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MC 00036 Guide to the Sanford Richard Winston Papers, 1930 - 1969

This collection is organized into six series. The Correspondence, Speeches, and Writings were each grouped together, and this organization is preserved. The Career series, comprising documents relating to both Winston's university and publishing career, have been arranged together. The Organizations were arranged by individual group, and this system is followed. The Memorial Activities series is made up of documents collected after Winston's death, and these documents have been arranged by activity.
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This series contains correspondence to Winston, the bulk of which was written in the 1930s and early 1940s. Winston saved few of his outgoing letters. The series has been arranged in chronological order.
[Box 1, Folder 1] 1929 - 1932
[Box 1, Folder 2] 1933
[Box 1, Folder 3] 1934 - 1940
[Box 1, Folder 4] [no date], 1941 - 1965,
This series includes speeches, notecards, programs, and clippings of announcements about Winston's speeches. A few were typed out in whole, but most exist as a series of notecards. The speeches are arranged in chronological order, but many have no date.
[Box 1, Folder 5] Text[no date], 1933 - 1934,
[Box 1, Folder 6] [no date], 1945 - 1946,
[Box 1, Folder 7] [no date]
[Box 1, Folder 8] Programs, 1933 - 1950
[Box 1, Folder 9] Clippings, [no date]
The writings series includes articles, monographs, and book reviews written by Winston. Most of them date from the 1930s and 1940s. These are arranged chronologically. Also included are bibilographies of Winston's publications, and book catalogs in which Winston's books were featured.
[Box 1, Folder 10] 1930 - 1938
[Box 1, Folder 11] 1940 - 1943
[Box 1, Folder 12] 1946 - 1947
[Box 1, Folder 13] [no date], 1952 - 1953,
[Box 1, Folder 14] Bibliographies, [no date]
[Box 1, Folder 15] Book Catalogs[no date], 1938 - 1950,
The Career series includes Winston's transcripts, vita, photographs, and salary and royalty information. It also features honors given to Winston, like inclusions in numerous "Who's Who" books and invitations to special events. Information about Winston's retirement is included as well.
[Box 1, Folder 16] Transcripts and Vita[no date], 1925 - 1929,
[Box 1, Folder 17] Salary and Royalty Statements, 1936 - 1946
[Box 1, Folder 18] State College Activities Clippings[no date], 1946 - 1948,
[Box 1, Folder 19] Who's Who Inclusions[no date], 1943 - 1969,
[Box 2, Folder 1] National Cyclopedia of American Biography Photograph, [no date]
[Box 2, Folder 2] Invitations[no date], 1950,
[Box 2, Folder 3] Retirement, 1950
Oversized Photograph, 1943
Oversized Photograph, 1963
The Organizations series documents Winston's involvement in a number of local and national groups, including the Archaeological Society of North Carolina, the Community Council of Raleigh and Wake County, and the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild. Materials are organized by individual group, and further subdivided by type of materials.
American Association for the Advancement of Science and Associated Societies, 1931 - 1932
[Box 2, Folder 4] Conference Program, 1931 - 1932
[Box 2, Folder 5] Clipping, 1931
American Sociological Association, 1932 - 1959
[Box 2, Folder 6] Conference Programs, 1932 - 1934
[Box 2, Folder 7] Fellowship Certificate, 1959
Archaeological Society of North Carolina, 1934 - 1944
[Box 2, Folder 8] 1934 - 1935
[Box 2, Folder 9] 1936 - 1938
[Box 2, Folder 10] Officer List, 1934
[Box 2, Folder 11] Clippings[no date], 1935,
[Box 2, Folder 12] Paper Presented, [no date]
[Box 2, Folder 13] Conference Program, 1944
Community Council of Raleigh and Wake County, 1944 - 1948
[Box 2, Folder 14] Correspondence, 1944
[Box 2, Folder 15] Report by Winston, 1945
[Box 2, Folder 16] Clippings, 1945 - 1948
[Box 2, Folder 17] North Carolina College Conference Programs, 1937 - 1946
Raleigh Chamber Music Guild, 1948 - 1950
[Box 2, Folder 18] Concert Programs, 1948 - 1950
[Box 2, Folder 19] Clippings[no date], 1948,
[Box 2, Folder 20] Southern Sociological Society Conference Program, 1940
The Memorial Activities series includes materials relating to Winston's funeral as well as commemorative endeavors, such as the establishment of an S.R. Winston Music Collection in the D.H. Hill Library at North Carolina State University. Materials are organized according to type of activity.
[Box 2, Folder 21] Obituaries[no date], 1969,
[Box 2, Folder 22] Funeral Arrangement Documents, 1969
[Box 2, Folder 23] S. R. Winston Fund Correspondence, 1969 - 1970
S. R. Winston Music Collection, 1969 - 1973
[Box 2, Folder 24] Descriptions, Clippings, 1969 - 1973
[Box 2, Folder 25] Planning[no date], 1969,
[Box 2, Folder 26] Bibliography, 1971
[Flat Folder 1] Photograph, 1943


Winston, Sanford Richard, 1897-1969


1.0 Linear feet 2 archival storage box

General Physical Description note

2 archival storage box


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Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Collection given by Dr. Ellen Winston of Raleigh, NC on September 11, 1969. Additional materials were added from the Ellen Winston Collection when it was established in 1996.

Acquisitions Information

Gift of Dr. Ellen Winston, 1969.


Processed by: Valerie Gillispie; machine-readable finding aid created by: Valerie Gillispie

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains materials relating to the education and career of Sanford Richard Winston. The documents range from the 1920s when Winston worked on his graduate degree to the memorial activities following his death. Correspondence includes letters from Winston's thesis advisors, communication with Winston's publisher, and letters regarding Winston's teaching career at both North Carolina State and other schools. Speeches include lectures on leadership during war, child-rearing, and women's contributions to society. The materials in the Writings series are mainly articles about topics such as public housing, leadership, and African-American social problems. There is also a copy of Winston's monograph, Leadership in Peace and War. The Career series contains information about Winston's royalty payments and involvement in campus activities, as well as some of the honors he received. The Organizations series includes correspondence, publications, clippings, and conference programs relating to Winston's membership in many professional and social organizations. The documents in Memorial Activities include obituaries, funeral arrangement plans, and materials relating to the S. R. Winston Music Collection.

Biographical Note

Sanford Richard Winston was born on Long Island, New York on November 27, 1897. He received an A.B. degree from Western Reserve University, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota. He joined North Carolina State College as an assistant professor in 1926, and served as head of the Department of Sociology from 1933 until his retirement in 1963. Winston also taught courses at Peace College and Meredith College, among others.

Winston published widely in journals, and wrote several books and monographs on sociology, including Culture and Human Behavior and "Leadership in Peace and War". He participated in a wide range of professional organizations as well as community groups. Winston served as president of the Southern Sociological Society and the Wake County Community Council, and was named a Fellow of the American Sociological Association. He was also a member of the Rural Sociological Society and the Archaeological Society of North Carolina, among other organizations.

A lifelong music lover, Winston was active in the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild, and served as its president from 1948 to 1950. Following his death on June 13, 1969, the S. R. Winston Fund was established to create a collection of music at D. H. Hill Library at North Carolina State University. Many of Winston's own books other materials were donated to the Library.

In a condolence note to Mrs. Winston, Horace Hamilton, a colleague of Winston's at North Carolina State, wrote, "Thousands of college students, taught by Professor Winston, will remember and appreciate his contribution to their understanding of how society is put together and what makes it tick."

Winston was married to Ellen Black Winston, a noted sociologist who served as Commissioner of the North Carolina Department of Public Welfare, and later served as U.S. Commissioner of Public Welfare from 1962 to 1967. Mrs. Winston died in 1984.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of Item], Sanford Richard Winston Collection, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, North Carolina.

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