On a mobile device? Visit http://www.lib.unc.edu/m/
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Libraries logo
University Libraries banner

Education in North Carolina: A Pathfinder

This pathfinder is designed to assist research on public education in North Carolina while using the North Carolina Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

For information specifically on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, please see the study guide and the University of North Carolina at Chapel page created by the North Carolina Collection at : http://www.lib.unc.edu/ncc/ref/study/unchistory.html (study guide)
http://www.lib.unc.edu/ncc/ref/resources/unc1.html (UNC page).

The majority of the information listed below relates to K-12 resources. The call numbers for their location in the North Carolina Collection follow each entry.

Documenting the American South has digitized several of the historic documents relating to education in North Carolina. Links are provided for those sites.

The holdings of the North Carolina Collection are vast and diverse. Researchers working in the Collection may identify other sources of information in addition to those described here. Reference assistance from the staff North Carolina Collection is available in the department's Reading Room on the second floor of Wilson Library.


Entries in the North Carolina Collection Catalog -- Subject Headings

This is a small sampling of the subject headings that can be found in the online catalog. Please note that many items are still only listed in the card catalog available in the Reading Room.

EDUCATION – NORTH CAROLINA
EDUCATION – NORTH CAROLINA – FINANCE
EDUCATION – NORTH CAROLINA – HISTORY
EDUCATION – NORTH CAROLINA – PERIODICALS
EDUCATION – SOCIAL ASPECTS – NORTH CAROLINA
EDUCATION – STATISTICS – NORTH CAROLINA
EDUCATION AND STATE – NORTH CAROLINA
EDUCATION, ELEMENTARY – NORTH CAROLINA
EDUCATION, HIGHER – NORTH CAROLINA
EDUCATION, SECONDARY – NORTH CAROLINA
EDUCATIONAL LAW AND LEGISLATION -- NORTH CAROLINA
EDUCATORS – NORTH CAROLINA
NORTH CAROLINA – DEPT. OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION
NORTH CAROLINA – STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION
SCHOOL BOARDS – NORTH CAROLINA
SCHOOL BUILDINGS – NORTH CAROLINA
SCHOOL CHILDREN – NORTH CAROLINA
SCHOOL DISTRICTS – NORTH CAROLINA
SCHOOL EMPLOYEES – NORTH CAROLINA
SCHOOL EMPLOYEES – SALARIES, ETC. – NORTH CAROLINA
SCHOOL INTEGRATION – NORTH CAROLINA

General Reading

Coon, Charles L. North Carolina Schools and Academies, 1790-1840: A Documentary History. Raleigh: Edwards & Broughton printing company, state printers. 1915. 846 pp. http://docsouth.unc.edu/nc/coon/coon.html

Coon, Charles L. The Beginnings of Public Education in North Carolina: A Documentary History, 1790-1840. Raleigh, Edwards & Broughton Printing Co. 1908. 2 vols. http://docsouth.unc.edu/nc/coon977/menu.html

Drake, William E. Higher Education in North Carolina before 1860. New York, Carlton Press [1964]. CR370.9 D76h

Gobbel, Luther L. Church-state Relationships in Education in North Carolina Since 1776. Durham, N. C., Duke University Press, 1938. CR370.9 G57c

History of the North Carolina State Board of Education. [Raleigh, N.C.: North Carolina State Board of Education, 19--?]. Cp370.9 N87e3

Hoffschwelle, Mary S. The Rosenwald Schools of the American South. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2006. C370.9 H711r

Jones, H. G. North Carolina History: An Annotated Bibliography. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1995. CR016.97 J77n

Knight, Edgar W. Public School Education in North Carolina. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1916. 384 pp. CR370.9 K69p

Leloudis, James L. Schooling the New South: Pedagogy, Self, and Society in North Carolina, 1880-1920. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1996. C379 L543s

Noble, M.C.S. A History of the Public Schools of North Carolina. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1930. 463 pp. CR370.9 N75h

Powell, William S. Higher Education in North Carolina. Raleigh, N.C.: State Department of Archives and History, 1970. C378.9 P88h1

Powell, William S. North Carolina Through Four Centuries. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1989. C970 P88n2

Smith, Charles Lee. The History of Education in North Carolina. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1888. 180 pp. http://docsouth.unc.edu/true/smith/smith.html

Statistical Abstract of Higher Education in North Carolina. Raleigh, N.C.: North Carolina State Board of Higher Education, 1967- . C378.9 N87h2; issues after 2001/2 available online at http://www.ga.unc.edu/publications/

Weeks, Stephen Beauregard. The Beginnings of the Common School System in the South; or, Calvin Henderson Wiley and the Organization of the Common Schools of North Carolina. Washington, Govt. Print. Off. 1898? C370.9 W39b

Theses

Allen, Madeline May. An Historical Study of Moravian Education in North Carolina: The Evolution and Practice of the Moravian Concept of Education as it is Applied to Women. Thesis (Ph. D.)--Florida State University, 1971. C375.97 A427h

Becker, James M. Education and the Southern Aristocracy: the Southern Education Movement, 1881-1913. Thesis (M.A.)--University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1972. C378 UO2 1972 BECKER, J.M.

Chujo, Ken. The Black Struggle for Education in North Carolina, 1877-1900. Thesis (Ph. D.)--Duke University, 1988. C370.9 C559b

Cook, John Harrison. A Study of the Mill Schools of North Carolina. New York, Teachers College, Columbia University, 1925. C370.9 C769s

Earp, Carolyn Bond. North Carolina Governors and Public Education, 1933-1961. Thesis (Ed. D.)--Duke University, 1979. C370.9 E19n

Edwards, Daniel Thomas. The Development of the Public School System of North Carolina Since the War. Thesis (Ph.D.)--New York University School of Pedagogy, 1899. C379 E26d

Long, Hollis Moody. Public Secondary Education for Negroes in North Carolina. New York, Bureau of Publications, Teachers College, Columbia University, 1932. C379.17 L84p1

Malczewski, Joan. Northern Philanthropists, The State, and Rural Blacks: the Implementation of Education Reform in North Carolina During the Progressive Era. Thesis (Ph.D.)--Columbia University, 2002. C370.9 M243n

Moses, M. Iya-Ilu. Universal Education for African-Americans in North Carolina: A Historical Survey of the Beginning Years Through 1927. Thesis (Ph. D.)--North Carolina State University, 1989. C370.9 M911u

Prince, David Hyde. A History of the State Department of Public Instruction in North Carolina, 1852-1956. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of North Carolina, 1959. C378 UO2 1959 PRINCE

Slinkard, Thomas Raikes. Public education in North Carolina During the Depression, 1929-1933. Thesis (M.A.)--University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1948. C378 UO2 1948 SLINKARD, T.R.

Thuesen, Sarah Caroline. Classes of Citizenship: The Culture and Politics of Black Public Education in North Carolina, 1919-1960. Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2003. C378 UO2 2003 THUESEN, S.C.

Turbyfill, Thomas Sidney. An Analysis of Some Aspects of the North Carolina Public School System Under Twenty-four Years of State Control and Support, 1931-1955. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1957. C378 UO2 1957 TURBYFILL

Veto, Robert Elliott. Looms and Weavers, Schools and Teachers: Schooling in North Carolina Mill Towns, 1910-1940. Thesis (D.A.)--Carnegie Mellon University, 1989. C370.9 V588L

Washington, Carrie Smith Johnson. A Study of Former Negro High School Students, Teachers and Administrators in the Piedmont Area of North Carolina. Thesis (Ed.D.)--East Tennessee State University, 2002. C370.9 W317s

Westin, Richard Barry. The State and Segregated Schools: Negro Public Education in North Carolina, 1863-1923 ... 1966. Thesis (Ph.D.)--Duke University, 1966. C379 W52s

North Carolina Collection Clipping File

The North Carolina Collection's subject clipping file is a collection of articles, primarily from newspapers, on North Carolina-related subjects. There are over 200 pages of clippings relating to Education in North Carolina in the bound volumes.

The clippings are in two sets. The first of these contains articles through 1975, and the second has articles from 1976-1989. Current clippings can be requested at the North Carolina Collection Reference Counter. CR917 N87, CR917 N87 1976-89

Web Based Resources

Education Resources at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Academic Affairs Libraries
http://www.lib.unc.edu/reference/socsci/edu/

A broader overview of educational resources at the University, but not relating specifically to North Carolina.

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/

Online portal for information on public schools in North Carolina. Includes information on curriculum and testing, educational programs, data and statistics for North Carolina schools, and more.

State Board of Education
http://www.ncpublicschools.org/stateboard/about/history/

This site offers an online history of the State Board of Education. It also gives a list of the State Superintendents of Public Instruction and State Board of Education Members since 1943.

State Government Documents

North Carolina. Superintendent of Common Schools. First Annual Report of the General Superintendent of Common Schools. Raleigh: W. W. Holden, 1854. C379 N87p 1853-1855 http://docsouth.unc.edu/nc/schools1854/menu.html

North Carolina. Dept. of Public Instruction. Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction of North Carolina, for the Scholastic Year 1869. Raleigh: Office State Supt. Public Instruction, 1869. C379 N87p 1896-1902
http://docsouth.unc.edu/nc/report1869/report1869.html

North Carolina. Dept. of Public Instruction. Biennial report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction of North Carolina, for the scholastic years 1898-1900. Raleigh: Dept. of Public Instruction, 1898-1902. C379 N87p 1898-1892
http://docsouth.unc.edu/nc/ncinstruction1898/ncinstruction1898.html

North Carolina. Dept. of Public Instruction. Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction of North Carolina to Governor ..., for the Scholastic Years ... Raleigh: Dept. of Public Instruction, 1907-1971. C379 N87p 1904-1970

North Carolina. Dept. of Public Instruction. Biennial Report 1981-2000. [Raleigh, N.C.] : State Superintendent of Public Instruction, 1981-2000. G5 1/2 (year)

North Carolina. Dept. of Public Instruction. School Laws of North Carolina .... [Various publishers] 1869-2007. C379.14 (year)

North Carolina Education Directory 1905-2009. Raleigh: State Department of Public Instruction, 1905-2004 Cp379 D59 (year)

North Carolina. Division of Archives and History. Archives and Records Section. Guide to Research Materials in the North Carolina State Archives: State Agency Records. Raleigh: The Section, 1995. CR016.35 N87a1

A listing of records held by the Archives. Many of the collections lack full descriptions. Also contains agency histories of both the Department of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education.