Sanford Richard Winston Papers 1925-1973

Winston, Sanford Richard, 1897-1969
1 linear foot (2 archival storage box)

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Call number
MC 00036

The Sanford R. Winston Collection primarily contains documents from the 1930s and 1940s, when Winston was head of the Department of Sociology at North Carolina State College. The collection includes correspondence, speeches, and writings related to Winston's interests in rural sociology, African-American issues, and leadership. Materials about his career activities and the organizations to which he belonged are included in the collection, as well as planning documents and descriptions of the S.R. Winston Music Collection, which was established following Winston's death.

Biographical/historical note

Sanford Richard Winston was born on Long Island, New York on November 27, 1897. He received an A.B. degree from Western Reserve University, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota. He joined North Carolina State College as an assistant professor in 1926, and served as head of the Department of Sociology from 1933 until his retirement in 1963. Winston also taught courses at Peace College and Meredith College, among others.

Winston published widely in journals, and wrote several books and monographs on sociology, including Culture and Human Behavior and Leadership in Peace and War. He participated in a wide range of professional organizations as well as community groups. Winston served as president of the Southern Sociological Society and the Wake County Community Council, and was named a Fellow of the American Sociological Association. He was also a member of the Rural Sociological Society and the Archaeological Society of North Carolina, among other organizations.

A lifelong music lover, Winston was active in the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild, and served as its president from 1948 to 1950. Following his death on June 13, 1969, the S. R. Winston Fund was established to create a collection of music at D. H. Hill Library at North Carolina State University. Many of Winston's own books other materials were donated to the Library.

In a condolence note to Mrs. Winston, Horace Hamilton, a colleague of Winston's at North Carolina State, wrote, "Thousands of college students, taught by Professor Winston, will remember and appreciate his contribution to their understanding of how society is put together and what makes it tick."

Winston was married to Ellen Black Winston, a noted sociologist who served as Commissioner of the North Carolina Department of Public Welfare, and later served as U.S. Commissioner of Public Welfare from 1962 to 1967. Mrs. Winston died in 1984.


This collection contains materials relating to the education and career of Sanford Richard Winston. The documents range from the 1920s when Winston worked on his graduate degree to the memorial activities following his death. Correspondence includes letters from Winston's thesis advisors, communication with Winston's publisher, and letters regarding Winston's teaching career at both North Carolina State and other schools. Speeches include lectures on leadership during war, child-rearing, and women's contributions to society. The materials in the Writings series are mainly articles about topics such as public housing, leadership, and African-American social problems. There is also a copy of Winston's monograph, Leadership in Peace and War. The Career series contains information about Winston's royalty payments and involvement in campus activities, as well as some of the honors he received. The Organizations series includes correspondence, publications, clippings, and conference programs relating to Winston's membership in many professional and social organizations. The documents in Memorial Activities include obituaries, funeral arrangement plans, and materials relating to the S. R. Winston Music Collection.

Physical description

2 archival storage box


This collection is organized into six series. The Correspondence, Speeches, and Writings were each grouped together, and this organization is preserved. The Career series, comprising documents relating to both Winston's university and publishing career, have been arranged together. The Organizations were arranged by individual group, and this system is followed. The Memorial Activities series is made up of documents collected after Winston's death, and these documents have been arranged by activity.

  • African Americans -- Research
  • African Americans -- Sociation conditions
  • Archaeology -- North Carolina
  • Chamber music
  • North Carolina State University. Dept. of Sociology -- Faculty
  • Rural sociology
  • Rural sociology -- Study and teaching
  • Sociology -- North Carolina
  • Sociology -- Southern States
  • Teenagers -- Social conditions
  • Teenagers -- Research
  • Winston, Sanford Richard, 1897-1969

Use of these materials

North Carolina State University does not own copyright to this collection. Individuals obtaining materials from the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections Research Center are responsible for using the works in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Sanford Richard Winston Papers, MC 00036, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Related material

Source of acquisition

Collection given by Dr. Ellen Winston of Raleigh, NC on September 11, 1969. Additional materials were added from the Ellen Winston Collection when it was established in 1996.

Gift of Dr. Ellen Winston, 1969.

The collection is organized into seven principal series:

Correspondence 1929-1965 (MC 00036 series 1)
Size: 0.1 linear feet

This series contains correspondence to Winston, the bulk of which was written in the 1930s and early 1940s. Winston saved few of his outgoing letters. The series has been arranged in chronological order.

0.2 archival boxes

Box 1, Folder 1
Box 1, Folder 2
Box 1, Folder 3
[no date] 1941-1965,
Box 1, Folder 4
Speeches 1933-1950 (MC 00036 series 2)
Size: 0.1 linear feet

This series includes speeches, notecards, programs, and clippings of announcements about Winston's speeches. A few were typed out in whole, but most exist as a series of notecards. The speeches are arranged in chronological order, but many have no date.

0.2 archival boxes

Text[no date] 1933-1934,
Box 1, Folder 5
[no date] 1945-1946,
Box 1, Folder 6
[no date]
Box 1, Folder 7
Programs 1933-1950
Box 1, Folder 8
Clippings, [no date]
Box 1, Folder 9
Writings 1930-1953 (MC 00036 series 3)
Size: 0.2 linear feet

The writings series includes articles, monographs, and book reviews written by Winston. Most of them date from the 1930s and 1940s. These are arranged chronologically. Also included are bibilographies of Winston's publications, and book catalogs in which Winston's books were featured.

0.4 archival boxes

Box 1, Folder 10
Box 1, Folder 11
Box 1, Folder 12
[no date] 1952-1953,
Box 1, Folder 13
Bibliographies, [no date]
Box 1, Folder 14
Book Catalogs[no date] 1938-1950,
Box 1, Folder 15
Career 1925-1969 (MC 00036 series 4)
Size: 0.15 linear feet

The Career series includes Winston's transcripts, vita, photographs, and salary and royalty information. It also features honors given to Winston, like inclusions in numerous Who's Who books and invitations to special events. Information about Winston's retirement is included as well.

0.3 archival boxes

Transcripts and Vita[no date] 1925-1929,
Box 1, Folder 16
Salary and Royalty Statements 1936-1946
Box 1, Folder 17
State College Activities Clippings[no date] 1946-1948,
Box 1, Folder 18
Who's Who Inclusions[no date] 1943-1969,
Box 1, Folder 19
National Cyclopedia of American Biography Photograph, [no date]
Box 2, Folder 1
Invitations[no date] 1950,
Box 2, Folder 2
Retirement 1950
Box 2, Folder 3
Oversized Photograph 1943
Oversized Photograph 1963
Organizations 1931-1959 (MC 00036 series 5)
Size: 0.25 linear feet

The Organizations series documents Winston's involvement in a number of local and national groups, including the Archaeological Society of North Carolina, the Community Council of Raleigh and Wake County, and the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild. Materials are organized by individual group, and further subdivided by type of materials.

0.5 archival boxes

American Association for the Advancement of Science and Associated Societies 1931-1932
Conference Program 1931-1932
Box 2, Folder 4
Clipping 1931
Box 2, Folder 5
American Sociological Association 1932-1959
Conference Programs 1932-1934
Box 2, Folder 6
Fellowship Certificate 1959
Box 2, Folder 7
Archaeological Society of North Carolina 1934-1944
Box 2, Folder 8
Box 2, Folder 9
Officer List 1934
Box 2, Folder 10
Clippings[no date] 1935,
Box 2, Folder 11
Paper Presented, [no date]
Box 2, Folder 12
Conference Program 1944
Box 2, Folder 13
Community Council of Raleigh and Wake County 1944-1948
Correspondence 1944
Box 2, Folder 14
Report by Winston 1945
Box 2, Folder 15
Clippings 1945-1948
Box 2, Folder 16
North Carolina College Conference Programs 1937-1946
Box 2, Folder 17
Raleigh Chamber Music Guild 1948-1950
Concert Programs 1948-1950
Box 2, Folder 18
Clippings[no date] 1948,
Box 2, Folder 19
Southern Sociological Society Conference Program 1940
Box 2, Folder 20
Memorial Activities 1969-1973 (MC 00036 series 6)
Size: 0.2 linear feet

The Memorial Activities series includes materials relating to Winston's funeral as well as commemorative endeavors, such as the establishment of an S.R. Winston Music Collection in the D.H. Hill Library at North Carolina State University. Materials are organized according to type of activity.

0.4 archival boxes

Obituaries[no date] 1969,
Box 2, Folder 21
Funeral Arrangement Documents 1969
Box 2, Folder 22
S. R. Winston Fund Correspondence 1969-1970
Box 2, Folder 23
S. R. Winston Music Collection 1969-1973
Descriptions, Clippings 1969-1973
Box 2, Folder 24
Planning[no date] 1969,
Box 2, Folder 25
Bibliography 1971
Box 2, Folder 26
Oversized (MC 00036 series 7)
Photograph 1943
Flat folder 1

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Sanford Richard Winston Papers, MC 00036, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

North Carolina State University does not own copyright to this collection. Individuals obtaining materials from the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections Research Center are responsible for using the works in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.