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MC 00160 Guide to the Selz C. Mayo Papers, 1936 - 1963

This collection is organized into four series: Correspondence, Research, Writings, and Organizations. Mayo, with some assistance from his secretary, had organized his papers into roughly these four groups. Correspondence was organized alphabetically, chiefly by surname. The Research series has been maintained in the order in which Mayo left them. A collection of Mayo's writings were received and filed together. Organizations were divided by group, and have been filed this way.
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This series contains correspondence between Mayo and other researchers, professors, organizations, students, and others. The three main categories of the correspondence series are People Related to Research Interests, Organizations Related to Research Interests, and General. Letters are arranged alphabetically according to personal name or organization name.
People Related to Research Interests, 1942 - 1951
[Box 1, Folder 1] A - Bi
Alexander, Frank D., , 1951
Atwater, Reginald M., 1947
Barlow, Frank D., Jr., 1947 - 1948
Beers, Howard W., 1948 - 1951
Bishop, Charles E., 1950
[Box 1, Folder 2] Bl- Br
Blackwell, Gordon W., 1944 - 1951
Bobbitt, Robert McDaniel, 1947 - 1951
Brewer, Earl D. C., 1945
des Brunner, Edmund, 1951
[Box 1, Folder 3] C - Da
Chambers, Martin Reed, 1945 - 1947
Christensen, Harold T., 1950
Comfort, Richard O., 1946
Davies, Vernon, 1947 - 1948
Davis, Dan R., 1948
Davis, Joseph S., 1950
Davis, Kingsley, 1951
[Box 1, Folder 4] De - Du
Dean, S. P., 1945 - 1947
Demerath, Nicholas, 1947
Denton, Alfred M., Jr., 1951
Duncan, O.D., 1948 - 1951
[Box 1, Folder 5] E - F
Ensminger, Douglas, 1948
Ferriss, Abbott L., 1942 -1949
Fessler, Donald R., 1951
Fink, Arthur E., 1948 - 1949
Forster, G. W., 1946 - 1950
Fullerton, Kie, 1946 - 1948
Furfey, Paul Hanly, 1942
[Box 1, Folder 6] G - H
Gamble, Clarence J., 1950
Gee, Wilson, 1950
Gibson, W. L., 1947
Greene, R. E. L., 1950
Grigsby, S. Earl, 1949 - 1950
Grisette, Felix A., 1945 - 1951
Hagood, Margaret Jarman, 1950 - 1951
Hamilton, C. Horace, 1949 - 1951
Hay, Donald G., 1949 - 1950
Hedrick, W. P., 1950
Hitt, Homer, 1950 - 1951
[Box 1, Folder 7] J - L
Jocher, Katherine, 1946 - 1947
Johnson, Alice M., 1949
Larson, Olaf F., 1948 - 1951
Leagans, J. Paul, 1948
Lewis, Myron F., 1947 - 1949
Longmore, T. Wilson, 1950 - 1951
[Box 1, Folder 8] M - Sc
McCoy, Charles S., 1950
Martin, Robert E., 1947 - 1951
Matthews, M. Taylor, 1950 - 1951
Robinson, William McKinley, 1947
Santopolo, Frank, 1951
[Box 1, Folder 9] Schuler, Edgar A., 1944 -1949
[Box 1, Folder 10] Sm - W
Smith, Marion B., 1948
Taylor, Carl C., 1951
Tate, Leland B., 1947
Tripp, Thomas Alfred, 1947 - 1948
Umstead, Vertee, 1945
Vance, Rupert B., 1951
Wakeley, Ray E., 1951
Williams, Robin M., Jr., 1948 - 1950
Organizations Related to Research Interests, 1942 - 1951
[Box 1, Folder 11] A - B
American Association of University Professors, 1945 - 1951
American Council for the Community, 1950 - 1951
Bureau of the Census, 1942 - 1949
[Box 1, Folder 12] C
Carolina Power and Light Company, 1950 - 1951
Committee for North Carolina, 1946 - 1947
Community Council of Raleigh and Wake County, Inc., 1949 - 1951
Cooperative Extension Work in Agriculture and Home Economics, State of North Carolina, 1945 - 1951
Cooperative Extension Work in Agriculture and Home Economics, State of Wisconsin, 1945
[Box 1, Folder 13] F - N
Farmers Cooperative Exchange, 1948 - 1951
National Planning Association, 1947
North Carolina Conference for Social Service, 1947 - 1949
North Carolina Council of Churches, 1946
North Carolina Dental Society, 1947
[Box 1, Folder 14] P - Sh
People's Hospital, Inc., 1946
Progressive Farmer, 1945 - 1952
Shaw University, 1947 - 1951
[Box 2, Folder 1] So - W
Southeast Regional Land Tenure Research Committee, 1951
Southern Sociological Society, 1944 - 1951
State Planning Board, 1944
United States Department of Agriculture, 1944 - 1945
Wake County Health Department, 1949
General, 1942 - 1951
[Box 2, Folder 2] A - B
[Box 2, Folder 3] C - D
[Box 2, Folder 4] E - G
[Box 2, Folder 5] H - L
[Box 2, Folder 6] M
[Box 2, Folder 7] N - R
[Box 2, Folder 8] S - Y
This series includes notes, speeches, lists, statistics, and a booklet about two research topics in which Mayo was interested: extension activities and the study of rural sociology in the south. The contents of each folder were filed together originally, and this arrangement is preserved.
[Box 2, Folder 9] Extension Activities in North Carolina[no date], 1951 - 1953,
[Box 2, Folder 10] Rural Sociology in the Southeast, 1948
The Writings series contains a small sampling of Mayo's writings on rural communities, distribution of healthcare specialists in North Carolina, and other rural sociology topics. Several articles are reprints from sociology journals, and one article is a progress report written for the North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station. Also included is a booklet about changing population trends in North Carolina. These writings, which cover a broad span of time, were originally grouped together in the collection, and this organization is preserved.
[Box 2, Folder 11] 1946 - 1963
The Organizations series contains correspondence, memoranda, minutes, and other organizational information about several groups to which Mayo belonged. The Association of Southern Agricultural Workers, the North Carolina Rural Church Institute, and Committee for North Carolina were all organizations in which Mayo contributed his expertise on rural sociology. Mayo's participation in the School of Agriculture Open House Planning Committee and the State of the University Conference Committee reflects his long-standing relationship with the University. Each organization's materials were originally filed all together, and have since been broken down into smaller categories, such as correspondence, conference materials, and so on.
Association of Southern Agricultural Workers, 1947 - 1951
Correspondence
[Box 2, Folder 12] 1947 - October, 1948
[Box 2, Folder 13] November, 1948 - September, 1950
[Box 2, Folder 14] Announcements, Conference Materials[no date], 1949 - 1951,
[Box 2, Folder 15] Speech Notes, 1949
News Service, Committee for North Carolina, 1947 - 1948
[Box 2, Folder 16] Correspondence, 1947 - 1948
[Box 2, Folder 17] Press Releases and Clippings[no date], 1948,
North Carolina Rural Church Institute, 1936 - 1953
Correspondence
[Box 2, Folder 18] 1942 - 1949
[Box 2, Folder 19] 1950 - 1953
[Box 3, Folder 1] Memoranda, 1947 - 1952
[Box 3, Folder 2] Minutes, 1940 - 1953
[Box 3, Folder 3] Organizational Information[no date], 1951,
[Box 3, Folder 4] Constitution, By-Laws, Articles of Incorporation, 1947 - 1948
[Box 3, Folder 5] Articles, Brochures[no date], 1951 - 1953,
[Box 3, Folder 6] Financial Records, 1936 - 1953
[Box 3, Folder 7] Member and Attendence Rosters[no date], 1944 - 1953,
School of Agriculture Open House Planning Committee, 1961 - 1963
[Box 3, Folder 8] Memoranda, 1961 - 1963
[Box 3, Folder 9] Minutes, 1962 - 1963
[Box 3, Folder 10] Organizational Materials, 1962 - 1963
[Box 3, Folder 11] Planning Information, Brochures[no date], 1962 - 1963,
State of the University Conference Committee, 1953 - 1954
[Box 3, Folder 12] Correspondence, 1953 - 1954
[Box 3, Folder 13] Memorandums, 1953 - 1954
[Box 3, Folder 14] Conference Materials and Programs, 1953 - 1954
[Box 3, Folder 15] Discussion Topics[no date], 1953,
[Box 3, Folder 16] Reports and Recommendations, 1953
[Box 3, Folder 17] Participant Rosters, [no date]
[Box 3, Folder 18] Extension Services Materials, [no date]
[Box 3, Folder 19] Presentation Notes[no date], 1954,

Creator

Mayo, Selz C. (Selz Cabot), 1915-1983

Quantity

1.5 Linear feet

General Physical Description note

3 archival storage box

Location

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Language

English

Acquisitions Information

Gift of Selz C. Mayo, 1982.

Processing

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

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains materials relating to both the personal and professional life of Selz C. Mayo. It documents his correspondence, research, writings, and membership in organizations primarily while he was professor of Rural Sociology at North Carolina State College in the 1940s and 1950s. The correspondence includes letters to and from researchers, professors, professional organizations, students, and community members. This correspondence documents Mayo's communication with others who shared his research interests, and those for whom he recommended materials pertaining to rural sociology. The research materials include both notes and collected secondary resources on rural sociology and extension activities. The documents relating to Mayo's research reflect his interest in rural people and education. There is a sampling of Mayo's own in the Writing series that demonstrate his professional and academic interests. These include both articles and booklets. Finally, the organizational documents describe Mayo's active involvement in the Association of Southern Agricultural Workers and the North Carolina Rural Church Institute, among others, through correspondence, memorandums, minutes, and organizational information.

Biographical Note

Selz Cabot Mayo was born in Pamlico County, North Carolina on September 20, 1915. After attending high school, he received a B.S. in Sociology from Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) in 1935. Mayo went on to earn an M.S. degree in Rural Sociology from North Carolina State College in 1938 and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina in 1942.

Mayo joined the faculty of North Carolina State in 1939 as an instructor, and remained with the University for 42 years, until 1981. During that time, Mayo was a professor in the Department of Rural Sociology, and became the head of the department in 1960. In 1963, he was named head of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology as well, and in 1965 the Department of Rural Sociology was absorbed into the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Mayo remained the head of this department until his retirement in 1981. During his career at North Carolina State, Mayo also taught courses at the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Shaw University.

Always active as a professor as well as a community member, Mayo had broad interests, including farm labor, demography and population, health services, education, and social change. All of his interests revolved around his main professional focus, rural communities and their development. Mayo edited the journal "Rural Sociology" from 1941 to 1951, and was a member of the American Sociological Association, the Population Association of America, the North Carolina Rural Church Institute, and the Rural Sociology Society, in which he served as Vice President in 1963 - 1964. He also served as President of the Southern Sociological Society from 1963 - 1964, after being the Secretary-Treasurer of that organization. In 1974, Mayo was elected President of the North Carolina Sociological Association. In addition to his membership in many organizations, he also published over 150 articles and essays.

Upon Mayo's retirement in 1981, Frederick L. Bates remarked, "His career-long goal has been to bring the message of sociology and its research methods to other fields, particularly to fields such as education, engineering, and to the technical fields of agriculture, and to social work." Mayo continued to work after his retirement on a history of sociology at North Carolina State University. Mayo died at the age of 68 on November 16, 1983.

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