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Office of the Chancellor. John E. Thomas Records

Identifier: UA 03.002

Scope and Contents

In 1979 the UNC Board of Governors appointed John Edwin Thomas to the position of Chancellor of ASU, which he held until his retirement in 1993. The records, which cover the years of 1953 to 1996, contain items regarding the general administration of the University including files on departments and faculty; athletics and student organizations; University committees, councils, and task forces; the Chancellor's interaction with state and national associations and governing boards; and the administrative cabinet. They consist of administrative records and correspondence; Speeches; photographs, slides, and video recordings of campus events, and artifacts.

Additional materials include two video recordings of Chancellor Thomas' installation on September 14, 1979 and slides and color negatives of ASU campus activies, people, and commencement ceremonies.

An addition of personal papers include newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, NASA materials and ephemera, and publications relating to his employment at Appalachian State University, University of North Carolina, East Texas State and NASA.


  • 1953-1996


Access Restrictions

The following accession is restricted for personal information: UA.2005.315.


80.1 Linear Feet (14 boxes, 73 records cartons, 2 VHS tapes)

Language of Materials



John Edwin Thomas served as Chancellor of ASU from his appointment in 1979 to his retirement in 1993. The records contain information on the general administration of Appalachian State University, state governance, accreditation, academic programs, student life, and cultural events. His administration is known for capital improvements to the campus, increased faculty, and development of technological and communication infrastructure.

Physical Description



This collection's former unique identifier was UA 5003.
Office of the Chancellor. John E. Thomas Records
Norma Riddle
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Repository Details

Part of the Appalachian State University Special Collections Repository

218 College Street
Boone U.S.A. - North Carolina 28608-2026 United States
8282624975 (Fax)