State Normal School for Women Farmville, Virginia President's Office January 5, 1916. Mrs. B. B. Munford, Richmond, Va. My dear Mrs. Munford: Your letter of the 1st inst. is received and in reply beg to say that my views with reference to the Coordinate College are exactly what they were six years ago.
As I see it, the work of the Normal Schools is that of training teachers for the public schools of the State -- both elementary and secondary; as far back as 1910 we of this institution realized that the rapid growth of the public high schools created a necessity for trained teachers for this work and planned to offer such a course as soon as our finances would warrant it.
If the proposed Coordinate College to be established at the University of Virginia is to be a college to give a cultural course to young women -- then it in no way interferes with the work of the Normal Schools; if on the other hand it is to be primarily a teacher-training institution -- then it will simply be a fifth Normal School for Women, and there is certainly no need for an additional institution of this type at this time. As you know, the State has established three Normal Schools in the past five years and they are still more or less in their infancy. These schools appeal to the young women of the State who cannot afford a very expensive education and are willing to serve the State; therefore, the State should not hamper itself educationally by any failure to properly provide for the growth of these institutions, the firends [sic] of the Coordinate College, by too urgent pressing of the matter, may tend to retard the development of those institutions which are already serving over twelve hundred young women of the State each year, in order to benefit the possible few who may desire a college education and do not wish this education to be primarily of such a nature as that which leads to the profession of teaching.
When you take into consideration the fact that there are more than five hundred public high schools and more than four hundred of them are in the rural districts, you will realize that it is incumbent on the State to provide the training for their teachers at a place where girls from the country will go and can go, if the country high schools are to reap any benefit from the institution established by the State for giving this training. About five-sixths of our students are from the country or from small towns. My judgment is that so far as the public schools are concerned the influence of the Coordinate College would not be appreciable, except as it