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John S. Seymour Collection

Identifier: MSS 84-03
John S. Seymour was an Associate Professor of Sociology at Western Carolina Teachers College (WCTC) (later Western Carolina University). Seymour was born in Charleston, SC, on April 5, 1893. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees (1921, 1927) in social science and education from the University of South Carolina, and a second M.A. degree from Columbia University (1928). He also did advanced study at the George Peabody College for Teachers and the University of North Carolina.

Seymour came to WCTC in July, 1926, as director of teacher training. Because of failing health, Seymour took a permanent leave of absence from active teaching in 1953. He continued to live in Cullowhee until his death in July, 1958.

The collection contains class and program materials from the late 1930s, pertaining to methods of note taking, studying, orientation and guidance, and sociology. Also included are essays and printed documents.

Folder 1 - Correspondence: Jan 24, 1939.

Folder 2 - Essays on education, personality, and self: n.d.

Folder 3 - General: Educational and occupational related items.

Folder 4 - Learning notes.

Folder 5 - Library handbook of Western Carolina Teachers College: n.d.

Folder 6 - Medieval Life and Work class notes.

Folder 7 - Note Taking procedures.

Folder 8 - Pamphlets: Personality and Guidance.

Folder 9 - Orientation and Guidance: Course materials and outlines.

Folder 10 - Reading ability improvement.

Folder 11 - Sociology and Social Work course materials.

Folder 12 - Studying: Techniques and methods.


  • 1935 - 1940

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