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Dr. Percival Perry (1916-2005) served as a Professor of History and Dean of the Summer Session at Wake Forest University. This collection includes articles and essays written by Perry, as well as correspondence and teaching materials. Also included are some of his students' work, such as journals and papers. The collection also consists of information pertaining to Wake Forest College/University during his time there, in addition to various photographs, presentation notes, and his wife Margaret's speeches.

Biographical and Historical Note

Dr. Percival Perry (1916-2005) served as Professor of History and Dean of the Summer Session at Wake Forest University. Perry was also a member of the International Council of Phi Alpha Theta, honor society in history, and from 1971-1981 served as News Editor of "The Historian," the journal of Phi Alpha Theta. He wrote numerous essays and articles, such as his "History of Wake Forest University" (1974). His wife Margaret served as the first female registrar at Wake Forest University.

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Collection Overview

The Percival Perry Papers collection spans the years from 1939 to 1986 and features various of Perry's writings, such as articles, essays, and personal correspondence. It also includes presentations and information pertaining to conferences and events that Perry spoke at. The collection highlights teaching materials such as examination questions, and also includes works completed by his students such as journals and papers. Moreover, there are various materials relating to Wake Forest University during the time in which Perry taught, including information regarding the school's transition from a college to a university and the development of the History department. In addition, the collection features speeches written by Perry's wife Margaret, as well Perry's Chemistry notebook from his own time as a student.

The collection begins with a file titled Biographical Information and is then divided into seven series: 1. Correspondence; 2. Photographs; 3. Presentations/Conferences; 4. Student Work; 5. Teaching Materials; 6. Wake Forest College/University; and 7. Writings. The series are all ordered alphabetically. Four miscellaneous files are also included at the end: Chemistry Course, Henry Ellingwood Bio and letters, Margaret Perry Speeches, and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.

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Collection Inventory

  • Biographical Information / Box 1 Folder 1
  • Correspondence (1957-1984)
    • Baptist Joint Committee in Public Affairs Correspondence (1957-1958) / Box 1 Folder 2
    • Correspondence (1973-1984) / Box 1 Folder 3
  • Photographs
    • Photographs / Box 1 Folder 4
    • Photographs / Box 1 Folder 5
  • Presentations/Conferences (1957-1985)
    • Baptist College Conference (1957-1985) / Box 1 Folder 6
    • Baptist College Conference (1971; 1984) / Box 1 Folder 7
    • Baptist College Meeting (1985) / Box 1 Folder 8
    • Humanities Conference (1983) / Box 1 Folder 9
    • Image: A Woman in University Administration, Conference Paper by Margaret Perry, Invitation (1980; n.d.) / Box 1 Folder 11
    • Presentations (1969, 1978, n.d.) / Box 1 Folder 11
    • Presentation- General Leonidas Polk / Box 1 Folder 12
    • Presentation Ideas / Box 1 Folder 13
    • Presentation- L.B.J. and Election of 1964 / Box 1 Folder 14
  • Student Work
    • Historiography Journal (1972) / Box 2 Folder 1
    • Historiography Journal (n.d.) / Box 4 Folder 10
    • Historiography Journal (n.d.) / Box 4 Folder 11
    • History 391, Earliest memories/stories (1971) / Box 2 Folder 2
    • Student paper with comments (Capon Springs) (n.d.) / Box 2 Folder 3
    • Student papers (n.d. (1970's-1980's)) / Box 2 Folder 4
  • Teaching Materials (1961-1986)
    • Examination Questions (1963-1967) / Box 2 Folder 5
    • Examination Questions (1975-1982) / Box 4 Folder 9
    • Examinations (1972-1978) / Box 2 Folder 6
    • Examinations (1962-1978) / Box 2 Folder 6
    • History class- exam questions and topics (1961-1975) / Box 2 Folder 7
    • Lectures / Box 2 Folder 8
    • Registration Model Overview / Box 2 Folder 9
    • Seminar- 20th Century Diplomatic History (1974) / Box 2 Folder 10
    • Syllabi (1972-1986) / Box 2 Folder 11
  • Wake Forest College/University (1951-1984)
    • 150th Anniversary (1981-1983) / Box 3 Folder 1
    • The Future of Wake Forest College: Papers and Reports Submitted by the Faculty (1951) / Box 3 Folder 2
    • Graylyn proposal (ca. 1981) / Box 3 Folder 3
    • History and Historians at WFU (1984) / Box 3 Folder 4
    • Special Faculty Committee (1958) / Box 3 Folder 5
    • Wake Forest Events and Information (1953-1960, n.d.) / Box 3 Folder 6
    • WFC Self-Evaluation Project (1955-1956) / Box 3 Folder 7
    • WFU Essays and Thoughts / Box 3 Folder 8
    • WFU History Department Evaluations of Chair/Face minutes/Bibliography / Box 3 Folder 9
    • WFU Humanities Club (1982-1984) / Box 3 Folder 10
    • WFU Resolution on Convention- WFU relations (1977) / Box 3 Folder 11
  • Writings
    • Articles and essays / Box 4 Folder 1
    • Book reviews and essays (n.d.) / Box 4 Folder 2
    • "The Fall of the Asquith Ministry in 1916:" European Diplomatic History (May 14, 1942)
    • Poem for Henry Stroupe (n.d.) / Box 4 Folder 4
  • Chemistry Course (1939) / Box 4 Folder 5
  • Henry Ellingwood Bio and letters (ca. 1978, 1829-1833) / Box 4 Folder 6
  • Margaret Perry Speeches (ca. 1984) / Box 4 Folder 7
  • R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (1958-1962) / Box 4 Folder 8
  • "History of the Naval Stores Industry in Onslow County, N.C." lecture by Percival Perry [Umatic tape) (October 21, 1982) / Box 3  Scope and Contents

    Recorded lecture on Umatic tape titled "History of the Naval Stores Industry in Onslow County, N.C." by Percival Perry. Time: 50 minutes, part 2 of 2. Taped October 21, 1982 in Swansboro, N.C.

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Summary Information

Repository
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Title
Percival Perry Papers
ID
MS661
Date
ca. 1939-1986
Extent
1.68 linear feet 3 letter boxes, 1 legal sized letter box

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Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives 2014
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to researchers. 
Copyright Notice
The nature of the WFU Z.Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Archives and Special Collections of ZSR Library claims only physical ownership of most materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to the U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. 
Processing information
Collection described by Kristin Weisse, 2014. 
Preferred Citation
Percival Perry Papers, MS 661, Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA. 

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The following artifacts were removed from the collection and added to University Artifacts RG14: - A "New Wake Forest College" Groundbreaking Pin from October 15, 1951 - 2 tiles from the Wake Forest College Class of 1937 50th Anniversary Reunion, Nov. 6, 1987

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