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Celestyne Diggs Porter Papers


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Celestyne Diggs Porter Papers, 1880s-2011 | Sargeant Memorial Collection

By Nichole Delasalas

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Collection Overview

Title: Celestyne Diggs Porter Papers, 1880s-2011Add to your cart.

ID: 001/01/MSS 0000-036

Primary Creator: Porter, Celestyne Diggs (1911-2012)

Extent: 2.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged by record type.

Date Acquired: 10/27/2010

Subjects: African Americans, African American women, African American women educators, Art, History--Study and teaching, International travel, Norfolk (Va.), Organizations, Public schools--Virginia--Norfolk, Schools

Forms of Material: Awards, Booklets, Business cards, Certificates, Clippings (information artifacts), Contracts, Correspondence, Invitations, Nametags, Pamphlets, Passports, Photographs, Postcards, Posters, Programs, Report cards, Theater programs

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Personal papers, photographs, awards, certificates, and newspaper clippings belonging to Celestyne Diggs Porter of Norfolk, Virginia. The collection spans Porter's life, particularly her career as a schoolteacher for the public school system in Norfolk and a celebration of her life and accomplishments. Photographs include Porter as a young woman at Hampton University, school groups and local organizations associated with Porter, and family photographs.

Biographical Note

Celestyne Elizabeth Diggs Porter was born on August 24, 1911 in Mathews County, Virginia. Her parents were Wilbur and Susan Diggs. She graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and received a B. S. degree from Hampton Institute and a M. A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Porter married Leroy Porter on March 25, 1948 in Norfolk, Virginia. Porter taught social studies at Booker T. Washington High School and was the first African American coordinator of social studies in Norfolk, Virginia. She died at the age of 101 on September 27, 2012 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Subject/Index Terms

African Americans
African American women
African American women educators
History--Study and teaching
International travel
Norfolk (Va.)
Public schools--Virginia--Norfolk

Administrative Information

Repository: Sargeant Memorial Collection

Access Restrictions: This collection is open to all researchers.

Use Restrictions: The status of copyright for these materials is governed by Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U. S. C.). Copyright restrictions may apply.

Acquisition Source: Estate of Celestyne Diggs Porter by donation

Preferred Citation: Celestyne Diggs Porter Papers, MSS 0000-036, Sargeant Memorial Collection, Norfolk Public Library, Norfolk, Virginia.

Processing Information: Processed August 21, 2017.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Box 1: Papers, 1880s-2011],
[Box 2: Oversized Materials, 1972, 1994],

Box 2: Oversized Materials, 1972, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Art, Portrait of Celestyne Diggs Porter, 1972Add to your cart.
Located in Oversize Miscellaneous Box 4.
Folder 2: Poster, Certificates from Hampton University, 1994 January 30Add to your cart.
Located in Map Drawer 15.

Norfolk Public Library
Slover Library
235 Plume Street
Norfolk, Virginia 23510
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