Guide to the Clyde Hull Cantrell Papers, RG 865

Processed and Listed by: Ken Barr & Dieter C. Ullrich
Date: December 2003

Date Span:

14.0 cubic feet.

Number of Boxes:
1 record center box; 12 document boxes and 2 1/2 document boxes.

Type of material:
Personal correspondence and office files.

Physical condition:
Some aging and fading.

Arranged alphabetically by subject then chronologically.

Historical or Biographical Sketch:
Clyde Hull Cantrell was born at Caroleen, North Carolina on September 23, 1906. He was the son of James Volney and Sarah Nancy Florence (Hull) Cantrell. He received his A.B., M.A., and B.L.S. degrees from the University of North Carolina, in 1933, 1936, and 1937 respectively. He also studied at West Virginia University from 1941 to 1942 and at the University of Illinois from 1950 to 1951. In 1960 he was awarded a Ph.D. in Library Science from the University of Illinois. He married Ethel Marie Williams on June 5, 1940. He was employed by the Charlotte (North Carolina) News from 1926 to 1929, and the University of North Carolina Library from 1930 to 1943. In the fall of 1943 he served as associate professor of Spanish and director of the library at Birmingham Southern College. From 1944 to 1973 he was the director of Auburn University Libraries and professor of Foreign Languages from 1973 to 1977. He retired on July 1, 1977. Memberships include: American Library Association; Southeastern Library Association; American Association of University Professors; Alabama Library Association (Vice President, 1945 46, President, 1946 47); Society of American Archivists; South Atlantic Modern Language Association; Association of College and Research Libraries; Modern Language Association; Mu Beta Psi; Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Sigma Iota and Beta Phi Mu.

Scope and Content:
Contains the office and personal files of Clyde Hull Cantrell from 1930 to 1991, the bulk of which date from 1941 to 1979. Collection consists of professional and personal correspondence, campus and departmental committee reports, studies, library budgets and other material related to Dr. Cantrell's tenure as Director of Libraries at Auburn University. Includes notebooks kept by Cantrell while he was a student at the University of North Carolina, numerous letters to family members in North and South Carolina, and correspondence and records while he was employed at the University of North Carolina Libraries, West Virginia University and Birmingham Southern College during the 1940s. Also includes information on library construction (1958-1962); a film (1956) and two video copies of Auburn University's centennial pageant; plans (1964) for press coverage of the registraton of the university's first African-American student; and the constitution (1947) of the Alabama Academy of Science.

Keyword descriptors:
Clyde Hull Cantrell
Ralph Brown Draughon Library
Academic libraries -- Alabama -- Auburn
Academic libraries - North Carolina
Auburn University Libraries
University of North Carolina Libraries
Buildings - Alabama - Auburn
Cantrell family

Accession Number:
Item list:
Box 1

Accession Number: 02-086
Item list:
Box 1

Box 2 Box 3 Box 4 Box 5 Box 6 Box 7 Box 8

Accession Number: 03-004
Item list:
Box 1

Box 2 Box 3 Box 4 Box 5 Box 6

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