Guide to the Ila T. Justice Papers, 1948-1988

Summary Information

Title: Ila T. Justice Papers, 1948-1988
Collection: UA.5096
Extent: 0.5 linear feet (1 box)

Ila Taylor Justice (b. 1914), came to Appalachian State Teachers College (ASTC) in 1949, after she accepted a position in the Library Science Department, which later became the Department of Educational Media. The papers include correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings, ASTC publications, and ephemera.

Creator: Justice, Ila Taylor

Biographical/Historical Note

Ila Taylor Justice (b. 1914), the eldest of three children, was born September 22, 1914 to Sallie Henry and Everett Allen Taylor.

Justice began her undergraduate education in 1932 at Lees-McRae Junior College. She later transferred to Berea College in Kentucky, where she received her A. B. degree in 1936. After graduation, she accepted a position at Westchester County Schools in New York. In 1941 she received her B. S. L. S. from George Peabody College and then accepted a position as librarian and teacher at Pleasant Hill Academy in Tennessee. In 1944 Justice took a position at Eastern Illinois State University. During her tenure at Eastern Illinois she attended summer sessions at George Peabody College and earned her M S. L. S. degree 1947.

Justice’s career at Appalachian State Teachers College began in 1949 (Appalachian State University in 1967), after she accepted a position in the Library Science Department, which later became the Department Educational Media. Shortly after her arrival at ASTC, she met and married John Mitchell Justice who taught history at ASTC until his death in 1963. Justice served as chairperson of the Library Science Department for sixteen years, until 1965, and as acting chairperson in 1973-1974. In 1973 Justice earned her Ed. S. from ASU in elementary education and reading. In 1976 she received the Outstanding Teaching Award from the ASU’s College of Learning and Human Development. The Ila T. Justice Annual Lecture Series was established in her honor in 1979 and in 1980 she received North Carolina’s Mary Peacock Douglas Award for outstanding contributions to school librarianship. Justice retired on July 1, 1980 and was honored at spring commencement as Chief Faculty Marshall. In 1981, for her contributions to ASU, the Ila Justice-Eunice Query Instructional Materials Center was named in her honor of Justice and her colleague Eunice Query.

Scope and Contents

This accession includes correspondence to Ila Taylor Justice and John Mitchell Justice. Mrs. Justice was a professor in the Department of Education Media at Appalachian State Teachers College for thirty-one years. Mr. Justice taught history at Appalachian until his death in 1963. Also included are newspaper clippings, memos, alumni publications, honors programs, and other memorabilia concerning the Justices' time at Appalachian State Teachers College.


This collection is arranged alphabetically by subject.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room without restrictions.

Acquisitions Information

Donated by Ila T. Justice.

Processing Information

Processed by Kelly R. Grimm, 2011.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], UA.5096: Ila T. Justice Papers, University Archives, Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C., USA.

Container List

“Alumni Magazine,” Vol. 1, No. 2 1957  Box 1.1
“AMA Newsletter” (Appalachian Media Alumni) 1982-1988  Box 1.2
Audio-Visual for Teachers and Administrators Handbook  Box 1.3
Biographical Sketch  Box 1.4
Book Review by John M. Justice of “The County of Moore, 1847-1947” by Manley Wade Wellman 1962  Box 1.5
Books Donated to the Justice-Query Instructional Materials Center  Box 1.6
Bulletin, Faculty Publications, ASTC 1962  Box 1.7
“A Christmas Story” told by Ila Taylor Justice (audio cassette recording)  Box 1.8
Correspondence, John M. Justice 1948-1952  Box 1.9
Correspondence, Personal 1979  Box 1.10
Correspondence, Professional 1967-1987  Box 1.11
“Emphasis” Newsletter, Reich College of Education  Box 1.12
Ephemera: Circus of Children’s Books Workshop Program 1973  Box 1.13
Ephemera: Commencement Programs  Box 1.14
Ephemera: Flyers  Box 1.15
Ephemera: Inauguration of William Howard Plemmons Program 1956  Box 1.16
Ephemera: Invitations, Programs, and Brochures  Box 1.17
“Faculty Evaluation" 1970-1971  Box 1.18
History of the Dept. of Educational Media Librarianship and Instructional Technology Box 1.19
Ila T. Justice Annual Lecture Series  Box 1.20
Ila T. Justice-Eunice Query Instructional Materials Center  Box 1.21
Justice-Query Instructional Materials, Curriculum Laboratory  Box 1.22
Library Education in North Carolina 1955  Box 1.23
A Listing of Activities and Accomplishments of Ila T. Justice 1976  Box 1.24
Memo on the Future Needs of the Library Science Dept. 1986  Box 1.25
Newspaper Clippings and Magazine Articles  Box 1.26
Newspaper Clippings, Ila T. Justice 1973-1979  Box 1.27
Report on the History and Development of the Library Science Dept. 1963  Box 1.28
Resolution in Honor of Ila Taylor Justice 1979  Box 1.29