Inventory of the James R. Jarrell Papers, 1945 - 1996 (bulk 1972-1983, 1991-1996)

Winston-Salem State University

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Contact Information:

Winston-Salem State University Archives
C.G. O'Kelly Library
Winston-Salem, N.C. 27110

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Winston-Salem State University. Archives
Creator: Jarrell, James R.
Title: James R. Jarrell Papers, 1945-1996 (bulk 1972-1983, 1991-1996)
Language of Material: Material in English
Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult Winston-Salem State University Archives.
Abstract: James Jarrell, 1963 graduate of Winston-Salem State University, was a librarian who served on the Executive Committee of the WSSU Alumni Association from 1972-1983 and as president of the organization from 1975 to 1977.
The Jarrell Papers contain correspondence, minutes, reports, and printed materials which document Jarrell's participation in the WSSU Alumni Association and the organization's activities from 1972 to 1983 and 1991 to 1996. The collection also contains clippings, printed materials, and photocopied research dating 1945, 1959, 1970-1974, and 1992-1995 which document Jarrell's personal activities and interests.
Extent: ca. 2 linear feet, 3 archival boxes
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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research

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Copyright Notice

Copyright for official university records is held by Winston-Salem State University. Copyright for other materials is retained by the creators, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], James R. Jarrell Papers (MS 9), Winston-Salem State University Archives, Winston-Salem, NC, USA.

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Acquisitions Information

Gift of James Jarrell, April 1998.

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Processing Information

Processed and encoded by Cat S. McDowell, May 2005

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Biographical Note

James Ray Jarrell, a Greensboro native, attended James B. Dudley High School. He earned a bachelors degree in education from Winston-Salem State University in 1963 and received a masters in library science from Clark-Atlanta University in 1971. Jarrell worked as a librarian for 37 years before retiring from the Benjamin Branch of the Greensboro Public Library in 2000. His service to the profession includes various offices in the N.C. Librarians Association, American Library Association, and Guilford Library Association. Jarrell has also served the Winston-Salem State University Alumni Association in many capacities, most notably on its executive board and as vice president in 1973-1974 and president from 1975 to 1977.

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Collection Overview

The James Jarrell Papers document Jarrell's participation in the WSSU Alumni Association from 1972 to 1983 and 1991 to 1996. From 1973 to 1977, Jarrell served consecutive terms as vice president and president. During the 1970s, restructuring of the association was a primary concern of the organization; materials concerning this issue at WSSU include correspondence from 1972-1975, versions of the organization's by-laws, and its articles of incorporation. Additional information is found in the "restructuring" section of Jarrell's notebook (contents now in folders); the notebook also contains reports, correspondence, minutes, and financial information concerning the Alumni Association and its Board of Directors from 1974 through 1983. Materials from the early 1980s primarily concern the establishment of a university-employed director of alumni relations to liaise with the president of the WSSU Alumni Association. The Jarrell Papers also contain correspondence with Alumni Association directors at other N.C. universities and a printed materials created by them; these materials date 1991 to 1996 and include alumni newsletters, brochures, and general promotional booklets, primarily from historically black colleges in North Carolina.

The James Jarrell Papers also document his personal interests and activities. Prominent among subjects represented is Winston-Salem State University; the collection includes clippings concerning Jarrell and WSSU coach Clarence "Bighouse" Gaines, as well as programs from WSSU events, primarily dating 1992 to 1995. The collection also contains photocopied church bulletins, correspondence, and publications by or collected by Providence Baptist Church librarian Constance Marteena, many related to African-American librarians. Other subjects documented in the Jarrell Papers include Charlotte Hawkins Brown and the Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago. This collection is organized into two series: materials related to WSSU Alumni Association (Box 1), and materials documenting other subjects of interest (Boxes 2-3). Both series are arranged alphabetically by subject or format

Online Catalog Headings

African American universities and colleges--North Carolina.
Jarrell, James R.
Winston-Salem State University. Alumni Association.
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Container List

Winston-Salem State University Alumni Association
Box 1
By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation, 1975, n.d.
By-Laws and Constitution Handbook, 1972
By-Laws - other N.C. alumni associations
Correspondence, 1972-1973
Correspondence, 1974-1975
Correspondence, 1976-1978
Correspondence, 1992, 1995
Minutes, Reports, Agendas, 1977
Minutes, Reports, Correspondence, 1983
Committee reports, 1978-1983
Correspondence, 1976, 1979-1980
Directors Reports, 1982-1983
Financial Information, 1982-1983
Minutes, 1979-1983
Restructuring, 1974-1981
Printed Materials
Bennett College, 1993, 1995
Fayetteville State University, 1993
Johnson C. Smith University, 1992
N.C. A&T State University, 1991, 1993, 1996
N.C. Central University, 1993
Shaw University, 1992-1993
Misc. N.C. universities, 1993
WSSU Alumni Association, Misc.

Subject Files
Box 2
Charlotte Hawkins Brown Memorial, 1993
Clippings, 1993, 1996
Printed Materials - WSSU
Centennial, 1992 - SEE ALSO Oversize
Homecoming/Alumni events, 1993
Convocation, 1994
Homecoming, 1995
Providence Baptist Church, 1959, 1972-1974
Providence Baptist Church Library and Librarian Constance Marteena, 1959, 1970, 1974
University of Chicago, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel programs, 1945
Oversize Material
Box 3
Printed Materials - WSSU
Centennial Scrapbook, 1992