Harlan Brown becomes director of the library
Brown presided over many significant changes for the library, including its 1954 relocation from Brooks Hall to the facility where it remains today. The larger space provided Brown with the room to expand the collection from 50,000 to 500,000 volumes, construct a comprehensive scientific periodical collection, and acquire the renowned Tippman Collection of Entomology volumes. The enhanced D. H. Hill Library formed part of Brown's vision of a centralized campus library system. From 1942 to 1946, Brown took a leave of absence to serve in World War II. Brown became associate director in 1964 and retired in 1971.
Textile Library established
The Textiles Library is established, with Rachel Penn Lane as the first librarian. The Textiles Library was originally located in the main library, but relocated to Nelson Hall the following year (1945). The library was renamed the Burlington Textiles Library in 1954, when Burlington Industries funded its expansion.
Track team championship
The track team win their first Southern Conference championship (and repeat the following year, in 1952). They would also go on to win titles in the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1953 and 1954.
Cross Country team ACC champions
The State College Cross Country team became champions during the first year of the ACC. The team also won the ACC championship the following year in 1954.
Everett Case first named ACC Coach of the Year
The ACC named Case Coach of the Year in 1954. The organization awarded him again with this honor in 1955 and 1958.
Swimmer Dick Fadgen
Swimmer Dick Fadgen wins the first of seven NCAA and AAU individual championship swimming events between 1954 and 1956.
Stewart Theatre and Price Music Center dedicated
The two buildings were dedicated during a ceremony at which the North Carolina State University Symphony Orchestra and Choir presented a concert. The 816-seat theater had opened during the Fall 1972 semester. It was named for James Jackson Stewart, Jr., Dean of Student Affairs from 1954 to 1969.