Tuskegee, Alabama: Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, 1906.
Letter. Approx. 8" x 10" letter handwritten on Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute letterhead. The letter written by one of Washington's student (as was commonly done) is signed by Booker T. Washington at the bottom. A few small brown stains on the letter. A previous owner of this letter typed a short note, cut it down to size and pasted at the bottom of the letter directly below the signature. The note reads "You will notice that this letter was written by Dr. Booker T. Washington, famous Negro Educator and founder of Tuskegee Institute in 1906 before the Institute had typewriters and letters were writte(n) by students and signed by Dr. Washington." This particular letter is a request for a donation to help cover the expenses of students tuition -"I am writing you because I thought you would be interested in helping us to meet the tuition expenses of our students. The students pay their own board partly in cash and partly in labor but are unable to pay the tuition in addition, which is fifty Dollars a year for each one. We shall be glad of any amount however small toward the expense. Our endowment is not yet sufficient to enable us to pay the expenses without asking for help. The enclosed printed slip will give you some definite idea as to our condition and needs. Yours Truly signed (in the hand of) Booker T. Washington." Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) was born into slavery in Virginia. He attended the Hampton Institute in his twenties. At the recommendation of Samuel Chapman Armstrong, president of Hampton Institute, Washington founded the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama in 1881. Good. Item #12812