MC 00139 Guide to the William Mitchell Cates Papers, 1927 - 1936

The collection is arranged in two series: Education and Publications.
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This series contains Cates's coursework and other materials directly related to his education. It is arranged chronologically.
[Box 1, Folder 1] Registration and Housing, 1928 - 1932
[Box 1, Folder 2] "The Operation of the Panama Canal," report with bibliography and outline, 1929 April 24
[Box 1, Folder 3] Exercises and coursework, 1929 October
[Box 1, Folder 4] Exercises and coursework, 1929 November
[Box 1, Folder 5] Exercises and coursework, 1929 December
[Box 1, Folder 6] Exercises and coursework, 1930 January
[Box 1, Folder 7] Exercises and coursework, 1930 February
[Box 1, Folder 8] Exercises and coursework, 1930 March
[Box 1, Folder 9] Exercises and coursework, 1930 May
[Box 1, Folder 10] Exercises and coursework, 1930 Fall
[Box 1, Folder 11] Exercises and coursework, 1930 September
[Box 1, Folder 12] Exercises and coursework, 1930 October
[Box 1, Folder 13] Exercises and coursework, 1930 November
[Box 1, Folder 14] Exercises and coursework, 1930 December
[Box 1, Folder 15] Exercises and coursework, 1931 January
[Box 1, Folder 16] Exercises and coursework, 1931 February
[Box 1, Folder 17] Exercises and coursework, 1931 March
[Box 1, Folder 18] Exercises and coursework, 1931 April
[Box 1, Folder 19] Exercises and coursework, 1931 May
[Box 1, Folder 20] Exercises and coursework, 1931 September
[Box 1, Folder 21] Exercises and coursework, 1931 October
[Box 2, Folder 1] Exercises and coursework, 1931 November
[Box 2, Folder 2] Exercises and coursework, 1931 December
[Box 2, Folder 3] Exercises and coursework, 1932 January
[Box 2, Folder 4] Exercises and coursework, 1932 February
[Box 2, Folder 5] Exercises and coursework, 1932 March
[Box 2, Folder 6] Exercises and coursework, 1932 April
[Box 2, Folder 7] Exercises and coursework, 1932 May
[Box 2, Folder 8] Exercises and coursework, circa 1929 - 1932
[Box 2, Folder 9] Economics 238, circa 1929 - 1932
[Box 2, Folder 10] Electronic Engineering 105, 202, 303, 304, circa 1929 - 1932
[Box 2, Folder 11] Junior Problems, circa 1929 - 1932
[Box 2, Folder 12] Engineering Economics, circa 1929 - 1932
[Box 2, Folder 13] Mechanical Engineering Laboratory Experiments, 1932 - 1933
[Box 2, Folder 14] Exercises and coursework, 1936 March
[Box 2, Folder 15] The Norwood Hydro-electric Development and the River Bend Steam Station photostats, undated
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.
[Box 2, Folder 16] Rates and Load Building, Sangamo Electric Company, 1927
[Box 2, Folder 17] Elementary Instructions for Operating the Slide Rule, 1928
[Box 2, Folder 18] State College Record, 1929 August
[Box 2, Folder 19] L.E. Wooten “Field Manual on Surveying”, 1929
[Half Box 3, Folder 1] North Carolina State College Schedule of Courses, 1930 - 1931
[Half Box 3, Folder 2] General Electric Power-Factor Plotter, 1931
[Half Box 3, Folder 3] Pennsylvania Water and Power Co., Twenty Second Annual Report and Year Book, 1931
[Half Box 3, Folder 4] Directory of Faculty and Students, 1931 - 1932
[Half Box 3, Folder 5] NC State Alumni News, 1932 March
[Half Box 3, Folder 6] Wataugan, 1932 May 1
[Half Box 3, Folder 7] General Electric Opportunities for Engineering Graduates, undated


Cates, William Mitchell, 1908-


1.25 Linear feet

General Physical Description note

2 archival boxes, 1 half box


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Acquisitions Information

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


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Scope and Content Note

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.

Biographical 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.

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[Identification of item], William Mitchell Cates Papers, MC 139, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

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