Alice Cheatham Babcock Papers 1915-1970 (bulk 1950-1970)

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Alice Cheatham Babcock (1899-1990) was a teacher and assistant principal at Columbia High School and wife of noted author and educator Havilah Babcock.

Extent: 0.5 linear ft.
Location: Box 2 of Havilah Babcock Papers, 1920-1964
Materials stored offsite; advance notice required.


Scope and Content Notes

Teacher and avid gardener, Alice Hudson Cheatham was born in Appomattox, Virginia (?) on April 17, 1899, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Cheatham. She attended Appomattox High School, graduating in 1915 and went on to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in 1919 from the Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Virginia. She also married Havilah Babcock in 1919. During 1925 and 1926, she attended graduate course at the College of William and Mary, and completed her Master of Education at the University of South Carolina in 1947.

Alice Babcock worked at Columbia High School from the early days of the Depression to the mid-sixties, first as a teacher of French and mathematics, and later as assistant principal and acting principal. Several of her former students wrote to her during their service in World War II. Both Babcocks were gardening enthusiasts, and they divided their turf according to their divergent tastes. Havilah was well-known for his vegetables, especially his tomatoes. Alice's trademark was the camellia. Every day during the camellia's blooming season, she would wear a fresh camellia pinned to her lapel. She also collected antique cut glass and was recognized as one of the foremost authorities on the subject in the Southeast.

A year after her death in 1990, Shandon United Methodist Church bought the Babcocks' house with plans to use the lot for parking. The church gave the house to a Columbia women who agreed to move it. Growing on the property were dozens of stately, decades-old camellia bushes planted by Alice Babcock. The church then offered the plants to the University, which used them to establish the Havilah and Alice Babcock Memorial Garden, located between the Osborne Administration and ROTC buildings. The papers of Alice Babcock consist primarily of correspondence with family members, as well as documentation of her education. The bulk of the material dates from 1962 - 1970.


Description of Series

General Correspondence:

Chronologically arranged, this series is the primary location for correspondence and materials regarding family matters, except that which is found in the correspondence of Alice Cunningham, listed below.

Topical:

This series consists of materials and correspondence regarding Alice Babcock's education and career, but the bulk of the material is the correspondence of her niece, Alice Cunningham.


Container List

General Correspondence:

1915-17
1918
1927-38
1940-43
1944
1945-49
1950-51
1952
1953
1954
1955
1956-57
1958-59
1960-63
Jan-Nov 1964
Dec 1-13, 1964
Dec 14-29, 1964
Jan 1965
1965-70
not dated
Topical:
Career 1943-64

Cunningham, Alice
1933-51
1952-59
1960-63
1964-67
1968
May-Sep 1969
Oct-Nov 1969

Dec 3-20, 1969
Dec 21-27, 1969
Jan 1970
Feb-Mar 1970
April 1970
May-June 3, 1970
June 6-8, 1970

Education 1915-47


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