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Bursar's Office. Worth Hart Copeland Records

Finding Aid & Inventory

Worth Hart Copeland was a Wake Forest College alumnus (1939), Assistant College Secretary and Treasurer (circa 1946-1951, and College Secretary and Treasurer (1952-1968). This collection contains bursar's office records that were maintained by Worth Hart Copeland. Materials in the collection include bylaws, charters, obituaries, correspondence, memorandums, legal deeds, indentures, and other types of agreements, maps, budgets, insurance records, clippings, and pledge documents, dated 1804-2005.

Biographical and Historical Note

Worth Hart Copeland was born on December 30, 1918, in Ahoskie, N.C., to Lee Copeland and Doris Hart Copeland. He was a "double Deacon," earning bachelor of science (1939) and master of arts (1941) degrees from Wake Forest. As an undergraduate, he was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) national honor society.

Copeland served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 until 1946, and afterwards he returned to Wake Forest College. He worked as assistant College Secretary and Treasurer until 1951, and as Secretary and Treasurer until 1968. He later worked at the N.C. Employment Security Commission until he retired in 1978.

Copeland died October 29, 2005, survived by wife Martha Copeland, their four children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Collection Overview

This collection contains bursar's office records that were maintained by Worth Hart Copeland. Though the majority of the materials date to his time as an administrative staff member (circa 1946-1968), the collection contains a number of land and endowment-related records from the nineteenth century that document the early history of Wake Forest College and Wake Forest, N.C, sometimes referred to as Forestville in correspondence. Materials in the collection include bylaws, charters, obituaries, correspondence, memorandums, legal deeds, indentures, and other types of agreements, maps, budgets, insurance records, clippings, and pledge documents.

Collection Inventory

  • Cook, James Bryan, Jr. (Assistant Bursar) (1954-1958, 2015)
    • By-laws
      • 1st draft (1955) box 1 folder 29
      • 2nd draft (1956) box 1 folder 30
      • 3rd draft (1956) box 1 folder 31
      • 4th draft (1956) box 1 folder 32
    • Charter and By-laws Revision Committee
      • (1955-1958) box 1 folder 38
      • Charter 3rd draft (1955) box 1 folder 33
      • Charter 4th draft (1955) box 1 folder 34
      • Charter 5th draft (1955) box 1 folder 35
      • Charter 6th draft (1955) box 1 folder 36
      • Charter 7th draft with amendments (1955) box 1 folder 37
      • Correspondence (1954-1955) box 1 folder 39
      • Correspondence (1956) box 1 folder 40
      • Correspondence (1957-1958) box 1 folder 41
      • Examples of charters and by-laws (1955) box 1 folder 43
      • Letters to trustees (1951-1956) box 1 folder 42
    • Cook, James Bryan, obituary (2015) box 3 folder 2
    • Notes from Worth Copeland (1952-1958) box 1 folder 44
    • Undergraduate Facilities Committee (1956) box 1 folder 45
  • Correspondence (1952-1958)
    • A-B (1952-1953) box 1 folder 1
    • C (1952-1957) box 1 folder 2
    • Copeland, Worth Hart (1952) box 1 folder 3
    • D-G (1954) box 1 folder 4
    • H (1954-1958) box 1 folder 5
    • K (1952-1957) box 1 folder 6
    • M (1952-1957) box 1 folder 7
    • N-P (1957-1958) box 1 folder 8
    • S (1952-1953) box 1 folder 9
    • T-Z (1953-1956) box 1 folder 10
  • Deeds, Indentures, and Other Financial Records (1804-1964)
    • Agreement: Charles Lee Smith library donation (1941 September 25) box 4 folder 12
    • Agreement: Clarence Napoleon Peeler bequest of Mecklenburg County farm to College (1953 September 11) box 3 folder 11
    • Agreement: College Trustees and Meredith College (1920 March 15) box 5 folder 8
    • Agreement: Mrs. I. J. Allen and College Trustees (1941 March 31) box 4 folder 4
    • Agreement: John B. White sale of land to William T. Walters (2 letters) (1852 January 10, 1853 November 5) box 3 folder 10
    • Agreements and correspondence: G. E. Roop to College Trustees (1929) box 4 folder 7
    • Carnegie Fund receipts, filled out and blank (1949-1950) box 3 folder 32
    • Checks and check stubs (1928-1954) box 3 folder 36
    • College appraisal report book (1950 January 30) box 3 folder 28
    • College appraisal report book insertions (1950) box 3 folder 22
    • College diploma plate receipt, B. H. Day to James S. Purefoy (2864 March 5) box 3 folder 18
    • Contract between College Trustees and Jens Frederick Larson and Nils Larson (1960 February 10) box 4 folder 11
    • Contract of purchase and sale: College property to Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary  (1952 January 2) box 4 folder 13
    • Correspondence: Internal Revenue Service regarding Social Security coverage for ministers (1951-1964) box 3 folder 1
    • Correspondence: Jabez Bostwick loan fund (1886-1902) box 4 folder 8
    • Correspondence: John C. Whitaker and University letter of credit (1981) box 3 folder 33
    • Correspondence: Joseph E. Peterson Memorial Fund (1918) box 3 folder 13
    • Correspondence and agreement: General Education Board (1906-1908) box 4 folder 9
    • Correspondence and pledge: Sidney Slade Lea (1887-1894) box 5 folder 25
    • D. B. Bryan Fund Statements, Durham Bank and Trust (1954 February-April) box 3 folder 23
    • D. B. Bryan Fund: Wallace West $10 donation (1954 June 10) box 3 folder 17
    • Deed: Athletic Council of Wake Forest College to N. Y. Gulley (1928 March 9) box 5 folder 3
    • Deed: Bailey P. Williamson to College Trustees (1876 January 26) box 5 folder 31
    • Deed: Brewer and Arrington to G. E. Roop (1927 November 16) box 5 folder 6
    • Deed: Charles E. Brewer and Love B. Brewer to College Trustees (1940 April 2) box 5 folder 17
    • Deed: Charles E. Taylor and Mary Taylor to College Trustees (1906 June 29) box 4 folder 15
    • Deed: D. L. Gore and E. R. Gore to College Trustees (1907 December 31) box 4 folder 14
    • Deed: David Freeman to College Trustees (1948 March 22) box 3 folder 19
    • Deed: Davis Battle to Calvin Jones (1821 July 28) box 5 folder 35
    • Deed: Ellington, Lassiter, and Sledd to College Trustees (1906 April 14) box 5 folder 10
    • Deed: Fannie Powers Dodd to College Trustees (1940 March 2) box 4 folder 21
    • Deed: George W. and Laura A. Paschal deed to College Trustees (1908 June 10) box 5 folder 2
    • Deed: George and Laura Paschal deed to College Trustees (1945 November 8) box 4 folder 2
    • Deed: H. W. and Lillie Vass and Charles E. Taylor (1884 February 20) box 5 folder 1
    • Deed: Harry J. and Venus Chakales to Trustees (1957 March 1) box 3 folder 9
    • Deed: J. A. Easley and Eleanor Easley to College Trustees (1940 April 2) box 5 folder 11
    • Deed: Jacob S. Allen and Mattie O. Allen to College Trustees (1876 January) box 5 folder 27
    • Deed: James S. Purefoy to W. T. Walters (1873, 1874) box 5 folder 23
    • Deed: J. C. and M. B. Caddell to College Trustees (1894 July 31) box 4 folder 6
    • Deed: J. C. and Ella Caddell, B. F. and Elizabeth Keith, and R. H. and Mary Griffin to College Trustees (1929 December 19) box 4 folder 17
    • Deed: J.M. and Lena Mukins to College Trustees (1928 June) box 5 folder 22
    • Deed: John M. Brewer and Ann E. Brewer to William G. Simmons (1881 March 5) box 5 folder 28
    • Deed: Loula H. Brewer and John M. Brewer to College Trustees (1929 July 13) box 5 folder 14
    • Deed: Sophie Mills to College Trustees (1948 April 26) box 4 folder 20
    • Deed: Wake Forest Hotel Company to College Trustees (1922 July 3) box 4 folder 16
    • Deed: College Trustees to Wake Forest Baptist Church Trustees (1913 January 21) box 5 folder 18
    • Deed: William Mac Morris and Eunice Morris to Clingman Webster Mitchell, and index to 10 deeds (1883 January) box 5 folder 26
    • Deed: Worth family indenture to College Trustees (1895 September 10) box 5 folder 16
    • Deed: W. T. Walters estate to College Trustees, and notes (1916 December, 1917) box 5 folder 21
    • Deed and property analysis: Mrs. Annie Mitchell to College Trustees (1941 January) box 4 folder 19
    • Deed, blueprint, and correspondence: Mary Wall Holden to College Trustees (1935-1938) box 4 folder 18
    • Deed correspondence: Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation gift (1962 February 17) box 3 folder 7
    • Envelope addressed to Professor W. G. Simmons (undated) box 5 folder 7
    • Indenture: Calvin Jones to Purefoy, Hinton, Jeffries, and Hall, and index to 9 deeds (1832 August 28) box 5 folder 34
    • Indenture: Elisha Crowson to Bush (1810 May 31) box 5 folder 37
    • Indenture: Frederick Holding to Davis Battle (1806 November 28) box 5 folder 36
    • Indenture: Henry Cocke to Davis Battle (1804 February 22) box 5 folder 39
    • Indenture: Henry Deberry to John Smith (1791 October 3) box 5 folder 40
    • Indenture: Purefoy, Hinton, Jeffries, and Hall to William P. Biddle (1833 January 5) box 5 folder 38
    • Indenture: Randolph Blake to Briggs Simms (1812 February 22) box 5 folder 41
    • Indenture: W. G. Upchurch and E. M. Upchurch to College Trustees (1881 June 8) box 5 folder 29
    • Indenture: William P. Biddle to Wake Forest Institute (1835 January 20) box 5 folder 30
    • Indenture: William T. Brooks and Susan Brooks to William B. Royall (1868 December 29) box 5 folder 33
    • Indenture: William B. Royall and Sallie Royall to College Trustees (1871 October 17) box 5 folder 32
    • Indentures and correspondence: Elma Leigh Davis and Paul P. Davis (1955-1957) box 4 folder 3
    • Index to 4 deeds and note (undated) box 5 folder 7
    • Insurance quotes: College library, Simmons Art Museum (1942, 1945) box 3 folder 35
    • Last will and testament: Joe M. Burleson (1951 November 12) box 5 folder 19
    • Ledger: College treasurer (1900-1957) box 6 volume 1
    • Letter: Charles E. Taylor regarding Mrs. J. G. Burt will (1890 December 22) box 4 folder 1
    • Letter: Chase Bank regarding Jabez Bostwick will (1959 February 18) box 5 folder 20
    • Letter: Hunter Dormitory fire damage valuation (1929, 1930) box 3 folder 34
    • Letter: Thomas E. Skinner to Charles Taylor, offer of library upon death (1891 July 19) box 3 folder 38
    • Life Insurance Company of Virginia notices regarding premiums due (1943 May) box 3 folder 25
    • Map addressed to W. C. Dixon, Greenville, NC (undated) box 5 folder 13
    • Map: C. Y. Holden farm blueprint (1937 February 10) box 5 folder 15
    • Map: Plan of property of J. C. Caddell  (1929 December 14) box 5 folder 5
    • Map: Plan of Shaffner Estate, Ziglar Farm, Winston-Salem (undated) box 5 folder 24
    • Map: original purchase of 615 acres, Wake Forest, N.C. (circa 1820) box 3 folder 3
    • Map: Plot of 60 acres - grant to W.G. Simmons (circa 1836) box 5 folder 4
    • Map: W. J. Brooks to College Trustees, survey by L. R. Mills (1948 April) box 5 folder 9
    • Message and news clipping: Taft, William Howard, anti-trust statute (1911 December) box 3 folder 37
    • Pledge: Davis family donation of $200,000 (1953 December 31) box 3 folder 15
    • Pledge: Efird Department Store donation for $100,000 (1953 January 4) box 3 folder 16
    • Pledge: Hanes Knitting Company donation for $25,000 (1953 December 30) box 3 folder 14
    • Pledge correspondence: Lloyd P. Tates Foundation donation of $100000 (1952 December 19) box 3 folder 8
    • Pledges: Huffman Dorm pledge correspondence (1953) box 3 folder 21
    • Property description of land south of Wake Forest Durham Road (1936 May 25) box 3 folder 20
    • Reynolda Gardens account book and receipts (1958) box 3 folder 24
    • Scholarship certificates (1919-1922) box 4 folder 10
    • War bond, 1943 Series F 12-year war bond, correspondence (1953 July 23-24) box 3 folder 12
    • Will: Angelina White (1872 July 24) box 4 folder 5
    • Will: James S. Purefoy, notes regarding (1896 April 20) box 3 folder 6
    • Will: Mary Powell (circa 1885) box 3 folder 5
    • Youth and Culture receipt materials (1938-1948) box 3 folder 26
  • Subject Files (1947-1965, 2005)
    • Account numbers (1955) box 1 folder 11
    • Appointments and promotions (1957) box 1 folder 12
    • Athletic Director receipts (1952-1954) box 1 folder 13
    • Athletics (1958) box 1 folder 14
    • Barrow, William James, "Procedures and Equipment Used in the Barrow Method of Restoring Manuscripts and Documents," and related correspondence (1961-1962) box 3 folder 31
    • Blueprints and plans (1955) box 1 folder 15
    • Budget (1952-1953) box 1 folder 16
    • Budget (1953-1954) box 1 folder 17
    • Budget requests (1957) box 1 folder 18
    • Budget requests (1958) box 1 folder 19
    • Building loan fund promotion (1955) box 1 folder 20
    • Candidates for degrees (1953) box 1 folder 21
    • Commencement (1952) box 1 folder 22
    • Commencement (1953) box 1 folder 23
    • Commencement (1954) box 1 folder 24
    • Commencement (1955) box 1 folder 25
    • Commencement (1956) box 1 folder 26
    • Commencement (1957) box 1 folder 27
    • Commencement (1958) box 1 folder 28
    • Copeland, Worth H., obituary (2005) box 3 folder 27
    • Delta Kappa Alpha ministerial fraternity constitution (1947 January 13) box 3 folder 29
    • Denmark Loan Fund
      • (1958) box 1 folder 46
      • Accounts A-Gas (1950-1958) box 1 folder 47
      • Accounts Ge-My (1950-1958) box 2 volume 48
      • Accounts Ne-W (1950-1958) box 2 volume 49
      • Annual statements (1949-1958) box 1 folder 50
      • Correspondence (1948-1958) box 1 folder 51
      • Minutes (1948-1954) box 1 folder 52
      • Petition (1958) box 1 folder 53
      • Receipt books (1957-1958) box 2 folder 54
    • Dining Hall inventories (1956) box 2 folder 55
    • Employee data (1955) box 2 folder 56
    • Faculty Committees
      • Administrative problems (1956) box 2 folder 57A
      • Audit (1957) box 2 folder 58
      • Budget (1956-1957) box 2 folder 59
      • Building and planning (1952-1955) box 2 folder 60
      • Disposition of faculty houses (1955-1957) box 2 folder 61
      • Emergency (1958) box 2 folder 62
      • Housing (1956) box 2 folder 63
      • Financial study (1952-1955) box 2 folder 64
      • Investing (1956) box 2 folder 65
      • Long-range planning (1957-1958) box 2 folder 66
      • Policy (1953-1954) box 2 folder 67
      • Reynolda Gardens (1958) box 2 folder 68
      • Space and enrollment (1958) box 2 folder 69
      • Trustee/faculty housing (1955) box 2 folder 70
    • Faculty
      • Correspondence (1952-1958) box 2 folder 71
      • Faculty Apartments allocation (1956-1958) box 2 folder 72
      • Faculty Apartment questionnaire (1956) box 2 folder 73
      • Faculty list (1949-1955) box 2 folder 57
      • Lot allocation (1955-1957) box 3 folder 74
      • Lot questionnaire, 1955 box 3 folder 75
      • Lot questionnaire, 1956 box 3 folder 76
      • Retiring, 1952-1965 box 3 folder 77
      • Teaching load, 1956/57 box 3 folder 78
    • Graduate council election (1956) box 3 folder 79
    • Grounds and shrubbery (1957) box 3 folder 80
    • Insurance policies
      • Aetna Fire and Liability (1958) box 3 folder 81
      • Central Mutual, 1957 box 3 folder 82
      • Dupree and Dortch, 1957 box 3 folder 83
      • Employer's Fire, 1957 box 3 folder 84
      • Equitable Life, 1956/57 box 3 folder 85
      • Farm Bureau Auto, 1954-1956 box 3 folder 86
      • Federal Forgery, 1954-1962 box 3 folder 87
      • Hartford Burglary, 1955-1957 box 3 folder 88
      • Hartford Fire, 1953-1957 box 3 folder 89
      • Hartford Steam Boiler, 1957 box 3 folder 90
      • Middlesex Mutual Fire, 1952-1957 box 3 folder 91
      • National Fire, 1957 box 3 folder 92
      • Nationwide, 1952-1956 box 3 folder 93
      • New Hampshire Fire, 1957 box 3 folder 94
      • Norfolk and Dedham Mutual Fire, 1955-1959 box 3 folder 95
      • North America Medical, 1952-1958 box 3 folder 96
      • North America Miscellaneous Attachments, 1956-1958 box 3 folder 97
      • North Insurance of New York, 1957 box 3 folder 98
      • Providence Washington, 1956-1958 box 3 folder 99
      • Unmatched amendments, 1956-1958 box 3 folder 100
    • Law School dedication (1957) box 3 folder 101
    • Law School, State Bar Review Course (1957) box 3 folder 102
    • Medical expense plan (1956-1957) box 3 folder 103
    • Medical School budget (1953-1954) box 3 folder 104
    • Medical School budget (1954-1956) box 3 folder 105
    • Memorandums, Bursar (1952-1958) box 3 folder 106
    • Memorandums, President (1956) box 3 folder 107
    • New Campus
      • Dormitory blue prints and plans (1956) box 3 folder 108
      • Moving dates and times (1956) box 3 folder 109
      • Office and classroom assignments (1955) box 3 folder 110
      • Office and classroom moving schedules (1956) box 3 folder 111
    • Notes inventory (1957-1958) box 3 folder 112
    • Religious Education Club constitution (1945 January 11) box 3 folder 30
    • Social Security coverage (1952-1958) box 3 folder 113
    • Student registration cards (1955) box 3 folder 114
    • Traffic regulation (1956) box 3 folder 115
    • Trailers and houses (1958-1959) box 3 folder 116
    • Trustees
      • Executive Committee (1957-1958) box 4 folder 174
      • Executive Committee minutes (1952-1956) box 4 folder 175
      • Letters (1954-1958) box 4 folder 176
      • List of committees (1958) box 4 folder 177
      • List of members (1957-1958) box 4 folder 178
      • Minutes (1952-1953) box 4 folder 179
      • Minutes (1954-1956) box 4 folder 180
    • Typewriter survey (1956) box 3 folder 117
    • Veteran student registration cards (1955) box 3 folder 118
    • Veterans Administration
      • Contracts (1952-1958) box 3 folder 167
      • Correspondence (1952-1958) box 3 folder 173
      • Student forms
        • Brittner, Barbara E. (1952) box 3 folder 119
        • Bullard, Frances L. (1952-1954) box 3 folder 120
        • Burmester, Frederick Christian (1958) box 3 folder 121
        • Carlyle, Alice Dunn (1952) box 3 folder 122
        • Carlyle, Anne Marie (1952) box 3 folder 123
        • Carmichael, Fred M. (1955) box 3 folder 124
        • Carroll, Jessie Kay (1958) box 3 folder 125
        • Curtis, William Robert (1957) box 3 folder 126
        • Dellinger, Carl C. (1953-1954) box 3 folder 127
        • Denmark, William C. (1954) box 3 folder 128
        • Dyer, Robert W., Jr. (1953-1956) box 3 folder 129
        • Earle, John R. (1954) box 3 folder 130
        • Edwards, Laura Mae (1952-1956) box 3 folder 131
        • Erwin, Martin (1956) box 3 folder 132
        • Ferguson, Joseph W. (1955) box 3 folder 133
        • Ford, Mildred Christine (1953-1955) box 3 folder 134
        • Fulford, John Wikander (1956) box 3 folder 135
        • Gaines, George L. (1954) box 3 folder 136
        • Greene, James Y., Jr. (1952-1953) box 3 folder 137
        • Gresham, Edwin B., III (1953-1955) box 3 folder 138
        • Hartsell, Robert C. (1955-1958) box 3 folder 139
        • Holmes, George McBrayer (1952) box 3 folder 140
        • Holt, Edward Glen (1952) box 3 folder 141
        • Hoover, Shirley Mae (1957) box 3 folder 142
        • Johnson, Mary Lou and W. R. (1952-1954) box 3 folder 143
        • Land, Joseph D. (1954-1956) box 3 folder 144
        • Langston, Malcom R. (1954) box 3 folder 145
        • McBrayer, Mary Alice (1956) box 3 folder 146
        • Martin, Zeno, Jr. (1956) box 3 folder 147
        • Merrell, Vivian N. (1952) box 3 folder 148
        • Meyer, Louis B. (1952-1954) box 3 folder 149
        • Miller, John T. (1954) box 3 folder 150
        • Mitchell, Vernon F., Jr. (1952-1955) box 3 folder 151
        • O'Neil, Patricia Anne (1956) box 3 folder 152
        • Orowitz, Nathan Frank (1956) box 3 folder 153
        • Poole, Billy Lynn (1955) box 3 folder 154
        • Sapp, Larry Wayne (1957) box 3 folder 155
        • Savage, Wynona Grace (1954) box 3 folder 156
        • Smith, David E. (1952-1956) box 3 folder 157
        • Sullivan, Paul W., Jr. (1958) box 3 folder 158
        • Swift, Mary Julia (1952) box 3 folder 159
        • Tench, Benjamin S. (1952-1954) box 3 folder 160
        • Tomlinson, Meyers G. (1958) box 3 folder 161
        • Walker, Dora Gaynelle (1957) box 3 folder 162
        • Weisenberger, Janice Lee (1958) box 3 folder 163
        • Whicker, Ann Adelaide (1956) box 3 folder 164
        • Williams, William N., Jr. (1953-1954) box 3 folder 165
        • Wilson, Virginia Anne (1958) box 3 folder 166
    • "Where Wake Forest Was Born: Cartledge Creek" [Church], Biblical Recorder clipping (1961 November 18) box 3 folder 4

Summary Information

Repository
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Title
Bursar's Office. Worth Hart Copeland Records
ID
RG17.4
Date [inclusive]
circa 1804-1965, 2005-2015
Extent
6.03 Linear Feet  3 record cartons, 1 document box, 1 half-document box, 1 oversize box

Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Revision Description
 Revised by Sayeda Islam, Madison Eggers, Stephanie Bennett 2018, 2019, 2020
Access Restrictions
This collection is open for use. 
Copyright Notice
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Preferred Citation
Bursar's Office. Worth Hart Copeland Records (RG17.4), Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. 

Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Wake Forest College--History--Sources

Related collections at Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives include Treasurer's Office. Worth Hart Copeland Records, 1951-1966 (RG25.10).

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