Office of the President/Chancellor Records: Dr. Robert Eugene Ward
Scope and Contents
This collection contains materials produced by the Office of the President during the tenure of Robert Eugene Ward, the second President of the North Carolina School of the Arts from 1967 to 1974. At the time of his appointment the school was newly-formed and President Ward was involved with many aspects of its administration. Files related to each of the Schools are included; Dance, Drama, Music, and Design and Production. Ward also oversaw the establishment of the high school Visual Arts program. Information about the school’s committees, development, student life, building projects, staffing, finances, and the International Music Program are included along with correspondence, memorandum, meeting minutes, press releases, and other documents.
- Creation: 1967- 1974
- University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Organization)
Biographical / Historical
Robert Ward was born in Cleveland, Ohio on September 13, 1917. He graduated from Eastman School of Music in 1939 and attended Juilliard for two years before joining the United States Army in 1942. While in the Army he directed the 7th Division Band, and was able to finish two compositions while stationed in the Philippines. He met his wife, Mary Benedict Ward, during this time while she was working for the Red Cross. Together, they had five children.
After leaving the Army, Ward returned to Juilliard and received his Artist Certificate in 1946. He taught at Juilliard from 1947-1956 and at Columbia University from 1946-1958. Ward received three Guggenheim Fellowships in 1950, 1951, and 1966, and was awarded a Pulitzer prize in 1962 for his operatic version of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.
Robert Ward moved to North Carolina in 1967 to serve as President of the North Carolina School of the Arts (NCSA) after the sudden death of Vittorio Giannini in 1966. When the school joined the University of North Carolina system in 1972, Ward’s title shifted from President to Chancellor. During his tenure he oversaw the establishment of the School of Design and Production, separate from the School of Drama, as well as the high school Visual Arts program. Ward served as the school’s top official for seven years, stepping down in 1974. Martin Sokoloff was named acting Chancellor, while Ward continued as a member of NCSA’s faculty. He left NCSA in 1979 when he became the Mary Duke Biddle Professor of Music at Duke University, a position he would hold for ten years. In 2011, Ward was presented with the National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honors award. His achievements also earned him four honorary doctorates from the Peabody Conservatory, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Duke University, and North Carolina State University. Robert Eugene Ward passed away in Durham, North Carolina on April 3, 2013 at the age of 95.
10.43 Linear Feet (25 document boxes)
Language of Materials
The Office of the President/Chancellor Records: Dr. Robert Eugene Ward collection contains materials produced by the Office of the President during the tenure of Dr. Robert Eugene Ward, the second President of the North Carolina School of the Arts from 1967 to 1974.
This collection is maintained in its original order with the creator’s containers and labels. This collection is divided into five series: 1. General subject files; 2. Correspondence; 3. Building and Renovation files; 4. In-School Department and Project files; and 5. University, State, and Federal files. These series are further divided into sub-series arranged by date. Within each sub-series files are held in alphabetical order.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Records transferred from the UNCSA Office of the President/Chancellor.
- Guide to the Office of the President/Chancellor Records: Dr. Robert Eugene Ward
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- Finding aid written in English.