Oral history interview with J. Carlyle Sitterson, November 4 and 6, 1987

Oral history interview with J. Carlyle Sitterson, November 4 and 6, 1987

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Creator:Sitterson, J. Carlyle (Joseph Carlyle), 1911-
Creator:Dean, Pamela
Title:Oral history interview with J. Carlyle Sitterson, November 4 and 6, 1987
Date:1987 Nov. 4-1987 Nov. 6
Description:

Former University of North Carolina Chancellor J. Carlyle Sitterson recalls the dramatic changes the university underwent during the 1960s. Appointed chancellor in 1966, Sitterson was immediately faced with a variety of student issues, including student visitation, dress codes, and privacy issues. Additionally, Sitterson cites the Speaker Ban law, Jim Crow facilities, and the Vietnam War as flashpoint topics for student activists. To maintain communication with students, Sitterson employed an open-door policy for student advisory committees, which brought concerns to him. Sitterson notes that UNC officials used open forums with university administrators or state politicians to preempt violent student riots. The proliferation of radical student activities on campuses nationwide produced fears of student sit-ins at UNC. Desegregating the university student body and faculty were additional changes facing Sitterson. The desegregation of faculty, Sitterson argues, was a more difficult proposition, since black faculty cost more due to the limited number of skilled applicants. Sitterson says that he walked a tightrope between his superiors and his faculty and that his support of hiring black staff further distanced him from the Board of Trustees.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories
Subjects:Sitterson, J. Carlyle (Joseph Carlyle), 1911- | College administrators--North Carolina | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill--Administration | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill--Students | Student movements--North Carolina | Faculty integration--North Carolina | Chapel Hill (N.C.) | Orange County (N.C.) | North Carolina
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Institution:Documenting the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Contributors:Southern Oral History Program | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project) | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library | Oral histories of the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project))
Online Publisher:[Chapel Hill, N.C.] : University Library, UNC-Chapel Hill. | 2007
Original Material:

Title from menu page (viewed on Nov. 18, 2008).

Interview participants: J. Carlyle Sitterson, interviewee; Pamela Dean, interviewer.

Duration: 01:30:52.

This electronic edition is part of the UNC-Chapel Hill digital library, Documenting the American South. It is a part of the collection Oral histories of the American South.

Text encoded by Jennifer Joyner. Sound recordings digitized by Aaron Smithers.

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Forms part of Oral histories of the American South collection.

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