William Dallas Herring Papers 1954-1986

Creator
Herring, William Dallas
Size
257 linear feet (217 boxes, 110 cartons)
Location

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

Call number
MC 00270

The William Dallas Herring Papers contain files, notebooks, essays, articles, newpaper clippings, reports, and other papers relating to North Carolina education as well as Herring's other projects. Topics include kindergarten programs, community colleges, vocational education, desegregation, and teacher education. The collection also includes some film and audio recordings in various formats and a number of photographs.

William Dallas Herring served as a member of the North Carolina Board of Education for twenty-two years and as its chairman for twenty of those years (1957-1977). He was responsible for educational initiatives that still shape the lives of North Carolina's citizens, including the establishment of the community college system, the initiation of a statewide curriculum study, and the development of kindergarten programs.

Biographical/historical note

March 5, 1916
Born, Rose Hill, North Carolina
1933
Earned diploma, Rose Hill High School, Rose Hill, North Carolina
1938
B.A., English and Economics, Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina
1938
President, Atlantic Coffin and Casket Company, Rose Hill, North Carolina
1939-1951
Mayor, Rose Hill, North Carolina
1951-1955
Chair, Duplin County Board of Education
1954
Appointed to Pearsall Committee
1954
North Carolina's "Education Man of the Year" Award
1955
Appointed to North Carolina Board of Education
1956-1965
Member, North Carolina Board of Higher Education
1957-1977
Chair, North Carolina Board of Education
1959
LL.D., Pfeiffer University, Misenheimer, North Carolina
1960-1963
Chair, Southern Council for Better Schools
1961
LL.D., Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina
1964
Hum.D., North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
1971-1986
Trustee, James Sprunt Community College, Kenansville, North Carolina
1972
North Carolina Award, for distinguished service in public education
1979
William Dallas Herring Professorship in Community College Education established at North Carolina State University
1982
LL.D., University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, North Carolina
1992
Published What Has Happened to the Golden Door?
January 5, 2007
Died

Scope/content

The William Dallas Herring Papers contain files, notebooks, essays, articles, newpaper clippings, reports, and other papers relating to North Carolina education as well as Herring's other projects. Topics include kindergarten programs, community colleges, vocational education, desegregation and the Pearsall Committee, and teacher education. The collection also includes some film and audio recordings in various formats and a number of photographs.

The records filed under State Board of Education include the minutes, correspondence from concerned citizens and teachers, agendas, committee papers, and reference materials needed for each of the Board's monthly meetings.

The Volumes, Scrapbooks, and Binders cover 1969-1979 and include Herring's thoughts, reflections, and records of conversations on the contemporary issues concerning education in North Carolina. These scrapbooks are a mix of handwritten notes and reactions to newspaper clippings conerncing members of the State Board of Education and state government.

Notes that appeared on molding folders were transcribed on to acid-free folders. These notes indicate Herring’s awareness that someone other than he would eventually look through his papers.

Arrangement

The materials are arranged chronologically and then by subject, reflecting Herring's original file box filing system. From 1950 to 1964, Herring assigned each subject a number and each year a letter (A-O). The subject numbers range from 1-90. Additionally, each record gets a number. Hence, M-7.100 refers to the 100th record in the “Appointments” subject from 1962. The materials are grouped according to the file box or binder in which they were found. The original box labels, binder titles, and folder titles have for the most part been transcribed.

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.

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which North Carolina State University assumes no responsibility.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William Dallas Herring Papers, MC 00270, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Other finding aid

Two indexes of the separate sections of the collection exist. Neither is complete and they overlap. The first index covers 1950-1963 and was created by Herring. It is available on microfilm (about 390 frames) at the North Carolina State Archives. The second index covers 1957-1970 and was created by Herring's assistant, Joseph Wescott. A handwritten and electronic version are both available at the Special Collections Research Center.

Source of acquisition

Donated by William Dallas Herring, 1999 (Accession no. 1999-0013), 2002 (Accession no. 2002-0007), 2007 (Accession no. 2007-0152).

Processing information

Processed by Special Collections Staff; Encoded by Steven Mandeville-Gamble 2006. Updated by Kellie Strickland 2009 and Carolyn Chesarino 2011 April.

Access to the collection

This collection is open for research; access requires at least 48 hours advance notice.

For more information contact us via mail, phone, or our web form.

Mailing address:
Special Collections Research Center
Box 7111
Raleigh, NC, 27695-7111

Phone: (919) 515-2273

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William Dallas Herring Papers, MC 00270, 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.

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which North Carolina State University assumes no responsibility.