Collection Title: H. L. Nowell Papers
Collection Number: M082
Inclusive Dates: 1920- 1991
Bulk Dates: 1942- 1991
Volume: 1.0 cubic feet
Processor: L. Strong
Scope and Content:
- L. Nowell served Delta State from 1949 until 1987 under many titles, including Director of Public Relations, Director of Student Activities, Alumni Secretary, Dean of Men, and Cheerleader Sponsor. He was also the first Director of the Union, thus the DSU
Union is named for him. His life is told through this collection in documents, pictures, and correspondence. There are countless documents in the collection expressing H. L. Nowell’s tremendous influence on Delta State’s campus.
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1 1 Military:
Letter of Recommendation to recruiting office from
Richard A. Boling (minister) 1942
Letter from Naval Office confirming identity 1942
Transcript and letter from MDSTC to U. S. Naval Requesting H. L. Nowell
continue training reserves at MDSTC 1942
Letter of induction in to the armed forces 1943
Letter to H. L. Nowell from Yankee Buddy “CIB” Dec 1944
Text- “Memoirs of the 58th Fighter Group” April 1945
Enlisted Record and Report of Separation Honorable Discharge
(1 original, 3 copies) July 1945
Honorable Discharge Certificate (1 original, 5 copies) Oct 1945
Honorable Discharge Certificate 1952
Document- 58th Fighter Group active addresses Feb 1990
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1 2 Personal Correspondence:
Letter of Recommendation from K. L. Daughrity Oct 1942
Letter to Homer from Joe April 1953
Letter of Recommendatuib to Mr. A. E. McCarton from Evelyn Hamett
concerning H. L. Nowell for a counseling assistant position at Sate College of
Washington Mar 1958
Letter from T. M. (Cobb) to H. L. Nowell 1960
Letter of remembrance to Coach Chad from H. L. Nowell July 1973
Invitation to High School Reunion Class of ’39 from Richard See
and Regrets from H. L. Nowell 1979
Letter to H. L. Nowell from Nevada Rivette (cousin) April 1981
Letter to H. L. Nowell from Nevada Rivette (cousin) June 1985
Letter of Retirement to Kent Wyatt from H. L. Nowell Sept 1985
Note to H. L. Nowell from Betsy 1986?
Thank you letter to H. L. Nowell from Jeff Capwell Sept 1989
Thank you note to H. L. Nowell for m Paul NO DATE
Personal Correspondence continued:
Thank you letter to H. L. Nowell from Zeta Beta Chapter,
Pi Kappa Alpha NO DATE
Christmas Card to H. L. Nowell from Alan NO DATE
Christmas Card to H. L. Nowell from Alan, Beverly, and Tara Thompson
Copy of U. S, General Land Office to Lemuel R Nowell 1856
Cemetery Advertisement and coupon for plot 1920
Proof of Enrollment at Delta State 1942
Transcript from Delta State 1943
Account of the Nowell Family Reunion (4 copies) June 1948
Secondary Permanent Professional License (1 original, 3 copies) Feb 1950
Transcript from Delta State- Degree Confirmed (2 copies) 1950
Certified Employment Record From Delta State 1953
Casey Jones Day Program held in Yazoo County July 1953
Four copies of Transcripts 1958
Summer Vacation Log by Dumont Freeman 1960
Certified Copy of Record of Death (of his Father) 1963
Obituary of Henry Nowell Sr. (father) 1963
Funeral Home Bill Mar 1963
Portrait of H. L. Nowell drawn by Johnson (2 copies) 1964
The Book of Golden Deeds Certificate Awarded to H. L. 1986
Document “Young Ollie Gark Writes” NO DATE
- L. Nowell’s Résumé NO DATE
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1 3 Delta State Correspondence:
Thank you letter H. L. Nowell concerning Homecoming, attached Homecoming
address of Dr. A. L. Young 1964
Congratulations letter to Mr. and Mrs. Albert H. Karlson from
- L. Nowell Oct. 1974
Letter to Red from H. L. Nowell endorsing Kent Wyatt for President Nov 1974
Thank you letter to Billy J Jordan from Aubrey K. Lucas April 1975
Response to above
Thank you letter to H. L. Nowell from Kent Wyatt April 1975
Thank you letter to H. L. Nowell from Kent Wyatt Oct 1975
Thank you letter to H. L. Nowell from Kent Wyatt concerning
Homecoming Nov 1975
Thank you letter form to H. L. Nowell from Jimmy Breland
for picture donated to the Baptist Campus Ministry July 1979
Letter to H. L. Nowell on selection of Greg Haddon as
Union Student Director from Mike Marsh Mar 1981
Letter sent to Jack from H. L. Nowell attached to Response from Jack Jackson Kappa Alpha brother Dec 1981
Letter of congratulations to Chris Burgess from H. L. Nowell May 1983
Letter to Henry Outlaw discussing signature for exams
from H. L. Nowell Oct 1983
Letter to Jeff from Liberty Cash Jr. Jan 1984
Letter to Kris Kwitzky on his appointment to Student Director
from Kent Wyatt April 1984
Thank you letter to H. L. Nowell from Kent Wyatt April 1985
Thank you letter to H. L. Nowell from Kent Wyatt Aug 1985
Thank you letter to H. L. Nowell from Gwen F. Ayers Aug 1985
Thank you letter to H. L. Nowell from Hugh C. Smith Aug 1985
Thank you letter to Mr. Walter “Pete” Peden
of Warner Cable from Kent Wyatt (3 copies) Oct. 1989
Thank you letter to “Pete” from Warner cable fro donations
from Hugh E. Walker (2 copies) Oct 1989
Small note to H. L. Nowell attach to copy of letter to Pete from Hugh Ellis
Letter of request for pool tables and coin operated games in the Union NO DATE
mentioned above Oct 1989
Delta State Documents:
Address given by Dr. L. A. Bass at the annual DSC Alumni Luncheon Mar 1952
Copy of statement in account with Steele’s Furniture
and Automobile Upholstery 1975
Program from DSU Music Hall of fame Banquet Feb 1982
Program from Michael E. Pitts’ Memorial service held at Delta State Oct 1982
Program from Retirement Recognition and service
Awards Day for faculty and staff Aug 1985
Documentation of the 63rd Convention of the Alumni Council Aug 1989
Documentation of the Jeff Ross Capwell Scholarships Sept 1989
Homecoming program 1991
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1 4 Church documents:
Letter of Recommendation of H. L. Nowell to whom it may concern from
Rev. G. B. Hines Oct 1942
Letter of appreciation to H. L. Nowell from Lee M. Gentry Nov 1964
Documentation of the Sunrise Service delivered by
Dr. A. Rufus Morgan June 1975
Thank you letter from John for H. L. Nowell’s donation of a chasuble to the
church of a invoice from Almy and Son included April 1980
Program of the day H. L. Nowell retired from the vestry
of Calvary Church Jan 1987
Calvary Episcopal Church Vestry Minutes (newsletter) Aug 1989
Calvary Episcopal Church financial report Aug 1989
Vestry Meeting Agenda Sept 1989
Calvery Episcopal Church Vestry- History and Description church 1989
1 5 Speeches:
Endorsement speech of the University Union by H. L. Nowell NO DATE
Speech presenting the first H. L. Nowell Student Alumni Association Service
Award to Mr. Frank McCardle. NO DATE
Farewell speech given by H. L. Nowell of Jeff Ross Capwell (3 copies)NO DATE
“The immortal words of H. L. Nowell” (retirement speech?) 5 copies No DATE
1 6 Newspaper articles:
Two of “Honored at Delta State” and picture Oct 1964
“Student Director Known As Best Friend, Father” The Clarion Ledger,
Jackson Daily News Dec 1971
“Students At Delta State Find ‘Unofficial’ Friend” The Commercial Appeal,
Memphis, Sunday Morning, Dec 1971
“CANDLE-LIT TREE Called Prettiest In Delta It’s Pride of H. L. Nowell” and
picture of H. L. Nowell with the tree. The Clarion Ledger, Jackson Daily News Dec 1974
Rough draft of the “CANDLE-LIT TREE” article sent to H. L. Nowell for
revising Dec 1974
Picture from “CANDLE-LIT TREE… article with hand writing at the top “You
have the worst looking blood-shot eyes…” Dec 1974
“Lee’s greatest victory came in defeat” by Paul Greenberg 1991
“Coffee Break” by Evelyn Allen Hammett describing a Christmas party held in
the men’s dorm overseen by H. L. Nowell as Dean of Men NO DATE
“John Chamblee is honored by Jaycees” John to be honored by the Dean of Men
( H. L. Nowell) of Delta State College Pre 1974?
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1 7 Kappa Alpha documents:
- L. Nowell’s KA membership card 1966
“Kappa Alpha Order And Membership In It” pamphlet 1967
Pledge Manual 1967
“Leadership Reacted” By Lester L. Hale Dean of Students
University of Florida 1967
Official invitation to the Kappa Alpha Barbecue and Old South Ball May 1968
Richard Showse Myers, Jr.’s information Jan 1969
Memorandum from H. L. Nowell, Alumnus Advisor “Brotherhood” Mar 1970
Pledge Education For Initiation Into KAPPA ALPHA ORDER Sept 1972
Letter to H. L. Nowell from Richard L. Murgatroyd of Memphis speaking of his
recent visit to Delta State Sept 1980
Nomination for the 1983 Fonder’s Award application 1983
Article and copy of “Cleveland’s Past…” Bolivar Commercial Jan 1985
Cover page of Kappa Alpha Order 1987 Alumni Directory 1987
Documentation of the Nomination of Henry Lee Nowell, Jr.
For the Kappa Alpha Inter-Fraternity Award Mar 1989
Letter of Congratulations to H. L. Nowell for receiving the Inter-fraternity Award
From John W. Nowell President of the Kappa Alpha Scholarship Fund Aug 1989
KASF Recommendation on behalf John Fletcher signed Paul C. Artman. Jr.
Attached a small note to H. L. Nowell F.Y. I. Feb 1989
Letter of Recommendation on Thomas Bradford Janoush and 2 copies Mar 1989
Letter of Recommendation on John Floyd Fletcher and 3 copies Mar 1989
“Nowell named for national award”- For service and leadership. The Bolivar
Commercial Aug 1989
“Kappa Alpha Order 63rd Narional Convention & 44th National Leadership
Institute” Scottsdale, Arizona pamphlet Aug 1989
Personal note congratulating H. L. Nowell for receiving the national award from
Billy LaForge (attached to copy of article above) Sept 1989
“DSU retiree to receive interfraternnity award” Delta Democrat Times Aug 1989
Thank you letter to Brother Artman from Jack Nowell (copy) Sept 1989
Letter to Paul about a special inanition from Richard A. Barnes Sept 1989
Province Newsletter/ Rush Congratualtions Sept 1989
Congratulations letter to H. L. for award from William E. Forester
Order of Events (handwritten) for silver anniversary celebration Nov 1989
Certificate announcing that the Silver Celebration be named in
- L. Nowell’s Honor Sept 1989
Continued Box 1 Folder 7
Thank you letter to H. L. Nowell following Silver Celebration from Douglas C.
Stone Nov 1989
Province Newsletter/Knight Commander Pardini to Visit Nov 1989
Letter to H. L. Nowell from Julian Pardini Nov 1989
- L. Nowell’s Balance Statements from Ihiling Bros. Everard Co./
Supplies for fraternity Feb 1990
Thank you letter to H. L. Nowell from Frank A. Rose Feb 1990
Thank you letter to H. L. Nowell from Alben N. Hopkins Feb 1990
Cover page of Kappa Alpha Order 1987 Alumni Directory
Letter of recommendation of Doty Farmer from Paul C. Artman, Jr. Mar 1990
Letter of recommendation on Christopher Eric “Chris” Kelley from Paul C.
Artman, Jr. Feb 1990
KA Newsletter 1990
Recommendation of the Delta Beta Chapter for an Ammen Award June 1990
Letter to Trent Lott from Richard S. Myers, Jr. attached a completed Inter
Application by Richard S. Myers, Jr. and Résumé (copies) Aug 1990
Letter to Dean Reily from KA Paul C. Artman regarding
Hazing and punishment Oct 1990
Memorandum of Delta Beta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Order Nov 1990
Thank you letter to H. L. Nowell from Eric W. Long including the
Letter of appreciation to H. L. Nowell form William E. Forester attached Tenitive Schedule of the 1991 Tour of KA Mar 1991
“How Firm A Foundation” KA Memorial Service April 1991
Request for Stephen J. Suhowatsky to be initiated to Richard A, Barnes from
- L. Nowell May 1991
“Resolution of the Alumni Conference 64th Kappa Alpha Convention”
(draft and copy)Aug 1991
Congratulations letter to H. L. Nowell from William E. Forester Sept 1991
Province Newsletter/Welcome Back Aug 1991
Letter to Douglas C. Stone from William Forester Including the Alumni Chapter Bulletin And Notes Sept 1991, May 1991
History of “Delta State College and The Fraternity System” NO DATE
The Campaign for KA Leaflet NO DATE
List of KA Dues NO DATE
Kappa Alpha’s History at Delta State NO DATE
Promotional leaflet for KA NO DATE
Letter to a brother from Jimbo Hood concerning
25th Anniversary celebration NO DATE
Five Different rough drafts of speeches H. L. Nowell recalling his KA
experiences NO DATE
1 8 Delta Beta Documents:
Letter confirming Delta Beta Chapter of the Kappa Alfa Order
at Delta State Nov 1968
The Conbibium Delta Beta Chapter Kappa Alpha Order Jan 1980
Delta Beta Chapter Directory 1981-1982
The Delta Beta Dispatch 1989
Letter to Brothers of Delta Beta Chapter form H. L. Nowell ,
a challenge Sept 1989
Documentation of Delta Beta Chapter Kappa Alpha Order 25th Anniversary
Weekend Nov 1989
Letter to H. L. Nowell complementing on the brothers of Delta Beta from
Alben N. Hopkins Mar 1990
Letter to Dean Reily from KA Paul C.Artman regarding Hazing and punishment
The Delta Beta Dispatch 1991
Delta Beta report Jan 1991
Letter praising Delta Beta’s accomplishments from H. L. Nowell
(3 copies) June 1991
1 9 Fraternities/Delta Alpha Omega papers:
Letter to H. L. Nowell from Stephen Cattaneo, Alpha Phi Aug 1991
Dedicated page of the Delta Alpha Omega Fraternity petition NO DATE
Report of how different fraternities were formed at Delta State College NO DATE
Pledge Manual Delta Alpha Omega Fraternity Delta State College NO DATE
1 10 Miscellaneous:
Kodak reel of film and box addressed from H. L. Nowell to
Eastman Kodak Co. Oct 1951
- L. Nowell’s class ring engraved Delta State College 1943 with KA insignia on
the yellow stone 1943?
1 11 Pictures:
Picture of White Hall 1952?
Picture of construction of the Track and Track Stadium White Hall
in background 1952?
Picture of construction of the Track Stadium with houses in background 1952?
Picture of setup for a (Greek) luncheon on the Quad 1950s?
Continued Box 1/Folder11
1 11 Picture of three men probably the cooks speaking before the Luncheon 1950s?
KD’s and others talking before the luncheon on the Quad 1950s?
Picture of H. L. Nowell dressed as a chef picking at his hand in
Scott Dining Hall 1950-60?
Two Photos of H. L. Nowell 1960s?
Picture of baby sitting in a leather chair with Delta State College Shirt on
(possibly Jillian’s baby) 1966
Picture of H. L. Nowell, two women, and another man standing
in front of a dorm? 1960s?
Picture of two young couples standing in front of a dorm? 1960s?
Three Pictures of Students eating Watermelon on the grass in across from the
Picture of students playing volleyball 1960s?
Autographed photo of “The Continentals” 1960s?
Picture of woman standing between to men at a formal dance 1960s?
Picture of a group of men in suites (possibly a fraternity) 1960s?
Picture of a group of men dressed in suites (possibly a fraternity) 1960s?
Two Pictures of young couple at a Greek Valentine’s party 1960?
Picture of an other young couple at the Delta Alpha Omega
Sweetheart dance 1965s?
Picture of four men one of which is dressed in a suite with a medal around
his neck 1960s?
Picture of couple being award a the Delta Alpha Omega Sweetheart trophy 1962?
Picture of a group of women dressed in dresses including Miss Cleveland and
Miss Bolivar County(Probably a s) 1960s?
Picture of Jo Ann Mosier dressed as a couch with H. L. Nowell dressed as a cheerleader (including skirt) 1960s?
Picture of H. L. Nowell in office 1960s?
Picture of H. L. Nowell talking on the phone and laughing May 1963
Picture of women holding something above H. L. Nowell’s head on the Quad
students in the background 1960s?
Picture of men standing on the Quad with Delta State Car in the foreground
Picture of man walking across Quad in a suite 1960s?
Large crowd of students standing and waiting for something on the
Picture of lady hugging Santa Clause Behind Cleveland Hall 1960s
Picture of H. L. Nowell (casual) 1960s?
Professional Picture of a young lady sitting next a swimming pool 1960s?
Ten Miscellaneous shots and one negative of a KA Southern Ball held in front of
the Courthouse? 1970s?
Picture of the end of Broom Hall after ice storm1979
Picture of the road coming into the back of the union after ice storm 1979
Continued Box 1 Folder 11
1 11 Picture of the Quadrangle taken form the Union facing HWY 8
after ice storm 1979
Picture of the street in front of Broom after ice storm 1979
Picture of H. L. Nowell sitting at a table with two women at a restaurant 1970s?
Picture of H. L. Nowell(king) and a Women(queen) at a party 1980s?
Picture of H. L.. Nowell, Kent Wyatt, and an unknown man talking 1980s?
Picture/Postcard of Ronald Reagan and four other men in Las Vegas taken in
1954 Postcard 1989
Picture of H. L. Nowell and eight other unidentified individuals 1980s?
Picture of left to right C. W. Hatfield, Bruce Hathaway, Ed Roddy, A.J. Atkins,
Barney Oches, Bill Van Scyoc, Joe Papatola, Ed Wempe, Max Minkin, and Dave Menges (military group shot) 1990s?
1 12 Scrap book of Delta Alpha Omega containing letters, picture, newspaper articles,
and memorabilia , 1962-1964
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