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Collection Number: 50006

Collection Title: North Carolina Central University Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association and Other Athletics Records, 1915-2009

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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the James E. Shepard Memorial Library at North Carolina Central University. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web.


Portions of this collection have been digitized as part of "Content, Context, and Capacity: A Collaborative Large-Scale Digitization Project on the Long Civil Rights Movement in North Carolina." The project was made possible by funding from the federal Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 3.0 feet of linear shelf space
Abstract The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) is a college athletic conference that was founded in 1912 as the Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association. It is the oldest African American athletic conference in the nation. North Carolina Central University (NCCU), then North Carolina College for Negroes, joined the CIAA in 1928. The collection consists chiefly of materials created and collected by North Carolina Central University's Athletic Department pertaining to intercollegiate sports and the University's involvement in the CIAA over the years (first as North Carolina College for Negroes (1925-1946), then as North Carolina College at Durham (1947-1968), and later as North Carolina Central University (1969- )). While basketball and football are the predominant sports represented in the collection, there are also records relating to baseball, boxing, track and field, tennis, softball, swimming and diving, cheerleading, and wrestling. Included are team performance records, newspaper clippings, correspondence, athletics memorabilia, and team and individual photographs. There are also files related to the book "Amistad Pictorial History of the African American Athlete" by Francis and Charles Harris and texts of speeches, writings about civil rights issues, and other materials of and about civil rights photojournalist Alexander M. Rivera, who founded the news bureau at the North Carolina College for Negroes and served as public relations director at NCCU, 1974-1993. The collection also contains CIAA presidents' meeting minutes; constitutions and by-laws; correspondence; special committee and subcommittee records; memoranda; materials of and about NCCU team coaches, including the African American basketball pioneer, CIAA founder, and NCCU basketball coach John B. McLendon; and materials related to NCCU's 1989 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship and 1963 CIAA Tennis Championship.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No image in this collection may be reproduced without the permission and consent of North Carolina Central University.
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 North Carolina Central University Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association and Other Athletics Records, 1915-2009. University Archives, Records and History Center in the James E. Shepard Memorial Library, North Carolina Central University.
Acquisitions Information
These materials were transferred to the University Archives from the office of the Chancellor of North Carolina Central University.
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 North Carolina Central University 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.

Clicking on a subject heading below will take you into the University Library's online catalog.

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The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) is a college athletic conference founded in 1912 as the Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association. It is the oldest African American athletic conference in the nation. Although membership has changed since 1912, the CIAA membership is comprised of both private and public Historically Black Colleges and Universities spanning the eastern coast of the United States. Conference teams participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division II.

The North Carolina College For Negroes (later North Carolina College at Durham, and then North Carolina Central University) joined the CIAA in 1928. In 1970, the University left the CIAA to join the newly founded Mid Atlantic East Conference (MEAC). The University was with MEAC until 1980, when it returned to the CIAA. Since the University first became a member of the CIAA, its teams have won 41 conference championships, made 21 NCAA regional appearances, won three NCAA regional titles, and earned two team national championships (the 1989 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball and the 1972 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Men's Outdoor Track and Field (NAIA)). More than 55 student athletes have captured individual NCAA and NAIA national championships.

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The collection consists chiefly of materials created and collected by North Carolina Central University's Athletic Department pertaining to intercollegiate sports and the University's involvement in the CIAA over the years (first as North Carolina College for Negroes (1925-1946), then as North Carolina College at Durham (1947-1968), and later as North Carolina Central University (1969- )). While basketball and football are the predominant sports represented in the collection, there are also records relating to baseball, boxing, track and field, tennis, softball, swimming and diving, cheerleading, and wrestling. Included are team performance records, newspaper clippings, correspondence, athletics memorabilia, and team and individual photographs. There are also files related to the book "Amistad Pictorial History of the African American Athlete" by Francis and Charles Harris and texts of speeches, writings about civil rights issues, and other materials of and about civil rights photojournalist Alexander M. Rivera, who founded the news bureau at the North Carolina College for Negroes and served as public relations director at NCCU, 1974-1993. The collection also contains CIAA presidents' meeting minutes; constitutions and by-laws; correspondence; special committee and subcommittee records; memoranda; materials of and about NCCU team coaches, including the African American basketball pioneer, CIAA founder, and NCCU basketball coach John B. McLendon; and materials related to NCCU's 1989 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship and 1963 CIAA Tennis Championship.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Sports, 1915-2009.

Arrangement: alphabetical

Records consist chiefly of individual and team performance records and files related to games, matches, and tournaments and to student athletes and teams at NCCU. Also included are newspaper clippings, correspondence related to the naming of campus buildings, NCCU athletics memorabilia, and team and individual photographs.

Folder 1

Sports at NCCU, 1915-1972 #50006, Series: "1. Sports, 1915-2009." Folder 1

Folder 2

Athletic Committee Pictures, 1965-1999 #50006, Series: "1. Sports, 1915-2009." Folder 2

Folder 3

Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet, 15 October 2009 #50006, Series: "1. Sports, 1915-2009." Folder 3

Folder 4

Baseball, 1924 #50006, Series: "1. Sports, 1915-2009." Folder 4

Folder 5

Basketball, 1924-1988 #50006, Series: "1. Sports, 1915-2009." Folder 5

Folder 6

Basketball, 1993-2006 #50006, Series: "1. Sports, 1915-2009." Folder 6

Folder 7

Boardwalk Bowl Games, December 1969 #50006, Series: "1. Sports, 1915-2009." Folder 7

Folder 8

Cheerleaders, 1965-1975 #50006, Series: "1. Sports, 1915-2009." Folder 8

Folder 9

CIAA Football Schedule, 1948-1950 #50006, Series: "1. Sports, 1915-2009." Folder 9

Folder 10

First Queen City Classic, 1993 #50006, Series: "1. Sports, 1915-2009." Folder 10

Folder 11

Football, 1923-1982 #50006, Series: "1. Sports, 1915-2009." Folder 11

Folder 12

Football Photographs, 1937-1996 #50006, Series: "1. Sports, 1915-2009." Folder 12

Folder 13

International Track Meet, 1979 #50006, Series: "1. Sports, 1915-2009." Folder 13

Folder 14

Israel Allen-Boxing, 1939 #50006, Series: "1. Sports, 1915-2009." Folder 14

Folder 15

Lady Eagles Basketball, 1940-2005 #50006, Series: "1. Sports, 1915-2009." Folder 15

Folder 16

Martin Luther King International Freedom Games, 1973 #50006, Series: "1. Sports, 1915-2009." Folder 16

Folder 17

Miscellaneous sports, 1941-2006 #50006, Series: "1. Sports, 1915-2009." Folder 17

Folder 18

Naming of buildings documents, 1967-1990 #50006, Series: "1. Sports, 1915-2009." Folder 18

Folder 19

North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame 6th Annual Banquet and Reception, 1969 #50006, Series: "1. Sports, 1915-2009." Folder 19

Folder 20

NCCU Athletic Hall of Fame, 1984-1985 #50006, Series: "1. Sports, 1915-2009." Folder 20

Folder 21

NCCU Basketball, First Union Harvest Classic, 1975-2000 #50006, Series: "1. Sports, 1915-2009." Folder 21

Folder 22

Pan-Africa International Track Meet, 1971 #50006, Series: "1. Sports, 1915-2009." Folder 22

Folder 23

Programs, 1992-2001 #50006, Series: "1. Sports, 1915-2009." Folder 23

Folder 24

Support Group Pictures (Pioneers), etc., 1937-1938 #50006, Series: "1. Sports, 1915-2009." Folder 24

Folder 25

Swimming Team, 1969 #50006, Series: "1. Sports, 1915-2009." Folder 25

Folder 26

Team Rosters (football), 1939-1981 #50006, Series: "1. Sports, 1915-2009." Folder 26

Folder 27

Tennis, 1948-1975 #50006, Series: "1. Sports, 1915-2009." Folder 27

Folder 28

Track, 1950-1990 #50006, Series: "1. Sports, 1915-2009." Folder 28

Folder 29

Track, Lee Calhoun, 1957 #50006, Series: "1. Sports, 1915-2009." Folder 29

Folder 30

USA-Pan-Africa-West Germany International Track and Field Meet, 1975 #50006, Series: "1. Sports, 1915-2009." Folder 30

Folder 31

USSR-USA International Track and Field Meet, 1974 #50006, Series: "1. Sports, 1915-2009." Folder 31

Folder 32

Wrestling, undated #50006, Series: "1. Sports, 1915-2009." Folder 32

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Arrangement: chronological

This series consists of files related to the "Amistad Pictorial History of the African American Athlete," a book in the Hard Road to Glory series by Francis and Charles Harris, published in the 1990s. The book focuses on the accomplishments of athletes in the Negro Baseball Leagues, the National American Leagues of organized baseball, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, the International Boxing Hall of Fame, the American Tennis Association, and other major sports.

Project programs and correspondence included in this series were compiled by and addressed to former NCCU registrar, university archivist, and historian, Brooklyn T. McMillon.

Folder 33

Bulletins and Programs c/o Brooklyn McMillon, 1994 #50006, Series: "2. Francis C. Harris, Amistad Pictorial History, 1994-1997." Folder 33

Folder 34

"Amistad Pictorial History of the African American Athlete," 1997 #50006, Series: "2. Francis C. Harris, Amistad Pictorial History, 1994-1997." Folder 34

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Arrangement: alphabetical

These materials pertain to the tenure of renowned civil rights photojournalist Alexander M. Rivera. Rivera founded the first news bureau at NCCU and worked their from 1939 to 1941. He was NCCU public relations director, 1974-1993. Materials include texts of speeches, writings about civil rights issues and events, photographs and programs for occasions at which Rivera was honored, and correspondence related to the naming of the Alex M. Rivera Athletic Hall of Fame. The materials provide documentation of Rivera's contributions to NCCU and demonstrate his dedication to documenting African American history.

Folder 35

Correspondence, 1946-1975 #50006, Series: "3. Alex M. Rivera, 1946-2008. " Folder 35

Folder 36

Correspondence, 1984-1992 #50006, Series: "3. Alex M. Rivera, 1946-2008. " Folder 36

Folder 37

Photographs and Head Shots, undated #50006, Series: "3. Alex M. Rivera, 1946-2008. " Folder 37

Folder 38

Miscellaneous, undated #50006, Series: "3. Alex M. Rivera, 1946-2008. " Folder 38

Folder 39

Newspaper Clippings, 1951-1983 #50006, Series: "3. Alex M. Rivera, 1946-2008. " Folder 39

Folder 40

Newspaper Clippings, 2007-2008 #50006, Series: "3. Alex M. Rivera, 1946-2008. " Folder 40

Folder 41

Programs and Materials, 1946-2005 #50006, Series: "3. Alex M. Rivera, 1946-2008. " Folder 41

Folder 42

Writings and Speeches, 1949-1952 #50006, Series: "3. Alex M. Rivera, 1946-2008. " Folder 42

Folder 43

Writings and Speeches, 1953-1991 #50006, Series: "3. Alex M. Rivera, 1946-2008. " Folder 43

Folder 44

Writings and Speeches, miscellaneous, undated #50006, Series: "3. Alex M. Rivera, 1946-2008. " Folder 44

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Arrangement: chronological

Documents include meeting minutes, constitutions and by-laws, special committee and subcommittee records, memoranda, and correspondence. Correspondence of note includes that between CIAA President Dr. Thomas H. Henderson; Secretary Stephen J. Wright, Council of Presidents of CIAA Institutions; and presidents of CIAA member institutions.

Folder 45

CIAA Constitution Revision Committee Meeting Minutes, 28 August 1953 #50006, Series: "4. CIAA Presidents, 1953-1960. " Folder 45

Folder 46

CIAA Presidents Meeting Minutes, 13 February 1954 #50006, Series: "4. CIAA Presidents, 1953-1960. " Folder 46

Folder 47

CIAA Presidents Meeting Minutes, Sixth Meeting, 12 June 1954 #50006, Series: "4. CIAA Presidents, 1953-1960. " Folder 47

Folder 48

CIAA Constitutions and By-Laws, 12 June 1954 #50006, Series: "4. CIAA Presidents, 1953-1960. " Folder 48

Folder 49

CIAA Presidents Meeting Minutes, 24 June 1955 #50006, Series: "4. CIAA Presidents, 1953-1960. " Folder 49

Folder 50

CIAA Presidents Meeting Minutes, Eigth Meeting, 24 June 1955 #50006, Series: "4. CIAA Presidents, 1953-1960. " Folder 50

Folder 51

CIAA Presidents Meeting Minutes, Ninth Meeting, 25 February 1956 #50006, Series: "4. CIAA Presidents, 1953-1960. " Folder 51

Folder 52

CIAA Report of the Subcommittee Appointed to Codify Principles Approved by the Council of CIAA Institutions, 25 February 1956 #50006, Series: "4. CIAA Presidents, 1953-1960. " Folder 52

Folder 53

CIAA Meeting of the Special Committee of Council of Presidents of CIAA Institutions, 10 November 1956 #50006, Series: "4. CIAA Presidents, 1953-1960. " Folder 53

Folder 54

CIAA Report of the Committee Appointed to Clarify Article IV, Section 1 of By-Laws of the Council of Presidents, February 1957 #50006, Series: "4. CIAA Presidents, 1953-1960. " Folder 54

Folder 55

CIAA presidents Meeting Minutes, Tenth Meeting, 2 February 1957 #50006, Series: "4. CIAA Presidents, 1953-1960. " Folder 55

Folder 56

Mordecai W. Johnson. President, Howard University, 10 July 1957 #50006, Series: "4. CIAA Presidents, 1953-1960. " Folder 56

Folder 57

CIAA Presidents Meeting Minutes, 8 February 1958 #50006, Series: "4. CIAA Presidents, 1953-1960. " Folder 57

Folder 58

CIAA Presidents Meeting Minutes, Eleventh Meeting, 9 February 1958 #50006, Series: "4. CIAA Presidents, 1953-1960. " Folder 58

Folder 59

Stephen J. Wright, Secretary, Council of Presidents of CIAA Institutions, 1956-1957 #50006, Series: "4. CIAA Presidents, 1953-1960. " Folder 59

Folder 60

CIAA Annual Meeting, 25 March 1960 #50006, Series: "4. CIAA Presidents, 1953-1960. " Folder 60

Folder 61

Memorandum to Presidents, etc., of CIAA, 13 May 2005 #50006, Series: "4. CIAA Presidents, 1953-1960. " Folder 61

Folder 62

CIAA President's Correspondence, 1955-1957 #50006, Series: "4. CIAA Presidents, 1953-1960. " Folder 62

Folder 63

CIAA Presidents' Correspondence, 1958-1960 #50006, Series: "4. CIAA Presidents, 1953-1960. " Folder 63

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 5. North Carolina Central University Coaches, 1949-1992.

Arrangement: chronological

This series features biographies, photographs, newspaper clippings, and curriculum vita from NCCU's athletic coaches, many of whom were themselves student athletes at NCCU and later in national leagues. Also included are documents related to the career of the African American basketball pioneer, CIAA founder, and NCCU basketball coach John B. McLendon. Other coaches of note include Harry J. Edmonds, Sam Jones, Harold Hunter, Elmer McDougald, and Reginald Ennis.

Folder 64

Athletic Agreements, 1991-1992 #50006, Series: "5. North Carolina Central University Coaches, 1949-1992." Folder 64

Folder 65

Coaches: Miscellaneous, undated #50006, Series: "5. North Carolina Central University Coaches, 1949-1992." Folder 65

Folder 66

Coaches: Pictures, undated #50006, Series: "5. North Carolina Central University Coaches, 1949-1992." Folder 66

Folder 67

Floyd Brown, Contributor, 1984 #50006, Series: "5. North Carolina Central University Coaches, 1949-1992." Folder 67

Folder 68

Reginald Ennis, basketball, 1984 #50006, Series: "5. North Carolina Central University Coaches, 1949-1992." Folder 68

Folder 69

Robert Herring, 1984 #50006, Series: "5. North Carolina Central University Coaches, 1949-1992." Folder 69

Folder 70

Harold Hunter, basketball, undated #50006, Series: "5. North Carolina Central University Coaches, 1949-1992." Folder 70

Folder 71

Sam Jones, basketball, 1984 #50006, Series: "5. North Carolina Central University Coaches, 1949-1992." Folder 71

Folder 72

Elmer McDougald, 1945-1984 #50006, Series: "5. North Carolina Central University Coaches, 1949-1992." Folder 72

Folder 73

John A. McLendon, 1975-1983 #50006, Series: "5. North Carolina Central University Coaches, 1949-1992." Folder 73

Folder 74

Rudolph Roberson, undated #50006, Series: "5. North Carolina Central University Coaches, 1949-1992." Folder 74

Folder 75

Frank Silva, 1979 #50006, Series: "5. North Carolina Central University Coaches, 1949-1992." Folder 75

Folder 76

Billy Williams, undated #50006, Series: "5. North Carolina Central University Coaches, 1949-1992." Folder 76

Folder 77

Thornton Williams, Hall of Fame, 1983-1984 #50006, Series: "5. North Carolina Central University Coaches, 1949-1992." Folder 77

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 6. North Carolina Central University Championships, 1963, 1989.

Arrangement: chronological

These materials document the victories of NCCU athletic teams in NCAA and CIAA competitions. The series contains photographs, programs, newspaper clippings, and media guides from the 1989 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship and 1963 CIAA Tennis Championship.

Folder 78

NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship Photographs and Media Guide, 1989 #50006, Series: "6. North Carolina Central University Championships, 1963, 1989." Folder 78

Folder 79

NCCA Division II Men's Basketball Championship: Newspaper Clippings, 1989 #50006, Series: "6. North Carolina Central University Championships, 1963, 1989." Folder 79

Folder 80

Joe Williams, tennis, 1963 #50006, Series: "6. North Carolina Central University Championships, 1963, 1989." Folder 80

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Processing Information

Processed by: Andre D. Vann and Shanee Yvette Murrain.

Finding aid authored by: Shanee Yvette Murrain.

Finding aid encoded by: Joyce Chapman, 2012.

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