D.W. (Dallas Walton) Newsom was an educational administrator, county manager, scholar, and poet. Newsom entered Trinity College in the fall of 1895 beginning a twenty-seven year association with the institution. The collection contains material correspondence between Newsom and Trinity College president John C. Kilgo and Tempe Battle Newsom; clippings of Kilgo's speeches, articles, visitations, and obituary from various local and regional newspapers; and some biographical writings regarding Kilgo. The materials in the collection date from 1894-1972.
The Newsom collection primarily contains material collected or created by D.W. Newsom. Includes material concerning Trinity College president John C. Kilgo such as correspondence between Newsom and Kilgo, clippings of Kilgo's speeches, articles, visitations, and obituary from various local and regional newspapers, and some biographical writings regarding Kilgo. Major subjects include Trinity College (Durham County, NC); Christian education; and the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.
Also present in the collection are some materials relating to Newsom's administrative duties at Trinity College including a repair book (1911-1918), some memoranda concerning Trinity College, and miscellaneous letters. Of particular note are the responses to a janitorial service survey sent by Newsom to Trinity's peer institutions in 1920 asking for operational details of various institutions' housekeeping staff. Questions on the survey address race of staff, number of hours worked, salary, paid vacation/sick-leave, bonuses, division of responsibilities, retention, and age of workers.
Newsom kept various notebooks for jotting down thoughts, poetic words, and subjects of interest such as physics or Kilgo, philosophic quotations, and writings. These notebooks are present in the collection. Many of Newsom's notes are in shorthand. Personal correspondence consists primarily of letters between D. W. Newsom and Tempe Battle Newsom, but also contains correspondence from their parents, children, colleagues, and friends. A handwritten index of the personal correspondence is located in the collection control file and is available upon request. The materials in the collection date from 1894 to 1972.