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UA 023.025 Guide to the University Archives Photograph Collection, Student Life Photographs, 1893, 1906, 1910-1997, (bulk 1946-1997) (Bulk, 1946-1997)

The collection has been arranged into six series:
Portions of this collection have been digitized and made available online.
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These photographs and slides document general campus life.
[Box 1, Folder 1] General (1 of 9), undated
[Box 1, Folder 2] General (2 of 9), undated
[Box 1, Folder 3] General (3 of 9), undated
[Box 1, Folder 4] General (4 of 9), 1939, 1970-1976,undated
[Box 1, Folder 5] General (5 of 9), 1976, 1994, undated
[Box 1, Folder 6] General (6 of 9), 1986-1988, undated
[Box 2, Folder 1] General (7 of 9), 1986-1987, undated
[Box 2, Folder 2] General (8 of 9), 1983, undated
[Box 2, Folder 3] General (9 of 9), 1946, 1951-1958, undated
[Box 11, Folder 1] General (1 of 5), 1963-1982, undated
[Box 11, Folder 2] General (2 of 5), 1906, 1928, 1939-1997, undated
[Box 11, Folder 3] General (3 of 5), 1970-1981, undated
[Box 11, Folder 4] General (4 of 5), 1970-1997, undated
[Box 11, Folder 5] General (5 of 5): Negatives, 1970-1972, undated
[Flat Box 15] General: Scrapbook of R. G. Cadieu, 1922-1923
[Box 12, Folder 1] General: Slides, 1970s-1980s, undated
[Box 12, Folder 11] General: Slides, 1984
These photographs document campus life for specific segments of the NC State student population.
[Box 2, Folder 4] Women, 1942-1968, undated
[Box 2, Folder 5] Women, 1959-1970, 1982, undated
[Box 2, Folder 6] Freshmen, 1924, 1965, undated
[Box 3, Folder 1] African American Students (1 of 6), 1975-1993, undated
[Box 3, Folder 2] African American Students (2 of 6), 1978-1997, undated
[Box 3, Folder 3] African American Students (3 of 6), undated
[Box 3, Folder 4] African American Students (4 of 6), undated
[Box 3, Folder 5] African American Students (5 of 6), 1978-1993, undated
[Box 3, Folder 6] African American Students (6 of 6), undated
[Box 4, Folder 1] International Students (1 of 4), 1978-1983, undated
[Box 4, Folder 2] International Students (2 of 4), 1970-1983, undated
[Box 4, Folder 3] International Students (3 of 4), 1959-1981, undated
[Box 4, Folder 4] International Students (4of 4), 1959-1983, undated
[Box 4, Folder 5] Disabled Students, circa 1977-1981, undated
[Box 4, Folder 6] 1920s, 1924, undated
[Box 4, Folder 7] General, 1991-1992, undated
The photographs and slides document the academic facets of student life at NC State, including walking to class.
[Box 4, Folder 8] Studying, undated
[Box 4, Folder 9] Awards and Scholarships, 1949-1963
[Box 5, Folder 1] Exams, undated
[Box 5, Folder 2] Going to Class, 1970-1990, undated
[Box 5, Folder 3] In the Classroom (1 of 3), 1952-1992, undated
[Box 5, Folder 4] In the Classroom (2 of 3), 1952-1988, undated
[Box 5, Folder 5] In the Classroom (3 of 3), 1977-1988, undated
[Box 5, Folder 8] In the Classroom, undated
[Box 5, Folder 6] Registration, 1946, 1968-1988, undated
[Box 5, Folder 7] Registration, 1946, 1967-1978, undated
[Box 12, Folder 2] Students in Class, Slides, 1972-1979, undated
This large series depicts the various social and community activities taking place on campus at NC State or off campus as part of student outreach programs.
[Box 12, Folder 3] All Campus Day, Slides, 1970-1971, undated
Includes slides of Steppenwolf
[Box 6, Folder 1] Student Movements and Demonstrations, 1964-1980, undated
[Box 6, Folder 2] Student Movements and Demonstrations, 1938-1981, undated
[Box 6, Folder 3] Student Movements and Demonstrations, Negatives, 1970, undated
[Box 6, Folder 4] Student Movements and Demonstrations, NCSU News Service (Includes Clippings), 1969-1970, undated
[Box 6, Folder 5] Student Movements and Demonstrations, NCSU News Service, Negatives, 1970, undated
[Box 12, Folder 4] Student Movements and Demonstrations, Slides, 1970, 1972, 1976
[Box 7, Folder 1] Community Service, 1942-1991, undated
[Box 7, Folder 2] Community Service, 1981-1989, undated
[Box 7, Folder 3] Religion, undated
[Box 13, Folder 1] Student Center: Scrapbook, 1974
[Box 13, Folder 2] Student Center: Scrapbook, [1974?]
[Box 13, Folder 3] Student Center: Scrapbook, [1974?]
[Card Box 14] Student Center: Photos from Scrapbook, [1974?]
[Card Box 14] Student Center: Photos from Scrapbook, [circa 1970s-1980s]
[Card Box 14] Student Center: Scrapbook of I.S.B., 1977
[Card Box 14] Student Center: Scrapbook of I.S.B., 1976
[Box 7, Folder 4] Student Union, 1956-1970, undated
[Box 7, Folder 5] Student Union, 1955-1961, undated
[Box 7, Folder 6] Student Union, 1988, undated
[Box 12, Folder 7] Student Union - Slides, 1969
Erdahl-Cloyd Gallery, Exhibition of Boyce Benge paintings
[Box 7, Folder 7] Parties and Events, 1953-1996, undated
[Box 7, Folder 8] Parties and Events, Outdoor, 1970-1979, undated
[Box 8, Folder 1] Parties and Events, Outdoor, 1971-1980, undated
[Box 8, Folder 2] Parties and Events, Outdoor, 1948-1992, undated
[Box 8, Folder 3] Entertainment, 1977, undated
[Box 8, Folder 4] Entertainment, Bars, 1982, undated
[Box 8, Folder 5] Entertainment, UNC-TV, undated
[Box 12, Folder 5] International Festival - Slides, 1968-1977, undated
[Box 8, Folder 6] Pranks, 1947, undated
[Box 8, Folder 7] Recreation, 1970-1981, undated
[Box 8, Folder 8] Recreation, 1972-1982, undated
[Box 8, Folder 9] Recreation, 1910-1927, 1950s
[Box 8, Folder 10] Recreation, Pushball, undated
[Box 9, Folder 1] Recreation, Sports, undated
[Box 9, Folder 2] Recreation, Games, 1977-1991, undated
[Box 9, Folder 3] Recreation, Bowling, 1977-1981, undated
[Box 9, Folder 4] Recreation, Physical Education, 1930s, 1962-1981, undated
[Box 9, Folder 5] Recreation, Physical Education, 1925, 1965-1996, undated
[Box 12, Folder 6] Recreation, Hang Gliding - Slides, 1986
[Box 9, Folder 6] Recreation, Negatives, 1970-1991, undated
These photographs document some of the services provided to students through the NC State administrative system.
[Box 9, Folder 7] Dormitories, 1977-1981, undated
[Box 9, Folder 8] Eating and Drinking Facilities, 1970-1981, undated
[Box 9, Folder 9] Employment/Career Development, 1982, 1993, undated
[Box 9, Folder 10] Health Care, 1980, undated
[Box 9, Folder 11] Counseling, undated
[Box 9, Folder 12] Student Stores, undated
These photographs document graduation ceremonies and noteworthy NC State graduates, including valedictorians and the first undergraduate class as NC State, the class of 1893.
[Box 12, Folder 9] Graduation, undated
[Box 12, Folder 10] Graduation, 1976
[Box 10, Folder 1] Graduation, 1929-1979, undated
[Box 10, Folder 2] Graduation, 1929-1996, undated
[Box 10, Folder 3] Graduation: Negatives, 1944-1948, 1987
[Box 10, Folder 13] Graduation: Contact Sheets, undated
[Box 12, Folder 8] Graduation: Slides, 1967, 1972, 1978
[Box 10, Folder 4] Commencement, NCSU News Services, 1971-1991, undated
[Box 10, Folder 5] Commencement, NCSU News Services, 1991-1994, undated
[Box 10, Folder 6] Commencement, NCSU News Services, 1996-1997
[Box 10, Folder 7] Commencement, NCSU News Services, 1958
[Box 10, Folder 8] Commencement, NCSU News Services, 1968
[Box 10, Folder 9] Commencement, NCSU News Services, 1982
[Box 10, Folder 10] Honors Convocation, NCSU News Services, 1988-1991, undated
[Box 10, Folder 11] Class of 1893, NCSU News Services (Includes Clippings), 1893, 1967-1979, undated
[Box 10, Folder 12] Commencement, NCSU News Services, Negatives, 1994, undated


7.0 Linear feet

General Physical Description note

13 archival boxes, 1 flat box, 1 card box


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Acquisitions Information

This collection was created by University Archives from a variety of sources.


Processed by: Kelly Clark; machine-readable finding aid created by: Kelly Clark, February 2008. Updated by Stephanie Barnwell, January 2012 and July 2012.

Scope and Content Note

The University Archives Photograph Collection Student Life Photographs document life on campus for undergraduate and graduate students attending North Carolina State University throughout its long history, although the bulk of these pertain to the years after World War II. Included are general photos and slides depicting campus life; academic life, encompassing studying, classroom time with faculty, and so on; people at the university, especially African American students, who were finally admitted to the university in the mid- to late 1950s as a result of desegregation; social events and other activities, including protests, community service, concerts and outdoor festivals, and recreational activities; graduation ceremonies; and other facets of student life. This collection also includes a few scrapbooks as well as some clippings and other materials from NC State News Services.

Historical Note

In 1887 the North Carolina General Assembly created the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts as the state's land-grant institution to provide teaching, research and extension services to the people of the state. The College officially opened its doors in 1889, with Alexander Holladay as the first President. Classes began that fall with seventy-two students, six faculty, and one building, Main Building, later Holladay Hall. Two general fields of study were available, agriculture and mechanics, with a third in applied science added in 1893.By 1917, the school’s teaching, research, and extension activities were broad enough that the Board of Trustees agreed to a name change: North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering, thereby officially adopting the “State College” colloquialism that had been in use for years. Further reorganization was undertaken in the 1920s, when the college expanded its curriculum and established the Graduate School.

Economic hardship and a lack of funds during the Depression years of the 1930s threatened to undermine the advances of the 1920s, until sweeping education reforms were passed by the state legislature. The result was the Consolidated University of North Carolina, wherein three state universities – UNC at Chapel Hill, the Women’s College at Greensboro, and State College in Raleigh – were combined administratively in order to combat inefficiency and redundancy in public higher education. Th college underwent another reorganization and another name change, this time to North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering of the University of North Carolina. The Consolidated University arrangement existed until 1971, when it was superseded by the sixteen-campus University of North Carolina system, still in place today.

As the Depression slowly receded, North Carolina State College renewed its growth and development. Enrollment reached new heights, passing the 2,000 mark in 1937, and many of the school’s programs saw significant growth, particularly in extension and engineering. World War II and its aftermath, however, wrought more drastic changes to the academic and physical landscape at State College. Enrollment during wartime suffered greatly, dropping below 1,000 students by 1943, and many academic programs were greatly curtailed. Despite these difficulties, the College did make contributions to the war effort, hosting a number of military detachments and training exercises, and refitting the work of several departments and programs to military and defense purposes. Then NC State experienced growth unparalleled in its history during the postwar years. The G.I. Bill brought thousands of ex-servicemen to campus, and enrollment shot past the 5,000 mark in 1947. The College struggled to provide academic and residential space for its new students, and major new programs were created to meet the demands of the expanding student body.

Although the 1950s generally represented a time of quiet growth and reorganization, several significant changes did occur during that time. Academically, several programs achieved national recognition, including work in agriculture, engineering, and design. The college also saw major building projects, with over a dozen newly constructed buildings appearing on campus. Most significantly, and a change that occurred with relatively little fanfare, was the admission of the first African-American students to State College, in 1953 (graduate) and 1956 (undergraduate). The institution faced the same turmoils during the sixties and seventies that confronted larger American society, but perhaps the most turbulent on-campus imbroglio was that over the institution’s latest name change, which began in 1962. State College officials desired to change the institution’s name to North Carolina State University. When Consolidated University administrators approved a change to the University of North Carolina at Raleigh, many were outraged. Protests and letter-writing campaigns sought relief from this proposal, and finally in 1963 a compromise was reached, with State College officially becoming North Carolina State of the University of North Carolina at Raleigh. Students, faculty, and alumni continued to express dissatisfaction with this name, however, and after two more years of political wrangling, the name was once again changed, this time to North Carolina State University at Raleigh.

Known as the "People's University," North Carolina State University has developed into a vital educational and economic resource, and a wealth of university outreach and extension programs provide services and education to all sectors of the state's economy and its citizens. With a student body of nearly 30,000, nearly 2,000 faculty, and research and program expenditures over $440 million, the University is an active part of North Carolina life.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], University Archives Photograph Collection, Student Life Photographs, UA 023.025, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

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