College of Education Centennial Display in Archives Room at RBD

March 12, 2015


All faculty, staff, and friends of the College are invited to visit the Special Collections and Archives on the ground floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library to view a Centennial display on the College of Education.

Curated by Archivist Jennifer Wiggins, the display follows a chronological organization. It includes an unsigned letter from the College’s first professor, head, and dean, Zebulon Judd, written to Auburn President Charles Coleman Thach. In the letter, written on University of North Carolina letterhead, Judd accepts the Auburn job from his position at UNC (for a $3000 annual salary, approximately doubling his compensation from the Old North State!). He also recommends a “secondary man” to join him on the new faculty, and generally displays his character traits of modesty, honesty, and loyalty.

This letter is accompanied by the original 1915-16 course catalog, listing the courses that would lead to our first degree, a B.S. in Agricultural Education. There are also hand-written Trustee minutes that summarize the origins of the College, among other things.

The display moves on to show the transition from Judd to Dean Truman Pierce, includes a variety of old publications and photographs, and concludes in our more modern era. Of particular and enduring relevance is a long quotation from Dean Pierce about why local school systems are of the highest importance to our communities.

Many thanks to Jennifer Wiggins for assembling such a fine display that will remain in place throughout our Centennial year.

George Littleton