North Carolina State University, College of Textiles Committee Records 1940-1978

Creator
North Carolina State University. College of Textiles
Size
3 linear feet (6 archival boxes)
Location

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Call number
UA 130.004

Minutes, memoranda, and limited correspondence primarily of the Course and Curriculum Committee and the Advisory Committees of the North Carolina State University College of Textiles. Most materials relate to course offerings and college policies.

The College of Textiles at North Carolina State University began classes in the fall of 1899, primarily due to Daniel Tompkins's interest in having a textile program at what was then the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (later North Carolina State University). By 1901 construction began on Tompkins Hall, the first textile building at the college. The college eventually needed more space for students and equipment so in 1940 the college moved to Nelson Hall on the western fringes of campus. By January 1991 the college moved to Centennial Campus.

Biographical/historical note

The North Carolina State University College of Textiles is the largest of its kind in the United States, offering one of only two accredited Textile Engineering programs in the country. The College of Textiles produces more than half of the textile graduates in the United States each year.

The textiles department was founded at North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (later North Carolina State University) in 1899 due to Daniel Tompkins's interest in having a textile program. George Franks Ivey taught the first course in textiles in 1899. The next year the college expanded this program; Ivey left and Henry M. Wilson joined the faculty as an instructor in cotton manufacturing. The college offered courses such as carding and spinning, weaving, textile designing, and textile chemistry and dyeing. The courses provided students with specialized expertise to operate mills and use advanced scientific research in the textiles industry.

The original textile equipment was housed in the basement of Holladay Hall. Support for the program grew, and in 1901 the North Carolina General Assembly appropriated $10,000 toward the construction of a textile building. This structure, Tompkins Hall, resembled a textile mill of the period and was completed in early 1902. Thomas Nelson, a young Englishman from the Lowell Textile School in Massachusetts, joined N.C. State's faculty in 1901 and became department head in 1906 following Wilson's resignation.

On 24 March 1914 Tompkins Hall was almost completely destroyed by fire. With the help of builders and manufacturers, who donated much of the replacement machinery, the textiles program bounced back and by 1919 enrollment reached 154. Meanwhile, the textile industry continued to expand in North Carolina, as mills from the North moved South. The new School of Textiles (later College of Textiles) was created out of the School of Engineering at the Board of Trustees meeting on 8 June 1925 and Thomas Nelson was appointed dean of the school.

In 1943 Malcolm E. "Sandy" Campbell succeeded Nelson as dean of the textiles school, and expansion continued. The college joined in the defense effort during World War II by offering a course in fabric inspection and testing for those employed in war industries. In addition, faculty from the College of Textiles investigated substitutes for silk, which was critically needed for the manufacture of parachutes. The college was instrumental in North Carolina's production of fabric for the war, which surpassed all other states.

After the war the area of textiles research continued to broaden, and North Carolina State led the way. Research at the university led to Professor William "Ed" Shinn's 1955 development of the knitted OrlonTM aorta on a necktie machine. In 1959 the state of North Carolina gave funds to support textiles research for the first time. Campbell retired in 1967, and David Chaney was named the new dean. Research funding grew, and the college received several large federal grants during the 1970s. Dr. Solomon Hersh and a team of researchers at N.C. State studied brown lung disease (byssinosis), a disease suffered by cotton mill workers. Through their research they determined acceptable levels of exposure to cotton dust and contributed to the establishment of occupational health standards in textile mills.

Chaney retired in 1981, and Dame S. Hamby became the new dean of a textiles college that offered the largest textiles research program in the United States.

As the college planned to move to the university's new Centennial Campus, advances in textiles research continued. Hamby retired and Robert A. Barnhardt became dean in 1987. The next year groundbreaking for the new College of Textiles building on Centennial campus was 17 May 1988.

In more than 100 years of textiles at North Carolina State University, the college and the field of textiles has diversified. Professor Emeritus Mansour Mohamed worked to produce a method of three-dimensional weaving systems that produce lightweight, superstrong, high-performance textile composites that are used in cars, planes, and in the aerospace industry. This technology was developed for NASA's Mars Mission Research Center at NCSU. In the 1990s Dr. Sam Hudson found new uses for fiber made from chitin and chitosan, materials extracted from the shells of crabs and other shellfish. He and others at N.C. State have developed methods to use chitin and chitosan to clean wastewater left by the dyeing process, to create fibers for paper-making, and to develop a biodegradable wound dressing that employs chitosan's healing properties.

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

Minutes, memoranda, and limited correspondence primarily of the Course and Curriculum Committee and the Advisory Committees of the North Carolina State University College of Textiles. Most materials relate to course offerings and college policies. Information from the Faculty Committee is also included. These records have not been processed. They are arranged alphabetically by committee name.

Arrangement

Alphabetical.

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 Committee Records, UA 130.004, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Source of acquisition

Transferred from the North Carolina State University College of Textiles.

Processing information

Processed by Lauren E. Garbrick, 2004 June; Encoded by Linda Sellars, 2006 April; Finding aid updated in 2006 August by Terra Kridler.

Ad Hoc Textile Research Committee 1961-1962
Box 1
Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on Textile and Apparel Research (CIT Program) 1963
Box 1
Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on Textile and Apparel Research 1964
Box 1
Advisory Committee to Select a Dean 1966-1967
Box 1
Art Related Course Committee 1969-1970
Box 1
Communications Committee, Student and Faculty 1973-1975
Box 1
Course and Curriculum Committee 1960-1961
Box 1
Course and Curriculum Committee 1961-1962
Box 1
Course and Curriculum Committee 1962
Box 1
Course and Curriculum Committee 1963
Box 1
Course and Curriculum Committee 1964
Box 1
Course and Curriculum Committee 1965
Box 1
Course and Curriculum Committee 1965-1966
Box 1
Course and Curriculum Committee 1967
Box 2
Course and Curriculum Committee 1967-1968
Box 2
Course and Curriculum Committee 1968-1969
Box 2
Course and Curriculum Committee 1969-1970
Box 2
Course and Curriculum Committee 1971-1972
Box 2
Course and Curriculum Committee 1972-1973
Box 2
Course and Curriculum Committee 1973-1974

(2 folders)

Box 2
Course and Curriculum Committee 1974-1975

(2 folders)

Box 3
Course and Curriculum Committee 1976
Box 3
Course and Curriculum Committee 1977-1978
Box 3
Course and Curriculum Committee 1980

(2 folders)

Box 3
Course and Curriculum Committee, Core Courses 1973-1974
Box 4
Course and Curriculum Committee, Core Courses 1975-1976
Box 4
Course and Curriculum Committee, Development 1969-1974
Box 4
Equipment, Buildings and Ground Committee 1940-1942
Box 4
Extra Compensation Committee 1960-1961
Box 4
Executive Council 1962-1963
Box 4
Fiber and Polymer Science Committee 1967-1975
Box 4
Fiber and Polymer Science Committee 1977-1978
Box 4
Finishing Extension Advisory Committee 1959
Box 4
Graduate Studies Committee 1968-1969
Box 4
Graduate Studies Committee 1969-1970
Box 4
Graduate Studies Committee 1970-1971
Box 4
Graduate Studies Committee 1971-1972
Box 4
Graduate Studies Committee 1973-1974
Box 5
Graduate Studies Committee 1974-1975
Box 5
Industry Advisory Committee 1973-1974
Box 5
Instructional Media Committee 1972-1973
Box 5
North Carolina Textile Manufacturers Association, Research Committee 1960-1961
Box 5
North Carolina Textile Manufacturers Association, Research Committee 1962
Box 5
North Carolina Textile Manufacturers Association, Research Advisory Committee 1975
Box 5
North Carolina Textile Manufacturers Association, Research Advisory Committee 1977
Box 5
North Carolina Textile Manufacturers Association 1978
Box 5
Non-Conventional Fabric Structures Committee 1968
Box 5
Patents Committee 1970-1971
Box 5
Safety Committee 1970-1976
Box 5
Self-Studies Committee, NCSU 1971-1973
Box 5
Textile Advisory Council 1974-1975
Box 5
Textile Advisory Council 1975-1976
Box 5
Textile Advisory Council 1977-1978
Box 5
Textile Design Committee 1976
Box 5
Textile Executive Committee 1959-1960
Box 5
Textile Executive Committee 1967-1969
Box 5
Textile Executive Committee 1969-1970
Box 6
Textile Executive Committee 1970-1971
Box 6
Textile Executive Committee 1971-1972
Box 6
Textile Executive Committee 1972-1974
Box 6
Textile Executive Committee 1974-1975
Box 6
Textile Research Institute, Executive Committee 1964-1966
Box 6
Textile Research Institute, Fellowship and Grants Committee 1964-1967
Box 6
Textile Research Institute, Long Range Planning Ad Hoc Committee 1965

(2 folders)

Box 6
Textile Scholarship Committee 1972-1973
Box 6
Tompkins Textile Council 1959-1961
Box 6

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], North Carolina State University, College of Textiles Committee Records, UA 130.004, 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.