The Private Papers of Rev. William C Jason Collection consists of papers and letters relating to Reverend William C. Jason, minister for the Delaware Episcopal Methodist Church Conference for twelve years, first black president for Delaware State College (D.1895) for twenty-eight years, father, and husband to Madora Bailey.
William C. Jason was born in Trappe, MD and earned a BA of Divinity and a MA from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA. He became a Methodist minister and served congreations in Orange, NJ, Philadelphia and Wilmington. On July 11, 1895, Rev. William C. Jason was named as the second President of the Delaware State College for Colored Students, which is now Delaware State University. Under his leadership the college grew to include 9 new buildings, 100s of acres, a water tower and many educational programs and extracurricular activities. After retiring, he returned to serving as pastor and associate pastor. William C. Jason passed away on July 8th, 1943.