Accession: MSS 81-15
Inclusive dates: 1880-1955
Size of collection: 1 linear ft.
Robert Lee Madison (1867-1954) is credited as the founder of Western Carolina University. In 1889 he assumed charge of Cullowhee High School, later known as Cullowhee Normal & Industrial School, and served as the institution's president from 1889-1912 and again from 1920-1923. During the years between his two tenures at Cullowhee, Madison was a principal at schools in Jackson and Macon counties, North Carolina.
The collection contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, essays and poems by Madison, biographical materials, and items concerning Jackson County schools. Also in the collection are copies of a series of articles by Madison about his experiences as a teacher, entitled "Experiences of a Pedagogue in the Carolina Highlands," which were published in the Asheville Citizen (Asheville, N.C.) newspaper.