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Mildred Seymour Foster Papers

 Collection
Identifier: M97

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a variety of items relative to Mildred Seymour Foster, from her kindergarten report card in 1915, to her obituary in 1993. The primary focus, however, is on her careers at Biloxi High School and State Teachers College (1928 - 1930). Much of the collection sustained water damage during Hurricane Camille in August 1969, when Mrs. Foster's home was inundated by four feet of water. This collection would be of interest to a researcher for a variety of reasons:

1. It contains historical information about State Teachers College.

2. The scrapbook and autograph book contain colloquialisms peculiar to the 1920s and 1930s.

3. Clothing styles of the 1920s and 1930s are illustrated in Mildred's high school graduation photographs and the S.T.C. scenes.

The 1947 hurricane photographs are of good quality, and feature some of the same scenes depicted in Charles Sullivan's Hurricanes of the Gulf Coast.

Dates

  • 1915-1993

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical / Historical

Mildred Maggie Seymour was born on May 16, 1909, in Seymour, Mississippi (on the western shore of the Back Bay of Biloxi, in Harrison County. It is now known as St. Martin). She was the eldest of three daughters born to Vaneaton Francis Seymour and Ada Anna Richards Seymour. Her siblings were Dorothy Iris Seymour (born December 29, 1912) and Eula Agnes Seymour (born July 23, 1915). The girls were christened Catholic, but reared in the Methodist church, after their mother's conversion to Methodism.

The Seymours are one of the oldest families in the Biloxi Bay area. Vaneaton Seymour's lineage has been traced to Joseph Simon de la Pointe, a colonel in the Army of France, who, in 1715, built what is now known as the "Old Spanish Fort" in Pascagoula, (Jackson County) Mississippi. The fort remained in the family until 1780, when it was confiscated by the Spanish. Descendants of Simon (pronounced, see-mone') were given the English name, Seymour, when Mississippi was organized as a territory in 1798. The family's ancestry has also been linked to Jean Baptiste Baudreau de Graveline, who assisted in establishing Fort Maurepas, on the eastern shore of Biloxi Bay, in 1699.

Mildred Seymour grew up on her father's farm and cattle ranch in St. Martin. She attended the Harrison-Jackson Line School in kindergarten through grade six, and the Biloxi City Schools in grades seven through twelve, graduating from Biloxi High School on May 25, 1928. During her high school years, she acquired the nickname "Mil."

She entered State Teachers College (now the University of Southern Mississippi) in the summer of 1928, where she majored in elementary education. While at S.T.C., she was a member of the White Caps Club, the M. Esther Rogers Home Economics Club, and the Mississippian Literary Society, serving as treasurer of the latter in 1929-30. In May of 1930, she was awarded a two-year teaching certificate, which qualified her for a Mississippi teaching license, renewable every five years.

In the fall of 1930, she secured a position teaching first grade at Improve School in Columbia, Mississippi, initiating a career that would span six decades. In the early 1930s, she returned to Biloxi, where she taught for forty-one years. Most of those years were spent teaching first grade at Gorenflo Elementary School, but she was teaching at St. Martin School in Jackson County, Mississippi, when she retired in 1974. However, her retirement from fulltime teaching was by no means the end of her career. She continued to work as a substitute teacher for another eighteen years, when, at the age of eighty-one, poor health forced her to give it up.

On December 7, 1932, Mildred married Charles M. Clark, whom she met while he was in the Coast Guard in Biloxi. When Clark's stint in the Coast Guard was completed, the newlyweds moved to Mr. Clark's hometown, Indianapolis, Indiana. No children were born to the marriage, which ended in divorce after a year or two. After the divorce, Mildred returned to Mississippi and resumed her teaching career, remaining single until June 8, 1942, when she married Charles B. "Charlie" Foster, a Biloxi businessman who dealt in commercial plumbing facilities. Again, no children were born of the union.

Mildred and Charlie Foster resided on Cuevas Street in Biloxi until the late 1950s, when they built a new house, in St. Martin, on land inherited from Mildred's father. Located on Bridge View Drive, less than three blocks from where Mildred was born, the new home was named, "April Bayou." Unfortunately, Charlie died of a heart attack on April 30, 1960, shortly after moving into the new house.

After Charlie's death, a niece, who was the mother of five children, divorced her husband. The niece was unable to provide for the children (three boys and two girls) alone, so it was decided that the two older boys would remain with their father; the older girl would live with her mother; and Mildred would adopt the two youngest children -- a boy (Charlie, about four years old) and a girl (Wendy, about three years old). At this writing, Charlie lives in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and Wendy resides in Great Falls, Montana.

Mildred was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Biloxi. She also held memberships in the Biloxi Education Association, the Mississippi Education Association, the National Education Association, The Mississippi Retired Teachers Association, and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Biloxi Elks Club. Other areas of interest were music and gardening. Mildred Seymour Foster died on February 26, 1993, of cancer. She is interred in Southern Memorial Park Cemetery in Biloxi, next to her husband, Charlie.

Hundreds of children passed through Mildred Foster's classroom during her long career. In fact, she has been quoted as saying that, for someone who never had children of her own, "...I sure had a lot of them." Undoubtedly, her steadfast devotion to duty has placed her among the ranks of unsung heroes who are the backbone and fiber of the American way of life. In Mildred's case, the quality of steadfastness was detected while she was a student at State Teachers College, and the point was made rather nicely in the 1930 yearbook, the Neka Camon" "She's gay, she's true, she's sad and bad, like me and you; / but good or bad, gay or sad, she's just Mildred."

Extent

.75 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Notes, news clippings photographs, scrapbooks, publications, other documenting the life of this Biloxi, Mississippi school teacher.

Arrangement

Biographical Data

The collection begins with biographical data, such as, Mildred's report cards for kindergarten through grade four, and grades seven through twelve; cards showing membership in the Mississippi Education Association; her obituary; and two marriage licenses issued to Mildred Seymour and Charles M. Clark, one of which was never used.

Photographs

Following the biographical data is a series of photographs that depict Mildred Foster from her high school graduation in 1928, to her sister, Dorothy Williams' golden wedding anniversary in 1980. The series also contains a significant number of photographs taken on the State Teachers College campus between 1928 and 1930. Other photographs of interest are a series taken in the Biloxi area in 1947, after a hurricane (this was before hurricanes were assigned names). Among these are a photograph of Mildred and Charlie Foster's home on Cuevas Street, as well as, shots of the Buena Vista Hotel, where Mississippi Highway Patrolmen were holding a convention -- their patrol cars were demolished by the storm.

Biloxi High School

Next, is a series of materials pertaining to Biloxi High School, which begins with a copy of the Biloxi High School newspaper, "The War Whoop." The centerpiece of the Biloxi High series is a scrapbook kept by Mildred during her senior year. The scrapbook was damaged during Hurricane Camille, and has been photocopied onto acid-free paper as a preservation measure. One interesting entry in the scrapbook is a list of "Ten Modern Commandments" (example: Thou shalt not park and pet); another is a cigarette stub with the caption, "one of Frank Bullard's Lucky Strikes." It also contains lists of class members, class officers, faculty members, and graduation gifts. Loose items that were undamaged have been maintained in their original forms. These include name cards, greeting cards, napkins, and gift tags.

State Teachers College (University of Southern Mississippi)

An autograph book from Mildred's senior year in high school is next, and a typical entry is: "When sitting under the chestnut tree, look at the nuts and think of me."

A series of items pertaining to State Teachers College follow the autograph book. Items of interest are copies of the S.T.C. Alma Mater," Steps in S.T.C. Classification", and " Campus Regulations."

The remainder of the collection consists of miscellaneous items of memorabilia, such as, stationery and a theatrical program from Improve School; a commencement program for St. Martin School; and a script entitled "Aunt Peggy's Wood-Pile."

Photograph Log

M97 -1 Mildred Seymour in high school graduation dress 3 X 5 B & W 1928 Biloxi, Mississippi.

M97 -2 Mildred Seymour and Helen Latimer in graduation dresses 3 X 5 B & W 1928 Biloxi, Mississippi.

M97 -3 Dorothy, Eula, & Mildred Seymour 2 1/2 x 4 B & W ca. 1927 The three girls in this photograph were sisters.

M97 -4 Mildred Seymour 1 X 1 1/4 B & W ca. 1920s

M97 -5 Mildred Seymour with a group of Unidentified People 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 B & W ca. 1930s Group is standing next to what appears to be a railroad car.

M97 -6 Mildred Seymour with College Friends 2 x 3 B & W ca. 1930 Taken on campus of State Teachers College in front of Memorial Car Station in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Photographer: Beasley

M97 -7 Mildred Seymour with a group of College Friends 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1930 Taken on campus of State Teachers College in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Photographer: Beasley

M97 -8 Mildred Seymour and Friends posed on a car 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1929 Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Photographer: Beasley

M97 -9 Mildred Seymour and Friends posed on a stone wall 2 X 4 B & W ca. 1930 Taken on campus of State Teachers College in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, probably in the Sunken Gardens. Photographer: Beasley

M97 -10 Mildred Seymour and Friends on steps of unidentified building 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1930 Photographer: Beasley

M97 -11 Mildred Seymour and Unidentified Man standing on sidewalk 2 X 3 B & W ca. 1930 Taken on campus of State Teachers College in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, near Forrest County Hall. Photographer: Beasley

M97 -12 Mildred Seymour and Friends in front of unidentified building 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1930 Photographer: Beasley

M97 -13 Mildred Seymour and three other Girls standing next to a car 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1930s The girls are dressed in heavy winter clothing, and appear to be in a wooded area.

M97 -14 Mississippian Literary Society 2 1/2 X 4 1/2 B & W 1930 Taken on State Teachers College campus in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Mildred Seymour is number 11 (from left) on front row. Publication: “Neka Camon”, 1930 yearbook, page 95

M97 -15 Mildred Seymour with Unidentified Young Woman 2 x 3 Albumen ca. 1930s Inscription: “To Mamma. Just two jolly old maid school mums”

M97 -16 Mildred Seymour with Class she taught at Improve School 3 X 4 ½ Albumen ca. 1930s Mildred Seymour with her class of beginners in front of Improve School in Columbia, Mississippi. Inscripiton: “Me and My Gang”

M97 -17 Mildred Seymour with other Faculty Members at Improve School 3 x 4 1/2 Albumen ca. 1930s Eight faculty members posed in front of Improve School in Columbia, Mississippi. Inscription: “The Faculty”

M97 -18 Mildred Seymour with Students at Improve School 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1930s Mildred Seymour is in the back row (middle). Columbia, Mississippi.

M97 -19 Mildred Seymour with Students at Improve School 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1930s Mildred Seymour is standing in rear. Columbia, Mississippi.

M97 -20 Mildred Seymour Foster and Dorothy Seymour Williams 3 x 4 Color June 1980 The occasion is Dorothy Seymour Williams’ 50th wedding anniversary.

M97 -21 Unidentified Woman in front of building 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1950s The woman is wearing dressy clothing, with a hat.

M97 -22 Unidentified Children playing with Puppies 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1920s Photo damaged during Hurricane Camille in 1969.

M97 -23 Two Unidentified Children playing with Puppies 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1920s Photo damaged during Hurricane Camille in 1969.

M97 -24 Alton, standing on boat 2 x 3 Albumen ca. 1920s Man identified only as "Alton" aboard a Mississippi River pleasure boat on which he worked.

M97 -25 Alton, seated on a boat 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 Albumen ca. 1920s Man identified only as "Alton" aboard a Mississippi River pleasure boat, on which he worked.

M97 -26 Mildred and Charlie Foster 8 x 10 B & W ca. 1950s Mr. & Mrs. Foster are dressed in formal evening wear. Photo has water damage from Hurricane Camille in 1969.

M97 -27 Mildred and Charlie Foster 8 x 10 B & W ca. 1950s Mr. & Mrs. Foster are dressed in formal evening wear. Photo has water damage from Hurricane Camille in 1969.

M97 -28 Mildred Foster with group at Keesler Air Force Base 8 x 10 B & W ca. 1950s Probably some sort of military ceremony. Mildred Foster is fourth female from left. Photographer: U.S. Air Force

M97 -29 1947 Hurricane on Mississippi Gulf Coast 2 X 4 B & W 1947 Buena Vista Hotel after 1947 hurricane, Biloxi, Mississippi.

M97 -30 1947 Hurricane on Mississippi Gulf Coast 2 X 4 B & W 1947 House on Mississippi Gulf Coast after 1947 hurricane, Biloxi, Mississippi.

M97 -31 1947 Hurricane on Mississippi Gulf Coast 2 X 4 B & W 1947 Debris on street after 1947 hurricane, Biloxi, Mississippi.

M97 -32 1947 Hurricane on Mississippi Gulf Coast 2 X 4 B & W 1947 Biloxi Beach after 1947 hurricane, Biloxi, Mississippi.

M97 -33 1947 Hurricane on Mississippi Gulf Coast 2 X 4 B & W 1947 House in Biloxi after 1947 hurricane, Biloxi, Mississippi.

M97 -34 1947 Hurricane on Mississippi Gulf Coast 2 X 4 B & W 1947 Houses after 1947 hurricane (Front Beach and Cuevas Street) , Biloxi, Mississippi.

M97 -35 1947 Hurricane on Mississippi Gulf Coast 2 X 4 B & W 1947 Disabled bus after 1947 hurricane, Biloxi, Mississippi.

M97 -36 1947 Hurricane on Mississippi Gulf Coast 2 X 4 B & W 1947 Littered Biloxi beach after 1947 hurricane, Biloxi, Mississippi.

M97 -37 1947 Hurricane on Mississippi Gulf Coast 2 X 4 B & W 1947 Debris from 1947 hurricane, Biloxi, Mississippi.

M97 -38 1947 Hurricane on Mississippi Gulf Coast 2 X 4 B & W 1947 Buena Vista Hotel after 1947 hurricane, Biloxi, Mississippi.

M97 -39 1947 Hurricane on Mississippi Gulf Coast 2 X 4 B & W 1947 Downed power lines after 1947 hurricane, Biloxi, Mississippi.

M97 -40 1947 Hurricane on Mississippi Gulf Coast 2 X 4 B & W 1947 Gulf and Texaco service stations after 1947 hurricane, Biloxi, Mississippi.

M97-41 1947 Hurricane on Mississippi Gulf Coast 2 X 4 B & W 1947 Biloxi Beach littered with debris after 1947 hurricane.

M97 -42 1947 Hurricane on Mississippi Gulf Coast 2 X 4 B & W 1947 Buena Vista Hotel after 1947 hurricane, Biloxi, Mississippi.

M97 -43 1947 Hurricane on Mississippi Gulf Coast 2 X 4 B & W 1947 Car wrecked by 1947 hurricane, Biloxi, Mississippi.

M97 -44 1947 Hurricane on Mississippi Gulf Coast 3 X 5 B & W 1947 Mildred and Charlie Foster's house on Cuevas Street after 1947 hurricane, Biloxi, Mississippi.

M97 -45 1947 Hurricane on Mississippi Gulf Coast 3 X 5 B & W 1947 Charles Foster, Sr.'s home at Cuevas Street and Beach after 1947 hurricane. Mildred and Charlie Foster lived right behind this house, Biloxi, Mississippi.

M97 -46 1947 Hurricane on Mississippi Gulf Coast 3 X 5 B & W 1947 Trailways Bus Station after 1947 hurricane, Biloxi, Mississippi.

M97 -47 1947 Hurricane on Mississippi Gulf Coast 3 X 5 B & W 1947 Biloxi neighborhood where Mildred and Charlie Foster lived, after 1947 hurricane, Biloxi, Mississippi.

M97 -48 1947 Hurricane on Mississippi Gulf Coast 3 X 5 B & W 1947 The New Marietta Cafe after 1947 hurricane, Biloxi, Mississippi.

M97 -49 Postcard: Entrance to Overton Park Zoo, Memphis, Tennesee 3 x 5 Color 1927

M97 -50 Postcard: North Fifth Avenue, Laurel, Mississippi 3 x 5 Color

M97 -51 Postcard: City Park Swimming Pool, New Orleans, Louisiana 3 x 5 Color 1927

M97 -52 Postcard: College Hall at State Teachers College 3 x 5 Color 1930 College Hall at State Teachers College in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

M97 -53 Mildred Foster 2 X 4 B & W ca. 1940 Mildred is standing in what appears to be an overgrown back yard.

M97 -54 Mildred Foster with Unidentified Man & Little Girl 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1940 The subjects are sitting on the steps of a two-story house.

M97 -55 Mildred Seymour with Unidentified Man & Little Girl 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1940 Subjects are standing in front of a tree in the back yard of a two-story house.

M97 -56 Mildred Seymour with Unidentified Little Girl 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1940 Subjects are standing in front of a tree in the back yard of a two-story house.

M97 -57 Mildred Seymour 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1940's Mildred is standing in front of a vine-covered building, wearing 1940's style clothing.

M97 -58 Mildred Seymour 1 x 2 B & W ca. 1940's Mildred is seated on the front steps of a house, wearing a suit and hat.

M97 -59 Mildred Seymour 1 X 2 B & W ca. 1940 Mildred is kneeling in front of a picket fence. She is wearing a suit and hat.

M97 -60 Unidentified Man and Woman 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1940 Subjects are standing in what appears to be a power plant. Woman is possibly Mildred Seymour.

M97 -61 Unidentified Man and Woman 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1940 Subjects are standing in what appears to be a power plant. Woman is possibly Mildred Seymour.

M97 -62 Two Unidentified Men and Little Girl 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1940 Subjects are standing in front of a tree in the back yard of a two-story house.

M97 -63 Unidentified Man and Little Girl 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1940 Man is squatting in back yard of two-story house. The little girl (about 3 or 4 years old) is sitting on his knee.

M97 -64 Unidentified Little Girl 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1940 Three or four year old girl standing in front of a tree in the back yard of a two-story house.

M97 -65 Unidentified Man 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1940 Subject is sitting on porch steps of a house.

M97 -66 Unidentified Young Woman 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1930's Subject is sitting on a metal bar between two pine trees. She is dressed in a long, flowing costume, holding a peacock feather fan. A school bus is in the background.

M97 -67 Unidentified Young Woman 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1930's Subject is standing in front of a parking area. She is dressed in a long, flowing costume, carrying a peacock feather fan. A school bus and an automobile are in the background.

M97 -68 Unidentified Swimming Pool 2 x 4 B & W no date Image is blurred, but appears to be a swimming pool.

M97 -69 Unidentified Creek or River 2 x 4 B & W no date Stream has heavy foliage on both sides. A heavy cable is stretched across the stream.

M97 -70 Unidentified Girls' basketball team 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1940's Ten girls wearing identical shorts and blouses, posed on basketball court. Pine trees and several other girls are in the background.

M97 -71 Four Unidentified People 1 1/2 x 2 B & W ca. 1930's Two men on bicycles in foreground - man on left is holding a little girl. Woman in background is standing next to an automobile.

M97 -72 Unidentified Building 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1920's - 1930's Large building with Quonset-type roof; 1920's or 1930's model automobiles parked in front.

M97-73 Mildred Seymour Foster 4 x 6 B & W ca. 1940's Mildred is standing, with shrubs and the porch of a house in the background.

M97 -74 Mildred Seymour Foster 3 x 3 Color ca. 1970's Mildred is washing dishes in her kitchen in St. Martin, Mississippi. Inscription: “Aunt Mil in her kitchen”

M97 -75 Mildred Seymour with 7 college friends 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1930 The girls are posed on a merry-go-round. Mildred is in the middle of row 1.

M97 -76 Mildred and Charlie Foster 2 X 3 B & W ca. 1950's Mildred and Charlie are seated at a picnic table, enjoying a meal.

M97 -77 A Group of Mildred Seymour's friends 2 X 4 B & W ca. 1940's A group of six women and one man, possibly teachers at Improve School in Marion County, Mississippi.

M97 -78 Mildred Seymour and friends 2 X 4 B & W ca. 1930's Mildred is standing with two women and two men in front of a building in Columbia, Mississippi. Three children are on the porch of the building. Mildred is in center of front row.

M97 -79 Mildred Seymour and friends 2 X 4 B & W ca. 1930's Mildred is posed with five adults and two children in Columbia, Mississippi. Mildred is in front with her arms folded.

M97 -80 Mildred and Charlie Foster 3 X 4 B & W ca. 1950's Mr. & Mrs. Foster are walking on a downtown sidewalk. Several other individuals are in the photo as well.

M97-81 Mildred Seymour Foster 3 X 3 Color ca. 1970's Mildred is standing in her backyard in St. Martin, Mississippi. Another woman is in the backyard.

M97 -82 Mildred Seymour Foster 2 X 3 B & W ca. 1940's This photo is a bust of Mildred, wearing a dark-colored dress with appliqued daisies. Inscription: “Mildred Seymour very young”

M97 -83 Mildred Seymour with Unidentified Young Man 2 X 3 B & W ca. 1930's Mildred is wearing striped overalls and a shirt. The young man is wearing a suit and tie. They are standing, with a wooded area in the background. Inscription: “Mildred & Friend”

M97 -84 Mildred Seymour with Unidentified Young Woman 2 X 4 B & W ca. 1930 Mildred is on the left. The two girls are wearing fur trimmed winter coats, standing in a wooded area.

M97 -85 Mildred Seymour with seven other Young Women 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1930's Mildred (standing, on the right) and a group of friends in Columbia, MS, where she taught school.

M97 -86 Mildred Seymour with a group of Friends in Columbia, MS 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1930's Mildred and seven other young women are posed in front of a large pole. Mildred is in the center of row two.

M97 -87 Mildred Seymour and Friend 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1930 Mildred (right) is standing in a wooded area with another young woman. Both are wearing fur-trimmed winter coats, and an automobile is partially visible in the background.

M97 -88 Charles Foster and his Sister, Marie 2 x 3 B & W ca. 1940 Charles and Marie are standing in front of a brick building. Charles is holding an infant, possibly Marie's son, John.

M97-89 Eula Seymour Barbonavich 3 X 3 Color ca. 1970 Mrs. Barbonavich is Mildred Foster's youngest sister. She is standing in front of the entrance to an unidentified business establishment.

M97 -90 Wendy and Charles Fayard 3 X 3 Color ca. 197o Wendy and Charlie are Mildred Foster's adopted son and daughter. They are standing in the living room of their home in St. Martin, Mississippi.

M97 -91 Wendy Fayard 3 x 3 Color ca. 1970 Wendy is Mildred Foster's adopted daughter. She is standing in the living room of the Foster home in St. Martin, Mississippi.

M97 -92 Charlie Fayard 3 x 3 B & W ca. 1970 Charlie is Mildred Foster's adopted son. He is standing in the living room of the Foster home in St. Martin, Mississippi.

M97 -93 Wendy Fayard 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 Color ca. 1970 School photograph.

M97 -94 Charlie Fayard 2 X 3 B & W 1965 School days 1965 – 66, St. Martin, Mississippi.

M97 -95 Charlie Fayard 1 1/4 x 1 1/2 Color ca. 1970's School photograph.
M97 -96 Anna M. Clark 2 X 4 B & W July 1932 Ms. Clark is probably a relative of Mildred Foster's first husband, Charles Clark.

M97-97 College Friends 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1930 Eight college friends of Mildred Seymour seated on stone steps.

M97 -98 College Friends 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1930 Eight of Mildred Seymour's collge friends seated on the steps of a building.

M97 -99 Mildred Seymour with Unidentified Man and Little Girl 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1940 The subjects are seated on the steps of a house.

M97 -100 Mildred Seymour and unidentified man 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1940 The subjects appear to be at a power plant.

M97 -101 Mildred Seymour and unidentified man at power plant 2 X 4 B & W ca. 1940 The man with Mildred may be her first husband, Charles Clark.

M97 -102 Girls Basketball Team at Improve School 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1930's The girls are lined up next to the school building in Columbia, Mississippi.

M97 -103 Girls Basketball Team at Improve School 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1930's The girls are posed on an outdoor basketball court in Columbia, Mississippi.

M97 -104 Girls and Boys in Spanish Costumes 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1930's These children are students at Improve School in Columbia, Mississippi.

M97 -105 The Mullen Children 2 x 3 B & W ca. 1950's The children, Danny, Judy, and Johnny, are approximately 2, 7, and 4 years of age. The photo is a Christmas greeting.

M97 -106 Bride and Groom 3 X 5 B & W ca. 1950's The unidentified newlyweds are preparing to cut their wedding cake. Photographer: Tipery Studio, New Orleans, Louisiana

M97 -107 Swimming Pool 2 X 4 B & W ca. 1930's - 1940's This unidentified pool was a popular spot, judging from the crowded parking lot in the background.

M97 -108 Santa Claus holding unidentified infant 3 x 4 Color ca. 1970's - 1980's Santa and a child of approximately 6 months are seated in a win9 chair, next to a Christmas tree. The photo is in a Chr1stmas motif folder.

M97 -109 John McDermott 2 x 3 B & W ca. 1950's John is Mildred Foster's nephew - the son of her husband's sister, Marie Foster McDermott. Photographer: Wilson C. Burton

M97 -110 Mildred's Friends in Columbia, Mississippi 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1930's Three adults and two small boys, with a large house in the background in Columbia, Mississippi.

M97 -111 Alton and Albert 1 1/2 x 2 B & W ca. 1940's Two young men identified only as "Alton" and "Albert," seated on a porch with arms resting on a 2' x 4' railing.

M97 -112 Parker Strange 3 x 4 B & W ca. 1930 Bust of a young man wearing a suit and tie. Texarkana, Texas Inscription: "Mildred how is this. Do not show pictures to Teresa (Hear). Will send more from time to time. All these are salesmen - college boys”

M97 -113 T. H. Dowd 3 x 4 B & W ca. 1930 Mr. Dowd is 19 years of age in the photo. Texarkana, Texas Inscription: "As per your request, Mildred, you can write to Mr. Dowd and ask if he knows how you got his picture. (Don't tell him I gave it to you)”

M97 -114 Girls Basketball Team and coach 3 x 4 Albumen 1931 Probably Improve High School Basketball Team in Columbia, Mississippi.

M97 -115 Man with small child and large dog 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1930 Inscription: "This is R. L. with one of Louie's friends, one of the bridge builders. That's only one of them. I want you to meet them all."

M97 -116 Unidentified Gravesite 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1930's A group of women and children stand near a flower-laden grave in Columbia, Mississippi.

M97 -117 Mildred's friend, Robert 2 x 4 Albumen ca. 1930 Robert is seated in a chair, his legs propped on a bed. Inscription: “As I read Colliers – Robert”

M97 -118 Mildred's friend, Robert 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1930 Robert is seated at a desk. Inscription: “This is me studying English – Robert”

M97 -119 Mildred's friends in Columbia, Mississippi 2 x 3 B & W ca. 1930 Four men, one woman, and two children posed in front of a house.

M97 -120 Charles Foster with his sister, Marie McDermott 2 x 3 B & W ca. 1940 Charles is holding a very young baby - probably Marie's son, John.

M97 -121 Boys Basketball Team and Coaches 3 x 4 Albumen 1931 Possibly Improve High School Team in Columbia, Mississippi.

M97 -122 Lee Quillen 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1930's Lee Quillen is often referred to as "Peg" or "Peggy".

M97 -123 Lee "Peg" Quillen and Julia 2 x 3 B & W ca. 1930's The subjects are standing next to a building in Improve, Mississippi.

M97 -124 Lee Quillen and unidentified man 2 x 3 B & W ca. 1930's The subjects are standing next to a building in Improve, Mississippi.

M97 -125 Lee "Peggy" Quillen 2 x 3 B & W ca. 1930's The subject is standing next to a building in Improve, Mississippi.

M97 -126 Four Unidentified young men 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1930's The subjects are standing side-by-side, with a house in the background.

M97 -127 Unidentified Friend of Mildred Foster 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1930's The young man in the photo is standing in a field.

M97 -128 Unidentified Friend of Mildred Foster 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1930's The subject is standing, with a wooded area in the background. This is the same young man portrayed in M97-127.

M97 -129 Bobby Clark, age eight months 2 x 3 B & W ca. 1930's Bobby is seated on a blanket, outdoors. He is probably the nephew of Mildred Foster's first husband, Charles Clark.

M97 -130 Sharon Stevenson 2 X 3 B & W 1955 - 56 Gorenflo Elementary "School Days" photo. The subject was probably one of Mildred Foster's students in Biloxi, Mississippi.

M97 -131 Unidentified Young Boy 2 X 3 B & W 1956 - 57 Gorenflo Elementary "School Days" photo of a boy, approximately six years of age. Probably a student of Mildred Foster in Biloxi, Mississippi.

M97 -132 Unidentified Young Boy 2 X 3 B & W 1951 - 52 Gorenflo Elementary "School Days" photos. The subject is approximately nine or ten years of age, and was probably a student of Mildred Foster in Biloxi, Mississippi.

M97 -133 Unidentified Young Man 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1930's The subject is standing beside a 1930's automobile, with a brick building in the background.

M97 -134 Unidentified Young Man 2 x 4 Albumen ca. 1930's The subject is seated on the tile steps of an art deco-style building.

M97 -135 Unidentified Young Man 3 X 5 B & W ca. 1920's The subject is wearing a three-piece suit, and is seated in a straight, wooden chair.

M97 -136 Unidentified Man 3 x 5 B & W ca. 1930's The subject is seated on a mound of gravel.

M97 -137 Unidentified River 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1930's Unidentified river with tree-lined banks.

M97 -138 Two Unidentified Women 2 X 3 B & W ca. 1920's The subjects are standing side-by-side, with arms linked. A city street is in the background.

M97 -139 Unidentified Freckle-faced Boy 1 1/2 x 2 B & W ca. 1950's The subject is about eight years of age.

M97 -140 Unidentified Sailor 2 X 3 B & W ca. 1930's The subject is standing on a concrete walk between two houses.

M97 -141 Unidentified Young Man 2 X 4 B & W ca. 1930's The subject is standing at the rear of a vintage 1930's automobile.

M97 -142 Unidentified Young Man 2 X 4 B & W ca. 1930's The subject is seated on the rear fender of a vintage 1930's convertible. The vehicle is parked on a dirt road.

M97 -143 Two Unidentified Young Women 2 x 3 B & W ca. 1920's The subjects are wearing winter coats and hats, and banners bearing the inscription "I'm a Jazz Baby." A city street is in the background.

M97 -144 Unidentified Man and Woman 2 x 3 B & W ca. 1920's The man is wearing a suit and hat. The woman is wearing a coat and hat, and a banner bearing the inscription, "I'm a Jazz Baby." A city street is in the background.

M97 -145 Unidentified Young Boy wearing a cowboy hat 1 x 1 1/4 B & W ca. 1950's The subject is approximately 10 years of age, and may have been a student of Mildred Foster.

M97 -146 Unidentified Young Boy 1 x 1 1/4 B & W ca. 1950's The subject is approximately 8 years of age. Image is of head and shoulders only.

M97 -147 Unidentified Young Boy 2 X 3 B & W 1950 - 51 The image is a 1950-51 Gorenflo Elementary "School Days" photo in Biloxi, Mississippi. The subject is approximately 7 or 8 years of age, and his hair is very tousled.

M97 -148 Unidentified Woman, 70 - 75 years of age 2 x 3 B & W ca. 1950's The subject is wearing a dark-colored dress, standing in front of a house.

M97 -149 Unidentified Woman in her thirties or forties 1 x 1 1/2 B & W ca. 1950's The image shows head and shoulders only.

M97 -150 Unidentified Woman in her thirties 1 x 1 1/2 B & W ca. 1950's The image shows head and shoulders only.

M97 -151 Unidentified Young Man 1 x 1 1/4 B & W ca. 1930's - 1940's The image shows head and shoulders only.

M97 -152 Man and Two Women 2 x 3 B & W ca. 1920's The subjects are standing in front of a vintage 1920's automobile.

M97 -153 Boy lying on a pillow 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1940's The subject is approximately 8 years of age.

M97 -154 Unidentified Woman, 30 - 40 years of age 1 x 1 1/2 B & W ca. 1940's - 1950's Image shows head and shoulders only.

M97 -155 Unidentified Young Man 1 x 1 1/2 B & W ca. 1930's Image shows head and shoulders only.

M97 -156 Unidentified Young Man 1 X 2 B & W ca. 1920's - 1930's The subject is wearing a three-piece suit, standing next to a porch railing. Part of the photo has been cut away.

M97 -157 Two Unidentified Young Men 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1930's The subjects are kneeling beside a railroad track

M97 -158 Young Man seated on a roll of wire 2 x 3 B & W ca. 1930's A road and buildings are in the background.

M97 -159 Man wearing suit, hat, and overcoat 2 x 3 B & W ca. 1940's A large building with several ladders attached is in the background.

M97 -160 Man and two small children 2 x 3 B & W ca. 1930's The subjects are standing on a walk in front of a house.

M97 -161 Woman reclining on grassy slope 2 x 3 B & W ca. 1920's The subject is probably in her early twenties.

M97 -162 Roxane (Le Tort) Radich 2 X 3 Color 1973 High School senior portrait. Roxane was probably related to Mildred Foster's godmother, Mrs. H. Le Tort

M97 -163 Man and Woman seated on a roll of wire 2 x 3 B & W ca. 1930's A road and buildings are in the background.

M97 -164 Young Woman standing next to a house 2 x 3 B & W ca. 1930's The subject is dressed in her "Sunday Best," including hat, purse, and gloves.

M97 -165 Young couple standing, with house in background 2 x 3 B & W ca. 1930's The subjects are holding hands.

M97 -166 Young Couple, with house in background 2 x 3 B & W ca. 1930's The subjects' arms are linked.

M97 -167 Two Young Couples 2 x 3 B & W ca. 1930's A house and trees are in the background.

M97 -168 Three Young Men 2 x 3 B & W ca. 1930's The subjects are standing, with their hands behind their backs.

M97 -169 Two Girls and a Guy 2 x 3 B & W ca. 1930s The guy is hugging the two girls. Subjects appear to be in the twenties.

M97 -170 Three Men standing near a building 2 x 3 B & W ca. 1930's All three subjects are wearing three-piece suits.

M97 -171 Man standing on snow-covered ground 2 x 3 B & W ca. 1930's A large building is in the background.

M97 -172 Two Men standing on snow-covered ground 2 x 3 B & W ca. 1930's A large building is in the background.

M97 -173 Three men standing on snow-covered ground 2 x 3 B & W ca. 1930's A complex of buildings is in the background. Subjects may be sailors or longshoremen.

M97 -174 Infant, approximately 6 months of age 1 1/2 x 2 B & W ca. 1920's - 1930's Gender of the subject is unknown.

M97 -175 Woman standing at the entrance of a business 3 x 3 Color ca. 1960's The subject is wearing a red two-piece dress. The image is blurred.

M97 -176 Girl playing with Pekingese dog 3 x 3 Color ca. 1960's The girl appears to be teaching the dog a trick. The image is blurred.

M97 -177 Dining table, set for a meal 3 x 3 Color ca. 1960's Probably Mildred Foster's dining room.

M97 -178 Unidentified Man 3 x 3 Color ca. 1960's The subject is walking in back yard.

M97 -179 Entrance to home or business 3 x 3 Color ca. 1960's Photo shows shrubs, walk, and French window.

M97 -180 Man standing on a diving board 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1930's The subject is fully clothed, and wearing a life preserver over his shoulder.

M97 -181 Unidentified Small Child 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1930's - 1940's The subject is standing near a rural road.

M97 -182 Two men and a woman, with city street in background 2 x 3 B & W ca. 1920's - 1930's The woman is wearing a mask or kerchief over her face.

M97 -183 Two Unidentified Men 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1930's The subjects are standing in front of a large house.

M97 -184 Unidentified Man and Woman 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1940 The subjects are posed near steps of house.

M97 -185 Two men and a woman 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1940 The subjects are standing near a large structure.

M97 -186 Man and woman standing near a house 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1930's Both subjects are dressed in their "Sunday Best".

M97 -187 Large above-ground tomb in a wooded setting 2 x 4 B & W ca. 1930's Possibly the tomb of President Rutherford B. Hayes, in Ohio. Inscription: “Hayes Tomb”
Title
Mildred Seymour Foster Papers
Status
Completed
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

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