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North Carolina Academy of Science Collection, 1902-2005

Manuscript Collection #282

Descriptive Summary Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Title: North Carolina Academy of Science Collection
Creator: North Carolina Academy of Science
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Minutes, programs, correspondence, reprints, reports, and miscellaneous records (1902-2005).
Extent: 16.045 Cubic feet.

Administrative Information Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Accessions Information

May 1, 1975, ca. 150 items, 045 cubic feet; General correspondence (1947-1975) of the North Carolina Academy of Science including minutes, programs, correspondence, reprints, reports, and miscellaneous records. Originally transmitted by Dr. John Yarbrough, Executive Secretary. See preliminary inventory. Rec'd 5/1/1975. Donor: Alan Goble, Treasurer, Bennett College for Women

May 1, 1975, (unprocessed addition 1); 150 items, 0.90 cubic feet; Records (1902-1975) of the North Carolina Academy of Science, including annual meeting files and proceedings, correspondence, minutes, reports of the board of directors and executive committee, and scientific articles, programs, and miscellaneous materials. See preliminary inventory. Rec'd 5/3/1977. Donor: Alan Goble, Treasurer, Bennett College for Women

July 1, 1977, (unprocessed addition 2); 10 items, 0.10 cubic feet; Printed materials (1910-1977) of the North Carolina Academy of Science, including the NCAS Newsletter and pamphlets. See preliminary inventory. Rec'd 7/1/1977. Donor: Dr. Randolph L. Ferguson

July 6, 1982, (unprocessed addition 3); 30 items, 0.25 cubic feet; Records (1902-1975) of the North Carolina Academy of Science, including the correspondence, minutes, proceedings of the annual meetings, newsletters, reports, and miscellaneous materials. See preliminary inventory. Rec'd 7/6/1982. Donor: Dr. John W. Nowell

May 18, 1989, (unprocessed addition 4); 150 items, 0.90 cubic feet; Records (1970-1986) of the North Carolina Academy of Science, including financial and miscellaneous files, Internal Revenue Service correspondence and files, bank records, and personnel files. See preliminary inventory. Rec'd 5/18/1989. Donor: Dr. Edward J. Kuenzler

March 4, 1997, (unprocessed addition 5); ca. 600 items, 1.35 cubic feet; Records (1958-1996) of the North Carolina Academy of Science, including Science Center order forms, annual meeting programs and proceedings, board of directors minutes, by laws, correspondence, and printed materials. See preliminary inventory. Rec'd 3/4/1997. Donor: Dr. Susan J. McDaniel

July 14, 2007, (unprocessed addition 6); 45 items, 0.50 cubic feet; Collegiate Academy of the North Carolina Academy of Science files (1988-2005) including manuscript materials, brochures, pamphlets, and electronic records pertaining to the constitution, bylaws, history, activities, executive director's notes, and undergraduate research workshops of the organization whose purpose is to interest undergraduate college students in scientific research. See preliminary inventory. Rec'd 7/13/2007. Donor: Bill Burk

November 21, 2007, (unprocessed addition 7) ca. 1753 items, 12.0 cubic feet; Collegiate Academy of the North Carolina Academy of Science files (1955-1999) including manuscript, printed and electronic records compiled by the donor, who was an officer and member of the organization, pertaining to the constitution, bylaws, history, activities, executive director's notes, and undergraduate research workshops whose purpose was to interest undergraduate college students in scientific research. See preliminary inventory. Rec'd 11/21/2007. Donor: Prof. Gerhard W. Kalmus

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

North Carolina Academy of Science Collection (#282), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Alan Goble
  • Gift of Dr. Randolph L. Ferguson
  • Gift of Dr. John W. Nowell
  • Gift of Dr. Edward J. Kuenzler
  • Gift of Bill Burk
  • Gift of Gerhard W. Kalmus

Processing Information

  • Processed by Dennis R. Lawson, June 8, 1979

  • Processed by Leigh Younce, April 1, 2008

  • Processed by Dale Sauter, May 1, 2008

  • Processed by Cheryl Funderburk, May 1, 2008

  • Encoded by Mark Custer, May 13, 2008


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The formation of the North Carolina Academy of Science was the result of the imagination of two men, William W. Ashe and Franklin Sherman, who began to discuss the formation of the State Academy of Science in 1901. The two men discussed their idea with Herbert H. Brimley, (Curator at the N.C. State Museum), F.L. Stevens, (Plant Physiologist at the State Agricultural and Mechanical College, now N.C. State University), and Tait Butler, (State Veterinarian) in 1902. The first organizational meeting, attended by nine people, was held on March 12, 1902 where they approved the name of the organization (North Carolina Academy of Science) and elected its first slate of officers, with William L. Poteat serving as the Academy's first President. The first annual meeting was held at Trinity College (now Duke University) on November 28 - 29, 1902. The Academy's original constitution was published in the Journal of the Elisha Mitchell Scientific Society (JEMSS) in 1904.

The Elisha Mitchell Scientific Society, (EMSS) which was founded in 1883, fostered scientific research and communication. The society began publishing the Journal of the Elisha Mitchell Scientific Society in 1884 and after the formation of the NCAS, the society and the academy considered the journal their official publication. Most of the founding members of the NCAS were not affiliated with the society, but the members of the EMSS quickly became associated with the NCAS and took advantage of the interaction with scientists both outside the UNC system and as a way to participate in scientific activities other than monthly seminars.

The NCAS grew and eventually became a three-tiered organization that includes Senior, (faculty and graduate students), Collegiate (undergraduates), and Student (middle and high school students) academies. The Senior Academy began to provide awards for deserving students, implementing the Collegiate Lectureship Program and the Undergraduate Research Workshop, planning the annual meeting, supporting the JEMSS, and being the scientific voice of the state.

The Academy has voiced its opinion about many topics dealing with science or the protection of natural resources. Two of the topics that they vigorously voiced their opinions about were evolution and the preservation of natural resources. In the 1920's when the "Scopes Monkey Trial" was attracting much public attention, two members of the Academy, B.W. Wells and Z.P. Metcalf, debated the topic of evolution with evangelist W.B. Riley at the Third Bible Conference in Raleigh. The Academy has often revisited the subject of evolution and the teaching of evolution.

The annual meeting is the focal point of the Academy's annual agenda, and the timing and venue of these meetings provide some interesting history about the Academy. The first two annual meetings, in 1902 and 1903, were held in November, but have since occurred during the spring months. Meetings were in late April and May until 1975, when they were shifted to late March and early April. Annual meetings were first rotated among Trinity College, University of North Carolina, Wake Forest College, State Agricultural and Mechanical College (now North Carolina State University) and State Normal College (later known as the North Carolina College for Women, then Woman's College, and now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro). Each institution has hosted the annual meeting more than ten times. Fourteen other colleges and universities have hosted the annual meetings, which attests to the Academy's widespread influence on all institutions of higher learning in the State.

All the information above was obtained from Wm. David Webster's article on the North Carolina Academy of Science. For more information, please visit the NCAS website at:
www.ncacadsci.org/history.html

Webster, Wm. David. "North Carolina Academy of Science (NCAS)". North Carolina Academy of Science. 25 February 2008. http://www.ncacadsci.org/index.html.

Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The records of the organization are divided into series reflecting the three-tiered structure that the academy had become by the 1980s. These include the parent organization North Carolina Academy of Science (NCAS), NCAS Collegiate Academy (CANCAS), NCAS Student Academy (NSCAS), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AASS) and Other Organizations.

By far, the most voluminous series is that of the NCAS materials. The bulk of these include typical organizational materials such as correspondence, meeting minutes and reports. Also included are lists and abstracts of scientific papers that were presented at the annual meetings. The bulk of the resolutions relate to legislation of state parks. The most comprehensive documentation is that of the annual meetings in the form of programs and proceedings. These include almost a complete run from the beginning of the organization until the mid-1990s. Unfortunately, nearly all of the other materials in this series date from only the 1970s thorough the 1990s, and in most cases are not comprehensive. Minutes are present from the earliest meeting, but contain a large gap between early years and the 1970s. Correspondence topics vary, but mostly focuses on issues related to annual meetings, organization history, natural and wildlife conservation efforts and scientific research. Included in the correspondence are letters from Jesse Helms, Sam J. Erwin and Roy A. Taylor.

CANCAS and NSCAS materials also consist of traditional organization records such as those found in the NCAS. CANCAS materials are few and are mainly limited to the late 20th Century time period. There is approximately a decade of programs documenting their annual Undergraduate Research Workshops. NSCAS materials are even less in number and scope, documenting only a short duration of activity. There are only a handful of AAAS records, all limited to the 1970s and 1980s. These mainly document annual meetings and membership in this national organization. Materials of other organizations are also very few in number and scope and are made up mostly of other North Carolina science-related state agencies.

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Series 1:
North Carolina Academy of Science (NCAS)
Series 2:
NCAS Collegiate Academy (CANCAS)
Series 3:
NCAS Student Academy (NSCAS)
Series 4:
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AASS)
Series 5:
Other Organizations

Preliminary Inventory Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Below is material taken from a preliminary inventory and represents content from the collection that is unprocessed.

  • Box 19#0282.19
    • Folder a#0282.19.a
      Collegiate Academy North Carolina Academy of Science (CANCAS) Scrapbook (1955-1961) including minutes, newsletters, clippings, programs, photographic prints, etc. Loose leaf bound. 1 item. 33 p.
    • Folder b#0282.19.b
      Collegiate Academy North Carolina Academy of Science (CANCAS) Scrapbook (1973-1974) including minutes, newsletters, clippings, programs, photographic prints, etc. Loose leaf bound. 1 item. 18 p. Note: Cover torn; needs conservation.
    • Folder c#0282.19.c
      Collegiate Academy North Carolina Academy of Science (CANCAS) Scrapbook (1974-1975) including minutes, newsletters, clippings, programs, photographic prints, etc. Loose leaf bound. 1 item. 20 p.
    • Folder d#0282.19.d
      Collegiate Academy North Carolina Academy of Science (CANCAS) Scrapbook (1979-1982) including minutes, newsletters, clippings, programs, photographic prints, reports, etc. Loose leaf bound. 1 item. 80 p.
    • Folder e#0282.19.e
      Collegiate Academy North Carolina Academy of Science (CANCAS) Scrapbook (1985-1986) including minutes, newsletters, clippings, programs, photographic prints, reports, etc. Loose leaf bound. 1 item. 58 p.
    • Folder f#0282.19.f
      Collegiate Academy North Carolina Academy of Science (CANCAS) Scrapbook (1987-1988) including minutes, newsletters, clippings, programs, photographic prints, reports, etc. Loose leaf bound. 1 item. 49 p. Note: Pages laminated.
  • Box 20#0282.20
    • Folder a#0282.20.a
      Collegiate Academy North Carolina Academy of Science (CANCAS) Scrapbook (1988-1989) compiled by Mamta Thakorbhai Patel, Secretary-Historian, East Carolina University, including minutes, newsletters, clippings, programs, photographic prints, maps, etc. Loose leaf bound. 1 item. 59 p. Note: Pages laminated.
    • Folder b#0282.20.b
      Collegiate Academy North Carolina Academy of Science (CANCAS) Scrapbook (1989-1992) including minutes, newsletters, clippings, programs, photographic prints, etc. Loose leaf bound. 1 item. 40 p. Note: Pages laminated.
    • Folder c#0282.20.c
      Collegiate Academy North Carolina Academy of Science (CANCAS) Scrapbook Part 1 (1994-1995) including minutes, newsletters, clippings, programs, photographic prints, etc. Loose leaf bound. 1 item. 100 p.
    • Folder d#0282.20.d
      Collegiate Academy North Carolina Academy of Science (CANCAS) Scrapbook Part 2 (1994-1995) including newsletters, clippings, programs, photographic prints, etc. Loose leaf bound. 1 item. 24 p. Note: Pages laminated.
  • Box 21#0282.21
    • Folder a#0282.21.a
      Collegiate Academy North Carolina Academy of Science (CANCAS) Scrapbook Part 1 (1995-1996) including annual report, meeting agendas & minutes, newsletters, clippings, programs, photographic prints, etc. Loose leaf bound. 1 item. 100 p.
    • Folder b#0282.21.b
      Collegiate Academy North Carolina Academy of Science (CANCAS) Scrapbook Part 2 (1996-1997) compiled by Secretary-Historian Marie C. Eason, including minutes, newsletters, clippings, programs, photographic prints, etc. Loose leaf bound. 1 item. 40 p. Note: Pages laminated.
    • Folder c#0282.21.c
      Collegiate Academy North Carolina Academy of Science (CANCAS) Scrapbook Part 1 (1996-1997) including minutes, newsletters, clippings, programs, photographic prints, etc. Loose leaf bound. 1 item. 100 p.
    • Folder d#0282.21.d
      Collegiate Academy North Carolina Academy of Science (CANCAS) Scrapbook Part 2 (1996-1997) including newsletters, clippings, programs, photographic prints, etc. Loose leaf bound. 1 item. 24 p. Note: Pages laminated.
  • Box 22#0282.22
    • Folder a#0282.22.a
      Collegiate Academy North Carolina Academy of Science (CANCAS) Scrapbook Part 1 (1997-1998) including annual report, meeting agendas & minutes, newsletters, clippings, programs, photographic prints, etc. Loose leaf bound. 1 item. 40 p. Note: Pages laminated.
    • Folder b#0282.22.b
      Collegiate Academy North Carolina Academy of Science (CANCAS) Scrapbook Part 2 (1997-1998) compiled by Secretary-Historian Marie C. Eason, including minutes, newsletters, clippings, programs, photographic prints, etc. Loose leaf bound. 1 item. 100 p.
    • Folder c#0282.22.c
      Collegiate Academy North Carolina Academy of Science (CANCAS) Scrapbook (1998-1999) including minutes, newsletters, clippings, programs, photographic prints, etc. Loose leaf bound. 1 item. 20 p. Note: Pages laminated.
  • Box 23#0282.23
    Pamphlets and Periodicals
    • Folder a#0282.23.a
      American Association for the Advancement of Science. Handbook: Officers, Organization, Activities, 1986-1988, Prepared by Linda McDaniel and Marge White. AAAS Publication 86-1. (Washington, DC, © 1986) 1 item. 76 p.
    • Folder b#0282.23.b
      Collegiate Academy of the North Carolina Academy of Science (CANCAS) Bylaws - Constitution. (June 1986) Photocopy typescript. 2 copies. 2 item. 10 p.
    • Folder c#0282.23.c
      Collegiate Academy of the North Carolina Academy of Science (CANCAS) Bylaws - Constitution. (May 1988) Photocopy typescript. 2 copies. 2 item. 16 p.
    • Folder d#0282.23.d
      Governor's Waste Management Board. 1982 Annual Report and Special Reports (1982) Photocopy typescript. Stapled. 1 item. 43 p.
    • Folder e#0282.23.e
      North Carolina Academy of Science. Committee on Land Disposal of Hazardous Wastes. Managing Hazardous Wastes in North Carolina: An Assessment of the EPA Regulations for Land Disposal of Hazardous Wastes and Recommendations for a Comprehensive Strategy for Hazardous Waste Management in North Carolina. A Report to the Governor's Waste Management Board. Advanced Copy - Embargoed for Release Until Noon Thursday, May 12 1983. (May 1983) Photocopy typescript. Spiral bound. 1 item. 24 p.
    • Folder f#0282.23.f
      North Carolina Academy of Science. Committee on Land Disposal of Hazardous Wastes. Managing Hazardous Wastes in North Carolina: An Assessment of the EPA Regulations for Land Disposal of Hazardous Wastes and Recommendations for a Comprehensive Strategy for Hazardous Waste Management in North Carolina. A Report to the Governor's Waste Management Board. (May 1983) Photocopy typescript. Spiral bound. 2 copies. 2 items. 48 p.
    • Folder g#0282.23.g
      North Carolina Academy of Science. Membership Directory, 1984 - 1985. (1984) (Durham, NC: North Carolina Academy of Science, Inc., 1984) Photocopy typescript. 1 item. 27 p.
    • Folder h#0282.23.h
      North Carolina Academy of Science. Membership Directory, 1984. (1984) Reproduced through the courtesy of the Geology Department, Guilford College, for the Board of Directors, NCAS. Photocopy typescript. 1 item. 41 p. Note: Signed "Kubai"
    • Folder i#0282.23.i
      North Carolina Academy of Science. Membership Directory, 1989. (1989) (Durham, NC: North Carolina Academy of Science, Inc., 1984) Photocopy typescript. 1 item. 20 p. Note: Signed "V. Bellis"
    • Folder j#0282.23.j
      North Carolina Academy of Science. Program of the Sixty Fourth Annual Meeting and the Spring Meetings of the North Carolina Psychological Association and the North Carolina Section, American Chemical Society, May 12 and 13, 1967, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. 1 item. 4 p.
    • Folder k#0282.23.k
      CANCAS (January 1955 - Sept. 1994) v. 1, n. 1 - v. 40, n. 1 Published by the Collegiate Academy of the North Carolina Academy of Science, Inc. SNN 0893-8695. 48 items. 900 p.

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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