New Collection Guide for the Banks Talley Papers Now Available

The Special Collections Research Center is pleased to announce that the newly updated collection guide for the Banks Talley Papers is now available online. The Banks Talley Papers consists of the personal and professional papers of Dr. Banks C. Talley, Jr.

Included in this collection are correspondence, diaries, newspaper clippings, photographs, agendas, and other materials dated from 1922-2012, with the bulk of the materials from 1969-1983. The professional papers are from Dr. Talley's position as Dean of Students and Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at NC State University, and from his position as executive assistant to North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt.

Minority Affairs Adhoc Newsletter, Vol. 1, No. 5
Minority Affairs Adhoc Newsletter, Vol. 1, No. 5

Banks C. Talley, Jr. was born in Bennettsville, South Carolina, in 1926. After military service in World War II, Talley attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned a B.A. in history (1950), an M.A. (1956), and a Ph.D in education (1966). He became assistant dean of students at North Carolina State College (later North Carolina State University) in 1951. Talley helped to create the Division of Student Affairs, and led it from 1969-1983, first as dean and later as vice chancellor of student affairs. Increasing minority student enrollment, especially Black student enrollment, and student athletes and their academic performance are two of the main topics discussed in the materials from N.C. State. Also included in these materials from his time as vice chancellor are the 1982 Racial Awareness Task Force end of year report, and the Spring 1983 issue of Minority Affairs Adhoc Newsletter, a bi-annual newsletter for Black students.

Dr. Talley took a leave of absence from N.C. State from 1977-1978 to serve as executive assistant to Governor Jim Hunt. Talley kept two diaries, spanning November 1976 to June 1978, during his time as executive assistant, which are included in this collection. 

Diary, brochure, and Feb. 1977 issue of Statelog
Diary, brochure, and Feb. 1977 issue of Statelog

The materials from Dr. Talley's position as executive assistant to the governor also include memorabilia like this program, and other documents, for the 1977 Inaugural Ball shown below. Dr. Talley's personal papers include letters, memorabilia, photographs, and other materials related to his personal and professional life. 

Program, map, and distinguished guest sticker from the 1977 Inaugural Ball
Program, map, and distinguished guest sticker from the 1977 Inaugural Ball

 

Photo album, cross stich, bookmarks, and a ticket from a football game between N.C. State and Duke
Photo album, cross stich, bookmarks, and a ticket from a football game between N.C. State and Duke

After retiring from N.C. State in 1984, Dr. Talley served as the executive director for the N.C. Symphony Society, Inc. for 11 years. The University Student Center, which opened in 1972, was re-named in his honor in 1998. Dr. Talley later returned to N.C. State as Director of Special Projects and Vice Chancellor Emeritus for Arts NC State, where he helped raise money for the Gregg Museum of Art & Design, before retiring for the final time in 2013. Dr. Talley passed away in 2017.  


"Banks C. Talley II retires, ending his 60-year tenure," Technician, Feb. 21, 2013

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