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Collection Number: 04621

Collection Title: Arnold K. King Papers, 1900s-1980s

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Size 10.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1000 items)
Abstract Arnold Kimsey King (1901-1992) of Hendersonville, N.C., who taught in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, beginning in 1925. He was later associate dean of the Graduate School before moving, in 1964, to the General Administration of the multicampus University of North Carolina. He was vice president for institutional studies from 1964 to 1971, when he was named special assistant to the president. In the 1960s, King helped persuade the North Carolina General Assembly to add campuses at Wilmington, Charlotte, and Asheville to the UNC system. He was the author of "The Multicampus University of North Carolina Comes of Age, 1956-1986" (1987). Materials include subject files, chiefly relating to personal activities; correspondence, including some family letters from the 1920s, when King was a student at the University of Chicago, and other letters, 1950s-1980s, chiefly about awards King received; biographical materials, clippings, and awards, 1920s-1980s; writings, including drafts of King's dissertation on Thomas Paine and his history of UNC; writings by others, chiefly about UNC, higher education, and Thomas Paine; and pictures, chiefly photographs of King, with some family pictures, probably from the 1910s.
Creator King, Arnold K.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
Unprocessed, but may be used except for grade books in Box 2, which are RESTRICTED.
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 Arnold K. King papers #4621, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Mrs. Arnold K. King of Chapel Hill, N.C., in June 1992.
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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Arnold Kimsey King was born in Hendersonville, N.C., 31 August 1901. He married Edna Coates (d. 1978) of Smithfield, N.C., on 31 August 1929. The couple had three children: Arnold Kimsey, Jr., a Methodist minister; William Dennis, a writer and editor; and Mary Ann, an elementary school reading specialist. King married Louise Tunstall of Creedmoor, N.C., on 6 April 1979.

King took his first job in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, shortly after receiving his baccalaureate degree from the University in 1925. Later, he earned a master's and doctorate in history from the University of Chicago. For almost 40 years, King served on the Chapel Hill faculty in various posts, including associate dean of the Graduate School. In 1964, he joined the General Administration of the multicampus University of North Carolina. He was vice president for institutional studies from 1964 to 1971, when he was named special assistant to the president. He retired in 1986.

In the 1960s, King helped persuade the North Carolina General Assembly to add campuses at Wilmington, Charlotte, and Asheville to the UNC system. In 1977, at the age of 75, he served as temporary chancellor at UNC Asheville. After he retired, King wrote a 350-page history of UNC entitled The Multicampus University of North Carolina Comes of Age, 1956-1986 (1987).

(Based on obituary in Board of Governors Quarterly, Spring 1992, p. 6.)

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Materials include subject files, chiefly relating to personal activities; correspondence, including some family letters from the 1920s, when King was a student at the University of Chicago, and other letters, 1950s-1980s, chiefly about awards King received; biographical materials, clippings, and awards, 1920s-1980s; writings, including drafts of King's dissertation on Thomas Paine and his history of UNC; writings by others, chiefly about UNC, higher education, and Thomas Paine; and pictures, chiefly photographs of King, with some family pictures, probably from the 1910s.

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Box 1

Miscellaneous subject files, chiefly relating to personal activities. #04621, Series: "Arnold K. King Papers, 1900s-1980s. " Box 1

Correspondence, including some family letters from the 1920s, when King was a student at the University of Chicago, and other letters, 1950s-1980s, chiefly about awards King received. #04621, Series: "Arnold K. King Papers, 1900s-1980s. " Box 1

Box 2

Biographical materials, clippings, and awards, 1920s-1980s, including school reports and other school memorabilia. #04621, Series: "Arnold K. King Papers, 1900s-1980s. " Box 2

Grade books from classes King taught beginning in the 1920s (RESTRICTED). #04621, Series: "Arnold K. King Papers, 1900s-1980s. " Box 2

Box 3-4

Box 3

Box 4

Writings, including drafts of King's dissertation, Thomas Paine in America, 1774-1787 (University of Chicago, 1951) and of The Multicampus University of North Carolina Comes of Age, 1956-1986 (1987). There are also a few papers that King produced as a student in various history courses at the University of Chicago. #04621, Series: "Arnold K. King Papers, 1900s-1980s. " Box 3-4

Box 5-6

Box 5

Box 6

Writings by others, mostly printed materials, chiefly relating to the University of North Carolina, higher education in general, teacher education, and Thomas Paine. #04621, Series: "Arnold K. King Papers, 1900s-1980s. " Box 5-6

Box 7

Writings by others, Pictures, 1900s-1980s, mostly of King at various ages. Included are several family photographs, probably from the 1910s. #04621, Series: "Arnold K. King Papers, 1900s-1980s. " Box 7

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Processing Information

Processed by: Roslyn Holdzkom, June 1992

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

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