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Collection Number: 01025

Collection Title: M.C.S. Noble Papers, 1860-1971

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Size 2.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 820 items)
Abstract M.C.S. Noble was an educator and leader in the development of public schools in North Carolina; superintendent of schools in Wilmington, N.C.; member of the University of North Carolina faculty, 1898-1942, as professor of education and dean of the School of Education; and author of History of Public Schools in North Carolina (1930) and of numerous articles and textbooks. The collection includes papers of, and collected by, M.C.S. Noble, including family correspondence and papers; letters from colleagues and friends, including Edwin A. Alderman, Charles Duncan McIver, and other North Carolinians in the field of education; scrapbooks and other volumes compiled, written or collected by Noble, including a manuscript history of the Tileston Normal School of Wilmington, founded during Reconstruction by Amy Morris Bradley of Massachusetts, and a copy of the proceedings of the board of the Lincolnton (N.C.) Female Academy, 1821-1824; and selected papers of daughter Alice Noble, including materials relating to her education at St. Mary's in Raleigh, 1908-1910, and letters from an Army officer in the A.E.F., 1918-1919.
Creator Noble, M. C. S. (Marcus Cicero Stephens), 1855-1942.
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 M.C.S. Noble Papers, #1025, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gifts 1942, 1966, 1972, 1973, and 1975
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is in folder 1a.
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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M.C.S. Noble was an educator and leader in the development of public schools in North Carolina; superintendent of schools in Wilmington, N.C.; member of the University of North Carolina faculty, 1898-1942, as professor of education and dean of the School of Education; and author of History of Public Schools in North Carolina (1930) and of numerous articles and textbooks.

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The collection includes papers of, and collected by, M.C.S. Noble, including family correspondence and papers; letters from colleagues and friends, including Edwin A. Alderman, Charles Duncan McIver, and other North Carolinians in the field of education; scrapbooks and other volumes compiled, written or collected by Professor Noble, including a manuscript history of the Tileston Normal School of Wilmington, founded during Reconstruction by Amy Morris Bradley of Massachusetts, and a copy of the proceedings of the board of the Lincolnton (N.C.) Female Academy, 1821-1824; and selected papers of daughter Alice Noble, including materials relating to her education at St. Mary's in Raleigh, 1908-1910, and letters from an Army officer in the A.E.F., 1918-1919.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated.

About 750 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1860-1888 #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1890 #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1891-1898 #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1899-1901 #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

January-22 March 1902 #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6a

24 March-31 December 1902 #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 6a

Folder 6b

Ann Primrose estate, 1902-1910 #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 6b

Folder 7

1903-1904 #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

1905 #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

1906-1907 #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

1908-1909 #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

1910-1912 #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

1913-1917 #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

1918 #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

1919 #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

1920-1924 #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16

1925 #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 16

Folder 17

1926-1927 #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 17

Folder 18

1928-1929 #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 18

Folder 19

1930-March 1931 #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 19

Folder 20

April-December 1931 #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 20

Folder 21

1932 #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 21

Folder 22

1933 #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 22

Folder 23

1934 #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 23

Folder 24

1935 #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 24

Folder 25

1936-1937 #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 25

Folder 26

1938 #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 26

Folder 27

1939 #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 27

Folder 28

1940-1941 #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 28

Folder 29a

1942 #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 29a

Folder 29b

M.C.S. Noble estate, 1942-1943 #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 29b

Folder 29c

M.C.S. Noble estate, Roberson-Castebury tract, Orange County, N.C. 1878-1942 #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 29c

Folder 29d

M.C.S. Noble estate, Hillsborough Street-North Street, Chapel Hill property, 1874-1942 #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 29d

Folder 30

1950-1971 #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 30

Folder 31

Undated letters #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 31

Folder 32

Undated speeches, notes, etc. #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 32

Folder 33

Essays, articles, sketches #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 33

Folder 34

Miscellaneous enclosures from books given to the UNC library #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 34

Folder 35

Pedagogy at UNC #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 35

Folder 36

Pedagogy materials #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 36

Folder 37

Mounted clippings #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 37

Folder 38

Clippings #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 38

Folder 39

Map of Orange County, N.C. #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 39

Folder 40

Folder number not used #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 40

Folder 41

Miscellaneous certificates and awards of Alice Noble #01025, Series: "1. Papers, 1860-1971 and undated." Folder 41

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12 items.
Folder 42

Volume 1: Historical sketch of the Tileston School in Wilmington, N.C. #01025, Series: "2. Volumes, 1821-1928 and undated." Folder 42

Folder 43

Volume 2: Proceedings of the Board of Trustees of the Female Academy of Lincolnton, Book A, August 1821-May 1824 #01025, Series: "2. Volumes, 1821-1928 and undated." Folder 43

Folder 44

Volume 3: Despues de la Lluvia, el Sol (Sunshine After Rain), a comedy in one act by Professor R. D. Cortina #01025, Series: "2. Volumes, 1821-1928 and undated." Folder 44

Folder 45a-45c

Volumes 4a-4c: Notebooks of French pupils, 1924-1925 #01025, Series: "2. Volumes, 1821-1928 and undated." Folder 45a-45c

Folder 46

Volume 5: Multipurpose volume of M.C.S. Noble, possibly late 1870s or 1880s #01025, Series: "2. Volumes, 1821-1928 and undated." Folder 46

Folder 47

Volume 6: "Private" memorandum book of M.C.S. Noble, Wilmington, N.C. #01025, Series: "2. Volumes, 1821-1928 and undated." Folder 47

Contains a kind of Masonic ritual, partly in code.

Folder 48

Volume 7: Personal diary of M.C.S. Noble, 1912 #01025, Series: "2. Volumes, 1821-1928 and undated." Folder 48

Folder 49

Volume 8: Scrapbook #01025, Series: "2. Volumes, 1821-1928 and undated." Folder 49

Contains clippings of "What Ship Is That?" a series of 21 articles compiled by James Sprunt, Wilmington, N.C.; "Tales of the Cape Fear Blockade"; and an address by William Lamb on "Fort Fisher."

Folder 50

Volume 9: M.C.S. Noble scrapbook, 1906-1928 #01025, Series: "2. Volumes, 1821-1928 and undated." Folder 50

Contains clippings on various topics from Wilmington and Raleigh newspapers.

Folder 51

Volume 10: M.C.S. Noble scrapbook, 1919-1920 #01025, Series: "2. Volumes, 1821-1928 and undated." Folder 51

Contains miscellaneous clippings, photographs, and other materials.

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33 items.
Image Folder PF-1025/1

Three mounted black-and-white photographs #01025, Series: "3. Pictures." PF-1025/1

Includes photographs of Winston City High School; members of Columbus County, N.C. Teachers' Institute, August 1914; and an unidentified group of teachers.

Image Folder PF-1025/2

Two mounted black-and-white photographs #01025, Series: "3. Pictures." PF-1025/2

East Winston Grade School and West End Grade School

Image Folder PF-1025/3

Four black-and-white photographs #01025, Series: "3. Pictures." PF-1025/3

Includes photographs of West End Primary School; North Winston Grade School; a photograph of a portrait of Constantine John, Second Lord Mulgrave; and an unidentified woman.

Image Folder PF-1025/4

Fifteen black-and-white photographs #01025, Series: "3. Pictures." PF-1025/4

Includes photographs of wounded World War I soldiers; several snow scenes; and various individuals.

Image Folder PF-1025/5

Nine black-and-white photographs #01025, Series: "3. Pictures." PF-1025/5

The photographs are taken from volume 10 of "Country Home Conveniences." Seven of them show various machines in a warehouse; two show a crowd gathered outside a large house on what appears to be a farm or a plantation.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Finding aid updated in June 2010 by Kathryn Michaelis for digitization.

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