Collection Number: 40078

Collection Title: Department of Botany of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1922-1989

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Size 2 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1100 items)
Abstract Courses in botany were taught as early as 1880, but not until 1902 was the first professor of botany hired. Thereafter Botany became a separate department and remained so until 1982, when it merged with the Department of Zoology to form the Department of Biology. The North Carolina Botanical Garden was an administrative unit of the Department of Botany from its establishment in 1952 until 1982, when it became a separate unit. Records consist mainly of correspondence and memoranda of the department chairmen and annual reports from the department. Of special interest are letters relating to the National Science Foundation Summer Institutes for Science Teachers; files on the North Carolina Botanical Garden, 1952-1967; and files relating to the merger of the departments of Botany and Zoology, 1981-1983.
Creator University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dept. of Botany.
Language English.
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], Department of Botany of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records #40078, University Archives, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Provenance
Periodic transfers from the offices that create these records.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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While instruction in botany at the university can be traced to the 1880s, it was not until 1902 that, William C. Coker was hired as the first Professor of Botany. Shortly thereafter, Botany emerged as an independent department. Under Coker's leadership the botanical program expanded and developed into one of worldwide reputation. During the 1950s and 1960s, declining enrollments and increasing emphasis on biological sciences caused repeated attacks on the department's existence as a separate entity. In the early 1980s such attacks led to the appointment of a special committee to investigate the feasibility of combining the Departments of Botany and Zoology. The committee's recommendation that such a merger be made was approved, and on 1 July 1982 the botanical program was absorbed into the new Department of Biology.

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The records of the Department of Botany consist mainly of the administrative correspondence and memoranda of the chairman and annual reports of the department. Of special note are letters relating to the National Science Foundation Summer Institutes for Science Teachers and the separate files concerning the North Carolina Botanical Garden and the establishment of the Department of Biology.

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700 items.

The records of the Department of Botany consist mainly of the administrative correspondence and memoranda of the chairman and annual reports of the department. Of special note are letters relating to the National Science Foundation Summer Institutes for Science Teachers and the separate files concerning the North Carolina Botanical Garden and the establishment of the Department of Biology.

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General Correspondece and Memoranda, 1922-1971 #40078, Series: "Department of Botany Records, 1922-1989." Box 1

Annual Reports, 1936-1982; 1986; 1989 #40078, Series: "Department of Botany Records, 1922-1989." Box 1

Botanical Garden: General, 1952-1967 #40078, Series: "Department of Botany Records, 1922-1989." Box 1

Botanical Garden: History, 1961 #40078, Series: "Department of Botany Records, 1922-1989." Box 1

Botany-Zoology Merger into Department of Biology, 1981-1983 #40078, Series: "Department of Botany Records, 1922-1989." Box 1

Contributions from the Department of Botany, UNC, 1902-1966, 1967 #40078, Series: "Department of Botany Records, 1922-1989." Box 1

(list of faculty publications)

Faculty Meetings, 1957; 1959; 1975 #40078, Series: "Department of Botany Records, 1922-1989." Box 1

Faculty meeting minutes, 1967-1982 #40078, Series: "Department of Botany Records, 1922-1989." Box 1

RT 20170315.2

Self-Study, 1973 #40078, Series: "Department of Botany Records, 1922-1989." Box 1

Procedural Handbook for Graduate Students, 1978-1979 #40078, Series: "Department of Botany Records, 1922-1989." Box 1

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Processing Information

Processed: August 1992, January 2008, March 2017

Encoded by: Lynn Holdzkom, March 2002

Finding aid updated for addition by Jennifer Coggins and Gergana Abernathy, February 2016 and July 2017

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