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Collection Number: 05328

Collection Title: William B. Aycock Papers, 1942-2006

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Size 6.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 2400 items)
Abstract William B. Aycock was a professor in the University of North Carolina School of Law, 1948-1985, and served as chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1957-1964. The collection includes subject files; speeches; newspaper clippings; photographs; and personal and professional communications from friends, colleagues, and former students all relating to William B. Aycock and his military service (includes World War II photographs), his work with Frank Porter Graham as United Nations Representative for India and Pakistan, and his service as chancellor and law professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Also included are printed works authored by Aycock or relating to the University of North Carolina. Topics include the Kashmir dispute, Aycock's chancellorship, segregation in higher education, NCAA recruiting infractions, his hiring of basketball coach Dean Smith, the Speaker Ban controversy, the Equal Rights Amendment, the William B. Aycock Family Medicine Building, honors and awards, and other subjects.
Creator Aycock, William B. (William Brantley), 1915-
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
This collection contains additional materials that are not processed and are currently not available to researchers. For information about access to these materials, contact Research and Instructional Services staff. Please be advised that preparing unprocessed materials for access can be a lengthy process.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the William B. Aycock Papers #5328, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from William B. Aycock of Chapel Hill, N.C., in April 2007 (Acc. 100640).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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Legal educator William B. Aycock served as chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1957 to 1964 and as professor at the School of Law for nearly 40 years, retiring as Kenan Professor of Law Emeritus in 1985. The recipient of many honors and awards, Aycock was lauded for his teaching and leadership contributions to the University, where the Department of Family Medicine's building and endowed professionship bear his name. Aycock was also known for his opposition to the Speaker Ban and as the man who hired basketball coach Dean Smith.

1915 Born October 26, 1915, in Lucama, N.C.
1932 Graduated from Selma High School, Johnston County, N.C.
1936 Received B.S. in education from North Carolina State University, where he served as student body president
1937 Received M.A. in history from the University of North Carolina
1937-1940 Public school teacher for history and assistant football coach, Greensboro, N.C.
1940-1942 National Youth Administration Chief of Project Planning and Control in the State Office, Raleigh, N.C.
1941 Married Grace Mewborn of Snow Hill, N.C.
1942-1945 United States Army: recipient of Bronze Star, Silver Star, and Legion of Merit; Judge Advocate General's Corps
1945-1948 Student, University of North Carolina School of Law: first in class, editor of North Carolina Law Review, Order of the Coif
1948-1949 Assistant professor, University of North Carolina Law School
1948 Admitted to the North Carolina Bar
1950-1955 Associate professor, University of North Carolina Law School
1951 Special assistant to Frank Porter Graham on United Nations Mission for India and Pakistan
1953 Admitted to practice before the United States Court of Military Appeals, Washington, D.C.
1954 Visiting professor, University of Texas Law School, summer session
1955 Professor of law, University of North Carolina Law School
1955 Publication: Military Law Under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, co-authored with Colonel Seymour Wurfel
1956 Acting Dean, University of North Carolina School of Law
1956-1957 Visiting professor, University of Virginia School of Law
1957-1964 Chancellor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
1964 Publication: Selected Speeches
1964 Rejoined faculty of University of North Carolina School of Law
1964 Board of directors, Orange Savings and Loan
1966 Appointed Kenan Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law
1974-1982 Member, Moorehead Central Committee
1976-1979 Board of directors, University of North Carolina General Alumni Association
1985 Retired as full-time faculty member
1989 Publication: Speeches and Statements
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The collection includes subject files; speeches; newspaper clippings; photographs; and personal and professional communications from friends, colleagues, and former students all relating to William B. Aycock and his military service (includes World War II photographs), his work with Frank Porter Graham as United Nations Representative for India and Pakistan, and his service as chancellor and law professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Also included are printed works authored by Aycock or relating to the University of North Carolina. Topics include the Kashmir dispute, Aycock's chancellorship, segregation in higher education, NCAA recruiting infractions, his hiring of basketball coach Dean Smith, the Speaker Ban controversy, the "Equal Rights Amendment", the William B. Aycock Family Medicine Building, honors and awards, and other subjects.

Note that materials are chiefly arranged as received and that there is considerable overlap between series.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Subject Files, Photographs, Clippings, and Other Materials, 1942-2006.

About 1800 items.

Arrangement: roughly chronological.

Note that original file folder titles have, for the most part, been retained.

Folder 1

201 File. William B. Aycock. United States Army Reserve, 1942-1970 #05328, Series: "1. Subject Files, Photographs, Clippings, and Other Materials, 1942-2006." Folder 1

Military records for the Army and the Army Reserves, appointment letters to the United Nations, and related materials.

Image Folder P-5327/1

Photographs, 2nd Battalion 87th Infantry Division in Europe #05328, Series: "1. Subject Files, Photographs, Clippings, and Other Materials, 1942-2006." P-5327/1

About 60 images of American soldiers, decoration ceremonies, camp life, "Camp Aycock," and rubble in Germany during World War II. Some photographs have detailed captions written on back.

Folder 2

1951: Frank Graham as United Nations Representative on Kashmir Dispute #05328, Series: "1. Subject Files, Photographs, Clippings, and Other Materials, 1942-2006." Folder 2

Letters and clippings related to Aycock's work with Frank Porter Graham as the United Nations Representative for India and Pakistan relating to the Kashmir dispute.

Folder 3

Before 1 July 1957 (before chancellorship) #05328, Series: "1. Subject Files, Photographs, Clippings, and Other Materials, 1942-2006." Folder 3

Clippings and letters to Aycock, chiefly related to his experiences with the United Nations and presentations he made in North Carolina concerning the Kashmir dispute.

Folder 4

Scrapbook, 1957 #05328, Series: "1. Subject Files, Photographs, Clippings, and Other Materials, 1942-2006." Folder 4

Clippings related to the selection of Aycock as chancellor of the University of North Carolina.

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Folder 8

Chancellorship, 1955-1994 #05328, Series: "1. Subject Files, Photographs, Clippings, and Other Materials, 1942-2006." Folder 5-8

Letters, proposals, annual reports, clippings, and other materials related to Aycock's term as chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Also includes a 1955 memorandum from Aycock to then Chancellor R.B. House on the question of the legality of segregated seating at football games.

Folder 9

Athletics, 1957-1997 #05328, Series: "1. Subject Files, Photographs, Clippings, and Other Materials, 1942-2006." Folder 9

Articles, letters, and other materials relating to NCAA recruiting infractions and the hiring of Dean Smith. Includes copy of a 1963 letter from Dean Smith to Aycock.

Folder 10

My Role in the Speaker Ban Controversy (1963-1965) #05328, Series: "1. Subject Files, Photographs, Clippings, and Other Materials, 1942-2006." Folder 10

Speeches and statements issues by Aycock, newspaper articles, and letters to Aycock related Aycock's opposition to North Carolina House Bill 1395: An Act to Regulate Visiting Speakers at State Supported Colleges and Universities, known as the Speaker Ban law.

Folder 11

Speeches, Clippings, and Letters to William B. Aycock, 1964-1993 #05328, Series: "1. Subject Files, Photographs, Clippings, and Other Materials, 1942-2006." Folder 11

Speeches by and about Aycock; letters written to Aycock; and clippings related to honors and awards, personal and professional contributions, University matters, and the creation of the William B. Aycock Family Medicine Building.

Folder 12

Equal Rights Admendment (ERA), 1975-1980 #05328, Series: "1. Subject Files, Photographs, Clippings, and Other Materials, 1942-2006." Folder 12

Speeches, letters, and newspaper clippings related to Aycock's article on the Equal Rights Amendment.

Folder 13

Retirement Dinner for William B. Aycock, Carolina Inn, 5 December 1985 #05328, Series: "1. Subject Files, Photographs, Clippings, and Other Materials, 1942-2006." Folder 13

Letters, clippings, and testimonials written on Aycock's retirement.

Awards Information, 1985-1991 #05328, Series: "1. Subject Files, Photographs, Clippings, and Other Materials, 1942-2006." Folder 13

Clippings, letters, certificates, and programs related to Aycock's awards, including the Libery Bell Award, distinguished professorships, School of Law Lifetime Achievement Award, and the University Award.

Folder 14

University of North Carolina School of Law, 1986-1995 #05328, Series: "1. Subject Files, Photographs, Clippings, and Other Materials, 1942-2006." Folder 14

Letters to William Aycock and other materials.

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Folder 17

Letters and speeches related to Speeches and Statements #05328, Series: "1. Subject Files, Photographs, Clippings, and Other Materials, 1942-2006." Folder 16-17

Thank-you letters written to Aycock relating to Speeches and Statements , 1989-1992, and speeches after the publication of his work, 1989-2001.

Folder 18

Photograph Album, Dedication of the Aycock Family Medicine Building, 1990 #05328, Series: "1. Subject Files, Photographs, Clippings, and Other Materials, 1942-2006." Folder 18

Folder 19

Interview with Grace M. Aycock, 1990 #05328, Series: "1. Subject Files, Photographs, Clippings, and Other Materials, 1942-2006." Folder 19

Transcript of Southern Oral History Program interview with Aycock's wife Grace, as well as Grace Aycock's obituary. Also includes a photograph of Aycock's installation on 12 October 1957.

Folder 20

North Carolina Law Review's coverage of the speaker ban law, 1963-2004 #05328, Series: "1. Subject Files, Photographs, Clippings, and Other Materials, 1942-2006." Folder 20

Clippings, letters from and to then Law School dean Gene R. Nichol related to coverage of the speaker ban law in the North Carolina Law Review.

Folder 21

Resume, 2006 #05328, Series: "1. Subject Files, Photographs, Clippings, and Other Materials, 1942-2006." Folder 21

Box 4

Publications #05328, Series: "1. Subject Files, Photographs, Clippings, and Other Materials, 1942-2006." Box 4

Printed works by Aycock or relating to the Yniversity, including Military Law Under the Uniform Code of Military Justice inscribed by Aycock, Selected Speeches and Statements of William Brantley Aycock, 1957-1964 , and Selected Speeches and Statements of William Brantley Aycock, 1957-1989

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About 600 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Folder 22

Letters from former students, 1963-1999 #05328, Series: "2. Letters to William Aycock, 1963-1999." Folder 22

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Folder 27

Letters, 1965-1986 #05328, Series: "2. Letters to William Aycock, 1963-1999." Folder 23-27

Letters written to Aycock concerning his writings, honors conferred, personal and professional contributions, and other matters.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Amanda Ross, January 2008

Encoded by: Amanda Ross, January 2008

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