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Collection Number: 04770

Collection Title: J. Carlyle Sitterson Papers, 1930s-1999s

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Size 25.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 15000 items)
Abstract J. Carlyle Sitterson (1911-1995) was born in Kinston, N.C. He received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina in 1931 and began teaching history at UNC in 1935 while completing his Ph. D. In 1955, Sitterson became dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and, in 1965, he was appointed vice-chancellor. Serving as chancellor from 1966 to 1971, he steered the University through major desegregation efforts, anti- Vietnamese War protests, and general campus unrest while reorganizing the administration to reflect the needs of a modern university. Through all of his administrative work, Sitterson continued to teach history, moving from his specialty in United States economic history to 20th-century United States history; he retired as William Rand Kenan Professor of History in 1981. Sitterson married Nancy Howard in 1944; the couple had three children: Joseph Carlyle, Jr.; Mary Howard, who married Eric Calhoun; and Curtis Howard. Sitterson died 19 May 1995. Papers, 1930s-1990s, reflecting Sitterson's activities at the University of North Carolina, his professional activities within the community of historians, and work with other groups. Included are general office files containing correspondence, publications, calendars, and other materials and several boxes of notes and other items relating to classes that Sitterson taught. Also included are a considerable number of documents relating to Sitterson's work with other groups, particularly the Research Triangle Institute and the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT), for which he served as board chair. NCCAT was organized in 1984 to promote excellence in teaching by offering outstanding teachers opportunities to study advanced topics in the sciences, arts, and humanities. Family papers include 19th-century correspondence and court and legal records from Sitterson's ancestors in Williamson, N.C., as well as Sitterson's own family correspondence and personal papers.
Creator Sitterson, J. Carlyle (Joseph Carlyle), 1911-
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
UNPROCESSED, but screened; researchers may require extra help to use effectively.
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 J. Carlyle Sitterson papers #4770, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Nancy Howard Sitterson in August 1995 (Acc. 95112) and May 1997 (Acc. 97064).
Received from Mrs. J. Carlyle Sitterson in May 1997.
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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J. Carlyle Sitterson (1911-1995) was born in Kinston, N.C. He received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina in 1931 and began teaching history at UNC in 1935 while completing his Ph. D. In 1955, Sitterson became dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and, in 1965, he was appointed vice-chancellor. Serving as chancellor from 1966 to 1971, he steered the University through major desegregation efforts, anti- Vietnamese War protests, and general campus unrest while reorganizing the administration to reflect the needs of a modern university. Through all of his administrative work, Sitterson continued to teach history, moving from his specialty in United States economic history to 20th-century United States history; he retired as William Rand Kenan Professor of History in 1981. Sitterson married Nancy Howard in 1944; the couple had three children: Joseph Carlyle, Jr.; Mary Howard, who married Eric Calhoun; and Curtis Howard. Sitterson died 19 May 1995.

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Materials have been roughly sorted into office files, which include items relating to the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, the Research Triangle Institute, and other groups with which Sitterson was associated, and teaching materials.

Personal records of J. Carlyle Sitterson. Included is 19th-century correspondence and court and legal records of Sitterson's ancestors of Williamston, N.C. Also included are materials, 1933-1995, of Sitterson, including personal documents and letters and cards relating to personal and family matters. Materials from 1995 are primarily concerned with the death of Lyle Sitterson. There are also awards and certificates of J. Carlyle Sitterson, newspaper clippings about family members, a 1971 inventory of items at the UNC-CH chancellor's residence, and records, 1967-1971, of University expenses. There are also photographs of the inventory of the Sitterson's home and miscellaneous family photographs.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Roslyn Holdzkom, August 1995; Adera Scheinker, October 1997

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

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