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Inventory of the Earliest Existent College Catalogs, 1921 - 1939



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Descriptive Summary

Repository:    University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Mary Livermore Library. Archives.
Title:    Earliest Existent College Catalogs, 1921-1939
Creator:    University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Abstract:    Catalogue of Cherokee Indian Normal School
    A scanned copy of the 1921-1922 college catalog and one bound volume of the three college catalogs for 1928-1929, 1936-1937, 1938-1939. These catalogs contain a variety of information, containing a variety of information, such as academic calendars, program descriptions and requirements, boards of trustees, faculty, class rolls, alumni lists, photographs, etc.
Extent:    4 college catalogs

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Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], Earliest Existent College Catalogs, [Mary Livermore Library], [University of North Carolina at Pembroke], [Pembroke], NC, USA.

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Acquisitions Information
Accession number(s): 167232
Local call number: Cage LD4881.P46 A1 1928-39

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Processing Information
Processed by Anne H. Coleman, March, 2006
Encoded by Anne H. Coleman, March, 2006

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Historical Sketch of UNCP

On March 7, 1887, the General Assembly of North Carolina enacted legislation that created the Croatan Normal School, founded to train Native American public school teachers. Local people constructed a building at a site approximately one mile west of the present location. The school opened with 15 students and one teacher in the fall of 1887. The school moved to its present location in Pembroke, the center of the Indian community, in 1909. The General Assembly changed the name of the institution in 1911 to the Indian Normal School of Robeson County, and again in 1913 to the Cherokee Indian Normal School of Robeson County.
For many years, the instruction was at the elementary and secondary school level, but in 1926, the Board of Trustees added a two-year normal program beyond high school and phased out the elementary school instruction. The first diplomas from the "normal" school were awarded in 1928, when the state accredited the school as a "standard normal school." Additional college classes were offered in 1931, and, in 1939, a fourth year was added, with the first four-year degrees conferred in 1940. In recognition of the school's new status, the General Assembly changed the name of the school in 1941 to Pembroke State College for Indians. Until 1953, it was the only state-supported, four-year college for Indians in the nation.
The scope of the institution was widened in 1942 when non-teaching degrees were added, and, in 1945, when enrollment, previously limited to the Indians of Robeson County, was opened to all federally-recognized Indian groups. A few years later, in 1949, the General Assembly shortened the name to Pembroke State College.
In 1953, the Board of Trustees approved the admission of white students up to 40 percent of the total enrollment, and, following the Supreme Court's school desegregation decision in 1954, opened the college to all qualified applicants regardless of race.
In 1969, the General Assembly made the institution a regional university and changed the name again to Pembroke State University. Three years later, in 1972, the General Assembly established the 16-campus University of North Carolina with Pembroke State University as one of the constitutient institutions. In 1978, the Board of Governors approved the implementation of master's programs and several new undergraduate programs at Pembroke State University. Over time, additional baccalaureate and master's level programs were added.
The institution celebrated its centennial in 1987, and, on July 1, 1996, Pembroke State University officially became The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

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Collection Overview

The institution was founded in 1887; however, for many years, the curriculum for the institution was geared toward elementary and secondary education. A two-year normal (teacher training) program that provided education beyond high school was added in 1926, and the elementary instruction was phased out. The first ten diplomas were awarded in 1928, when the state accredited the institution as a "standard normal school."
The early catalogs for the institution contain much of the information found in current college catalogs, such as calendars of university dates, lists of trustees, administrative officers and faculty, descriptions of the campus, entrance requirements, fees, general regulations, academic degrees offered, and course descriptions. However, these early catalogs also contain such historically significant items as commencement programs, class rolls, alumni lists, student medals and awards, as well as photographs of athletic teams, graduation classes, and campus buildings.
The earliest existent catalog in the library's Special Collections is for academic year 1921-1922. A PDF copy of this catalog was donated to the University by Judge Early Bullard, Martha Locklear Dial, and Daniel D. Locklear. All three donors are the grandchildren of Preston Locklear, who served on the Board of Trustees for the Croatan Normal School, the name of the institution when it was first founded in 1887. The NC General Assembly changed the name of the institution in 1911 to the Indian Normal School of Robeson County and again, in 1913, to the Cherokee Indian Normal School of Robeson County.

In addition, there are three catalogs arranged in chronological order and bound in one volume.

Collection Arrangement

There is one electronic image of the college catalog for 1921-1922, and there is one bound volume of three printed catalogs, arranged in chronological order.

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Online Catalog Headings

These and related materials may be found under the following subject headings in the Mary Livermore Library's online catalog.
Cherokee Indian Normal School--Catalogs
Cherokee Indian Normal School--Curricula
Cherokee Indian Normal School--Periodicals
Pembroke State College--Catalogs
Pembroke State College--Curricula
Pembroke State College--Periodicals
Pembroke State University--Catalogs
Pembroke State University--Curricula
Pembroke State University--Periodicals
University of North Carolina at Pembroke--Catalogs
University of North Carolina at Pembroke--Curricula
University of North Carolina at Pembroke--Periodicals

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Detailed Description of the Collection                                   

Indian Normal School of Robeson County 1921-1922 (Best viewed in Google Chrome & Microsoft Internet Explorer browsers)

This is a brief, 8-page catalog; the cover is missing. The catalog contains general information about the institution, such as the calendar for the 1921-22 academic calendar; a list of the trustees and the faculty; the courses of study for the Primary Department, the Normal School, Vocational Agriculture, and Home Economics; as well as the expenses for the year. Board in the dormitory is $16.00 per month and the registration fee is $1.50. Students in the Vocational Agriculture Department must have “one or more acres of ground to work each year." Also included are pictures of students in the 1921 Summer School, students taking a ride on the farm truck, and the campus buildings.

Cherokee Indian Normal School Bulletin and Outlined Course of Study, 1928-1929
This catalog contains general information about the institution, such as the academic calendar, faculty, rules and regulations, expenses, exams and grades, and entrance and graduation requirements. There are detailed lists of the departments of instruction and the courses of study; the students enrolled during the 1927-1928 academic year; alumni rosters for 1912-1927; and the program for the 1928 Commencement. Also included are pictures of Oscar R. Sampson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees from 1866 to 1928, the Administration Building, and the Girls' Basketball Team.
Cherokee Indian Normal School Catalogue, 1936-1937
This catalog contains much the same general information as the previous edition. New items mentioned are the accreditation by the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction and a class for deaf students, begun in October 1935. There is now a 4-year curricula for the Normal High School department and a college course of study. Also listed are the alumni rosters for 1928-36 and the high school rolls for 1935-1936. There are pictures of the Main Building, the Board of Trustees, a Summer High School Group (June 15-July 24, 1936), the 1936 College, Normal School, and High School seniors, the 1936 class of deaf students, and a collage containing pictures of the teachers' cottages, the main building, the boys' dorm, the girls' dorm and the campus stores.

Catalogue of Cherokee Indian Normal School, 1938-1939
As with the previous edition, this catalog contains general information about the institution. The courses of study have evolved to curricula for several academic departments. Rather than just a composite list of requirements for the college degree, there are now individual course descriptions for the Departments of Education and Psychology, the Department of English, the Department of History and Social Sciences, the Department of Mathematics and Science, the Department of Music, the Department of Romance Languages, and the Department for the Deaf. Also listed are the registers of all students enrolled 1937-1938, the alumni rolls for 1928-1939, and the officers of the Alumni Association. There are only two pictures in this edition of the catalog: one of the Main Building and one of the Board of Trustees.

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Creating a Personal Identification Number (PIN)

A Personal Identification Number (PIN) is a password, which guarantees the privacy of your library record. It is required for various library functions, such as renewing items, placing holds, requesting materials from FSU or UNCW, and connecting to licensed databases (electronic resources) from off campus. A PIN may consist of letters, numbers, or a combination of both and must be between 4 and 38 characters and should be something that is complex but also easy for you to remember.

Go to the Library’s home page at www.uncp.edu/library/

  1. Click Your Library Record
  2. When the new window opens, click View Your Library Record
  3. You will next see a login window with three boxes. Put your first or last name (not both) in the first box. Enter your University ID (your Banner number) in the second box, and leave the third box empty. Click the Submitbutton. Two additional boxes will appear. Enter your PIN in the third box and repeat it in the fourth box (see image below).




  1. Click the Submit button. You will see your personal information screen. Please verify your mailing address, etc. If you see any errors, please contact the Circulation Desk at 910.521.6516. You can also modify your PIN or renew checked-out items. Click the Logout button.


NOTE: If you have problems creating a PIN or if you forget your PIN contact the Reference Desk at 910.521.6656 or at refdesk@uncp.edu. You must be able to verify all of your personal information, including your University ID, or we will not remove your old PIN.

Reporting Catalog Problems

If there is a cataloging problem, please use the following procedures:

If the problem is in the catalog record, please print the record, circle the problem, include any information that might help clarify the problem, initial it and date it. Then give the printout to the Coordinator of Cataloging Services.

If the problem is with an item, please give the item along with a description of the problem to the Coordinator of Cataloging Services.

Simple issues with materials, such as a label has come off or been damaged, please give to the Coordinator of Cataloging Services, or, in her absence, to the Catalog Librarian (if it is a book) or the Electronic Resources/Media Catalog Librarian (if is media).

Information for Library Staff

Library Assistantships

The Library welcomes applications for assistant positions.  Graduate and undergraduate students must apply through the Career Center's Brave Opportunities system.

We hire assistants in the following categories:

  • Work Study – Students that have been granted federal or state work study monies as part of their Financial Aid package.  If you are unsure if you have work study, contact the Financial Aid Office at 910.521.6255 or fa@uncp.edu.  Positions at the Library for work study are available, and applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.
  • Contracted Assistantships – Students hired by the Library from our internal budget on a contractual basis. Students applying for a contracted assistantship must have one year of library experience.   At this time, due to budget constraints, no further contracted assistantships are available.  You may submit an application to be kept on file should a position become available.  Applications are kept on file for one semester, after which time you would need to reapply.
  • Youth Start – High school students participating in a work experience program in cooperation with their high school, the UNCP Regional Center, and the assigned work place.  Youth Start is funded by the Workforce Investment Act through a contractual arrangement with Lumber River Council of Governments.   If you are interested in this program, please contact your high school guidance counselor.  The Library employs up to two Youth Start students, and applications will be handled in conjunction with the UNCP Regional Center.
  • International Students – Students who are not U.S. citizens may apply for Library assistantships through the International Programs Office, which assists students with on campus employment from their own internal budget.  Applicants should contact the International Programs Office at 910.775.4095 or ip@uncp.edu to verify if any positions are available.  Positions at the Library for international students are available, and applications are accepted on an ongoing basis; however, International Programs retains the final placement decision.

The Library has assistantships in several of its departments, but availability varies.  The Access Services/Reference Librarian makes placement decisions in consultation with other library staff members.  So while assistants may have a preference, they must be willing to work in any library service area. 

Depending on the work area of the Library to which the assistant is assigned, the following is a list of possible library assistant duties:

  • Data entry
  • Filing
  • Filing government documents
  • General office work
  • Inventory
  • Media processing – including cleaning
  • Organizing items for archiving
  • Photocopying
  • Scanning
  • Shelving
  • Shifting
  • Technical support
  • Unpacking books
  • Use the Library’s online catalog
  • Using the microfilm machine
  • Working with computerized library systems

Depending on the work area of the Library to which the assistant is assigned, the following is a list of desired library assistant characteristics:

  • Able to work independently
  • Accurate
  • Attention to detail
  • Cooperative
  • Dependable
  • Efficient
  • Follows directions
  • Good communication skills
  • Good handwriting (cataloging assistants)
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Neat and clean appearance
  • Positive attitude
  • Punctual
  • Willingness to learn and produce good work


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