Finding Aid for the
Jessie Lee Dickson Papers

Bennett College Archives, Bennett College for Women

Greensboro, North Carolina

Summary Information

Title: Jessie Lee Dickson Papers

Date/Date Range:  1924 – 1989

Extent: 2.83 linear feet

Series number: A105

Repository: Bennett College Archives, Thomas F. Holgate Library, Bennett College for Woman, Greensboro, North Carolina

Collection Scope and Content Note: The Jessie Lee Dickson Papers consists of personal correspondence, degrees, photographs, newspaper clippings, scrapbook, concert posters, and concert programs. Material in this collection was generated from Jessie Lee Dickson’s time as an original member of the Bennett College Quartette, student of the high and the college, personal recitals, and membership of the Silver Haired Legislature of Virginia.

Provenance: This collection is comprised of documents generated by the career and personal life of Jessie Lee Dickson. The donating source is unknown.

Historical Note: Jessie Lee Dickson was a graduate of Bennett High School May 28, 1930. She later matriculated Bennett College in 1934 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She honed her musical ability while attending both high school and undergraduate school at Bennett College. She became an integral part of the original Bennett College Quartette.

During the early growth of Bennett College much funding was needed and a clientele needed to be cultivated. This involved informing different aspects of the community the needs and goals of the newly formed women’s college.  The Quartette was one such vehicle that was used for that cultivation. The original Quartette consisted of Grace Coulbourne, Jessie Lee Dickson, Nannie Wright, and Maidie Ruth Gamble. The Quartette accompanied Dr. David Dallas Jones on many speaking engagements before constituents. During the years of 1928-1934 the Quartette represented Bennett College in song both locally and nationally. Travelling to such places as New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and neighboring cities in North Carolina. Entertaining such groups as the Women’s Home Missionary Society, and many Methodist Institutions.  The Quartette was the public face of what the Bennett College women represented at that time.

Jessie Lee Dickson was a member of the Bennett College Alumnae Quartette, under the direction of Dr. Nathaniel Dett, head of the Department of Music of Bennett College from 1937-1942.   She continued to perfect her vocal abilities with such vocal coaches as Mary Lou Jackson of New York City, Amos Rogers of Montreal Canada, and George Harris of the Professional Institute of Music of Richmond, Virginia. She continued to preform as a solo artist at schools, churches, fraternity and sorority banquets, and festivals throughout the 1940’s and 1950’s.

Jessie Lee Dickson had a career as a teacher in Greensboro, North Carolina and Amelia, Virginia. She was the Director of Music and also taught French, Latin, and Music for Russell Grove High School in Amelia Virginia. She was a charter member of the Alpha Zeta Sigma chapter of Delta Sigma Theta. Dickson was a member of the Virginia Silver-Haired Legislature during the 1980 and served as a delegate for the 59th District in 1983.

Access and Use

Acquisition Information: This collection has formally become the property of Bennett College for Women.

Access Restrictions:This collection is open to researchers under library restrictions. All access to these materials requires an appointment with the library archivist. All materials within the collection labeled restricted will not be open for usage.

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which Bennett College assumes no responsibility.

Copyright:  The nature of the Thomas F. Holgate Library Archive means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Thomas F. Holgate Library Archive claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law (Title 17, U.S.C.). The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The Archives and Special Collections assumes no responsibility of infringement of copyright or literary property rights.

Preferred Citation:[Identification of Item], Jessie Lee Dickson Papers, A105 Series, Bennett Collection Archives, Bennett College for Women, Greensboro, North Carolina.

Arrangement: This collection consists of 1 archival box, 1 archival half box divided into 9 series: The collection is arranged by material type in alphabetical order.

Processed by: Marcellaus A. Joiner

Series I: Bennett Publications – 2 Folders consisting of the Bennett College Bulletin and the Bennett Banner.

Series II: Certificates -2 Folders consisting of the High School Diploma and Bachelor of Arts Degree earned by Jessie Lee Dickson.

Series III: General – 8 Folders consisting material from various aspects of Jessie Lee Dickson’s time as a student at Bennett College and her personal life.

Series IV: Music Manuscripts – 3 Folders consisting of various Musical Manuscripts.

Series V: News Paper Clippings - 1 Folder consisting of various newspaper clippings pertaining to performances by the Bennett College Quartette and solo performances of Jessie Lee Dickson..

Series VI Photographs: - 8 Folders consisting of collages and photographs of various stages of Jessie Lee Dickson’s life.

Series VII: Programs – 9 Folders consisting of programs from performances by the Bennett College Quartette and solo performances by Jessie Lee Dickson.

Series VIII: Sheet Music – 1 Folder consisting of sheet music for the Russell Grove High School Alma Mater.

Series IX: Oversized Material- 1 half archival box containing 2 concert posters and 1 scrapbook.

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