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Collection Number: 05255

Collection Title: Pollock Irwin Papers, 1922-1964

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 200 items)
Abstract Teacher and writer Pollock Irwin was graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1926. He lived in Iran, 1931-1934, where he taught at the American School in Tabriz, which was operated by the Presbyterian Church USA. These experiences formed the basis of his book, A Tar Heel in Iran (1958). Irwin later taught in Burlington and Wilmington, N.C., schools, where he was active in student theater productions. He authored "The Passion of Our Lord", an Easter play that was presented for many years in Presbyterian churches in cities where he taught. The collection includes two scrapbooks prepared by Irwin, one containing clippings and photographs from his University of North Carolina days as a member of the Alpha Sigma of Chi Psi fraternity, and the other containing materials relating to Iran. Also included are a manuscript and galley proof of A Tar Heel in Iran; a 1933 travel diary and notebook from Iran; about 50 postcards from Iran, Greece, Paris, Jerusalem, and Rome; Irwin's teaching credentials; two checkbook registers; a small number of letters; photographs of Iran, productions of Irwin's Easter play, and a house, possibly Irwin's; and clippings, chiefly 1940s-1950s, relating to Christmas and Easter events, school activities, gardening, and A Tar Heel in Iran.
Creator Irwin, Pollock.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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 Pollock Irwin Papers #5255, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from W. W. Kale of Williamsburg, Va., in September 2005 (Acc. 100318).
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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Teacher and writer Pollock Irwin was graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1926. He lived in Iran, 1931-1934, where he taught at the American School in Tabriz, which was operated by the Presbyterian Church USA. These experiences formed the basis of his book, A Tar Heel in Iran (1958). Irwin later taught in Burlington and Wilmington, N.C., schools, where he was active in student theater productions. He authored "The Passion of Our Lord", an Easter play that was presented for many years in Presbyterian churches in cities where he taught.

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The collection of teacher and writer Pollock Irwin includes two scrapbooks prepared by Irwin, one containing clippings and photographs from his days as a student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C., where he was a member of the Alpha Sigma of Chi Psi fraternity and the other containing materials relating to Iran. Also included are a manuscript and galley proof of A Tar Heel in Iran; a 1933 travel diary and notebook from Iran; about 50 postcards from Iran, Greece, Paris, Jerusalem, and Rome; Irwin's teaching credentials; two checkbook registers; a small number of letters; photographs of Iran, productions of Irwin's Easter play, and a house, possibly Irwin's; and clippings, chiefly 1940s-1950s, relating to Christmas and Easter events, school activities, gardening, and A Tar Heel in Iran.

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Contents list

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About 200 items.
Folder 1

Checkbook registers, March 1959-October 1960, July 1962-August 1964 #05255, Series: "Pollock Irwin Papers, 1922-1964 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

Clippings: Christmas parade #05255, Series: "Pollock Irwin Papers, 1922-1964 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

Clippings: Easter play #05255, Series: "Pollock Irwin Papers, 1922-1964 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

Clippings: Gardening #05255, Series: "Pollock Irwin Papers, 1922-1964 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

Clippings: School activities #05255, Series: "Pollock Irwin Papers, 1922-1964 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

Clippings: A Tar Heel in Iran #05255, Series: "Pollock Irwin Papers, 1922-1964 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

Drawings of Iran #05255, Series: "Pollock Irwin Papers, 1922-1964 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

Miscellaneous #05255, Series: "Pollock Irwin Papers, 1922-1964 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

Postcards #05255, Series: "Pollock Irwin Papers, 1922-1964 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

A Tar Heel in Iran: Galley #05255, Series: "Pollock Irwin Papers, 1922-1964 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11-12

Folder 11

Folder 12

A Tar Heel in Iran: Manuscript #05255, Series: "Pollock Irwin Papers, 1922-1964 and undated." Folder 11-12

Folder 13

Teaching credentials #05255, Series: "Pollock Irwin Papers, 1922-1964 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

Travel diary and notebook: Iran, 1933 #05255, Series: "Pollock Irwin Papers, 1922-1964 and undated." Folder 14

Image Folder P-5255/1

Photographs #05255, Series: "Pollock Irwin Papers, 1922-1964 and undated." P-5255/1

Scrapbook S-5255/1

Alpha Sigma of Chi Psi, 1922-1926 #05255, Series: "Pollock Irwin Papers, 1922-1964 and undated." S-5255/1

Scrapbook S-5255/2

Trip to Iran #05255, Series: "Pollock Irwin Papers, 1922-1964 and undated." S-5255/2

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Processing Information

Processed by: Jodi Berkowitz, July 2006

Encoded by: Jodi Berkowitz, July 2006

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