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Overview of the Collection

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Detailed Description of the Collection

MacMurray College

Dr. Joseph R. Harker Papers

An inventory of the Harker papers at MacMurray College Archives



Overview of the Collection

Repository: MacMurray College ArchivesJacksonville, IL
Creator: Harker, Joseph Ralph
Title: Papers of Joseph R. Harker
Dates: 1894-1930
Quantity: 2 cubic feet
Abstract: This collection encompasses the working papaers from the office of President Harker, as well as his personal correspondence and ephemera.
Language: The records are in English.

Biographical Note

Joseph Harker was born in Durham County, England in 1853. He attended school only to the age of 10 as family circumstances forced him to work in the coal mines alongside his father. At the generosity of his eldest brother living in DuQuoin, Illinois, Joseph emigrated to America in 1871.

After a few years of mining, Harker started on a path of self-education, minimally instructed by the county superindendent of schools. In a few years, the superintendent offered him a teaching position at the "colored" school. From the moment he began teaching, Harker realized this is what he was meant to do. Over the next ten years, he taught schools in several counties before arriving in Morgan County. At Meredosia he taught the high school level and eventually arrived in Jacksonville on the staff of Illinois College, where he enrolled as a college student at the same time. He received his bachelor's degree in 1888, a master's degree in 1890 and a PhD in 1893.

Shortly after he received his doctorate, the Illinois Conference offered him the position as president of the Illinois Female College, as it was known in 1893, a position he held until his retirement in 1925. Harker served the longest tenure in the college's history. During his presidency, Harker changed the name of the college to Illinois Woman's College and built up a substantial endowment through a capital campaign beginning with small amounts pledged by many former students. He oversaw the expansion of the college, first with purchases of nearby lots allowing for an additional wing onto Main, a new residence hall, and with funding from Andrew Carnegie, construction of a fine arts building.

The greatest achievement attributed to Harker is the offical full accreditation of the college as a four-year degree-offering school.

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Scope and Contents

Considering the length of tenure of Harker's presidency, the collection has minimal office files. Many of Harker's files became part of President McClelland's office files. There are several files concerning the college's efforts to raise capital. Correspondence files have been separated into personal correspondence and offical correspondence. Personal correspondence are letters written to him from alumnae who tell of their work history following graduation. Official correspondence includes requests from graduates seeking class confirmations for specific degrees or teaching certificates and other college related business. One folder contains unidentified photographs. There is one scrapbook of letters addressed to him in honor of his retirement and a photograph album of English churches he visited after retirement. Also in the collection are his diplomas and several very early 19th century letters addressed to men associated with the early history of the college. There are 2 ledger books that Harker used for personal and college accounts. One book has a start date of 1893 and the second book begins in 1903.

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Arrangement

Other than a separation of personal and official correspondece, this collection is not arrange by series. All correspondence from married alumnae are filed under the married surname.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is not restricted.

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Related Material

Oversized diplomas are stored separately.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Persons:

Harker, Joseph Ralph (1853-1938)

Places:

Jacksonville (Ill.)

Subjects:

MacMurray College--Presidents

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Detailed Description of the Collection

2A 01 Correspondence, A-C 1917-1925
Inez Huckley Anderson; Mrs. F. A. Bower; Laura L. Butcher; Grace Ward Callahan; Eugene Camp; Lillian A. Clearwater; Edith A. Conley; E. E. Crabtree
02 Correspondence, D-G, 1920-1923
Naomi Davis; Mrs. John C. Davidson; Margaret Davison; Gertrude Tanner Day; Boutwell Dunlap; Olivia Dunlap; Mary Edwards Gardiner; Edna Line Gordon; Annie P. W. Graham; Edith Sawyer Gray; Harriet Ellis Green; Martha Leaton Guthrie
03 Correspondence, H-L, 1916-1924
Interchurch World Movement; Florence Keleher Haller; Leaton Irwin; Edmund J. James; Grace Wood Jess; Ida Johnston; Hattie Jumper; Robert Kelly; Vivian Kelplinger; Mildred Keys; Mary Kuhl; Rebecca Lacy; Belle Short Lambert; William Lane; Mary LaRue; Nellie Lundley
04 Correspondence, M-O, 1918-1929
James MacMurray; Katherine Madden; Florence Madden; George Marshall; Helen Mason; Anna Watson Masters; Rebecca McCarty; Margaret McKee; Emma Merrick; May Kendall Milhoit; Frances V. Melton; Maurine Motsenbocker; Mary P. Murphey; Dell Nichols; Anna Simms Oliver; Ellen Yates Orr; Ralph Overton
05 Correspondence, P-R, 1916-1925
Mrs. E. M. Painter; Pauline Patton; Carrie Peters; Esther Thockmorton Peterson; Rachel Phillippe; Mary Louise Powell; Blanche Purl; C. H. Rammelkamp; Rachel Tomkin Rankin; Susan Rebhan; Lucille Reinbach; Dorothy Finley Reed; Abbie Reynolds; Mona Ramsay Roesler; W. Rutledge
06 Correspondence, S-U, 1909-1925
Elizabeth Seward; Maymie Frazier Seymour; Nina Sherman; Brother Shields; Louise Shoop; Miriam Sipfle; Freda Fenton Starness; Josephine Stewart; Ruth Want Stewart; Edna Robb Sykes; Linda Layton Trapp; R. Travelute; Helen Uhl
07 Correspondence, V-Z, 1919-1924
Orpha Van Ness; L. E. Vance; Mrs. Bethnel Vincent; Dr. Julian Wadsworth; John N. Ward; Vera Wardner; Juanita Warfield; Clara Weer; Mabel Weiss; Mabel Deaman Wilder; Cornelia Young; Dr. E. Robb Zaring
08 Dr. Athearn, 1922
09 Mr. and Mrs. Ira Blackstock, 1913-1924
10 Mary Johnston, 1920-1925
11 Juliard Musical Foundation, 1920-1925
12 Nellie Knopf, 1924
13 James MacMurray, 1916-1925
14 N. O. Nelson Manufacturing, 1924
15 Passavant Hospital, 1921
16 Platt Properties, 1915-1922
17 Rockford College, 1920-1922
18 Francis Short (J. C. Penney Co.), 1921-1925
19 James Willard, 1921
20 Sarah Wycoff, 1920-1923
21 Articles of Incorporation and Name Change, 1899-1913
22 Athletic Association Constitution, 1913
23 Bequests and Wills
24 Capital Campaign, 1913-1917
25 Capital Campaign
26 Capital Campaign Sample Letters
27 Educational Aid Society, 1914
28 Educational Commission, 1918
Moving Illinois Wesleyan University to Springfield
29 Endowment Committee Minutes, 1925
30 Financial Reports, 1908-1924
31 General Board of Education, 1911-1917
32 General Board of Education, 1920-1923
33 Board of Education University Senate, 1919
34 Jacksonville Zoning Commission, 1920-1924
35 Kinship Klub
36 MEC Educational Forward Movement Campaign, 1910-1918
37 Organizational Structures and Duties, 1918-1922
38 Student Government, 1914-1929
39 Notes on the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary, 1917-1921
40 Student Statistics, 1914-1925
41 Subscriptions Pledged, 1900-1909
42 Letter of Resignation, 1924
43 Tributes to Dr. Harker upon Retirement, 1925
44 Trustees Tributes to Dr. Harker, 1925
45 Illinois Conservatory of Music,
46 Advisory Council Minutes, 1915-1925
Ledger Book, 1893-1903
2B 01 Writings
In typescript and handwritten format, some of these essays are part of the research material for his unpublished college history. Other writings appear to be commencement speeches. One is a funeral sermon for Dr. Short.
02 Personal Correspondence, A-D, 1894-1919
03 Personal Correspondence, E-H, 1918-1930
04 Personal Correspondence, I-R, 1918-1929
05 Personal Correspondence, S-W, 1914-1924
06 Cornelia Young Correspondence, 1922
07 Illinois Woman's College History
Newspaper clippings and typescript pages (may have been for his unpublished book).
08 Photographs
09 Unidentified Items
Ephemera with different script.
10 List of donors for car given to Dr. Harker, 1920
11 Hardtner Gymnasium, 1916-1917
History of Illinois Woman's College Part One, 1824-1893
Bound volume of typescript carbon copy of Harker's unpublished manuscript
Photograph album
Contains reproduction photographs and original postcards of churches and cathedrals the Harkers visited on travels through England and the US.
Scrapbook, 1925
Inside are letters that students and others wrote congratulating Dr. Harker for his accomplishments and given to him on his retirement day.
Ledger book, 1903-1911