Guide to the Ella W. Thompson and Lloyd L. Hobbs Collection, 1909-2007

Summary Information

Title: Ella W. Thompson and Lloyd L. Hobbs Collection, 1909-2007
Collection: UA.5017
Extent: 7.25 linear feet (1 half-sized manuscript box, 1 records carton, 6 oversize boxes)
Abstract:

Ella W. Thompson and her husband Dr. Lloyd LeRoy Hobbs were students at Appalachian State Teacher's College from 1933 to 1937. This collection of scrapbooks, memorabilia and publications documents their experiences at ASTC including correspondence with family and friends.

Creator: Hobbs, Ella W. Thompson; Hobbs, Lloyd LeRoy, Dr.

Biographical/Historical Note

Ella Williams Thompson was born on February 1, 1917 in Caswell County, North Carolina. She began attending Applalachian State Teachers College (ASTC) in 1933. She came from a simple home and worked several jobs to pay for her schooling. After graduating in 1937, she became a teacher in Virginia. Ella Hobbs died March 9, 2008 in Alexandria, VA.

Lloyd LeRoy Hobbs was born on December 2, 1912 in Edenton, North Carolina. After graduating high school in 1933, he attended ASTC and completed his studies in 1937. He later earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the Medical College of Virginia in 1941, and established a dentistry practice in Blacksburg, Virginia. Both Ella and Lloyd remained active in their community in Blacksburg (including with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University) as well as with the ASTC community. Lloyd Hobbs died in 1994 in Buxton, NC.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains scrapbooks and memorabilia documenting the experiences of Ella Williams Thompson and her husband Dr. Lloyd LeRoy Hobbs while they were students at Appalachian State Teacher’s College from 1933 to 1937. The collection includes correspondence, awards, and publications. Materials within the collection include newspaper clippings, photographs, letters, postcards, telegrams, alumni membership cards, annuals, certificates, and plaques. Topics covered in this collection include academics, Appalachian State wrestling and football, student activities, and student life. The collection is arranged into three series. Within each series, materials are arranged chronologically. Series 1: Scrapbooks contains six scrapbooks created from Thompson’s and Hobbs’ letters, photographs, and other documentary memorabilia. Series 2: Memorabilia consists of non-paper memorabilia that relates to Thompson’s and Hobbs’ career at Appalachian and later, as supporters of Mountaineer athletics. Series 3: Publications contains seven inscribed annuals, one from 1934 and two from each year thereafter, that belonged to Thompson or Hobbs, in addition to an inscribed textbook entitled The Folk Dance Book, which was used by Thompson while a student at Appalachian.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into three series: Series I: Scrapbooks, Series II: Memorabilia, Series III: Publications. Within each series, materials are arranged chronologically.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room, located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

The majority of this collection was donated to the University Archives by Ella and Lloyd Hobbs' daughter, Hannah Hobbs-Roulstone, in November 2007. It was accessioned in 2007 as UA.2007.131. The framed letters housed in Box 8/Folder 2 were earned by Leroy Lloyd Hobbs, who played football and was on the wrestling team from 1935 to 1937, then donated by Lauren and Susan Payne on behalf of Lloyd L. Hobbs. They were accessioned as UA.2010.042

Processing Information

Processed by Ethan Brooks-Livingston, 2011. Finding aid completed by Ethan Brooks-Livingston and Grant Maher, August 2011.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], UA.5017: Ella W. Thompson and Lloyd L. Hobbs Collection, University Archives, Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C., USA.

Container List

Series I: Scrapbooks, 1933-1937

Series Description:

This series contains five bound scrapbooks and 105 unbound scrapbook pages that include correspondence from Thompson to various family members, friends, and to Hobbs, as well as correspondence from Hobbs to Thompson. Also within the scrapbook pages are photographs, telegrams, greeting cards, programs, membership cards, and other paper memorabilia. Materials within this series are arranged chronologically.

Scrapbook 1 - Ella Williams Thompson Hobbs, Appalachian State Teachers College Freshman Year, August 1933-May 1934  Box 1
Scrapbook 2 - Mother's Letters, 1934-1935  Box 2
Scrapbook 3 - Mother's Letters, 1935-1936  Box 3
Scrapbook 4 - Mother's Letters, 1936-1937  Box 4
Scrapbook 5 - Lloyd LeRoy Hobbs at Appalachian State Teacher's College 1935-1937  Box 5
Scrapbook 6 - Correspondence between Lloyd LeRoy Hobbs and Ella Thompson and Family (unbound), 1936-1937  Box 6
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Series II: Memorabilia, 1934-1996, undated

Series Description:

This series contains memorabilia that relate to both Thompson's and Hobbs' experience at Appalachian State Teacher's College as students, and as alumni. These items include a felt banner, a certificate, four plaques, a softbound book of photocopied newspaper articles concerning wrestling at ASU, and two vehicle plates. As well, there is a separate added this series that contains a frame with four varsity letters. This particular accession was donated by the Hobbs family and the letters were earned by Leroy Lloyd Hobbs, who played football and was on the wrestling team from 1935 to 1937. Materials within this series are arranged by item type, and chronologically within the item type.

ASU Wrestling Booklet undated  Box 7.1
Banner - ASU Mountaineers undated  Box 8.1
Certificate - ASU Boone, NC Athletic Certificate 1934-1937  Box 7.2
Frame - Varsity Letters, 1935-1937 Box 8.2
Plaque, with 12 Hanger bars - ASU President's Committee - Dr. Lloyd L. Hobbs 1972, 1974-1985  Box 7.3
Plaque - ASU Athletic Hall of Fame - Lloyd L. Hobbs 1977  Box 7.4
Plaque - ASU Southern Conference Champions 1986  Box 7.5
Plaque - ASU Chancellor's Society - Dr. & Mrs. Lloyd LeRoy Hobbs 1996  Box 7.6
YOSEF Club automobile/vehicle plate undated  Box 7.7
YOSEF Club automobile/vehicle plate undated  Box 7.8
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Series III: Publications, 1909-1937

Series Description:

This series contains seven inscribed annuals that belonged to Thompson or Hobbs, corresponding to the years they spent at Appalachian. Also included is a hardback book entitled The Folk Dance Book – For Elementary Schools, Classroom, Playground and Gymnasium, compiled by C. Ward Crampton. An inscription in the front cover reads: “Ella Thompson-Hobbs, From Leasburg, North Carolina, George Nicholas Thompson, used at A.S.T.C., Ella’s Grandfather’s home.” These materials are arranged by item type, and chronologically within the item type by year of publication.

The Rhododendron, 1934  Box 7.9
The Rhododendron [2 copies], 1935  Box 7.10-11
The Rhododendron [2 copies], 1936  Box 7.12-13
The Rhododendron [2 copies], 1937  Box 7.14-15
The Folk Dance Book—compiled by C. Ward Crampton, MD, 1909  Box 7.16