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T. T. Hamilton Papers

Identifier: SC-MS-090

Scope and Contents

This collection contains primarily personal papers related to the professional career of Thomas T. Hamilton. Included in the collection is Hamilton's curriculum vitae, newspaper articles, photographs, a letter, and a typed report titled, "Our Challenging Vision," justifying the need to establish Wilmington College. Inclusive dates range from 1948-1989. The photographs in the collection are of John C. Hamilton standing next to a portrait of his father in the Trustee room of Alderman Hall, 1989. The newspaper articles in the collection include copies of clippings regarding Hamilton's career change in 1949 and two original articles on Wilmington College and the 25th anniversary of UNCW.


  • Creation: 1948-1989


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Copyright Statement

Copyright retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical Note

Thomas Tristam Hamilton was born in Dillon, South Carolina in 1900. He was educated in the public school systems of South Carolina and North Carolina. Hamilton attended Wake Forest College and received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1929. He worked as a teacher and principal in several high schools in North Carolina before coming to Wilmington. Hamilton served as the Principal of New Hanover High School from 1935 to 1949 and was also appointed Assistant Superintendent in charge of Secondary Education in New Hanover County. He was instrumental in the establishment of Wilmington College and served as its first President from 1947-1949. In 1949, Hamilton was appointed Director of Secondary Education for the Viriginia State Department of Education. When he retired in 1965, he was Director of Publication and Teaching Materials for the Virginia public school system.

Hamilton was married to Roberta C. Hamilton and the couple had one son, John C. Hamilton. He died in 1989.


1 Linear Feet (Contains 1 oversize box and 3 folders)

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This collection contains the personal papers of Thomas T. Hamilton, first President of Wilmington College and long time Principal of New Hanover High School. With inclusive dates of 1948-1989, the collection includes Hamilton's curriculum vitae, newspaper articles, photographs, a letter, and a typed report. These papers focus on Hamilton's career change in 1949 and his involvement with Wilmington College.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by John D. Hamilton in 1989.

Other Descriptive Information

Some of the items in this collection are photocopies of original documents.

Processing Information

In 2014, this manuscript collection was re-foldered and re-housed with current archival standard materials by Christine Hockaday.

T.T. Hamilton Papers
Rebecca A. Baugnon
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Repository Details

Part of the Randall Library Special Collections Repository