Sue Buffkin Papers, 1968-1991

Manuscript Collection #1319

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Sue Buffkin Papers
    Creator: Buffkin, Sue
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Sue Buffkin taught language arts in the 1970s and 1980s at Samarkand Manor (also spelled Samarcand Manor) in Eagle Springs, Moore County, North Carolina, a rehabilitation center for delinquent children. She was also a historian for the school. Her papers include her secretarial minutes and notes (1974-1984) for faculty and general staff meetings, very limited correspondence, student essays, the 50th anniversary publication (1968), and reports and publications (1971-1991) such as the student publication The Straw (1977), the staff publication The Samarkand Communiqué (1990, 1991), and an undated Samarkand Behavior Code.
    Extent: 0.45 Cubic feet, 1 archival box, consisting of minutes, notes, correspondence, essays, publications, and reports
  • Description
     

    This collection contains various types of material from Sue Buffkin’s personal papers, relating to her time as a teacher and historian at Samarkand Manor. The bulk of the collection consists of memos concerning various elements of school administration and minutes of meetings about similar topics. The small amount of correspondence primarily includes letters between school administrators and government officials, and mostly does not relate specifically to Buffkin.

    Other types of material in the collection are a history publication from the school’s 50th anniversary in 1968, several issues of the school’s student publication The Straw and faculty publication The Samarkand Communiqué, a program for the chapel dedication in 1975, and an undated behavioral code. The collection also contains insights into the lives of students at the school, including many personal essays written by students and a few behavioral reports.

  • Biographical / Historical Note
     

    Sue Addor Buffkin was born 26 March 1925, and died 7 August 2012. She was educated at Aberdeen High School, Rabun Gap College, and Flora McDonald College. During her career, she taught at Greenwood High School and Aberdeen High School, as well as Samarkand (or Samarcand) Manor in Eagle Springs, Moore County, North Carolina. She taught language arts at Samarkand, a rehabilitation center for delinquent children, and was also the historian for the school. Buffkin taught at Samarkand in the 1970s and 1980s, but was involved with the school into the 1990s in her role as a historian.

    Samarkand Manor, also known as the State Home and Industrial School for Girls, was a correctional center established in 1918. The site was formerly the Marienfield Open-Air School for boys, which opened in 1914, but was purchased a few years later in 1917 by the North Carolina State Legislature and turned into a girls’ correctional center. The institution provided a safe home for troubled girls, as well as a variety of vocational training and skills such as sewing, canning, and farmwork. Controversially, the school was also the site of many forced sterilizations as recently as the 1950s. In 1974, the school was officially renamed Samarkand manor when it came under the purview of the North Carolina Department of Human Resources, Youth Division. At this time, it became open to both male and female children and young adults, and shifted its focus from vocational training to therapy and treatment.

    The facility was closed in 2011 due to state budget cuts and remained vacant until 2012, when it was taken over by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety as a training facility. Construction of several new buildings and improvements to others began shortly afterward. These improvements were completed in 2017. That same year, the first class of law enforcement students graduated from the school. It is still open and educating law enforcement students as of 2019.

    Sources

    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/171658034/sue-buffkin

    https://www.ncpedia.org/samarcand-manor-ENC

    https://www.ncdps.gov/dps-services/samarcand-training-academy/history-samarcand

    https://www.wunc.org/post /bad-girls-eugenics-and-samarcand-manor

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    October 12, 2017, .45 cubic feet; Sue Buffkin taught language arts in the 1970s and 1980s at Samarkand Manor (also spelled Samarcand Manor) in Eagle Springs, Moore County, North Carolina, a rehabilitation center for delinquent children. She was also a historian for the school. Her papers include her secretarial minutes and notes (1974-1984) for faculty and general staff meetings, very limited correspondence, student essays, the 50th anniversary publication (1968), and reports and publications (1971-1991) such as the student publication The Straw (1977), the staff publication The Samarkand Communiqué (1990, 1991), and an undated Samarkand Behavior Code. Gift of Robbie Buffkin Harter.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Robbie Buffkin Harter

    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

    Sue Buffkin Papers (#1319), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processing completed by Emily DiBiase on May 14, 2019.

Container List

  • Box 1
     
    Correspondence and Memos 1976-1991
    Notes and Minutes 1974
    Notes and Minutes 1975
    Notes and Minutes 1976
    Notes and Minutes, undated
    Minutes 1977
    Minutes 1978
    Minutes 1979
    Minutes 1980
    Minutes 1981
    Minutes 1982
    Minutes 1983
    Minutes 1984
    50th Anniversary History Publication and notes, 1968
    Publications 1975, 1977, 1990, 1991, undated
    Reports and Miscellaneous Documents 1971-1985
    Student Essays, undated
    Student Essays, undated
    Behavioral Reports (Time-out Reports) 1975-1976

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Container List

  • Box 1
     
    Correspondence and Memos 1976-1991
    Notes and Minutes 1974
    Notes and Minutes 1975
    Notes and Minutes 1976
    Notes and Minutes, undated
    Minutes 1977
    Minutes 1978
    Minutes 1979
    Minutes 1980
    Minutes 1981
    Minutes 1982
    Minutes 1983
    Minutes 1984
    50th Anniversary History Publication and notes, 1968
    Publications 1975, 1977, 1990, 1991, undated
    Reports and Miscellaneous Documents 1971-1985
    Student Essays, undated
    Student Essays, undated
    Behavioral Reports (Time-out Reports) 1975-1976


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