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Paul A. Reid Collection

Identifier: MSS 17-08

Scope and Contents

Dr. Paul Apperson Reid (1902-1982) served as a two-time president at Western Carolina Teacher’s College and oversaw the name change to Western Carolina College in 1953.

Born in Pilot Mountain, North Carolina he later attended the University of North Carolina where he received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree. After graduation he worked as a teacher and administrator in the public schools before accepting a post as comptroller for the State Board of Education in Raleigh where he served for 2 and a half years before his first tenure as president.

His first term as president began in August 1949 and ended in 1956 with Reid resigning in the wake of the death of his wife Madeline Reid in 1955. William E. Bird served as President until Reid returned in the spring of 1957, now married to Nettie Haywood Reid. Reid served as the President until his retirement July 1, 1968. He led the university during a period of transition as well as rapid expansion, with enrollment during his tenure increasing from 600 to 4,000. This collection consists of his professional correspondence from the period of 1949-1960.


  • 1949 - 1960


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2 Linear Feet

Physical Description


Repository Details

Part of the Hunter Library - Special Collections Repository

Cullowhee United States