Guide to the H. T. Scarborough Collection

Guide to the H. T. Scarborough Collection

Record Group 045

Date Span 1915 -2005 

 One scrapbook + 10 file folders

Biographical Sketch H. T. (Harvey Thomas) Scarborough was a prominent citizen of Dothan, AL.  He worked a full career at Porter Hardware Co., was so active in the Lafayette St. Methodist Church that his Men's Sunday School Class named itself for him, and became a resource for those studying local history. 

Scope / Content Collection consists of hard- and digitized copies of a scrapbook presented to Scarborough in 1958 by his Sunday school class, transcription of a 4-page memoir of Porter Hardware Co. Scarborough penned in 1979, a short autobiography, and a letter acknowledging receipt of this autobiography by the Alabama Department of Archives and History in 1988.  Also contains audiotapes of Mr. Scarborough talking about the history of his Bible class and church, Bible class yearbook, and photographs.

Accessions:  Collection arrived in 2 accessions:

  • 045-04-1117:  Scrapbook- H. T. Scarborough, This is Your Life (1958), Mr. Scarborough's history of Porter Hardware (1979), a short autobiography, and a short story/memoir.
  • 045-05-0311:  Consists of 4 audiotapes of Lafayette Street Methodist Church H.T. Scarborough Sunday School Class lessons and a history of Lafayette Street Methodist Church delivered by Mr. Scarborough July 22, 1984.  Seven photographs of Scarborough Sunday School classes and Scarborough Family members, and a 1983 Scarborough Sunday School Class yearbook.

 ProvenanceOriginal materials given to donor, Mrs. Rogers, by HTS in ca. 1984-85 or collected by her after 1985.

Associated material William Holman conducted an oral history recording of Scarborough in 1987 and Wendell Stepp did the same during the 1980s.  Both interviews are in the Dothan Landmarks Foundation, Inc. Collection.

Access: Open per Donor Agreement, 3-11-05

Date processed:   January 2005

Processed By: TB / KC / MTO


Subjects (LCSH):  Scarborough , Lennie
Scarborough , Cullen
E. R. Porter Hardware Company – Dothan, (Ala.)
Lafayette Street Methodist Church – Dothan, (Ala.)
Lafayette Street Methodist Church.  H. T. Scarborough Bible Class.
Dothan (Ala.) – History



File I.D. File Label

[on CD in File 7 only]

H. T. Scarborough, This is Your Life.  Scrapbook presented by Men's Sunday School Class, Lafayette St. Methodist Church (PDF)


a)  Autobiography of H. T. Scarborough, handwritten
b)  Transcript made by Ms. Rogers (2004)  (PDF)
c)  ADAH letter of receipt (1988)  (PDF)


a)  "History of the E. R. Porter Hardware Co., 1889-1979," handwritten essay
b)  Transcript made by Mrs. Rogers (2004)  (PDF)


"My Christmas Memories" by H. T. Scarborough  (PDF), handwritten essay.


5 Newspaper Clippings re: H. T. Scarborough  (PDF)


Notification of changed name--Men's Bible Class to "H. T. Scarborough Bible Class," 1951  (PDF)


Church Bulletins re: H. T. Scarborough:
a)  October 6, 1968:  50th Anniversary as Sunday School Teacher  (PDF)
b)  October 24, 1989:  Notice of Scarborough’s death  (PDF)


4 Audiotapes: 
Tape 1 / Side A:  History of Lafayette St. Methodist Church (Dothan, AL) by H. T. Scarborough, 7-22-84. 
Tape 1 / Side B: History of Scarborough Bible Class, 8-20-84.
Tape 2  History of Lafayette St. Methodist Church (Dothan, AL) by H. T. Scarborough, 7-22-84 (Copy 2)
Tape 3  History of Lafayette St. Methodist Church (Dothan, AL) by H. T. Scarborough, 7-22-84 (Copy 3)
Tape 4  Sunday School Lessons, 1988
CD-Rom:  Mp3 -- History of Lafayette St. Methodist Church, 7-22-1984.  31:08 min.


Scarborough Bible Class Year Book, 1983



045-05-0311-001-009a:  Large Format:  Scarborough Bible Class, ca. 1970s


045-05-0311-001-009b: H. T. Scarborough w/ students, 1916


045-05-0311-001-009c: H. T. Scarborough w/ students, 1916


045-05-0311-001-009d:  H. T. Scarborough (left) with unidentified woman, ca. 1915


045-05-0311-001-009e:  Lennie Scarborough (left), wife of H. T. Scarborough, ca. 1915


045-05-0311-001-009f:  Scarborough w/ [son] Cullen, ca 1915-20.


045-05-0311-001-009g: Scarborough w/ [son] Cullen, ca 1915-20