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Department of Sociology and Social Work collection

Identifier: UA 09.13

Scope and Contents

The Department of Sociology and Social Work, including papers of Nancy Alice Kester Neale, contain mostly printed material, including reports or studies, correspondence, lists, articles, and especially minutes. Records include correspondence and proposals concerning the development and evolution of the Bachelor of Social Work degree program. The collection spans from 1979 to 1996.

The papers concentrate in two main areas: those dealing with the various aspects of the many committees and panels of which Neale was a member, and those directly dealing the formation of the Social Work Bachelorette Program at Appalachian State University. The papers concerning the committees are mostly comprised of minutes and notes. There are also several drafts of reports, letters, and resolutions. Neale’s particular interest can be deduced from articles (newspaper and journal materials) which she includes in the files. The papers detail the creation of the Social Work Program follow the process from inception to completion. There are numerous drafts, reports, and memos that create a multi-faceted backdrop of information through which the history and direction of the Social Work Program may be better understood.

The collection also contains files pertaining to the Ford Venture Grant, which was a $200,000 award intended to give more support to the innovation of new techniques in undergraduate education. Also included are numerous reports from various departments on faculty and students' individual projects and proposals for the use of funds allotted to their respective areas.


  • 1969-1996, Undated
  • Majority of material found within 1980 - 1996




Access Restrictions

Most of this collection, Series I through Series IV, are restricted due to Deed of Gift, which says handwritten notes and memos should be cleared with donor, Nancy Kester Neale, before public access allowed. There are no restrictions on the Ford Venture Grant, Series V, which is open for public use and research in the Dougherty Reading Room, Special Collections, Belk Library and Information Commons

Historical Note

In 1965, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology was formed, however, in 1979, Sociology became its own department. In 1989, a degree in Social Work was added and the department became known as the Department of Sociology and Social Work. On July 1, 2008, the Department of Sociology and Social Work was divided into two separate departments: the Department of Sociology and the Department of Social Work. The Department of Sociology is housed within the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Social Work is in the College of Health Sciences.

The Department of Sociology offers both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree. Students in the B.S. program can concentrate in the areas of Applied Research Methods, Criminology and Social Control, Family Development, Gerontology, Legal Studies, Habitation Studies, Social Inequality, and Social Science Teaching. The Department of Sociology also offers an MA in Gerontology and an online graduate certificate in Gerontology. The Department of Social Work offers both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Social Work.

Dr. Nancy Alice Kester Neale was born in Nasheville, Tennessee, on April 7, 1934. She earned her A.B. degree from Oberlin College, Ohio, in 1956. Dr. Neale, in 1970 and 1977, then obtained her M.A. and D.S.W. (Doctor of Social Work) degrees from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Neale spent several years spearheading social initiatives within her Salt Lake City and Boone communities before joining the faculty of Appalachian State University in August 1978 in the Department of Sociology.

Retiring in 1998, Dr. Neale taught at ASU for a career of twenty years. Some of her major accomplishments are: chair of the faculty senate from 1981-83; she designed and implemented the undergraduate social work program; chair; the North Carolina chapter of the National Association of Social Workers from 1989 to 1991; chair of the High Country United Way in 1998; and Neale has volunteered for many other community programs such as The Hunger Coalition, Hospice of the Boone Area, and the Blue Ridge Dispute Settlement Center.


10 Linear Feet (20 standard archival boxes)


The Department of Sociology and Social Work existed from 1989 to 2008 when it became two separate departments: the Department of Sociology and the Department of Social Work. This collection includes correspondence and proposals concerning the development and evolution of the Bachelor of Social Work degree program, as led by Nancy K. Neale. This collection also includes materials on Ford Venture Grant, which assisted the funding the social work program.


This collections is divided into five different series and organized first, alphabetically, and then chronologically by date. Series I: Development of the Social Work Degree Program led by Dr. Neale spanning the years 1969-1995 with the bulk of the material from the mid-1980s. Arrangement is alphabetical and then by date; Series II: Campus committees, task forces and organizations on which Dr. Neale served or attended, arranged alphabetically and then by date; Series III: Minutes of ASU Faculty Senate, ASU Board of Governors, and UNC Faculty Assembly on which Dr. Neale served or attended. Arrangement is alphabetical and then by date; Series IV: Personal Papers, including correspondence and reference material, arranged alphabetical; Series V: Ford Venture Grant material from 1972-1975, which includes correspondence, reports, budget material, minutes, news releases. Arranged by original order. Approximately the second half of Series V is made up of reports for grant proposals submitted by various ASU offices and departments, mainly from 1975.




Materials were accessioned and transferred from University Records.


This collection's previous identifier was UA 5039.

Processing Information

The collection was originally accessioned by Kendall Reese. This collection was reprocessed by Mark Brittain, October 2015.

Kendall Reese and Mark Brittain
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository