John Albert Pritchett Oral History Interview

September 15, 1982; September 27, 1982; October 4, 1982; October 11, 1982; November 1, 1982
Oral History #OH0075
Pritchett, John Albert; Lennon, Donald R.
Physical description
0.035 Cubic Feet, 7 audiocassettes, 8.25 hours, 151 pages
Preferred Citation
John Albert Pritchett Oral History Interview (#OH0075), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Biographical/historical information

Mr. Pritchett is a prominent Windsor attorney who has been active in public affairs some sixty years. He served in the N.C. Senate (1931-1932) and the House (1941-1943); was a member of the Council State Bar (1941-1945), the N.C. Recodification Commission (1940-1942), the board of trustees of U.N.C. (1941-1949), The state Board of Higher Education (1965-1973), and the State Board of Education (1945-1982); and has served as a trustee of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation (1968-1982). He was vice chairman of the State Board of Education (1956-1982) and mayor of Windsor (1924-1960, 1937-1941).

Scope and arrangement

In these interviews Mr. Pritchett reflects upon his entire career with particular attention to his years on the State Board of Education. He examines the background and structure of the board, teacher education and certification, the state kindergarten system, compulsary school attendance, the birth and development of the community college system, school consolidation, the Brown vs. Board decision, the Pearsall Plan, the establishment of the public school insurance fund, and other aspects of educational developments in N.C.

Administrative information
Source of acquisition

Gift of John Albert Pritchett

Processing information

Encoded by Apex Data Services

Copyright notice

Repository does not own copyright to the oral history collection. Permission to cite, reproduce, or broadcast must be obtained from both the repository and the participants in the oral history, or their heirs.

General note


Key terms
Personal Names
Pritchett, John Albert
Corporate Names
North Carolina. State Board of Education
Education--North Carolina
Educators--North Carolina
Lawyers--North Carolina--Windsor
Politicians--North Carolina