NCC Library Unveils Tim Valentine Collection
In 1944 he joined the Army Air Forces and served in the Pacific theater. After his military service he graduated from the Citadel Military Academy in Charleston, South Carolina and subsequently earned a Law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After Law School he joined the family law firm, The Valentine Firm, in Nashville, North Carolina.
Valentine began his political career in 1955 serving for five years in the North Carolina House of Representatives. He then served as an advisor to Governor Dan K. Moore, and as the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the North Carolina Democratic Party. In 1982, Valentine was elected to Congress as the Representative of North Carolina’s 2nd District. Valentine retired in 1995 after serving six terms.
Recalling his service with Congressman Valentine, former Senator A.B. Swindell said, “Tim Valentine did what was right for all people. He had everything it took to be a successful congressman.”
During the ceremony, Valentine’s wife, Barbara, shared that Congressman Valentine expressed his interest in preserving the history in the scrapbooks. NCC Trustee Jim Martin and President Emeritus Dr. Reid Parrott were instrumental in facilitating the donation of the collection.
“The conversation with Congressman Valentine continues through his legacy of memorabilia and treasures,” Dr. Deana Guido, NCC Associate Vice President of Transfer Initiatives said.
The Tim Valentine Study Room and material in the Nash Community College Library Archives are valuable resources for students and scholars doing research on the connections between local, state, and national politics and public service. Artifacts, photographs, scrapbooks, documents, and other primary sources that record the life and career of Tim Valentine are available for research upon request at the library service desk.