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Roy E. Hoke papers

Identifier: MS0156

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the professional and personal papers of Dr. Roy E. Hoke and his family. His papers show his interest in educating and helping people through psychology and/or religion.


  • 1848, 1904-1992
  • Majority of material found within 1946 - 1991


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

Roy Edward Hoke was born in York, Pa., on July 3, 1896 to Edward John and Mary Margaret Rhodes Hoke. He attended public schools in Lewistown and Lancaster, Pa., and received his B.A. (1916) and M.A. (1917) from Franklin and Marshall College. Hoke attended the Theological Seminary of the Reformed Church in Lancaster, 1917-18. In 1922, he received a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University -- the youngest Ph.D. graduate of the institution at the time. From 1916 to 1917, Hoke taught at the Columbia Grammar School in New York City. While attending Johns Hopkins, Hoke was ordained by the Reformed Church in America and served as pastor to the congrega¬tion in Jefferson, Md. Afterwards he continued to preach as a substitute or invitee of Methodist and Presbyterian congrega¬tions. In 1921, Hoke started teaching psychology and education at Birmingham-Southern College, where he also estab¬lished and became the first dean of the School of Education, serving 1922-28. He left Alabama for Emory and Henry College, where he served as a professor of psychology and religion and as registrar, 1928-44. Moving to North Carolina, he taught psychology at Davidson College from 1944 to 1946. In 1946, Hoke became the director of guidance at Kings Business College in Charlotte, a post he held until 1973. He also taught psychology there. In 1946 Hoke also began his private practice as a psycholo¬gist in Charlotte. Hoke served in the army during both World Wars: World War I as a sergeant in the Medical Corps and assistant to the chaplain at Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga.; and World War II as a first lieutenant and chaplain stationed in Ohio. Hoke was also a writer and had numerous publications, including a weekly column in The Charlotte Observer. He also appeared on a regular Saturday morning program broadcast on Charlotte radio station WBT-AM. Hoke married Erma Ethel Ramsburg of Utica, Md., on December 22, 1921 and they had two daughters, Elizabeth Ramsburg and Margaret Ann. He died in Charlotte on November 3, 1975 and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Charlotte.


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Personal, family, and professional papers of one of Charlotte's first psychologists, who established the Psychological Service Center in 1946. Includes correspondence, financial and legal records, speeches, notes, copies of his newspaper columns and other writings, transcriptions of radio broadcasts, and photographs. Also contains unpublished stories for children written by his wife, Erma Ramsburg Hoke, and material about the family home at 1717 Cleveland Avenue, a local historic landmark known as the Scott-Hoke house.


The collection is divided into three series, one of which (Photographs, 1916-1975) is further divided into subseries. The series are: Professional (1918-1975), Personal and Family (1904-1992) and Photographs (1916-1975).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Erma R. Hoke, 1991.


The Charlotte News, 11-4-1975 (obituary); The Charlotte Observer, 11-5-1975 (obituary); and National Cyclopedia of American Biography, vol. 58 (1979). For additional biographical information, see boxes 1:11 and 2:19.]

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Processed by Alan Litehizer, November, 1993.
Roy E. Hoke papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte 28223 United Stated