The A. O. & Dorothy Steele Collection is replete with photographs, correspondence, monographs, personal notes, and other ephemera illustrating middle class African Americans in the Fletcher and Steele families from the late 1800s until the mid 1990s. Dr. Steele was a theological professor and administrator for over 32 years at JCSU and an ordained minister of the United Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Steele was an educator in the Charlotte area for many years and retired in 1972. She was one of the first African Americans to serve on the NC Textbook Commission and participated in the integration of schools in the Charlotte Mecklenburg system.