The Resource Keister papers

Keister papers

Keister papers, 1924-1955 ;
Keister papers
Inclusive dates
1924-1955 ;
The bound volume contains letters of appreciation to William H. Keister, primarily dated 1941 and 1944 (which coincide with his 47th and 50th years of service in the Harrisonburg school system). This volume of letters, from former students, friends, various state education superintendents and officials, was presented to Keister at the Mayflower Hotel in Lexington, Va. on March 18, 1941. The collection also contains newspaper articles of ceremonies honoring Keister and other personal letters to him
Biographical or historical data
William Hampton Keister was born in Highland County, Va. on Aug. 18, 1865. At the age of twenty-five, he enrolled at what is now Washington and Lee University. Upon graduation, he became principal at the Harrisonburg public school where he also taught. In 1900, he married Virginia Fletcher of Harrisonburg. Keister served as President of the Virginia Education Assoc. in 1910, and in 1916 was appointed superintendent of the Harrisonburg city schools. While he was superintendent, the city school system grew considerably in size (ex. new buildings). The quality of education also improved, with Harrisonburg High School being the first high school in the South to be accredited by the New York State Board of Regents. Keister was also a member of various community organizations including the Rotary Club, the Masons, and the Presbyterian Church. He retired in 1947 at the age of eighty-two.
Cataloging source
Keister papers
Series I. Bound volume; Series II. Unbound material. Folder 1: Dated and undated letters. Folder 2: Miscellaneous items.
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Cumulative index finding aids
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1/2 Hollinger box (2 folders, 1 vol.)
Governing access note
For use, see Special Collections librarian
On deposit from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society.

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