890-1966. Papers of Beatrice Jeanette Whiting, ca.1915-1960: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

Repository Details

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