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Andrew P. Haywood papers

Identifier: MS0364

Scope and Contents

The Andrew P. Haywood Collection is a single file collection of papers assembled during the 1974-75 academic year in Charlotte, North Carolina; and concerns educational reform theory. It includes materials accumulated as the result of a number of conferences by teachers and principals who were involved in educational reform and open school theory; as well as Sam Haywood’s efforts to establish an open school curriculum within the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system.


  • Creation: 1974 - 1975


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical note

Andrew P. “Sam” Haywood was born to Edward Allie and Katherine Whatley Haywood on September 6, 1933, in Randolph County, North Carolina. He attended public schools, and later graduated from High Point College. He earned a master’s degree from Western Carolina College, and an Ed.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill. He spent a few years serving in the US Navy. Once out of the service, he taught school prior to becoming principal at four Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina Schools: Tuckaseegee, Coulwood, Independence, and West Charlotte. Later, he became an Area Superintendent. Haywood assisted in leading the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools through the turbulent years of desegregation. In 1959, he married Shirley Matheson Haywood, and with her had one daughter Anne Matheson Dirr. Haywood was very much interested in educational reform and alternate methods of education. In the 1970s, he along with several of his colleagues studied the idea of the “open school” system of education, accumulating a wide assortment of papers on the topic. In 1970, Haywood was presented an Oak Leaf Award from the North Carolina PTA. Haywood retired from education in 1992, but continued to serve on committees and support groups within the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system, as well as for the North Carolina Board of Education. In 1998, he earned the esteemed Order of the Long Leaf Pine award. Sam Haywood died in Charlotte, on February 1, 2006, at the age of seventy-two.

Historical note

The idea of the “open school” system was one that was popular in the early 1970s. There were various manifestations of this theme, but most could be thought of as “schools without walls,” and generally allowed for a system that was less structured than conventional schools. Many of these open schools did not have grades, and many abandoned the usual grading evaluation system. By the late 1970s, school systems had by-and-large given up on this approach to education.


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Papers of Andrew P. “Sam” Haywood, while the principal of West Charlotte High School documenting his advocacy of the open school philosophy in the 1974-75 academic year.


The collection is arranged into four series, with one series (Open School) that is further divided into subseries. The four series are: Correspondence, Open School, Optional School, Assorted.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired from Andrew P. Haywood, 2006.

Related Materials

Andrew P. Haywood Oral History Interviews ; Irwin Avenue Open School Collection (Mss 356)

Processing Information

Processed by Robert A. McInnes.

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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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