Guide to the Office of the President, William H. Plemmons Records, 1955-1984

Summary Information

Title: Office of the President, William H. Plemmons Records, 1955-1984
Collection: UA.5000
Extent: 45.75 linear feet (73 boxes, 9 half-sized manuscript boxes, 1 records carton, 2 oversize boxes, 5 oversize folders)
Abstract:

William Howard Plemmons was the second President of Appalachian State Teachers College serving from 1955 until 1969. Materials in this collection include correspondence and subject files, newsclippings, photographs, and other printed materials relating to the administration of Appalachian State Teachers College (A.S.T.C.) during Plemmons’ presidency and his continued active involvement as President Emeritus.

Creator: Plemmons, William H., Chancellor, 1904-1984

Biographical/Historical Note

Dr. William Howard Plemmons was the second president of Appalachian, known as the "builder president." He was born June 11, 1904 in Asheville, North Carolina.

Plemmons graduated from Mars Hill College in 1926 and cum laude from Wake Forest College in 1928. He earned a master's degree in history from Duke University in 1935 and a PhD in history and educational administration from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1943. Wake Forest granted Plemmons an honorary doctorate in 1958.

Plemmons began teaching in Asheville and served as principal of two schools before returning to UNC where he served as admissions officer, registrar, and professor. He became president of Appalachian on September 1, 1955.

During his administration, Appalachian's enrollment and campus grew and the school became known throughout the South. He expanded the curriculum, constructed new buildings and formulated the institution's first long-range plan with the help of faculty, staff, community members and professional planners and architects. Plemmons rebuilt and expanded the inadequate physical plant, established a new administrative structure and developed a curriculum that provided for growth and expansion beyond the single purpose of preparing teachers.

After retirement in 1969, Plemmons served as director of Special Projects at ASU. He was active in local and regional civic organizations. Plemmons died October 7, 1984.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, photographic materials, speeches, administrative records, minutes, awards, clippings, and other materials document Plemmons’ long career in, and service to, public postsecondary education in North Carolina, with emphasis on the administration of Appalachian State Teachers College during Plemmons’ presidency and his continued involvement as President Emeritus. Materials also highlight his active involvement in multiple local, state, and national professional and community organizations. One linear foot of materials document the activities of the N.C. State Advisory Committee on Public Education, whose purpose was to guide North Carolina schools through the process of de-segregation.

To a lesser extent, the records offer brief glimpses into Dr. Plemmons’ personal life. Photographs and correspondence document his relationships with friends and family members and, on rare occasions, letters and speeches reveal his personal views on certain issues. Although the collection includes correspondence between Dr. Plemmons and various members of his family, very few letters document the relationship between Dr. and Mrs. Plemmons; Elizabeth “Bebe” Plemmons appears only occasionally in photographs and newspaper clippings. Overall, the collection contains few materials that pre-date 1955. The inclusive dates are 1929-1984; the bulk dates are 1955-1984.

Arrangement

Following the transfer of an initial group of Dr. Plemmons’ files from the Chancellor’s Office to University Archives and Records in 1984, five additional groups were transferred to University Archives and Records in 1985, 1991, 1993, and 1995, respectively. (Four groups were transferred from the Chancellor’s Office in 1985, 1991, and 1993. One group was transferred from Belk Library’s W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection in 1995.) In 2003 and 2004, University Archives staff accessioned these records and assigned accession numbers accordingly. The accession schedule then guided the processing of Dr. Plemmons’ records and other materials. The records are divided into seven series, three of which have been further arranged into subseries. Unless otherwise noted in the series and subseries descriptions, arrangement is generally alphabetical by subject or correspondent and chronological there under. Except in cases where files were renamed for the sake of clarity, original folder titles have been retained. Materials relating to particular individuals, events, or activities may be filed in several different locations throughout the collection. The scattering of records relating to significant events such as Plemmons’ inauguration, retirement, the dedication of the W.H. Plemmons College Center (now the Plemmons Student Union), and the establishment of the Appalachian Consortium appears to be the result of the materials being transferred or received from different sources on separate occasions over a period of nearly ten years. Although much effort has been made to provide cross-references to related materials, researchers are advised to search the entire box and folder list to find all items that may be of interest to them. This overlap may be the result of preserving the original order of files as they may have been prepared by Plemmons’ own administrative staff or the administrative staffs in the offices of succeeding chancellors before the records were transferred to University Archives and Records. Photographic materials (prints, negatives, and slides) are housed separately. When photographs were found as enclosures with correspondence or other papers, photocopies were made for retention with the associated document, originals were separated, and the separation is noted accordingly in the box and folder list. As a rule, oversize materials such as large certificates or awards to Dr. Plemmons, maps, drawings, and other printed materials were separated as well. Their separation has also been noted in the box and folder list. Additionally, complete or incomplete issues of The Appalachian (student newspaper) were re-formatted; originals were removed from the files and retained with this collection’s oversize materials until it is determined that we have a complete run of the publication on microfilm. Refer to pages 9-10 and 97-101 of this finding aid for more information on the items that were separated during processing.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room with some restrictions, noted below. This collection contains some personnel and student academic records that are restricted in accordance with university policy and applicable state and federal laws. Access to files containing information on certain University personnel matters is restricted for 50 years from the latest date of the materials in those files. Access to student records is restricted for 75 years from the latest date of the records in those files.

Acquisitions Information

Following the transfer of an initial group of Dr. Plemmons’ files from the Office of the Chancellor to University Archives and Records in 1984, five additional groups were transferred to University Archives and Records in 1985, 1991, 1993, and 1995.

Processing Information

Processed by Simms Toomey and Michal J. Duffy under the supervision of University Archivist Harry C. Keiner.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], UA.5000: Office of the President, William H. Plemmons Records, University Archives, Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C., USA.

Container List

Series I: Appalachian Consortium, 1971-1984

Series Description

Series I of the Records of W.H. Plemmons, 1955-1984, contains clippings, correspondence, member lists, meeting minutes, reports, program advertisements, and many other materials that document Plemmons’ extensive involvement in the founding of the Appalachian Consortium and its many activities from the year of its creation in 1971 to 1984. The Appalachian Consortium Organizational Files, 1971-1984, were part of an initial transfer of Plemmons’ records from the Chancellor’s Office to University Archives. These files were maintained by the Office of President Emeritus, which Plemmons occupied from 1969 until his death in 1984. At the series level and within each subseries, files are generally arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically there under. Where there were groups of files dealing with a significant project or administrative function of the Consortium, those files were assigned a subseries heading and remain embedded within the Series. Subseries (A-M) are as follows: General Files, Appalachian Consortium Press, Board of Advisors, Board of Directors, Committees, Correspondence, Daniel Boone Trail, Fund-raising, Meetings, Membership and Member Institutions, North Carolina Committee for Continuing Education in the Humanities (NCCCEH) Proposals, Overmountain Victory Trail, and Personnel. In some cases, subseries occurred more organically than others; Correspondence and other large groups of files containing Board of Advisors, Board of Directors, Daniel Boone Trail Project, Fund-raising, Overmountain Victory Trail, and Meetings materials remain in their original order. In other cases, however, files were separated from their original locations and grouped artificially to create the Appalachian Consortium Press, Committees, Membership and Member Institutions, North Carolina Committee for Continuing Education in the Humanities (NCCCEH) Proposals, and Personnel Subseries.

Subseries A: General Files, 1973-1984

Accomplishments of Appalachian Consortium Box 1.1
Activities Reports, 1977-1978  Box 1.2
Advisory Budget Commission  Box 1.3
American Council of Voluntary Agencies for Foreign Service  Box 1.4
American Folklife Center, 1976-1978  Box 1.5
American Revolution Bicentennial Committee  Box 1.6
Annual Reports, 1973-1980  Box 1.7
Appalachian Confederation Educational Opportunity Center, August 22, 1980  Box 1.8
Appalachian Consortium Brochures and General Information  Box 1.9
Appalachian Consortium Confidential Information  Box 1.10
Appalachian Consortium Fact Sheet  Box 1.11
Appalachian Consortium Fair, January 21, 1977  Box 1.12
Appalachian Consortium Information, 1980  Box 1.13
Appalachian Consortium Newsletter, April 1978-January 1984  Box 1.14
Appalachian Consortium Organizational Background Information, 1973-1979  Box 1.15
"Appalachian Growth"  Box 1.16
Appalachian Semester, Union College, 1971-1972  Box 1.17
Appalachian Symposium in honor of Cratis Williams, April 7-9, 1976  Box 1.18
Art Project, Jan.-June 1975  Box 1.19
Articles about Appalachia, 1973  Box 1.20
Articles of Incorporation, 1971-1973, 1979  Box 1.21
Budget, 1975-1982  Box 1.22
"Cabins in the Laurel" Index  Box 1.23
Career Education  Box 1.24
Conference for Local Government Officials on Historic Preservation  Box 1.25
Conference on the Rhetoric of the Contemporary South, August 21-22, 1977  Box 1.26
Consortium Clippings, Jan. 12, 1971-Mar. 21, 1974  Box 1.27
Consortium Development Council  Box 1.28
Consortium Goals and Objectives  Box 1.29
Consortium, Consortia, and Related Organizations, 1970-1971  Box 2.1
Consortium Proposals, 1971-1972  Box 2.2
Constitution (Proposed)  Box 2.3
Constitution and Bylaws  Box 2.4
Contributions in-kind, ASU, 1976  Box 2.5
Council on Appalachian Women, 1977  Box 2.6
First Appalachian Consortium Forum, April 9, 1973  Box 2.7
Folklore  Box 2.8
Gade, Ole  Box 2.9
Hubert Hayes Cabin  Box 2.10
"Laurel Leaves", 1975-1980  Box 2.11
Lecture Series  Box 2.12
Lunsford, Bascom Lamar - Portrait Presentation  Box 2.13
"A Man and His Cabin" Multi-Media Presentation  Box 2.14
Martin and Martin, Attorneys  Box 2.15
Miller, Jim Wayne - honored at Appalachian Studies Conference, 1980  Box 2.16
News Releases, 1970-1974  Box 2.17
Oral History Association - Tenth Annual Workshop and Colloquium, Oct. 24-26, 1975  Box 2.18
Plemmons and DeRosier Address to Consortium, Nov. 8, 1977  Box 2.19
Plemmons' "Asheville Citizen" Guest Editorial, "Service to Appalachia", July 1978  Box 2.20
Plemmons' Speech to Boone Worthwhile Women's Club, June 6, 1980  Box 2.21
Proposed Programs, 1977-1981  Box 2.22
"Recollections of the Catawba Valley" (Foreward)  Box 2.23
Role of Colleges in Southern Appalachia  Box 2.24-26
Role of Colleges in Southern Appalachia  Box 3.1
Southern Appalachia Comes to New York  Box 3.2
Southern Appalachian Museum Committee  Box 3.3
“Southern Appalachian Books: An Annotated, Selected Bibliography,” by Wilma Dykeman  Box 3.4
Southern Appalachian Historical Association (SAHA), 1969-1970  Box 3.5
Southern Appalachian Regional Conference  Box 3.6-9
Southern Highlands Institute for Educators Summer, 1984  Box 3.10
Task Force on Appalachian Consortium Affairs, 1975-1978  Box 3.11
Tax-Exempt Status (Federal and State)  Box 3.12
Tax Returns and Status (Federal and State Exemptions)  Box 3.13
"Think Tank" Conference Box 3.14
Watauga County Spring Festival, 1974-1979 Box 3.15
Wiles, Walter E. – “Recollections From My Youth in Allegheny County.” Box 3.16

Subseries B: Appalachian Consortium Press, 1973-1979

Appalachian Consortium Press 1973-1979  Box 3.17
Appalachian Consortium Publications  Box 3.18
Editorial Board Nov.-Dec. 1972  Box 3.19
"A Right Good People," Harold F. Warren  Box 4.1
Appalachian Bibliography 1974-1979  Box 4.2
Ora Blackmun 1977  Box 4.3
Smalley, Mrs. Wayne (Ruth) ed., "The Good Life Almanac"  Box 4.4
Comments on "Western North Carolina Since the Civil War"  Box 4.5
"Western North Carolina Since the Civil War"  Box 4.6-7
Van Noppen Book Letters Correspondence May 11, 1973-April 2, 1974  Box 4.8-9

Subseries C: Board of Advisors, 1971-1981.

Board of Advisors 1977-1981 Box 4.10
Board of Advisors – Nominees’ Biographical Information 1971-1973 Box 4.11-12
Board of Advisors – Special Committee to Review and Update 1978-1979 Box 4.13-15
Board of Advisors – Special Committee to Review and Update 1979-1980 Box 5.1-3

Subseries D: Board of Directors, 1973-1980

Board of Directors 1978 Box 5.4
Board of Directors Committees 1973-1975 Box 5.5
Board of Directors Meeting Minutes 1978-1980 Box 5.6

Subseries E: Committees, 1973-1980

Committee Duties and Responsibilities Aug. 7, 1979 Box 5.7
Action Committee 1980 Box 5.8
Ad hoc Advisory Committee July 8, 1974 and December 19, 1974 Box 5.9
Ad Hoc Committee for Water Resources March 1975 Box 5.10
Administration Committee 1979-1980 Box 5.11
Budget and Finance Committee 1978-1980 Box 5.12
Bylaws Review Committee Box 5.13
Curriculum/Curricular Activities Committee 1972-1973 Box 5.14
Library Committee Box 5.15
Standing Committees 1979-1980 Box 5.16

Subseries F: Correspondence, 1968-1977

Correspondence (General) 1968-1982 Box 5.17
Correspondence 1970-1971 Box 5.18-21
Correspondence 1972-1974 Box 6.1-11
Correspondence Jan.-Dec., 1974 Box 7.1-5
Conway, Bob 1971-1974 Box 7.6
DeRosier, Arthur H. (Personal) 1975-1977 Box 7.7
Eller, J. Gerald (Personal) 1973-1977 Box 7.8
Schenck, Alex F. 1970-1971 Box 7.9

Subseries G: Daniel Boone Trail Project, 1973-1982

Daniel Boone Trail 1973-1982 Box 7.10-15

Subseries H: Fundraising, 1970-1983

Contracts for Funds 1970-1972 Box 8.1
Donations Received 1971 and 1973 Box 8.2
Foundation Visits Apr. 1973 Box 8.3
Fundraising 1976-1978 Box 8.4-12
Fundraising 1978-1981 Box 9.1-10
Fundraising 1982-1983 Box 10.1-5
Fundraising Information Materials 1973-1978 Box 10.6-7
Fundraising Mailing Lists Box 10.8-9
Fundraising Summary 1979-1980 Box 10.10
Hound Ears’ Lot (Mr. Enzor and Mr. Welch) Box 10.11
Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation Box 10.12
Potential Funding Sources 1970-1971 Box 10.13
Procurement Request, Print Shop Aug. 1, 1980 Box 10.14
Proposal for Assistance in Activating the Appalachian Consortium Box 10.15
Proposed Funding, second year 1973-1974 Box 10.16
"Richmond Hill" Box 10.17

Subseries I: Meetings, 1970-1984

Meetings 1970-1973 Box 11.1-22
Meeting 1974-1979 Box 12.1-30
Meeting 1979-1984 Box 13.1-28
Meeting 1984 Box 14.1-3

Subseries J: Membership and Member Institutions, 1971-1984

Membership Committee Box 14.4
Membership in Consortium – Interested Institutions and Organizations Box 14.5
Membership Policies and Procedures Box 14.6
Membership Roster 1977 Box 14.7
Membership Mailing Lists Box 14.8
Blue Ridge Parkway Box 14.9
Blue Ridge Parkway Development Concept – “Americana” Box 14.10-11
Blue Ridge Parkway Extension Box 14.12-14
Concord College Box 14.15
East Tennessee State University (ETSU) – Courses pertaining to the Southern Appalachian Region Box 14.16
Ferrum College Box 14.17
Lees-McRae College Box 14.18
Mars Hill College 1975-1977 Box 14.19
UNC-Asheville Membership Resignation Box 14.20
Virginia Polytechnic Institute – VPI – Blacksburg, Va Box 14.21
Warren Wilson College Box 14.22
Western Carolina University Box 14.23
Western North Carolina Historical Association Box 14.24

Subseries K: North Carolina Committee for Continuing Education in the Humanities (NCCCEH), 1972-1975

NCCCEH: Consortium Proposal – Humanities Committee June 1, 1972 - May, 1973 Box 15.1-3
NCCCEH: Coordinators for Humanities Project 1973-1974 Box 15.4
NCCCEH: Humanities Project Budget – “Traditions in Southern Appalachia in Transition,” 1973-1974 Box 15.5
NCCCEH Proposal: “Traditions in Transition,” 1973-1974 Box 15.6
NCCCEH Proposal 1974-1975 Box 15.7
NCCCEH Proposals from Consortium Members Box 15.8
NCCCEH: Special Committee for Humanities Project 1972 Box 15.9

Subseries L: Overmountain Victory Trail, 1975-1982

Battle of King's Mountain 1979 Box 15.10
Bright's Trace Box 15.11
Overmountain Victory Trail 1975-1979 Box 15.12-14
Overmountain Victory Trail – Draft National Scenic/ Historic Trail Study Dec. 1979 Box 15.15
Overmountain Victory Trail 1980 Box 16.1
Overmountain Victory Trail – Draft National Scenic/ Historic Trail Study Nov. 1980 Box 16.2
Overmountain Victory Trail 1981-1982 Box 16.3

Subseries M: Personnel, 1978-1980

Executive Director’s Duties and Responsibilities Box 16.4
Executive Director’s Reports 1979 Box 16.5
Personnel Interviews – Consortium Press Half-Time Position 1980 Box 16.6
Buxton, Barry – Director Appalachian Consortium Box 16.7
Huffman, Susan Box 16.8
Mace, Borden (Executive Directorship) Apr. 28, 1978 Box 16.9
Mace, F. Borden (Résumé) Box 16.10
McKinney, Martha Box 16.11
Pritchett, Earleen G., Acting Executive Director Box 16.12
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Series II: General Subject and Correspondence Files, 1956-1984

Series Description

These files were maintained by the Office of President Emeritus, which Plemmons occupied from 1969 until his death in 1984. Materials that comprise Series II were part of an initial transfer that was the largest group of Plemmons’ files and the first to be accessioned to University Archives (acc. 2003.108).

General organization and arrangement of the subject and correspondence files was retained, thus, the researcher will notice there are two separate runs of subject and correspondence files, each with corresponding date ranges. Files are generally arranged alphabetically, in accordance with the order in which they arrived from the Chancellor’s Office. Many of the files focus on Plemmons's professional life; some, however, contain material about his personal life, church, and community activities in Boone. There is significant overlapping across the subject and correspondence files.

Subseries A: Subject Files, 1975-1984

Abingdon Branch: Recollections of the Early Days of a Railroad Era  Box 17.1
Academy for Educational Development (AED) 1962-1972  Box 17.2
Association for Field Services in Teacher Education (AFSTE) Annual Meeting 1975  Box 17.3
AFSTE Conference Roster May 4-7, 1975  Box 17.4
Aldridge, Dillard, Memorial Service Dec. 1, 1974  Box 17.5
American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU) 1969-1984  Box 17.6-10
“An Appalachian Summer” Advisory Council – Mar. 30, 1984 letter from Chancellor John E. Thomas to Dr. Plemmons. Mar. 30, 1984  Box 17.11
Annual Report to the Chancellor from the Student Affairs Area 1974-1975  Box 17.12
"Appalachia: A Journal of the Appalachian Regional Commission" 1973  Box 17.13
Appalachia Cultural Exchange Center, Inc./Appalachian Cultural Center 1977; 1983-1984  Box 17.14
Appalachian Collection – Acquisitions 1976-1978; 1981  Box 17.15
"The Appalachian Focus" Aug. 1974  Box 17.16
"Asheville Citizen-Times," Centennial Edition Dec. 15-19, 1983  Box 17.17
“Appalachian, A Regional University,” Plemmons’ address at luncheon celebrating 75th Anniversary July 13, 1974  Box 18.1
Appalachian Confederation Equal Opportunity Center Aug. 14, 1980  Box 18.2
Appalachian Heritage Series Apr. 22, 1976  Box 18.3
Center for Instructional Development, Guidelines for Project Selection  Box 18.4
Appalachian State University Status (News Releases) July 1967  Box 18.5
A History of the Public School System of Asheville, N.C., by W.H. Plemmons  Box 18.6
Correspondence regarding Plemmons’ History of Asheville’s Public School System  Box 18.7
Center for Appalachian Studies  Box 18.8
ASTC Alumni Magazine Spring 1957  Box 18.9
Clippings - Asheville and Thomas Wolfe  Box 18.10
Chancellor's Report 1977-1978  Box 18.11
“Appalachian Staff Update,” Jan. 1980  Box 18.12
ASU History - Founding Document  Box 18.13
Varsity Gymnasium Dedication Program  Box 18.14
Auxiliary Services Handbook (Housing, Food Service, Bookstore, Vending, & Laundry)  Box 18.15
Belk Library Addition Oct. 1980  Box 18.16
Belk Residence Hall Dedication May 4, 1981  Box 18.17
Bicentennial Committee – A.S.U. Bicentennial Community Designation Ceremony 1974-1976  Box 18.18
Watauga County Bicentennial Commission  Box 18.19
Biltmore Estate Nov. 9, 1974  Box 18.20
Blood, Mrs. Norman (Carolyn)  Box 18.21
Board of Trustees: Miscellaneous Correspondence, Membership Lists, Brochures 1969; 1974-1975; 1977  Box 18.22
Bob Broome Portrait  Box 18.23
Boone Area Chamber of Commerce 1975-1978  Box 18.24-25
Boone Area Chamber of Commerce 1979-1982  Box 19.1-4
Boone Jaycees, “Leadership by Senior Citizens” Aug. 1976  Box 19.5
Boston – Lexington – Concord  Box 19.6
Center for Southern Folklore  Box 19.7
Center for Continuing Education 1976 and 1982  Box 19.8
Chancellor’s Committee, Plemmons’ Appointment to 1979-1980  Box 19.9
Cherokee Indians of North Carolina  Box 19.10
Chronicle of Higher Education review of "Our Appalachia: An Oral History"  Box 19.11
Citizens Committee to nominate Terry Sanford 1975  Box 19.12
Coalition of Adult Education Organizations  Box 19.13
Federation of North Carolina Historical Societies  Box 19.14
College of Learning & Human Development, Follow-up study of graduates 1975-1976  Box 19.15-16
Stockton State College (New Jersey), President Search 1978  Box 19.17
Congressional Delegation 1981  Box 19.18
Congressman William (“Bill”) L. Dickinson, Alabama (2nd district), National Right to Work Committee  Box 19.19
Copyright of Sheet Music, Circular from the Library of Congress’s Copyright Office 1976  Box 19.20
Duke University Oct.-Nov., 1975 and Oct., 1978  Box 19.21
ESA (Emergency School Assistance) Program. Non-LEA (Local Educational Agency) Briefing Materials  Box 19.22
Faculty Resource Book 1981  Box 20.1
Facutly Senate 1980-1982  Box 20.2-4
Farm-City Week 1981  Box 20.5
First Baptist Church, Boone, NC 1982  Box 20.6
Flags – “A Grand Old Flag, In All 28 Versions,” Raleigh (N.C.) "News & Observer" Aug. 10, 1975  Box 20.7
Founders’ Mall Dedication Apr. 21, 1976  Box 20.8
General Assembly (N.C.) – Nominees 1974  Box 20.9
Graduate Assistants’ Workshop Aug. 16, 1980  Box 20.10
Gordon Gray Chair for Private Security – A.S.U. Dept. of Political Science/Criminal Justice  Box 20.11
Guest Editorial in Asheville Citizen-Times, “Service to Appalachia,” July 1978  Box 20.12
Helms, Jesse A. – “Helms battling confirmation of ambassador,” Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer Apr. 27, 1978  Box 20.13
Humanities 1973-1974  Box 20.14
Historic Jonesborough Days 1973  Box 20.15
History Dept., ASU, “Living With History: Conference on the Role of Local History in Western North Carolina” Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 1978  Box 20.16
“Decisive Decade: 1969-1979,” Department of History’s Report to the Chancellor  Box 20.17
Krauss-Schapiro Sequential Efficiency Analysis (KSSEA) 1976  Box 20.18
Laurel Leaves Award to W.H. Plemmons, Correspondence and Introduction May 1978  Box 20.19
Lee H. Edwards High School Reunion (Asheville, N.C.), Class of 1940  Box 20.20
Liverpudlian 1974-1976  Box 20.21
Mace, Borden, N.C. School of Science and Mathematics 1978-1979  Box 20.22
N.C. School of Science and Mathematics 1978-1980  Box 20.23
Madison College, AASCU Consultants’ Visits 1967; 1969; 1976  Box 20.24
Mars Hill College Alumni Association  Box 20.25
Mars Hill College – Alumni, Class of 1926  Box 20.26
Mars Hill – Class of 1926 Newsletter items  Box 21.1
Correspondence to take to Mars Hill for Reunion  Box 21.2
Mars Hill Reunion 1976-1978  Box 21.3-5
Mars Hill College Reunion (Class of 1926) 1981  Box 21.6
“Maui: America’s Magic Isle,” Time Magazine Mar. 26, 1979  Box 21.7
NCAE Watauga Unit 1977  Box 21.8
New River Valley Development Association 1975  Box 21.9
News Bureau (A.S.U.) 1977 and 1982  Box 21.10
North Carolina Arts Council 1975  Box 21.11
North Carolina Association of Colleges and Universities (NCACU) 1979  Box 21.12
North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research, Inc. July 1980  Box 21.13
“From the Center Out,” newsletter of the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research 1980-1984  Box 21.14
North Carolina Folklore Society 1977 and 1979  Box 21.15
NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) Visit to A.S.U. 1981  Box 21.16
N.C. Retired Governmental Employees  Box 21.17-20
N.C. Humanities Committee – Summer Newsletter 1977  Box 22.1
NCAE Retired Superintendents Oct. 1976  Box 22.2
N.C. General Assembly, Members 1977  Box 22.3
NCSEA (N.C. State Employees’ Association) Health Benefits, General Assembly  Box 22.4
N.C. State Commission on Higher Education Facilities – Title VI, Instructional Equipment Grant Information 1977-1979  Box 22.5
N.C. State Education Assistance Authority 1976-1977  Box 22.6-8
N.C. State Education Assistance Authority, Procedures for Implementing Grant Programs  Box 22.9-11
N.C. State Motor Club May and Aug. 1976  Box 22.12
Northwest N.C. Development Association 1977-1984  Box 22.13-14
Northwestern Bank  Box 22.15
Northwestern Financial Corporation – Special meeting of the Board of Directors Sept. 12, 1975  Box 22.16
Northwestern Financial Corporation, Board of Directors 1971-1984  Box 23.1
Northwestern Financial Corporation, Correspondence 1975-1979  Box 23.2
Northwestern Financial Corporation, Meeting Minutes of the Board of Directors 1975-1978 Box 23.3
Northwestern Financial Corporation, Reports 1975-1977  Box 23.4
Northwestern Financial Corporation, 1977. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) form 10-Q  Box 23.5
Oral History Project – Pat Morgan  Box 23.6
Phi Delta Kappa 1980-1984  Box 23.7
Photographs 1957  Box 23.8
Plemmons talk on “Politics in Higher Education,” 1980-1981  Box 23.9
Porter, Sylvia, editorial in Asheville Citizen, “College Education is Still a Sound Investment.” Dec. 26, 1977  Box 23.10
President’s Committee of the Appalachian State University Foundation 1973-1975; 1979  Box 23.11
Prized Possessions  Box 23.12
Regional Information Center (RIC) – Inventory of holdings as of May 1, 1976  Box 23.13
Region D Council of Governments 1974  Box 23.14
Regional Development Workshop, Center for Continuing Education June 25-26, 1973  Box 23.15
Remarks at Annual Spring Luncheon honoring Retiring Faculty May 7, 1974  Box 23.16
Reports and Memos from Department Chairs and Committees 1960-1961  Box 23.17
Retired School Personnel Division of NCAE Mar.-Apr. 1975  Box 23.18
Retired Senior Executives Program 1981  Box 23.19
Roanoke Island (N.C.) Historical Association 1981  Box 23.20
Rotary Club, Boone 1975-1984  Box 23.21
Rotary Club Roster, Chapel Hill 1952-1953  Box 23.22
School of Education, UNC-Chapel Hill, Plemmons’ nominees for Deanship 1975  Box 23.23
“Schools and the New Economic Order” – Paper presented at August 1977 World Confederation of Organizations of the Teaching Profession (WCOTP) Aug. 1977  Box 23.24
Service Awards Luncheon Nov. 5, 1976  Box 24.1
Southern Appalachian Historical Association (SAHA) and "Horn in the West" 1975-1978  Box 24.2
Speaker’s Bureau – Center for Continuing Education at A.S.U  Box 24.3
Stanley Harris, Sr., Appreciation Banquet July 25, 1975  Box 24.4
State Commission on Higher Education Facilities 1974-1978  Box 24.5
Student Affairs 1978  Box 24.6
"Sweet Bess", Vol. 1, No. 1, Caldwell County Oral History, Culture Spring-Summer 1975  Box 24.7
Thomas, John E., Chancellor – Plemmons’ remarks at Installation Luncheon Sept. 14, 1979  Box 24.8
Title IX Self-Evaluation Apr. 30, 1976  Box 24.9
Student Financial Aid Guide  Box 24.10
Three Forks Baptist Association 1970-1983  Box 24.11-12
Troy State University, Troy, Alabama, Plemmons’ Visit as AASCU Consultant Dec. 1975  Box 24.13
TTT (Trainers of Teacher Trainers) – Three years in retrospect Spring 1973  Box 24.14
UNC – Chapel Hill Alumni in Watauga County 1979  Box 24.15
United Way, Watauga County 1971-1975  Box 25.1-2
United Way Mailing Lists 1979-1980  Box 25.3
Wake Forest (50th anniversary, Class of 1928) 1978  Box 25.4
W.A.M.Y. (Watauga-Avery-Mitchell-Yancey) Community Action, Inc.  Box 25.5
Watauga-Avery Objectives Committee, Special Committee for History 1973-1977  Box 25.6-14
Watauga-Avery Objectives Committee – Progress reports of Subcommittee on Folklore, History & Culture and Committee for Protection of Natural Beauty and Environment Oct. 30, 1973  Box 25.15
Watauga-Avery Objectives Committee – Meeting of Subcommittee on Art, History & Culture Nov. 5, 1973  Box 25.16
Watauga-Avery Objectives Committee – Meeting of Subcommittee on Folklore, History & Culture Dec. 5, 1973 - Dec. 12, 1974  Box 25.17-22
Watauga-Avery Objectives Committee – Meeting of Subcommittee on Folklore, History & Culture Mar. 14, 1975 - Dec. 11, 1975  Box 26.1-3
Watauga-Avery Objectives Committee, Mailing Lists 1976  Box 26.4
Watauga-Avery Objectives Committee – Meeting of Subcommittee on Folklore, History & Culture Oct. 1976 - May 1977  Box 26.5-8
Watauga County Bicentennial Worship Service July 4, 1976  Box 26.9
Watauga County Crime Prevention Committee Dec. 1979-July 1980  Box 26.10
Watauga County Historical Items (clippings)  Box 26.11
Watauga County Historical Trails 1976  Box 26.12
Watauga County Historical Society  Box 26.13-18
Watauga County Historical Society – (Cornett) Bibliography Committee  Box 26.19
Watauga County Historical Society – Committee on publication of Judy Cornett’s book  Box 26.20
Watauga County Historical Society – Cornett, Writings on Watauga  Box 26.21
Watauga County Project on Aging May-July 1980  Box 26.22
Watauga County School System’s “Adopt-a-School” Program Nov. 1, 1982  Box 26.23
Watauga County United Fund 1971-1974  Box 26.24
Welcome and Reflections (Plemmons’) at the Dedication of the Mary Brown Allgood Living Center Oct. 19, 1974  Box 27.1
Webster: A Newsletter of the Webster (N.C.) Historical Society, Inc., Vol. 1, no.s 1 and 3 Feb. and Apr. 1974  Box 27.2
Western N.C. Regional Forum on Science and Technology June 13, 1983  Box 27.3
Wey Retirement Apr. 1979  Box 27.4
Whitener, Dean D. J. 1964-1975  Box 27.5
Wind Generator 1983  Box 27.6
Williams, Cratis, “Ye Offspring of Vipers.” Article in Appalachian Heritage, vol. 8, no. 2 Spring 1980  Box 27.7
Winkler Hall Dedication Sept. 29, 1978  Box 27.8

Subseries B: Correspondence, 1975-1984

Plemmons’ “History of Asheville Schools,” drafts, notes  Box 27.9
Box 27.10
Abrams, W. Amos “Doc”  Box 27.11
B (Bad-Bos)  Box 27.12
B (Bou-Byr)  Box 27.13
Broyhill, James T. 1975-1984  Box 27.14
Box 27.15
Carroll, Roy Dec. 1983 and Jan. 1984  Box 28.1
Box 28.2
Dixon, Max 1974-1984  Box 28.3
Box 28.4
Evans, H. C. 1975-1983  Box 28.5
Energy (Solar) Grants and Tax Incentives July 1980  Box 28.6
Box 28.7
Falls, Robert 1974-1975; 1980  Box 28.8
First Baptist Church (Boone, NC) Memorials Committee 1979-1980  Box 28.9
Box 28.10
Glenn, Dr. E.T. “Ted,” Plemmons’ prayer at the Dedication of the Garden of Prayer in memory of Dr. Glenn Aug. 19, 1979  Box 28.11
H (Hab-Hob)  Box 28.12
H (Hod-Hun)  Box 28.13
Homeplace (Asheville) Estate Taxes Nov. 1975-Sept. 1977  Box 28.14
Howe, Dr. Richard Davis 1976-1984  Box 28.15
I (Idol, John and Ingle, Joyce)  Box 28.16
J Box 28.17
Box 29.1
Box 29.2
“Lighter Side,” June 25, 1970  Box 29.3
Mace, Borden 1975-1982  Box 29.4
Box 29.5
Box 29.6
Box 29.7
Ostar, Allan 1976-1977  Box 29.8
Box 29.9
Appointment to the Advisory Committee for the White House Conference on Aging 1970  Box 29.10
Requests for Contributions 1979  Box 29.11
Plemmons receives Hugh McEniry Award 1978  Box 29.12
Plemmons’ notes for Sunday School  Box 29.13
Plemmons Scholarship 1976-1982  Box 29.14
Quinn, Dwight W. Feb. 25, 1981  Box 29.15
Box 29.16
Ramsey, Carl W. 1975-1976; 1979  Box 29.17
Box 30.1
Snead, Robert "Bob" 1975-1977  Box 30.2
Sweatt, Bee 1975-1976  Box 30.3
Box 30.4
“The Tates.” Excerpt from St. Luke’s Episcopal Church newsletter  Box 30.5
Box 30.6
Box 30.7
Box 30.8
Wake Forest Alumni 1928  Box 30.9
West Buncombe Elementary School Dedication Oct. 24, 1983  Box 30.10
Wey, Herbert W.  Box 30.11
Williams, Cratis D. 1973; 1975-1977; 1979-1984  Box 30.12
Windmill 1980  Box 30.13
Y-Z  Box 30.14

Subseries C: Subject Files, 1969-1974

Allgood, Mary Brown, Plemmons’ notes for remarks at memorial service  Box 31.1
A.S.U. Alumni - Asheville area chapter meeting Nov. 8, 1973  Box 31.2
Alumni past presidents and others 1972  Box 31.3
AASCU (American Association of State Colleges and Universities)  Box 31.4-7
State College of Arkansas – Report of AASCU Consultants Oct. 24-25, 1968  Box 31.8
Bowie State College (Bowie, Maryland) – Report of AASCU Consultants 1970  Box 31.9
Concord College (Athens, WV) – AASCU Consultants’ Visit June 1970  Box 31.10
East Tennessee State University – Plemmons’ visit as consultant to College of Education 1970  Box 31.11
Eastern Kentucky University – Reports of AASCU Consultants Mar. and Dec. 1969  Box 31.12
Mankato (Minnesota) State College June 1971  Box 31.13
Newark State College – AASCU Consultant Service Report Apr. 25-26, 1968  Box 31.14
Winston-Salem State University – AASCU Consultants’ Report Jan.-July 1970  Box 31.15
Appalachian Centers – A.S.U., Berea, Mars Hill 1969 and 1973  Box 31.16
Appalachian State University degree holders in Administrative positions in N.C.  Box 32.1
"Appalachian Journal"  Box 32.2
"Appalachian Scene" Sept. 13, 1974  Box 32.3
Governor’s Commission on Higher Education 1961-1962  Box 32.4
Appalachian State University, 75th Anniversary  Box 32.5
Appalachian State University Foundation, Inc. 1970-1974  Box 32.6
Appalachian State University Foundation, Inc., A.R. Smith Fund Feb. and Apr. 1974  Box 32.7
Arabian Hotels Brochure  Box 32.8
Appalachian Studes Dec. 1969-June 1970; March-Nov. 1973  Box 32.9
Appalachian Consortium’s Asheville fund raising contacts 1971-1972  Box 32.10
Asheville School Award of Merit 1972  Box 32.11
Athletics 1969-1971  Box 32.12
Belk Foundation 1969-1972  Box 32.13
Berlin Brigade “Ethnic Exposition,” 1973  Box 32.14
Bicentennial Materials 1974  Box 32.15
Board of Trustees of Appalachian State University 1969 and 1972  Box 32.16
Board of Visitors 1970; 1973-1974  Box 32.17
Blalock, Mrs, Bobbie W. 1972-1973  Box 32.18
Board of Higher Education, Raleigh, N.C. – Report on Audit June 30, 1971 and June 30, 1972  Box 32.19
Boone, City of, letter from Plemmons to Mayor Gordon H. Winkler Oct. 30, 1969  Box 32.20
Boozer, Dr. Howard R. 1972-1973  Box 32.21
Broyhill, J. Ed. (James Edgar) May-June 1971  Box 32.22
Broyhill, Paul H. 1969-1970  Box 32.23
Burlington Industries, Inc. 1971-1972  Box 32.24
Cannon Music Camp 1969-1971  Box 32.25
Chamber of Commerce, Boone Area 1973-1974  Box 32.26
Class of 1928 (Wake Forest)  Box 32.27
College of Business 1970-1971  Box 33.1-2
College of Business Advisory Council Jan. 1970 - Dec. 1971  Box 33.3-6
College Foundation, Inc., and James E. and Mary Z. Bryan Foundation, Inc., 1972-1973  Box 33.7
“The College President, Some Pertinent Tear Sheets,” issues of College and University Business  July 1962; May and Aug., 1963  Box 33.8
Miscellaneous Business Affairs memos and notes related to fund-raising  Box 33.9
Conrad, Dr. William J. Aug.-Oct. 1970  Box 33.10
Center for Continuing Education, (now Broyhill Inn & Conference Center) 1973  Box 33.11
Center for Continuing Education/Broyhill Building Dedication May 19, 1973  Box 33.12
Center for Continuing Education, Joseph Dave Foundation contribution Feb. 21, 1973  Box 33.13
Cooperating Raleigh Colleges (CRC), Annual Report 1973  Box 33.14
Director of Development, A.S.U. – Search for Candidates 1970-1971  Box 33.15
Duncan, Edwin, Sr. 1971-1973  Box 34.1
“Eight by ‘78” Campaign, A.S.U. Foundation, Inc. Nov. 1971-Jan. 1972  Box 34.2
Emergency School Assistance Program (ESAP) – State Advisory Committee on Public Education 1973  Box 34.3
Faculty Senate 1973-1979  Box 34.4-9
“The Faculty Voice,” vol. 1, no. 1 Apr. 3, 1974  Box 34.10
First Baptist Church 1969-1971  Box 34.11
First Baptist Church, Deacons’ Meetings 1968-1972  Box 35.1
Beech Mountain Folk Festival, Lees-McRae Campus  Box 35.2
Faculty Council on the Ford Venture Grant (FCFVG) 1972-1973  Box 35.3
Forsyth, Dr. and Mrs. H. Frank 1969; 1972  Box 35.4
Fund-raising Campaign, Taxes and Gifts of Property 1971-1972  Box 35.5
Fund-raising – Materials from American Association of Fund-raising Counsel, Inc. 1969-1970  Box 35.6
Governor’s Commission on Education Beyond High School 1961  Box 35.7
I.G. Greer Distinguished Professorship in History  Box 35.8
General 1969-1975  Box 35.9
General Assembly (N.C.) 1973-1974  Box 35.10
Harrison, David Calvin 1967  Box 35.11
Higher Education Restructuring June 9, 1971  Box 35.12
International Platform Association, Plemmons’ invitation to membership 1974  Box 35.13
Clarke, Judy Clare – Plemmons’ and Wey’s letters of recommendation to law schools on behalf of 1974  Box 35.14
Howell, Dr. Wayne, March 1974  Box 35.15
Invitation to speak at Lenoir-Rhyne College Commencement May 27, 1973  Box 35.16
Library Loan Policy Statement Mar. 1972  Box 35.17
Lowell State College and Lowell Technological Institute’s merger to University of Lowell 1972-1974  Box 35.18
McCown, Mrs. Leonidas Wallace (Mary Hardin) July-Dec. 1973  Box 35.19
Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, Inc. 1969-1974  Box 35.20
Marsh, Randy – Letter of application to Wake Forest’s law school 1973  Box 35.21
Masters, Dr. Hugh B., Continuing Education Program 1969-1970  Box 35.22
Memorandums (Miscellaneous) 1973-1975  Box 35.23
Michalove, Philip Sept. 1970-Jan. 1971  Box 35.24
Morehead Foundation 1969-1971  Box 36.1
"Mountain English" Pamphlet  Box 36.2
Mountain Land Use Action Group 1973  Box 36.3
Mountain Scenic Economic Development Commission  Box 36.4-5
New River Valley Development Association, Inc. 1969-1970; 1972  Box 36.6
"North Carolina Quiz Book: Treasury of Tar Heel Facts," compiled by Bob Conway 1972  Box 36.7
North Carolina State Commission on Higher Education Facilities, Facilities Inventory and Utilization Study 1969-1972  Box 36.8-12
North Carolina State Commission on Higher Education Facilities, Facilities Inventory and Utilization Manual, 3rd Edition 1973  Box 36.13
Rockefeller Foundation 1973-1974  Box 36.14
Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation 1971-1974  Box 37.1
N.C. State Advisory Committee on Public Education 1970-1971  Box 37.2-9
N.C. State Advisory Committee on Public Education, Area Meetings 1971  Box 37.10
Georgia State Advisory Committee on Education 1971  Box 37.11
N.C. State Advisory Committee on Public Education 1972  Box 37.12
Governor’s Council on Aging, White House Conference on Aging 1971  Box 38.1
N.C. State Advisory Committee on Public Education Expense Account – Plemmons’ travel and other expenses  Box 38.2
N.C. State Advisory Committee on Public Education, Travel expenses for other members 1970-1971  Box 38.3
N.C. State Advisory Committee on Public Education, Evaluation Report of the Emergency School Assistance Program in N.C. July 1, 1972; Aug. 30, 1972  Box 38.4-5
N.C. State Advisory Committee on Public Education Reports 1970-1972  Box 38.6-8
North Carolina Folklore Journal, Vol. XXI, No. 2 May 1973  Box 38.9
N.C. Legislative Directory, Members of Senate and House Appropriations Sub-committees on Education (N.C. General Assembly) 1971  Box 38.10
Northwest N.C. Development Association 1970-1972  Box 38.11
Northwestern Bank/Northwestern Financial Corporation 1967-1972; 1974  Box 38.12
Northwestern Bank 1966-1967  Box 39.1
Permanent Endowment Fund - Northwestern Bank, Agent 1957 and 1969  Box 39.2
Phi Delta Kappa 1969-1970  Box 39.3
Planning and Zoning Education Workshop, held at A.S.U.’s Center for Continuing Education June 25-26, 1973  Box 39.4
W. H. Plemmons Student Union, Policies and Procedures  Box 39.5
Northwestern Finance Company 1972-1973  Box 39.6
Northwestern Bank, Annual Report 1968  Box 39.7
Northwestern Finance Company 1969-1973  Box 39.8
Northwestern Financial Corporation 1973-1974  Box 39.9
Northwestern Bank College Loan Program 1970-1971  Box 39.10
Policies and Procedures for Originating and Submitting Proposals for Federal and Private Grants 1969  Box 39.11
President’s Report to Trustees [1970?], “The Emergence of a University.”  Box 39.12
“The Presidency of the State College,” Plemmons’ article for the Encyclopedia of Education 1971  Box 39.13
Pritchett, Mrs. Earleen – “Resolution in Recognition of Retirement and in Appreciation to Her,” May-June 1972  Box 39.14
“The Regional University,” 1968-1971  Box 39.15
N.C. Retired Governmental Employees’ Association 1969-1971  Box 39.16
Rotary Club 1957 and 1966-1973  Box 39.17
Speech to Charlotte Rotary Club, “Education and Change (or Things Ain’t What They Used To Be!)”. January 31, 1967  Box 39.18
Sanders, Dr. O. Paul 1974  Box 39.19
Smith Richardson Foundation 1971  Box 40.1
Spainhour Company 1970-1971 and 1973  Box 40.2
State Education Assistance Authority Meeting 1966-1971  Box 40.3-12
State Education Assistance Authority 1972  Box 41.1
Legal Status of State Education Assistance Authority 1972  Box 41.2
State Education Assistance Authority Meeting 1972-1975  Box 41.3-9
Strip Mining – Plemmons’ letters to Congressmen regarding JUne 1974  Box 41.10
State Commission on Higher Education Facilities July 1971-Sept. 1974  Box 41.11
State Commission on Higher Education Facilities, Transmittal of Model Cities Related Project Reports Aug. 1973  Box 42.1
Presentation to the State Highway Commission Oct. 7, 1971  Box 42.2
Statewide Primary Results 1974  Box 42.3
Statistical Abstract of Higher Education in N.C. 1973-1975  Box 42.4-5
Stouffer Foundation 1972  Box 42.6
Student Affairs' Revised Structure Apr. 14, 1972  Box 42.7
Student Affairs – Annual Report to the Chancellor 1973  Box 42.8
Solicitation Policy passed by Student Senate and Board of Trustees 1971  Box 42.9
Summer Conferences and Courses at Appalachian 1970 and 1972  Box 42.10
Telegrams from Borden Mace to Plemmons July 1973  Box 42.11
University Research Services, Office of Apr. 21, 1972  Box 42.12
University Status of Appalachian April-May, 1968 and June, 1974  Box 42.13
Blue Ridge Hearthside Crafts Association, Inc. Mar. 15, 1971  Box 42.14
Watauga Avery Mitchell Yancey (WAMY) Incentive Grants 1970  Box 42.15
WAMY Nov. 1970-Apr. 1971  Box 42.16
Wey, Herbert W. 1969-1974  Box 42.17
Williams, Cratis D. 1962-1974  Box 42.18

Subseries D: Correspondence, 1969-1974

A 1972-1975  Box 43.1
B 1969-1974  Box 43.2
Blalock, Mrs. Bobbie Feb. 1973  Box 43.3
Broyhill Family 1970-1974  Box 43.4
C 1970-1974  Box 43.5
D 1967-1970 and 1974  Box 43.6
E 1969-1974  Box 43.7
F 1970-1974  Box 43.8
G 1970-1974  Box 43.9
H 1970-1974  Box 43.10-11
I 1972-1974  Box 43.12
J 1970-1974  Box 43.13
K 1970-1974  Box 43.14
L 1970-1974  Box 44.1
M 1970-1974  Box 44.2
N 1955 and 1972-1974  Box 44.3
O 1972-1974  Box 44.4
Owle, Mrs. Gwen, Cherokee One Feather 1972-1974  Box 44.5
P 1970-1974  Box 44.6
Plemmons’ Biographical Information for Men of Achievement 1974  Box 44.7
Price, Mrs. Eugenia R. 1974  Box 44.8
Q 1972-1973  Box 44.9
R 1970-1974  Box 44.10-11
S 1970-1974  Box 44.12-15
Special Projects (Warehouse Inventories, Procurement Requests, Utility Services) 1975-1977  Box 44.16
T 1971-1974  Box 44.17
U 1970-1974  Box 45.1
V 1970 and 1973-1974  Box 45.2
W 1971-1974  Box 45.3
Y-Z 1970-1974  Box 45.4
Zimmerman, Kay 1970-1974  Box 45.5
Other Materials  Box 45.6
Proposal for an Institute for Life/Career Planning 1975  Box 45.7

Subseries E: Personal Papers, 1956-1982

Personal 1959-1968  Box 46.1-10
Personal 1935 and 1955-1982  Box 47.1-8
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Series III: Plemmons' Speech and Address Files, 1951-1977

Series Description

Dr. Plemmons’ speech files indicate he was both a gifted as well as highly sought after speaker. As a whole, the speeches suggest the many ways in which Plemmons was involved in the local community, both during his presidency and throughout his retirement. At the same time, the speeches point to Plemmons’ connections across the state of North Carolina and the nation, and to his work on behalf of secondary and especially postsecondary education at the state and national levels. Plemmons’ Speech and Address Files, 1951-1977, were maintained by the Office of President Emeritus, which Plemmons occupied from 1969 until his death in 1984. Materials that comprise Series III are part of the initial transfer from the Chancellor’s Office to University Archives and Records. Most speeches in this series are either typed or handwritten on index cards and have been divided into two subseries: Subseries A, Dated Speeches, and B, Undated Speeches. Imposing chronological order on the speeches in Subseries A revealed the existence of two versions of many speeches; one typed and one in Plemmons’ handwriting. Original order among the undated speeches was retained. As a result, there are speeches with the same or similar titles scattered throughout Subseries B. Subseries C, Reference files, contains speeches and typed or handwritten drafts of speeches Plemmons gave or ones he observed on separate occasions, news clippings, jokes, printed materials and other potential resources to support his speechwriting. Researchers will find reference files of a similar nature in Series VI, Biographical Files, 1924-1984, which consists of materials Plemmons personally donated to Belk Library in 1977.

Subseries A: Speeches, 1951-1977

Georgia Association of Junior Colleges Jan. 25-26, 1951  Box 48.1
"Cooperation in Deed and Action," Boone Chamber of Commerce Jan. 5, 1956  Box 48.2
Boone Chamber of Commerce Jan. 5, 1956  Box 48.3
Administrators and Laymen of Caldwell County Feb. 25, 1956  Box 48.4-5
Fifth (5th) District Federation of Home Demonstration Clubs May 10, 1956  Box 48.6-7
Rotary Club, Blowing Rock, NC Aug. 21, 1956  Box 48.8-9
Freshmen Assembly, "Appalachian's Future" Sept. 10, 1956  Box 48.10-11
"Education in NC Today," Kiwanis Club, Shelby, NC Sept. 13, 1956  Box 48.12
“Leadership,” Senior Assembly Oct. 2, 1956  Box 48.13-14
"What is College For?" First College-Wide Convocation at A.S.T.C. Oct. 15, 1956  Box 48.15
Southern Appalachian Historical Assoc. Oct. 22, 1956  Box 48.16
Faculty Meeting Nov. 6, 1956  Box 48.17-18
Playcrafters Feb. 5, 1957  Box 48.19-20
District Conference of Rotary, Morganton, NC Feb. 22, 1957  Box 48.21
"The Educational Secretary Moves Forward Professionally," N.C.E.A. Secretaries Mar. 16, 1957  Box 48.22
Career Day, Enka High School, Enka, NC Mar. 20, 1957  Box 48.23
N.C.E.A., Annual Banquet of Rutherford County Unit Apr. 4, 1957  Box 48.24
Champion Y.M.C.A. Annual Dinner, Canton, NC May 21, 1957  Box 48.25
Summer Convocation June 14, 1957  Box 48.26
Prayer Meeting, Boone Baptist Church June 26, 1957  Box 48.27
College Convocation June 24, 1957  Box 48.28
"Christian Education," Three Forks Baptist Church Association Aug. 27, 1957  Box 48.29
Combined Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) for Four Communities in Rowan County Sept. 9, 1957  Box 48.30
Senior Assembly Oct. 22, 1957  Box 48.31-32
Christmas 1957  Box 48.33-34
Sophomore Assembly Jan. 8, 1958  Box 48.35-36
"The Home's Responsibility to the School," Wilkes Central High School P.T.A. Jan. 14, 1958  Box 48.37-38
"Education for What?" National Office Management Association (and others) Apr. 8, 1958  Box 48.39
"Leadership," Student Council Banquet May 8, 1958  Box 49.1
Student Council Banquet and Junior Assembly May 8, 1958 and Feb. 5, 1959  Box 49.2
Land Bank officials (Boone) July 12, 1958  Box 49.3
To the Graduating Classes Aug. 21, 1958  Box 49.4
N.C.E.A. District Meeting Sept. 36, 1958  Box 49.5
North Carolina Principals' Conference Nov. 3, 1958  Box 49.6
Boone Chamber of Commerce, Northwest N.C. Development Association, Community Development Rural Program Nov. 25, 1958  Box 49.7
“Our Schools Face the Future,” District School Board Association Meeting Apr. 21, 1959  Box 49.8
"Capstone and Cornerstone," Student Council Banquet May 8, 1958; May 13, 1959  Box 49.9-10
Story [Storie?] Family Reunion Aug. 36, 1959  Box 49.11
Democratic Party in Relation to the Teaching Profession, Speech to Y.D.C. [Young Democrats’ Club?] Jan. 20, 1960  Box 49.12
Sophomore Assemblies and Freshmen Assembly Feb. 17, 1960 and Oct. 23, 1963; Sept. 16-17, 1963  Box 49.13
“Wishing on a Star,” Baptist Student Union (B.S.U.), First Baptist Church, Boone, NC Feb. 23, 1960  Box 49.14
Comments to Departmental Chairmen concerning instruction of large classes May 18, 1960  Box 49.15
Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior, Senior Assemblies Oct. 3-7, 1960  Box 49.16
"Educational Opportunities and Obligations," Citizens Committee for Better Schools (Waynesville, NC) Feb. 3, 1961  Box 49.17
North State Student Government Association Apr. 30, 1961  Box 49.18
Assemblies May 1961  Box 49.19
Some Remarks to the Senior Class, A.S.T.C. May 27, 1961  Box 49.20
Speech to Oak Ridge, Hudson, and Taylorsville High Schools 1961  Box 49.21
"The Road Ahead is Open," Taylorsville High School; Southern Pines May 29, 1961; June 6, 1961  Box 49.22
Kiwanis Club, Hickory, NC Sept. 12, 1961  Box 49.23
Freshmen Assembley Oct. 2-3, 1961  Box 49.24
Public Relations Meeting of the N.C.E.A. Nov. 7, 1961  Box 49.25
Formal Opening of the Ira B. Jones School (Asheville, N.C.) Feb. 20, 1962  Box 49.26
Freshman Assembly May 14-15, 1962  Box 49.27
Kiwanis Club Achievement Awards Night (Statesville, NC) May 18, 1962  Box 49.28
“What the Church Meant to Me as a College Student,” Boone Baptist Church Sept. 9, 1962  Box 49.29
Northwest N. C. Development Association Dec. 6, 1962  Box 49.30
Appalachian High School Assembly Jan. 11, 1963  Box 49.31
“High School and College,” Hudson High School (Hudson, NC) Mar. 11, 1963  Box 49.32
"Quality Education," Supervisor's Division of N.C.E.A. Mar. 22, 1963  Box 49.33
Western District N.C. School Boards Association Mar. 28, 1963  Box 49.34
Student Council Banquet May 6, 1963  Box 50.1
Scholarship Convocation May 15, 1963  Box 50.2
“Your Education is Showing!” Cary High School Graduation, Cary, NC (and others) May 31, 1963  Box 50.3
Enka High School Commencement June 6, 1963  Box 50.4
Meeting of Religious Council of A.S.T.C. Sept. 3, 1963 and Sep 10, 1964  Box 50.5
Remarks at Faculty Luncheon Sept. 4, 1963  Box 50.6
Meeting of the Green Valley Grange to discuss school consolidation in Watauga County Sept. 10, 1963  Box 50.7
"Professional Growth - and More - in '64," Educational Secretaries Dept., Northwestern District Meeting of N.C.E.A. Sept. 24, 1963  Box 50.8
Freshman Assembly Sept. 24, 1963  Box 50.9
"Career Opportunities in Education," Lees-McRae College Nov. 13, 1963  Box 50.10
Lions Club of Boone, NC Jan. 21, 1964  Box 50.11
Rotary Foundation, Blowing Rock, NC Jan. 27, 1964  Box 50.12
“The Door is Open,” Central High School (Lexington, NC) June 1, 1964  Box 50.13
Convocation, Summer Session 1964  Box 50.14
National Congress of Parents and Teachers June 22, 1964  Box 50.15-16
Faculty Workshop Sept. 8, 1964  Box 50.17-18
"What is Education For?" Convocation Sept. 16, 1964  Box 50.19
Freshman Assemblies Oct. 5-6, 1964  Box 50.20
Alumni Luncheon Mar. 19, 1965  Box 50.21
Rotary Club, Shelby, NC May 14, 1965  Box 50.22
Remarks on Agri-Business to Northwest N.C. Development Association June 15, 1965  Box 50.23
Watauga County Chapter of the American Red Cross Annual Meeting June 28, 1965  Box 51.1
Keynote Speech to the First Alumni College (A.S.T.C.) Aug. 13, 1965  Box 51.2
Remarks to the Graduating Class [A.S.T.C.?] Aug. 17, 1965  Box 51.3
Introduction of Allan Ostar at Fall Convocation 1965  Box 51.4
Freshman Assemblies Sept. 13-14, 1965  Box 51.5
"The Speaker Ban Law," Blowing Rock Rotary Club Nov. 15, 1965  Box 51.6
Remarks made at dinner for Alumni and other Prominent Citizens, Battery Park Hotel, Asheville, NC Dec. 8, 1965  Box 51.7
Speech on Music, Baptist Church Apr. 13, 1966  Box 51.8
Winston-Salem Chapter of Administrative Management Society Apr. 19, 1966  Box 51.9
Rotary international Annual Conference, District 767, Governors Banquet, Asheville, NC Apr. 27, 1966  Box 51.10
State Meeting of Industrial Arts Association May 14, 1966  Box 51.11
Appalachian Chapter of American Association of University Women June 21, 1966  Box 51.12
“Times Change, So Do Circumstances and Conditions,” N.C. Society of Accountants, 19th Annual Convention June 28, 1966  Box 51.13
"Times Change, So Do Circumstances and Conditions," N.C. Dairy Products Association July 15, 1966  Box 51.14
Remarks about proposed Faculty-Alumni House, at Alumni College Aug. 12-14, 1966  Box 51.15
Northwestern District Meeting of N.C.E.A. Sept. 23, 1966  Box 51.16
Introduction of Dr. Catherine Dennis at Lucy E. Brock Nursery School Dedication Oct. 2, 1966  Box 51.17
“Leaders Are Made, Not Born,” First Annual Appalachian Leadership Conference Nov. 11, 1966  Box 51.18
“Education and Our Changing Environment,” Western District of N.C. Education Association (N.C.E.A.) Jan. 18, 1967  Box 51.19
Plemmons' response at Dedication of W.H. Plemmons College Center May 28, 1967  Box 51.20
Remarks to Faculty Senate at its meeting July 6, 1967  Box 51.21
Introduction of Senator Sam Ervin at Annual Press Dinner of Southern Appalachian Historical Association July 7, 1967  Box 51.22
"The Challenge of the 70s," Symposium on Reading Nov. 4, 1967  Box 51.23
Jaycees Banquet Feb. 26, 1968  Box 51.24
Dedication of W.M. Jenkins Elementary School, Hickory, NC Apr. 2, 1968  Box 51.25
Northwest N.C. Development Association June 19, 1968  Box 51.26
Introduction of Convocation Speaker, Congressman Brooks Hays Jan. 23, 1969  Box 52.1
Views of Appalachian, Convocation (Spring) May 6, 1969  Box 52.2
Southern Appalachian Historical Association (SAHA), Spring Promotional Meeting May 19, 1969  Box 52.3
Graduation, Appalachian State University June 6, 1969  Box 52.4
Public Law Conference for Higher Education Administrators July 16, 1969  Box 52.5
Dedication of Sherwood Elementary School (Gastonia, N.C.) Dec. 7, 1969  Box 52.6
Middlefork Baptist Church Jan. 25, 1970  Box 52.7
Watauga High School Student Council Apr. 17, 1970  Box 52.8
Commencement, Surry Community College May 29, 1970  Box 52.9
Boone Rotary Club, Ladies' Night June 25, 1970  Box 52.10
High School Graduation of Adults July 7, 1970  Box 52.11
"Poverty," First Baptist Church (Boone) July 26, 1970  Box 52.12
Commencement, Mitchell College (and others) May 20, 1972  Box 52.13
Boone’s Religious Heritage, “Spirit of the Past, Spirit of the Future,” July 2, 1972  Box 52.14
“Leadership,” Alumni College Worship Service Aug. 6, 1972  Box 52.15
High School Equivalency Graduation Aug. 10, 1972  Box 52.16
"It's Time for Action," Rotary Club, Boone June 28, 1973  Box 52.17
N.C. Adult Education Assoc. and N.C. Community College Adult Educators Association Oct. 10, 1973  Box 52.18
Cove Creek Ruritan Club, Ladies' Night Dec. 9, 1974  Box 52.19
Introduction of Dr. Carol Shaffer at Program of Dedication of Knabe-Ampico Piano Apr. 20, 1975  Box 52.20
Bicentennial and the Appalachian Region May 22, 1975  Box 52.21
Commencement, Davidson Community College (Lexington, N.C.) June 1, 1975  Box 52.22
"Dr. D.J. Whitener as an Associate," Remarks made at Dedication of Whitener Hall July 27, 1975  Box 52.23
Tribute to Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Harris Sr. July 25, 1975  Box 52.24
"Student Leadership in the Residence Halls and on Campus," Workshop of Residence Counselors Aug. 23, 1975  Box 53.1
"Our Bicentennial," Lenoir Rotary Club Sept. 19, 1975  Box 53.2
Founder's Mall Dedication Apr. 21, 1976  Box 53.3
Watauga County United Way Luncheon Sept. 29, 1976; Oct. 28, 1976  Box 53.4-5
Northwest N.C. Development Association, 23rd Annual Awards Banquet Mar. 31, 1977  Box 53.6

Subseries B: Undated Speeches

Members of the Central District of N.C. Student Council Congress  Box 53.7
High School Graduation Speech (General)  Box 53.8
A.S.T.C. History  Box 53.9
Education, Importance of Principalship  Box 53.10
Some Problems and Trends in Teacher Education  Box 53.11
Speech to Athletes (Football)  Box 53.12
Libraries  Box 53.13
Junior College  Box 53.14
"Education: An Investment In Your Future"  Box 53.15
Junior High Schools  Box 53.16
"What Do You Think?"  Box 53.17
"Human Elements in Education"  Box 53.18
Education in the United States  Box 53.19
"Your Education Is Showing!"  Box 53.20
Speech at Dedication Service, location unknown  Box 53.21
"Some Thoughts of Tomorrow" and "Sammy Graduates"  Box 53.22
Notes for "Politics in Administration of Higher Education"  Box 53.23
Prospective Teachers  Box 53.24
Campus Observance of Nation's 200th Birthday  Box 53.25
"Ideas About Education"  Box 53.26
First Baptist Church (Boone), "Comments made on occasion of charge and challenge to our deacons and deaconesses"  Box 53.27
Comments at meeting of Directors of Northwest N.C. Development Association  Box 53.28
Notes for a Student Council Meeting  Box 54.1
"Education, An Investment in Your Future"  Box 54.2
"Human Elements in Education"  Box 54.3
"Two-Year Colleges"  Box 54.4
Under-education and Illiteracy  Box 54.5
Plemmons' notes relating to a University self-study  Box 54.6
Britt, David Maxwell  Box 54.7
Shoaf, Wayne H.  Box 54.8
Colvard, Dean Wallace  Box 54.9
Y.M.C.A.  Box 54.10
Members of Central District of U.C. Student Council Congress  Box 54.11
Personal Work Experiences (Home to School), or, Remarks on the Function of Schools in Society  Box 54.12
"Education is Basic to Realization of National, State, and Community Goals”  Box 54.13
“What Is College For?”  Box 54.14
“Citizenship, Like Democracy, Means Different Things to Different People”  Box 54.15
“Education: the Well-Spring of Well-Being in North Carolina”  Box 54.16
"Church-College Relationships"  Box 54.17
Teaching as a Vocation  Box 54.18
“The Parent-Teacher Association of the Future,” Salisbury, N.C., P.T. A.  Box 54.19
"Citizenship, like Democracy, Means Different Things to Different People"  Box 54.20
"The Road Ahead is Open"  Box 54.21
"The Door is Open"  Box 54.22
High School Graduation Speech (General)  Box 54.23
Inspirational/Religious (General)  Box 54.24
"The Parent-Teacher Association of the Future," Salisbury, N.C., PTA  Box 54.25
Making the World a Better Place  Box 54.26
Untitled  Box 54.27
"Let Your Education Show"  Box 54.28
Educational Leadership, Principals  Box 54.29
"The Educated Man"  Box 54.30
Stay in School  Box 54.31
Scott, Robert Walter  Box 54.32
Rowan County, N.C., P.T.A. [?]  Box 55.1
Equality of Opportunity to a Qualitative Education  Box 55.2
Education to Combat Poverty  Box 55.3
Accomplishments in Education  Box 55.4
"What Is College For?"  Box 55.5
Education (General)  Box 55.6
Junior High School  Box 55.7
State of Education in NC, [1956?]  Box 55.8
Responsibility, or, "You Can Help It"  Box 55.9
Challenges of the School Principalship  Box 55.10
College Athletics/Athletes (Football)  Box 55.11
President Stanley Harris's report to the Chamber of Commerce's Members and Board  Box 55.12
"Some Problems and Trends in Teacher Education"  Box 55.13
“Libraries”  Box 55.14
Dedication Service, Rural Churches  Box 55.15
Coltrane, David Stanton  Box 55.16
"An Educated Person”  Box 55.17
Public Relations  Box 55.18
Notes on the Public Schools of Boone  Box 55.19
Personal Work Experiences (Home to School), Changes  Box 55.20

Subseries C: Reference Files

Speeches  Box 56.1-5
Speeches, Articles, Ideas  Box 56.6
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Series IV: Subject Files, 1955-1969

Series Description

Series IV contains materials such as correspondence, reports, memos, and photographs that were created, received, or used by the Office of the President, 1955-1969. These materials were transferred from the Chancellor’s Office to University Archives and Records in 1985 (acc. 2003.109). The series also contains an additional set of seven subject files whose folder titles all began with the letter B and whose inclusive dates span 1966-1969. These files were transferred from the Chancellor’s Office in 1993 (acc. 2004.003) and, during processing, were incorporated into the larger group of subject files that was transferred in 1985. Except in cases where files were renamed for the sake of clarity, original folder titles have been retained. With few exceptions (including the incorporation of the small set of files mentioned above), original order was retained and arrangement is generally alphabetical by subject and chronological there under. It is unclear whether file titles were assigned by Plemmons or by his administrative staff, or whether new file titles were created after the records were transferred to University Archives in 1985 and 1993. Many files may have been destroyed in the Administration building fire of December 29, 1966. Materials related to Dr. Plemmons’ appointment and inauguration will be found in Series VI. Additional correspondence from this time period may be found among Plemmons’ Personal Files, in Series II, Subseries E. Additional insight into the years Plemmons served as President may be gleaned from materials in Series III, Plemmons’ Speech and Address Files.

A, 1959-1969, General  Box 57.1
ACPRA (American College Public Relations Association) Aug. 1967-Feb. 1968  Box 57.2
Appalachian Elementary School 1956-1971  Box 57.3-8
NC Department of Administration  Box 57.9
Readmissions and Academic Discipline Committee 1961-1964; Mar. 1967  Box 57.10
Advisory Budget Committee 1962-1969  Box 57.11
Alpha Chi Honor Society 1964; 1967; 1969  Box 57.12
Athletics 1967-1969  Box 57.13
American Council on Education Sept. 1967-Mar. 1969  Box 57.14
"The Appalachian" 1961; 1963-1965  Box 57.15
Army ROTC Dec. 1, 1967  Box 57.16
Architects July 1961-Mar. 1969  Box 58.1
Art Department 1961-1969  Box 58.2
Art Festival/Spring Festival 1958-1967  Box 58.3
Council of Arts and Sciences 1968  Box 58.4
Artist and Lecture Series 1958-1969  Box 58.5
ASU Foundation 1968  Box 58.6
Appalachian Women's Club 1962-1966  Box 58.7
Audiovisual Services 1963-1969  Box 58.8
Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation Jan. 1967-Nov. 1969  Box 58.9
Bachelor of Technology and other proposed academic programs 1963-1969  Box 58.10
Dedication of Carol G. Belk Library June 1, 1969  Box 58.11
Bequests to A.S.T.C. (Farthing, Harmon, Moretz) 1967-1968  Box 58.12
Biology Department 1956-1969  Box 58.13
Blanton, William E. Apr. 1967  Box 58.14
Blue Ridge Parkway Jan.-Apr. 1969  Box 58.15
Board of Visitors 1966-1969  Box 59.1-7
Bookstore 1959-1969  Box 59.8
Brock, Lucy E., Nursery School Dedication Oct. 2, 1966  Box 59.9
Bob Broome Memorial Scholarship Fund 1959-1962  Box 59.10
Broome-Kirk Gymnasium Dedication Aug. 7, 1966  Box 59.11
Broyhill, J.E. (James Edward)  Box 59.12
Broyhill, Mrs. J. Ed. 1957-1968  Box 60.1
Broyhill, James T. June 1968  Box 60.2
Budget 1956-1969  Box 60.3-14
Buildings 1959-1966  Box 61.1-5
“Prospectus for a Center for Appalachian Culture,” David E. Whisnant Feb. 1, 1969  Box 61.6
Chemistry Department Nov. 1968-May 1969  Box 61.7
Chi Lambda Chi 1957-1967  Box 61.8
City Planning and Architectural Associates Dec. 1965  Box 61.9
Civil Defense Agency (State of NC) 1967 and 1969  Box 61.10
Clubs/Student Organizations 1962-1968  Box 61.11
College of Business Aug. 8, 1969  Box 61.12
College Theater Oct. 1961  Box 61.13
Commencement 1964 and 1966-1969  Box 61.14
Corn, George (Trustee) 1957-1969  Box 61.15
Counseling Center 1966-1967  Box 61.16
Convocation (Fall) 1957-1958; 1964-1965; 1967-1969  Box 61.17
Convocation (Spring) 1960 and 1964-1968  Box 61.18
Education Commission of the States 1966-1968  Box 62.1
“A Functional Approach to Instruction in Elementary Education Methods Courses,” W.G. Anderson and Lee F. Reynolds  Box 62.2
Endowment Fund 1966-1969  Box 62.3
English Department 1967-1969  Box 62.4
Equipment (Computing) 1963 and 1967  Box 62.5
Extension Program 1967-1969  Box 62.6
Faculty Senate 1967-1969  Box 62.7
Federal Property Agency and Senate Bill 2610 (S. 2610) July 1966  Box 62.8
Financial Aid/Assistance for Students 1965-1966  Box 62.9
Food Services 1957-1961, 1966-1967  Box 62.10
Football—Invitations from Plemmons to attend game day events Oct. 1967  Box 62.11
Foreign Languages 1964-1969  Box 62.12-13
Foundations 1963-1969  Box 62.14
Mark Davis Foundation 1967-1969  Box 62.15
Geography, Department of 1966-1969  Box 62.16
Gifts 1959-1969  Box 63.1-7
Graduate School 1966-1968  Box 63.8
Grants 1967-1969  Box 63.9-12
Grants 1967-1969  Box 64.1
Heartline Annual Alumni Giving Fund 1965-1969  Box 64.2-3
Hagaman, J. B., Jr. 1957-1969  Box 64.4
Harmon, B. H., School Fund 1963-1968  Box 64.5
Health, Education, and Welfare 1966-1969  Box 64.6
Health Services 1958-1960 and 1968-1971  Box 64.7
History Faculty 1965 and 1967-1969  Box 64.8
South, Stanley A. (Archaeological digs around Daniel Boone Monument and Benjamin Howard Cabin) 1967-1968  Box 64.9
Home Economics, Department of 1957-1969  Box 64.10-11
Housing 1957-1969  Box 64.12-13
Industrial Arts Department 1964-1969  Box 65.1-2
Institutional Research 1956-1968  Box 65.3
International Resistance Company (IRC), Inc. 1964-1967  Box 65.4
Junior Colleges 1965-1968  Box 65.5
Kappa Delta Pi – An Honor Society in Education 1963-1967  Box 65.6
Lackey, E.G. (Trustee) 1957-1969  Box 65.7-9
Land (in and around Town of Boone) 1956-1968  Box 65.10
Laundry  Box 65.11
Learning Institute of NC 1965-1967  Box 65.12
Library Endowment Fund Dec. 1968-Jan. 1969  Box 65.13
Library Science Department 1959-1969  Box 65.14-16
Library Science Department’s Proposal for an Institute for Training in Librarianship Summer 1968  Box 66.1
Library Science Department’s Proposal and Plan of Operation for an Institute for Training in Librarianship Summer 1969-July 1970  Box 66.2-3
Linder, Mrs. J.V. Oct. 1967-Jan. 1968  Box 66.4
Living Endowment Fund 1965-1968  Box 66.5
Mathematics, Department of 1967-1968  Box 66.6
James G.K. McClure Educational and Development Fund 1967-1969  Box 66.7
Memorials Mar. 20, 1967  Box 66.8
Military Science Jan.-Feb. 1969  Box 66.9
Golden Mountaineer Club 1965-1969  Box 66.10
Music Department 1967-1969  Box 66.11
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Oct. 1962; July 1967-June 1969  Box 66.12
National Education Associate (NEA) and North Carolina Education Association, NCEA May 1965-Jan. 1969  Box 66.13
National Science Foundation (NSF) Grants 1967-1969  Box 66.14-15
New River Light and Power 1967-1968  Box 66.16
New River Valley Development Association and Meeting Minutes 1959 and 1967-1969  Box 66.17
NC Department of Public Instruction 1967-1969  Box 66.18
NC Legislation affecting A.S.T.C. /A.S.U. 1939-1969  Box 67.1
NC State Planning Taskforce 1967-1969  Box 67.2
NC School of the Arts Feb.-Mar. 1967  Box 67.3
Northwest NC Development Association 1967-1969  Box 67.4
Northwestern Bank 1967-1968  Box 67.5
Peace Corps 1965-1966  Box 67.6
Phi Mu Alpha Symphonia Fraternity Mar. 24-Apr. 1, 1967  Box 67.7
Philosophy and Religion Jan. 17, 1968  Box 67.8
Political Science Department 1965; 1967; 1969  Box 67.9
Property Control Division (State of NC) 1968-1969  Box 67.10
Psychology Department 1955 and 1960-1969  Box 67.11
Public Affairs Feb. 1969  Box 67.12
Purchase and Contract Division Mar.-Sept. 1967  Box 67.13
Quinn, Dwight W. 1967-1969  Box 67.14
Registration 1967-1968  Box 67.15
Rankin, J.D., Memorial Scholarship Fund 1966-1969  Box 67.16
Reservations (Hotel) 1962-1969  Box 67.17
Scott, Robert W., Hon. 1965-1969  Box 67.18
School Council  Box 67.19
Sixth Year Program for School Administration 1963-1965  Box 67.20-21
Sororities and Fraternities 1964-1967  Box 67.22
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools June-Aug. 1967  Box 68.1
Southern Regional Education Board 1965-1967  Box 68.2
Special Education 1964-1968  Box 68.3-4
Speech Department 1964-1969  Box 68.5-6
State Attorney General’s Office 1955-1969  Box 68.7-8
State Auditor’s Report for Year ended June 30, 1957; June 30, 1958  Box 68.9-10
State Auditor, Department of 1965-1967  Box 68.11
State Budget Officer (G. Andrew Jones, Jr.) 1967-1969  Box 68.12
Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities 1968  Box 69.1
Summer School 1965-1969  Box 69.2
Tenured Faculty 1963-1969  Box 69.3
Testing Services 1963-1967  Box 69.4
Town of Boone 1961-1969  Box 69.5
Traffic and Parking 1956-1968  Box 69.6
University Policy on Money Making Projects (Individual Students and Student Organizations) Mar. 1967  Box 69.7
University Committees (emphasis on search committees and nominating committees, College of Education) 1967-1969  Box 69.8
University of North Carolina, Office of the President, William Friday 1957-1969  Box 69.9-10
University Status for Appalachian June 1957-Jan. 1969  Box 69.11
Upward Bound 1966  Box 69.12
Vickers, John H. (Trustee) 1963-1969  Box 69.13
Visiting Speakers  Box 69.14
Watauga County Board of Education 1965-1971  Box 69.15
Watauga Board of Education  Box 70.1
Western Carolina University 1955-1960  Box 70.2
Whitener, Daniel Jay (D. J.) Memorial Collection 1964 and 1968  Box 70.3
Winkler, W. R. 1957-1969  Box 70.4
Workman Lecture Series 1960-1961 and 1965  Box 70.5
Work Study Program 1964-1968  Box 70.6
Yale Exchange (Summer Program) 1966-1968  Box 70.7
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Series V: Memorabilia and Personal Effects, 1929-1984

Series Description

These materials were donated to the University in 1993 by the Plemmons Estate with the assistance of Bob Snead, Executive Assistant to the Chancellor. Large photographs, memorabilia including a scrapbook of materials relating to the dedication of the W.H. Plemmons Student Center, and artifacts such as plaques, awards, portraits, and prints comprise the bulk of materials in this series. Papers are contained in one document case (Box 1) and appear to address a very broad range of subjects from the years 1955-1984.

Clippings and correspondence regarding Plemmons’ appointment to Presidency Aug. 1955  Box 71.1
Telegrams 1955  Box 71.2
 1956-1958  Box 71.3
 1962-1963  Box 71.4
 1966-1968  Box 71.5
Letters to Dr. Plemmons from Cratis D. Williams 1977-1984  Box 71.6
 1978-1984  Box 71.7
Retirement card from Office of President’s staff to Dr. Plemmons  Box 71.8
“Outstanding Personalities of the South” Award 1967  Box 71.9
Responses to Governor Sanford’s request for suggestions about improving the quality of education at Appalachian 1962  Box 71.10
Minutes of Meetings of Deans and Registrar 1960-1961  Box 71.11
Steering Committee 1962  Box 71.12
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Standards and Guidelines 1960-1962  Box 71.13
University Developments 1966  Box 71.14
Appalachian Consortium 1976 and 1978-1980 and 1982-1984 Box 71.15-16
Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Nov. 1966  Box 71.17
Newspaper clippings regarding Plemmons’ inauguration, awards, and honors 1956-1977  Box 71.18
John A. Walker Hall, Program of Naming and Dedication Sept. 12, 1976  Box 71.19
Other materials 1956-1984  Box 71.20
Bound collection of notes, cards, and letters regarding the dedication of the W.H. Plemmons College Center May 28, 1967  Box 72
Booklets inscribed to Dr. Plemmons  Box 73
Small plaques  Box 74
Other Materials  Box 74
Plaque presented to Dr. Plemmons in appreciation of his service and interest by Sigma Tao Epsilon. 20” x 14” wood frame, brass plate hammer mounted on bright orange fabric  Box 75
Plaque presented to Dr. Plemmons in appreciation for leadership and support in athletics during his tenure as President of ASU, 1955-1969. 22” x 25” wood frame, red velvet fabric center  Box 76
Oversize documents 1943-1974  Oversize Folder 3
 Oversize Black & White Photographs  Oversize Folder 4
Mounted and Color Photographs  Oversize Folder 5
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Series VI: Biographical Files, 1929-1984

Series Description

Materials in this accession document Plemmons’ 40-year career in public education in North Carolina and highlight personal and professional accomplishments from his college years (1920s) through his retirement from Appalachian State University files were originally donated by Dr. Plemmons to Belk Library, where they were housed in the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection from 1977 until 1995, when they were transferred to University Archives and Records. During processing, the files in this accession were grouped loosely into three divisions: Inauguration materials, Subject files (1941-1984), and Other Speech and Address Files. Researchers will also want to examine Series III, Plemmons’ Speech and Address Files, 1951-1977, undated (boxes 48-56). Photographs were separated when the materials were accessioned in 2003. Black and white photographs are housed in box 82. Color photographs are housed in box 83.

Subseries A: Inauguration Materials, 1956-1969

Plemmons, W.H., Correspondence regarding nomination for A.S.T.C. Presidency June-Aug. 1955  Box 77.1
Plemmons Inauguration – Guest register at luncheon Apr. 24, 1956  Box 77.2
Plemmons’ Inauguration Speech Apr. 24, 1956  Box 77.3
Plemmons’ Biographical Information 1956-1962  Box 77.4
Plemmons’ Inauguration Program Apr. 24, 1956  Box 77.5
Official congratulations from other colleges and universities 1956  Box 77.6-7
Inauguration Planning Committee  Box 77.8-9
Correspondence concerning invitations to attend Plemmons’ inauguration  Box 77.10-12
Correspondence concerning invitations to attend Plemmons’ inauguration  Box 78.1-6
Western Union Telegrams (88) congratulating Plemmons on appointment and inauguration to Presidency of A.S.T.C. 1955-1956  Box 78.7
Clippings regarding Plemmons’ appointment and inauguration 1955-1957 and 1972  Box 78.8
Clippings regarding Plemmons and A.S.T.C. during Plemmons’ Presidency 1955-1969  Box 78.9
Photographs taken at Inauguration (copies)  Box 79.1
Speeches delivered at Plemmons’ inauguration  Box 79.2

Subseries B: Subject Files, 1941-1984

Subseries Description

These files consist of clippings, articles, programs, photographs, and other materials that highlight Plemmons’ professional activities and accomplishments and document a wide variety of events that took place on the campus of Appalachian State Teachers College and elsewhere during Plemmons’ presidency.

Appalachian Hall of Fame Ceremonies May 1962  Box 79.3
Clippings about campus buildings (emphasis on President’s home) 1957-1969  Box 79.4
Clippings regarding university status for Appalachian  Box 79.5
Clippings on Administration building fire Dec. 1966-Feb. 1967  Box 79.6
State University of New York’s (SUNY) study of the evolution of public colleges and universities 1967  Box 79.7
Clippings on Plemmons’ professional activities (appointments, speaking engagements) 1946-1948; 1955; 1957-1959; 1964  Box 79.8
North Carolina Education 50th Anniversary Issue Sept. 1956  Box 79.9
Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Board of Directors meetings 1956-1966  Box 79.10
Homecoming 1969  Box 79.11
W.H. Plemmons College Center Dedication May 28, 1967  Box 79.12
Clippings regarding the W.H. Plemmons College Center Nov. 1966-May 1967  Box 79.13
Correspondence regarding announcement of Plemmons’ retirement 1968  Box 79.14
Clippings and other materials regarding Plemmons’ retirement  Box 79.15
Photographs of Dr.  and Mrs. (Elizabeth "Bebe") Plemmons (copies)  Box 79.16
Death of B. B. Dougherty May 27, 1957  Box 79.17
Clippings regarding Plemmons’ pre-A.S.T.C. career  Box 79.18
Clippings and other items regarding Plemmons’ honorary degree from Wake Forest 1958  Box 79.19
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 1941-1944  Box 79.20
Inauguration of Gordon Gray as President of the consolidated University of North Carolina Oct. 8, 1950  Box 80.1
Photographs (copies)  Box 80.2
Purpose and philosophy of Appalachian State Teachers College 1957  Box 80.3
Clippings regarding Dr. Plemmons’ family and career 1955-1969  Box 80.4
Certificates of Recognition  Box 80.5
Photographs of Plemmons and family members (copies)  Box 80.6
Program from memorial service for Dr. Plemmons 1984  Box 80.7
A.S.T.C. Alumni Magazine , Vol. 1, Nos. 1 and 2 Spring 1957 and Fall 1957  Box 80.8
Postcards, holiday greeting cards addressed to Dr. and Mrs. (Elizabeth "Bebe") Plemmons from family and friends 1960 and 1963  Box 80.9
Student Teaching Handbook, compiled by Ben G. Bosworth with Foreword by Joseph C. Logan, Dean, College of Learning and Human Develoment  Box 80.10
Commencement and Inauguration Programs, Lecture Programs 1956-1979  Box 80.11
Miscellaneous event programs, church newsletters, and brochures 1956 and 1961-1962  Box 80.12
Miscellaneous photographs (copies)  Box 80.13
A.S.U. and Valle Crucis Elementary School Lighthouse project 1970  Box 80.14

Subseries C: Other Speech and Address Files, 1951-1977

Subseries Description

Researchers will also want to examine Series III, Plemmons’ Speech and Address Files, 1951-1977, undated (boxes 48-56)

Articles, addresses, pamphlets regarding higher education  Box 80.15
Articles, ideas for speeches  Box 80.16
Clippings, Jokes  Box 80.17
Issues in higher education, clippings  Box 80.18
Plemmons’ speeches on history of education and teaching in North Carolina, and on education in general 1957  Box 80.19
Speeches  Box 80.20
Clippings, Articles, Programs  Box 80.21
Speeches  Box 80.22
Speeches, Sermons  Box 80.23
Speeches, Stories  Box 80.24
Articles, ideas for speeches  Box 81.1
Whatsoever Things, various issues 1960-1964 and 1966  Box 81.2
Keynote addresses from various institutions  Box 81.3-4
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Series VII: Other Materials, 1967-1981

Series Description

Series VII is the smallest addition of Dr. Plemmons’ files. It consists of six folders of print materials such as clippings, research notes, and drafts of speeches on the topic of “Politics and Higher Education” or “Politics in Higher Education,” and an essay by Cratis D. Williams, “The Scotch-Irish in Southern Appalachia,” 1980. This addition also contains two folders of photographs, mainly of Dr. and Mrs. (Elizabeth "Bebe") Plemmons, and one folder containing 10 slides.

Subseries A: Papers, 1978-1981

Clippings and notes 1981  Box 81.5
“Implications of Recent Legislative Action for Appalachian.” Speech given at faculty meetings Sept. 13-14, 1967  Box 81.6-7
Politics in Higher Education. Working papers Jan. 24-31, 1978  Box 81.8-9
“The Scotch-Irish in Southern Appalachia,” prepared by Cratis Williams Nov. 1980  Box 81.10

Subseries B: Photographs

Black and white photographs separated from Series I (Appalachian Consortium)  Box 82.1
Black and white photographs separated from Series II  Box 82.2
Black and white photographs separated from Series IV  Box 82.3
Black and white photographs separated from Series V  Box 82.4-6
Black and white photographs separated from Series VI  Box 82.7-13
Black and white photographs separated from Series VII  Box 82.14-15

Series C: Color Photographs

“Richmond Hill.”  Box 83.1
14 negatives and 1 color photograph separated from Series II files  Box 83.2
Color photograph separated from Series IV  Box 83.3
Color photographs separated from Series V  Box 83.4
Color photographs separated from Series VI  Box 83.5
Color photographs and slides separated from Series VII  Box 83.6