Ellen Black Winston Papers 1928-1982

Creator
Winston, Ellen Black, 1903-1984
Size
2.2 linear feet
Location

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Call number
MC 00226

The Ellen Black Winston Papers contains correspondence, clippings, photographs, postcards, and other materials documenting Winston's life and career. The collection contains correspondence and clippings about Winston's service as Commissioner of Public Welfare in North Carolina and as U.S. Commissioner of Welfare. It also features genealogical information, family correspondence, and sympathy correspondence following the death of Winston's husband, Sanford. During their marriage, the Winstons collected hundreds of postcards from across the United States and around the world, which are also included in this collection.

Biographical/historical note

Ellen Black Winston was born in Bryson City, North Carolina, on August 15, 1903. She received an A.B. from Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1924, an M.A. from the University of Chicago in 1928, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago in 1930. She held honorary doctoral degrees from the Women's College of the University of North Carolina (UNC-G), Converse College, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, and Springfield College.

Winston taught social science in the Raleigh high schools and was editor of technical publications on public relief in the Division of Research of the Works Progress Administration. She then became the Chairman of the Department of Sociology and Economics at Meredith College from 1940 - 1944.

In 1944 Winston became the North Carolina Commissioner of Public Welfare, a position she held until 1963. In that year she was appointed the U.S. Commissioner of Welfare in the Department of Health Education and Welfare. She resigned in 1967. Among her many career highlights, Winston served as President of the National Conference on Social Welfare (1965 - 1966), Vice-President of the Child Welfare League of America (1966 - 1972), President of the Friends of the Library at North Carolina State University (1971 - 1973), State Legislative Chairman of the American Association of University Women (1975 - 1979), and President of the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild (1976 - 1978).

She was the American editor of Nation and Family (1941) and coauthor of Seven Lean Years (1939), The Plantation South (1940), and Foundations of American Population Policy (1940), as well as numerous professional articles. Winston's husband was Sanford R. Winston, a professor of sociology at North Carolina State University. Mr. Winston died in 1969, and Mrs. Winston passed away in 1984.

Scope/content

The Ellen Black Winston Papers documents Winston's personal and public life. Included is correspondence written by members of Winston's family, and many letters and cards of sympathy written after the death of Winston's husband, Sanford. Other personal materials include genealogical information and photographs, Winston's masters' dissertation, and a collection of postcards collected during her travels with Mr. Winston. The collection also includes newspaper and magazine clippings covering nearly forty years of Winston's career and Winston's Watauga Medal given by North Carolina State University in 1979.

Physical description

4 archival storage boxes and 1 flatfolder

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in seven series. Correspondence contains personal correspondence to and from Winston, sympathy letters and cards she received following her husband's death, and correspondence about the establishment of the S. R. Winston Music Collection at North Carolina State University. The Family series contains correspondence written by members of Winston's family, as well as geneological information for both the Black and Lake families, and photographs and negatives, many of which are undated. The Education series contains Winston's 1928 dissertation, written toward her Master's degree in Sociology, as well as her diploma from Converse College. The Career series contains correspondence regarding work matters, and a large number of newspaper and magazine clippings collected throughout Winston's career at the local, state, and federal level. The Postcard Collection series features postcards that Winston collected during her travels. Many have no writing on them, and are undated. The sixth series contains Oversize Materials, and the seventh contains an Artifact, Winston's Watauga Medal from 1979.

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], Ellen Black Winston Papers, MC 00226, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Related material

Source of acquisition

Donated by William Joslin, Executor for the Estate of Ellen Black Winston, September 13, 1996; donated by Hermann J. Trojanowski March 31, 2006 (Watauga Medal)

The collection is organized into seven principal series:

Correspondence 1946-1973 (MC 226 Series 01)
Size: 0.25 linear feet

The Correspondence series contains personal correspondence to and from Ellen Black Winston. The majority of the documents pertain to the death of Winston's husband, Sanford R. Winston. Many friends and colleagues sent sympathy letters and cards following Mr. Winston's death in 1969. Also included in this series is correspondence regarding the establishment of the S.R. Winston Music Collection at D.H. Hill Library at North Carolina State University.

0.5 archival boxes

Personal[no date] 1946-1973,
Box 1, Folder 1
Sympathy 1969-1971
A - C
Box 1, Folder 2
D - K
Box 1, Folder 3
L - S
Box 1, Folder 4
T - Z
Box 1, Folder 5
Sympathy Cards 1969
A - L
Box 1, Folder 6
M - Z
Box 1, Folder 7
From Organizations
Box 1, Folder 8
S.R. Winston Music Collection 1969-1972
1969
Box 1, Folder 9
1970-1972
Box 1, Folder 10
Family 1933-1970 (MC 226 Series 02)
Size: 0.3 linear feet

The Family series includes correspondence sent and received by various family members (not necessarily Ellen Black Winston). Several documents pertain to Winston's father, Stanley W. Black, a prominent businessman in Bryson City, North Carolina. His handwritten, uncompleted autobiography, as well as clippings collected following his death, attest to the importance of Black in his community. Other materials in this series are genealogical information and photographs and negatives ranging from Winston's childhood to late in her career. One photograph from the mid-1960s features Winston with then-Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey.

0.6 archival boxes

Correspondence of Black Family 1936-1969
Box 1, Folder 11
Stanley W. Black
Autobiography Notes, [no date]
Box 1, Folder 12
Autobiography Text 1953
Box 1, Folder 13
Tributes 1965
Box 1, Folder 14
Oversized Certificate from the University Cadets 1893
Clippings[no date] 1933-1970,
Box 1, Folder 15
Genealogy
Black Family[no date] 1959,
Box 1, Folder 16
Lake Family, [no date]
Box 1, Folder 17
Photographs[no date] 1963,
Card box 2, Folder 1
Oversized Photograph, [no date]
Negatives, [no date]
Card box 2, Folder 2
Education (MC 226 Series 03)
Size: 0.05 linear feet

The Education Series contains Winston's Master of Arts Dissertation from the University of Chicago, and her diploma from Converse College.

0.1 archival boxes

Master of Arts Dissertation, "A Study of the Diffusion of Culture in a Relatively Isolated Mountain Community," 1928
Card box 2, Folder 3
Oversized Diploma from Converse College 1924 1924
Card box 2, Folder 4
Career 1940-1979 (MC 226 Series 04)
Size: 0.4 linear feet

The Career series consists primarily of correspondence and clippings collected over Winston's long career. The correspondence is mainly invitations for Winston to speak at various events, as well as notes of congratulations. Numerous clippings from both North Carolina and national newspapers follow Winston's career from Meredith College to Commissioner of Welfare in North Carolina, and finally to her federal post. Also in this series are materials related to Winston's service for the Friends of University Network Television.

0.8 archival boxes

Correspondence
1943-1962
Card box 2, Folder 4
1963-1967
Card box 2, Folder 5
Clippings
1940-1945
Card box 2, Folder 6
1946-1951
Card box 2, Folder 7
1952-1958
Card box 2, Folder 8
1960-1962
Card box 2, Folder 9
1963-1965
Card box 2, Folder 10
1966-1972
Card box 2, Folder 11
[no date]
Card box 2, Folder 12
Friends of University Network Television 1979
Card box 2, Folder 13
Oversized Certificate from Governor of Oklahoma, 1982
Postcard Collection (MC 226 Series 05)
Size: 0.5 linear feet

The Postcard Collection series contains postcards collected by Winston and her husband throughout their marriage. Included are postcards from the states of California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Washington D.C., Wyoming. Also included are postcards from Bermuda, Canada, Cuba, Germany, Greece, and Holland.

1 Archival Box

Postcards, [no date]
Card box 3, Folder 1
Oversized (MC 226 Series 06)
Certificate from the University Cadets 1893
Flat folder 1
Photograph, [no date]
Flat folder 1
Diploma from Converse College 1924
Flat folder 1
Certificate from Governor of Oklahoma 1982
Flat folder 1
Artifacts
Watauga Medal 1979
Box 4

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Ellen Black Winston Papers, MC 00226, 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.