Manuscript Collection

Constance Pelzer Papers - Accession 1140 - M522 (573)


Constance Pelzer Papers - Accession 1140 - M522 (573)



Accession 1140 M522 (573)

Inclusive Dates



Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

26 pieces



Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of photographs, postcards, a commencement program, and other memorabilia collected by Winthrop graduate Constance Pelzer (Class of 1922) while she was at Winthrop. Constance's mother Josephine Bonner Pelzer also attended Winthrop in the late 1890s and was a friend and classmate of Mai Rutledge Smith who later married the founder and first president of Winthrop, David Bancroft Johnson in 1901. This collection provides a good source for women’s history, Winthrop College/University history, and period social/cultural history.

Descriptive List of Items:

6 black and white photos (really brownish): 1) Constance Pelzer with her aunt and cousin at empty swimming pool. 2) Dr. “Deeb” Johnson. 3) Pelzer sitting on Winthrop University lawn. 4) Pelzer as College Marshall, with house and tree in background. 5) Narrow strip of photo of Pelzer as Marshall. 6) Small cut from photo of three women seated. Center woman looks like Constance Pelzer.

16 postcards: Ten postcards of buildings and the garden of Winthrop University are color-tinted. The remaining brown-and-cream postcards show the exterior views of four Winthrop buildings and interior views of the College auditorium and library. Noting the reverse side of the postcards, one was sent with a handwritten message and stamps. The other only had a 1 cent stamp.

4 print or handwritten items: One partial news clipping congratulates Constance Pelzer for being chosen as College Marshall (among others). Another item is a 1922 Commencement program and list of graduates, including Constance Pelzer on cream cardstock. One of the two handwritten items is an unsigned note (presumably by Constance Pelzer) on a small square of acidic paper describing the friendship of her mother and the wife of President D.B. Johnson and Constance’s subsequent frequent visits with the Johnsons that introduced her to many notable guests (among them Jane Addams and the donor Harry Emerson Fosdick). The other handwritten piece is a letterhead note from Mrs. James W. Duvall, and daughter of Constance Pelzer explaining the donation.


The Constance Pelzer Papers were given to the Archives on June 17, 2004 by daughter Anne A. Duvall (Mrs. James W. Duvall).


For information concerning copyright please contact the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University.

Constance Pelzer Papers - Accession 1140 - M522 (573)