Sketch of Work done by Home Teacher for the Virginia Commission [Hattie Chambers Wills]

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Title

Sketch of Work done by Home Teacher for the Virginia Commission [Hattie Chambers Wills]

Description

Draft of a biographical sketch of Black educator for the blind, Hattie Chambers Wills, who was herself blind. Includes some editor's marks and several paragraphs of additional material written at least partially in shorthand.

Hattie Chambers is listed as "Blind Girls' Supervisor" in the First Bienniel Report of the Virginia State School for Colored Deaf and Blind Children, Newport News, Virginia

Wills died Nov. 17, 1967 and was interred at Pleasant Shade Cemetery in Hampton, Va.

Text:

Sketch of Work done by Home Teacher for the Virginia Commission. This Picture shows Mrs. Hattie C. Wills Who For the passed year has worked as Home Teacher for the Virginia Commission for the Adult Blind. Her statistical report from August 15th 1923 to June 15th 1924 Shows

Calls made on the blind 1014.
Lessons given the blind. 1253.
Reading and writing 388
Industrial. 865.

Her classes are instructed in Revise Braille Reading Moon Type Reading. 
Pencil writing. Hand and Machine Sewing. Rug Weaving. Basket weaving. Chair Canning and Split Weaving. Crocheting and Knitting. Music
Practical House keeping and cooking.
She has organized Clubs which are doing good work to help brighten the lives of the Adult. Blind.

Mrs. Wills Formerly, Hattie Chambers. Was born in Lynchburg Va. [A]t the age of three years. She was deprived of sight from illness. 
She was educated in the school for the Deaf and Blind. at Raleigh N.C. 
After leaving school She worked among sighted people . As a successf ful Music teacher.. In 1910 She was employed in the State School for the Blind at NewportNews Va. As instructor in the industrial department for the Blind. Which position she held untill[sic] 1920.. When She was compell to resign .. Because of over worked nerves..In 1913 She was married to A man with perfect sight. Mrs. wills Truly lives A normal life.
She does all of her house work And cooking with out help.
In spite of her handycap. She can be classed as A woman. who has made good.
When asked what she contribute her success to. She said.
.'What I have accomplished. I have done it through. Patience. Perseverence. Stability Honesty and Hard Work..Any Man or Woman who are blinded.
Will make good in life. if they Possess these qualities.

[Shorthand follows at bottom of page and continues on reverse.]

Source

M 12 Box 1, Lucian Louis Watts papers 1921-1960, Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, VCU Libraries

Date

c. 1924

Contributor

Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, VCU Libraries

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Citation

“Sketch of Work done by Home Teacher for the Virginia Commission [Hattie Chambers Wills],” Social Welfare History Image Portal, accessed July 23, 2024, https://images.socialwelfare.library.vcu.edu/items/show/570.