African American Education

About this collection

This collection contains documents and photographs related to African American education in North Carolina before 1950 drawn from the collections of the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum and the State Archives of North Carolina.

Currently the digital collection includes selected photographs and other materials from the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum, a Historic Site within the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. These materials were provided for research and educational purposes; prior permission from the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum is required for any commercial use. Yearbooks from the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum are available online from the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. All materials can be searched together via the North Carolina ECHO site.

This digital collection also 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.

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For more information about African American education in North Carolina, consult the online catalog of the State Archives of North Carolina and the online encyclopedia NCPedia.