Primary Sources, Rollins, Student Research

Early Leaders in Black Education

Rollins administrators and faculty maintained close connections with leading black educational institutions in the state, like Bethune-Cookman University and the Hungerford Vocational School of Eatonville. Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955) was a celebrated early African American educator and the founder of Bethune-Cookman College (founded in 1904), a still successful HBCU located in nearby Daytona, Florida. After… Read More Early Leaders in Black Education

Pedagogy, Primary Sources, Rollins, Student Research

Another Note from the Archives

With the continued support of ACS grant funding, the project entered its second phase in 2019 — “Pathway to Diversity: Curating Our Collections” — during which time each campus committed to completing the labor-intensive process of selecting, describing, curating, and digitizing the rare and unique archival materials uncovered in the first year of the grant.… Read More Another Note from the Archives

Primary Sources, Rollins, Student Research

Hamilton Holt’s Game-Time Decision: The 1947 Ohio Wesleyan vs. Rollins College Football Game

In 1947, what was supposed to be a typical homecoming football game between Ohio Wesleyan and Rollins College turned into a major controversy around the issue of (de)segregation. Even though the original game schedule and contract was agreed to the February before, in the fall of 1947 a single African American player (Kenneth Woodward) joined… Read More Hamilton Holt’s Game-Time Decision: The 1947 Ohio Wesleyan vs. Rollins College Football Game

Rollins, Student Presentations, Student Research

Self-Help Culture and the Ideal Woman’s Club of Winter Park

In the first half of the 20th century the doctrine of “separate but equal,” supported by the landmark 1896 Plessy vs. Ferguson case, constitutionally allowed for the separation of races in public places as long as facilities remained equal. (1) Winter Park adhered to this doctrine, as did most other southern towns in the U.S.,… Read More Self-Help Culture and the Ideal Woman’s Club of Winter Park

Rollins, Student Presentations, Student Research

Rollins and African American Higher Education Before Integration

Although Rollins College did not have an African American student body until the mid-1960s, the College was nevertheless a strong advocate for black education in the years before integration, and this is quite evident by the College’s early philanthropy and support for the Hungerford Vocational School of Eatonville. Located only 4 miles from Rollins College… Read More Rollins and African American Higher Education Before Integration

Rollins, Student Presentations, Student Research

Respected or Discriminated? African American Staff at Rollins in the First Part of the 20th Century

In 1948 Susan “Susie” Weasley became the first African American to receive the Decoration of Honor at Rollins College, a prestigious award given to very few individuals over the years. (1) Susie was loved by both faculty and students at Rollins and her very public recognition was supported by President Hamilton Holt himself. Susie was… Read More Respected or Discriminated? African American Staff at Rollins in the First Part of the 20th Century

Rollins, Student Presentations, Student Research

Rollins College and the Gentrification of Winter Park

Gentrification — the process by which a wealthy population begins to take over and redevelop an area traditionally inhabited by minorities and/or a lower-income population — has become an increasingly pressing issue in Winter Park since the 1990s. Though this problem is a more recent one, its roots originate a century prior with the practice… Read More Rollins College and the Gentrification of Winter Park