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Preliminary Guide to the Arthur M. Proctor Papers, 1906 - 1967

Abstract

Arthur Marcus Proctor (1886-1955) was a professor in the Department of Education at Duke University. He also served as Director of the Duke Summer Session for several years. The Arthur M. Proctor Papers include correspondence, speeches, articles, clippings, handbooks, photographs, and other materials related to Proctor's career as a teacher of teachers. Includes surveys of North Carolina schools, 1920s-1950s, and handbooks for state high schools, course materials for his work at Duke and other schools, and some files on the Duke Department of Education.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Arthur M. Proctor papers 1906 - 1967
Creator
Proctor, Arthur Marcus, 1886-1955.
Extent
5.5 Linear Feet, , 4000 Items
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

The Arthur M. Proctor Papers include correspondence, speeches, articles, clippings, handbooks, photographs, and other materials related to Proctor's career as a teacher of teachers. Includes surveys of North Carolina schools, 1920s-1950s, and handbooks for state high schools, course materials for his work at Duke and other schools, and some files on the Duke Department of Education.

Administrative Information

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Contents of the Collection

The Arthur M. Proctor Papers are only preliminarily processed. The lists of materials within each box represent major subjects, but they are not folder lists.

Trinity College and Duke University alumni affairs materials
Box 1
Articles and clippings
Box 1
NEA and NCEA materials
Box 1
High school handbooks
Box 1
Education in North Carolina materials
Box 1
Kiwanis materials
Box 1
Schoolhouse Construction Council
Box 1
Addresses, Speeches, Writings
Box 2
University of Wisconsin
Box 2
University of North Carolina Extension
Box 2
Duke University
Box 2
North Carolina Cities and Counties--School Surveys

Some 8 cities and 17 counties are represented, some more than once. Surveys were done in the the late 1920s, late 1930s, late 1940s, and early 1950s.

Box 2
Correspondence, professional and personal, including that of his second wife, Delia, 1906-1967
Box 3
Photographs
Box 3
Funeral register, obituaries, and eulogies
Box 3
General administrative materials
Box 3
Education Department
Box 3
Summer Session
Box 3
Kappa Delta Pi
Box 3
AAUP
Box 3
Photographs
Box 4 One oversize photograph is located in MC 8.
Oversize items
Box 4

Historical Note

Arthur Marcus Proctor was born on July 9, 1886, near Huntsville, Alabama. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Trinity College (later Duke University) in 1910. He then attended the Teachers College of Columbia University, where he received a master's degree in 1922 and a doctor of philosophy degree in 1930.

Before joining the faculty of Trinity College in 1923, Proctor served as the principal or superintendent of several different school districts in Georgia and North Carolina. He also served as Headmaster of Castle School on the Hudson in New York to complete his resident graduate work.

When he returned to Trinity College as Professor of Education, Proctor taught courses and assisted in the Summer School program offered by the school. He worked closely with Professor Holland Holton to train future educators for the growing public school system in North Carolina. Proctor briefly served as Director of the Summer School and as Chairman of the Department of Education. Proctor retired in 1952, and died on August 27, 1955.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Department of Education Records, 1930-1981 (Duke University Archives)
  • Summer Session Records, 1918-1991 (Duke University Archives)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Arthur M. Proctor Papers, University Archives, Duke University.

Provenance

The Arthur M. Proctor Papers were received by the University Archives as a gift in 1973, 1975, and 1979.

Processing Information

Processed by University Archives Staff, Valerie Gillispie

Completed November 16, 2004

This collection is partially processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

Encoded by Valerie Gillispie, November 18, 2004

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.