Department of Public Instruction
This digital collection contains materials from Division of Negro Education of the Department of Public Instruction record group in the custody of the State Archives of North Carolina, including the following series:
- Correspondence of the Supervisor, Rosenwald Fund - These materials are presented as folders rather than as items due to the amount of information in the Rosenwald Fund files. For more information about the Rosenwald Fund, see the related NCPedia entry and North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office page on the Rosenwald schools.
- Speeches and articles by N.C. Newbold, the Director of the Division of Negro Education - These materials come from conferences and committees and include topics such as race relations, salaries, education opportunities, comparative information from different states, information on enrollment, number of graduates, and the output from teacher training programs. These items date from 1922 to 1948.
Related Collection: School Planning Building Photographs
The Department of Public Instruction School Photographs digital collection includes a sample of photographs from the Department of Public Instruction, School Planning Section, School Photographs Files. The photographs initially selected document school conditions and construction efforts in African American communities across the state in the years c. 1918-1955. The photographs depict construction, newly completed schools, and older structures that reveal the inadequate and poor learning conditions Black North Carolinians endured in the early twentieth century. Of significance are many schools constructed with assistance from the Julius Rosenwald Fund. Many of these structures are not documented among the photographs in the Rosenwald Fund archives at Fisk University and no longer survive. Students, teachers and other school personnel, local residents, contractors and builders, though rarely identified, are occasionally pictured.