Guide to the John A. Walker Collection, 1972-1992

Summary Information

Title: John A. Walker Collection, 1972-1992
Collection: UA.5087
Extent: 5.25 linear feet (7 boxes, 2 oversize boxes)
Abstract:

John Walker was a businessman, philanthropist and community leader from North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, and contributed a major gift to the College of Business in 1976, now named for him. This collection contains certificates and plaques presented to John Walker, a 1992 book about John Walker, and 7 binders of speeches made by John Walker.

Creator: Walker, John A., 1922-1984.

Biographical/Historical Note

John A. Walker (1922-1984) was a native of Philadelphia, PA and a graduate of Northwestern University. He was a businessman, philanthropist, and civic and community leader from North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Walker had served as president and was one of the founding directors of Lowe's Companies. In 1976, he donated $250,000 as the first major gift in the "Investment for Merit" campaign to raise $1.5 million for Appalachian State University's College of Business. This gift represented only the beginning of his long association with and enthusiastic commitment to the College. He remained active with fund-raising, assisted with faculty and student recruitment efforts and served as the chairperson of the College's Business Advisory Council. When the College of Business was relocated from Smith-Wright Hall to a new building in 1976, both the building and the College were named for John A. Walker.

Scope and Contents

The John A. Walker Collection contains certificates and plaques presented to John Walker, a 1992 book about John Walker, edited by Wilford Kale, and 7 binders of speeches made by John Walker. These records date 1972-1992. Most of the awards pertain to Walker's affiliation with ASU, as well as his business involvement with the Lowe's hardware company.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in two series.  Records in Series I are arranged alphabetically by subject (speech title, audience, or content).  Records in Series II are arranged by plaque or award size within each archival box.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

Records were transferred to University Archives from the Walker College of Business in 2001.

Processing Information

Processed by Rose Buchanan in 2011.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], UA.5087: John A. Walker Collection, University Archives, Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C., USA.

Container List

Series I: Speeches, 1959-1980

Series Description

This series contains John Walker's speeches and is arranged alphabetically.

Speeches Made by John A. Walker, 1959-1979  Box 1.1
Advest, Boston, December 10, 1975  Box 1.2
Advest, Boston/New York, March 26, 1974  Box 1.3
Advest, Chicago/Atlanta March 1975  Box 1.4
Advest, Dallas, December 5, 1974  Box 1.5
Advest, New York, November 30, 1976  Box 1.6
Advest, Philadelphia, March 8, 1977  Box 1.7
Alleghany Merchant Association, October 1979  Box 1.8
American Marketing Assoc., March 21, 1978 Box 1.9
America's National Purpose  Box 1.10
American Plywood Assoc., November 4, 1969  Box 1.11
ASU Commencement Address, May 15, 1977  Box 1.12
ASU Lecture Series, March 3, 1976  Box 1.13
Atlanta Society, April 23, 1969  Box 1.14
Atlanta Society, August 13, 1975  Box 1.15
Australia Seminar, August 2, 1978  Box 1.16
Baltimore Society, November 12, 1969  Box 1.17
WNC Bankers Assoc., March 19, 1980  Box 1.18
Blessed America  Box 1.19
B'nai B'rith, November 1, 1978  Box 1.20
Boston Financial Research, November 1976  Box 1.21
Boston Investors, March 22, 1978  Box 1.22
Boston Society, February 6, 1969 Box 1.23
Boston Stockbrokers Club, January 19, 1977  Box 1.24
Bristol Sales Executives, April 1968  Box 1.25
Broyhill Indus., October 15, 1979  Box 1.26
Cameron Brown Co., February 9, 1977  Box 2.1
Canadian Home Imp. Show, November 1979  Box 2.2
Carolina Mirror Co., May 4, 1967  Box 2.3
Chamber of Commerce- Rutherford, April 24, 1970  Box 2.4
Invest. Analysts- Chicago, January 23, 1974  Box 2.5
Chicago Analysts, November 18, 1975  Box 2.6
Civil Defense Officials, July 1968  Box 2.7
Construction Analyst- New York, April 18, 1978  Box 2.8
N.C. Assoc. of County Commissioners, 1972  Box 2.9
Diamond National Corp., December 14, 1971  Box 2.10
Dignity of Work  Box 2.11
Durham Marketing Exec., March 20, 1980  Box 2.12
Edwin Duncan Tribute, December 1971  Box 2.13
Fifth Annual Institutional Investors Conference, April 1972  Box 2.14
Financial Analyst Federation, May 1976  Box 2.15
First National City Bank, January 9, 1974  Box 2.16
Frost & Sullivan, June 29, 1976  Box 2.17
"How to Protect Plywood Futures"  Box 2.18
Goldman, Sachs Seminar, February 14, 1977  Box 2.19
Goldman, Sachs Seminar, February 1, 1978  Box 2.20
Goldman, Sachs Seminar, March 7, 1979  Box 2.21
Goldman, Sachs Seminar, March 25, 1980  Box 2.22
Greenville Society, April 25, 1967  Box 2.23
Haas Securities, August 26, 1976  Box 3.1
Haas Securities, June 21, 1978  Box 3.2
Hartford Analysts, March 8, 1977  Box 3.3
Hartford Analysts, March 22, 1978  Box 3.4
Hartford Society, December 10, 1973  Box 3.5
Hawaii Profit Sharing Council, September 17, 1974  Box 3.6
HBA Alabama, October 1976  Box 3.7
HBA Blue Ridge, March 1978  Box 3.8
HBA Central Virginia, February 1976  Box 3.9
HBA Central Virginia, 1978  Box 3.10
HBA Charlotte, October 1972  Box 3.11
HBA Charlotte, October 1974  Box 3.12
HBA Charlotte, August 1977  Box 3.13
HBA Charlotte, January 17, 1979  Box 3.14
HBA Columbus, May 1978  Box 3.15
HBA Conference- Charlotte, 1977  Box 3.16
HBA Dothan, AL, January 15, 1979 Box 3.17
HBA Fayetteville, February 6, 1979  Box 3.18
HBA Georgia, August 1977  Box 3.19
HBA Greensboro, 1968  Box 3.20
HBA Greensboro, January 11, 1979  Box 3.21
HBA Louisiana, October 1976  Box 3.22
HBA Martinsville, April 4, 1977  Box 3.23
HBA Metropolitan Washington, 1966  Box 3.24
HBA Mobile, February 2, 1976  Box 3.25
HBA Newport News, March 15, 1979  Box 3.26
HBA Northern Virginia, March 1977  Box 3.27
HBA Northwestern, June 1968  Box 3.28
HBA Richmond, March 1978  Box 3.29
HBA Roanoke, April 12, 1979  Box 3.30
HBA Rocky Mount, May 7, 1979  Box 3.31
HBA Shenandoah Valley, VA, October 1979 Box 3.32
HBA Southern Indiana, April 1978  Box 3.33
HBA Southside, VA, November 13, 1978  Box 3.34
HBA Tidewater, May 1978  Box 3.35
HBA Washington, NC, April 26, 1979  Box 3.36
HBA West Virginia, November 1977  Box 3.37
HBA of West Virginia, October 14, 1978  Box 3.38
HBA Winston-Salem, December 8, 1978  Box 3.39
HBA W.N.C., April 10, 1969  Box 3.40
Heart Association, January 31, 1972  Box 3.41
Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce, 1972  Box 3.42
National Association of Home Builders, 1969  Box 3.43
NC Home Builders, December 12, 1976  Box 3.44
NC Home Builders, December 5, 1978  Box 3.45
Houston Society, September 24, 1975  Box 3.46
Illinois Building Forum, 1975  Box 4.1
Illinois Building Show, 1969 Box 4.2
Interstate Securities Corporation, February 1976  Box 4.3
Interstate Securities Corporation, December 6, 1980  Box 4.4
Iredell County Republicans, 1970  Box 4.5
Kentucky Lumber Dealers, January 1970  Box 4.6
Kidder, Peabody, & Co., March 31, 1971  Box 4.7
Kiwanis Club, June 20, 1963  Box 4.8
Laird, Inc., October 7, 1969  Box 4.9
Las Vegas, 1978  Box 4.10
Lebhar-Friedman, June 11, 1975  Box 4.11
Lion's Club, September 21, 1967  Box 4.12
London Society, December 12, 1972  Box 4.13
Lowe's Administrative Services Banquet, 1978  Box 4.14
Lowe's Adventure in Retailing, 1959  Box 4.15
Lowe's Tactical Command, April 28, 1969  Box 4.16
Lumber Merchants, N. California, May 1980  Box 4.17
Mass. Lumber Dealers, 1969  Box 4.18
Law. R. McCoy Co., September 15, 1979  Box 4.19
Mid-American Lumbermen, February 1977  Box 4.20
Mid-American Lumbermen, March 1978  Box 4.21
Mid-Atlantic Lumbermen, January 1969  Box 4.22
Middle Atlantic Lumbermen, February 1980  Box 4.23
Minneapolis Investors, February 1974  Box 4.24
Mitchell, Hutchins, September 1976 Box 4.25
Morgan Stanley, October 1, 1974  Box 5.1
Morgan Stanley, January 12, 1977 Box 5.2
Morgan Stanley, March 1, 1977  Box 5.3
Mortgage Bankers, NC, September 12, 1969 Box 5.4
Mountain States Lumber Dealers September 12, 1977  Box 5.5
National Home Center Congress, March 8, 1976  Box 5.6
National Home Center Show, March 12, 1979  Box 5.7
National Home Improvement Council, Inc., February 3, 1977  Box 5.8
National Retail Hardware Association, July 21, 1976 Box 5.9
NC Society, June 5, 1975  Box 5.10
N.E. Retail Lumbermen, December 1968  Box 5.11
N.E. Retail Lumbermen, June 1977  Box 5.12
Newcomen Society, November 23, 1976  Box 5.13
New York Society, May 27, 1966  Box 5.14
New York Society, January 28, 1969  Box 5.15
New York Society, April 14, 1975 Box 5.16
New York Society, September 8, 1976  Box 5.17
New York Society, December 13, 1977 Box 5.18
Northwestern Bank, October 19, 1967  Box 6.1
Northwestern Insurance, May 1977 Box 6.2
Northwestern Lumbermen, January 1979  Box 6.3
N.Y. Construction Analysts, October 1974  Box 6.4
N.Y. Merchandise Analysts, April 1974  Box 6.5
N.Y. Retail Analysts, September 1977  Box 6.6
N.Y. Retail Group, March 7, 1973  Box 6.7
T. Rowe Price Co., June 29, 1976  Box 6.8
Producers' Council, March 23, 1978  Box 6.9
Producers' Council, March 22, 1979  Box 6.10
Profit Sharing Council, December 1973  Box 6.11
Providence Society, December 12, 1974  Box 6.12
San Diego Stockbrokers, January 1, 1977  Box 7.1
San Francisco Investors, June 1972 Box 7.2
San Francisco Society, April 1974  Box 7.3
San Francisco Stockbrokers, 1977  Box 7.4
Scherck, Stein, & Franc, October 10, 1973 Box 7.5
Specs, March 20, 1978  Box 7.6
St. Louis Society, September 1976  Box 7.7
TSAI Forum, May 29, 1975  Box 7.8
TSAI Forum, May 27, 1976  Box 7.9
TSAI Forum, May 26, 1977  Box 7.10
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Series II: Plaques and Awards, 1971-1981

Series Description

This series contains Walker's plaques and awards and is arranged by size.

Home Center Store Industry, Framed Certificate In Appreciation, Presented by Lehbar-Friedman, Inc., Plaza Hotel, New York, June 11, 1975 Box 8
College of Business, Appalachian State University, Plaque, Presented by Joseph C. Bancroft September 1976  Box 8
Home Center Store Industry, Plaque In Appreciation, Presented by Lebhar-Friedman, Inc., Plaza Hotel, New York, June 11, 1975  Box 8
North Carolina Home Builders Association, Plaque, Honor Award/Certificate of Recognition, 1971  Box 8
North Carolina Home Builders Association, Plaque, Honor Award/Certificate of Merit, 1979  Box 8
North Carolina Home Builders Association, Framed Certificate, Resolution March 1, 1972  Box 8
Wilkes Chamber Foundation, Plaque In Appreciation, Concerning Lowe's Charitable & Educational Foundation, 1979  Box 9
North Carolina Jaycees, Plaque In Appreciation, Concerning National President's Invitation Banquet, February 4, 1972  Box 9
Wilkes Chamber of Commerce, Plaque, The President's Award, November 24, 1981  Box 9
North Carolina Home Builders Association, Distinguished Service Award, Unframed Certificate Box 9
Framed cover of Sales Management: The Marketing Magazine, July 7, 1975  Box 9
Plaque with a quote from John A. Walker, "Victory is more often won in the mind of a competitor than in the economic area (cash register)"  Box 9
North Carolina Home Builders Association, Plaque, Honor Award/Certificate of Recognition, 1972  Box 9
J. Vernon Jessup, Plaque In Appreciation, 1972  Box 9