Inventory
 

Charles T. Hyte Community Center Records
Dates: 1969-1981
Accession Number: 20020920
Donor: Barbara Weinbaum
Description: Six document cases

History

The "first" Charles T. Hyte Community Center was located at 1330 Deming Street and opened on September 13, 1942 as a recreation and education center for the African-American youth of Terre Haute. The Hyte Center also served as a meeting place for the NAACP, the Indiana Negro History Society and various civic, social, and church groups. The Center carried on Hyte's legacy of encouraging African-American youth to excel as students and athletes. Charles Hyte was the principal of Booker T. Washington Junior High School from 1924 until his death in 1941.

The Hyte Center's audience and activities expanded steadily from its opening in 1943. In 1945 and 1946, a new volleyball/basketball court was completed, a handicraft class was held for girls, boxing was added to the winter sports program, and a movie projector and screen were purchased for showing health and educational movies to the children.

As early as 1947, the Hyte Center's Board of Control was moving toward autonomy from the City of Terre Haute. The Board began a 25-year period of leasing the Center from the City for $1 per year. Dr. Herman Sloss, president of the board, announced that the Hyte Center's Board of Trustees would work toward the construction of a new recreation building at 13 1/2 and Deming Streets.

Throughout the late 1940s and the 1950s, the Hyte Center continued to meet the recreational and educational needs of pre-teens while developing programs for the teenagers and adults of the community. For example, on Friday evenings in the early 1950s, the Center hosted cooking classes for boys, sewing classes for girls, and social gatherings for adults. And in the late 1950s, the Center offered grooming and tap dancing classes, a singing group was organized, Bible classes were organized for adults, and a Golden Age club was formed for senior citizens.

By the 1960s, after twenty years of serving the community, the Hyte Center's leaders and clientele continued to take steps to make it a more self-sufficient organization. Ozonator Hoke, director of the Center from 1953 to 1971, assisted the Center's teenage users in the formation of the Hyte Center Booster Club. The Boosters sponsored money-raising events for the purpose of financing improvements in the Center's facilities. Adult women formed a Mother's Booster Club for the same purpose. The efforts of the two organizations resulted in the redecoration of the Hyte Center and the purchase of new equipment and furnishings in 1962.

In 1965, recognizing the greater need for its services by the entire low-income community, the Hyte Center Board of Directors took two steps toward the goal of making the transition into a multi-purpose organization. First, the Hyte Board reorganized itself in April with the help of the United Fund charitable organization. Then the Hyte Center's Board of Directors broadened the Center's scope to include the entire community, amending its constitution to read, "The purpose of this association is to foster and promote the educational, cultural, and recreational well-being of the people of Terre Haute, Indiana." The Hyte Center also spent nearly $5,000 on repairs and improvements to the building.

The Hyte Center's programs continued to expand from 1965 to 1969. In the fall of 1965, the Center inaugurated a tutoring program for elementary age children, utilizing faculty and students from Indiana State University and Rose Polytechnic Institute. The Center also initiated homemaking and family living classes. The Center's financial support from the United Fund tripled.

By the late 1960s, the Center was being stretched beyond its capacity. Thus the Center's Board of Directors began to actively plan for the construction of a new and larger Hyte Center building. In February, the Hyte Center's Board and the Terre Haute Park Department agreed that the city would contribute $80,000 of an estimated cost of $230,000 for the construction of a new facility. In June the Park Department passed a resolution in support of a "Comprehensive Community Center" to be located on city-owned property, folllowing the rejection by the group "Young Adults for a Better Black Community" of an offer by the Vigo County Public Library's to provide an old railroad car to be used as a library for the Center. The "Young Adults" successful effort was widely seen as the impetus needed to build a new Hyte Center. The Coalition Board for a New Hyte Center was created to oversee the funding and construction of a new multi-purpose facility. The Coalition Board was made up of representatives from the Hyte Center, the NAACP, CATCAP (Community Advisers To Community Action Program), the Good Neighbor Housing Improvement Association, and Young Adults for a Better Black Community.

In the spring of 1970, the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development approved a $500,000 grant toward construction of a new building for the Hyte Center. The government would provide the money contingent upon the local community raising $200,000 from private donations. In announcing the grant, HUD declared that the Hyte Center had a 92% need rating, the highest indication of need ever given. The Coalition Board launched a fund drive with a dinner at the Central Presbyterian Church on June 29, 1970 for the purpose of raising $206,000 by October 1, 1970.

The new Hyte Center, located at 1100 S. 13th Street was completed in June 1972. and The Center's staff moved into their new headquarters on June 24 under the leadership of Director Wilene Deal. A handbook published in 1974 lists 20 separate activities offered at the new Hyte Center including breakfast and lunch programs, tutoring services, legal aid services, health clinics for mothers, infants, and children, and a comprehensive health education and referral service. By the late 1970s, the Hyte Center had opened up a medical clinic.

The Charles T. Hyte Community Center is still in operation at 1100 S. 13th Street.

Content and Scope of Collection

This collection consists of materials collected by Dr. Jack Weinbaum from 1969 to 1981. Weinbaum served at various times as Treasurer of the Hyte Center, as a member of the Hyte Center Board of Directors, and as a consulting physician in charge of the various medical programs offered by the Hyte Center.

The collection consists of general, administrative, and program files, news clippings, brochures, financial records, bank statements, and materials from the Hyte Center Fund Drive.

Document Case 1

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

History of Hyte Center

n.d.

 

 

 

 

"Charles T. Hyte Community Center"
(Publication of the Vigo County Public Library
congratulating the Hyte Center on its opening)

ca. 1972

 

 

 

Folder 2

"Tax-exempt status" materials

1953; 1979

 

 

 

Folder 3

Loan agreement, Hyte Center building

1970

 

 

 

 

Lease agreement

1973

 

 

 

 

Statement of value, Hyte Center
(and other buildings in Terre Haute)

n.d.

 

 

 

 

Receipts for full payment on new Hyte Center at 1101 S. 13th Street to Office of City Controller, Terre Haute

1973

 

 

 

Folder 4

Receipts for partial payment of the mortgage on the new Hyte Center to Terre Haute First National Bank

1970-1973

 

 

 

Folder 5

Minutes, Board of Directors

1971; 1976-1977

 

 

 

Folder 6

Minutes, Board of Directors

1978

 

 

 

Folder 7

Minutes, Board of Directors

1979-1980

 

 

 

Folder 8

Committees, Board of Directors

1976-1979

 

 

 

Folder 9

Internships (reimbursement checks)

1970-1978

 

 

 

Folder 10

Personnel Matters/Salary Proposals

1977-1979

 

 

 

Folder 11

Papers on Race

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 12

Financial Statements

1973-1976

 

 

 

Folder 13

Financial Statements

1977-1978

 

 

 

Folder 14

Financial statements and requests for
allocations from the United Way

1977-1978

 

 

 

Folder 15

Financial statements and requests for allocations from the United Way

1979

 

 

 

Folder 16

Checking Account Statement, Terre Haute First National Bank

Oct. 1970-
Dec. 1970

 

 

 

Folder 17

Checking Account Statement, Terre Haute First National Bank

Jan. 1971-
May 1971

 

 

 

Folder 18

Checking Account Statement, Terre Haute First National Bank

June 1971-
Dec. 1971

 

 

 

Folder 19

Checking Account Statement, Terre Haute First National Bank

Jan. 1972-
June 1972

 

 

 

Folder 20

Checking Account Statement, Terre Haute First National Bank

July 1972-
Dec. 1972

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document Case 2

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

Checking Account Statement, Terre Haute First National Bank

May 1973-
Dec. 1973

 

 

 

Folder 2

Checking Account Statement, Terre Haute First National Bank

Jan. 1974-
July 1974

 

 

 

Folder 3

Checking Account Statement, Terre Haute First National Bank

Aug. 1974-
Dec. 1974

 

 

 

Folder 4

Checking Account Statement, Terre Haute First National Bank

Jan. 1975-
Dec. 1975

 

 

 

Folder 5

Checking Account Statement, Terre Haute First National Bank

Jan. 1976-
July 1977

 

 

 

Folder 6

Checking Account Statement, Terre Haute First National Bank

June 1980-
Feb. 1981

 

 

 

Folder 7

Deposit Slip Receipts, Terre Haute First National Bank

1970-1975

 

 

 

Folder 8

Savings Account Books, Terre Haute First National Bank

1970

 

 

 

Folder 9

Savings Account Statements,Terre Haute First National Bank

1974-1981

 

 

 

Folder 10

Deposit Slip Stubs, Terre Haute First National Bank

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 11

Certificates of Deposit, Merchants National Bank

1973-1975

 

 

 

 

Stock Purchase (20 shares) from Walter E. Heller International Corporation via the Edward D. Jones Brokerage

n.d.

 

 

 

Hyte Center Fund Drive (Document Cases 2-5)

 

 

 

 

Folder 12

Hyte Center Fund Drive Prospectus

ca. 1970

 

 

 

Folder 13

Cash Book of Pledges and Donations to the Hyte Center Fund Drive

1970-1977

 

 

 

 

Debt Balance, Hyte Center Fund Drive

1970-1976

 

 

 

Folder 14

Pledge Cards, Hyte Center Fund Drive Surnames A-C

 

 

 

 

Folder 15

Pledge Cards, Hyte Center Fund Drive Surnames D-F

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document Case 3

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

Pledge Cards, Surnames G-H

 

 

 

 

Folder 2

Pledge Cards, Surnames I-L

 

 

 

 

Folder 3

Pledge Cards, Surnames M

 

 

 

 

Folder 4

Pledge Cards, Surnames N-R

 

 

 

 

Folder 5

Pledge Cards, Surnames S

 

 

 

 

Folder 6

Pledge Cards, Surnames T-V

 

 

 

 

Folder 7

Pledge Cards, Surnames W-Z

 

 

 

 

Folder 8

Pledge forms, individual donors

 

 

 

 

Folder 9

Pledge forms, individual donors

 

 

 

 

Folder 10

Pledge forms, individual donors

 

 

 

 

Folder 11

Pledge forms, individual donors

 

 

 

 

Folder 12

Pledge forms, individual donors

 

 

 

 

Folder 13

Pledge forms, individual donors

 

 

 

 

Folder 14

Pledge forms, individual donors

 

 

 

 

Folder 15

Pledge forms, individual donors

 

 

 

 

Folder 16

Pledge forms, individual donors

 

     
     

Document Case 4

 

   

Hyte Center Fund Drive (cont.)

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

Pledge forms, banks

 

 

 

 

Folder 2

Pledge forms, businesses

 

 

 

 

Folder 3

Pledge forms, religious organizations

 

 

 

 

Folder 4

Pledge forms, secular organizations

 

 

 

 

Folder 5

Pledge forms, physicians

 

 

 

 

Folder 6

Pledge forms, trade unions

 

 

 

 

Folder 7

Pledge forms

Aug. 1970

 

 

 

Folder 8

Pledge forms

Aug. 1970

 

 

 

Folder 9

Pledge forms

Aug. 1970

 

 

 

Folder 10

Pledge forms

Aug. 1970

 

 

 

Folder 11

Pledge forms

Sept. 1970

 

 

 

Folder 12

Pledge forms

Sept. 1970

 

 

 

Folder 13

Pledge forms

Sept. 1970

 

 

 

Folder 14

Pledge forms

Sept. 1970

 

 

 

Folder 15

Pledge forms

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 16

Index cards and envelopes

n.d.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document Case 5

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

Donation reminder draft letter

Feb. 1971

 

 

 

 

Mailing list of individuals to receive reminder letter

Dec. 1971

 

 

 

Folder 2

Donation reminder letters

1971-1973

 

 

 

Folder 3

Donation reminder letters

1974-1978

 

 

 

Folder 4

Receipts for expenses

 

 

 

 

Hyte Center Medical Programs (Folders 8-13)

 

 

 

 

Folder 5

Job applications, Licensed Practical Nurse

ca. 1971

 

 

 

Folder 6

Job applications, Licensed Practical Nurse

ca. 1971

 

 

 

Folder 7

Comprehensive Community Health Education and Referral Service (HERS) - Minutes of the Hyte Center's HERS Professional Advisory Committee

1971-1972

 

 

 

Folder 8

Application and project narrative for a Community Health Services Grant

1971

 

 

 

Folder 9

Community Health Services Grant - Letter approving the grant, application form, narrative of project

ca. 1971

 

 

 

Folder 10

Community Health Services Grant - Pages 1 and 5 of the application form

ca. 1971

 

 

 

Folder 11

Hyte Center and the Lifeline Program

1976

 

 

 

Folder 12

Hyte Medical Clinic

1972

 

 

 

Folder 13

Summary of National Health Planning and Resources Development Act of 1974

ca. 1974

 

 

 

 

"Publications available on Comprehensive Service Programs and Multipurpose Neighborhood Programs"

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 14

Non-Medical Programs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calendar of Events

Nov. 1978

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Basketball Camp

n.d.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proposal for a musical program (including a marching band and choral groups)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volunteer Tutors Brochure

n.d.

 

 

 

 

Folder 15

Special Events programs and invitations

1974-1976

 

 

 

Folder 16

Women, Infants, and Children Program materials

n.d.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document Case 6

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

Slide Set #1 (found in slide box labelled "Center Kids and Railroad Car")

Aug. 1969

 

 

 

Folder 2

Slide Set #2 (found in slide box labelled "Negro History Week" )

Feb. 1970

 

 

 

Folder 3

Slide Set #3

April 1970

 

 

 

Folders 4-13

News clippings