University Archives Photograph Collection, Student Life Photographs 1893, 1906, 1910-1997 (bulk 1946-1997) (bulk 1946-1997)

Size
7 linear feet
Location

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

Call number
UA 023.025

The University Archives Photograph Collection Student Life Photographs document life on campus for undergraduate and graduate students attending North Carolina State University throughout its long history, although the bulk of these pertain to the years after World War II. Included are general photos and slides depicting campus life; academic life, encompassing studying, classroom time with faculty, and so on; people at the university, especially African American students, who were finally admitted to the university in the mid- to late 1950s as a result of desegregation; social events and other activities, including protests, community service, concerts and outdoor festivals, and recreational activities; graduation ceremonies; and other facets of student life. This collection also includes a few scrapbooks as well as some clippings and other materials from NC State News Services.

The North Carolina State University (originally North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts) officially opened its doors in 1889. Classes began that fall with seventy-two students, six faculty, and one building, Main Building, later Holladay Hall. Two general fields of study were available, agriculture and mechanics, with a third in applied science added in 1893. In the late 1940s, after World War II, NC State experienced growth unparalleled in its history. The G.I. Bill brought thousands of ex-servicemen to campus, and enrollment shot past the 5,000 mark in 1947. Major new programs were also created at that time. By the late twentieth century, NC State could boast a student body of nearly 30,000, nearly 2,000 faculty, and research and program expenditures over $440 million.

Biographical/historical note

In 1887 the North Carolina General Assembly created the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts as the state's land-grant institution to provide teaching, research and extension services to the people of the state. The College officially opened its doors in 1889, with Alexander Holladay as the first President. Classes began that fall with seventy-two students, six faculty, and one building, Main Building, later Holladay Hall. Two general fields of study were available, agriculture and mechanics, with a third in applied science added in 1893.By 1917, the school’s teaching, research, and extension activities were broad enough that the Board of Trustees agreed to a name change: North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering, thereby officially adopting the “State College” colloquialism that had been in use for years. Further reorganization was undertaken in the 1920s, when the college expanded its curriculum and established the Graduate School.

Economic hardship and a lack of funds during the Depression years of the 1930s threatened to undermine the advances of the 1920s, until sweeping education reforms were passed by the state legislature. The result was the Consolidated University of North Carolina, wherein three state universities – UNC at Chapel Hill, the Women’s College at Greensboro, and State College in Raleigh – were combined administratively in order to combat inefficiency and redundancy in public higher education. Th college underwent another reorganization and another name change, this time to North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering of the University of North Carolina. The Consolidated University arrangement existed until 1971, when it was superseded by the sixteen-campus University of North Carolina system, still in place today.

As the Depression slowly receded, North Carolina State College renewed its growth and development. Enrollment reached new heights, passing the 2,000 mark in 1937, and many of the school’s programs saw significant growth, particularly in extension and engineering. World War II and its aftermath, however, wrought more drastic changes to the academic and physical landscape at State College. Enrollment during wartime suffered greatly, dropping below 1,000 students by 1943, and many academic programs were greatly curtailed. Despite these difficulties, the College did make contributions to the war effort, hosting a number of military detachments and training exercises, and refitting the work of several departments and programs to military and defense purposes. Then NC State experienced growth unparalleled in its history during the postwar years. The G.I. Bill brought thousands of ex-servicemen to campus, and enrollment shot past the 5,000 mark in 1947. The College struggled to provide academic and residential space for its new students, and major new programs were created to meet the demands of the expanding student body.

Although the 1950s generally represented a time of quiet growth and reorganization, several significant changes did occur during that time. Academically, several programs achieved national recognition, including work in agriculture, engineering, and design. The college also saw major building projects, with over a dozen newly constructed buildings appearing on campus. Most significantly, and a change that occurred with relatively little fanfare, was the admission of the first African-American students to State College, in 1953 (graduate) and 1956 (undergraduate). The institution faced the same turmoils during the sixties and seventies that confronted larger American society, but perhaps the most turbulent on-campus imbroglio was that over the institution’s latest name change, which began in 1962. State College officials desired to change the institution’s name to North Carolina State University. When Consolidated University administrators approved a change to the University of North Carolina at Raleigh, many were outraged. Protests and letter-writing campaigns sought relief from this proposal, and finally in 1963 a compromise was reached, with State College officially becoming North Carolina State of the University of North Carolina at Raleigh. Students, faculty, and alumni continued to express dissatisfaction with this name, however, and after two more years of political wrangling, the name was once again changed, this time to North Carolina State University at Raleigh.

Known as the "People's University," North Carolina State University has developed into a vital educational and economic resource, and a wealth of university outreach and extension programs provide services and education to all sectors of the state's economy and its citizens. With a student body of nearly 30,000, nearly 2,000 faculty, and research and program expenditures over $440 million, the University is an active part of North Carolina life.

Scope/content

The University Archives Photograph Collection Student Life Photographs document life on campus for undergraduate and graduate students attending North Carolina State University throughout its long history, although the bulk of these pertain to the years after World War II. Included are general photos and slides depicting campus life; academic life, encompassing studying, classroom time with faculty, and so on; people at the university, especially African American students, who were finally admitted to the university in the mid- to late 1950s as a result of desegregation; social events and other activities, including protests, community service, concerts and outdoor festivals, and recreational activities; graduation ceremonies; and other facets of student life. This collection also includes a few scrapbooks as well as some clippings and other materials from NC State News Services.

Physical description

13 archival boxes, 1 flat box, 1 card box

Arrangement

The collection has been arranged into six series:

  • Series 01. General
  • Series 02. People
  • Series 03. Academics
  • Series 04. Activities and Social Life
  • Series 05. Student Services
  • Series 06. Graduation

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], University Archives Photograph Collection, Student Life Photographs, UA 023.025, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Alternative form available

Source of acquisition

This collection was created by University Archives from a variety of sources.

Processing information

Processed by Kelly Clark; machine-readable finding aid by Kelly Clark, 2008 February. Updated by Stephanie Barnwell, 2012 February and 2012 July.

The entire collection, including materials not available online, may be viewed in the Special Collections reading room in D.H. Hill Library.

The collection is organized into six principal series:

General 1906 1928-1997 (Series 1)
Size: 1.5 linear feet

These photographs and slides document general campus life.

3 archival boxes + 1 folder

General (1 of 9) undated
Box 1, Folder 1
General (2 of 9) undated
Box 1, Folder 2
General (3 of 9) undated
Box 1, Folder 3
General (4 of 9) 1939, 1970-1976,undated
Box 1, Folder 4
General (5 of 9) 1976, 1994, undated
Box 1, Folder 5
General (6 of 9) 1986-1988, undated
Box 1, Folder 6
General (7 of 9) 1986-1987, undated
Box 2, Folder 1
General (8 of 9) 1983, undated
Box 2, Folder 2
General (9 of 9) 1946, 1951-1958, undated
Box 2, Folder 3
General (1 of 5) 1963-1982, undated
Box 11, Folder 1
General (2 of 5) 1906, 1928, 1939-1997, undated
Box 11, Folder 2
General (3 of 5) 1970-1981, undated
Box 11, Folder 3
General (4 of 5) 1970-1997, undated
Box 11, Folder 4
General (5 of 5): Negatives 1970-1972, undated
Box 11, Folder 5
General: Scrapbook of R. G. Cadieu 1922-1923
Flat box 15
General: Slides 1970s-1980s, undated
Box 12, Folder 1
General: Slides 1984
Box 12, Folder 11
People 1994-1927 (Series 2)
Size: 1.25 linear feet

These photographs document campus life for specific segments of the NC State student population.

3 archival boxes

Women 1942-1968, undated
Box 2, Folder 4
Women 1959-1970, 1982, undated
Box 2, Folder 5
Freshmen 1924, 1965, undated
Box 2, Folder 6
African American Students (1 of 6) 1975-1993, undated
Box 3, Folder 1
African American Students (2 of 6) 1978-1997, undated
Box 3, Folder 2
African American Students (3 of 6) undated
Box 3, Folder 3
African American Students (4 of 6) undated
Box 3, Folder 4
African American Students (5 of 6) 1978-1993, undated
Box 3, Folder 5
African American Students (6 of 6) undated
Box 3, Folder 6
International Students (1 of 4) 1978-1983, undated
Box 4, Folder 1
International Students (2 of 4) 1970-1983, undated
Box 4, Folder 2
International Students (3 of 4) 1959-1981, undated
Box 4, Folder 3
International Students (4of 4) 1959-1983, undated
Box 4, Folder 4
Disabled Students circa 1977-1981, undated
Box 4, Folder 5
1920s 1924, undated
Box 4, Folder 6
General 1991-1992, undated
Box 4, Folder 7
Academics 1946-1992 (Series 3)
Size: 0.5 linear feet

The photographs and slides document the academic facets of student life at NC State, including walking to class.

2 archival boxes + 1 folder

Studying undated
Box 4, Folder 8
Awards and Scholarships 1949-1963
Box 4, Folder 9
Exams undated
Box 5, Folder 1
Going to Class 1970-1990, undated
Box 5, Folder 2
In the Classroom (1 of 3) 1952-1992, undated
Box 5, Folder 3
In the Classroom (2 of 3) 1952-1988, undated
Box 5, Folder 4
In the Classroom (3 of 3) 1977-1988, undated
Box 5, Folder 5
In the Classroom undated
Box 5, Folder 8
Registration 1946, 1968-1988, undated
Box 5, Folder 6
Registration 1946, 1967-1978, undated
Box 5, Folder 7
Students in Class, Slides 1972-1979, undated
Box 12, Folder 2
Activities and Social Life 1910-1996 (Series 4)
Size: 2 linear feet

This large series depicts the various social and community activities taking place on campus at NC State or off campus as part of student outreach programs.

4 archival boxes + 5 folders

All Campus Day, Slides 1970-1971, undated

Includes slides of Steppenwolf

Box 12, Folder 3
Student Movements and Demonstrations 1964-1980, undated
Box 6, Folder 1
Student Movements and Demonstrations 1938-1981, undated
Box 6, Folder 2
Student Movements and Demonstrations, Negatives 1970, undated
Box 6, Folder 3
Student Movements and Demonstrations, NCSU News Service (Includes Clippings) 1969-1970, undated
Box 6, Folder 4
Student Movements and Demonstrations, NCSU News Service, Negatives 1970, undated
Box 6, Folder 5
Student Movements and Demonstrations, Slides 1970, 1972, 1976
Box 12, Folder 4
Community Service 1942-1991, undated
Box 7, Folder 1
Community Service 1981-1989, undated
Box 7, Folder 2
Religion undated
Box 7, Folder 3
Student Center: Scrapbook 1974
Box 13, Folder 1
Student Center: Scrapbook [1974?]
Box 13, Folder 2
Student Center: Scrapbook [1974?]
Box 13, Folder 3
Student Center: Photos from Scrapbook [1974?]
Card box 14
Student Center: Photos from Scrapbook [circa 1970s-1980s]
Card box 14
Student Center: Scrapbook of I.S.B. 1977
Card box 14
Student Center: Scrapbook of I.S.B. 1976
Card box 14
Student Union 1956-1970, undated
Box 7, Folder 4
Student Union 1955-1961, undated
Box 7, Folder 5
Student Union 1988, undated
Box 7, Folder 6
Student Union - Slides 1969

Erdahl-Cloyd Gallery, Exhibition of Boyce Benge paintings

Box 12, Folder 7
Parties and Events 1953-1996, undated
Box 7, Folder 7
Parties and Events, Outdoor 1970-1979, undated
Box 7, Folder 8
Parties and Events, Outdoor 1971-1980, undated
Box 8, Folder 1
Parties and Events, Outdoor 1948-1992, undated
Box 8, Folder 2
Entertainment 1977, undated
Box 8, Folder 3
Entertainment, Bars 1982, undated
Box 8, Folder 4
Entertainment, UNC-TV undated
Box 8, Folder 5
International Festival - Slides 1968-1977, undated
Box 12, Folder 5
Pranks 1947, undated
Box 8, Folder 6
Recreation 1970-1981, undated
Box 8, Folder 7
Recreation 1972-1982, undated
Box 8, Folder 8
Recreation 1910-1927, 1950s
Box 8, Folder 9
Recreation, Pushball undated
Box 8, Folder 10
Recreation, Sports undated
Box 9, Folder 1
Recreation, Games 1977-1991, undated
Box 9, Folder 2
Recreation, Bowling 1977-1981, undated
Box 9, Folder 3
Recreation, Physical Education 1930s, 1962-1981, undated
Box 9, Folder 4
Recreation, Physical Education 1925, 1965-1996, undated
Box 9, Folder 5
Recreation, Hang Gliding - Slides 1986
Box 12, Folder 6
Recreation, Negatives 1970-1991, undated
Box 9, Folder 6
Student Services 1970-1993 (Series 5)
Size: 0.25 linear feet

These photographs document some of the services provided to students through the NC State administrative system.

1 archival box

Dormitories 1977-1981, undated
Box 9, Folder 7
Eating and Drinking Facilities 1970-1981, undated
Box 9, Folder 8
Employment/Career Development 1982, 1993, undated
Box 9, Folder 9
Health Care 1980, undated
Box 9, Folder 10
Counseling undated
Box 9, Folder 11
Student Stores undated
Box 9, Folder 12
Graduation 1893 1929-1997 (Series 6)
Size: 0.5 linear feet

These photographs document graduation ceremonies and noteworthy NC State graduates, including valedictorians and the first undergraduate class as NC State, the class of 1893.

1 archival box

Graduation undated
Box 12, Folder 9
Graduation 1976
Box 12, Folder 10
Graduation 1929-1979, undated
Box 10, Folder 1
Graduation 1929-1996, undated
Box 10, Folder 2
Graduation: Negatives 1944-1948, 1987
Box 10, Folder 3
Graduation: Contact Sheets undated
Box 10, Folder 13
Graduation: Slides 1967, 1972, 1978
Box 12, Folder 8
Commencement, NCSU News Services 1971-1991, undated
Box 10, Folder 4
Commencement, NCSU News Services 1991-1994, undated
Box 10, Folder 5
Commencement, NCSU News Services 1996-1997
Box 10, Folder 6
Commencement, NCSU News Services 1958
Box 10, Folder 7
Commencement, NCSU News Services 1968
Box 10, Folder 8
Commencement, NCSU News Services 1982
Box 10, Folder 9
Honors Convocation, NCSU News Services 1988-1991, undated
Box 10, Folder 10
Class of 1893, NCSU News Services (Includes Clippings) 1893, 1967-1979, undated
Box 10, Folder 11
Commencement, NCSU News Services, Negatives 1994, undated
Box 10, Folder 12

Access to the collection

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Mailing address:
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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], University Archives Photograph Collection, Student Life Photographs, UA 023.025, 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.