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Cormay Graham and Myrtle Wynter correspondence

Identifier: SC 01892

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Content Description

Correspondence contains fourteen letters sent to and from Cormay Graham and Myrtle Wynter, two African American women attending college including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) during the mid-twentieth century. Cormay Graham attended Bennett College while Myrtle Winder attended King William Training School. The letters contain information about their families, daily lives, and experiences in college. Letters also contain information about their families and friends in Richmond, Virginia. The collection also contains courtship letters from "Henry" to Cormay.


  • Creation: 1949-1953

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use

Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from the Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical / Historical

Cormay Graham and Myrtle Wynter both grew up in Richmond, Virginia. Cormay later attended Bennett College, a Historically Black College and University for women in Greensboro, North Carolina. Myrtle attended King William Training School, a technical school for African Americans in King William, Virginia. Their correspondence describes their life in college. Collection also contains love letters from Henry to Cormay Graham. Henry is described as attending school in Swannanoa, North Carolina.


0.02 Linear Feet (Two legal size folders)




Collection is arranged at the file level.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased with the assistance of the Nelle Richardson Tonkin Fund.

Guide to the Cormay Graham and Myrtle Wynter correspondence
William & Mary Special Collections Research Center staff
May 2024
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