MC 00046 Guide to the Edward Lamar Cloyd Papers, 1915-1967

This collection is organized into three series: Personal Papers, Professional Papers, and Artifacts. Within these series, the material is arranged topically and chronologically.
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The Personal Papers Series contains diaries, notebooks, personal correspondence, North Carolina State College Class of 1915 graduation, alumni and reunion information and certificates of appreciation that Cloyd received from community organizations.
[Card Box 6] Diaries, 1930, 1934, 1949
[Box 1, Folder 1] Notebooks, 1929-1959
[Box 1, Folder 2] Correspondence, 1930-1953
[Box 1, Folder 3] Correspondence
[Box 1, Folder 4] L.A. Thornbury (Grandson)
Class of 1915
[Box 1, Folder 5] Graduation
[Box 1, Folder 6] 1920
[Box 1, Folder 7] 1925
[Box 1, Folder 8] 1930
[Box 1, Folder 9] 1935
[Box 1, Folder 10] 1940
[Box 1, Folder 11] 1944
[Box 1, Folder 12] 1950
[Box 1, Folder 13] 1955
[Box 1, Folder 14] 1960
[Box 1, Folder 15] 1965
[Box 1, Folder 16] Certificates of Appreciation
[Box 1, Folder 17] 1921-1954
[Box 1, Folder 18] "Personnel Departments" (Master's Thesis), 1927
[Box 1, Folder 19] "Objectives in the Field of Guidance"
[Box 1, Folder 20] "Financing a College Education-A Radio Talk,", 1933
[Box 1, Folder 21] "The Technical Graduate and Community Life"
[Box 1, Folder 22] Phi Kappa Phi Induction
Memory Note Cards
The Professional Papers Series is comprised of material related to Cloyd's work as Dean of Students. There is material related to guidance and vocational counseling and papers that document Dean Cloyd's participation in numerous professional, civic, fraternal and religious groups. Additionally, there is material related to university administration and campus development. There is also a collection of magazines, programs and professional publications that belonged to Cloyd.
Dean of Students
[Box 2, Folder 1] 1919-1929
[Box 2, Folder 2] 1934-1955
[Box 2, Folder 3] Freshman Week, 1924-1953
[Box 2, Folder 4] Guidance Counseling
[Box 2, Folder 5] Vocational Guidance
[Box 2, Folder 6] Vocational Guidance Course Booklet, 1940
Professional Organizations
[Box 2, Folder 7] Deans of Men, 1928-1957
[Box 2, Folder 8] North Carolina College Conference-Committee on Athletics, 1935-1936
[Box 2, Folder 9] North Carolina College Conference, 1943-1954
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
[Box 3, Folder 1] April, 1954-April, 1955
[Box 3, Folder 2] June, 1956-January, 1957
[Box 3, Folder 3] February, 1957-October, 1954
University Administration-College Union
[Box 3, Folder 4] April, 1951-April, 1956
[Box 3, Folder 5] May, 1956-May, 1960
[Box 3, Folder 6] October, 1960-May, 1962
[Box 3, Folder 7] 1929-1931
[Box 3, Folder 8] Phi Beta Kappa
[Box 3, Folder 9] Phi Kappa Phi
[Box 3, Folder 10] National Inter-fraternity Conference, 1951-1958
[Box 3, Folder 11] Collected magazines, articles and publications, 1926-1960
The Artifacts Series consists of memory note cards that Cloyd used to record anecdotes, Bible passages, book reviews and personal observations and a scrapbook of newspaper clippings chronicling highlights in Cloyd's life and career.
[Card Box 4] Memory Note Cards
[Flat Box 5] Scrapbook


Cloyd, Edward Lamar, 1891-1973


2.75 Linear feet 5 archival boxes

General Physical Description note

5 archival boxes


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Acquisitions Information

Received in installments from E. L. Cloyd in 1970 (Accession no. 1970-0012), Catherine Jackson in 1979 (Accession no. 1979-0006), and Mrs. E. L. Cloyd, Jr. in 1995 (Accession no. 1995-0001).


Processed by: Mick Watts; machine-readable finding aid created by: Mick Watts

Scope and Content Note

The Edward Lamar Cloyd Papers reflect Cloyd's long tenure as Dean of Students at North Carolina State College. The collection is divided into three series, Personal Papers, Professional Papers, and Artifacts. The Personal Papers Series consists of diaries, notebooks, personal correspondence, material related to Cloyd's graduating class of 1915, and certificates of appreciation.The Professional Papers Series is made up of writings and speeches that Cloyd made as Dean of Students. There is also material related to guidance counseling and papers that document Dean Cloyd's participation in numerous professional, civic, fraternal and religious groups. Additionally, there is material related to university administration and campus development, and a collection of magazines, programs and professional publications that belonged to Cloyd. The Artifacts Series is made up of memory note cards and a scrapbook of newspaper clippings detailing memorable moments in Cloyd's life.

Biographical Note

Edward Lamar Cloyd was born on December 10, 1891, in Lenoir, North Carolina. He attended a private grammar school in town and went on to Lenoir High School, graduating in 1910. That same year, he entered the Agricultural and Mechanical College in Raleigh (later North Carolina State University). He received a degree of Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering in 1915. Cloyd served as secretary for his graduating class.

While at college, Cloyd's extra-curricular involvements were extensive. He played bass drum in the college marching band, played violin in the college orchestra, sang bass in the glee club, and took an active part in literary society work. Cloyd was student president of the Young Men's Christian Association and remained active in "Y" administration throughout his life. In 1954, E. L. Cloyd received a meritorious service award from the YMCA for his decades of service to the organization.

After receiving his bachelors degree, Cloyd worked briefly in local business and also served for a short time as a high school math and physics teacher in his hometown of Lenoir. During the time he taught high school, Cloyd met one of his fellow teachers, Miss Bertha Daniels of Roxboro, North Carolina. The two were married in 1916. The couple had two children, a daughter, Ann and a son, Edward Lamar Jr.

In 1918, Cloyd began his career with the North Carolina State College (later North Carolina State University) as an instructor of mechanical drawing. In 1921, he became the Dean of Students. In 1927, North Carolina State College granted Cloyd a Master of Science degree in Industrial Management. Cloyd served as Dean of Students until 1957.

As the Dean of Students, E. L. Cloyd was involved in a wide variety of professional, civic and religious groups. He was President of the National Deans and Advisors of Men, President of the North Carolina College Conference, and he served as the Raleigh Kiwanis Club President in 1935. Dean Cloyd was active in in the North Carolina Vocational Guidance Association, and he was a member of numerous collegiate fraternal and honor societies (Tau Beta Pi, Pi Kappa Pi, Pi Kappa Delta, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Kappa Tau, Golden Chain). After retiring in 1957, Cloyd became President of the Wake County Cancer Society. A lifelong Presbyterian, Cloyd was a charter member of the West Raleigh Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder and clerk of the session.

For fifty years, E. L. Cloyd and his wife lived in their home on Hillsborough Street, directly across from the North Carolina State University campus. Always active in university affairs, Cloyd was instrumental in the development and construction of the Erdahl-Cloyd Student Union. The building is named for Dean Cloyd and the Union's first director, Jerry Erdahl.

E. L. Cloyd died on July 9, 1973.

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