Edgar Wallace Knight papers, 1915-1953.

Creator: Knight, Edgar Wallace, 1885-1953.
Collection number: 3904
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Abstract: Edgar Wallace Knight (1885-1953) was professor of education at Trinity College, 1913-1917, and at the University of North Carolina, 1919-1953. Papers of Edgar Wallace Knight include letters concerning his work written while he was a fellow at the Social Science Research Council, studying folk schools and rural education in Denmark, 1925-1926; letters, 1918-1922, exchanged with R. H. Claytor, Orange County, N.C., superintendent of public instruction, about a reading circle conducted by Knight for Orange County teachers;correspondence, 1945-1949, related to his Documentary History of Education in the South Before 1860; extracts of letters, 1945-1953, from scholars about proposed publishing projects; speeches, 1920s and 1930-1945, given by Knight at professional meetings, college commencements, and other events; articles written by Knight; and miscellaneous other items.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Source material from various depositories collected by Knight, University of North Carolina professor of Educational History, in preparation for A Documentary History of Education in the South Before 1860 (1949-1954, 5v.). The collection includes letters, wills, petitions, personal diaries, and other materials concerning education and other cultural and social aspects of the antebellum South. Papers contain extracts from the minutes of the Commissioners of Free Schools in South Carolina (1856-1864); an essay by African-American writer and poet George Moses Horton (n.d.); and a letter to Horace Mann from John Stafford of North Carolina, expressing antislavery sentiments (1848). Photoprints.