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Richmond Professional Institute



  • Existence: 1917 - 1968
  • Usage: 1962 - 1968
  • Usage: 1939 - 1962
  • Usage: 1925 - 1939
  • Usage: 1918 - 1925
  • Usage: 1917 - 1918


The Richmond Professional Institute, originally named the Richmond School of Social Economy, began in 1917 to offer training in social work and public health nursing. Beginning in 1919, RPI affiliated with the College of William and Mary eventually becoming the Richmond Division of the College of William and Mary in 1925. The school grew despite insubstantial state funding. By 1953, RPI was accredited as an independent institution from William and Mary and RPI fully separated in 1962. During the 1960s the need to expand educational opportunities in the urban areas of the state became apparent. Following the recommendations of the Bird Commission Report and the Wayne Commission Report, RPI merged with the Medical College of Virginia to create Virginia Commonwealth University in 1968.



Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:

Evelyn Crary Bacon papers

Identifier: 2011.Jan.1
Scope and Contents The papers of Evelyn (Crary) Bacon contain both personal and professional material. A large portion of this collection relates to her career as a nurse and nurse educator and her involvement in various nursing organizations. Also of significance are the papers concerning her participation in World War II as a nurse in the Army Nursing Corps. The collection includes audiovisual items, correspondence, course files, military artifacts and materials, organizational records, photographs,...
Dates: 1936-1997

Elizabeth Magie papers

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: M 531
Scope and Content This collection is comprised of two notebooks and four reports relating to Magie's coursework at Richmond Professional Institute, School of Store Services Education from 1942 to 1943. In addition to her research, the reports often contain sketches, charts, and clippings. Magie's work provides insight into the effect the war had on the fashions of the day. She includes clippings related to the call for reduced consumption of cloth and clothing to avoid rationing, the difficulty women had in...
Dates: 1942-1943

Edward H. Peeples, Jr. papers

Identifier: M 342
Scope and Contents Please note: this collection contains materials that use insensitive or offensive language. To represent the resource as accurately as possible, the staff has transcribed the titles exactly as they appear on the archival material or objects.The Papers of Dr. Edward J. Peeples document his long career in education and public health and his activities as a promoter of social justice and human rights reforms in Virginia and other places across the South. The collection is especially...
Dates: 1915, 1920-2005

Edward H. Peeples, Jr. papers

Identifier: M 68
Scope and Contents

The collection consists of materials collected by Dr. Peeples in the field of hunger, poverty, and racial issues in the United States and abroad. There is considerable information on the fight for integration in Virginia in the 1960s. It includes his thesis on the Prince Edward County school issue in the late 1950s and early 1960s as well as many newspaper articles that document that period. A large portion of this collection is made up of numerous types of publications.

Dates: 1910, 1943-1994; Majority of material found within 1943 - 1994

Theresa Pollak papers

Identifier: M 5
Scope and Contents The Theresa Pollak Papers consists of materials covering Miss Pollak's academic and artistic career from 1917 to 1988 (primarily 1940s-1980s). Of particular note are the materials and correspondence Miss Pollak gathered about her major instructors influencing her artistic work, Allen Tucker and Hans Hoffmann. Also included in the collection are Christmas cards designed by Miss Pollak's former students and fellow faculty members and photographs of Miss Pollak's work and from her 1986 exhibit...
Dates: 1917-1996

Richmond Professional Institute photographs

 Collection — RPI 1, Folder: 2020.01.004
Identifier: 2020.01.004
Content Description

23 photographs from RPI from the 1960s covering sports, campus (in snow), one of commencement. May have been used for yearbook

Dates: 1960s

Hilda Yates Warden papers

Identifier: M 376
Scope and Contents The collection includes minutes, correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings, various publications and other materials related to Warden's interests in civil rights and prisoner treatment. The materials date from the mid-1960s until the mid-2000s although the bulk of the collection is from 1969-1971. A significant portion of the collection is comprised of materials from her activities within the Virginia Commission on Human Relations, Richmond Y.W.C.A., and Offender Aid and Restoration. The...
Dates: 1959-2005

Hannah Allen Jeter Weiser papers

Identifier: 1991.Jul.14
Scope and Contents This collection contains materials related primarily to Wesier's education and career as a public health nurse as well as a few personal papers. These papers include course notes, some correspondence, drawings, medical pamphlets, maps, newspaper clippings, and a scrapbook. Series 1: Educational and Professional papers, 1917-1978. These materials include her class notes from nursing school, materials from the Instructive Visiting Nurse Association, medical reprints, a collection...
Dates: 1906 - 1983

Otti Y. Windmueller papers

Identifier: M 424
Content Description

This collection chronicles some of her accomplishments at VCU’s Department of Fashion as well as glimpses into her life through correspondence to Ms. Windmueller. The collection also helps tell the story of her survival as young Jewish Woman in Nazi Germany, primarily through photographs and newspaper clippings though there are a few letters from friends and family which lend more information to this time in her life.

Most materials are in English, but a minority are in German.

Dates: 1951-1999