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Sarah Madison Collection

Identifier: MSS 06-07
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 - 1975


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3 Linear Feet

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.

Content Summary

The collection contains a large variety of items that cite events and happenings from 1895 to the 1970’s. Box 1 includes copies of the Davies Weekly newsletter, a one page newsletter that was published by the children (including Sarah) of Davies Hall, located on the WCTC campus. There are also numerous piano books and sheet music booklets in the collection that date back to the WWI era (property of Sarah’s mother), as well as recital and play programs from the 1940’s.

Box 2 of the collection contains three scrapbooks. The first belonged to Mrs. Eddie Marie Wike, and contains numerous newspaper clippings about the Wike and Sutton families. The scrapbook cites the families’ involvement at WCTC and in WWII. It also has a section in the back that describes the impressive athletic careers of Mrs. Sutton and her family. The second scrapbook belonged to Sarah Jean Sutton and contains magazine photo clippings of children and animals. The clippings date back to the 1930’s. The third scrapbook is dedicated entirely to Ralph and Eddie Marie Sutton’s trip to California in April and May of 1965. The scrapbook contains detailed accounts, postcards and photos from the trip.

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Repository Details

Part of the Hunter Library - Special Collections Repository

Cullowhee United States