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North Carolina College Conference


The North Carolina College Conference was formally organized in 1921 in an effort to solve some of the many problems confronting institutions of higher learning in the state. The conference was composed mainly of college presidents with one additional representative from each campus and several state government officials concerned with educational problems. In 1965 the Conference was reconstituted as the North Carolina Association of Colleges and Universities under a new constitution and by-laws.The general records of the organization include correspondence, notes, research reports and summaries of same, reports of the Committee on Cooperative Research and sub-committee reports, clippings, p ... (more below)

Title

North Carolina College Conference

Collection Number

Org.97

Date(s)

1937 - 1965

Language

English

Physical Description
Boxes
6
Abstract

The North Carolina College Conference was formally organized in 1921 in an effort to solve some of the many problems confronting institutions of higher learning in the state. The conference was composed mainly of college presidents with one additional representative from each campus and several state government officials concerned with educational problems. In 1965 the Conference was reconstituted as the North Carolina Association of Colleges and Universities under a new constitution and by-laws.

The general records of the organization include correspondence, notes, research reports and summaries of same, reports of the Committee on Cooperative Research and sub-committee reports, clippings, programs, proceedings, minutes and agendas, and various printed material.

Physical Location

For current information on the location ofthese materials, please consult the Public Services Branch, State Archives of North Carolina.

Creator

North Carolina College Conference.

Repository

State Archives of North Carolina


This collection is organized into 4 series: Correspondence, 1944-1966, Meeting Minutes, Agendas, and Membership Lists, 1947-1965, no date, Reports, 1948-1963, Miscellaneous Materials, 1937-1964 and n.d.

Arrangement is chronological within the Correspondence Series and alphabetical within the Reports and Miscellaneous Materials Series.


Available for research.


Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.


Processed by Jack M. Cloninger; revised by James O. Sorrell, July, 1997

Encoded by Fran Tracy-Walls, March, 2004


The North Carolina College Conference was organized in the early 1920s as an effort to solve some of the many problems confronting institutions of higher learning in the state. The conference's first meeting was held October 7, 1921. Membership was composed mainly of college presidents, with one additional representative from each campus, and several state government officials concerned with educational problems in North Carolina.

The work of the Conference was carried out by various standing committees, each responsible for a particular area of interest. The committees were named according to their area of responsibility such as the Committee on Admissions, the Committee on Student Relationships, the Committee on Cooperative Research, etc.

In 1933, the Director of Higher Education of the office of the U.S. Commissioner of Education began a survey of educational research throughout the nation. The presidents of the higher education associations in the various states were asked to head a Committee on Cooperative Research to conduct the survey in their states and to submit reports to Washington. Dr. Lillian Parker Wallace of Meredith College, then president of the North Carolina Higher Education Association, headed the North Carolina Committee. The work of the North Carolina Cooperative Research Committee was so successful that it was made a standing committee of the North Carolina College Conference with Dr. Wallace as its permanent secretary.

Dr. Wallace continued as secretary of the N.C. Cooperative Research Committee until 1963. During this period, Dean James L. Godfrey of the University of North Carolina was chairman of the committee, and Fred V. Cahill of North Carolina State University was appointed secretary following Dr. Wallace's retirement. The following year, in 1964 Dr. Wallace was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities by North Carolina State University.

In 1965, the Conference was reconstituted under a new constitution and by-laws as the North Carolina Association of Colleges and Universities. The assocation has continued to hold its annual conference in early November.

1921, October 7 First formal meeting of the North Carolina College Conference. Raymond Binford of Guilford College was elected as president. 1933, November Establishment of the Cooperative Research Committee of the N.C. College Conference. Dr. Lillian Parker Wallace of Meredith College was elected as secretary. 1960, November 4 During the annual meeting of the N.C. College Conference, the Executive Committee was authorized and instructed to work with a committee from the North Carolina Negro College Conference, looking toward a closer articulation of the two conferences. 1962, September At the September meeting of the Cooperative Research Committee, Dr. Wallace announced that she would retire from the committee at the annual November Conference meeting, marking almost 30 years of service. Dr. Wallace, however, was persuaded to remain with the committee for at least one more year. 1962, November 1-2 During the 1962 annual session, the North Carolina College Conference and the North Carolina Negro College Conference were merged. 1963, November Conference proposed a special self-study of the aims, purposes, and objectives of the North Carolina College Conference. 1964, May Dr. Lillian Parker Wallace was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities by North Carolina State University. 1964, November The Conference authorized a special committee to be appointed by the Conference president, Dean Ivy Hixson, Salem College, to study the organization's Constitution and By-laws. 1965, November The special committee offered a new constitution and by-laws. Subsequently, the North Carolina College Conference was reconstituted under the following name, North Carolina Association of Colleges and Universities.

The North Carolina College Conference was organized in the early 1920s as an effort to solve some of the many problems confronting institutions of higher learning in the state. The conference's first meeting was held October 7, 1921. Membership was composed mainly of college presidents, with one additional representative from each campus, and several state government officials concerned with educational problems in North Carolina.

The work of the Conference was carried out by various standing committees, each responsible for a particular area of interest. The committees were named according to their area of responsibility such as the Committee on Admissions, the Committee on Student Relationships, the Committee on Cooperative Research, etc.

In 1933, the Director of Higher Education of the office of the U.S. Commissioner of Education began a survey of educational research throughout the nation. The presidents of the higher education associations in the various states were asked to head a Committee on Cooperative Research to conduct the survey in their states and to submit reports to Washington. Dr. Lillian Parker Wallace of Meredith College, then president of the North Carolina Higher Education Association, headed the North Carolina Committee. The work of the North Carolina Cooperative Research Committee was so successful that it was made a standing committee of the North Carolina College Conference with Dr. Wallace as its permanent secretary.

Dr. Wallace continued as secretary of the N.C. Cooperative Research Committee until 1963. During this period, Dean James L. Godfrey of the University of North Carolina was chairman of the committee, and Fred V. Cahill of North Carolina State University was appointed secretary following Dr. Wallace's retirement. The following year, in 1964 Dr. Wallace was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities by North Carolina State University.

In 1965, the Conference was reconstituted under a new constitution and by-laws as the North Carolina Association of Colleges and Universities. The assocation has continued to hold its annual conference in early November.


[Identification of item], Org.97, North Carolina College Conference, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC, USA.


Deposited on January 4, 1966 by Dr. Lillian Parker Wallace, secretary of the Committee on Cooperative Research; accessioned as a gift on January 25, 1966; received from the Duke University Archives on June 2, 1997; accessioned as a gift on June 23, 1997.


Additional information on topics found in this collection may be found in the Manuscript and Archives Reference System (MARS)  http://www.ncarchives.dcr.state.nc.us.


This group of general records of the North Carolina College Conference (1937-1965) is comprised largely of the correspondence and minutes of and reports to the North Carolina Committee on Cooperative Research, which later became a committee of the North Carolina College Conference. However, other standing committees and sub-committees are well represented in the collection. The general records of the conference also include research reports from the member colleges and universities; minutes, agendas, and membership lists; and various miscellaneous records and published materials. The  Proceedings of the conference are included, 1937-1964 (broken series). The records begin in 1937 and extend through 1965, when the Conference was reconstituted under a new constitution and by-laws as the North Carolina Association of Colleges and Universities.

This collection is organized into 4 series: Correspondence, 1944-1966, Meeting Minutes, Agendas, and Membership Lists, 1947-1965, no date, Reports, 1948-1963, Miscellaneous Materials, 1937-1964 and n.d.

Arrangement is chronological within the Correspondence Series and alphabetical within the Reports and Miscellaneous Materials Series.


This group of general records of the North Carolina College Conference (1937-1965) is comprised largely of the correspondence and minutes of and reports to the North Carolina Committee on Cooperative Research, which later became a committee of the North Carolina College Conference. However, other standing committees and sub-committees are well represented in the collection. The general records of the conference also include research reports from the member colleges and universities; minutes, agendas, and membership lists; and various miscellaneous records and published materials. The  Proceedings of the conference are included, 1937-1964 (broken series). The records begin in 1937 and extend through 1965, when the Conference was reconstituted under a new constitution and by-laws as the North Carolina Association of Colleges and Universities.


  • Wallace, Lillian Parker, 1890-
  • North Carolina Association of Colleges and Universities.
  • North Carolina Committee on Cooperative Research.
  • North Carolina Negro College Conference.
  • Education--Research
  • Education, Higher
  • Universities and colleges--North Carolina--History--20th century.

Box: 1  
Letter from Dr. Lillian Parker Wallace to Dr. H. G. Jones
January 4, 1966

Scope and Content

This letter authorizes the deposit of the records of the Committee on Cooperative Research in the State Archives. The majority of the correspondence concerns the work of the Committee on Cooperative Research.

16072
Correspondence

Scope and Content

Much of the correspondence concerns the Executive Committee and the Committee on Cooperative Research. The latter committee was composed of a Central Committee and a member-at-large from each member institution.

1944-1951
1952
1953
1954
1955
1956
1957
Box: 2  
1952
1958
1958
1959
1959
1960
1960
1961
1961
1962
1962
1963-1965
1963-1965

The greatest portion of the minutes and agendas concern meetings of the Committee on Cooperative Research. There are, however, minutes for other committees, including the Committee of Standards and the Committee to Study Scholarships and Student Aid Programs. There are lists of institutions belonging to the North Carolina College Conference and lists of the various members of conference committees.

16087
1947-1959
1947-1959

16088
, no date
1960-1965

This series includes summaries and full reports to the Committee on Cooperative Research from the various members, representing statewide educational institutions.

1837
Summaries of Research Reports
1948-1963

16089
Research Reports from Colleges and Universities

Appalachian State Teachers College
1950-1960
Atlantic Christian College
1956-1963
Belmont Abbey College
1956-1957
Catawba College
1961
Chowan College
1961-1962
Davidson College
1955-1963
Duke University
1955-1962
East Carolina College
1955-1962
Elon College, n.d.
Gardner Webb College
1961
Greensboro College
1958-1962
Guilford College
1961-1962
High Point College
1955-1963
Lees-McRae College
1962
Lenoir Rhyne College
1957-1962
Mars Hill College
1959-1960
Meredith College
1955-1961
Mitchell College
1955-1959
Mount Olive College
n.d.
North Carolina College
n.d.
North Carolina Wesleyan College
1962
North Carolina State University
1955-1957
Box: 4  
North Carolina State University
1958-1962
Peace College
1962
Pfeiffer College
1955-1957
Pembroke State College
1955
Presbyterian College
1955-1959
Queens College
1959
Sacred Heart College
1959-1962
Saint Mary's College
1959-1962
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
1955-1959
University of North Carolina at Charlotte, n.d.
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
1957-1963
Wake Forest College, n.d.
Warren Wilson College
1956-1962
Western Carolina College
1955-1961
Wilmington College
1962
Wingate College
1961

1838
Reports of the Secretary of the Committee on Cooperative Research to the Conference
1958-1962

Scope and Content

The Committee on Cooperative Research was composed of two sections: the Central Committee, appointed by the Executive Committee of the North Carolina College Conference, and the Members-at-Large, composed of one representative from each member institution of the Conference.

1839
Sub-committee Reports

Scope and Content

Like the committees, the sub-committees held an unspecified number of meetings during the year, working toward the annual November meeting of the Conference when all of the standing committees reported on the year's work to the Conference members assembled. There were a number of sub-committees created over the years to engage in special educational research projects. Some of these sub-committees were disbanded when their work was completed, and others continued indefinitely.

1955-1960
1955-1960
1961-1963
1961-1963

Box: 5  
Reports of Other Standing Committees

This series of miscellaneous materials includes handwritten notes and reminders from Dr. Wallace, honored as permanent secretary of the North Carolina College Conference; clippings, printed materials from educational organizations relevant to the College Conference; travel slips; a broken series of  Proceedings of the North Carolina College Conference; and published programs from conference meetings.

1841
Handwritten Notes and Reminders from Dr. Wallace

1842
Newspaper Clippings

1843
Printed Materials of Interest to the Conference from Organizations Engaged in Educational Work

1844
Travel Slips Submitted by Conference Members

Box: 6  
Proceedings (broken series)
1937-1964

Scope and Content

The  Proceedings of the North Carolina College Conference is the official record of each of the meetings of the Conference and contains the reports of all of the standing committees.

1846
Printed Programs of Meetings of the North Carolina College Conference
1956-1965