Iowa State College of Agriculture and the Mechanical Arts
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
National Business League (U.S.)
Patterson, Frederick D. (Frederick Douglass), 1901-1988
United Negro College Fund
Patterson, Frederick Douglass, Jr.
Related archival collection: Frederick Douglass Patterson papers, which dates from 1882 to 1988 and measures 11.3 linear feet, documents the personal life and career of Frederick Douglass Patterson, former president of Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University). The collection is comprised of correspondence, research material, published writings, manuscripts, photographs, audiovisual material, scrapbooks, diplomas, awards, notebooks, clippings, programs, invitations, legal documents, newsletters, articles, ephemera and other materials. Contact the Archivist for more information.
Related archival collection: The Dale/Patterson family papers, which date from 1866 to 1990 and measure 3.80 linear feet, document the personal and professional lives of the Dale-Patterson family who came to live in Hillsdale, Anacostia, area of Washington, D.C., in 1892. The collection is comprised of correspondence, photographs, clippings, and ephemera. Contact the Archivist for more information.
Dr. Frederick Douglass Patterson was born on October 10, 1901 in Washington, D.C. Orphaned at age two, he was raised by his eldest sister, Wilhemina, a school teacher in Texas. He studied at Iowa State College, where he received a doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1923 and a master of science degree in 1927. Five years later, he was awarded a second doctorate degree from Cornell University. Patterson taught veterinary science for four years at Virginia State College, where he was also Director of Agriculture. His tenure at Tuskegee University started in 1928 and spanned almost 25 years, first as head of the veterinary division, then as the director of the School of Agriculture and finally as Tuskegee's third president. He married Catherine Elizabeth Moton, daughter of Tuskegee University's second president, Dr. Robert R. Moton. Patterson also founded the School of Veterinary Medicine at Tuskegee in 1944, the same year he founded the United Negro College Fund. The UNCF continues today as a critical source of annual income for a consortium of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tuskegee University among them. In 1987 President Ronald Reagan awarded Patterson the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. Patterson earned many Honorary Degrees, from Wilberforce University in 1941, to Paine College in 1985.
Dale/Patterson Family papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Dianne Dale.
Frederick Douglass Patterson papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Frederick Douglass Patterson, Jr.