Selz C. Mayo Papers 1936-1963

Creator
Mayo, Selz C. (Selz Cabot), 1915-1983
Size
1.5 linear feet
Location

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Call number
MC 00160

The Selz C. Mayo Papers primarily contains documents from the 1940s and 1950s, when Mayo was a professor in the small but growing Department of Rural Sociology at North Carolina State College. Much of the collection consists of correspondence with fellow professors and researchers, organizations related to his research interests, and students and others whom Mayo assisted. Along with a limited amount of Mayo's writings and research, the collection contains records of his membership in professional organizations, including the North Carolina Rural Chuch Institute.

Biographical/historical note

Selz Cabot Mayo was born in Pamlico County, North Carolina on September 20, 1915. After attending high school, he received a B.S. in Sociology from Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) in 1935. Mayo went on to earn an M.S. degree in Rural Sociology from North Carolina State College in 1938 and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina in 1942.

Mayo joined the faculty of North Carolina State in 1939 as an instructor, and remained with the University for 42 years, until 1981. During that time, Mayo was a professor in the Department of Rural Sociology, and became the head of the department in 1960. In 1963, he was named head of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology as well, and in 1965 the Department of Rural Sociology was absorbed into the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Mayo remained the head of this department until his retirement in 1981. During his career at North Carolina State, Mayo also taught courses at the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Shaw University.

Always active as a professor as well as a community member, Mayo had broad interests, including farm labor, demography and population, health services, education, and social change. All of his interests revolved around his main professional focus, rural communities and their development. Mayo edited the journal Rural Sociology from 1941 to 1951, and was a member of the American Sociological Association, the Population Association of America, the North Carolina Rural Church Institute, and the Rural Sociology Society, in which he served as Vice President in 1963 - 1964. He also served as President of the Southern Sociological Society from 1963 - 1964, after being the Secretary-Treasurer of that organization. In 1974, Mayo was elected President of the North Carolina Sociological Association. In addition to his membership in many organizations, he also published over 150 articles and essays.

Upon Mayo's retirement in 1981, Frederick L. Bates remarked, "His career-long goal has been to bring the message of sociology and its research methods to other fields, particularly to fields such as education, engineering, and to the technical fields of agriculture, and to social work." Mayo continued to work after his retirement on a history of sociology at North Carolina State University. Mayo died at the age of 68 on November 16, 1983.

Scope/content

This collection contains materials relating to both the personal and professional life of Selz C. Mayo. It documents his correspondence, research, writings, and membership in organizations primarily while he was professor of Rural Sociology at North Carolina State College in the 1940s and 1950s. The correspondence includes letters to and from researchers, professors, professional organizations, students, and community members. This correspondence documents Mayo's communication with others who shared his research interests, and those for whom he recommended materials pertaining to rural sociology. The research materials include both notes and collected secondary resources on rural sociology and extension activities. The documents relating to Mayo's research reflect his interest in rural people and education. There is a sampling of Mayo's own in the Writing series that demonstrate his professional and academic interests. These include both articles and booklets. Finally, the organizational documents describe Mayo's active involvement in the Association of Southern Agricultural Workers and the North Carolina Rural Church Institute, among others, through correspondence, memorandums, minutes, and organizational information.

Physical description

3 archival storage box

Arrangement

This collection is organized into four series: Correspondence, Research, Writings, and Organizations. Mayo, with some assistance from his secretary, had organized his papers into roughly these four groups. Correspondence was organized alphabetically, chiefly by surname. The Research series has been maintained in the order in which Mayo left them. A collection of Mayo's writings were received and filed together. Organizations were divided by group, and have been filed this way.

Use of these materials

North Carolina State University does not own copyright to this collection. Individuals obtaining materials from the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections Research Center are responsible for using the works in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Selz C. Mayo Papers, MC 00160, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Related material

Source of acquisition

Gift of Selz C. Mayo, 1982.

The collection is organized into four principal series:

Correspondence 1942-1951
Size: 0.75 linear feet

This series contains correspondence between Mayo and other researchers, professors, organizations, students, and others. The three main categories of the correspondence series are People Related to Research Interests, Organizations Related to Research Interests, and General. Letters are arranged alphabetically according to personal name or organization name.

1.5 archival boxes

People Related to Research Interests 1942-1951
A - Bi
Box 1, Folder 1
Alexander, Frank D., 1951
Atwater, Reginald M. 1947
Barlow, Frank D., Jr. 1947-1948
Beers, Howard W. 1948-1951
Bishop, Charles E. 1950
Bl- Br
Box 1, Folder 2
Blackwell, Gordon W. 1944-1951
Bobbitt, Robert McDaniel 1947-1951
Brewer, Earl D. C. 1945
des Brunner, Edmund 1951
C - Da
Box 1, Folder 3
Chambers, Martin Reed 1945-1947
Christensen, Harold T. 1950
Comfort, Richard O. 1946
Davies, Vernon 1947-1948
Davis, Dan R. 1948
Davis, Joseph S. 1950
Davis, Kingsley 1951
De - Du
Box 1, Folder 4
Dean, S. P. 1945-1947
Demerath, Nicholas 1947
Denton, Alfred M., Jr. 1951
Duncan, O.D. 1948-1951
E - F
Box 1, Folder 5
Ensminger, Douglas 1948
Ferriss, Abbott L. 1942 -1949
Fessler, Donald R. 1951
Fink, Arthur E. 1948-1949
Forster, G. W. 1946-1950
Fullerton, Kie 1946-1948
Furfey, Paul Hanly 1942
G - H
Box 1, Folder 6
Gamble, Clarence J. 1950
Gee, Wilson 1950
Gibson, W. L. 1947
Greene, R. E. L. 1950
Grigsby, S. Earl 1949-1950
Grisette, Felix A. 1945-1951
Hagood, Margaret Jarman 1950-1951
Hamilton, C. Horace 1949-1951
Hay, Donald G. 1949-1950
Hedrick, W. P. 1950
Hitt, Homer 1950-1951
J - L
Box 1, Folder 7
Jocher, Katherine 1946-1947
Johnson, Alice M. 1949
Larson, Olaf F. 1948-1951
Leagans, J. Paul 1948
Lewis, Myron F. 1947-1949
Longmore, T. Wilson 1950-1951
M - Sc
Box 1, Folder 8
McCoy, Charles S. 1950
Martin, Robert E. 1947-1951
Matthews, M. Taylor 1950-1951
Robinson, William McKinley 1947
Santopolo, Frank 1951
Schuler, Edgar A. 1944 -1949
Box 1, Folder 9
Sm - W
Box 1, Folder 10
Smith, Marion B. 1948
Taylor, Carl C. 1951
Tate, Leland B. 1947
Tripp, Thomas Alfred 1947-1948
Umstead, Vertee 1945
Vance, Rupert B. 1951
Wakeley, Ray E. 1951
Williams, Robin M., Jr. 1948-1950
Organizations Related to Research Interests 1942-1951
A - B
Box 1, Folder 11
American Association of University Professors 1945-1951
American Council for the Community 1950-1951
Bureau of the Census 1942-1949
C
Box 1, Folder 12
Carolina Power and Light Company 1950-1951
Committee for North Carolina 1946-1947
Community Council of Raleigh and Wake County, Inc. 1949-1951
Cooperative Extension Work in Agriculture and Home Economics, State of North Carolina 1945-1951
Cooperative Extension Work in Agriculture and Home Economics, State of Wisconsin 1945
F - N
Box 1, Folder 13
Farmers Cooperative Exchange 1948-1951
National Planning Association 1947
North Carolina Conference for Social Service 1947-1949
North Carolina Council of Churches 1946
North Carolina Dental Society 1947
P - Sh
Box 1, Folder 14
People's Hospital, Inc. 1946
Progressive Farmer 1945-1952
Shaw University 1947-1951
So - W
Box 2, Folder 1
Southeast Regional Land Tenure Research Committee 1951
Southern Sociological Society 1944-1951
State Planning Board 1944
United States Department of Agriculture 1944-1945
Wake County Health Department 1949
General 1942-1951
A - B
Box 2, Folder 2
C - D
Box 2, Folder 3
E - G
Box 2, Folder 4
H - L
Box 2, Folder 5
M
Box 2, Folder 6
N - R
Box 2, Folder 7
S - Y
Box 2, Folder 8
Research 1948-1953
Size: 0.05 linear feet

This series includes notes, speeches, lists, statistics, and a booklet about two research topics in which Mayo was interested: extension activities and the study of rural sociology in the south. The contents of each folder were filed together originally, and this arrangement is preserved.

0.1 archival boxes

Extension Activities in North Carolina[no date] 1951-1953,
Box 2, Folder 9
Rural Sociology in the Southeast 1948
Box 2, Folder 10
Writings 1946-1963
Size: 0.05 linear feet

The Writings series contains a small sampling of Mayo's writings on rural communities, distribution of healthcare specialists in North Carolina, and other rural sociology topics. Several articles are reprints from sociology journals, and one article is a progress report written for the North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station. Also included is a booklet about changing population trends in North Carolina. These writings, which cover a broad span of time, were originally grouped together in the collection, and this organization is preserved.

0.1 archival boxes

1946 - 1963
Box 2, Folder 11
Organizations 1936-1963
Size: 0.65 linear feet

The Organizations series contains correspondence, memoranda, minutes, and other organizational information about several groups to which Mayo belonged. The Association of Southern Agricultural Workers, the North Carolina Rural Church Institute, and Committee for North Carolina were all organizations in which Mayo contributed his expertise on rural sociology. Mayo's participation in the School of Agriculture Open House Planning Committee and the State of the University Conference Committee reflects his long-standing relationship with the University. Each organization's materials were originally filed all together, and have since been broken down into smaller categories, such as correspondence, conference materials, and so on.

1.3 archival boxes

Association of Southern Agricultural Workers 1947-1951
Correspondence
1947 - October, 1948
Box 2, Folder 12
November, 1948 - September, 1950
Box 2, Folder 13
Announcements, Conference Materials[no date] 1949-1951,
Box 2, Folder 14
Speech Notes 1949
Box 2, Folder 15
News Service, Committee for North Carolina 1947-1948
Correspondence 1947-1948
Box 2, Folder 16
Press Releases and Clippings[no date] 1948,
Box 2, Folder 17
North Carolina Rural Church Institute 1936-1953
Correspondence
1942 - 1949
Box 2, Folder 18
1950 - 1953
Box 2, Folder 19
Memoranda 1947-1952
Box 3, Folder 1
Minutes 1940-1953
Box 3, Folder 2
Organizational Information[no date] 1951,
Box 3, Folder 3
Constitution, By-Laws, Articles of Incorporation 1947-1948
Box 3, Folder 4
Articles, Brochures[no date] 1951-1953,
Box 3, Folder 5
Financial Records 1936-1953
Box 3, Folder 6
Member and Attendence Rosters[no date] 1944-1953,
Box 3, Folder 7
School of Agriculture Open House Planning Committee 1961-1963
Memoranda 1961-1963
Box 3, Folder 8
Minutes 1962-1963
Box 3, Folder 9
Organizational Materials 1962-1963
Box 3, Folder 10
Planning Information, Brochures[no date] 1962-1963,
Box 3, Folder 11
State of the University Conference Committee 1953-1954
Correspondence 1953-1954
Box 3, Folder 12
Memorandums 1953-1954
Box 3, Folder 13
Conference Materials and Programs 1953-1954
Box 3, Folder 14
Discussion Topics[no date] 1953,
Box 3, Folder 15
Reports and Recommendations 1953
Box 3, Folder 16
Participant Rosters, [no date]
Box 3, Folder 17
Extension Services Materials, [no date]
Box 3, Folder 18
Presentation Notes[no date] 1954,
Box 3, Folder 19

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Selz C. Mayo Papers, MC 00160, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

North Carolina State University does not own copyright to this collection. Individuals obtaining materials from the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections Research Center are responsible for using the works in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.