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Sara Madison Collection

Identifier: SM 02-07

Scope and Contents

Materials concerning the Wike, Sutton, Madison, and allied families of western North Carolina; the history of Western Carolina University; and Jackson County, North Carolina history. Documents include, but are not limited to, sheet music, including items by Robert Frank Jarrett and World War I pieces, and music instruction materials or publications; copies of Western Carolina Teachers College May Day programs (1938 – 1940, 1950) and programs for other events (1944 – 1948 & n.d.); Davies Weekly (“Owned & Published by the Children of Davies Hall”); a cookbook (partial) of Mrs. W.D. Wike (“used from 1895, in flood of 1940”); a partial typescript of a pageant (pp. 5, 7-16, 18, 21) based upon Jackson County, North Carolina, history, with annotations, corrections, additions and deletions, from c. 1951; photographs; a booklet entitled “Cullowhee Cookery”; and scrapbooks.


  • 1895 - 1990


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Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

This collection contains information about the Wike, Sutton, and Madison families of Jackson County and western North Carolina. It is named after Sarah Jean Sutton Montgomery Madison, daughter of Ralph Coleman and Eddie Marie Wike Sutton. Sarah was born on October 8, 1931, in South Carolina and lived on or near the Western Carolina Teachers College campus for many years during her childhood. Her father was the college’s Vice-President for Business Affairs for over 28 years and her mother ran the Western Book Exchange for 20 years. After high school, Sarah continued her education at Duke University, Western Carolina University, and eventually obtained her Ed. D. at North Carolina State University. She retired from the education field after 30 years of service and is currently a resident of Jackson County.


3 Linear Feet

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Repository Details

Part of the Hunter Library - Special Collections Repository

Cullowhee United States