North Carolina State University, College of Textiles, Office of the Dean Records 1899-2014

Creator
North Carolina State University. College of Textiles
Size
79.05 linear feet
Location

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

Call number
UA 130.001
Access to materials

Portions of this collection have restricted access; the remainder of this collection is open for research; access requires at least 48 hours advance notice.

These records contain articles, brochures, budget information, clippings, correspondence, enrollment data, faculty information, financial information, lecture information, long range planning data, photographs, reports, seminar information, speeches, travel reports, research grants, and scholarship information documenting the Office of Dean in the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University. The records also include files that document the partnerships between the college and textile-related industries. Materials range in date from 1899 to 2014.

The College of Textiles at North Carolina State University began classes in the fall of 1899. By 1901 construction began on Tompkins Hall, the first textile building at North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. The textiles program eventually needed more space for students and equipment so in 1940, moved to Nelson Hall on the western fringes of campus. In January 1991, the College of Textiles moved to Centennial Campus.

Biographical/historical note

An internationally-known textile technologist and educator, Thomas Nelson, was the Textile School's first dean. Nelson was born in Preston, England in 1872. He came to the United States to work in mills in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Virginia, and he taught at the Lowell Textile Institute in Lowell, Massachusetts before joining the faculty at North Carolina Agricultural and Mechanical College in 1901. Nelson became head of the textile department in 1906 and dean of the School of Textiles in 1925. He retired as dean in 1943, but he continued to serve as professor on the faculty until 1949. Nelson died in Raleigh in 1953. In 1954, the School of Textiles building was formally named Nelson Hall in his honor.

Dean Nelson's successor, Malcolm Eugene "Sandy" Campbell, improved the school's educational program and expanded textile research. Born in 1902 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, Campbell graduated from New Bedford Institute of Technology in 1922 and received his B.S. from Clemson College in 1930. He was named Dean of the State College School of Textiles in 1943. In 1954, Dean Campbell directed the development of an artificial, knitted artery, invented by Professor William E. Shinn, that later helped save his life after he suffered an aneurysm in 1970. During Dean Campbell's tenure, the Textiles Library was expanded and renamed the Burlington Textiles Library. Dean Campbell retired from North Carolina State University in 1967 and died in 1978.

David Webb Chaney became Dean of the School of Textiles upon Dean Campbell's retirement in 1967. Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1915, he received an A.B. in Chemistry from Swarthmore College in 1938 and his M.S. and Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 1942. He was a member of the Governor's Advisory Council on the State Technical Services Act, the Governor's Council for Economic Development, and the North Carolina Engineering Foundation.

As Dean of the School of Textiles of North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering, Dame Scott Hamby increased private financial support, reorganized the curriculum, and forged closer links between the textile industry and the university. He received a B.S. in textile engineering in 1936 from Auburn University. He joined the State College faculty as a professor in 1948 and in 1956 was named Burlington Industries professor and supervisor of the Quality Control Division in the School of Textiles. In 1965, he was appointed head of the department of textile technology and in 1972, director of textiles extension and continuing education.

The fifth dean, Dr. Robert A. Barnhardt succeeded Dean Hamby in 1987. Before coming to North Carolina State University, Dean Barnhardt was the executive vice president of the Institute of Textile Technology (ITT), where he was hired in 1966 as dean and director of education. He received a B.S. from Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science in 1961. At the University of Virginia, Barnhardt earned a master of education degree in 1970 and a doctorate in higher education administration in 1974. During his tenure, the college was relocated to Centennial Campus.

Dr. A. Blanton Godfrey was the chairman and CEO of Juran Institute, Inc. before his appointment as Dean of the College of Textiles at N.C. State University. He was an adjunct professor at N.C. State from 1995 to 2000. Godfrey received his bachelor's degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1963, a master's degree in statistics in 1970, and a Ph.D. in statistics in 1974 from Florida State University.

1925-1943
Thomas Nelson
1943-1967
Malcolm Eugene Campbell
1967-1981
David Webb Chaney
1981-1987
Dame Scott Hamby
1987-1999
Robert A. Barnhardt
2000-
A. Blanton Godfrey

Scope/content

These records contain articles, brochures, budget information, clippings, correspondence, enrollment data, faculty information, financial information, lecture information, long range planning data, photographs, reports, seminar information, speeches, travel reports, research grants, and scholarship information documenting the Office of Dean in the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University. The records also include files that document the partnerships between the college and textile-related industries. Materials range in date from 1899 to 2013.

Physical description

145 archival boxes, 3 half boxes, 1 legalbox, and 3 flat folders

Arrangement

The records of the Office of the Dean for the North Carolina State University College of Textiles are arranged in two series:

  • 1. Chronological Files
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  • 2. Industry Files

Use of these materials

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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], North Carolina State University, College of Textiles, Office of the Dean Records, UA 130.001, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Source of acquisition

Transferred by North Carolina State University, College of Textiles, Office of the Dean.

Processing information

Processed by Liz Bell, Cathy Dorin-Black, Flora Blackley, 2011 May; Finding aid written by Liz Bell, Cathy Dorin-Black, Flora Blackley, 2011 May.

The collection is organized into three principal series:

Access to the collection

Portions of this collection have restricted access; the remainder of this collection is open for research; access requires at least 48 hours advance notice.

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Mailing address:
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Box 7111
Raleigh, NC, 27695-7111

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], North Carolina State University, College of Textiles, Office of the Dean Records, UA 130.001, 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.