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About this collection

The John Calvin (J. C.) Roberts Bequest Papers are comprised of papers, correspondence, maps, and plaques which documents the establishment of the J.C. Roberts trust “to the use and benefit of a Methodist Protestant College in North Carolina, either as part of a building fund or as an endowment fund or both” (taken from Meeting of the Trustees of the Roberts’ Bequest).  Many of the correspondence consist of requests for monetary loans from the Roberts Bequest and the Fuller Bequest.  The Board of Trustees for the Roberts Bequest also handled student loans from the Fuller Bequest.  

J. C. Roberts was a prominent Kernersville business man and early advocate for the establishment of a Methodist college in this region. A trustee of Yadkin College, he pledged 10,000.00 dollars to be used toward the building fund if a new North Carolina based Methodist college was established before 1920. The establishment of the new school did not occur by the 1920 deadline and monies from what became known as the Roberts Bequest were used for the training of young men for the Christian ministry. Roberts Hall, the first building erected on the High Point College campus, was named for this forward thinking benefactor.

This collection contains:

  • Charge sheets listing dates and locations of service by students to the North Carolina Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church.  

  • Correspondence between trustees including letters of reference for students.  

  • Balance sheets for High Point College (1942-1947).

  • Auditor reports.

  • Correspondence, including letters between Dr. Gideon Ireland Humphries, President of High Point College and Mr. Wills concerning student loans and treasurer reports.  

  • A reference to the first loan request, in the “Rev. B. M. Williams” folder.  

This manuscript collection was taken from the J.C. Roberts Bequest Papers, 1912-1947 through High Point University Archives and Special Collections, housed in Smith Library.  Please contact David Bryden or Samantha Harlow for more information on this digital collection.  

 

 
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