UA 120.020 Guide to the North Carolina State University, School of Liberal Arts, Department of Social Studies Records, 1947-1969

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North Carolina State University. Dept. of Social Studies.


3.0 Linear feet 5 archival boxes

General Physical Description note

5 archival boxes


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Acquisitions Information

Transferred from Dept. of Social Studies.


Inventory prepared by: Hermann J. Trojanowski, 2006; Processed by Stephanie Barnwell, 2010 September; machine-readable finding aid created by: Steven Mandeville-Gamble, updated by Stephanie Barnwell, 2010 September


2010, 2012, Updated to reflect processing by Stephanie Barnwell, 2010 September; Updated by Beverly King, 2012 June

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains articles, talks, correspondence, course materials, lectures, and memoranda of faculty, including Head of the Department George A. Gullette. The collection also includes records pertaining to the Humanistic-Social Research Project.

Course materials primarily include lecture notes, syllabi, exams, newspaper clippings, and readings. Lectures topics include the integration of schools, the civil rights movement, the Pearsall Plan, farm policy, labor unions, television, suburbia, and the New Left, among others. Lectures on foreign policy issues address atomic warfare, US relations with the Western and Eastern Blocs, as well as Korea, China, the Middle East, Cuba, Southeast Asia, and Vietnam.

Historical Note

The Department of Social Studies was established in 1947 as part of the Basic Division, and offered courses for engineers that emphasized the connections between liberal studies and science and technology. George A. Gullette served as Head of the Department from its founding in 1947 until his death in 1969. In 1970, the Department of Social Studies became the Division of University Studies, with John R. Lambert, Jr. as Acting Head.

The Humanistic-Social Research Project surveyed the role of humanities and social science education in engineering programs in the mid-1950s. Gullette was heavily involved with the project, which was carried out in conjunction with the American Society for Engineering Education and funded by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation.

The Department of Social Studies is not related to the Department of History. The Basic Division became the School of General Studies in 1952, which became the School of Liberal Studies in 1963, and then the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHASS) in 1977.

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Box 7111
Raleigh, NC, 27695-7111


(919) 515-2273


(919) 513-1787

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], North Carolina State University, School of Liberal Studies, Department of Social Studies Records, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

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