Collection Title:  Gladys Castle Papers

Collection Number:  M256  /  98-037

Inclusive Dates:  1926 – 1986

Bulk Dates:  1955 – 1985

Volume:  3.0 Cubic Feet

Processor: W. Ray


Gladys C. Castle was born in Kilmichael, Mississippi on a farm. Castle attended Delta State Teachers College in 1926. In 1928 she became secretary to Dean William H. Zeigel. She was a President of the Delta State Alumni Association and held other elective alumni positions. She was also, a member of the Administrative Board of the First United Methodist Church of Cleveland. She was a noted photographer. She was published in numerous newspapers, mostly in the Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tennessee.  She won numerous newspapers and snapshot awards. She was the first woman at Delta State University to have been initiated into the ODK.  She served under five deans at Delta State University: Dr. William Henry Zeigel, Dr. Joe Farrar, Dr. Thomas Daniel Young, Dr. James Hayes McLendon, and Dr. Jack Winton Gunn


Scope and Content:

This collection consists of documents from Gladys Castle’s career as secretary at Delta State University. The collection contains letters, professional documents, news clippings, and numerous photographs taken by Miss Castle.


The collection is divided into six series:

  1. Photographs
  2. Professional Documents
  3. Personal Letters
  4. Newspaper clippings
  5. Drafts of articles
  6. Negatives



Box 1:

Box  /  Folder

1  /  1               Resume

Rough draft of a paper

2               1986 Rowan County Register (4 Volumes)

3               ’77-78 Lady Statesmen

Dolphin Echoes

4                Info on Dr. Zeigel

Play “The Patsy” DSU 1930

Notes to Eleanor regarding DSU

“Confidante” #1 – Art Literary Magazine

DSU – 60 Years of Service Booklet

Delta State College Report for Phase II of the Mississippi Role and

Scope Study Delta State University 1966

Delta Council Annual Meeting Invitation 1977

The Basis and need for conservation education in the Southern

States (Address Nov. 1948 by Dr. Kethley)

Tapestry Delta State University 1991

Bulletin of the Delta State Teachers College The work of the

Scribes Club Sept. 1941

Alumni News Delta State University Fall 1975, Oct. 1968, 1977

The Delta Guide Book

Delta State College Thirty-Sixth Annual Commencement 1963 (3)

Southern Literary Festival Eleventh Anniversary Mississippi Delta

State Teachers College DSU 1948 (2 copies)

University of Mississippi Centennial Series Annual Meeting of the

Southern Literary Festival Association 1949

The Southern literary Festival Association Assembly at DS 1955

Alumni News Delta State March 1972

Alumni News Delta State June 1972

Alumni News Delta State March 1969

Delta State College Report of the President to the Board of Trustees

Mississippi Delta State Teachers College in memoriam Dr.

William Henry Zeigel and Dr. Kenneth L. Daugherty 1947

Delta State University Inauguration – Forest Kent Wyatt

Delta State University 1981 Homecoming information

Delta State Teachers College Alumni and Athletic Banquet 1940

Eleanor B. Walters Presentation Speech 1967 Outstanding Alumni


Continued Box 1:

Box  /  Folder

1  /  5               Wedding Napkin Aug. 2, 1968 Mary And David

Ribbon from Crosstie

Memo from Office of Jack Gunn

Letter to Virginia

Remittance Advice – Winner 1963 Snapshot Contest

Commencement Leland High School 1964

Sketch by Maxine


Copies of sketches of buildings – Y Hut, and unknown building

6               Works Progress for Mississippi Source Material for Mississippi History Preliminary manuscript Bolivar County (railroad info)

7               Kodak envelope

Photo Supply Invoice 1971



Blank envelope

Blank insurance plan

Note from Mike Robbins

8                Prayer

Listing of Church members

9                 Pamphlet from MS Tourism Crafts

1979 – 80 Pamphlet from University Press of MS

1972 AmTrak Info

Program featuring Delta State majorettes of the Green/White Band

10                The Delta Council by Dr. Kethley

Program of Delta Council May 27, 1980 (2)

11                Laminated/copy Oct. 5, 1981 of Miss Castle receiving KiwanisAward

Clipping “Dr. Kethley survives Bilbo’s Ouster Move” Comm. Appeal

Clipping Bol. Commercial Dec. 20, 1962 – Poem

Clipping Comm. App. Paul Flowers’ Greenhouse

Miss Delta Nov. 8, 1979 Dedication of Lena Roberts-Sillers Chapel

Clipping Bol. Comm. Sept. 20, 1978 “Have you Heard” by Evelyn North

Clipping “Miss Gladys Castle honored with painting”

Clipping Bol. Com. Sept. 13, 1979 “MET membership to Meet”

Clipping Comm. Appeal May 3, 1970 Wedding Plans for Gannaway-         Looney (2)

Clipping DDT “Gannaway-Looney wed June 23, 1970”

Clipping Jackson Daily March 29, 1970 “Looney Gannaway Wed (2)


Continued Box 1/11

Box  /  Folder

1  /  11             Clipping Jackson Daily Jan 26, 1968 Wedding Announcement

Clipping Leland Progress Looney Gannaway Wedding June 18, 1970 (3) Clipping “Coleman:  Young buy fairly well”

Clipping Winona Times Nov 30, 1967 “Castle Chosen as

Outstanding Alumni of 1967”

Clipping:  Anna Looney, Leland Photo by Gladys Castle

Clipping National Cemetery in Vicksburg, Photo by Gladys Castle

Clipping Clarion Ledger Feb. 21, 1975 Marshall Plan First Revealed

At Delta Council

Clipping MS United Methodist Advocate  Aug. 22, 1979  “James Broom”

Resume for Jay Castle Brain

Commencement Invitation from Leland Academy May 31, 1971

MS Educational Advance Nov 1967 “Castle honored at DS Homecoming

Clipping laminated of Castle with cookbook.

Clipping May 19, 1966 of engagements.

Clipping Miss Delta Oct. 23, 1967 “Outstanding Alumni Named”

Clipping Sept. 9, 1960 Delta State enrollment and photo

Clipping Bride Elect Complimented

Clipping 1st Presbyterian Church at Port Gibson, MS

1  /  12             Personal Correspondence

1  /  13             Biographical Information on Miss Castle (2)

Remarks by Jack Gunn on Castle Retirement (3 pages)

Notes dated march 31, 1977 on Castle (3 pages)

Genealogy on Castle Family (5 pages)

1  /  14             Photo of Presbyterian Church at Port Gibson, MS

Text for Church Picture

Photo of Sardis Dam

Text for Dam

Narrative by Virginia Thompson of 7 DSTC instructors with

Photo by Gladys Castle  (5)

News Clipping July 2, 1957 “Mound Bayou Plans Anniversary Party

with photo

Outline of Church History dated July 28, 1983 (1 Page)

“Delta State and the Development of MS” by Dr. R.A. McLemore

dated June 2, 1968 given at Delta State Commencement

Photocopy of “The Mill” by Clyde Wade

“Coggie’s Cotton Dolls” 1 pg incomplete narrative

1  /  15             Photographs of Church’s

1  /  16             Photographs of Portraits /  Still life


Continued Box 1:

Box  /  Folder

1  /   17            Photographs of Horses and Cows

18            Photographs of Delta State Buildings

19            Photographs of Delta State Sports

20            Photographs Buildings /  Places

21            Photographs Landscapes / Waterscapes / Bridges  /  Miss. River

22            Photographs Archeology

23            Photographs Landmark Signs

24            Photographs Portraits:  Mary Ann Bell Odom with group,

Dean Acheson announcing Marshall Plan, Edward Bibb Hill,

Old T Model, Mimi Dossett 1954

25            Photographic Negatives

26            Photographs Groups / DSU Postcard, Mary Fugler / Buildings / Others

27            Photographs Several of Delta Council Cooking Chicken 1963; 1970

28            Narratives for Photos

29            Gladys Castle Letters / Memo Booklet

30            Bulletin of DSTC 1941-42 The Work of the Scribe Club

                        “Here’s Cleveland” May-June 1970

Bulletin of DSTC “The Life of Jim Broom” 1949

Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development National

Education Association Annual Meeting 1946

31             Department of the State Confidential Future Release

32             Listing of Delta State Grads 1931, 1932, 1933

MS DSTC Baccalaureate Service (3 copies ) 1944

DSU 1979 Homecoming Information

Cleveland Community Theatre “The Music Man”


Continued Box 1:

Box /  Folder

    1  /  33             Harper’s Map of Mississippi February 1864

34             Clippings: Bolivar Comm. Supplement Sept. 11, 1978 features Delta State

Appreciation Week

Clipping: Comm. Appeal Article on Photography May 11, 1978

Copiah County Meteor July 30, 1980 on Dr. Kethley

Clipping DDT June 15, 1980 Faulkner Work Donated

Clipping Bolivar Co. celebrates 100 years 1966

35              Letter from J.M. Ewing Oct. 31, 1956 to 1956-57 Alumni Officials

Writings of Miss Castle on Literary Festival (6 pages)

Miscellaneous handwritten notes (4 pages)

Blank envelope addressed to Mrs. R.K. Winter

36              Photographs of Delta State University


Box 2:

Box  /  Unfoldered Books/Objects

2  /   Unfol.         A History of the Southern Literary Festival by Emory Davis Jones

State Building Commission State of MS Physical Facilities MS College

Delta State College

The New World Book of Looneys

                           Bulletin of Delta State University Catalog Issue 1977-78

Bulletin of Delta State University Catalog Issue 1981-1982

Bulletin of Delta State University Catalog Issue 1985-86

Bulletin of Delta State College: A Collection of Student Writing

1957-58 (3 copies)

Handbook for Faculty and Staff Delta State College 1970-71 Revision.

2 filmstrips not labeled.

4 printing plates of DSU Buildings.

1 rubber stamp “photo courtesy of Gladys C. Castle & address”


Box 3:

Box /  Folder

3  /  1               Delta State University Faculty Programs 1936-37 (3 copies)

2               Literary Examinations Mississippi Junior Colleges (1937-38

Psychology 1937-38, English-Lit 1936, English-Lit 1936-37, Hygiene           1936, Hygiene 1936-37

3               1959 Check Stub

4               Dr. Kirk Letters

Miscellaneous Documents

Teachers College Newspaper Nov. 18, 1937 Dr. John Kirk Dies

5               Dean Zeigel Letters 1944-46

6               Dean Zeigel Documents/Letters 1932-46

7               Teacher Training Documents/Teacher Education by Dr. Zeigel

8               Delta State University Documents Jan. 1945 Report to IHL – Dr. Kethley

Implications of Teaching Consumer Buying by C.V.Casady 1938

9               Delta State University Documents Info on Grades 1927-41

10              Handwritten Notes/Letters

11              Programs1986

Instructor’s course cards

Initiation Banquet for Omicron Delta Kappa

12              Clipping Aug 18, 1944 Zeigel portrait

Miss Delta Old photos of DSU

Sculptors Comm. Appeal April 24, 1957; May 23, 1957 Art.

Wesley Foundation;

Comm. Appeal clipping Dec. 5, 1962 for play

Copy of DSC plaque;

Clipping Comm. Appeal June 8, 1965 Graduate Classes Start

Clipping Jackson Daily Aug 3, 1936 City of Cleveland and Delta State

1937 1st,2nd, 3rd issue of The Gist New Orleans, LA

Bolivar Commercial Oct 19, 1945 Dr. Howard Zeigel weds


Continued Box 3:

Box  /  Folder  

3  /  13             Sheet Music

14             Delta State Programs:

1991, 1940 Athletic Banquet,

Zeigel, Daughterity Memorial 1947 (2 copies)

Inauguration of Forest Kent Wyatt

1949 Life of Jim Broom

1991 Homecoming Program (5copies)

                        Christmas Program

Homecoming Program 1940

Dedication program of 1979 Lena Roberts-Sillers Chapel (3copies)

1991 Delta Currents

Delta State Bulletin

15            Business Letters/Documents Delta State University – Carol Brumby

16            Delta State University Papers:

1981 Construction of 2 dorms

Field Service Program 1941-42

Orientation Program 1951

Faculty Program 1936, 1937, 1938

Teacher Objectives

17           Senate Finance Committee Document – Appointments by County

18           Dean Zeigel Letters/Documents

19           Dean Zeigel Letters/Documents

20           Dean Zeigel Letters/Documents

21           Dean Zeigel’s National Education Association Documents/Letters 1937

22           Delta State University Documents/Letters

23           1945 Annual Report of the President’ Council DSTC

24           Mississippi House Bill #143

25           Program by John Kirk March 20, 1935

Mississippi Advance Magazine

Report from the Presidents Council State of Mississippi (3 copies)


Continued Box 3:

Box  /  Folder

3  /  26            Magazine The Collegiate Guide Post 1974

Letter from Castle regarding Kethley bio and photos

27            Zeigel Miscellaneous correspondence 1928-1956

28            Miscellaneous correspondence

29            Zeigel Transcript

30           Zeigel Miscellaneous correspondence 1927-1933

31           Zeigel Miscellaneous correspondence 1926-1942

32           Zeigel Miscellaneous correspondence 1928-1946