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Culp, Delos Poe



  • Existence: 1911 - 2000


Delos P. Culp was born on July 26, 1911 in Clanton, Alabama, the son of Daniel and Lela Popwell Culp. He attended the public schools of Chilton County and graduated from Isabella High School, Maplesville, Alabama. From 1933-34, he attended Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama and earned a normal diploma. In 1937 he earned a B.S. degree from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama and a M.S. in 1940 from the same institution.

Culp's teaching experience began in Chilton County in a one-room school. Over the years he advanced in the educational system of the county until he became superintendent of schools in 1942. Resigning as superintendent in 1946, he became a member of the professional staff of the Alabama State Department of Education. In 1949, Culp continued his education by receiving the Ed. D. degree from Columbia University in New York City. He also was a General Education Board Fellow at Columbia and received a grant to study public education at all levels in 17 states. After serving as associate professor and professor of education at Auburn University, 1951-1954, Culp assumed the presidency of Livingston State College at Livingston, Alabama, where he remained until he became president of Alabama College (now University of Montevallo), Montevallo, Alabama in 1963. On February 1, 1968, Culp became president of East Tennessee State University. He retired in 1977.

During his educational career Culp held many offices. Included among these are the following: director of the Alabama Education Commission for the Alabama State Legislature, 1957-59; member of a special study of public education in the Philippines, 1959-60; president of the Alabama Association of College Administrators, 1960; special consultant to the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, for Appraisal and Development of Programmed Learning, 1960-61; chair of the Alabama Education Association Policies Commission, 1960-62; and chair of the National Commission on Safety Education, 1965. Culp is an authority on pupil transportation and has made a national contribution in this field. He is the co-author of two works in this field: An Administrator's Handbook of School Transportation (1949) and Pupil Transportation (1953).

For many years Culp has been an active lay leader in the United Methodist Church and has held many offices in its local, state, and national organizations. He is a member and has held offices in a number of educational organizations and professional societies at both the state and national level. In Johnson City he has been a director of First Peoples Bank, a national committee chair of Exploring Boy Scouts of America, and a member of the National Commission on Safety Education. Culp is married to the former Martha Edwardine Street of Gadsden, Alabama. They have three children: Martha Jean, James and John.

Found in 10 Collections and/or Records:

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UnivRec-0168

The records are divided into four series: Series 1, General Office Files; Series 2, Chairmen's Council Minutes; Series 3, Professional Load Reports; and Series 4, Graduate Assistant Files. In Series 1 the files for the 1972-1973 academic year are missing, and in Series 3 reports for 1971-1972 are missing.

Dates: 1951-1981; 1962-1981

Frank B. Williams, Jr. Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UnivRec-0345

The collection is divided into the following series: Series 1, Graduate School Coursework, 1939-49; Series 2, Office Files, 1949-79; Series 3, Teaching, 1949-88; Series 4, Research, 1949-89; Series 5, A University's Story, 1911-1980; Series 6, Professional Service, 1949-88; and Series 7, Other Materials, 1941-92.

Dates: 1941-1942

James H. Quillen College of Medicine Records

Identifier: UnivRec-0822
Scope and Contents The bulk of the College of Medicine Records concerns the campaign to establish a freestanding medical school in Johnson City, TN in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The collection consists of newspaper clippings, reports commissioned by East Tennessee State University and others concerning the establishment of a second state funded medical school, correspondence, photographs, blueprints and all related to the establishment of the Quillen College of Medicine. Former ETSU President, D.P....
Dates: 1966-2005

John L. Kiener Papers

Identifier: AppMs-0290
Scope and Contents The John L. Kiener Papers date from 1931 to 1987. With the exception of the first series, Correspondence (which spans Kiener's career), the series are divided functionally in relation to his personal interests and activities pertaining to his career in law. These series essentially are arranged chronologically; however, the dates overlap to some extent.The majority of the papers were selected by Kiener to provide a look at the complexities of the General Session Courts. It shows...
Dates: 1931-1987

Office of the President: Delos P. Culp

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UnivRec-0095
Scope and Contents The Delos P. Culp Records contain correspondence; financial records including budgets, audits and receipts; annual reports; committee minutes and reports; legal documents including deeds, contracts and land appraisals; university and professional publications; and newsclippings. The collection focuses on the operation of East Tennessee State University and Culp's role as president of the institution. The papers also deal with Culp's relationship with local, county, state and national...
Dates: 1924-1974

Office of the Vice-President for Academic Affairs Records

 Collection — Other Box 1-14: [Barcode: aspace.r.440.other.Box 1-14]
Identifier: UnivRec-0261

The collection is divided into four series: Series 1, General Office Files, Series 2, President's Council Minutes, Series 3, Academic Council Minutes, and Series 4, Curriculum Committee Minutes.

Dates: 1950-1990

School of Graduate Studies Records

Identifier: UnivRec-0187
Scope and Contents The School of Graduate Studies Records contain general incoming and outgoing correspondence and memoranda, financial documents, committee minutes, reports, newsclippings, and photographs relating to the graduate office's operation and interaction with professional organizations and campus departments and offices. The records also include departmental files which focus on curricula requirements, recruitment of students, enrollment, and accreditation. Materials relating to students include...
Dates: 1950-1984; Majority of material found within 1970 - 1983

Sherrod Library Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UnivRec-0002

The collection is arranged into 8 series: Series 1, Correspondence, 1936-1977; Series 2, Book Collections and Funds, 1959-1971; Series 3, Library Reports and Studies, 1938-1970; Series 4, Status and Work of Librarians, 1969-1977; Series 5, Library Subject Files, 1941-1977; Series 6, Financial Records, 1912-1973; Series 7, Personnel Records, 1960-1970s; Series 8, Library Addition, 1964-1967.

Dates: 1912-1977; 1936-1977

Thomas Nance Daniel Photographs

 Collection — Other Box 1
Identifier: UnivRec-0050
Scope and Contents

The photographs in this collection depict a number of subjects, including World War II, Appalachian landscapes, events, individuals, and buildings at ETSU, and portraits.

Dates: 1944-1967

University Photograph Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UnivRec-0066
Arrangement The collection is divided into three subgroups: Subgroup 1, University Affairs Archives (UAA), 1965-1986; Subgroup 2, University Photographic Archives (UPA), 1911-88; and Subgroup 3, The Buccaneer Photographs, 1987-90. UAA is subdivided into three series according to material type: Series 1, Negatives, 1965-86 and undated; Series 2, Contacts, 1965-86; and Series 3, Miscellaneous Materials, 1968 and undated. UPA is divided into four series according to type of...
Dates: 1911 - 1999

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Corporation records 4
Photographs 4
Publications (document genre) 3
Blueprints (reprographic copies) 2
College students -- Recruiting 2