Inventory of the Frank Augustus DeCosta Papers, 1847-2000

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Descriptive Summary

Abstract: Frank Augustus DeCosta (1910-1972) was an African-American educator, administrator and scholar born in Charleston, South Carolina. In a career that spanned four decades, DeCosta served as a teacher and principal of two high schools, supervisor and chairman of an education department, director of instruction and of student teaching, foreign service statistical officer, and organizing dean of two graduate schools.
The collection includes correspondence, research notes, essays, reports, speeches, financial documents, photographs, family histories, academic and travel related ephemera related to the professional and personal life of Frank Augustus DeCosta, his wife, Beautine, and numerous family members. The bulk of the collection's materials illustrates DeCosta's educational foundation and expansive career as an academic. The remainder of this collection includes correspondence to his wife, family members and colleagues; materials from DeCosta's tour with the United States Agency for International Development in Kaduna, Nigeria; and extensive photographs featuring several generations of the DeCosta Family.
Title: Frank Augustus DeCosta Papers
Creator: DeCosta, Frank Augustus, 1910-1972
Call Number: AMN 1106
Repository: Avery Research Center
Dates: 1847-2000
Bulk: 1940-1972
Language of Material: Material in English
Extent: 4.5 Linear feet
(11 archival boxes)

Biographical Note

Frank Augustus DeCosta was an African-American educator, administrator and scholar born in Charleston, South Carolina, April 12, 1910. He was the eleventh child born to Anna Theresa Harrenburg and Benjamin Rhodes DeCosta. At age five, DeCosta attended the Sander's Graded School, enrolling at the Avery Institute five years later eventually graduating valedictorian in the class of 1927. DeCosta matriculated to Lincoln University, again graduating as the valedictorian in the class of 1931.

After teaching mathematics at Avery Institute for two years, DeCosta became the principal of the Burrell Normal School in Florenca, Alabama, and worked for a year with the Tennessee Valley Authority. In 1934, DeCosta married Beautine Hubert of Savannah, Georgia, having two children, Miriam and Frank, Jr.

The family relocated to Charleston, South Carolina in 1937, where DeCosta assumed the principalship of Avery Institute at the age of twenty-six. While at Avery, DeCosta was awarded a Masters of Art degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. In 1941, DeCosta began doctoral studies at the University of Pennsylvania, while teaching part-time at Lincoln University (Pennsylvania). He served as Chairman of the Education Department at Alabama State College in Montgomery (1943-1945), eventually becoming the Dean of the Graduate School at South Carolina State College in Orangeburg, a position DeCosta held for ten years.

A year after receiving his Ph.D degree from the University of Pennsylvania (1954), DeCosta returned to Alabama State College to become Director of Instruction. In 1957, he was appointed Director of Student Teaching at Morgan State College in Baltimore, Maryland. Through the Agency for International Development, DeCosta became a Statistical Officer to the Ministry of Education in Kaduna, Nigeria (1962-1964). Upon his return to the United States, he was named Dean of the Graduate School at Morgan State College.

DeCosta was a noted scholar whose articles were published in national journals, including the Journal of Negro Education and the Journal of Educational Research. In 1971, he co-authored a book Between Two Worlds: A Profile of Negro Higher Education.

Active in community affairs, DeCosta served in numerous organizations including as a member on the Baltimore City Jail Board, the Boy Scouts of America and was a life member of the NAACP. He also belonged to the Masons, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

Frank Augustus DeCosta died on June 19, 1972.

SOURCE: DeCosta-Willis, Miriam, ed. and Jane Aldrich. "Collection of Frank Augustus DeCosta, 1910-1972: Guide to thge collection with selected photographs." Charleston: Avery, 2003.


Collection Overview

Correspondence, research notes, essays, reports, speeches, financial documents, photographs, family histories, academic, and travel related ephemera document the professional and personal life of Frank Augustus DeCosta, his wife, Beautine Hubert DeCosta, and numerous family members. The bulk of the collection's materials reveals DeCosta's educational, and career experience.

The collection is arranged into four series:

1. Correspondence--The majority of DeCosta's correspondence is written to his wife. Organized chronologically, the letters span several decades revealing their relationship, family, academic tenure, career, and travels. A sub-series contains letters written by DeCosta during his tenure in Kaduna, Nigeria. The letters sent were to family, friends, and academic colleagues. Letters sent to family members are sorted by recipient, and listed in date order. All other correspondence is sorted by type, and listed chronologically.

2. Education and Career--Contains materials relating to DeCosta's education and academic career. Includes documents from DeCosta's educational experience as a student, teacher and administrator. Also, holds publications, conference papers, reports, and speeches authored by DeCosta. Contains memorabilia and resources acquired by Dr. DeCosta during his tour with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), at the Ministry of Education in Nigeria. Materials generated during the last phase of DeCosta's professional life, including his work in both civic and educational pursuits are included in this series.

3. Personal and Family--Holds documents pertaining to the DeCosta Family. Contains items related to the death of Frank A. DeCosta in 1972. Also, traces many of the financial and real estate transactions of Frank and Beautine, including their various household moves and financial preparations to work and reside in Nigeria. Includes items related to the multi-generational DeCosta Family with an assortment of receipts and deeds from the late nineteenth century; recaps of family history collected and distributed at DeCosta Family Reunions; handwritten notes by Beautine DeCosta and Miriam DeCosta Seabrook (Frank's sister) regarding family memories; and clippings highlighting the achievements of Frank and Beautine's grandchildren, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and nephews, etc.

4. Photographs and Miscellaneous Artifacts--Contains various artifacts collected by the DeCosta throughout their life together. Photographs and images which highlight Frank's numerous interests are arranged chronologically and by topic. Included are professional photographs of various athletic and academic groups, in addition to candid images of family and friends. DeCosta's USAID assignment in Nigeria is reflected in numerous photos and postcards, both in professional and his personal surroundings in Kaduna. Many of the latter photographs are with grandchildren. Also, included are color photocopies of tintypes of family and unidentifed people.


Collection Arrangement

The collection is divided into four series:

Series 1. Correspondence, 1934-1972

Series 2. Education and Career, 1927-1995

Series 3. Personal and Family, 1867-1995

Series 4. Photographs and Miscellaneous Artifacts, 1847-2000


Other Finding Aids

A more detailed version of this finding aid can be found here, Frank Augustus DeCosta Papers


Related Materials

Bowles, Frank and Frank A. DeCosta. "Between Two Worlds: A Profile of Negro Higher Education." New York: McGraw-Hill, 1971. Located in the Avery Research Center library: Call Number-LC2781.B6

DeCosta Family Papers (AMN 1101)

Frank Augustus DeCosta, Jr. Papers

H.A. DeCosta, Jr. Papers (AMN 1084)

Miriam DeCosta Seabrook and Herbert U. Seabrook Papers (AMN 1094)

Subject Headings

  • DeCosta, Beautine Hubert, 1913-2008.
  • DeCosta, Frank Augustus, Jr. , 1935-1999.
  • DeCosta-Willis, Miriam, 1934-.
  • Africa--Social life and customs.
  • African American-South Carolina--Charleston.
  • African Americans--Education--South Carolina--History--20th century.
  • Avery Normal Institute--Alumni and alumnae--Photographs.
  • DeCosta family.
  • Teachers--South Carolina--Charleston.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Correspondence, 1934-1972.

The majority of Frank Augustus DeCosta's correspondence in this series was written to his wife, Beautine Hubert DeCosta. While organized chronologically, the letters have been broken down into fifteen sub-series, including a section of Nigerian correspondence.

1.1 Correspondence: Letters from Frank A. DeCosta to Beautine H. DeCosta, 1934.

Letters expressed during the couple's first married summer. Frank DeCosta was living in New York with his siblings while pursuing work. Beautine DeCosta was expecting their first child, while working and living with parents in Savannah, Georgia.
Box 1   Folder 1
Correspondence, 1934
Box 1   Folder 2
Correspondence, 1934
Box 1   Folder 3
Correspondence, 1934 and undated

1.2 Correspondence: Letters from Frank A. DeCosta to Beautine H. DeCosta, 1935.

DeCosta in Florence, Alabama where he was principal at the American Missionary Association (AMA) funded Burrell Normal School (closed at conclusion of school year by AMA), and then pursuing position with Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Beautine was living and working in Mayfield, Georgia, expecting the couple's second child.
Box 1   Folder 4
Correspondence, 1935
Box 1   Folder 5
Correspondence, 1935

1.3 Correspondence: Letters from Frank A. DeCosta to Beautine H. DeCosta, 1936.

DeCosta living in New York and attending graduate school at Columbia University. Beautine living in Savannah, GA until she can join her husband.
Box 1   Folder 6
Correspondence, 1936

1.4 Correspondence: Letters from Frank A. DeCosta to Beautine H. DeCosta, 1937-1938.

DeCosta on leave from principal duties at AMA's Avery Normal Institute, Charleston, SC, to complete Masters of Art at Columbia University, New York. Beautine is living and working in Charleston with children.
Box 1   Folder 7
Correspondence, 1937
Box 1   Folder 8
Correspondence, 1937-1938

1.5 Correspondence: Letters from Frank A. DeCosta to Beautine H. DeCosta, Summer, 1938.

DeCosta working as athletic director at Camp Atwater in Massachusetts. Beautine and children staying in Roxbury, MA with friends.
Box 1   Folder 9
Correspondence, 1938
Box 1   Folder 10
Correspondence, Miscellaneous, 1935-1944
Contains anniversary card and letters.

1.6 Correspondence: Letters from Frank A. DeCosta to Beautine H. DeCosta, 1941-1942.

DeCosta was a part-time instructor at Lincoln University, PA while pursuing doctoral studies at the University of Pennsylvania, PA. Beautine attending graduate school in Atlanta, GA.
Box 1   Folder 11
Correspondence, 1941
Box 1   Folder 12
Correspondence, 1942

1.7 Correspondence: Letters from Frank A. DeCosta to Beautine H. DeCosta, 1945.

DeCosta, working as Chairman of Education at Alabama State College (Montgomery), and in Philadelphia pursuing PhD at University of Pennsylvania. Beautine living and working in Montgomery, AL.
Box 1   Folder 13
Correspondence, 1945

1.8 Correspondence: Letters from Frank A. DeCosta to Beautine H. DeCosta, and et.al., 1945-1950.

DeCosta in Orangeburg, SC as Dean of School of Graduate Studies at South Carolina Agricultural and Mechanical College. Beautine living and working in Montgomery, AL.
Box 1   Folder 14
Correspondence, 1945-1946
Box 1   Folder 15
Correspondence, 1946
Box 2   Folder 1
Correspondence, 1946
Box 2   Folder 2
Correspondence, Miscellaneous, 1945-1950
Various letters written by Frank DeCosta to family members and academic colleagues.

1.9 Correspondence: Letters from Frank A. DeCosta to Beautine H. DeCosta, 1951-1953.

DeCosta in Philadelphia regarding Ph.D progress. Beautine in Orangeburg, SC.
Box 2   Folder 3
Correspondence, 1951-1953

1.10 Correspondence: Letters from Frank A. DeCosta to Beautine H. DeCosta, 1955.

DeCosta in Montgomery, AL as Director of Education at Alabama State College. Beautine in Orangeburg, SC.
Box 2   Folder 4
Correspondence, 1955

1.11 Correspondence: Letters from Frank A. DeCosta to Beautine H. DeCosta, 1956.

DeCosta in Montgomery, AL as Director of Education at Alabama State College. Beautine attending seminar in North Carolina State College, Durham, NC.
Box 2   Folder 5
Correspondence, 1956

1.12 Correspondence: Letters from Frank A. DeCosta to Beautine H. DeCosta, and et.al., 1951-1962.

DeCosta in Montgomery, AL as Director of Education at Alabama State College. Beautine in Baltimore, MD.
Box 2   Folder 6
Correspondence, 1961
Box 2   Folder 7
Correspondence, Miscellaneous, 1951-1962
Contains letters written by Frank DeCosta to family members and academic colleagues.

1.13 Nigeria Correspondence, 1962-1964.

In 1962, DeCosta assumed the position of Statistical Officer at the Ministry of Education in Kaduna, Nigeria, under the Bureau for Africa of the United States Agency for International Development. Letters sent by DeCosta to family members are sorted by recipient and listed in date order. All other correspondence is sorted by type and listed chronologically.
Box 2   Folder 8
Nigeria, Letters from Beautine DeCosta to Frank DeCosta, 1962
Box 2   Folder 9
Nigeria Correspondence: Letters from Frank DeCosta to Beautine DeCosta Apr-May, April-May 1962
Box 2   Folder 10
Nigeria Correspondence: Letters from Frank DeCosta to Beautine, 1962-1964
Box 2   Folder 11
Nigeria Correspondence: Letters from Frank DeCosta to Frank A. DeCosta, Jr. and Senora Reckling DeCosta, 1962-1963
Letters to Frank's son and his daughter-in-law (Frank, Jr.'s wife).
Box 2   Folder 12
Nigeria Correspondence: Frank DeCosta letters to Frank A. DeCosta, Jr. and Senora Reckling DeCosta, 1964
Box 2   Folder 13
Nigeria Correspondence: Letters from Frank DeCosta to Miriam DeCosta Sugarmon and Russell Sugarmon, 1962
Letters to DeCosta's daughter and her first husband.
Box 2   Folder 14
Nigeria Correspondence: Letters from Frank DeCosta to Miriam D. and Russell Sugarmon, 1963
Box 2   Folder 15
Nigeria Correspondence: Letters from Frank DeCosta to Miriam and Russell Sugarmon, 1964
Box 2   Folder 16
Nigeria Correspondence: Letters from Miriam DeCosta Sugarmon to Frank and Beautine DeCosta, 1962
Box 2   Folder 17
Nigeria Correspondence: Nnambi Asikiwe, President of Nigeria, 1963-1964
Box 2   Folder 18
Nigeria Correspondence: Letters from Musa Biu, 1962-1963
Biu was the DeCosta's house employee.
Box 2   Folder 19
Nigeria Correspondence: Letters to Other Family Members and Friends, 1962-1964
Box 2   Folder 20
Nigeria Correspondence: Colleagues at Morgan State College, 1962-1964
Box 2   Folder 21
Nigeria Correspondence: United States Agency for International Development, 1963-1964
Box 2   Folder 22
Nigeria Correspondence: Other Personal & Professional Letters, 1962-1964, undated

1.14 Correspondence: Professional and Personal, 1965.

Letters are separated into Professional and Personal.
Box 2   Folder 23
Correspondence: Professional, 1965
Box 2   Folder 24
Correspondence: Personal, 1965

1.15 Correspondence: Professional and Personal, 1966-1972.

Letters separated into Professional and Personal.
Box 2   Folder 25
Correspondence: Professional, 1966-1972
Box 2   Folder 26
Correspondence: Personal, 1966-1972

Series 2: Education and Career, 1927-2000.

Contains materials relating to Frank A. DeCosta's education and career. Box 3 includes documents from DeCosta's educational experience as a student, teacher, and administrator. Box 4 holds materials authored by DeCosta. Box 5 contains memorabilia and resources acquired by Dr. DeCosta during his tour with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), at the Ministry of Education in Nigeria. Materials generated during the last phase of DeCosta's professional life, including his work in both civic and educational pursuits are located in Box 6.

2.1 Educational Materials, 1927-1990, undated.

Holds documents regarding DeCosta's educational experiences as student, teacher, and administrator.
Box 3   Folder 1
Educational Materials: Frank A. DeCosta's Background, undated
Contains "The Frank A. DeCosta Family," biographical essay.
Box 3   Folder 2
Educational Materials: "Why I Came to Lincoln", circa 1930
Regarding DeCosta's award winning essay published in the "Lincoln News."
Box 3   Folder 3
Educational Materials: Lincoln University transcript, 1927-1929
Box 3   Folder 4
Educational Materials: Lincoln University Commencement, 1931, 1961
Includes leather-bound program of graduation ceremonies (1931) and program from Annual Banquet (5 Jun 1961)
Box 3   Folder 5
Educational Materials: Photocopies of American Missionary Association records, 1931-1940
Includes applications, recommendations, contracts and correspondence.
Box 3   Folder 6
Educational Materials: Avery Institute, Charleston, SC, 1927, 1938-1940, 1943, 1978, 1990
Holds various documents; cards, commencement exercises; photocopied photograph of male faculty (c. 1939); certification of AMA work experience (1943) and program from opening of Avery Research Center (1990).
Box 3   Folder 7
Educational Materials: Atlanta University transcript, 1933-1935
Box 3   Folder 8
Educational Materials: Columbia University transcript, 1936-1938
Box 3   Folder 9
Educational Materials: Service Records, 1943
Contains AMA (19 Mar 1943) and Lincoln University (24 Mar 1943) service records
Box 3   Folder 10
Educational Materials: Julius Rosenwald Fund, 1942
Includes notification of award and correspondence regarding disbursement
Box 3   Folder 11
Educational Materials: University of Pennsylvania academic records, 1933-1943, undated
Holds transcripts, diagnostic testing results and certification of foreign language exams
Box 3   Folder 12
Educational Materials: University of Pennsylvania Graduate School Convocation, 1954
Regarding Frank DeCosta's doctorate degree ceremony includes "Commencement Notes;" "Convocation of University Council for the Conferring of Degrees;" and "One Hundred and Ninety-Eighth Commencement for the Conferring of Degrees."
Box 3   Folder 13
Educational Materials: Philosphias Doctoris, University of Pennsylvania, 1954
Holds DeCosta's doctorate diploma, 13 Feb 1954
Box 3   Folder 14
Educational Materials: Announcement Clippings, 1954
Includes notices from newspapers, academic magazines regarding DeCosta's PhD degree
Box 3   Folder 15
Educational Materials: Morgan State College, 1967-1968
Bulletin booklet regarding Graduate School announcements
Box 3   Folder 16
Educational Materials: Frank A. DeCosta vita, 11 Jun, 1970
Box 3   Folder 17
Educational Materials: Miscellaneous clippings, 1950, 1959-1960
Includes DeCosta's bio in "Who's Who in American Education," 19th Edition.

2.2 Publications, Conference Papers, Reports, and Speeches, circa 1929-1972, and undated.

Holds published and unpublished works by or co-authored by Frank A. DeCosta.
Box 4   Folder 1
Materials regarding book, "Between Two Worlds: a Profile of Negro Higher Education", 1971-1972, undated
Includes book reviews (1972, undated)
Box 4   Folder 2
Publication: " A Guide to Thesis Writing", 1951
Manual co-written by Frank DeCosta
Box 4   Folder 3
Report: School Statistics of Northern Nigeria, 1961
Box 4   Folder 4
Report: School Statistics of Northern Nigeria, 1962
Box 4   Folder 5
Essay: "Why I Came to Lincoln", circa 1929-1930
DeCosta's prize-winning essay featured in "Lincoln News." Also located in Box 3, Folder 2
Box 4   Folder 6
Essay: "The Education of Negroes in South Carolina", 1947
DeCosta's article featured in "The Journal of Negro Education" 16 (Summer 1947): 405-16
Box 4   Folder 7
Report: "Some Facts on Education Among Negroes in South Carolina", 1949
Article published in "Report of the Fourth Conference of Negro Land-Grant Colleges for Coordinating a Program of Cooperative Social Studies."
Box 4   Folder 8
Report: "The Relative Enrollment of Negroes in Common Schools in the United States", 1953
Authored by DeCosta; reprinted from "The Journal of Negro Education, Summer Issue, 1953
Box 4   Folder 9
Report: "Contributions of the Graduate Record Examinations and the National Teacher Examinations to the Prediction of Graduate School Success", 1957
Co-authored by DeCosta featured in "Journal of Educational Research (January 1957): 383-89
Box 4   Folder 10
Essay: "The Tax-Supported College for Negroes", 1959
Featured in "Journal of Educational Sociology" (February 1959): 260-66
Box 4   Folder 11
Publication: "Test Performance of Seniors in Non-Accredited High Schools as a Measure of Their College Success", 1957
Box 4   Folder 12
Report: Phelps-Stokes Fund, 1954
Frank DeCosta was a national project consultant for the improvement of instruction in secondary schools and co-author of report.
Box 4   Folder 13
Brochure and newspaper clipping regarding Phelps-Stokes Fund project, 1958
Box 4   Folder 14
Speech: "The Teacher's Responsibility in a Changing Society", undated
Box 4   Folder 15
Newsletter: "The Bulletin" July, 1961
Related to "The Teacher's Responsibility..."
Box 4   Folder 16
Speech: "Teacher Image in a Changing World" 1 Sept, 1964
Handwritten
Box 4   Folder 17
Speech: "Student Pressures-Today and Yesterday", circa 1965
Typed carbon copy
Box 4   Folder 18
Speech: "Africa, Asia and the Development Decade", circa 1965
Typed carbon copy
Box 4   Folder 19
Speech: "Education in Nigeria", circa 1965
Typed carbon copy
Box 4   Folder 20
Report: "Problems of Research Among the Faculties of Predominately Negro Colleges and Universities", 1966
Box 4   Folder 21
Speech: "Tribute to Dr. Albert N. Whiting," 2 May, 1967
Talk given at the Morgan State College. Typed carbon copy
Box 4   Folder 22
Speech: "For Dr. Harold Dulany at his Farewell Ceremony on Leaving Morgan State University," 8 May, 1968
Typed carbon copy
Box 4   Folder 23
Speech: "Morgan State Colleges's Graduate School Emphasizes Arts and Sciences", 1969
Typed original and carbon copy
Box 4   Folder 24
Worksheet: "B&F Tabulating Work Sheet for Educational Statistics", undated

2.3 Nigerian Materials, 1962-1965.

Contains memorabilia and resources acquired by Dr. DeCosta during his tour with USAID at the Ministry of Education in Nigeria.
Box 5   Folder 1
Appointment announcement, circa 1962
Regarding newspaper clippings regarding DeCosta's Nigerian education post
Box 5   Folder 2
Personal items, 1963-1964, undated
Includes items created or collected by DeCosta during his Nigeria tenure; programs, lists, photocopied color photographs; and driving licence.
Box 5   Folder 3
Invitations, 1962-1964
Invites to various official government functions and social events
Box 5   Folder 4
Programs, 1962-1964
Includes programs from installation ceremonies of government officials and state celebration
Box 5   Folder 5
Office Materials, 1962-1964
Includes statistic schedule; notes; workshop schedule; USAID performance rating and newsletters
Box 5   Folder 6
Nigerian Government publications, 1962-1964
Box 5   Folder 7
Awards and conclusion of service, 1962-1965
Includes certificates, newspaper clippings and transcript of radio interview

2.4 Professional and Civic Life, 1963-2000, undated.

Contains materials generated during the last phase of DeCosta's professional life, including his work in both civic and educational pursuits.
Box 6   Folder 1
Morgan State College activities, 1964-1969, undated
Includes letters; notes; press releases and newspaper clippings
Box 6   Folder 2
Morgan State College contracts, circa 1963-1969
Includes advisements of contract renewal and addendum
Box 6   Folder 3
Morgan State College Foundation, Apr-May, 1971
Composite B&W photos of professors/staff who contributed to the "Those Who Cared Enough to Give the First $5,000" program
Box 6   Folder 4
The Union Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, 1968-1969
Listing of board members
Box 6   Folder 5
Baltimore City Jail Board, 1971-1972, undated
Regarding DeCosta's appointment as board member, includes correspondence; reports; certificate and newspaper clipping.
Box 6   Folder 6
White House telegram, 1 Mar, 1972
From Robert J. Brown, Special Assistant to the President, requesting DeCosta's presence at briefing of minority leaders
Box 6   Folder 7
Newspaper clippings, 1969-1970
Regarding DeCosta's educational involvement in national studies
Box 6   Folder 8
Morgan State University scholarships, 27 Aug, 1976
Letter to Beautine DeCosta naming "recipients of Frank A. DeCosta Scholarships for 1976-77"
Box 6   Folder 9
Lincoln University scholarships, 1981, 1995
Contains commencement/convocation programs featuring recipients of DeCosta scholarships
Box 6   Folder 10
South Carolina State University, 1995
Letter to Miriam DeCosta-Willis regarding appreciation of donation of DeCosta Family history books to the library's Historical Collection
Box 6   Folder 11
Publication references, 2000
Includes periodicals which reference the work of Frank DeCosta.
Box 6   Folder 12
Photograph, undated
Regarding unidentified copy of photos of prominent Charleston African American, including DeCosta as first Averyite to become principal of school

Series 3: Personal and Family, 1867-1998.

Contains documents pertaining to the DeCosta Family. Box 7 holds items related to the death of Frank A. DeCosta in 1972. Box 8 traces many of the financial and real estate transactions of Frank and Beautine, including their various household moves and financial preparations to work and reside in Nigeria.

3.1 Death and Funeral Documents, 1972-1973.

Materials relating to the passing of Frank A. DeCosta (23 Jun 1972)
Box 7   Folder 1
Funeral program, 23 June 1972
Includes obsequies and funeral service card
Box 7   Folder 2
Obituaries/Eulogies/Tributes to Frank A. DeCosta, 1972
Includes transcripts of speeches and newspaper clippings.
Box 7   Folder 3
Death and Funeral Documents, 1972
Includes certificate of death; last will and testament
Box 7   Folder 4
Unity and Friendship Society materials, 1972
Includes letter regarding death benefit and "Resolution"
Box 7   Folder 5
Correspondence, 1972-1973
Regarding letters of condolence to Beautine DeCosta from colleagues
Box 7   Folder 6
Correspondence, 1972
Condolence letters to Frank DeCosta, Jr. from colleagues
Box 7   Folder 7
Correspondence, 1972
Thank you letters written by DeCosta, Jr. (typed carbon copies)
Box 7   Folder 8
Correspondence, 1972
Thank you letters written by DeCosta, Jr. (typed carbon copies)

3.2 Personal Financial Materials, 1945-1969.

Regarding financial and real estate transactions of the Frank DeCosta family, including their various household moves and preparations in relocation to Nigeria.
Box 8   Folder 1
Family Budget and Payments, circa 1948
Includes household budget master and handwritten list of payments made
Box 8   Folder 2
Family Notes regarding Harold DeCosta, 1947-1949
Includes correspondence from family members and institutions regarding brother's health and expenses; financial statements; contribution summaries
Box 8   Folder 3
Finances of Harold DeCosta, 1948-1949
Includes cancelled checks and miscellaneous receipts
Box 8   Folder 4
Account Book regarding Harold DeCosta, 1947-1948
Journal book w/handwritten entries of contributions and expenses
Box 8   Folder 5
Financial: Bonds, 1945-1956
Contains detailed list of bonds purchased
Box 8   Folder 6
Orangeburg, South Carolina Property and Miscellaneous Finances, 1955-1962
Includes correspondence, contracts and handwritten notes regarding sale and transfer of Orangeburg lots previously held by Frank DeCosta
Box 8   Folder 7
Orangeburg, South Carolina Property, 1955-1962
Includes correspondence w/attorney regarding property transfer
Box 8   Folder 8
Baltimore, Maryland property, 1957
Regarding 2711 Elisnore Avenue-includes correspondence w/realtor regarding property purchase
Box 8   Folder 9
Financial Holdings of The DeCostas, 1967
Includes "Summary Description of the Financial Holdings of Frank A. DeCosta and Beautine H. DeCosta" 1 Sept 1967
Box 8   Folder 10
Financial: Check Stubs, 1968-1969
Regarding checks written 1 Mar 1968-17 Jan 1969
Box 8   Folder 11
Financial: Miscellaneous notes, 1962-1969
Regarding notes for financial management of assets while living in Nigeria and various summary of account sheets

3.3 The DeCosta Family, 1867-1998.

Includes materials related to the multi-generational DeCosta Family with an assortment of receipts and deeds from the late nineteenth century; recaps of family history collected and distributed at DeCosta Family Reunions; handwritten notes by Beautine DeCosta and Miriam DeCosta Seabrook (Frank's sister) regarding family memories; and clippings highlighting the achievements of Frank and Beautine's grandchildren, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, etc.
Box 9   Folder 1
Frank A. DeCosta materials, 1910, 1931, 1940, 1972
Includes birth certificate verification; vita; AMA employment application and autobiographical sketch
Box 9   Folder 2
Frank DeCosta's mathematical note, 1969, undated
Handwritten notes of equations and calculations
Box 9   Folder 3
Frank and Beautine DeCosta's marriage certificate, 10 Jan, 1934
Box 9   Folder 4
Family of Frank and Beautine DeCosta, 1944, 1995, undated
Includes typed and handwritten notes by Beautine remembering her life and family; family tree of descendents and wedding announcement of Beautine's second marriage to Major Richard Lee
Box 9   Folder 5
DeCosta Family History, 1993, 1995, undated
Includes letters and handwritten notes on family research; family memories of Miriam DeCosta Seabrook (Frank's sister) as recorded by Miriam DeCosta-Willis (Frank's daughter)
Box 9   Folder 6
DeCosta Family Research, 1995, undated
Contains handwritten and photocopied notes from DeCosta Family census and directory research; handwritten family tree
Box 9   Folder 7
DeCosta Family Historical Documents, 1867, 1871, 1887, 1898, 1911
Includes deposit book from Freedman's Savings and Trust Company, Charleston, SC (Hetty Bell Chisolm-Frank's great-grandmother-1867-1875); receipts for sale of lot in Zion Cemetery from Zion Presbyterian Church, Charleston, SC to Martha Costa (DeCosta), 17 Jan 1871, 28 Mar 1898 and 3 Apr 11; receipt for sale of casket to Benjamin R. DeCoster, 3 Aug 1887
Box 9   Folder 8
Anna H. DeCosta Documents, 1904, 1920
Includes letters and South Carolina Voter Registration Certificate issued 9 Sep 1920
Box 9   Folder 9
Deeds, Bonds and Land Holdings, 1910-1912
Regarding transactions by "Beny Decoster" and Anna DeCosta
Box 9   Folder 10
Eugenia (Genie) DeCosta Higgins, 1957, 1988
Regarding Frank DeCosta's sister; includes her Last Will ann Testament, 21 Jul 1988
Box 9   Folder 11
Funeral Memorabilia of Family Members, 1970, 1977, 1993, 1997, undated
Contains funeral programs; obituaries and eulogy of various DeCosta Family members
Box 9   Folder 12
Contact Information, 1983
Regarding information for family members recorded from reunion, 8-10 Jul 1983
Box 9   Folder 13
Family Reunion Correspondence, 1995
Contains correspondence and attachments (i.e. "The Benjamin DeCosta Family History" and activity plans); w/follow-up after reunion
Box 9   Folder 14
Family Reunion Paperwork, 1995
Contains guest spreadsheet; and report of income and expenses
Box 9   Folder 15
Family Reunion Registration folder, 1995
Contains materials given to family members at reunion
Box 9   Folder 16
Family History Booklet,, 1995
Contains book distributed at reunion, "The Martha & Benjamin DeCosta Family History" (Charleston, SC), an ancestral history and the families/descendants of the eleven children of Anna and Benjamin DeCosta as compiled by family members.
Box 9   Folder 17
The Brown Fellowship Society, 1990
Contains materials/information regarding the two hundredth anniversary of the Society and "Charleston Black Burial Societies"
Box 9   Folder 18
Family and Business of Herbert DeCosta, 1977, 1979, 1995, 1998
Contains "History-H.A. DeCosta Company," written by Emily S. DeCosta (24 Jun 1977); newspaper and magazine clippings and other materials regarding Frank DeCosta's brother. Also refer to "H.A. DeCosta, Jr. Papers, 1854-2009" AMN# 1084
Box 9   Folder 19
Career of Benjamin R. DeCosta, III, 1995-1998
Regarding Frank DeCosta's grand-nephew; contains various newspaper clippings regarding his position as Chief of Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport
Box 9   Folder 20
Career of Robert Higgins, Jr., 1995, undated
Regarding grand-nephew of Frank DeCosta, grandson of his sister, Eugenia Higgins; includes newspaper clippings from "Detroit News" regarding lung transplant performed by Dr. Higgins, Jr.
Box 9   Folder 21
Career of Paula Caffey, 1995
Regarding grand-niece of Frank DeCosta, granddaughter of Frank's sister, Daisy Caffey); flyer from film "Black Women On: The Light, Dark Thang," co-produced by Caffey
Box 9   Folder 22
Career of Erika Sugarmon, 1995
Regarding Frank DeCosta's granddaughter, daughter of Miriam DeCosta-Willis; includes article about professional training completed by Sugarmon
Box 9   Folder 23
DeCosta Family, Friends and Associates, 1994, 1996
Contains newspaper and magazine clippings regarding Anna DeCosta Banks and Elise and Edwin Harleston

Series 4: Photographs and Miscellaneous Artifacts, circa 1847-2000.

Box 10 contains various artifacts collected by Frank and Beautine DeCosta throughout their life together, including Frank's Nigerian hat and athletic letter from Lincoln University. Photographs and images in Box 11 are arranged chronologically and illustrate Frank's numerous interests. Included are professional photographs of various athletic and academic groups, in addition to candid images of family and friends. Frank's USAID assignment in Nigeria is reflected in numerous photos and postcards, both in professional and his personal surroundings in Kaduna. Many of the latter photographs are with grandchildren.

4.1 Miscellaneous Artifacts, 1847-2000, undated.

Contains items collected by Frank and Beautine DeCosta during their lifetime together.
Box 10   Folder 1
Address book of Frank DeCosta, circa 1930
Box 10   Folder 2
T-shirt from the DeCosta Family Reunion, 1995
Box 10   Folder 3
Book: "The Carolina Housewife" by a Lady of Charleston, 1847
**Book in fragile condition, missing hard cover/binding exposed and separating**
Box 10
Object  4
Charcoal portrait of Frank DeCosta, Aug, 1966
By David Huatt
Box 10   Folder 5
Lincoln University athletic letter, circa 1927-1931
**Item is in fragile condition, moth eaten in parts***
Box 10   Folder 6
Identification cards for Frank DeCosta, 1961-1971, undated
Contains Department of State; City Jail Board of Baltimore; Charleston County Health Department; passport photo.
Box 10   Folder 7
Nigerian hat, circa 1964
A traditional kufi, frequently worn by Frank DeCosta in Nigeria. **In worn condition w/dark spots throughout**
Box 10   Folder 8
Date calendar/diary of Frank DeCosta, 1964
Box 10   Folder 9
Nigerian magazines, 1961, 1963
Journals: "Nigeria Magazine" 71 (Dec 1961) and 78 (Sept 1963)
Box 10   Folder 10
Book: from the Phelps-Stokes Fund, 1960
"Ladders to Improvement: Report of a Project for the Improvement of Instruction in Secondary Schools
Box 10   Folder 11
Yearbook: South Carolina State University Bulldog, 1955
Box 10   Folder 12
Newspaper clipping: "DeCosta Reunion Starts Today," Aug, 1975
Box 10   Folder 13
Notebook, undated
Contains lists (content of slide carousels?) and misc. notes.
Box 10   Folder 14
Notebook: "The Frank A. DeCosta Collection of African Art", 2000
Contains documentation and appraisal by Dr. Kwaku Ofori-Ansa, Hyattsville, Maryland.
Box 10   Folder 15
Audio recording tapes-(4) reel-to-reels, undated
Unidentified
Box 10
Object  16
Diploma: Columbia University, New York, 1938
Frank DeCosta's Masters of Art.

4.2 Photographs, circa 1860-1995.

Images are arranged chronologically by subject
Box 11   Folder 1
Family Photographs, circa 1860-1925
Box 11   Folder 1
Family: Hetty Bell Chisolm (c 1818-1885)(Sheet 1), circa 1875
Great-grandmother of Frank DeCosta
Box 11   Folder 1
Family: Benjamin R. DeCosta (c 1834- 12 Nov 1870)(Sheet 2), circa 1860
Frank's paternal grandfather, son of Hetty Bell Chisolm
Box 11   Folder 1
Family: Martha Eugenia Adams DeCosta (1834-1915) (Sheet 3), circa 1860
Wife of Benjamin R. DeCosta, grandmother of Frank
Box 11   Folder 1
Family: Martha Eugenia Adams DeCosta (Sheet 4), circa 1860
Box 11   Folder 1
Family: Elizabeth M. DeCosta (1 Jul 1868-22 Oct 1884) (Sheet 5), circa 1860
Daughter of Benjamin and Martha, aunt of Frank DeCosta
Box 11   Folder 1
Family: Benjamin R. DeCosta (1867-1911)(Sheet 6), 1875
Son of Benjamin and Martha, Frank's father
Box 11   Folder 1
Family: Benjamin R. DeCosta (Sheet 7), 1875
Box 11   Folder 1
Family: Benjamin R. DeCosta (Sheet 8), circa 1887
Box 11   Folder 1
Family: Herbert Alexander DeCosta (1894-1960) and Miriam Fiorella DeCosta (1896-1992)(Sheet 9), circa 1900
Frank DeCosta's siblings
Box 11   Folder 1
Family: Anna Harrenburg DeCosta (1868-1960)(Sheet 10a), circa 1920
Franks' mother at 5 Rosemont
Box 11   Folder 1
Family: Anna H. DeCosta (Sheet 10b), circa 1920
With son Harold
Box 11   Folder 1
Family: Anna H. DeCosta (Sheet10c), circa 1920
With daughter Eugenia
Box 11   Folder 1
Family: Harold (1907-1968) and Eugenia (1898-1993) DeCosta (Sheet 10d), circa 1920
Frank's siblings
Box 11   Folder 1
Family: Harold DeCosta (Sheet 11a), circa 1920
Box 11   Folder 1
Family: "Harold DeCosta"(Sheet11b), circa 1920
With unidentified young lady
Box 11   Folder 1
Family: "Harold and Allen McFall" (Sheet 11c), circa 1920
Box 11   Folder 1
Family: "Harold DeCosta" (Sheet 11d), circa 1920
Box 11   Folder 1
Family: "Harold" (Sheet 12a), circa 1920
Box 11   Folder 1
Family: "Harold & Friends" (Sheet 12b), circa 1920
Box 11   Folder 1
Family: "Harold" (Sheet 12b), circa 1920
Box 11   Folder 1
Family: "Thelma, 1st wife of Harold DeCosta" (Sheet 12d), circa 1920
Box 11   Folder 1
Family: Elizabeth DeCosta Sartor & Augustus Sartor on their wedding day" (Sheet 13a), circa 1920
Box 11   Folder 1
Family: "Harold & friend" (Sheet 13b), circa 1920
Box 11   Folder 1
Family: Photo of Frank's brother (Sheet 13c), circa 1925
Back of photo inscribed: "with love your Brother St. Julian DeCosta, Chief DeCosta"
Box 11   Folder 1
Family: Elizabeth DeCosta Sartor (1887-1952)(Sheet 14), circa 1920
Sister of Frank DeCosta
Box 11   Folder 2
Young Frank Augustus DeCosta, 1926-1931
Box 11   Folder 3
Frank DeCosta at Lincoln University, circa 1930-1931
Box 11   Folder 4
Avery, Frank DeCosta's Early Career, circa 1937-1943
Box 11   Folder 5
Family (1), 1925-1945, and undated
Box 11   Folder 5
Frank and Beautine DeCosta (Sheet 1), 1936
At Coney Island Beach
Box 11   Folder 5
Children, Frank Jr. and Miriam, Charleston (Sheet 2), circa 1939
Box 11   Folder 5
Frank Jr. and Miriam (Sheet 2), circa 1939
At Avery residence, Charleston
Box 11   Folder 5
Frank, Jr. and Miriam at beach (Sheet 4), circa 1940
Box 11   Folder 5
Laler DeCosta, II (Sheet 5), circa 1940
Baby picture; son of Frank's nephew, Laler, son of Benjamin DeCosta, New York
Box 11   Folder 5
Hebert Ulyssess Seabrook (Sheet 6), circa 1940
Formal portrait as a young man. Frank's nephew and Avery graduate, son of Miriam [DeCosta] & Herbert Seabrook, of Charleston
Box 11   Folder 5
Frank DeCosta (Sheet 8a), circa 1938
At Coney Island
Box 11   Folder 5
Frank DeCosta (Sheet 8b), circa 1940
Box 11   Folder 5
Formal portrait: Beautine DeCosta (Sheet 8c), undated
Box 11   Folder 5
Frank and Beautine DeCosta (Sheet 8d), circa 1938
W/children in Boston
Box 11   Folder 5
Miriam DeCosta (Sheet 9a), 1935
Infant picture
Box 11   Folder 5
Miriam DeCosta (Sheet 9b), circa 1936
Inscribed, "at grandma Hubert's in Savannah..." in high chair on front porch
Box 11   Folder 5
Miriam DeCosta (Sheet 9c), circa 1937
As a very young girl
Box 11   Folder 5
Frank DeCosta, Jr. (Sheet 9d), circa 1938
At beach
Box 11   Folder 5
Frank Jr. and Miriam (Sheet 10a), circa 1941
In the trees
Box 11   Folder 5
Family photo (Sheet 10b), circa 1938
At beach: Herbert Seabrook, Bernice DeCosta, Genie Higgins, Bobby Higgins, Miriam Seabrook, Miriam DeCosta, Beautine DeCosta
Box 11   Folder 5
Family photo (Sheet 10c), circa 1938
At beach: Bobby, Miriam, and Beautine
Box 11   Folder 5
Children portrait: Miriam and Frank, Jr.(Sheet 10d), circa 1945
Box 11   Folder 5
"Uncle Benny & Aunt Girtie" (Sheet 11a), circa 1938
At beach w/Frank, Jr.
Box 11   Folder 5
Bobby Higgins (Sheets 11b, c and d), circa 1938
Frank DeCosta's nephew, son of Eugenia
Box 11   Folder 5
Charles and Laler (Sheet 12a), circa 1925
Frank's nephews, sons of Benjamin DeCosta
Box 11   Folder 5
Anna DeCosta (Sheet 12b), circa 1935
Frank's niece, Benjamin's daughter, and her daughter, GeorgeAnn Hunter
Box 11   Folder 5
Harold DeCosta (1907-1968) (Sheet 12c), circa 1940
Box 11   Folder 5
Geraldine DeCosta (Sheet 12d), circa 1945
Wife of Laler (Frank's nephew) in Orangeburg
Box 11   Folder 5
Miriam DeCosta (Sheet 13a), circa 1938
Inscribed "...with family friend in Charleston"
Box 11   Folder 5
Bernice DeCosta (Sheet 13b), circa 1940
Frank's niece, daughter of Herbert DeCosta, Sr. of Charleston
Box 11   Folder 5
Avery students (Sheet 13c), circa 1940
Featuring Herbert DeCosta, Jr. (Frank's nephew, bottom row, 2nd from right)
Box 11   Folder 5
Frank DeCosta (Sheet 13d), 1937
In front of new car
Box 11   Folder 5
DeCosta Family (Sheet 14a), circa 1940
Inscribed "...family gathering behind home of sister Lizzie on Ashley Ave. L to R: Augustus "Gus" Sartor, Miriam DeCosta Seabrook, FAD, BHD, Raymond "Ramon" DeCosta, Elizabeth "Lizzie" DeCosta Sartor, Dr. Herbert U. Seabrook"
Box 11   Folder 5
DeCosta Family (Sheet 14b), circa 1940
Same description and placement as photo in Sheet 14a
Box 11   Folder 5
Ramon DeCosta (Sheet 14c), 1937
Brother of Frank, in front of new car
Box 11   Folder 5
Beautine DeCosta (Sheet 14d), 1937
With Miriam, Frank, Jr. and Ramon
Box 11   Folder 6
Family (2), 1947-1965
Box 11   Folder 6
Eugenia "Genie" DeCosta Higgins (1898-1993)(Sheet 1a), 1957
Frank's sister
Box 11   Folder 6
DeCosta Family (Sheet 1b), 1954
Frank, Beautine, Miriam, and Frank, Jr. as he was off to college at Howard
Box 11   Folder 6
Drawing: "Chief" St. Julian DeCosta (1900-1964) (Sheet 2), 1947
Frank's brother. After sketch by Edwin "Teddy" Harleston
Box 11   Folder 6
Herbert DeCosta (30 May 1894-15 Sep 1960)(Sheet 3), circa 1955
Frank's brother
Box 11   Folder 6
Wedding of Miriam DeCosta to Russell Sugarmon (Sheet 4), 1955
Russell and Lessye Sugarmon, Miriam, Beautine and Frank DeCosta
Box 11   Folder 6
Wedding of Miriam DeCosta to Russell Sugarmon (Sheet 5), 1955
Frank escorts Miriam down aisle
Box 11   Folder 6
Wedding of Miriam to R. Sugarmon (Sheet 6), 1955
Box 11   Folder 6
Wedding of Miriam to R. Sugarmon (Sheet 7), 1955
Couple exiting church
Box 11   Folder 6
Tarik and Elena Sugarmon (Sheet 8), circa 1961
Frank's grandchildren in Memphis
Box 9   Folder 6
Miriam DeCosta Sugarmon graduation (Sheet 9), circa 1965
Pictured w/Russell Sugarmon and their children, Tarik, Elena and Erika
Box 11   Folder 6
Frank and Beautine DeCosta (Sheet 10), circa 1960
In yard
Box 11   Folder 6
DeCosta Family (Sheet 11), 1964
In Baltimore. Back row: Frank, Jr., Senora, Russ; center row: Frank, Beautine, Miriam, and Elena; front row: Tarik, Frank, III, and Erika
Box 11   Folder 6
DeCosta Family (Sheet 12), 1964
Description same as Sheet 11
Box 11   Folder 6
Formal portrait of Frank DeCosta (Sheet 13), circa 1955
"Dr. DeCosta"
Box 11   Folder 6
DeCosta Family home (Sheet 14), circa 1955
In Orangeburg, South Carolina
Box 11   Folder 7
Frank DeCosta Education and Career, circa 1935-1971
Box 11   Folder 8
Nigeria (1), 1962-1963
Box 11   Folder 9
Nigeria (2), 1962-1963
This file contains greeting cards and postcards.
Box 11   Folder 10
European Travel, 1962-1963
Box 11   Folder 11
Family (3), 1951-circa 2000
Box 11   Folder 11
Frank DeCosta w/grandchildren (Sheet 1a), 1961
Tarik and Elena
Box 11   Folder 11
Frank DeCosta (Sheet 1b), 1972
At daughter, Miriam DeCosta Willis' home in Washington, D.C.
Box 11   Folder 11
Family photo (Sheet 1c), 1970
Mae Hubert Brooks, Frank DeCosta, Ericka, Elena, Tarik, Monique and Miriam at her home in Washington, D.C.
Box 11   Folder 11
Frank DeCosta (Sheet 1d), 1972
In driveway of his home on Elisnore, Baltimore, MD
Box 11   Folder 11
Frank DeCosta's grandchild (Sheet 2a, b, c, d), 1972
Around his coffin at funeral
Box 11   Folder 11
"Daughters of Bernice DeCosta Davis" (Sheet 3a), 1951
Frank DeCosta's niece, daughter of Herbert DeCosta, Sr.
Box 11   Folder 11
DeCosta's grandniece (Sheet 3b), undated
Inscribed "Granddaughter of his brother Benny. Daughter of Anna DeCosta Hunter and George Hunter-with her daughter Kathy"
Box 11   Folder 11
"Children of Carmen and Charles DeCosta" (Sheet 3c), circa 1960
DeCosta's nephew
Box 11   Folder 11
Unidentified group of children (Sheet 3d), circa 1965
Box 11   Folder 11
Formal portrait of Daisy DeCosta Caffey (Sheet 4), 1978
DeCosta's sister
Box 11   Folder 11
Formal portrait of Miriam DeCosta Seabrook (Sheet 5), 1985
DeCosta's sister
Box 11   Folder 11
Still shot of live oak trees (Sheet 6), circa 1980
"Photo taken by DeCosta's nephew Bennett Caffey..."
Box 11   Folder 11
"Granddaughter Senora DeCosta with her aunt", circa 1990
Daughter of Frank, Jr.
Box 11   Folder 11
Frank DeCosta, III, Donna and Frank DeCosta, IV (Sheet 8a), 1998
Box 11   Folder 11
Frank DeCosta IV (Sheet 8b), circa 2000
Box 11   Folder 11
"Tanya and Jackie" (Sheet 8c), 1994
Box 11   Folder 11
Family photo (Sheet 8d), 1988
Tour of Avery Research Center during DeCosta Family Reunion
Box 11   Folder 11
"Frank A. DeCosta award winner" (Sheet 9), 1988
"...at Lincoln University, Award Day 1988" with Beautine DeCosta
Box 11   Folder 11
DeCosta Family Reunion group photo (Sheets 10 and 11), 1995
Box 11   Folder 11
DeCosta Family Reunion (Sheet 12), 1995
Beautine DeCosta w/Miriam DeCosta-Willis and her children and grandchildren (full identification on back)
Box 11   Folder 12
Family Tin Types (Photocopies), circa 1875-1887, and undated
Box 11   Folder 12
Unidentified gentleman (Sheet 1), undated
Box 11   Folder 12
Benjamin Rhodes DeCosta (1867-1911)(Sheet 2), circa 1875
About 7 years old
Box 11   Folder 12
Elizabeth DeCosta (1868-1884)(Sheet 3), circa 1875
About 6 years old
Box 11   Folder 12
Unidentified gentleman (Sheets 4, 5), undated
Box 11   Folder 12
Unidentified young woman (Sheet 6), undated
Box 11   Folder 12
Unidentified young woman (Sheet 7), undated
Background similar to Sheet 8
Box 11   Folder 12
Unidentified young woman (Sheet 8), undated
Background similar to Sheet 7
Box 11   Folder 12
Unidentified young woman (Sheet 9), undated
Props similar to Sheet 15
Box 11   Folder 12
Benjamin Rhodes DeCosta (Sheet 10), circa 1881
About 14 years old
Box 11   Folder 12
Unidentified older gentleman (Sheet 11), undated
Box 11   Folder 12
Unidentified woman (Sheet 12), undated
In "early 19th century dress and bonnet in Quaker style"
Box 11   Folder 12
Unidentified woman (Sheet 13), undated
In "early dress and bonnet (19th cent.) in Quaker style. Very old portrait"
Box 11   Folder 12
Unidentified elder gentleman (Sheet 14), undated
Box 11   Folder 12
Unidentified gentleman (Sheet 15), undated
Props similar to Sheet 9
Box 11   Folder 12
Benjamin Rhodes DeCosta (Sheet 17), circa 1886
About 19 years old
Box 11   Folder 12
Unidentified young woman (Sheet 18), undated
Box 11   Folder 12
Benjamin Rhodes DeCosta (Sheet 19), circa 1887
About 20 years old
Box 11   Folder 12
Unidentified young woman (Sheet 21), undated


Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Technical Access

The Avery Research Center does not possess the proper technology for playback of four (4) unidentified reel-to-reel tape recordings located in Box 10, Folder 15.


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Frank Augustus DeCosta Papers, Avery Research Center, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, USA.

Processing Information

Processed by Georgette Mayo, March 2014

Edited by Aaron Spelbring, April 2014

Encoded by Aaron Spelbring, April 2014

Acquisition Information

Donated by Miriam DeCosta-Willis, 2003.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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