Guide to the Earliest Existent College Yearbook, 1942

Guide to the Earliest Existent College Yearbook, 1942

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University of North Carolina at Pembroke

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Mary Livermore Library - University Archives
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
P. O. Box 1510
Pembroke, North Carolina
28372-1510 USA

Descriptive Summary

Repository: University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Mary Livermore Library. Archives.
Title: Earliest Existent College Yearbook, 1942
Creator: University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Abstract: Lumbee Tattler
This yearbook contains individual pictures of the college administration and the members of the senior class; group pictures of the lower-level classes and the various organizations; group pictures of the male and female basketball teams; four pages of typed advertisements for businesses in Pembroke, Red Springs, Maxton, and Lumberton. There are also a few pictures of campus buildings.
Extent: 1 One paperbound volume (32 pages; 11 x 8.5 in.) ,

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Preferred Citation

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

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Acquisitions Information

Accession number(s): 027364, 027366, 027393, 029530

Local call number: Cage LD4881.P4625 L8

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Processing Information

Processed by Anne H. Coleman, August, 2006

Encoded by Anne H. Coleman, August, 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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Document Overview

Even though the institution was founded in 1887, the first college yearbook was not published until 1942, fifty-five years later. 1942 was exactly in the middle of World War II and the effects of the war on enrollment can be seen in this yearbook; the classes are small and predominantly female. The yearbook is dedicated to "the men in service." The motto for the yearbook, shown on the first page, is "Annus Mirabilis" or "a fateful year." This expression can be interpreted as a year notable for wonder or disaster.

The 1942 yearbook, though small, still contains the basic items found in most yearbooks: pictures of students in the different classes and various extra-curricular organizations; a senior class prophecy; and advertisements for local businesses.

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--Yearbooks.
Cherokee Indian Normal School--Students--Yearbooks.
Cherokee Indian Normal School--Periodicals.
Pembroke State College--Yearbooks.
Pembroke State College--Students--Yearbooks.
Pembroke State College--Periodicals.
Pembroke State University--Yearbooks.
Pembroke State University--Students--Yearbooks.
Pembroke State University--Periodicals.
University of North Carolina at Pembroke--Yearbooks.
University of North Carolina at Pembroke--Students--Yearbooks.
University of North Carolina at Pembroke--Periodicals.
College yearbooks.

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Sections of the 1942 Lumbee Tattler

The Administration
Teaching Staff
The Tattler Staff
Senior Class Prophecy
Senior Class
Junior Class
Sophomore Class
Freshman Class
Pontiac Literary Society
Emeritan Literary Society
Baptist Student Union
Y. W. A.
Dramatics Club
Men's Basketball Team
Women's Basketball Team
Home Economics Club
Art Club
Glee Club
El Amarilis (Spanish Club)
Dormitory Quintet

The 1942 Lumbee Tattler