William Mitchell Cates Papers 1927-1936

Creator
Cates, William Mitchell, 1908-
Size
1.25 linear feet
Location

For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Special Collections Research Center Reference Staff.

Call number
MC 00139

The papers in this collection pertain to William Mitchell Cates's undergraduate career at North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering (later North Carolina State University). A variety of coursework is represented, including a report on the operation of the Panama Canal, graded business letters, handouts on the economics of electric companies and original problem sets, as well as Cates's work on these problems in the form of computations, charts, graphs, notes, and exams. This collection also contains materials relating to Cates’s registration and housing, university publications, and other engineering-related publications. All the materials are handwritten, printed, mimeographs, or blue Photostat copies, and are dated 1927 to 1936. The bulk of the collection dates from 1929 to 1932.

A native of Millboro, North Carolina, William Mitchell Cates attended the North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering (later North Carolina State University) from 1928 to 1932. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering in June 1932.

Biographical/historical note

A native of Millboro, North Carolina, William Mitchell Cates attended the North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering (later North Carolina State University) from 1928 to 1932. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering in June 1932.

There is currently (2007) an endowed scholarship named for Cates. The William M. Cates Scholarship Program provides multiple scholarships for students who have documented financial need and high academic performance and who are studying electrical engineering.

Scope/content

The papers in this collection pertain to William Mitchell Cates’s undergraduate career at North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering (later North Carolina State University). A variety of coursework is represented, including a report on the operation of the Panama Canal, graded business letters, handouts on the economics of electric companies and original problem sets, as well as Cates’s work on these problems in the form of computations, charts, graphs, notes, and exams. This collection also contains materials relating to Cates’s registration and housing, university publications, and other engineering-related publications. All the materials are handwritten, printed, mimeographs, or blue photostat copies, and are dated 1927 to 1936. The bulk of the collection dates from 1929 to 1932.

Physical description

2 archival boxes, 1 half box

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in two series: Education and Publications.

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], William Mitchell Cates Papers, MC 00139, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Related material

Source of acquisition

Transferred from North Carolina State University Foundations and Development Office, 1981 June 2. (Accn. no. 1981-0012)

Processing information

Processed by Jennifer McElroy, 2007 April;

Encoded by Jennifer McElroy, 2007 April

The collection is organized into two principal series:

Education 1928-1936
Size: 1 linear foot

This series contains Cates's coursework and other materials directly related to his education. It is arranged chronologically.

2 archival boxes

Registration and Housing 1928-1932
Box 1, Folder 1
"The Operation of the Panama Canal," report with bibliography and outline 1929 April 24
Box 1, Folder 2
Exercises and coursework 1929 October
Box 1, Folder 3
Exercises and coursework 1929 November
Box 1, Folder 4
Exercises and coursework 1929 December
Box 1, Folder 5
Exercises and coursework 1930 January
Box 1, Folder 6
Exercises and coursework 1930 February
Box 1, Folder 7
Exercises and coursework 1930 March
Box 1, Folder 8
Exercises and coursework 1930 May
Box 1, Folder 9
Exercises and coursework 1930 Fall
Box 1, Folder 10
Exercises and coursework 1930 September
Box 1, Folder 11
Exercises and coursework 1930 October
Box 1, Folder 12
Exercises and coursework 1930 November
Box 1, Folder 13
Exercises and coursework 1930 December
Box 1, Folder 14
Exercises and coursework 1931 January
Box 1, Folder 15
Exercises and coursework 1931 February
Box 1, Folder 16
Exercises and coursework 1931 March
Box 1, Folder 17
Exercises and coursework 1931 April
Box 1, Folder 18
Exercises and coursework 1931 May
Box 1, Folder 19
Exercises and coursework 1931 September
Box 1, Folder 20
Exercises and coursework 1931 October
Box 1, Folder 21
Exercises and coursework 1931 November
Box 2, Folder 1
Exercises and coursework 1931 December
Box 2, Folder 2
Exercises and coursework 1932 January
Box 2, Folder 3
Exercises and coursework 1932 February
Box 2, Folder 4
Exercises and coursework 1932 March
Box 2, Folder 5
Exercises and coursework 1932 April
Box 2, Folder 6
Exercises and coursework 1932 May
Box 2, Folder 7
Exercises and coursework circa 1929-1932
Box 2, Folder 8
Economics 238 circa 1929-1932
Box 2, Folder 9
Electronic Engineering 105, 202, 303, 304 circa 1929-1932
Box 2, Folder 10
Junior Problems circa 1929-1932
Box 2, Folder 11
Engineering Economics circa 1929-1932
Box 2, Folder 12
Mechanical Engineering Laboratory Experiments 1932-1933
Box 2, Folder 13
Exercises and coursework 1936 March
Box 2, Folder 14
The Norwood Hydro-electric Development and the River Bend Steam Station photostats undated
Box 2, Folder 15
Publications 1927-1932
Size: 0.25 linear feet

This series contains publications collected by Cates, both those published by North Carolina State College and non-university publications related to engineering. These materials are arranged chronologically.

1 half box

Rates and Load Building, Sangamo Electric Company 1927
Box 2, Folder 16
Elementary Instructions for Operating the Slide Rule 1928
Box 2, Folder 17
State College Record 1929 August
Box 2, Folder 18
L.E. Wooten “Field Manual on Surveying” 1929
Box 2, Folder 19
North Carolina State College Schedule of Courses 1930-1931
Half box 3, Folder 1
General Electric Power-Factor Plotter 1931
Half box 3, Folder 2
Pennsylvania Water and Power Co., Twenty Second Annual Report and Year Book 1931
Half box 3, Folder 3
Directory of Faculty and Students 1931-1932
Half box 3, Folder 4
NC State Alumni News 1932 March
Half box 3, Folder 5
Wataugan 1932 May 1
Half box 3, Folder 6
General Electric Opportunities for Engineering Graduates undated
Half box 3, Folder 7

Access to the collection

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William Mitchell Cates Papers, MC 00139, 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.