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Guide to the North Carolina Public Interest Research Group records, 1970-1983

Abstract

Contains the records of the North Carolina Public Interest Research Group, a social and environmental action student group formed in 1972 at Duke University. Types of materials include correspondence, minutes, agendas, reports, notes, fliers, pamphlets, newsletters, handbooks and financial materials. Major subjects include Duke University, student political activity, student movements, political campaigns, consumer advocacy, Durham, N.C., lobbying, environmental protection in North Carolina, and the North Carolina Public Interest Research Group. Materials range in date from 1970 to 1983.

Descriptive Summary

Title
North Carolina Public Interest Research Group records, 1970-1983
Creator
North Carolina Public Interest Research Group.
Extent
5 Linear Feet
Repository
University Archives, Duke University.
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult University Archives, Duke University.
Language
English.

Collection Overview

Contains the records of the North Carolina Public Interest Research Group, a social and environmental action student group formed in 1972 at Duke University. Types of materials include correspondence, minutes, agendas, reports, notes, fliers, pamphlets, newsletters, handbooks and financial materials. Organized into the following series: Series 1. North Carolina college and university chapters, 1970-1982; Series 2. NCPIRG statewide administration and activities, 1970-1982; Series 3. National administration and activities, 1974-1980.

Administrative Information

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Contents of the Collection

Contains the records of NCPIRG campus groups at colleges and universities in North Carolina. Types of materials include correspondence, constitutions, bylaws, notes, and clippings. Clippings and correspondence reflect the attitudes and values of students on college campuses during the 1970s-1980s.

General establishment and correspondence, 1973-1974
Box 1
Clippings, 1973-1974
Box 1
General establishment, ca. 1975
Box 1
Correspondence and notes, ca. 1978-1980
Box 1
Constitution and bylaws, 1970
Box 1
History, 1971-1972
Box 1
Organizational materials, ca. 1977
Box 1
Correspondence and notes, 1971-1974, 1977-1978
Box 1
Meeting agendas, minutes, and notes, ca. 1973-1981
Box 1
General environmental concerns, ca. 1974
Box 1
Summer internships, 1978
Box 1
Utility rates and deposits, 1973-1976
Box 1
Beverage container recycling, 1974
Box 1
No Nukes/Kudzu Alliance, 1978
Box 1
Labor and Medical Center Employee Unions, 1979
Box 1
Truth in Testing, 1979
Box 1
Free University, 1979-1980
Box 1
Duke Draft Coalition, 1979-1981
Box 1
Nestle boycott, 1980
Box 1
Newsletter, ca. 1980
Box 1
Fliers, posters, and pamphlets, 1971-1977, 1978-1982
Box 1
Clippings, 1971-1973, 1974-1977
Box 1
Grant proposals and correspondence, 1979-1980
Box 1
General meetings notes and fliers, ca. 1978-1981

Includes Phoenix festivals, Vista activities, and clippings

Box 1
Newsletter, The West End Times, 1978-1981
Box 1
Establishment, 1976
Box 1
Correspondence, 1975-1980
Box 1
General activities, 1975-1981
Box 1
Student papers, ca. 1976
Box 1
General materials, undated
Box 1
General materials, 1973
Box 1
Establishment, 1976
Box 1
Correspondence, ca. 1976-1977
Box 1
Clippings, 1976, undated
Box 1
Establishment, ca. 1975
Box 1
Correspondence and activities, 1975-1976
Box 1
Clippings, ca. 1972-1975
Box 1
Establishment and history, 1974
Box 1
General materials, ca. 1974
Box 1
Establishment, 1975
Box 1
Correspondence, 1975-1977
Box 1
General activities and notes, 1975-1976
Box 1
Clippings, 1975-1976
Box 1
Constitution and bylaws, ca. 1973
Box 1
Correspondence and activities, 1973-1986, 1981
Box 1
Greensboro office space, 1982
Box 1
Clippings, 1975-1982
Box 1
Constitution and bylaws, 1973
Box 1
Correspondence, 1973-1978
Box 1
General activities and notes, 1973-1978
Box 1
Clippings, 1973-1978
Box 1
General materials, 1976
Box 1

Contains establishment, administration, and activities materials of North Carolina PIRGs. Includes articles and correspondence regarding student fees and PIRG funding, petitions, meeting minutes, agendas, and reports, and clippings.

Constitution and bylaws, 1972

Also contains general establishment materials.

Box 1
General history, ca. 1983
Box 1
NCPIRG contracts with colleges and universities, 1974-1975
Box 1
Solicitation licenses, 1977-1982
Box 2
Annual reports, 1973, 1977
Box 2
Organizing a PIRG, ca. 1972-1974
Box 2
Funding a PIRG and collecting student dues, ca. 1972-1974
Box 2
Employment and Manpower trainees, 1975
Box 2
Background materials, ca. 1979
Box 2
Student voter registration, correspondence and general materials, 1976
Box 2
Student voter registration, clippings, 1976
Box 2
Watauga County voter registration, 1976
Box 2
Anti-PIRG bill, 1977
Box 2
Correspondence and notes, 1972-1975
Box 2
Minutes, agendas, and reports, 1972-1973 Spring
Box 2
Minutes, agendas, reports, and correspondence, 1973 Fall-1974 Spring
Box 2
Minutes, agendas, reports, and correspondence, Summer 1974
Box 2
Minutes, agendas, reports, 1974-1975
Box 2
Minutes, agendas, reports, 1975
Box 2
Clippings and other materials, 1975-1976
Box 2
Minutes, agendas, reports, 1976 January -1976 July
Box 2
Minutes, agendas, reports, 1976 August-1977 March
Box 2
Minutes, agendas, reports, 1977 March-1978 August
Box 2
Minutes, agendas, reports, and correspondence, 1978 September-1979 April
Box 2
Policy notebook, correspondence, other notes, 1978-1979
Box 2
Minutes, agendas, reports, 1979 August-1980 May
Box 2
Clippings, 1979-1980
Box 2
Minutes, agendas, reports, 1980 June-1981 April
Box 2
Clippings and other materials, 1980-1981
Box 2
Minutes, agendas, reports, and correspondence, 1981 October-1982 June
Box 2
Clippings and other materials, 1981-1982
Box 2
General financial materials, 1973-1974
Box 2
General financial materials, correspondence, 1974-1975
Box 2
Budgets 1974-1975
Box 3
General financial materials, correspondence, 1975-1976
Box 3
Monthly reports, 1975 September-1976 September
Box 3
General financial materials, correspondence, 1976 October-1978 February
Box 3
General financial materials, correspondence, 1978-1979
Box 3
General financial materials, correspondence, 1979-1981
Box 3
Audit summaries, 1973-1981
Box 3
Lobbying expenses, 1977-1981
Box 3
Budgets and notes, 1979-1982
Box 3
Davidson College, Urban Sociology course papers, 1976
Box 3
Fliers, 1978-1982
Box 3
Pamphlet layout, ca. 1980-1982
Box 3
Canvasser's handbook, 1971
Box 3
NCPIRG Advocate, 1973-1981
Box 3
Outreach, 1978
Box 3
PIRG Perspectives column and press releases
Box 3
Of the People, 1978-1979
Box 3
The Insider, 1979-1981
Box 3
Research reports, 1970-1975
Box 3
Research reports, 1976-1981
Box 3
Clippings in support of NCPIRG, 1979-1981
Box 3

Contains materials relating to the national governance and organization of state PIRGs. Materials include records of PIRG representative networking and solidarity in political action.

Governing council materials, 1979-1980
Box 3
Correspondence and reports, 1978-1980
Box 3
Oppositions to PIRGs, 1973-1977
[2 folders]
Box 3
Letters of endorsement, 1972-1980
Box 3
Governing council, 1979-1980
Box 3
National PIRG conference, Colorado, 1978
Box 3
National PIRG conference, Virginia, 1979
Box 3
Clippings, 1974-1980
Box 3

Historical Note

Since the 1960s, college students in North Carolina have worked on goals of justice, social equality, and wise use of natural resources. Despite their understanding and commitment to these ideals, students often found their efforts frustrated by unresponsiveness in government and by the constraints of their academic role. The two major limitations that students faced were the lack of expertise required to deal with increasingly complex social problems, and the difficulty of maintaining continuous involvement due to breaks in the academic year.

The North Carolina Public Interest Research Group (NCPIRG) was created to facilitate activism on North Carolina's campuses. NCPIRG was founded in fall of 1971 by a group of students at Duke University, after hearing a speech by consumer advocate Ralph Nader. Duke University acted as the first headquarters for NCPIRG. Organizing efforts at nearby University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and University of North Carolina at Greensboro were turned down by administrators and trustees. In spring of 1972, students from St. Andrews College successfully organized and joined NCPIRG. By 1976, Davidson College and Wake Forest University had also formed chapters.

NCPIRG was funded and controlled by member schools. Students contributed a portion of their student fees to support NCPIRG as a campus group. NCPIRGs used the fee collection system as a stable means of guaranteed support. But, since NCPIRG viewed mandatory fees by themselves as an unacceptable means of support, they chose to offer a refund period to students. The refund provides students with a choice and makes NCPIRG directly accountable to students. This refund system was at times exploited by anti-PIRG groups on campuses.

The State Board of Directors was the major decision-making body for NCPIRG. The State Board was responsible for hiring professional staff, allocating funds, and setting research and project priorities for the year. School delegates reported their activities and exchanged ideas with each other at State Board meetings. The State Board provided continuity in staffing and support from experienced professionals.

NCPIRGs focused on environmental, social and political concerns. Some of the campaign topics of early NCPIRGs were high utility rates, nuclear weapons and defense spending, the draft, pollution, fair renting policies, and recycling. Because all PIRG members were students, PIRGs also focused on student rights, such as voting while living on campus, earning a full refund for rent deposit, student financial aid, campus-area grocery prices, and banking interest rates. Some of the most notable projects of NCPIRGs were land use pattern investigations in the North Carolina mountains, lobbying for changes in a local expressway, and organizing citizen testimony before the North Carolina Utilities Commission. They also assisted in the formation of the Brown Lung Association and sponsored the Generic Drug Substitution Act in 1979.

The Duke University PIRG, the most active of the NCPIRG chapters during the 1970s and early 1980s, organized the following workshops and events: Labor and Medical Center Employee Unions (1979), Truth in Testing (1979), Free University (1979-1980), and supported the Duke Draft Coalition.

As of 2003, NCPIRG is active and headquartered in Chapel Hill, N.C. NCPIRG does not currently have student-body sponsored chapters at North Carolina colleges or universities.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Office of the Chancellor. Environmental Concerns Committee records. (University Archives, Duke University. )
  • ECOS records. (University Archives, Duke University. )
  • Small Collections: Environmental Center folder. (University Archives, Duke University. )

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], North Carolina Public Interest Research Group records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

Transfer; 1984; 84-4

Transfer; 1975; 75-61

Processing Information

Processed by Emily Glenn

Completed April 2003

Encoded by Emily Glenn, April 2003

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.