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Dr. Rodney L. and Janie Leftwich Collection

Identifier: MSS 06-04

Content Description

Papers of Dr. Rodney L. Leftwich, educator and head of Western Carolina University’s “division of fine arts, industrial technology and home economics,” and of Mrs. Janie Leftwich, educator and “assistant professor” of Western Carolina University’s “art department,” and of their family.

Materials include, but not limited to, Dr. Leftwich’s educational career and contributions; photographs, notably of Western Carolina University (WCU) industrial technology classes and activities, and of the WCU campus or vicinity; newspaper clippings; publications, including WCU publications; Cullowhee High School year books (“The Rebel”), for 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964; a Cullowhee High School, 1891 – 1988, reunion booklet; materials on the Cullowhee Methodist Church; and writings of Mrs. Eddie Marie Duckett.

The Dr. Rodney L. and Janie Leftwich collection contains valuable information about the history of the Industrial Arts Dept. at WCTC (later WCU), as well as biographical info about Dr. and Mrs. Leftwich and their son, Rodney H. Leftwich.

The Leftwich collection includes a wide array of items that link the family’s professional and personal lives. Box 1 holds numerous newspaper clippings, describing exhibits, projects and accomplishments of the WCC Industrial Arts Department. It also contains Rodney H. Leftwich’s high school yearbooks, WCU graduation commencement programs, and a folder on Cullowhee Methodist Church. Box 2 contains dozens of photographs taken by Dr. Leftwich of Cullowhee, WCC (WCU), and Industrial Arts Department activities.

The addition to this collection includes documentation, research materials, and draft manuscripts of Dr. Rodney L. Leftwich’s book, Arts and Crafts of the Cherokee, including an abstract, correspondence, and original photographs; essays on Cherokee Indian arts and crafts; publications and clippings on Cherokee arts and crafts; photographs and slides featuring Cherokee arts, crafts, and craftspeople; and three picture posters entitled “View of Campus from Faculty Hill".


  • 1954 - 2001


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Biographical / Historical

Dr. Rodney L. Leftwich was born January 22, 1917, in Columbiana, Alabama. Janie Allison Leftwich was born June 21, 1920, in Waverly, Tennessee. Both Dr. and Mrs. Leftwich lived in Nashville, TN, throughout their childhood. They were married on December 25, 1942, and moved to Cullowhee five years later, when Dr. Leftwich became WCTC’s first full-time industrial arts professor. Eventually, Dr. Leftwich became head of the Division of Fine Arts, Industrial Arts and Home Economics. He influenced the creation of new majors within the division and assisted in the planning of the Belk building to house the new programs. Mrs. Leftwich received both her B.S. and M.A. degrees from WCTC. She taught in the Jackson and Swain County Public School Systems before becoming an instructor in Art History at WCC in 1960.


1.25 Linear Feet

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Part of the Hunter Library - Special Collections Repository

Cullowhee United States