Inventory of the Miriam DeCosta Seabrook and Herbert U. Seabrook Papers, 1882 - 1995

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Abstract: Miriam DeCosta Seabrook (1896-1992) was an African-American educator born in Charleston, South Carolina. In 1923, she married Dr. Herbert U. Seabrook (1884-1941), an African American physician who practiced medicine in Charleston. They had one son, Herbert U. Seabrook, Jr., who also became a physician.
The collection includes correspondence, certificates, photographs, and other materials related to Miriam DeCosta Seabrook's education at Avery Institute and elsewhere, teaching career, and civic involvement; correspondence, speeches, and reports related to Dr. Herbert Seabrook, Sr.'s community and fraternal affiliations and to his medical career as a private practitioner and director of the Hospital and Training School for Nurses; and correspondence, memorabilia, and financial documents related to the marriage of Miriam and Herbert Seabrook. The collection contains correspondence, photographs, and other materials related to their son, Dr. Herbert Seabrook, Jr. Amerintha Alston Seabrook, Kenneth Seabrook, and other Seabrook family members are represented. The collection also contains scrapbooks and photographs of Miriam DeCosta Seabrook's relatives, the DeCosta family of Charleston, South Carolina.
Title: Miriam DeCosta Seabrook and Herbert U. Seabrook Papers, 1882 - 1995
Creator: Seabrook, Herbert U., Sr., 1884-1941
Seabrook, Miriam DeCosta, 1896-1992
Repository: Avery Research Center at the College of Charleston
Call Number: AMN 1094
Language of Material: Material in English
Extent: 4.0 linear feet
(8 archival boxes, 2 oversize boxes)

Biographical Note

Miriam Fiorella DeCosta was an African American educator born in Charleston, South Carolina in 1896, the fifth of eleven children born to Benjamin and Anna DeCosta. She graduated from the Avery Normal Institute in 1914. In 1923, Miriam married Dr. Herbert Ulysses Seabrook, an African American physician practicing medicine in Charleston. After the death of her husband, Miriam returned to school and in 1946 received a Bachelor of Science degree from State Teachers College in Montgomery, Alabama. In 1953, she received a Master of Arts from State Agricultural and Mechanical College, Orangeburg, South Carolina. She taught school for the Charleston Negro School District, and later Charleston County District 20. Miriam retired from teaching in 1961, but was rehired for one additional year from 1963-1964.

Miriam DeCosta Seabrook was active in community organizations and clubs, including the Centenary United Methodist Church; the Charleston Medical, Dental and Pharmaceutical Auxiliary; Entre Nous Bridge Club; Future Teachers of America; and Links, Inc. She died in 1992.

Herbert U. Seabrook was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He was the son of William Seabrook (died circa 1890) and Amerintha Alston Seabrook (1852-1922). Amerintha was the daughter of the Alston Plantation's owner's son and Dinah Alston Drayton (born circa 1838), a slave on the Alston Plantation in Georgia. Dinah and Amerintha moved to Charleston after the Civil War where Dinah married Abadiah Drayton, a freed slave from the Drayton Plantation.

Herbert was sent to live with an aunt in Georgia after financial concerns caused Amerintha to move to New York. Eventually, Herbert joined his mother and siblings in New York where he graduated from public school. He then attended South Carolina Sate College in Orangeburg and Shaw University for medical school. He earned his medical degree from the University of West Tennessee's Medical College. Herbert began his private practice in 1919 on Spring Street in Charleston. He also worked as the director for the Hospital and Training School for Nurses. Dr. Herbert U. Seabrook, Sr., died in 1941.

Miriam and Hebert Seabrook had one child, Herbert Ulysses Seabrook, Jr., who was was born in Charleston in 1924. He was a graduate of Avery Institute and then Talledega College. He joined the Navy after World War II and served as a swimming instructor. In 1953, Herbert Seabrook, Jr. earned his medical degree from Meharry Medical School. He eventually moved to Dayton, Ohio with his wife, Virginia, and there, he opened a practice as a pediatrician. He had one son, Kenneth Seabrook (1966) with Dorothy Morgan. Dr. Herbert U. Seabrook, Jr., died in 1970.


Collection Overview

The collection includes correspondence, certificates, photographs, and other materials related to Miriam DeCosta Seabrook's education at Avery Institute and elsewhere, teaching career, and civic involvement; correspondence, speeches, and reports related to Dr. Herbert Seabrook, Sr.'s community and fraternal affiliations and to his medical career as a private practitioner and director of the Hospital and Training School for Nurses; and correspondence, memorabilia, and financial documents related to the marriage of Miriam and Herbert Seabrook. The collection contains correspondence, photographs, and other materials related to their son, Dr. Herbert Seabrook, Jr. Amerintha Alston Seabrook, Kenneth Seabrook, and other Seabrook family members are represented. The collection also contains scrapbooks and photographs of Miriam DeCosta Seabrook's relatives, the DeCosta family of Charleston, South Carolina.

Collection Arrangement

1. Miriam Fiorella DeCosta Seabrook, 1882-1992

2. Hebert Ulysses Seabrook, Sr., 1913-1976

3. Miriam DeCosta Seabrook and Herbert Ulysses Seabrook, 1892-1977

4. Herbert Ulysses Seabrook, Jr., 1932-1973

5. Seabrook Family, 1922-1985



Related Material

A more detailed version of this finding aid can be found here, Miriam DeCosta Seabrook and Herbert U. Seabrook Papers

DeCosta Family Papers (AMN 1101)

Frank Augustus DeCosta Papers

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

Subject Headings

  • African Americans -- South Carolina -- History -- 20th century.
  • African American physicians -- South Carolina -- Charleston.
  • African American teachers -- South Carolina -- Charleston.
  • Avery Normal Institute -- Alumni and alumnae.
  • DeCosta family.
  • Hospital and Training School for Nurses (Charleston, S.C.) -- History.
  • Hospital and Training School for Nurses (Charleston, S.C.) -- Officials and employees.
  • Physicians -- South Carolina -- Charleston.
  • Seabrook, Amerintha Alston, 1852-1922.
  • Seabrook family.
  • Seabrook, Herbert U., Jr., 1924-1970.
  • Seabrook, Herbert U., Sr., 1884-1941.
  • Seabrook, Kenneth.
  • Seabrook, Miriam DeCosta, 1896-1992.
  • Teachers -- South Carolina -- Charleston.


Detailed Description of the Collection

1. Miriam Fiorella DeCosta Seabrook, 1882-1992.

1.1. Personal

Box 1   Folder 1
Birth Certificate, 1896
Box 1   Folder 2-7
Education, 1911-1953
Charleston Colored Industrial School, 1911
Avery Institute, 1914, 1943
Charleston Summer School, 1922
State Teacher's College, 1945-1946
State Agricultural and Mechanical College, 1951-1953
South Carolina State College, 1953
Civic Involvement, 1926-1987
Box 1   Folder 8-11
Community and Cultural Organizations, 1933-1987
Young Women's Christian Association, 1933-1985
The Links, Incorporated, 1952-1987(also OPF1/Oversized drawer 10)
Women's Auxiliary to the Palmetto Medical, Dental, and Pharmaceutical Association of South Carolina, 1957-1981
The Phyllis Wheatley Club, undated
Box 1   Folder 12-13
Sororities: Delta Sigma Theta, 1946-1965
   Oversize Paper Folder 1094-OPF/1
Sororities: Delta Sigma Theta, 1946-1965
Box 1   Folder 14
Religious Organizations, 1977 and 1988
Centenary United Methodist Church, 1977 and 1988
Box 1   Folder 15-16
Other Affiliations, 1926-1953
Miscellaneous, 1926-1979
Entre Nous Bridge Club, 1964-1980
Box 1   Folder 17
Correspondence: Anna Harrenburg DeCosta, 1923-1927
Box 1   Folder 18
Correspondence: Others, 1928-1959
Box 1   Folder 19
Correspondence: Miriam DeCosta-Willis, 1955-1992
Box 1   Folder 20-21
Travel: Itinerary, Scrapbook and Photographs, 1957
Box 1   Folder 22-25
Correspondence and Ephemera: Mixed, 1882-1946 and undated
Includes wedding invitations, Avery Normal Institute commencement programs, funeral cards, and book covers with inscriptions.
Box 2   Folder 26
Receipts, 1922 and 1946
Box 2   Folder 27
Expenditure and Task Lists, 1946-1980
Box 2   Folder 28
Article Notes, 1952-1980
Box 2   Folder 29
Estate, Funeral and Memorial, 1964-1993
Box 8
Estate and Legal Documents
Exclamation Point! The estate information closed for research. Please contact the repository for more information.
Box 2   Folder 30
Newspaper Clippings, undated

1.2. Professional

Box 2   Folder 31
Certificates and Examinations, 1922-1960
Box 2   Folder 32
Letters of Application and Employment, 1946-1950
Box 2   Folder 33
Retirement, 1952-1963
Box 2   Folder 34
School Photograph and Ephemera, 1957 and undated
Box 2   Folder 35
Organizations, 1959-1966
Future Teachers of America, 1959-1963
Palmetto Education Association,1963-1966
National Retired Teacher's Association, 1962-1964

2. Hebert Ulysses Seabrook, Sr., 1913-1976.

2.1. Personal

Box 2   Folder 36
Education
Shaw University, 1913-1937
Civic Involvement, 1919-1944
Box 2   Folder 37-39
Community and Cultural Organizations, 1923-1944
Boy Scouts of America, circa 1923-1942
National Council of the Young Men's Christian Association, 1931
Unity and Friendship Society, 1944
Box 2   Folder 40-41
Fraternal Organizations, 1919-1926
Knights of Pythias, 1919
Freemasonry, 1922-1926
Box 2   Folder 42
Governmental Groups, 1928
City of Charleston: Housing Committee, 1928
Box 2   Folder 43
Other Affiliations, 1939-1942
National Travel Club, 1939-1942
Box 2   Folder 44
Correspondence, 1914-1940
Box 2   Folder 45
Correspondence: Herbert U. Seabrook, Jr., 1942 and undated
Box 2   Folder 46
Hebert U. Seabrook: Funeral and Memorial, 1942
Box    Folder 47
McClennan-Banks Memorial Hospital Fund, 1976
Box 2   Folder 48
Wallet, undated
Contains photos, receipts, medical information and other miscellaneous items.

2.2. Professional

Box 2   Folder 50
Professional Correspondence, 1919-1941
Box 3   Folder 51-52
Medical Practice, 1920s-1942
Prescription Pad
Physicians' Monthly Call List
Receipt Books, 1925-1942
Hospital and Training School for Nurses
Box 3   Folder 53
Budget and Correspondence, 1929-1939
Box 8
Medical Records, 1941-1942
Exclamation Point! These medical records contain diagnostic and patient information and, as a result, are closed to research until 2060. Please contact the repository for more information.
Box 3   Folder 54
Speeches, circa 1930s
Includes speeches, reports, and other papers written by Dr. Herbert Seabrook, Sr., on medical topics, public health issues, physicians, and more philosophical statements on the relationship between man and health.
Box 3   Folder 55
Speeches: State Agricultural and Mechanical College, 1938-1941
Box 3   Folder 59
Affiliations, 1935-1937
John A. Andrew Clinical Society, 1935
   Oversize Paper 1094-OPF 1/Drawer 10
National Medical Association Convention: Photograph, 1937
Box 3   Folder 61
Army: Correspondence and Registration
   Oversize Box 1094-OBX/1
Army: Awards, 1941-1942 and undated
Box 3   Folder 60
Selective Service System: Physical Examination Regulations, 1941

3. Miriam DeCosta Seabrook and Herbert Ulysses Seabrook, 1892-1977.

Box 3   Folder 63
Property and Real Estate: Titles and Deeds, 1892-1936
Box 3   Folder 64-65
Property and Real Estate: Property Information, 1923-1983
37 Ashe Street
6 Poinsette Street
23 Westcott Court
Lincolnville, South Carolina
Maryville, South Carolina
Maryville, South Carolina
Box 3-4   Folder 66-67
Correspondence, 1917-1937
Includes letters and cards between Herbert and Miriam Seabrook.
Box 4   Folder 68-73
Financial Material, 1918-1977
Includes stocks, cancelled checks and stubs, and tax receipts.
Box 5-7   Folder 
Photographs and Scrapbooks, circa 1894-1993
Includes family and friends in Charleston, South Carolina as well as other locations.
Box 5-7   Folder 
Peters Family, 1960s-1970s
   Oversize Box 1094-OSB/1
Wedding: Marriage Certificate, 1923
   Oversize Box 1094-OSB/2
Wedding: Gown Bodice
Box 4   Folder 74
Wedding: Correspondence and Newspaper Announcement, 1923
Box 4   Folder 75
Insurance Policies, 1942-1946
Box 4   Folder 76
Herbert U. Seabrook, Sr. Estate, 1942-1947
Includes correspondence to Miriam D. Seabrook as estate executrix.

4. Herbert Ulysses Seabrook, Jr., 1932-1973.

4.1. Personal

   Oversize Box 1094-OBX/1
Certificate of Baptism, 1924
Box 4   Folder 77
Life Insurance Policies, 1932-1947
Box 4   Folder 78
Correspondence: Miriam DeCosta Seabrook, 1933-1970
Box 4   Folder 79
Correspondence: Other, 1941 and undated
Box 5   Folder 80-82
Education, 1941-1951
Avery Institute, 1941
Talladega College, 1941-1946
Meharry Medical College Yearbook, 1949-1951
Box 5   Folder 83
The Unity and Friendship Society Membership Certificate, 1942-1943
Box 5   Folder 84
Wedding Invitation: Virginia Harriett Radcliffe and Herbert Ulysses Seabrook, Jr., undated
Box 5   Folder 85
Photographs: Herbert Seabrook, Jr., 1923-1940s
Box 5   Folder 86
Photographs: Herbert Seabrook Jr. and Virginia Seabrook, 1940s-1968
Box 5   Folder 87
Funeral Program, 1970
Box 5   Folder 88
Estate Documents, 1972-1973
Box 5   Folder 89
Memorial Fund, 1973

4.2. Professional

Box 5   Folder 90
United States Navy, 1943-1946
Box 5   Folder 91
Newspaper Article, 1959

5. Seabrook Family, 1922-1985.

5.1. Amerintha Alston Seabrook, 1922-1939.

Box 5   Folder 93
Funeral Arrangements: Receipts and Lists, 1922
Box 5   Folder 94
Estate: Correspondence, 1922
Box 5   Folder 95
Estate Finances: Carolina Savings Bank Checks, 1922-1926
Box 5   Folder 95
Estate Finances: Charleston County Tax Receipts, 1922-1941
Box 5   Folder 96
Estate: Property Repair Receipts, 1926-1934
Box 5   Folder 97
Estate: Home Insurance Policy, 1939

5.2. Kenneth Seabrook, 1977-1985.

Box 5   Folder 98
Correspondence: Miriam DeCosta Seabrook, 1977-1981
Box 5   Folder 98
Financial: Savings Account Books, 1979-1985
Box 5   Folder 98
Education: Report Card and Commencement Program, 1980
Box 5   Folder 98
Photographs, 1980s

5.3. Other Seabrook Family Members, 1985-1993.

Box 5   Folder 99
"A Historical Account of the Seabrook Family of Charleston, South Carolina" by Mary Williams Stewart, 1985
Box 5   Folder 99
Photocopied Photographs, 1993
Box 5   Folder 99
Correspondence: Miriam DeCosta-Willis and Mark G. Barksdale, 1993
Box 5   Folder 99
Opal Florence Seabrook Dodery: History, 1993


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Miriam DeCosta Seabrook and Herbert U. Seabrook Papers, Avery Research Center, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, USA.

Processing Information

Processed by Melissa Bronheim, April 2010

Encoded by Melissa Bronheim, May 2010

Edited by Amanda Ross, May 2010

Funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources supported the collection processing and encoding of this finding aid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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