Series 2 - Tuskegee Institute


Series 2 - Tuskegee Institute


As a child, Colley did not excel at physical activities as his allergies made being outdoors difficult. Instead, he shined academically and earned his admittance to the illustrious Tuskegee Institute. Colley studied chemistry under George Washington Carver, graduating with high honors in 1941.

Although his career led him away from the field of chemistry and his home state of Alabama, Nathaniel remained active in Tuskegee’s Alumni Association for his entire life, often speaking at events and graduations.

Collection Items

Tuskegee Institute Memorial Envelope
Image from a memorial envelope honoring Dr. George Washington Carver, sent from Tuskegee, Alabama to Nathaniel and Jerlean Colley in New Haven, Connecticut, February 1948.

Sixth Triennial Session of the Tuskegee General Alumni Association
Black and white group photograph, including Nathaniel and Jerlean Colley, at the Sixth Triennial Session of the Tuskegee General Alumni Association, taken at the Hotel Statler Hilton in Los Angeles, California, August 1961.

'Education For What?'
A speech written and delivered by Nathaniel Colley to the chairman of the Tuskegee Institute and alumni, August 1967.

Resolution on the Death of Nathaniel S. Colley, Sr.
Resolution issued by the Tuskegee National Alumni Association following the death of Nathaniel Colley, May 1992.
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