Larry Alston Whitford Papers 1921-1996

Creator
Whitford, L. A. (Larry Alston), 1902-
Size
0.5 linear feet
Location

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Call number
MC 00107

Recollections and other material documenting the life and career of L. A. (Larry Alston) Whitford. These include original class notes, 1921-1925, for North Carolina State College courses in botany, agriculture, anatomy, and physics. Also included are materials collected by James R. Troyer when he wrote a biographical article about Whitford.

L. A. (Larry Alston) Whitford (1902-1995) was associated with North Carolina State University through most of his higher education and career. Whitford earned an undergraduate degree in biology from North Carolina State College in 1925 and an M.S. in 1929. He went on to serve as a botany professor from 1926 to 1968, specializing in the study of phycology.

Biographical/historical note

L. A. (Larry Alston) Whitford (1902-1995) was one of North Carolina State College's first two graduates in biology. Whitford earned a B.S. degree in 1925 from North Carolina State College, an M.S. degree in 1929, also from State College, and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 1941. He was a member of the faculty of North Carolina State College. He studied phycology and wrote a manual on the fresh-water algal flora of North Carolina with G. J. Schumacher. Whitford taught at State College from 1926 until 1968, when he officially retired and took the title of professor emeritus. J. R. Troyer described him as "a living symbol of the power of education over poverty and humble birth, a perfect personification of the spirit and purpose of the American land-grant college system."

Scope/content

The Larry Alston Whitford Papers are made up of original materials donated by Whitford and secondary and research materials compiled by James R. Troyer when he wrote an article about Whitford. The Personal Papers series is the largest, made up of biographical information about L. A. Whitford, Whitford's recollections, notes he took in State College classes during the 1920s, awards he was nominated for, and the scholarship formed in his name. There are also a small Professional Papers series concerning his teaching career at North Carolina State College and a small Photographs series with several portraits of him.

Physical description

1 archival storage box

Arrangement

This collection is divided into three series: Personal Papers, Professional Papers, and Photographs. Wherever possible, the materials are arranged according to subseries and then chronologically.

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Larry Alston Whitford Papers, MC 00107, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Related material

  • MC 335 James R. Troyer Collection on North Carolina Botanists
  • MC 202 Wilbur Fisk Massey Papers
  • UA 100.015 North Carolina State University Dept. of Botany Records

Source of acquisition

Deposit of Larry Alston Whitford materials made by L. A. Whitford in 1982 and J. R. Troyer in 2003.

Gift of L. A. Whitford, 1982, and J. R. Troyer, 2003.

The collection is organized into three principal series:

Personal Papers 1925-1996 (MC 107 Series 01)
Size: 0.25 linear feet

0.5 archival box

Larry Alston Whitford and the Land-Grant College Ideal 1995-1996
Box 1, Folder 1
Biographical Information 1925-1995
Box 1, Folder 2
Recollections ca. 1984
Box 1, Folder 3
Lecture Notes: Botany - Taught by B. W. Wells 1921-1922
Box 1, Folder 4
Lecture Notes: Dairying - Taught by Fred Haig 1922-1923
Box 1, Folder 5
Lecture Notes: Physics Lectures - Taught by Prof. Heck (I) 1922-1923
Box 1, Folder 6
Lecture Notes: Physics Lectures - Taught by Prof. Heck (II) 1922-1923
Box 1, Folder 7
Lecture Notes: Advanced Plant Morphology - Taught by B. W. Wells 1923-1924
Box 1, Folder 8
Lecture Notes: Comparative Anatomy - Taught by L. H. Snyder 1925
Box 1, Folder 9
Award Nominations 1981-1990
Box 1, Folder 10
Larry A. Whitford Scholarship/Fellowship Fund 1981-1995
Box 1, Folder 11
Professional Papers 1956-1993 (MC 107 Series 02)
Size: 0.01 linear feet

1 folder

Research and Teaching 1956-1993
Box 1, Folder 12
Photographs 1960-1974 (MC 107 Series 03)
Size: 0.01 linear feet

1 folder

Portraits 1960-1974
Box 1, Folder 13

Access to the collection

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Mailing address:
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Box 7111
Raleigh, NC, 27695-7111

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Larry Alston Whitford Papers, MC 00107, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.