Records of the Chancellor: Records of Robert Herring Wright

1907-1938
University Archives #UA02-01
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2.5 Cubic Feet
Preferred Citation
[Item description].  Records of Robert Herring Wright.  UA02-01, Box [number]. University Archives, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.
Repository
East Carolina University Archives
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The collection is open for research use.

Papers and publications produced or related to the administration of Robert Herring Wright. Materials include biographical records, correspondence, speeches, clippings, administrative records, and other miscellaneous items.


Biographical/historical information

Robert Herring Wright, an eastern North Carolina native, became the first President of East Carolina Teachers Training School in 1909. Wright was born to Bettie Vaiden Herring Wright and John Cromartie Wright, a Confederate veteran, in 1870 at the Wright family home Coharie in Sampson County. The Wrights had five sons and four daughters, and worked to ensure that all of their children received a good education.

Robert, the second son, went on to study for two years at Oak Ridge Institute, and then teach in a rural school for two years before going to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1894. Wright received his B.S. degree from UNC in 1897. After graduation, Wright taught in Nash County for one year before serving as an instructor at the Oak Ridge Institute for two years. In 1901 Wright entered graduate school at Johns Hopkins University in English and History. While in graduate school Wright got a job as a history teacher at Baltimore City College, where he was made chairman of the Department of History and Civics in 1904. In 1906 Wright took a job as principal of Eastern High School, a girls' school, in Baltimore. During his time as principal, Wright did graduate work at Columbia University in the summers.

Wright married Charlotte Pearl Murphy on December 31, 1901. They had four children Pearl, Robert, Mary, and William.

The reputation as an educator that Wright built in Baltimore is one of the reasons that he came to the attention of the trustees of ECTTS, who were looking for someone to head their new school. Wright took his post with the vision of improving education in all of eastern North Carolina by training young teachers at East Carolina. In 1920 ECTTS became East Carolina Teachers College with authorization to offer four years of college instead of just two. Starting off with around 175 students, the college grew to 1,000 by the end of Wright's tenure. The college began to offer graduate courses and masters degrees in 1929.

Wright served as President until 1934, when he had a massive heart attack at his desk on April 23. Wright died in the hospital two days later. This tragic ending to an era in East Carolina's history shocked the entire campus and community, as well as the state. Wright's 25 years as President shaped East Carolina and provided a foundation for what the college would become as it continued to grow.


Scope and arrangement

The records of Robert Herring Wright include biographical materials, correspondence, administrative records, speeches, news clippings, and other miscellaneous materials. The records begin in 1906 and end in 1934.


Administrative information
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This collection is a part of Records of the Chancellor


Container list
Box 1 Official Installation Speech, undated
Box 1 Biographical Information, undated
Box 1 Newspaper Clippings, undated
Box 1 Statistics, 1928
Box 1 Correspondence, 1913-1914
Box 1 Correspondence, 1918-1934
Box 1 Educational Conference at ECTC, Welcome Address, 1934
Box 1 Bulletin Volume 29 Number 4, 1938 December
Box 1 Commencement Records, 1914-1929
Box 1 Commencement Records, 1930-1932
Box 1 Speeches - Ragsdale - N.D, undated
Box 1 Budget Bureau Correspondence, 1925-1931
Box 1 Budget Bureau Correspondence, 1932-1934
Box 1 Budget Committee Minutes, 1932-1933
Box 1 Building Committee Minutes, 1930-1932
Box 1 Science of the State Building - R. D. W. Connor, 1930
Box 1 Cox, J.D. and Cox, W. E. Correspondence, 1927-1928
Box 1 Daniels, Josephus, 1931-1932
Box 1 Edmonds, Rebecca - Administrative Records, 1925-1932
Box 1 Flanagan, E.D. and J.D. Flanagan Correspondence, 1927-1933
Box 1 Graham, Frank P., President of UNC- Chapel Hill Correspondence, 1932
Box 1 Jarvis, Thomas J. Correspondence (with Edward Graham and Julius J. Foust), 1914
Box 1 Joyner, James, 1909-1932
Box 1 Newell, L. B. Correspondence, 1924-1926
Box 1 Faculty Productivity, Meeting of the Staff, 1932
Box 1 Founder's Day, 1932-1934
Box 1 Student Self Government Association, New College Song, 1933
Box 1 Wright, Bettie - Biographical Information, 1921,1933, undated
Box 2 Board of Trustees, 1909-1927
Box 2 Board of Trustees Correspondence, 1930-1934
Box 2 Teaching and Education, undated
Box 2 Teaching and Education, undated
Box 2 Teaching and Education, undated
Box 2 Teaching and Education, undated
Box 2 Religious Writing, Words and Phrases List, undated
Box 2 Speeches, 1907-1909
Box 2 Speeches, 1910-1913
Box 2 Speeches, 1914-1918
Box 2 Speeches, 1922-1931
Box 2 Chapel Talks, 1924-1925
Box 2 Chapel Talks, 1926 January-May
Box 2 Chapel Talks, 1926 June-December
Box 2 Chapel Talks, 1928 March-September
Box 2 Chapel Talks, 1928 March-September
Box 2 Chapel Talks, 1928 October-December
Box 2 Chapel Talks, 1929 January-May
Box 2 Chapel Talks, 1929 June-December
Box 2 Chapel Talks, Dr. Turner, 1930
Box 2 Chapel Talks, 1930
Box 2 Chapel Talks, 1930 January-March
Box 2 Chapel Talks, 1931 January-February
Box 2 Chapel Talks, 1931
Box 2 Chapel Talks, 1932
Box 2 Chapel Talks, 1933 January-May
Box 2 Chapel Talks, 1933 September-December
Box 2 Chapel Talks, 1934
Box 3 Chapel Talks, Governor Jarvis, 1911
Box 3 Speeches - S.B. Underwood, undated
Box 4 Wright, Pearl, Correspondence, Sympathy letters for Robert H. Wright's illness and death, 1934 April 24-25
Box 4 Wright, Pearl, Correspondence, Sympathy letters for Robert H. Wright's death, 1934 April 26
Box 4 Wright, Pearl, Correspondence, Sympathy letters for Robert H. Wright's death, 1934 April 27-28
Box 4 Wright, Pearl, Correspondence, Sympathy letters for Robert H. Wright's death, 1934 April 29-30
Box 4 Wright, Pearl, Correspondence, Sympathy letters for Robert H. Wright's death, 1934 May
Box 4 Wright, Pearl, Correspondence, Sympathy letters for Robert H. Wright's death, 1934 June-October
Box 4 Wright, Pearl, "Some of the last words of my husband Robert H. Wright" , 1934
Box 4 Williams Funeral Home - letter of thanks, card from Robert H. Wright's family, 1934
Box 4 Resolutions of Respect for Dr. Robert H. Wright, 1934
Box 4 Newspaper Clippings, obituaries and articles about Robert H. Wright, 1934
Box 4 Wright, Mrs. R.H. (Pearl), Correspondence from Margaret Davis editor of Tecoan, 1938
Box 5 Robert H. Wright's Bible, circa 1909-1934