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Collection Number: P0046

Collection Title: William C. Friday Photographic Collection, 1951-1980s

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William C. Friday and President John F. Kennedy at University Day, October 12, 1961; P0046_0013_0002, in the William C. Friday Photographic Collection (P0046), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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Size 1.75 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 375 items)
Abstract William Clyde Friday was born in 1920 in Raphine, Va., and grew up in Dallas, Gaston County, N.C. He graduated from the Law School of the University of North Carolina in 1948, after which he served as assistant dean of students and was named assistant to University President Gordon Gray in 1951. Friday was appointed secretary of the University in 1955, named acting president of the Consolidated University of North Carolina (North Carolina State College (Raleigh), the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), and Woman's College (Greensboro)) in 1956, and became president later in the year. In 1971, the General Assembly restructured higher education in North Carolina, and the Consolidated University became the University of North Carolina System. On 1 July 1972, Friday became president of the new system. He served in that capacity for 30 years, during which time the University System grew to 16 campuses. Friday retired in 1986, after which he became president of the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust, guiding the philanthropy's support of educational endeavors. Although he retired from public service in 1999, Friday remains influential in many aspects of North Carolina life. The collection consists of photographs, 1951-1980s, that relate to William C. Friday, primarily his activities as president of the University of North Carolina system. Topics include Friday's inauguration; the 1961 visit of President John F. Kennedy to the University of North Carolina; the UNC Board of Trustees; and Friday's television interview program, North Carolina People, which he began in 1971. Many well-known North Carolinians and other individuals are represented in the images.
Creator Friday, William C. (William Clyde)
Language English
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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 William C. Friday Collection #P0046, North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Transferred from the UNC Libraries' Manuscript Department in 1992 (accession no. 30570).
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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William Clyde Friday was born on 13 July 1920 in Raphine, Va., the son of David L. and Mary E. Rowan Friday. The family moved to North Carolina. and Friday grew up in Dallas, Gaston County. After attending Wake Forest College. he graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.S. degree in textile engineering in 1941.

Friday married Ida Howell on 13 May 1942 and served as a lieutenant in the United States Naval Reserve from 1942 until 1946. He received the LL.B. degree from the Law School of the University of North Carolina. He then served as assistant dean of students at the University of North Carolina and was named assistant to University President Gordon Gray in 1951. He was appointed secretary of the University in 1955, named acting president of the Consolidated University of North Carolina (North Carolina State College (Raleigh), the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), and Woman's College (Greensboro)) in 1956, and became president later in the year. In 1971, the General Assembly restructured higher education in North Carolina, and the Consolidated University became the University of North Carolina System. On 1 July 1972, Friday became president of the new system. He served in that capacity for 30 years, during which time the University System grew to 16 campuses.

Friday chaired the American Council on Education in 1964, the President's Task Force on Education in 1966-1967, the Association of American Universities in 1971, and the Center for Creative Leadership in 1981. He served on the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education, the Commission to Study the State University of New York, the Southern Regional Education Board, the Commission of White House Fellows (1965-1968), the National Committee for Bicentennial Era, the Commission of National Changes in Higher Education, the Governors Commission on Literacy (1987), the Regional Literacy Center Commission (1989-1990), the Southern Growth Policies Board, and the Knight Foundation National Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics (1989-1993). Friday received numerous honorary degrees from institutions of higher learning.

Following his retirement as UNC system president, Friday took a position as president of the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust, guiding the philanthropy's support of educational endeavors. He retired from public service in 1999. As of 2011, Friday remains influential in North Carolina and serves as host of a public television talk show, North Carolina People, which he began in 1971.

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The collection consists of photographs, 1951-1980s, that relate to William C. Friday, primarily his activities as president of the University of North Carolina system. Topics represented include Friday's 1957 inauguration, the 1961 visit of President John F. Kennedy to the University of North Carolina, the UNC Board of Trustees, and Friday's television interview program, North Carolina People.

Prominent individuals represented in the Collection include presidents John F. Kennedy, Richard M. Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, and Gerald R. Ford; North Carolina governors Luther H. Hodges, Terry Sanford, Dan K. Moore, James G. Martin, James B. Hunt and Robert W. Scott; Friday's wife Ida Howell Friday; C.D. Spangler, William B. Aycock, Robert B. House, Leo Jenkins, Frank P. Graham, Kay Kyser, David Brinkley, William J. Bennett, Tom Wicker, Skipper Bowles, Kay Yow, and James Broyhill.

Also included are a small number of copy negatives and original illustrations and political cartoons depicting Friday.

Physical organization of the Friday Collection is as follows:

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Contents list

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375 images (photographic prints, illustrations and copy negatives). images

Arrangement: Chronological, with undated images at end.

Print Box 1

Photographic Print P0046/0001

1951 #P0046, Series: "Photographs, 1951-1980s." Printbox 1, Pprint P0046/0001

1 image

Black-and-white photographic print (plus copy negative)

Print Box 1

Photographic Print P0046/0002

1955-1956 #P0046, Series: "Photographs, 1951-1980s." Printbox 1, Pprint P0046/0002

5 images

Black-and-white photographic prints

Print Box 1

Photographic Print P0046/0003

1957: Inauguration of William C. Friday as University of North Carolina System President, 8 May 1957 #P0046, Series: "Photographs, 1951-1980s." Printbox 1, Pprint P0046/0003

14 images

Black-and-white photographic prints

Print Box 1

Photographic Print P0046/0004

1957 #P0046, Series: "Photographs, 1951-1980s." Printbox 1, Pprint P0046/0004

9 images

Black-and-white photographic prints (plus copy negative)

Print Box 1

Photographic Print P0046/0005

1958 #P0046, Series: "Photographs, 1951-1980s." Printbox 1, Pprint P0046/0005

10 images

Black-and-white photographic prints

Print Box 1

Photographic Print P0046/0006

1959 #P0046, Series: "Photographs, 1951-1980s." Printbox 1, Pprint P0046/0006

4 images

Black-and-white photographic prints

Print Box 1

Photographic Print P0046/0007

1960 #P0046, Series: "Photographs, 1951-1980s." Printbox 1, Pprint P0046/0007

8 images

Black-and-white photographic prints

Print Box 1

Photographic Print P0046/0008

1961: University Day: Spectators and the press in Kenan Stadium, 12 October 1961 #P0046, Series: "Photographs, 1951-1980s." Printbox 1, Pprint P0046/0008

17 images

Black-and-white photographic prints

Print Box 1

Photographic Print P0046/0009

1961: University Day: Dignitaries and guests before Kennedy's arrival, 12 October 1961 #P0046, Series: "Photographs, 1951-1980s." Printbox 1, Pprint P0046/0009

14 images

Black-and-white photographic prints

Print Box 1

Photographic Print P0046/0010

1961: University Day: Arrival of President Kennedy and the processional, 12 October 1961 #P0046, Series: "Photographs, 1951-1980s." Printbox 1, Pprint P0046/0010

9 images

Black-and-white photographic prints

Print Box 1

Photographic Print P0046/0011

1961: University Day: President Kennedy giving his address, 12 October 1961 #P0046, Series: "Photographs, 1951-1980s." Printbox 1, Pprint P0046/0011

23 images

Black-and-white photographic prints

Print Box 1

Photographic Print P0046/0012

1961: University Day: Dignitaries on the podium, excluding President Kennedy, 12 October 1961 #P0046, Series: "Photographs, 1951-1980s." Printbox 1, Pprint P0046/0012

11 images

Black-and-white photographic prints

Print Box 1

Photographic Print P0046/0013

1961: University Day: President Kennedy and dignitaries on the podium, 12 October 1961 #P0046, Series: "Photographs, 1951-1980s." Printbox 1, Pprint P0046/0013

35 (2 folders) images

Black-and-white and color photographic prints

Print Box 1

Photographic Print P0046/0014

1962-1963 #P0046, Series: "Photographs, 1951-1980s." Printbox 1, Pprint P0046/0014

8 images

Black-and-white photographic prints

Print Box 1

Photographic Print P0046/0015

1964: Board of Trustees Meeting, Raleigh, 24 Feb 1964 #P0046, Series: "Photographs, 1951-1980s." Printbox 1, Pprint P0046/0015

10 images

Black-and-white photographic prints

Print Box 2

Photographic Print P0046/0016

1964: Chancellors, Presidents, and Deans dine at Spencer and Martha Love's home, March 1964 #P0046, Series: "Photographs, 1951-1980s." Printbox 2, Pprint P0046/0016

1 image

Black-and-white photographic print

Print Box 2

Photographic Print P0046/0017

1964: Pictures taken by H. M. Shaw at Groundbreaking for Carter Stadium, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, 14 December 1964 #P0046, Series: "Photographs, 1951-1980s." Printbox 2, Pprint P0046/0017

12 images

Color prints

Print Box 2

Photographic Print P0046/0018

1964 #P0046, Series: "Photographs, 1951-1980s." Printbox 2, Pprint P0046/0018

3 images

Black-and-white photographic prints (plus copy negative)

Print Box 2

Photographic Print P0046/0019

1965-1967 #P0046, Series: "Photographs, 1951-1980s." Printbox 2, Pprint P0046/0019

5 images

Black-and-white photographic prints

Print Box 2

Photographic Print P0046/0020

1967: Installation of Dean W. Colvard as Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2-3 March 1967 #P0046, Series: "Photographs, 1951-1980s." Printbox 2, Pprint P0046/0020

9 images

Black-and-white and color photographic prints

Print Box 2

Photographic Print P0046/0021

1968-1969 (including shots of Richard Nixon's summer 1968 visit to UNC) #P0046, Series: "Photographs, 1951-1980s." Printbox 2, Pprint P0046/0021

14 images

Black-and-white photographic prints

Print Box 2

Photographic Print P0046/0022

1970-1973 #P0046, Series: "Photographs, 1951-1980s." Printbox 2, Pprint P0046/0022

9 images

Black-and-white photographic prints

Print Box 2

Photographic Print P0046/0023

1974-1978 #P0046, Series: "Photographs, 1951-1980s." Printbox 2, Pprint P0046/0023

12 images

Black-and-white and color photographic prints

Print Box 2

Photographic Print P0046/0024

1979 #P0046, Series: "Photographs, 1951-1980s." Printbox 2, Pprint P0046/0024

7 images

Black-and-white and color photographic prints

Print Box 2

Photographic Print P0046/0025

1980: University Day, October 1980 #P0046, Series: "Photographs, 1951-1980s." Printbox 2, Pprint P0046/0025

10 images

Black-and-white photographic prints

Print Box 2

Photographic Print P0046/0026

1980 #P0046, Series: "Photographs, 1951-1980s." Printbox 2, Pprint P0046/0026

7 images

Black-and-white photographic prints

Print Box 2

Photographic Print P0046/0027

1981 #P0046, Series: "Photographs, 1951-1980s." Printbox 2, Pprint P0046/0027

6 images

Black-and-white photographic prints

Print Box 2

Photographic Print P0046/0028

1982-1983 #P0046, Series: "Photographs, 1951-1980s." Printbox 2, Pprint P0046/0028

6 images

Black-and-white and color photographic prints

Print Box 2

Photographic Print P0046/0029

1984 #P0046, Series: "Photographs, 1951-1980s." Printbox 2, Pprint P0046/0029

17 images

Black-and-white and color photographic prints

Print Box 2

Photographic Print P0046/0030

1985: UNC Deans/Chairs of Education, Aqueduct Conference Center, 18 September 1985 #P0046, Series: "Photographs, 1951-1980s." Printbox 2, Pprint P0046/0030

2 images

Black-and-white photographic prints

Print Box 2

Photographic Print P0046/0031

1985 (including Meet the Press appearance with Secretary William J. Bennett) #P0046, Series: "Photographs, 1951-1980s." Printbox 2, Pprint P0046/0031

6 images

Black-and-white photographic prints

Print Box 2

Photographic Print P0046/0032

1986 #P0046, Series: "Photographs, 1951-1980s." Printbox 2, Pprint P0046/0032

7 images

Black-and-white photographic prints

Print Box 2

Photographic Print P0046/0033

William C. Friday with guests on North Carolina People, circa 1980s #P0046, Series: "Photographs, 1951-1980s." Printbox 2, Pprint P0046/0033

17 images

Black-and-white photographic prints

Print Box 2

Photographic Print P0046/0034

Undated portraits of William C. Friday and others, circa 1960s-1980s #P0046, Series: "Photographs, 1951-1980s." Printbox 2, Pprint P0046/0034

23 images

Black-and-white and color photographic prints

Print Box 2

Photographic Print P0046/0035

Photographs of painted portraits of William C. and Ida Friday, circa 1970s-1980s #P0046, Series: "Photographs, 1951-1980s." Printbox 2, Pprint P0046/0035

13 images

Color photographic prints

Print Box 2

Photographic Print P0046/0036

Other images (hotel sign welcoming Friday, architectural plan of Friday Center), circa 1970s-1980s #P0046, Series: "Photographs, 1951-1980s." Printbox 2, Pprint P0046/0036

2 images

Color photographic prints

Flat Box 1

Folder P0046/0037

Political cartoons and drawings of William C. Friday (most signed by artist), 1970s #P0046, Series: "Photographs, 1951-1980s." Flatbox 1, Folder P0046/0037

8 images

Illustrations

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Processing Information

Processed by: North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, 1992; Elizabeth Hull, 2011

Encoded by: Tracy M Jackson, Elizabeth Hull, 2010-2011

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