A. C. Barefoot Papers 1950-2001

Creator
Barefoot, A. C.
Size
19.57 linear feet
Call number
MC 00152

The A. C. Barefoot Papers consist of professional publications and correspondence, academic and adminstrative papers, computer cards and diskettes, fossils, forestry study video cassette tapes, and computer generated dendrochronological statistical studies conducted by Aldos Cortez Barefoot during his tenure with the Department of Wood and Paper Science at North Carolina State College (later North Carolina State University).

A. C. (Aldos Cortez) Barefoot earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees in wood technology from North Carolina State College in the late 1940s, and then recieved a doctorate from Duke University in 1958 for his research on the manufacture of plywood. Though Barefoot's career often took him overseas for extended periods of time, he remained a member of the factulty at North Carolina State. In 1962, Barefoot was named an Associate Professor, he was promoted to Professor in 1968, and in 1975, Barefoot was named Head of the University Studies Division at North Carolina State University.

Biographical/historical note

North Carolina State University Professor Emeritus, A. C. (Aldos Cortez) Barefoot, was born in Angier, North Carolina on February 25, 1927. He attended public schools in Angier and then served in the Navy during World War II. After the war he graduated from North Carolina State College with Bachelors and Masters degrees in wood technology. Barefoot worked in the plywood industry for a short time before returning to do additional graduate work in experimental statistics. He completed two years of statistics course work and then returned to the study of forestry. In 1958 he was granted a doctorate at Duke University. His doctoral research was in the manufacture of plywood from tropical species of wood, and in the anatomy of the yellow poplar. While working on the doctorate he began his academic career as an Assistant Professor at North Carolina State College where he taught courses in wood anatomy, sawmilling, quality control, and gluing.

On August 6, 1949, A. C. Barefoot married Naomi Pugh from Shiloh, North Carolina. Between 1952 and 1956 the couple had three children, Al, Jim, and Becky. In 1961 the family moved to Chittagong, East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) where Barefoot served as the Forestry Advisor to the Pakistan Forest Research Laboratory, and aided in the development of programs for research on the woods of East Pakistan. In 1962 Barefoot returned to North Carolina State College and was promoted to Associate Professor. He was promoted to Professor in 1968, and appointed Leader of the Wood Products Extension Service in 1972.

In 1969, the governor of North Carolina, Robert W. Scott, appointed Barefoot as chairman of "The Teachers and State Employee's Benefits Legislative Commission." The group brought about major changes in the benefits accorded to employees of the state of North Carolina. Improvements in the state employment retirement system were obtained, and statewide funded hospitalization and disablity salary continuation plans for teachers and state employees were introduced. For the first time, as a result of the Commission, North Carolina's university faculty members were allowed to join the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association with matching contributions funded by the state. As a result of Barefoot's efforts, the North Carolina Association of Educators, and the North Carolina State Employees Association, both recognized Barefoot by awarding him for his 'Outstanding Contributions.'

In the early 1970s Barefoot did consulting work in the Amazon basin and used his skill in dendrochronology to aid in archeological studies conducted at Winchester, England. In 1973 Barefoot was awarded a Fulbright-Hays Award, and was made a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford, Wolfson College, Oxford, England. Barefoot's work in dating archeological materials by dendrochronological methods gained him some international renown when he sucessfully dated wooden items from archeological studies done by Oxford's Winchester Research Unit.

Chief among the artifacts that Barefoot was responsible for aiding in accurately dating was a huge wooden disk that had hung on the wall of Winchester Castle for more than six hundred years. The disk was known as "King Arthur's Round Table". It was discovered, through analysis by Barefoot and a team of scientists, that the table had been built during the reign of Edward I, circa 1300 A.D., probably to commemorate a tournament. Later, King Edward III, founder of the Order of the Garter, had the table top hung on the castle wall as a symbol of his interest in chivalric ideals. Later still, King Henry VIII had the table painted with a portrait, possibly using his own likeness as King Arthur to identify himself with the legendary king of ancient Britain. Barefoot contributed to a book about the project written by Oxford scholar Martin Biddle, titled, "King Arthur's Round Table." Professor Barefoot was also featured in a television special produced by the BBC that followed, and documented the entire procedure.

In 1975 Barefoot was named as Head of the University Studies Division at North Carolina State University. In the late 1970s and early 1980s Barefoot was called on once again to contribute his energy to state employee benefits when he sat upon the the North Carolina Commission on Prepaid Health Plans. The Commission was successful in bringing about extended health care coverage for state employees in North Carolina, and introduced the concept of the Health Maintenance Organization, (HMO), to the region. In addition to his work as a university professor, department head, international forestry consultant, archeological sleuth, and champion of North Carolina state employee benefits, Barefoot has also enjoyed success as a tree farmer and real estate developer in North Carolina.

Barefoot's religious and civic involvement include membership at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, Masons, Kiwanis, Boy Scouts of America, North Carolina State University Alumni Association, NCSU Faculty Club, and member of the Board of Directors for the North Carolina State Employees Association. Professional and honor society memberships include, Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Xi, Alpha Zeta, Xi Sigma Pi, Fellow of the Institute of Wood Science, Forest Products Research Society, Tree Ring Society, North Carolina Association of Educators, North Carolina Christmas Tree Growers Association, Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry, and the International Society of Tropical Foresters.

Scope/content

The A. C. Barefoot Papers consist of materials documenting the tenure of A. C. Barefoot as a member of the faculty of the Department of Wood and Paper Science at North Carolina State College (later North Carolina State University), including his service as head of Wood Products Extension and as director of the Visiting Scientists Program. Included are personal and professional correspondence, academic research papers, statistical analysis graphs, computer printouts, computer disks, computer cards, wood fossils, forestry study video cassette tapes, book publication proofs, photographs, and forest industry publications. Some material documents Barefoot's participation on two North Carolina state commissions that were convened to study and develop employee benefit programs for North Carolina state employees. There is also material related to Barefoot's experiences as a Forestry Advisor in East Pakistan, as well as papers and studies Barefoot produced while working on the Winchester Archeological Project, in which he successfully dated a huge wooden disk known as King Arthur's Round Table that had hung on the wall of Winchester Castle for 600 years.

Physical description

14.5 linear ft., 19 archival boxes, 7 card boxes, 1 carton, 1 flatbox

Arrangement

This collection is organized into two series, Personal Papers and Professional Papers.

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], A. C. Barefoot Papers, MC 00152, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Source of acquisition

Donated by Aldos Cortez Barefoot in 1986 (Accession no. 1982-0018 and 1986-0008), 1987 (Accession no. 1987-0008), 1990 (Accession no. 1990-0005), 1992 (Accession no. 1992-0004, and 2009 (Accession no. 2009-0104).

Processing information

Michael Watts and Jason Smith, March, 2005

Michael Watts, March 2005, finding aid updated by Judy Allen Dodson, 2009 June.

The collection is organized into three principal series:

Personal Papers 1952-2000

The Personal Papers contain personal correspondence, academic transcripts, college reunion mementos, business papers, and biographical material belonging to A. C. Barefoot.

Correspondence
Personal Correspondence 1970
Box 1, Folder 1
Alumni and Student Papers
Class of 1950 reunion 1985 Jan. 17-1985 May 4
Box 1, Folder 2
Transcripts 1952 Apr. 14-1972 Dec. 14
Box 1, Folder 3
Business Papers
Angier Development Corp. 1957 Jan. 2
Box 1, Folder 4
Job openings 1962-1981
Box 1, Folder 5
Chestnuts 1988 Nov. 21-1997 Dec. 11
Box 1, Folder 6
International Affairs 1966 June 23-1981 May 28
Box 1, Folder 7
Riggins vs. Duke Power Co., correspondence 1992-1994
Box 1, Folder 8
Riggins vs. Duke Power Co., notes, receipts, and photos 1992-1994
Box 1, Folder 9
Receipts and travel literature 1993-2000
Box 1, Folder 10
Riggins vs. Duke Power Co. 1978-1981
Box 14, Folder 6
Biographical Files
Resumes and biographical material undated
Box 1, Folder 11
Professional Papers 1959-2001

This series contains professional publications and correspondence, academic and adminstrative papers, and computer generated dendrochronological statistical studies conducted by A. C. Barefoot during his tenure with the North Carolina State University School of Forestry and Wood Products Extension Service. Additionally, there is material documenting Barefoot's participation on two North Carolina state commissions that were convened to study and develop benefit programs for North Carolina state employees. The series also contains material related to Barefoot's experiences as a Forestry Advisor in East Pakistan, and papers and studies which Barefoot produced while working on the Winchester Archeological Project, as a Fulbright-Hays Scholar and Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford, Wolfson College, in Oxford, England.

Correspondence

General professional correspondence generated and received by Barefoot during his tenure with North Carolina State University.

Forestry 1960-1990
Box 2, Folder 1
General Correspondence 1967-1971
Box 2, Folder 2
General Correspondence 1972-1974
Box 2, Folder 3
General Correspondence 1975-1990
Box 2, Folder 4
England 1978-2001
Box 2, Folder 5
Omar Ali 1979 Jan. 27
Box 2, Folder 6
James S. Bethel 1962 Dec. 16 -1980 Oct. 28
Box 2, Folder 7
Claude Caldwell 1970 Dec. 2
Box 2, Folder 9
Edward Erickson 1975 Nov. 11-1976 Mar. 19
Box 2, Folder 10
William Gladstone 1966 Mar. 28 -1972 June 24
Box 2, Folder 11
Frank Hankins 1968 June 11-1982 Jan. 5
Box 2, Folder 12
Joel Howard 1987 Jan. 19
Box 2, Folder 13
Duong Trung Hung 1963 July 31-1971 July 1
Box 2, Folder 14
J. F. Levy 1974 Jan.21
Box 2, Folder 15
Muhammed Azam Malik 1978 Oct.10-1981 Dec. 18
Box 2, Folder 16
Ray Moore 1968 June 17
Box 2, Folder 17
Russell Parham 1966 Sept. 20
Box 2, Folder 18
Mauro Silva Reis 1971 Aug. 20
Box 2, Folder 19
Stanley Richardson 1965 Sept. 27-1987 July 29
Box 2, Folder 20
Earl Sluder 1965 Sept. 10-1965 Sept. 23
Box 2, Folder 21
Jack Dee Traywick 1956 Mar. 11-1969 Nov. 11
Box 2, Folder 22
Thomas Wooten 1970 July 24-1970 Oct. 14
Box 2, Folder 23
Romulo Andre Del Castillo 1967 May 19
Box 2, Folder 24
Don Cole 1966 Dec. 29-1967 Jan.11
Box 2, Folder 25
John Charles Lee 1969 Sept. 17-1972 May 5
Box 2, Folder 26
Michael Wilcox 1973 May 14
Box 2, Folder 27
Correspondence Oversized- Dilip Das 1975 Nov. 9 -1977 Aug.21
Legal box 14, Folder 1
Correspondence Oversized- Abm Salehuddin 1961-1979 Feb. 19
Legal box 14, Folder 2
Correspondence Oversized- Wallace Smith 1966 Mar. 17-1973 Apr. 11
Legal box 14, Folder 3
Pakistan

These files contain material collected by Barefoot when he served as the Forestry Advisor to the Pakistan Forest Research Laboratory in Chittagong, East Pakistan (later Bangladesh).

Journal - Chittagong, East Pakistan 1959-1960
Box 2, Folder 28
Pakistan - General Files 1959-1967
Box 2, Folder 29
Pakistan Observer 1960 July
Box 2, Folder 30
School of Forestry, Wood Products Extension Service

Research and general adminstrative files from Barefoot's tenure as a professor and leader of the Wood Products Extension Service for North Carolina State University.

Hardwood Research undated
Box 3, Folder 1
Project No. 612-27 1962 Mar. 26-1962 June 4
Box 3, Folder 2
Wildlife 1967-1976
Box 3, Folder 4
TAPPI-Forest Biology Conference 1970-1975
Box 3, Folder 5
TAPPI-Forest Biology Committee 1971 May-1979 Feb. 13
Box 3, Folder 6
Summer Camp 1971
Box 3, Folder 7
Continental Forest Tour 1974
Box 3, Folder 8
Pulp and Paper Extension Program 1975
Box 3, Folder 9
National Forest System Bills-Andrews 1976
Box 3, Folder 10
Cambial Activities, Spring 1980
Box 3, Folder 11
Oxford University Press 1982

"Identification of Modern and Tertiary Woods" by A.C. Barefoot & F.W. Hankins

Proofs

Box 3, Folder 12
Cambial Activities, Winter 1982
Box 3, Folder 13
Task Force on Environment and Natural Resources 1969 Nov. 14-1971 Aug.
Legal box 14, Folder 4
Visiting Scientist Program

Files contain material related to Barefoot's involvement with the North Carolina State University Visiting Scientist Program. The material covers the time period when Barefoot served as the program's director.

Director's Report 1967 June 30-1968 June 30
Box 4, Folder 1
Director's Report (1 of 2) 1969 July 1-1970 June 30
Box 4, Folder 2
Director's Report (2 of 2) 1969 July 1-1970 June 30
Box 4, Folder 3
Director's Report (rough draft) 1969 July 1-1970 June 30
Box 4, Folder 4
Director's Report 1970 July 1-1971 June 30
Box 4, Folder 5
Director's Report -Robert J. Hoyle 1970 April 7
Box 4, Folder 6
Correspondence undated
Box 4, Folder 7
Correspondence 1967 Jan.-1968 Jan.
Box 4, Folder 8
Correspondence 1968 Feb.-1968 May.
Box 4, Folder 9
Correspondence 1968 June.-1968 July
Box 4, Folder 10
Correspondence 1968 Aug.-1968 Sept.
Box 4, Folder 11
Correspondence 1968 Oct.
Box 4, Folder 12
Correspondence 1968 Nov.
Box 4, Folder 13
Correspondence 1968 Dec.-1969 Jan.
Box 4, Folder 14
Correspondence 1969 Feb.- 1969 Mar.
Box 4, Folder 15
Correspondence 1969 Apr.-1969-May.
Box 5, Folder 1
Correspondence 1969 June-1969-July.
Box 5, Folder 2
Correspondence 1969 Aug.
Box 5, Folder 3
Correspondence 1969 Sept.
Box 5, Folder 4
Correspondence 1969 Oct.-1969 Nov.
Box 5, Folder 5
Correspondence 1969 Dec.
Box 5, Folder 6
Correspondence 1970 Jan.
Box 5, Folder 7
Correspondence 1970 Feb.-1970 Mar.
Box 5, Folder 8
Correspondence 1970 Apr.-1970 May
Box 5, Folder 9
Correspondence 1970 June.-1978 Mar.
Box 5, Folder 10
Teachers and State Employees Benefits Legislative Commission

In 1969, Barefoot was appointed chairman of The Teachers and State Employee's Benefits Legislative Commission by Governor Robert W. Scott. The group brought about improvements in the state employment retirement system. Hospitalization and disablity salary continuation plans for teachers and state employees were introduced, and North Carolina's university faculty members were allowed to join the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association. As a result of his efforts, Barefoot was recognized by the North Carolina Association of Educators, and the North Carolina State Employees Association for his 'Outstanding Contributions'.

Fringe Benefits 1965-1978
Box 6, Folder 1
Publications and Pamphlets 1966-1970
Box 6, Folder 2
Commission 1967-1970
Box 6, Folder 3
Legislative Preparation 1968-1971
Box 6, Folder 4
Annual Statistical Summary 1969
Box 6, Folder 5
Annual Statistical Summary, Retirement System 1969
Box 6, Folder 6
Report (1 of 2) 1969
Box 6, Folder 7
Report (2 of 2) 1969
Box 6, Folder 8
Group Insurance-Meeting Minutes 1969 Sept.-1970 May
Box 6, Folder 9
Meetings 1969 Jan.-1969 Feb.
Box 6, Folder 10
Report (1 of 2) 1970
Box 6, Folder 11
Report (2 of 2) 1970
Box 7, Folder 1
Correspondence 1969 Oct.-1970 Feb.
Box 7, Folder 2
Correspondence 1970 Mar.-1970 Dec.
Box 7, Folder 3
Group Insurance, Arizona Board of Regents 1970 Jan. 5
Box 7, Folder 4
Group Insurance, Preliminary Report 1970 Feb 26
Box 7, Folder 5
Meetings 1970 Mar.-1970 July
Box 7, Folder 6
Recommendations 1970-Mar.
Box 7, Folder 7
Report, First Draft 1970- Oct..
Box 7, Folder 8
Report 1970-Nov.
Box 7, Folder 9
Correspondence 1970 Dec. 18 -1971 Sept. 23
Box 8, Folder 1
Retirement Correspondence and Pamphlets 1971 Feb. 25 -1971 Apr. 21
Box 8, Folder 2
Group Insurance and Welfare Committee 1970-1971
Box 8, Folder 3
Joint Appropritations Sub-Committee 1970-1971
Box 8, Folder 4
Retirement-TIAA 1970-1971
Box 8, Folder 5
Legislation 1971
Box 8, Folder 6
Study Commission for University Government 1972 June-1973 August
Box 8, Folder 7
Retirement-Fringe 1972
Box 8, Folder 8
Retirement and Actuarial Services Correspondence and Notes 1976
Box 8, Folder 9
Retirement and Actuarial Services Report to the North Carolina General Assembly 1977
Box 8, Folder 10
Medical Benefits 1977
Box 8, Folder 11
Dendrochronology files on Winchester Archeological dig for King Arthur's Round Table

In 1973 Barefoot was awarded a Fulbright-Hays Award, and was made a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford, Wolfson College, Oxford, England. Oxford's Winchester Research Unit utilized dendrochronological methods in dating wooden items from their archeological studies. Barefoot's skill as a dendrochronologist enabled him to aid in accurately dating a huge wooden disk known as, "King Arthur's Round Table", that had hung on the wall of Winchester Castle for 600 years. Barefoot later contributed to a book about the project written by Oxford scholar, Martin Biddle, titled, King Arthur's Round Table. These files contain correspondence, numerous statistical studies, and detailed manuscripts documenting Barefoot's contribution to the archeological dig, and to Biddle's publication. There is also material related to a documentary that the British Broadcating Company produced highlighting Barefoot's involvement with the Winchester Research Unit. Additionally there are specimen data files from the Winchester Cathedral Green, Tree Ring Bulletins with general information from the field of dendrochronology, and material related to Barefoot's Fulbright-Hays award.

Winchester Dendrochronology 1635-1972
Box 9, Folder 1
Winchester Dendrochronological Samples 1961-1971
Box 9, Folder 2
Correspondence 1964-1965
Box 9, Folder 3
Correspondence 1966-1967
Box 9, Folder 4
Correspondence 1968-1971
Box 9, Folder 5
Correspondence 1972-1975
Box 9, Folder 6
Correspondence 1976-1981
Box 9, Folder 7
International Symposium 1975-1980
Box 9, Folder 8
Computer Print Out- Statistics 1980
Box 9, Folder 9
Comparison of 25 Plank Curve and 49 Plank Curve (no date) 1980
Box 9, Folder 10
Chapter 5 "King Arthur's Round Table" 1990 Oct. 26
Box 9, Folder 11
"King Arthur's Round Table" Correspondence, Faxes, and Statistics 1999-2000
Box 9, Folder 12
"King Arthur's Round Table" Chapter 5-Proofs 2000
Box 9, Folder 13
"King Arthur's Round Table" Chapter 5- Proofs and Correspondence (1 of 3) 2000
Box 9, Folder 14
"King Arthur's Round Table" Chapter 5- Proofs and Correspondence (2 of 3) 2000
Box 9, Folder 15
"King Arthur's Round Table" Chapter 5- Proofs and Correspondence (3 of 3) 2000
Box 9, Folder 16
"King Arthur's Round Table" Computer Disks 2000
Box 9, Folder 17
Cathedral Green Project- Map of Winchester 1959
Box 10, Folder 1
Cathedral Green Specimen Data 1588-1602
Box 10, Folder 2
Cathedral Green Speciman Data 1971-2001
Box 10, Folder 3
Cathedral Green Speciman Data 2001
Box 10, Folder 4
Tree Ring Bulletin 1977
Box 10, Folder 5
Tree Ring Bulletin 1978
Box 10, Folder 6
International Tree Ring Data Bank Newsletter 1978
Box 10, Folder 7
Tree Ring Bulletin 1993
Box 10, Folder 8
Tree Ring Bulletin 1997
Box 10, Folder 9
Tree Ring Bulletin (Special Issue) 1997
Box 10, Folder 10
Tree Ring Bulletin 2000
Box 10, Folder 11
Tree Ring Research 2001
Box 10, Folder 12
Winchester-Fulbright 1970 Feb. 19-1975 Aug. 27
Box 14, Folder 5
Cathedral Green Specimen Data 1980-2000
Box 14, Folder 7
North Carolina Commission on Prepaid Health Plans

In the late 1970s and early 1980s Barefoot served on the North Carolina Commission on Prepaid Health Plans. The Commission was successful in bringing about extended healthcare coverage for North Carolina State Employees, and introduced the concept of the Health Maintenance Organization (HMO), to the region. These files contain detailed reports, meeting minutes, feasibility studies, and correspondence related to the work that was done by the commission.

Advisory Committee-TSERS 1971-1979
Box 11, Folder 1
Prepaid Health Plans 1973-1978
Box 11, Folder 2
Prepaid Health Plans 1979 Jan.- 1979 Feb.
Box 11, Folder 3
Prepaid Health Plans 1979 Mar.- 1979 Sept.
Box 11, Folder 4
Prepaid Health Plans 1978-1980
Box 11, Folder 5
Interim Report Volume 1- Prepaid Health Plans 1979
Box 11, Folder 6
Draft of Interim Report undated
Box 11, Folder 7
Staff Report and Recommendations 1980
Box 11, Folder 8
Feasibility Study- Research Triangle Area 1980
Box 11, Folder 9
Final Report Volume 2 1980
Box 12, Folder 1
Final Report Volume 3 1980
Box 12, Folder 2
Correspondence 1980
Box 12, Folder 3
Correspondence 1980-1981
Box 12, Folder 4
Photographs

Contains photographs of Barefoot in Chittagong, East Pakistan, and photos taken of Barefoot's experiences with the Oxford University Winchester Research Unit.

Photographs undated
Flat box 13, Folder 1
Computer Disk
Computer Disk-A.C. Barefoot-Forestry-NC 1685 2000 Oct. 22
Reel 15, Folder 1
Computer disks and computer cards 1996-2000
Card box 23
Computer diskettes, forestry study video cassette tapes 1982-1988
Carton 20
Computer cards undated
Card box 21
Computer cards undated
Card box 22
Computer cards undated
Card box 25
Computer cards undated
Card box 24
Computer cards undated
Card box 26
Statistical Charts
Computer printouts and statistics (oversized)-Moore's Creek National Battlefield 1985-1991
Box 16, Folder 1
Fossils
Fossil woods for North Carolina State from Vantage Area, notes referring to collection. undated
Card box 27
Unprocessed Materials Undated
Unprocessed Records Undated
Flat box 28

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], A. C. Barefoot Papers, MC 00152, 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.