Inventory of the Sterrett-Hodge Family Papers, 1886 - 1978

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Descriptive Summary

Abstract: Bascom Franklin Hodge (1898-1978), a WWI veteran and WWII Tuskegee Airman, was the grandson of Reverend Norman Bascom Sterrett (1841-1921), founder and pastor of Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C. Hodge was born in New York, the son of Gertrude Minerva Sterrett (1866-1946) and her husband Leander Watson Hodge (1861-1934). He attended the Charles Reynaud School for Embalming and embarked in the funeral home business with his mother and cousin, Norman B. Sterrett, Jr. (1879-1944), an Avery Normal Institute graduate who ran for New York State Legislature on the Equal Rights Party. In the army reserves, Hodge served as a captain of the Tuskegee Airmen 99th Pursuit Squadron until 1958. Hodge compiled documents pertaining to the Sterrett, Hodge and related families of Charleston, S.C. and New York, N.Y., including photographs and government records.
The papers are divided in two series. The photograph series consists of original individual and family portraits of Sterrett-Hodge family members with notations on back by Bascom Franklin Hodge stating their relationship to him. Included are images of Noisette, Cole, Romay, Dillahunts and other family members. The biographical and printed material series consists of correspondence, ephemera, and material on birth, death, and marriage of the Sterrett-Hodge family members. It also includes a photographic booklet (1943) of the Tuskegee Army Flying School with an inscription by Captain Bascom F. Hodge.
Title: Sterrett-Hodge Family Papers, 1886 - 1978
Creator: Sterrett and Hodge Families
Repository: Avery Research Center at the College of Charleston
Call Number: AMN 1060
Language of Material: Material in English
Extent: 0.5 linear feet
(27 folders)

Biographical Note

Bascom Franklin Hodge (1898-1978), a WWI veteran and WWII Tuskegee Airman, was the grandson of Reverend Norman Bascom Sterrett (1841-1921), founder and pastor of Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C. Hodge was born in New York, the son of Gertrude Minerva Sterrett (1866-1946) and her husband Leander Watson Hodge (1861-1934). He attended the Charles Reynaud School for Embalming and embarked in the funeral home business with his mother and cousin, Norman B. Sterrett, Jr. (1879-1944), an Avery Normal Institute graduate who ran for New York State Legislature on the Equal Rights Party. In the army reserves, Hodge served as a captain of the Tuskegee Airmen 99th Pursuit Squadron until 1958. Hodge compiled documents pertaining to the Sterrett, Hodge and related families of Charleston, S.C. and New York, N.Y., including photographs and government records.


Collection Overview

Photographs, correspondence, printed materials, legal documents, and ephemera (1886-1978) document the lives of members of the Sterrett and Hodge families of Charleston, SC and New York, NY. Materials are arranged in two series. The first series: Photographs, mostly undated, document several individuals including members of the Noisette, Cole, Romay, Dillahunts and other family members. The second series: Manuscript materials consists of correspondence, printed materials, and legal records.

Collection Arrangement

1. Photographs

2. Manuscript materials



Subject Headings

  • Hodge, Bascom Franklin, 1898-1978.
  • Sterrett, Norman Bascom, 1841-1921.
  • Noisette family.
  • Sterrett family.
  • Hodges family.
  • Cole family.
  • Romay family.
  • Dillahunts family.
  • United States. Army Air Forces. Fighter Squadron, 99th--History.
  • Equal Rights Party (New York, N.Y.)
  • African American air pilots.
  • Funeral homes -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • African American politicians -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • African American clergy.
  • Avery Normal Institute--History.
  • Emanuel A.M.E. Church (Charleston, S.C.) -- History.


Detailed Description of the Collection

1. Photographs, c. 1900-1944, undated.

Box 1   Folder 1
Mabel Hodge, undated
Box 1   Folder 2
Susan James Sterrett and Elizabeth Sterrett, undated
Box 1   Folder 3
Jesse Luerita Hodge, undated
Box 1   Folder 4
Gertrude Minerva Sterrett-Hodge, undated
Two photographs and four tin types.
Box 1   Folder 5
Bascom Franklin Hodge and Lelia Maybin Hodge, c. 1900s-1944
Box 1   Folder 6
Rev. Norman Bascom Sterrett, D.D. and Bascom F. Hodge, 1914, undated
Box 1   Folder 7
Vernon Sterrett Hodge, undated
Box 1   Folder 8
Leander Watson Hodge, Jr., undated
Box 1   Folder 9
Family photographs, c. 1904-1905
Box 1   Folder 10
Lyde Sterrett, undated
Box 1   Folder 11
Norman B. Sterrett, Jr., 1923, undated
Box 1   Folder 12
Sadie Noisette, undated
Box 1   Folder 13
Rosa King Cole and Henry Cole, undated
Box 1   Folder 14
Cora Early Romay, undated
Box 1   Folder 15
Rosmary Smith, undated
Box 1   Folder 16
Felicita Sterrett Hodge, undated
Box 1   Folder 17
Louise and George Dillahunts, undated
Box 1   Folder 18
Claudius Purvis Sterrett, undated
Box 1   Folder 19
Jennie Sterrett, undated
Box 1   Folder 20
O'Neil King, undated
Box 1   Folder 21
Jack Smith, undated
Box 1   Folder 22
Mamye Sterrett Dillahunt and Norman B. Sterrett, Jr., undated

2. Manuscript Materials, 1886-1978, undated.

Box 1   Folder 23
Correspondence, 1915-1939
Box 1   Folder 24
Tuskeegee Army booklet, 1943
Box 1   Folder 25
Printed matter and ephemera, 1886-1978, undated
Box 1   Folder 26
Photocopy of pension records, 1891-1921
Records for Norman B. Sterrett from National Archives
Box 1   Folder 27
Birth, Death, and Marriage records, 1892, 1944-1978


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Sterrett-Hodge Family Papers, Avery Research Center, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Materials were donated by Elizabeth Johnson in 1996.

Processing Information

Edited by Aaron Spelbring, 10, 2012

Encoded by Aaron Spelbring, 10, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

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