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MC 00001 Guide to the John William Harrelson Papers, 1908-1955

This collection is organized into six series:
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This series contains congratulatory letters upon Harrelson's nomination as Dean of North Carolina State College, as well as personal and family notes, including those to informal business relations.
[Legal Box 1, Folder 1] Congratulatory Letters, 1934 June - 1934 July 4
[Legal Box 1, Folder 2] Congratulatory Letters, 1934 July 5 - 1934 July 9
[Legal Box 1, Folder 3] Congratulatory Letters, 1934 July 10 - 1934 July 31
[Legal Box 1, Folder 4] Congratulatory Letters, 1934 Aug. - 1934 Dec.
[Legal Box 1, Folder 5] Responses to Congratulations, 1934
[Legal Box 1, Folder 6] General Correspondence, 1923 - 1935
[Legal Box 1, Folder 7] General Correspondence, 1936 - 1949
[Legal Box 1, Folder 8] General Correspondence, 1953
[Legal Box 1, Folder 9] General Correspondence, 1954 Jan - 1954 June
[Legal Box 1, Folder 10] General Correspondence, 1954 July - 1955 Jan
This series contains minutes, reports, and correspondence dealing with Harrelson's service to North Carolina State College (later North Carolina State University). It includes Alumni Association correspondence, the committee on University of North Carolina system consolidation, correspondence involving the bequest program, and notes from the North Carolina General Assembly of 1955. It also includes speeches and publications created by Harrelson while he was involved with the university, his retirement papers, and recommendations and introductions written for individuals within the university. A scrapbook detailing the 50th Anniversary of North Carolina State College is also included. The bulk of the materials date from 1930-1950.
[Legal Box 1, Folder 11] Alumni Association, 1921 - 1934
[Legal Box 1, Folder 12] Alumni Association, 1935 - 1944
[Legal Box 1, Folder 13] Alumni Association, 1952 - 1954
[Legal Box 1, Folder 14] Alumni News, 1933 - 1934
[Legal Box 2, Folder 1] Committee on Consolidation, Letters, 1931 - 1932
[Legal Box 2, Folder 2] Committee on Consolidation, pamphelets, 1931 - 1932
[Legal Box 2, Folder 3] Consolidation, 1932
[Legal Box 2, Folder 4] Consolidation, 1933
[Legal Box 2, Folder 5] Consolidation Publications
[Legal Box 2, Folder 6] Bequest Program Papers
[Legal Box 2, Folder 7] General Assembly, 1955
[Legal Box 2, Folder 8] General Assembly, 1955
[Legal Box 2, Folder 9] General Assembly budget, 1955
[Legal Box 3, Folder 1] Speeches and Writings, 1935 - 1936 Sept
[Legal Box 3, Folder 2] Speeches and Writings, 1936 Oct - 1938
[Legal Box 3, Folder 3] Speeches and Writings, 1940 - 1941
[Legal Box 3, Folder 4] Speeches and Writings, 1942 - 1944
[Legal Box 3, Folder 5] Speeches and Writings, 1953 - 1954
[Legal Box 3, Folder 6] Retirement, 1950 - 1954
[Legal Box 3, Folder 7] Retirement, Publications
[Legal Box 3, Folder 8] Recommendations and Introductions
[Legal Box 3, Folder 9] Recommendations and Introductions
[Legal Box 3, Folder 10] Photographs
Pictures are of Chancellor Harrelson and President Frank Graham.
[Flat Box 20] N.C. State 50th Anniversary Scrapbook
This is a large portion of the collection, spanning Harrelson's years as the director of the North Carolina Department of Conservation and Development. It includes correspondence, reports (both typed and published), speeches, scrapbooks, and papers written while he was in office. It also includes publications of the North Carolina Club, and the Atlantic Sportsman. Colonel Harrelson's original order has been preserved, save the organization by date.
[Legal Box 4, Folder 1] Conservation and Development correspondence, 1929
[Legal Box 4, Folder 2] Conservation and Development correspondence, 1930 - 1931 Aug.
[Legal Box 4, Folder 3] Conservation and Development correspondence, 1931 Sept. - 1931 Dec.
[Legal Box 4, Folder 4] Conservation and Development correspondence, 1932
[Legal Box 4, Folder 5] Reappointment as Director, 1932 - 1933
[Legal Box 4, Folder 6] Conservation and Development Reports,
[Legal Box 4, Folder 7] Conservation and Development, late correspondence, 1933 Jan - 1933 Aug
[Legal Box 4, Folder 8] Letters Upon Losing Post, 1933 Aug
[Legal Box 4, Folder 9] Conservation and Development, correspondence after leaving, 1934
[Legal Box 4, Folder 10] Conservation and Development, correspondence after leaving, 1935 - 1941
[Legal Box 5, Folder 1] Reports (typed), 1930
[Legal Box 5, Folder 2] Reports (published), 1930
[Legal Box 5, Folder 3] Reports (typed), 1931 - 1933
[Legal Box 5, Folder 4] Reports (published), 1931 - 1933
[Legal Box 5, Folder 5] Reports (typed), 1935 - 1937
[Legal Box 5, Folder 6] Reports (published), 1935 - 1937
[Legal Box 5, Folder 7] Reports (typed), 1939 - 1941
[Legal Box 6, Folder 1] Speeches and Writings (1 of 4)
[Legal Box 6, Folder 2] Speeches and Writings (2 of 4)
[Legal Box 6, Folder 3] Speeches and Writings (3 of 4)
[Legal Box 6, Folder 4] Speeches and Writings (4 of 4)
[Legal Box 6, Folder 5] North Carolina Club
[Legal Box 6, Folder 6] North Carolina Club Publications
[Legal Box 6, Folder 7] Atlantic Sportsman
[Flat Box 17] Conservation Clippings Scrapbook 1
[Flat Box 18] Conservation Clipping Scrapbook 2
[Flat Box 19] Conservation Clipping Scrapbook 3
This series contains correspondence, memos, and calls to service arranged by date, dealing with Colonel Harrelson's time in the United States Army. It also includes correspondence regarding the Reserve Officer's Association, and the Council of Defense. Where possible, these documents have been arranged by date. It also includes Harrelson's American flag materials, which include military instructions for flag respect and care for civilians.
[Legal Box 7, Folder 1] General Records, 1921 - 1923
[Legal Box 7, Folder 2] General Records, 1924
[Legal Box 7, Folder 3] General Records, 1925 Jan - 1925 July
[Legal Box 7, Folder 4] General Records, 1925 Aug - 1925 Dec
[Legal Box 7, Folder 5] General Records, 1926 Jan - 1926 July
[Legal Box 7, Folder 6] General Records, 1926 Aug - 1926 Dec
[Legal Box 7, Folder 7] General Records, 1927
[Legal Box 7, Folder 8] General Records, 1928 - 1934
[Legal Box 8, Folder 1] General Records, 1935
[Legal Box 8, Folder 2] General Records, 1936 - 1937
[Legal Box 8, Folder 3] General Records, 1938
[Legal Box 8, Folder 4] General Records, 1939 - 1940
[Legal Box 8, Folder 5] General Records, 1941
[Legal Box 8, Folder 6] General Records, 1942 - 1943 July
[Legal Box 8, Folder 7] General Records, 1943 Aug - 1943 Dec
[Legal Box 8, Folder 8] Travel Vouchers, 1943 - 1944
[Legal Box 8, Folder 9] General Records, 1944 Jan - 1944 Apr
[Legal Box 8, Folder 10] General Records, 1944 May - 1944 June
[Legal Box 9, Folder 1] General Records, 1944 July
[Legal Box 9, Folder 2] General Records, 1944 Aug - 1944 Dec
[Legal Box 9, Folder 3] General Records, 1945
[Legal Box 9, Folder 4] General Records, 1948 - 1954
[Legal Box 9, Folder 5] Reserve Officer's Association, 1925
[Legal Box 9, Folder 6] Reserve Officers Association, 1926 - 1934
[Legal Box 9, Folder 7] Reserve Officer Publications, 1923 - 1932
[Legal Box 9, Folder 8] Military National Defense, 1925 - 1933
[Legal Box 9, Folder 9] Council of Defense, 1940
[Legal Box 9, Folder 10] Council of Defense, 1941
[Legal Box 9, Folder 11] Council of Defense, 1942
[Legal Box 9, Folder 12] American Flag Materials
[Legal Box 9, Folder 13] "The Flag of the United States"
[Album 16, Folder 3] Oversized Military
This series contains reports, notes, publications, budgets, scrapbooks, and correspondence related to the various boards, committees and councils that Colonel Harrelson sat on during his lifetime. These groups include private schools, colleges, the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, and the Merit System Council. These organizations are arranged alphabetically, and by date when possible within groupings.
[Legal Box 10, Folder 2] Chamber of Commerce, Raleigh, 1946 - 1950
[Legal Box 10, Folder 3] Chamber of Commerce, Raleigh, 1953
[Legal Box 10, Folder 4] Chamber of Commerce, Raleigh, 1954 - 1955
[Legal Box 10, Folder 5] Charlotte College, 1954
[Legal Box 10, Folder 6] Cotton Grower's Co-op, 1939 - 1954
[Legal Box 10, Folder 7] Executive's Club, 1948 - 1955
[Legal Box 10, Folder 8] Farmer's Co-op Exchange, 1948 - 1955
[Legal Box 10, Folder 9] Gardner-Webb College, 1942 - 1945
[Legal Box 10, Folder 10] Kiwanis Club, 1939 - 1955
[Legal Box 10, Folder 11] Merit System Council, 1941
[Legal Box 10, Folder 12] Merit System Council, 1942 Jan - 1942 Aug
[Legal Box 11, Folder 1] Merit System Council, 1945
[Legal Box 11, Folder 2] Merit System Council, 1948 - 1949
[Legal Box 11, Folder 3] Merit System Council, 1950 - 1954
[Legal Box 11, Folder 4] Nautical School, 1939 - 1945
[Legal Box 11, Folder 5] Newcomen Society, 1942
[Legal Box 11, Folder 6] Pinehurst Preperatory School, 1940 - 1941
[Legal Box 11, Folder 7] Railroad Centennial, Raleigh, 1940
[Legal Box 11, Folder 8] Raleigh Sesquicentennial, 1941 - 1942 Mar
[Legal Box 11, Folder 9] Raleigh Sesquicentennial, 1942 Apr - 1942 Oct
[Legal Box 11, Folder 10] Ravenscroft School, 1951 - 1952
[Legal Box 11, Folder 11] Saint Agnes Hospital, 1942 - 1953
[Legal Box 12, Folder 1] Saint Agnes Hospital, 1954 - 1955
[Legal Box 12, Folder 2] Saint Agnes Hospital, bookeeper's reports, 1954
[Legal Box 12, Folder 3] Saint Augustine's College, 1937 - 1947
[Legal Box 12, Folder 4] Saint Augustine's College, 1949 - 1953
[Legal Box 12, Folder 5] Saint Augustine's College, 1954 - 1955
[Legal Box 12, Folder 6] Saint Mary's School, 1945 - 1947
[Legal Box 12, Folder 7] Saint Mary's School, 1948 - 1954
[Legal Box 12, Folder 8] State Planning Board, 1936 - 1937
[Legal Box 12, Folder 9] State Planning Board, 1938
[Legal Box 12, Folder 10] State Planning Board, 1939 - 1941
[Legal Box 12, Folder 11] State Programming, television, WRAL, 1954
[Legal Box 13, Folder 1] State - Professional Engineers of NC, 1954
[Legal Box 13, Folder 2] Standard Oil Discussion Group, 1953 - 1954
[Legal Box 13, Folder 3] Watauga Club
[Legal Box 13, Folder 4] Other Memberships, 1929 - 1955
[Flat Box 21, Folder 1] Kiwanis Club Scrapbook
Harrelson marked these files "personal". They have been left as a grouping, but include citations and certificates, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, and personal financial records. This group also included a collection of personal photographs, many of which were labeled by Harrelson himself.
Financial Statements, 1930-1955 (MC 00001 Subseries 6.1)
[Legal Box 13, Folder 5] Personal Financial Records, 1929 - 1955
[Legal Box 13, Folder 6] Paystubs and Cancelled Checks, 1930 - 1955
Citations, Certificates, and Commissions (MC 00001 Subseries 6.2)
[Legal Box 13, Folder 7] Citations, Certificates, and Commissions
[Album 16, Folder 2] Oversized Certificates and Citations
[Flat Folder 1] Diplomas and certificates
Clippings, 1916-1955 (MC 00001 Subseries 6.3)
[Legal Box 13, Folder 8] Newspaper Clippings and Magazines, 1916 - 1933
[Legal Box 13, Folder 9] Newspaper Clippings and Magazines, 1934
[Legal Box 13, Folder 10] Newspaper Clippings and Magazines, 1935 - 1941
[Legal Box 13, Folder 11] Newspaper Clippings and Magazines, 1943 - 1955
Photographs, 1908-1955 (MC 00001 Subseries 6.4)
[Album 14, Folder 1] Photographs: Family, Residence, State College Campus
[Album 15, Folder 1] Commencements, Military Ceremonies, Fort Bragg, Conservation and Development
[Album 16, Folder 1] Oversized Photographs
Artifacts (MC 00001 Subseries 6.5)
[Artifact Box 22] Signature Stamp
[Tube 23] Golf club (putter), undated (Artifact Accession 1975.8.2)

Creator

Harrelson, J. W. (John William), 1885-1955

Quantity

10.7 Linear feet 22 boxes, 1 tube

General Physical Description note

22 boxes, 1 tube

Location

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

Language

English

Acquisitions Information

Gift of Elizabeth Harrelson, 1968.

Processing

Processed by: Lea Jordan; machine-readable finding aid created by: Lea Jordan

Revised

2012 May, Finding aid updated with addition from UA 020 (Memorabilia Collection)

Scope and Content Note

The John William Harrelson Papers contain a wide variety of materials including: correspondence, speeches and writings, reports, minutes, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, photographs, certificates, citations, commissions, appointments, scrapbooks, and other paraphernalia. The collection provides information about Harrelson's military career with the United States Army, his work as a professor and administrator at North Carolina State College, and his service as Director of the North Carolina Department of Conservation and Development. The materials also relate to Harrelson's membership in various civic organizations and participation on certain boards, commissions, and councils, which were often associated with colleges and private schools, including Saint Mary's School, the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, and the Kiwanis Club.

Biographical Note

John William Harrelson was born on June 28, 1885, in Double Shoals Community, Cleveland County, North Carolina. He graduated from North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (later North Carolina State University) in 1909 with a Bachelor's degree in engineering. In 1915 he received a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the same school.

After graduation, Harrelson joined the military. Harrelson was actively employed in the military from 1917 to 1919, and remained a reserve officer after his active service was completed. During this period, Harrelson was a lieutenant in the Coast Artillery, North Carolina National Guard, when the United States entered World War I in April 1917. He was in active service for two years, before being returned to reserve status. While in the reserves, he was promoted to the rank of colonel in 1923.

After completing his active military service, Harrelson chose to stay at his alma mater as an instructor in the Mathematics Department. By 1921, he had risen to the rank of full professor. He was granted a leave of absence from the college in 1929, when Governor O. Max Gardner appointed him director of the North Carolina Department of Conservation and Development. Harrelson remained there from 1929 to 1933, promoting wildlife awareness and sound hunting and fishing practices. Harrelson returned to the college in 1933, and resumed his post as head of the Mathematics department.

In 1934, he was appointed Dean of Administration at North Carolina State College. The name of the position was changed to Chancellor in 1945. Harrelson held this position until his retirement in 1953. Harrelson guided the university through many difficult changes, such as the consolidation of the University of North Carolina system and the student population boom after World War II due to the G.I. Bill.

In 1935 Harrelson married Elizabeth Connor, but the couple had no children. He served on many governmental and private boards, committees and councils, primarily focusing on education and health care. After his retirement, Harrelson was instrumental in working for and promoting the new library on State College Campus, and worked to help start the special collections. He died in Raleigh on March 13, 1955.

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