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A History of the Creation of the Department of (Allied) Health Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill: Documents from the Archives

This guide details the winding history of the creation of the Department of Allied Health Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill, as determined by archival research. It reveals the people and processes involved along the way.

Created by Health Science Librarians

Documents from the Archives

Memo from Janice Westaby of the School of Public Health (SPH) details the January 6, 1967 meeting called by Dr. Miller. (Page 1)

1. Memo from Janice Westaby of the School of Public Health (SPH) dated January 9, 1967, details the January 6, 1967 meeting called by Dr. Miller. (Page 1)

Memo from Janice Westaby of SPH details the January 6, 1967 meeting called by Dr. Miller. (Page 2)

2. Memo from Janice Westaby of SPH dated January 9, 1967, details the January 6, 1967 meeting called by Dr. Miller. (Page 2)

Memo from Janice Westaby, SPH, discussing the meeting of February 8 which resulted in the University's Allied Health Committee. (Page 1)

3. Memo from Janice Westaby, SPH, dated February 9, 1967, discussing the meeting of February 8, which resulted in the University's Allied Health Committee. (Page 1)

Memo from Janice Westaby, SPH, discussing the meeting of February 8 which resulted in the University's Allied Health Committee. (Page 2)

4. Memo from Janice Westaby, SPH, dated February 9, 1967, discussing the meeting of February 8, which resulted in the University's Allied Health Committee. (Page 2)

Letter from C. Arden Miller recruiting members for the University's Allied Health Professions Committee. (Page 1)

5. Letter from C. Arden Miller dated February 13, 1967, recruiting members for the University's Allied Health Professions Committee. (Page 1)

Letter from C. Arden Miller recruiting members for the University's Allied Health Professions Committee. (Page 2)

6. Letter from C. Arden Miller dated February 13, 1967, recruiting members for the University's Allied Health Professions Committee. (Page 2)

Memo from Dean Mayes, SPH, about the submitted grant request for PL 89-751.

7. Memo from Dean Mayes, SPH, dated February 17, 1967, about the submitted grant request for PL 89-751.

Letter asking Dr. Boatman to serve as chairman on the new Allied Health Committee for the Planning Board.

8. Letter from Dr. Harvey Smith to Dr. Boatman dated January 3, 1969, asking Dr. Boatman to serve as, "chairman on a committee to review the Health Sciences program for allied health professions and to make suggestions concerning their future directions and organization."

Letter of reply in which Dr. Boatman accepts the position of chairman of the Allied Health Committee.

9. Letter of reply in which Dr. Boatman accepts the position of chairman of the Allied Health Committee.

Memo from Dr. Boatman detailing the new committee, their charge, and the members, with an invitation for opinions to be shared. (Page 1)

10. Memo from Dr. Boatman detailing the new committee, their charge, and the members, with an invitation for opinions to be shared. (Page 1)

Memo from Dr. Boatman detailing the new committee, their charge, and the members, with an invitation for opinions to be shared. (Page 2)

11. Memo from Dr. Boatman detailing the new committee, their charge, and the members, with an invitation for opinions to be shared. (Page 2)

12. Letter from Chancellor Miller commenting on procedures which could be handled through a School of Allied Health Sciences. 

Letter from Dr. Boatman, Chair of the Allied Health Committee, accompanying the final report of said committee in its submission to Dr. Harvey Smith, Chairman of the Divisional Planning Board of the Division of Health Sciences.

13. Letter from Dr. Boatman, Chair of the Allied Health Committee, accompanying the final report of said committee in its submission to Dr. Harvey Smith, Chairman of the Divisional Planning Board of the Division of Health Sciences.

Letter from Dr. Margaret Moore to Chancellor Sitterson, expressing the interest of the Physical Therapy Faculty in a School of Allied Health Sciences.

14. Letter from Dr. Margaret Moore to Chancellor Sitterson, expressing the interest of the Physical Therapy Faculty in a School of Allied Health Sciences.

Memo from Dr. Boatman to the Allied Health Committee informing them that the Dean's Cabinet of the School of Public Health took action in favor of a School of Allied Health Sciences.

15. Memo from Dr. Boatman to the Allied Health Committee informing them that the Dean's Cabinet of the School of Public Health took action in favor of a School of Allied Health Sciences.

Letter to Dr. Miller, Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences, from the Allied Health Committee.

16. Letter to Dr. Miller, Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences, from the Allied Health Committee.

Front page of the drafted final report on a potential School of Allied Health Sciences.

Front page of the drafted final report on a potential School of Allied Health Sciences.

Letter to Dr. Henry Boren, Secretary to the UNC Faculty, from Dr. Boatman anticipating a proposal for a new School of Allied Health Sciences being ready to submit to the Faculty Council at the start of the new year.

Letter to Dr. Henry Boren, Secretary to the UNC Faculty, from Dr. Boatman anticipating a proposal for a new School of Allied Health Sciences being ready to submit to the Faculty Council at the start of the new year. 

Memo from the Allied Health Advisory Committee from Dr. Boatman containing a progress report about the School of Allied Health proposal.

Memo from the Allied Health Advisory Committee from Dr. Boatman containing a progress report about the School of Allied Health proposal.

Title page of the official proposal for a School of Allied Health Sciences.

Title page of the official proposal for a School of Allied Health Sciences.

Minutes of the School of Medicine meeting concerning Allied Health Professions Programs - records the School of Medicine's decision to support a Department of Allied Health Professions instead of a School of Allied Health Sciences.

Minutes of the School of Medicine meeting concerning Allied Health Professions Programs - records the School of Medicine's decision to support a Department of Allied Health Professions instead of a School of Allied Health Sciences.

Letter to Dr. Sheps, Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences, repeating that the Allied Health Committee unanimously recommended a school, and that as an interim step the Office of Allied Health Sciences was created on August 1, 1970. (Page 1)

Letter to Dr. Sheps, Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences, repeating that the Allied Health Committee unanimously recommended a school, and that as an interim step the Office of Allied Health Sciences was created on August 1, 1970. (Page 1)

Letter to Dr. Sheps, Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences, repeating that the Allied Health Committee unanimously recommended a school, and that as an interim step the Office of Allied Health Sciences was created on August 1, 1970. (Page 2)

Letter to Dr. Sheps, Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences, repeating that the Allied Health Committee unanimously recommended a school, and that as an interim step the Office of Allied Health Sciences was created on August 1, 1970. (Page 2)

Letter to Dr. Sheps from Dr. Isaac Taylor, Dean of the School of Medicine, informing him that the Advisory Committee of the School of Medicine does not endorse a School of Allied Health Sciences, and instead recommends a Department of Allied Health Professions Programs in the School of Medicine. (Page 1)

Letter to Dr. Sheps from Dr. Isaac Taylor, Dean of the School of Medicine, informing him that the Advisory Committee of the School of Medicine does not endorse a School of Allied Health Sciences, and instead recommends a Department of Allied Health Professions Programs in the School of Medicine. (Page 1)

Letter to Dr. Sheps from Dr. Isaac Taylor, Dean of the School of Medicine, informing him that the Advisory Committee of the School of Medicine does not endorse a School of Allied Health Sciences, and instead recommends a Department of Allied Health Professions Programs in the School of Medicine. (Page 2)

Letter to Dr. Sheps from Dr. Isaac Taylor, Dean of the School of Medicine, informing him that the Advisory Committee of the School of Medicine does not endorse a School of Allied Health Sciences, and instead recommends a Department of Allied Health Professions Programs in the School of Medicine. (Page 2)

Letter of Reply from Dr. Sheps to Dr. Taylor expressing concern over Dr. Taylor's letter of May 20, 1971.

Letter of Reply from Dr. Sheps to Dr. Taylor expressing concern over Dr. Taylor's letter of May 20, 1971.

Letter of Reply from Dr. Taylor to Dr. Sheps confirming that the School of Medicine does not support a new School of Allied Health, and outlining some of those reasons.

Letter of Reply from Dr. Taylor to Dr. Sheps confirming that the School of Medicine does not support a new School of Allied Health, and outlining some of those reasons.

Letter of Reply from Dr. Sheps to Dr. Taylor, thanking him for the further information and informing him that the Chancellor wants to leave the decision about School vs. Department up to the next Chancellor, so nothing will really be done until next fall at the earliest.

Letter of Reply from Dr. Sheps to Dr. Taylor, thanking him for the further information and informing him that the Chancellor wants to leave the decision about School vs. Department up to the next Chancellor, so nothing will really be done until next fall at the earliest.

Memo to Chancellor Sitterson containing a letter from Dean Fordham detailing the School of Medicine's setting forth plans that would lead to adopting a separate department for Allied Health within that school. (Page 1)

Memo to Chancellor Sitterson containing a letter from Dean Fordham detailing the School of Medicine's setting forth plans that would lead to adopting a separate department for Allied Health within that school. (Page 1)

Memo to Chancellor Sitterson containing a letter from Dean Fordham detailing the School of Medicine's setting forth plans that would lead to adopting a separate department for Allied Health within that school. (Page 2)

Memo to Chancellor Sitterson containing a letter from Dean Fordham detailing the School of Medicine's setting forth plans that would lead to adopting a separate department for Allied Health within that school. (Page 2)

Letter to Dr. Cecil Sheps from Dean Fordham informing him that the Medical Faculty approved the proposal to establish a Department of Allied Health Professions within the School of Medicine.

Letter to Dr. Cecil Sheps from Dean Fordham informing him that the Medical Faculty approved the proposal to establish a Department of Allied Health Professions within the School of Medicine.

Letter to Lyle Jones, Dean of Graduate School from Dr. Margaret Moore, summarizing the graduate degrees that have been approved by the School of Medicine, but which cannot be activated until the Department of Medical Allied Health Professions has been established.

Letter to Lyle Jones, Dean of Graduate School from Dr. Margaret Moore, summarizing the graduate degrees that have been approved by the School of Medicine, but which cannot be activated until the Department of Medical Allied Health Professions has been established.

Letter of Reply to Dr. Margaret Moore from Lyle Jones, Dean of the Graduate School, informing Dr. Moore to expect delays in the authorization of new graduate degree programs until at least 1973.

Letter of Reply to Dr. Margaret Moore from Lyle Jones, Dean of the Graduate School, informing Dr. Moore to expect delays in the authorization of new graduate degree programs until at least 1973.

Note about telegram sent to the NIH from Dean Fordham announcing that the UNC Chancellor has approved the establishment of the Department of Medical Allied Health Professions in the School of Medicine.

Note about telegram sent to the NIH from Dean Fordham announcing that the UNC Chancellor has approved the establishment of the Department of Medical Allied Health Professions in the School of Medicine.

School of Medicine Course Bulletin for the 1973-1974 academic year, the first to include the officially established Department of Medical Allied Health Professions. (Page 1)

School of Medicine Course Bulletin for the 1973-1974 academic year, the first to include the officially established Department of Medical Allied Health Professions. (Page 1)

School of Medicine Course Bulletin for the 1973-1974 academic year, the first to include the officially established Department of Medical Allied Health Professions. (Page 2)

School of Medicine Course Bulletin for the 1973-1974 academic year, the first to include the officially established Department of Medical Allied Health Professions. (Page 2)

Documents List

  1. Memo from Janice Westaby of the School of Public Health (SPH) dated January 9, 1967, details the January 6, 1967 meeting called by Dr. Miller. (Page 1)
  2. Memo from Janice Westaby, SPH, dated January 9, 1967, details the January 6, 1967 meeting called by Dr. Miller. (Page 2)
  3. Memo from Janice Westaby, SPH, dated February 9, 1967, discussing the meeting of February 8, which resulted in the University's Allied Health Committee. (Page 1)
  4. Memo from Janice Westaby, SPH, dated February 9. 1967, discussing the meeting of February 8, which resulted in the University's Allied Health Committee. (Page 2)
  5. Letter from C. Arden Miller dated February 13, 1967, recruiting members for the University's Allied Health Professions Committee (Page 1)
  6. Letter from C. Arden Miller dated February 13, 1967, recruiting members for the University's Allied Health Professions Committee (Page 2)
  7. Memo from Dean Mayes, SPH, dated February 17, 1967, about the submitted grant request for PL 89-751..
  8. Letter from Dr. Harvey Smith to Dr. Boatman dated January 3, 1969, asking Dr. Boatman "to serve as chairman on a committee to review the Health Sciences program for allied health professions and to make suggestions concerning their future directions and organization."
  9. Letter of reply from Dr. Boatman to Dr. Harvey Smith dated January 9, 1969, agreeing, "to serve as chairman on a committee to review the health sciences programs for Allied Health Professions and to make suggestions concerning their future direction and organization."
  10. Memo from Dr. Boatman, Chairman of the Health Sciences Division Planning Board, dated April 15, 1969. (Page 1)
  11. Memo from Dr. Boatman dated April 15, 1969. (Page 2)
  12. Letter from Chancellor Miller to Dr. Harvey Smith dated April 16. 1969. 
  13. Letter from Dr. Boatman, Chair of the Allied Health Committee, accompanying the final report of said "Allied Health Committee" in its submission to Dr. Harvey Smith, Chairman of the Divisional Planning Board of the Division of Health Sciences, dated November 10, 1969.
  14. Letter from Dr. Margaret Moore to Chancellor Sitterson, dated January 21, 1970.
  15. Memo from Dr. Boatman to the Allied Health Committee, dated February 26, 1970.
  16. Letter to Dr. Miller, Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences, from the Allied Health Committee, dated June 11, 1970.
  17. Front page of the drafted final report on a potential School of Allied Health Sciences, dated June 1970.
  18. Letter to Dr. Henry Boren, Secretary to the UNC Faculty, from Dr. Boatman dated October 16, 1970. 
  19. Memo from the Allied Health Advisory Committee from Dr. Boatman dated March 10, 1971.
  20. Title page of the official proposal for a School of Allied Health Sciences, dated April 1971.
  21. Minutes of the School of Medicine meeting concerning Allied Health Professions Programs, dated April 9, 1971.
  22. Letter to Dr. Sheps, Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences, dated May 6, 1971.
  23. Letter to Dr. Sheps from Dr. Isaac Taylor, Dean of the School of Medicine, dated May 20, 1971. (Page 1)
  24. Letter to Dr. Sheps from Dr. Isaac Taylor, Dean of the School of Medicine, dated May 20, 1971. (Page 2)
  25. Letter of Reply from Dr. Sheps to Dr. Taylor dated May 24, 1971.
  26. Letter of Reply from Dr. Taylor to Dr. Sheps dated May 31, 1971.
  27. Letter of Reply from Dr. Sheps to Dr. Taylor, dated June 7, 1971.
  28. Memo to Chancellor Sitterson containing a letter from Dean Fordham dated November 30, 1971. (Page 1)
  29. Memo to Chancellor Sitterson containing a letter from Dean Fordham dated November 30, 1971. (Page 2)
  30. Letter to Dr. Cecil Sheps from Dean Fordham dated February 15, 1972.
  31. Letter to Lyle Jones, Dean of Graduate School from Dr. Margaret Moore, dated March 15, 1972.
  32. Letter of Reply to Margaret Moore from Lyle Jones, Dean of the Graduate School, dated March 17, 1972.
  33. Note from Lucia Hudson about telegram sent to the NIH from Dean Fordham, dated March 21, 1972.
  34. School of Medicine Course Bulletin for the 1973-1974 academic year, the first to include the officially established Department of Medical Allied Health Professions. (Page 1)
  35. School of Medicine Course Bulletin for the 1973-1974 academic year, the first to include the officially established Department of Medical Allied Health Professions. (Page 2)

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Relevant Administrators, 1966-1974

Over the course of the journey to improve the Allied Health programs at UNC, the occupants of major positions relevant to the important decision-making changed a few times. Listed below are the highest relevant positions with service time for each executive. The deans for each school reported to the Vice Chancellor for the Health Affairs Division, who in turn reported to the UNC Chancellor. Briefly, when Dr. Cecil George Sheps replaced Dr. C. Arden Miller in July 1970, the division was renamed the Health Sciences Division, but it returned to being called the Health Affairs Division in 1976.

UNC Chancellors

  • J. Carlyle Sitterson (1966 - January 1972)
  • N. Ferebee Taylor (January 1972 - 1980)

Vice Chancellor of Health Affairs

  • Dr. C. Arden Miller (July 1966 - June 1970)
  • Dr. Cecil George Sheps (July 1970 - December 1976) (as Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences)

Deans, School of Medicine 

  • Dr. Isaac M. Taylor (1964 - 1971)
  • Dr. Christopher C. Fordham III (1971 - 1979)

Deans, School of Public Health

  • Dr. Fred Mayes (1963 - 1972)
  • Dr. Bernard Greenberg (1972 - 1982)

Deans, School of Dentistry

  • Dr. James Wyatt Bawden (June 1966 - June 1974)