- Adams and Swift Family Papers, 1856-1928
George Mott Swift (ca. 1823-1883), a merchant in Yanceyville, Caswell County, was married in 1856 to Isabella Crane Lowndnes (d.1934). Their daughter, Lizzie Lowndes, married Spencer Bell Adams (1861-1943) in 1884. Adams had studied at the Dick and Dillard Law School at Greensboro, where he received his license to practice law in 1882 before establishing his practice in Yanceyville. There he held several positions, including that of elected clerk of the Superior Court of Caswell County. By 1899 Adams and his family were living in Greensboro, where he practiced law, and served as chairman of the state Republican Party, 1905-1910. Their six children included Joseph Allen Adams (1893-1939), also an attorney, who enlisted for military service 27 June 1917, then trained and served until 1919 at various U.S. Army camps and forts throughout the Southeast. The younger Adams was in demand during the 1920s as a speaker at area patriotic and veterans' events. Papers include letters, telegrams, military certificates and forms, clippings, and speeches to patriotic and veterans groups, etc., clippings, and a small quantity of correspondence and estate, land, and legal papers involving the Swift, and related families of Yanceyville, Caswell County; Greensboro, Guilford County. The earliest documents concern parcels of land that Joseph M. Swift purchased from heirs of Elijah Graves and from Virginia (Graves) McDonald, for property in Yanceyville of her mother, the late Ann (Lea) Graves, 1856-1883. (1 box, .33 cubic feet)
- Albers, Anni, Collection, 1937-1966
The Anni Albers Collection consists primarily of booklets, leaflets, and articles on the art of pictorial weaving as seen in the work of Anni Albers. Many items reflect her creative efforts at Black Mountain College, while others are of a more recent period. The collection also includes speeches concerning Black Mountain College, clippings from American and German newspapers on exhibitions by Anni Albers, biographical notes and comments on design. [Note: this collection has moved to the Western Regional Archives. A complete list of collections (PDF) moved to the Western Regional Archives is available online; visit our blog for more information.]
- Albright-Dixon Papers, 1812-1933
William Albright (1791-1856) lived in Chatham County and was a landowner, slave-owner, merchant and state senator. Thomas Dixon (d. 1899) owned the Dixon Manufacturing Company in Snow Camp, North Carolina. He married William Albright's daughter Eleanor and they had three daughters. Papers include correspondence, various receipts and invoices, newspaper clippings and other items concerning the temperance and prohibition movements, advertisements for Snow Camp Woolen Mills, and miscellaneous papers.
- Ashby, Sylvia Girsh, Collection, 1946 - 1950
Sylvia Girsh (subsequently Mrs. Cliff Ashby) was a student at Black Mountain College during the late 1940s. Black Mountain College was an experimental school located in Black Mountain, N.C. Established in 1933 by John A. Rice and others, the purpose of the college was to educate the whole person, with an emphasis on the role of the arts and creative thinking. The Sylvia Girsh Ashby Collection is a small collection of memorabilia relating to Black Mountain College during the years 1946-1948 including photographs, college publications, and an obituary. (16 items, 2 of which are duplicates) [Note: this collection has moved to the Western Regional Archives. A complete list of collections (PDF) moved to the Western Regional Archives is available online; visit our blog for more information.]
- Aycock, Charles Brantley, Collection, 1880-1959
Charles Brantley Aycock, known as the educational governor of North Carolina, was, born in 1859 in Wayne County. After graduating from the University of North Carolina in three years, he began to practice law in Goldsboro in 1881. In 1900 he was elected governor on a platform of white supremacy and the promise of an improved educational system in North Carolina. After his term as governor, he resumed his law practice in Goldsboro and later in Raleigh. He returned to political life in 1911 by announcing his candidacy for the United States Senate, but he died suddenly on April 4, 1912, while making a speech in Birmingham, Alabama. Although the Charles Aycock Collection contains a few Aycock Papers, Clarence Poe accumulated the great majority of the material. Poe was married to Aycock's daughter Alice and was instrumental in establishing various memorials to the former governor. Poe's papers in connection with these projects form most of the collection. The Aycock papers in the collection include correspondence, speeches, letter press books, transcripts of a trial, and miscellaneous notes made by Aycock.
- Bacot, R. H., Letters, 1864 - 1865
Richard H. Bacot served as an officer of C.S.S. Charleston and C.S.S. Neuse during the Civil War. His letters describe military operations in and around Kinston, N.C., during 1864 and early 1865.
- Bain, John C., Papers, 1862 - 1930
The papers of John C. Bain (Aug. 14, 1862 - Sept. 11, 1930), farmer and rural mail carrier, are not of particular importance as they relate to his own cotton crops and truck garden produce. However, his involvement in the cooperative movement among farmers that gave rise to the Farmers' State Alliance and the Cotton Growers' Cooperative Association produced papers of historical interest, in part because Bain was active at every level of the alliance movement. The personal papers fall naturally into three categories: Bain's personal papers; Bain's papers concerning the Farmers' Alliance (state, county, and sub--alliance); and Bain's papers concerning the Cumberland County Cotton Growers' Association.
- Ballentine, L. Y., Papers, 1941 - 1964, 1966
Lynton Yates "Stag" Ballentine was born on a farm in Wake County on April 6, 1899. After graduating from Wake Forest College, Ballentine returned home to help operate the family dairy. He was active in the North Carolina Democratic Party, serving in the North Carolina State Senate, as lieutenant governor, and Commissioner of Agriculture, a position he held until his death in 1964. The bulk of this collection consists of Ballentine's private papers (1949-1964), although the collection deals indirectly with Ballentine's duties as Commissioner of Agriculture and could be classified as semi-official in some cases. Includes correspondence (political, social and agricultural in nature); newspaper clippings; materials related to integration at Wake Forest College (1960-1963), an expansion program for Meredith College (1959), and organizations that Ballentine was active in; also includes a scrapbook (1949-1953).
- Barbour, Ruth Peeling, Papers, 1680 - 2002
Ruth Peeling Barbour (1924- ), newspaper editor and author, was the editor of The Beaufort News (Beaufort, N. C.) and continued in that capacity after the paper merged with another newspaper to form the Carteret County News-Times. She commenced writing a weekly column in 1952, and continued doing so for a quarter of a century after her retirement as editor in 1975. Mrs. Barbour's papers include general and special correspondence and clippings relating to the newspaper and to local and regional matters; correspondence, research notes, and drafts relating to her historical novel, Cruise of the Snap Dragon and a projected sequel to it; copies of six of her historical dramas, and a few representative articles written by her.
- Barnes and Bardin Account Books, 1839-1843 (pdf)
The Barnes and Bardin establishment opened in the community of Black Creek, Wayne County (present-day Wilson County) at the close of 1839. Soon afterwards, Black Creek became a post office and a station on the Wilmington and Weldon Rail Road. It appears that the principal partners were Bunyan Barnes and possibly Arthur Bardin, Sr. These four volumes represent transactions of a store dealing with groceries, hardware, and general merchandise. They list purchases by individual customers. Items purchased included cloth, ready-to-wear clothing, sewing essentials, buttons, jewelry, toiletries, paper, ink, food staples, spices, fish, pork, candies, spirits, and tobacco. Postage and taxes were also paid at this site. Attached to this finding aid is a table of names of customers of the Barnes and Bardin store. This is a sampling of names found in the four ledgers in the collection. Particular care has been given to list female customers, since women were not enumerated by name in the 1840 Census. (4 bound volumes)
- Bell-Pearsall Papers, 1795 - 1936
Virginia C. Pearsall (1840-1884) of Mount Olive, N.C., was the wife of L. G. Pearsall (1843-1883). Robert R. Bell was the administrator of Virginia Pearsall's estate. In this collection, 115 items concern the estate of Virginia C. Pearsall and 37 items relate to the Bell family of Sampson County, North Carolina.
- Bensen Aircraft Corporation Papers, 1966 - 1973
In 1953 Russian immigrant Igor B. Bensen realized his dream of establishing his own aircraft company. At the invitation of North Carolina state officials, Bensen formed the Bensen Aircraft Corporation near the Raleigh-Durham Airport with the goals of developing safe, light-weight, rotary-wing aircraft for both construction and use by private individuals. By April of 1954, Bensen had completed the first gyro-glider and was making towed flights with this prototype. The gyro-copter, a powered version of the glider, was first flown on December 6, 1955. This collection includes promotional material relating to the gyro-copter, a manual for building and operating the gyro-glider, and 6 double oversize technical drawings for Model B-8 of the Bensen Gyro-glider
- Bizzell Copybook, 1831 - 1861
Samuel Bizzell (1798-1871), a native of Johnston County, was a farmer, as had been his father before him. This manuscript exercise book, which Bizzell called his "cyphering book," appears to have been made between 1812 and 1814 when Bizzell was a teenager. It contains rules and examples for commercial arithmetic.
- Black Mountain College Miscellaneous Collection, 1943 - 1945, 1975 - 2007
The Black Mountain College Miscellaneous Collection includes various materials that are related to Black Mountain College but are not part of the college records, the Black Mountain College Research Project, or other collections donated by individuals connected with Black Mountain. The collection includes general information about the college's origins and educational philosophy, copies of original college publications, photographs, memoirs and printed materials dealing with either the college or with people associated with it. (ca. 70 items) [Note: this collection has moved to the Western Regional Archives. A complete list of collections (PDF) moved to the Western Regional Archives is available online; visit our blog for more information.]
- Blair, Roberta, Collection, 1944
Roberta Blair attended Black Mountain College (Black Mountain, North Carolina) during the first Summer Art Institute which was held July 16-September 15, 1944. The letters and accompanying photographs and slides which make up this collection reflect her experiences during that period. (27 items, including 6 letters, 8 color slides, 5 black and white photographs, 4 printed photographs, 4 8x10 black and white photographs) [Note: this collection has moved to the Western Regional Archives. A complete list of collections (PDF) moved to the Western Regional Archives is available online; visit our blog for more information.]
- Blue Ridge Parkway Photograph Collection, 1931-1959
14 photo boxes (includes photographs and negatives), 5 drop boxes (includes index cards describing the photographs). The Blue Ridge Parkway was built to connect Shenandoah and The Great Smokey Mountains National Parks. Construction began in 1935 by the Public Works Administration. It was completed in 1987. The photographs document the construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway between 1935 and 1959. Photographs from 1931-1933 include the construction of Skyline Drive, used as a model for the Blue Ridge Parkway.
- Boon, James Papers, 1829-1853, n.d.
James Boon (1808-?), a free African American of Franklin County, N.C., was apprenticed to William Jones, a carpenter, June 16, 1827, and was freed from this apprenticeship in September, 1829. He thereafter worked as a carpenter in Louisburg, Littleton, Wilmington, and Raleigh. The papers include both professional and personal correspondence as well as accounts, bills, receipts, and other documents. (192 items)
- Brown, Henry N., Blotter, January - September 1872
Henry Nichols Brown (1831-1908) had a general mercantile business in Hillsborough during the post Civil War years. This single volume (blotter book) is all that survives as a record of the business. Transactions reflect the groceries, oil, ready made clothing, piece goods, notions, powder, shot, shoes, coffin trimmings, and so forth that made up his stock in trade.
- Brown, Hewitt A., Cumberland and Harnett County Collection (pdf)
Collection concerns some individuals and families (surnames include Johnson, McKethan, Kelly, Dickson, and Buie) who lived Cumberland County during the antebellum era; and some who lived in Harnett County (post-1855), after its formation from the northern portion of Cumberland. In contrast to the earlier era when farming the land was the chief occupation, the collection includes some material from the Gifford family, with members who had seen military service, from World War II on. Like many, they had strong connections, not only to family, but also to the U.S. Army installation of Fort Bragg, and eventually settled in the environs, in Harnett County. Papers include land grants; indentures; tax and other receipts; miscellaneous materials; and two slave bills of sale of a young boy named Gim, and a girl named Patsy. Apparently unrelated to these early families is a small quantity of additional material (photographs, negatives, certificates, etc.) concerning the Gifford family, whose members saw U.S. Army military service from World War II until circa 1980. (1 box)
- Brumit, Susan Greer Ray Vance, Journals, 1951 - 1989
Susan Greer Ray Vance Brumit (1909-1990), wife, mother, and homemaker, was born in Elk Park, Avery County, North Carolina. She was the daughter of Thomas Jefferson Ray (1872-1941), owner of a chemical company in Elk Park, and Cordelia Green Morphew (1875-1934). At sixteen she married Thomas Beauregard Vance, Jr. of Plumtree, NC, and in 1928 she gave birth to their son Thomas Beauregard Vance, III. She left her first husband in or after 1931 and, sometime during the mid-1930s, she married her second husband, Captain Philip I. Brumit. The collection includes 31 volumes of journals (6 of which are unbound) and 31 manuscript/printed items. Mrs. Brumit's journals begin in 1951 and end in 1989; she used them to express her opinions and musings on a number of topics, whether family members, relations with neighbors, social trends, economic conditions, political events, or religious matters.
- Byrne, Matthew and Margaret, Account Book, 1761-1864 (pdf)
Matthew and Margaret Kelley Byrne operated a general store in Bladen County from approximately 1761 to 1789. The Byrne family kept a record of slave births from 1762 to 1862.This volume is a ledger and day book which lists transactions of Matthew and Margaret Byrne’s establishment. The proprietors offered a host of goods and services to settlers and travelers along the Northwest Cape Fear River in Bladen County during colonial and Revolutionary times. Merchandise included foodstuffs, herbal remedies, cloth, apparel, Finding Aid of the Matthew and Margaret Byrne Account Book, 1761-1864 and hardware. Hostelry, hauling, and moving services were supplied. Attached to this finding aid are two tables of names. The first is a record of customers from 1761 to 1789. The second is a record of slave births from 1762 to 1862. (1 volume)
- Buchanan, James P., Papers, 1919 - 1926
James P. Buchanan was a member of Macon Local Union of the North Carolina Division of the Farmers' Educational and Cooperative Union. The collection consists of seven items, including a volume of minutes, 1919-1923, of the Wendell Farmers' Union Cooperative Warehouse; a memorandum book and five leaves from a farm account book, with information on the Buchanan farm near Wendell, N.C., 1923-1926.
- Burns, Adelphos J., Papers, 1859 - 1864
Adelphos ("Dell") J. Burns was the son of William T. and Emily A. Burns of Chatham County. He enlisted in Company G, 48th Regiment, N.C. Troops, on March 1, 1862. Although he disliked infantry service, he continued to serve in the 48th Regiment until the end of August, 1864, exchanging at that time into Company D, 3d N.C. Cavalry. This collection includes letters, a weaving draft, one pencil drawing, medical notes, a newspaper clipping, and several envelopes. Of the 29 Civil War letters in the collection, 25 were written by Adelphos J. Burns to his parents; three were written to him by his parents; and one was written by N. R. Harris of the Partisan Rangers at Kinston to Henry Addison Burns. Adelphos J. Burns appears to have meant to write to his parents fortnightly, though there must have been times when that was not possible. Consequently, the quality of the letters varies with the amount of news available during the week in which he was writing, or goings-on in North Carolina that merited his comment.
- Burroughs Family Papers, 1859 - 1930
William L. Burroughs, son of Basil and Rebecca M. (Turner) Burroughs enlisted with his brother Charles G., in Company B, 12th N.C. Regiment on April 26, 1861. He was sick in the hospital at Petersburg in May 1862, and both boys were furloughed home on sick leave from 1862 into 1863, Charles G. returned to his regiment in April 1863, but William L. was at home from May 28, 1862 until Aug. 2, 1863 at which time he was reported as absent without leave from his regiment. Papers of two generations of the Burroughs family of Granville/Warren County. The seventeen items dating from 1859 through 1878 relate to William Luther Burroughs (born Oct 1836), and the remaining items dating from 1892 to 1930 relate to his son William J. Burroughs (born 1875) and family connections.
- Burton, Annie Laurie, Letters, 1942 - 1945, 1948 - 1949
Annie Laurie Burton, a native of Prospect Hill, Caswell County, began her career as an elementary school teacher. When the United States entered World War II, Burton trained as a field officer in the American Red Cross military welfare service and served in several arenas until the war's end. From 1948-1950, Burton worked with U.S. Army Special Services in occupied Germany. The collection includes primarily letters Burton wrote home from her overseas posts. However, the collection contains nine letters Burton wrote during 1942 from various sites in the United States during her training and preparation for work overseas. The collection also includes approximately fourteen photographs, taken primarily overseas.
- Bynum Family Papers, 1850 - 1914, 1946, 1980
This small collection of papers relates primarily to the family of Joseph H. M. Bynum (1824-1899) and Mary Ann (Stewart) Bynum (1833-1923) of Vass, Moore County, N.C. Land purchases are represented in the collection by seven warranty deeds, ranging in date from 1867 to 1880. There are miscellaneous land papers and a 1899 report of the commissioners appointed to set off a year's allowance to Bynum's widow. The letters in the collection are of family interest exclusively.
- Cain and Hinton Papers, 1801-1969 (pdf)
Dr. James Frederick Cain (1828-1904), was married in 1855 to Julia Elizabeth Tate (1833-1917), and they lived initially in Hillsborough. Cain inherited around 1857 his father's country home in east Orange County (now Durham) and began to work on land that his family had owned since 1779. Known by the name Hardscrabble for conditions after the Civil War, the farm and house became home to their family of eight children, including Elizabeth Tate (Bessie), who married in 1881 Charles Lewis Hinton (1853-1930). Hinton was a grandson of the builder of Midway Plantation, Wake County. It was there that Bessie Cain and C. L. Hinton, brought up their children, including the youngest, Mary Hilliard Hinton (1869-1961). A main portion of the Cain family papers include letters written to Mrs. Cain by her children, grandchildren, and friends (1871-1898), with the earliest letters written by her brothers and father (1846-1866). The collection includes small groups of papers that are family related for the most part, but extraneous to the main body of family letters, such as a Civil War letter written to a kinswoman. Miscellaneous Cain papers include manuscripts of Mrs. Cain's writings, bills, receipts, land-related papers, and an 1837 political circular of U.S. Rep. James Graham. The Hinton family papers include personal letters to Mary Hilliard Hinton from family and friends, 1892-1953, with widely scattered letters in many of the intervening years. Beyond personal and family topics, the issue of woman's suffrage was discussed by a cousin regretful of Miss Hinton's leadership in the state's anti-suffrage forces. Other women correspondents sometimes discuss their interests, hopes, and disappointments. There are a few letters from Episcopal clergy, and one from a cousin, Edward C. Seawell, commenting on the Seawell house in Raleigh. Another segment of papers includes correspondence and miscellaneous material on several patriotic and hereditary societies, 1898-1964. There are also miscellanous personal papers such as genealogy; photographs; a diary and a commonplace book; souvenirs and pictures from European tours; and an oversize box of material too large to be housed with the Cain and Hinton miscellaneous material, including horse handbills and pedigrees, 1803-1843; a justice of the peace docket of Orange County, N.C., circa 1823. (7 boxes)
- Cammack, Ramsey Eugene, Papers, 1893-1939
Ramsey Eugene Cammack (1905-1994), along with family members represented in the papers, was a native of Longstreet, Desoto Parish, La. Cammack and his siblings were reared by their grandparents following the deaths of parents in 1914-1915. In 1925-1926 Cammack attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and subsequently associated with the Baker-Cammack Textile Corporation in Burlington, North Carolina. Around the late 1920s, he became vice-president of the corporation. The collection includes letters written primarily to Ramsey Cammack from his three brothers, Morris, Clayton, and Maxwell, his sister, Evelyn, a cousin, Edgar, and his grandmother, Mrs. James Harvey (Sudie Mary Sinclair) Ramsey. As a whole the letters indicate strong family relationships and document daily lives, work, business, travel, education, and financial concerns, and to a lesser degree social and sports events. There are some letters from friends and some miscellaneous business and other correspondence. A small quantity of the letters concern the drilling of oil, the Great Depression, and its impact on their jobs. Some of the letters concern business with out-of-state chain and department stores. A few of the letters were written from college, including Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and Baylor University. Also included are six of Cammack's school notebooks from his student days at Baylor University. (2 boxes, 2/3 cubic feet)
- Clark, Samuel, Carpentry Book, 1855 - 1869
Samuel Clark, a Granville County carpenter, was born about 1833 and died in 1893. This small pocket book contains memoranda of caprentry work executed by Samuel Clark between the years 1853 and 1869.
- Cockton, John, Account Books, 1769-1794 (pdf)
The John Cockton general store opened in North Landing (Currituck County) in February 1772. The store moved to a second location designated as Currituck Court House or Currituck Shore in February 1773. John Cockton was the sole proprietor. This volume is a day book which itemizes transactions by date. Its first page lists units of weights and measures. Recorded merchandise includes cloth, ready-to-wear clothing, sewing essentials, oak staves, hardware, ammunition, teapots, dishes, food staples, mutton, lamb, game, oysters, and fish. The store also served as a wayside inn or tavern. Attached to this finding aid are two tables of names of customers for the John Cockton store. These names are sampled from two distinct store locations: North Landing (1772-1773) and Currituck Court House (1773-1788).(2 volumes)
- Coble, Eli, Papers, 1805 - 1883
These papers are primarily those of Eli Coble, a Randolph County, N.C., farmer and justice of the county court. The papers include letters, accounts, articles of indenture, attachment bonds, deeds and land records, estates, marriage licenses, promissory notes and receipts, slave papers, tax receipts, wills, and so forth. The greater part of the papers relate to Randolph County estates administered by Coble directly or at second hand as further administrator through the death of the original administrator. The marriage licenses in the collection presumably represent couples for whom Coble performed the marriage ceremony. Some Civil War materials are also included in the collection.
- Cotten, Margaret Eliza, Journal, 1853-1854
Margaret Eliza Cotten (1835-1895) was born in Tarboro, Edgecombe County, N.C., the first-born of John W. Cotten (circa 1811-1845 and Laura Placidia Clark Cotten (1816-1864). Following the death of her father, Margaret moved to Raleigh with her family, where she was educated at St. Mary's School. A year and a few months after the last entry in the journal, she married Joseph Adolphus Engelhard. This antebellum journal was maintained when Margaret Cotten was living with her mother, younger siblings, and grandmother in Raleigh, N.C. during her seventeenth and eighteenth years, from October 1, 1853 to July 12, 1854. Entries include accounts daily life and of trips to Tarboro and to Wilmington, N.C. to visit with family and friends and to take part in social events and Christmas holiday celebrations. The journal also provides a glimpse of the thoughts and aspirations of a well-connected, upperclass young woman in antebellum Raleigh, a town of about 4,500 people during the period recorded. (1 item)
- Crenshaw Family Papers, 1833 - 1944
The Crenshaw family can trace its history in Wake County to James Crenshaw, a native Englishman, who settled in the area during the mid 1700s. His children included Samuel B. Crenshaw (circa 1790-1828) and William M. Crenshaw (1783-1861). William was a founding trustee and the first treasurer of the institute that became Wake Forest College. Samuel and his wife, Eliza (Harris) Crenshaw, built Crenshaw Hall on land given her in 1824 as a wedding present from her father, Robert. Louisa was the only child of Samuel and Eliza, who returned to Crenshaw Hall after the death of her first husband, William Norman. Eventually, after marriage to her first cousin, John Martin Crenshaw (son of William), Louisa persuaded John to make his home with her at the Crenshaw Hall. Later generations lived in and some held title to the beloved homeplace, including Mattie Williams Jones (1875-1961), and some years later, her son Thomas Plummer Jones, Jr., (1903-1989). Jones served in World War II as a corporal in the United States Marine Corps, and like most family members, was buried in the Crenshaw Hall Cemetery. Papers include original documents and letters and two oversized manuscript volumes, with the papers spanning the 19th and 20th centuries and relating to the Crenshaw Family and related families, who lived primarily at Crenshaw Hall, near Wake Forest, Wake County. The earliest document in the papers are the leaves of a disbound memorandum book that appear to be financial records and lists made by the first treasurer of the institute that became in 1839 Wake Forest College. The last documents include military-related items, three photographs, and a group letters to Marine Corporal, Thomas Plummer Jones, Jr., 1943-1944. Among the papers are financial records, particularly those of John Martin Crenshaw, who was involved in farming and tenancy operations, the cotton brokerage business, a grist mill, and other interests. Especially notable are the courtship letters from three generations, written from 1853-1857; during the 1890s; and from 1942-1944. (3 boxes, 1 cubic feet.)
- Cultural Exchange Project: Mito Second High School and Daini Senior High School, Mito, Japan with Central School, Greensboro, N.C., 1939-1946
It appears that these papers are the result of a cultural exchange after the close of World War II among a school identified as Central School, Greensboro, N.C. (the now defunct Central Junior High School), and two Japanese schools, Mito Second High School and Daini Senior High School, Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. One postcard identifies a librarian at Central School, Miss Mary Robert Seawell (1905-1980), who may have had major responsibility for this exchange. This collection, circa 1939-1946, contains two albums, one with narrative and photographs of girls in classes, cultural and school activities, and one with post cards including Japanese scenes and landmarks; two hand written and illustrated manuscript story books; artwork, and other material indicating a cultural exchange between the schools. Of particular interest are the album with photographs and narrative, and the two manuscript books depicting Japanese folk legends, handwritten in English with illustrations apparently painted in watercolors. (1 box)
- Current, Ruth, Papers, 1926 - 1967
Miss Ruth Current (1900-1967), a native of Rowan County, began her association with North Carolina State Extension Service in January, 1928, as home demonstration agent in Statesville and served in that capacity until November 1, 1930. Later she served successively as district home demonstration agent for the Southwest District (1930-1937), state home demonstration agent (1937-1958), and assistant director of extension in charge of home economics programs (1958-1961). The personal papers of Ruth Current include correspondence, clippings, photographs, speeches, articles, notes, reports, newsletters, bulletins, programs, booklets, a notebook, and other miscellaneous items related to her work in the home demonstration field.
- Curtis, Chauncey W., Manuscript, 1862
During the Civil War, Curtis was a private in the 41st New York Volunteers. This collection contains a 26-page manuscript entitled "The Burnside Expedition to Roanoke," and a sheet folded to make four printed pages containing an obituary of Chauncey W. Curtis, 1843-1914. The manuscript, written about 1900, recounts the memories of Curtis as a private soldier in the Battle of Roanoke Island and the capture of New Bern in 1862. The obituary was published by the Grand Army of the Republic post of which he was a member until his death.
- Cuthbertson Farm Journal, 1858 - 1865, 1885 - 1889
Moses W. Cuthbertson (1795-1865) was born, bred, and died in southern Union County. He and his wife, Margaret McCollum (1798-1880) were childless and together they operated 2,400-acre plantation. Also in their household was a young kinsman, David Baxter Phifer, to whom Cuthbertson acted as guardian and who was a student at Trinity College. The farm journal begins on January 15, 1858, and continues to February 15, 1865 (a month prior to Cuthbertson's death). Entries report on the annual agricultural cycle, production of various goods, births and marriages, and the movements of local soldiers during the war years. Sometime after the death of Mrs. Cuthbertson in 1880, the farm journal fell into other hands. The blank leaves at the end of the journal were used as a waste book by a Monroe firm (possibly J. Shute and Son) to make temporary records of transactions, dating from the years from 1885 to 1889. 1 volume.
- Dail, Joseph Cooper, Store Account Books, Edenton, N.C., 1894-1941
Joseph Cooper Dail (1872-1940) was born in Chowan County, a son of Martha A. Boyce and Nathan D. Dail. In 1898 Dail began working in a mercantile store in Edenton (Chowan County), then purchased the store in 1903. In 1897 he married Christian Eliza (Kate) Hobbs (1878-1959). At least five children were born to this couple, who lived in and brought up their family in Edenton. This collection represents the financial records of grocer, Joseph Cooper Dail, who first worked in, then later owned a retail grocery in the town of Edenton. Included among the account books, with entries made from 1894-1941, are the following: six volumes labeled as double entry ledgers, two volumes labeled as single entry ledgers; thirteen volumes variously labeled as daybooks, order books, or annual books and involving sales; charges, and orders; three small, soft bound, memorandum books containing inventories and lists of medications; and three other volumes including lists of old, unpaid accounts, supplies, or produce orders, etc. Additionally, one volume includes four pages with college expenses listed for children, Leroy Dail, at Wake Forest College, and Katie Dail at Meredith College. One or more volumes includes brief comments about weather, such as rain, thunderstorms and sometimes the deaths of customers and/or community members listed. (3 boxes)
- Daily News Company Papers, 1909 - 1914
The Daily News Company, which founded the Greensboro Daily News, was chartered in 1909 for the purpose of publishing a newspaper that would treat the Republican Party in a balanced fashion and would not act as an entirely Democratic Party newspaper. Stockholders included members of both parties from all over the state and included Robert Douglas Dick, former editor of the defunct Republican newspaper, the Daily Industrial News. In 1911 Walter A. Hildebrand and partner George Crater purchased the plant and business of the Daily News so that it was no longer published under the aegis of the Daily News Company. At the beginning of 1914 the company was dissolved and its capital distributed among the shareholders. The collection includes 7 loose documents (typed and manuscript) and two volumes relating to Greensboro Daily News and the Daily News Company. The first volume contains the minutes of the board of directors and the second is the stock ledger for the Daily News Company.
- Dalton Family Papers, 1851 - 1973
The Rev, Mr. Dalton, son of Nicholas and Rachel (Hunter) Dalton of Rockingham County, N.C., was educated in the University of North Carolina, Princeton University, and Union Theological Seminary. Licensed by the Presbytery of Orange in North Carolina in 1847, Mr. Dalton was dismissed to the Presbytery of Concord where he was ordained at the close of 1848. He remained in the Presbytery of Concord, serving as supply pastor and missionary, from 1848-1857 when he was dismissed to the Presbytery of Orange. Mr. Dalton was a member of the Presbytery of Orange from 1857-1889 when he was dismissed back to the Presbytery of Concord where he remained until his death in 1896. Archie Carter Dalton, son of the clergyman, entered Davidson College in 1874 and died in 1876 while still a student. The heart of this collection is made up of twelve original manuscript sermons written and preached by the Rev. Pleasant Hunter Dalton (1821-1896), and five original manuscripts written by his son, Archie Carter Dalton (1853-1876). The papers also include 10 miscellaneous manuscripts, research notes, typescripts, photocopies, 7 newspaper clippings, and 1 scrapbook.
- Denmark, Leonidas Polk, Collection, 1861 - 1965
Leonidas Polk Denmark (1892-1964) was the grandson of Colonel Leonidas Lafayette Polk (1837-1892). Leonidas Lafayette Polk's second daughter, Juanita ["Neta"], married James W. Denmark. The Denmark's three children were Leonita, a graduate of Meredith College, 1911; Leonidas Polk, College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, 1915; and. James W., Jr., Raleigh High School and a school of photography in Tennessee, 1916. The collection includes letters, telegrams, articles and editorials, newspapers and clippings, booklets, pamphlets, magazines, manuals, postcards, photographs, uniform insignia, and miscellaneous items. Ca. 2000 items.
- Devereux, John, Papers, 1712 - 1892
This collection contains papers relating to the Pollock and Devereux families, among the largest landowners and slaveholders in North Carolina during the antebellum period. This small lot of documents includes some papers of the Pollock family prior to as well as after the connection formed with the Devereux family by the 1790 marriage of Frances Pollock (1771-1849) and John Devereux, Sr. (1761-1844). The family papers are made up principally of patents for land, deeds, in Halifax and Bertie counties and the Hawfield land in Orange (now Alamance) County. Papers relating to slaves owned by the family are located in folders concerning the estates of George Pollock, 1839-1840, and John Devereux, 1844. Of particular interest is the last will and testament of Frances (Pollock) Devereux (1771-1849) leaving several charitable bequests to the Presbyterian Church in the United States, its schools and foreign missions, to the Presbyterian Church, Raleigh, N.C., to The Seaman's Friend Society, Norfolk, Va., and a continuing annual fund to help pay a teacher giving religious instruction to slaves on Roanoke River plantations. While the record of Mrs. Devereux's estate indicates the value of her slaves, the file includes no list of them; and only a few of her slaves were named in the will. Also of interest are the group of papers relating to the Griffin Free School New Bern, N.C., 1834-1867. These are primarily fiscal records dating from the time when Thomas Pollock Devereux (1793-1869) and his son were trustees. Additionally, a large portion of the collection consists of military papers and accounts relating to John Devereux's (1819-1893) service during most of the Civil War as the state's chief quartermaster, with the rank of major.
- Dobbs County Manuscripts, 1767-1785 (pdf)
Dobbs County was formed in 1758 from Johnston, under an act effective 10 April 1759. When the county was abolished in 1791, Dobbs's former land went into the formation of Lenoir and Glasgow (name changed to Greene in 1799). Early Dobbs County manuscripts are particularly important because of extensive records loss in fires in the Lenoir County Courthouse, 1878 and 1880. Similarly, Greene had lost many court and all land records in 1876. Consists of four Dobbs County manuscripts: two documents accessioned in 2001, both deeds (indented deeds or indentures), dated 1770 (John Charlescraft to Benjmain Caswell, 600 acres) and 1785 (Benjamin Caswell to Abraham Hill, 350 acres). Includes also two documents accessioned in 2012, consisting of one land grant, dated 1767, 436 acres to James Hinson; and one deed (indented deed or indenture), 1779, Richard Caswell to James Lawson, Jr., 380 acres.(4 items)
- Dodge, James Philander, Jr., Papers, 1916 - 1946
James Philander Dodge, Jr. (1893-1967), a native of St. Augustine, Florida, was living at Linville Falls, North Carolina, when the United States entered World War I. Dodge served in Europe in both World Wars. In between and after the wars he worked for the State Highway Commission. As this collection of materials now stands, it is made up almost altogether of maps, photographs, typescripts, military orders and ephemera brought together by Dodge during the three epochs in his life as army officer and claims adjuster. There is but very little touching his life outside those areas. 111 items. [Note: this collection has moved to the Western Regional Archives. A complete list of collections (PDF) moved to the Western Regional Archives is available online; visit our blog for more information.]
- Douglas, Robert Martin, Letters, 1866 - 1873
Robert Martin Douglas (1849-1917) was the son of Stephen A. Douglas of Illinois, celebrated U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential candidate in 1860, and Martha Denny (Martin) Douglas of Rockingham County, North Carolina. Robert served first as private secretary to Governor William Woods Holden and later to President Grant. The letters in this collection were all written to Douglas during the period falling between his graduation from Georgetown University and his resignation as private secretary to President Grant. Copies of his replies to the letters are not present. 143 items.
- Dreier, Theodore and Barbara Loines, Black Mountain College Collection (Dreier BMC Collection), 1925 - 1988
Theodore (Ted) Dreier trained as an engineer at Harvard (A.B., 1923; S.B., 1925), and began working for the General Electric Company (GE). He and Barbara Loines Dreier (Bryn Mawr, A.B., 1928, Eng. Lit. and Art Hist.) were married in 1928 and initially lived in Schenectady, New York, GE headquarters. In 1930 Ted Dreier changed his career to education and took a faculty position in physics at Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida. In 1933 John Andrew Rice was fired and a portion of faculty, including Dreier, either resigned or were dismissed during a controversy over academic freedom and tenure at the college. Several of the dissidents then agreed to found a college of their own. Named Black Mountain College (BMC) and located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, the college initially drew a small following of former Rollins students and a few recruited from the northeast. Early on the founders decided to stress the practice, not just the study of the arts and to raise the arts courses to full curricular status. Into this venture, Dreier brought his supportive wife, Barbara, and their children. The Dreiers remained at BMC until 1949, during which time Dreier taught and served variously as administrator, fund-raiser, treasurer, rector, and served continuously on the Board of Fellows, responsible for the finances of the college and hiring and firing of faculty. The Dreier Black Mountain College Collection represents a variety of papers created by or collected by Theodore and Barbara Loines Dreier during their sixteen years at Black Mountain College (1933-1949), and for several years prior to and following their tenure at the college--as early as 1925 and as late as 1988. This collection contains papers and correspondence and other materials relating to Ted and Barbara Dreier, their extensive connections and network of family and friends; and it also documents the educational, administrative, and fund raising activities associated with Dreier's various positions within the college, including his role as one of the college's founders. Other than correspondence, the collection includes clippings, programs, and articles; class notes and papers; files on individuals with Black Mountain College connections and various topics such as music and art; manuscripts, mostly those of Ted Dreier; the personal professional files of Dreier as treasurer, Board of Fellows, faculty member; notes; official correspondence; college publications, and miscellaneous files, and special items such as Ted Dreier's scrapbook; Barbara Dreier's course notes; printed materials, from the college and those written about the college; a Gropius-Breuer portfolio; photographs and negatives of family at BMC, and various students and faculty. The bulk of the material dates from 1933 to 1949, though there are some papers dating from the time before and after the Dreier's marriage in 1928; some correspondence and materials dated during Ted Dreier's tenure as an assistant professor of physics at Rollins College (1930-1933); and there is some material, including correspondence during the period of post-Black Mountain College, as late as 1988, from individuals previously associated with the college. (81 boxes, 27 cubic feet). [Note: this collection has moved to the Western Regional Archives. A complete list of collections (PDF) moved to the Western Regional Archives is available online; visit our blog for more information.]
- Duberman, Martin, Collection, 1933-1980
The papers of historian and playwright Martin Duberman contain materials relating to his research into the history of the experimental school Black Mountain College (located in Black Mountain, N.C.) and his subsequent book Black Mountain: An Exploration in Community, first published in 1972. The collection includes correspondence between Duberman and people connected with Black Mountain College, research files, manuscript materials, college publications, interview transcripts and tapes, photographs, negatives, newspaper clippings, journal articles, books, drafts and reviews of Duberman's book. [Note: this collection has moved to the Western Regional Archives. A complete list of collections (PDF) moved to the Western Regional Archives is available online; visit our blog for more information.]
- Dwight, Peggy, Papers, 1933-1976
Margaret "Peggy" Dwight was a student at Black Mountain College from 1933-1935. Black Mountain College was an experimental school located in Black Mountain, N.C. Established in 1933 by John A. Rice and others, the purpose of the college was to educate the whole person, with an emphasis on the role of the arts and creative thinking. Peggy Dwight's papers include letters from Josef Albers, college bulletins, and printed materials about the history of the college and people associated with it. (ca. 30 items) [Note: this collection has moved to the Western Regional Archives. A complete list of collections (PDF) moved to the Western Regional Archives is available online; visit our blog for more information.]
- Eames, R. M., Papers, 1876 - 1898
Chartered by the North Carolina legislature, February 11, 1881, the North State Mining Company was established for the working of "marketable minerals" in western North Carolina. R. M. Eames was one of the company directors and a mining superintendent. The letters, receipted bills, payrolls, prospectus, broadsides, newspapers, inventories, deeds, agreements, and account books furnish a glimpse of the workings of the North State Mining Company. 211 items, 2 bound volumes.
- Faison Family Papers, 1834-1874
Herod Faison was related to some of the first settlers of Northampton County. His own land was in the vicinity of Jackson, the county seat, and included a plantation with around seventy slaves by the year 1860. Herod and his wife, Gulielma (Shepherd) were parents of at least seven children, including sons, John W. (b. circa 1838); Frank Shepard (b. circa 1846); and Paul Fletcher (circa 1840-1896), all of whom served in the Civil War as Confederate officers. Consists of correspondence, 1860-1861, and one undated antebellum letter (4 total), and miscellaneous items consisting of a bill, obituary, and commencement program (1834-1874), with the total relating primarily to the Faison Family, but also to the allied Waddell Family. Three of the four letters were exchanged between Paul F. Faison, a cadet at West Point, and his parents, 1860-1861, with Paul's two letters reflecting his strong sense of conflict but unwavering desire to return to his home on the eve of North Carolina's secession from the Union, 20 May 1861. There is also the undated letter, antebellum period, from Mrs. Faison's niece, Annis [Anistasia Waddell] while she was a student at St. Mary's Hall, Burlington, New Jersey, circa 1845. (1 box)
- Forbes, Stephen H., Papers, 1935-1967
Stephen H. Forbes (1910- ) attended Black Mountain College from 1935-1938 and from 1940-1942. Later, he became a friend and financial supporter to the school. His papers include correspondence dating from 1937 to 1959 concerning administration of the college, faculty changes, campus and physical plant development, operating finances and issues relating to property owned by the college. Other materials in the collection include pages from a journal kept by Forbes; class notes and exams; and notes on financial situations and other issues. (192 items) [Note: this collection has moved to the Western Regional Archives. A complete list of collections (PDF) moved to the Western Regional Archives is available online; visit our blog for more information.]
- Foreman, Clark, Papers, 1942-1944
Clark Howell Foreman taught political science at Black Mountain College during the 1943-1944 school year. Black Mountain College was an experimental school located in Black Mountain, N.C. Established in 1933 by John A. Rice and others, the purpose of the college was to educate the whole person, with an emphasis on the role of the arts and creative thinking. Clark Foreman's papers contain letters and articles related to Black Mountain College, conflicts between members of the college community, and racial integration. (12 items, 1 folder.) [Note: this collection has moved to the Western Regional Archives. A complete list of collections (PDF) moved to the Western Regional Archives is available online; visit our blog for more information.]
- Fountain, Judge George M., Wilmington Ten Case File, 1971-1978
A native of Tarboro, Edgecombe County, George Motz Fountain, Jr., was born in 1914 to George M. and Mary Royal Motz Fountain. After attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1932-1934, and earning a law degree from Cumblerland University Law School in Tennessee in 1935, Fountain began the practice of law in Tarboro with his father. At the time of the legal proceedings in the case considered, Judge Fountain was the Resident Judge of the Seventh Judicial District of North Carolina. Collection includes a small quantity of materials, chiefly photocopies, related to the case of State of North Carolina vs. Benjamin F. Chavis et al, dating 1971-1978. Documents includes briefs, transcripts, petitions, judgments, and related legal materials created or received by Judge Fountain assigned to hear a request for a retrial of the Wilmington Ten case. The Wilmington Ten were tried for fire bombing a grocery in Wilmington and for conspiring to assault the firemen and police who responded to the fire. Includes one hand-written legal pad of notes apparently made by George M. Fountain, 46 pages, citing examinations of Jerome Mitchell, and noting dates from 6 February 1971 to 15 March 1977. (1 legal size box, .5 cubic feet.)
- Fowle, Daniel G., Papers, Addition, 1852 - 1957
Daniel Gould Fowle (1831-1891), son of Martha Barney Marsh and Samuel Richardson Fowle of Woburn, Massachusetts, was elected governor of North Carolina in 1888 only to die suddenly while in office. Born in Washington, North Carolina, Fowle served in the 14th and 31st N.C. regiments until captured and paroled at Roanoke Island. He also served as a state legislator, state adjutant general, a superior court judge, delegate to the 1868 conservative convention and chairman of the central committee to the "Constitutional Union Party" (subsequently the Democratic Party), and defense attorney in Ku Klux Klan prosecutions. The bulk of these materials are speeches made by Daniel G. Fowle (1876-1889), letters written to him during his tenure as governor of North Carolina (1889-1890), and materials relating to Governor Fowle's daughter, Mary Haywood Fowle Stearns, including letters written to her (1899-1957).
- George Williamson & Co., see "Williamson, George, and Co."
- Gobble, Fleetus Lee, Papers, 1944-1961
Fleetus Lee Gobble was born in 1891 in Davidson County to John H. and Frances Foster Gobble. Married in 1913, Gobble and his wife, the former Blanche Evans, settled in Winston-Salem and became the parents of three children. By profession Gobble was a barber and businessman as owner of barbershops and two schools of cosmetology. He was first elected to the state House of Representatives as a Democrat from Forsyth County in 1941 and served continuously, with the exception of the 1947 session, until his sudden death in Raleigh in 1961 at the age of seventy. These papers relate to Gobble's service in the legislature and on committees, on the board of trustees of the Winston-Salem Teachers College, and to a lesser degree to his professional and family life. The papers include political and some family correspondence; newsclippings pertaining to events, news of the General Assembly, and two scrapbooks: 1944-1961; and 1959-1961. (3 boxes, 1 2/3 cubic feet.)
- Greenlee Family Papers, 1833-1899 (pdf)
The Greenlee family came to western North Carolina from Rockbridge County, Virginia. James Greenlee and his sister Grace were the first in the area. In addition to owning a large tract of land along the Catawba River in McDowell County, James possessed a wealth of land in Burke, Yancey, Mitchell, Buncombe, and Rutherford counties, as well as a large tract in Memphis, Tennessee. In addition to farming, he raised cattle and drove his livestock for sale in Philadelphia and Charleston. He held a variety of public offices and represented Burke County at Hillsborough, where the State Convention of 1788 considered ratification of the newly proposed federal Constitution. James Greenlee’s youngest son, David Washington, sought to amass a large plantation in McDowell County. Such endeavors were continued by son, Thomas Young Greenlee, who also served in public positions including county surveyor. These are the papers of three generations of the Greenlee family of Burke and McDowell County.The papers include a small amount of correspondence from some of the Greenlee family members, including Thomas Young Greenlee and his wife Margaret Logan, their son, John Logan, and Margaret’s parents, John and Rebecca Logan. Thomas Young served as executor of his father, David Washington Greenlee’s estate among others. Accordingly, estate records for David Washington are included along with bills and receipts for family members or acquaintances for which Thomas Young served as executor of their estates.The earliest records in this collection are land records beginning with a 1778 land grant in Burke County. In 1842 McDowell County was formed from Rutherford and Burke County. Prior to 1842 most of the land records are from Burke County; while after 1842 the majority of land records are from McDowell County.Thomas Young, a land surveyor for McDowell County, surveyed much of the mountains and surrounding counties; a small portion of related notes and records are included. The collection also includes sundry court records for various family members and acquaintances. (3 boxes)
- Gregory, Mary, Papers, 1965-1989
Mary Gregory taught woodworking and crafts at Black Mountain College (Black Mountain, N.C.) from 1941-1947. Although the collection does include a few writings and photographs relating to Black Mountain College, it primarily contains photographs and technical drawings dating from the period when Ms. Gregory had her own woodworking shop (1954-1988) and when she taught at Concord Academy, Concord, Massachusetts. [Note: this collection has moved to the Western Regional Archives. A complete list of collections (PDF) moved to the Western Regional Archives is available online; visit our blog for more information.]
- Hampton Family Papers, 1852 - 1951
Papers, chiefly letters, of three generations of the Hampton family of Hamptonville, Yadkin Co., N.C. Papers from 1852-1917 are principally the letters of Col. John A. Hampton, Civil War officer, state legislator, and lawyer. Those from 1918-1951 are principally those of Hampton's daughter, Nellie Hampton Bell, her children and her brothers and children. Col. Hampton's letters to his son Green Hampton, 1899-1903, are a rich source for cultural and economic history of the area. The letters of Mrs. Bell's daughters for 1924-1929 are students' letters written from the Southern Conservatory of Music, Durham, N.C. Other members of the family who correspond or who are mentioned in the letters include Frank Armfield Hampton (private secretary to U.S. Sen. Furnifold M. Simmons), State representative Charles G. Bryant, Baptist hymnist and publisher Sanford M. Brown. Political figures mentioned in the corresp. include Zebulon Baird Vance, William Woods Holden, Calvin Josiah Cowles, Henry H. Cowles, Robert F. Armfield, Benj. F.Long, and Furnifold M. Simmons. The papers are, however, more valuable as a source of social and economic history than political history.
- Hines, W.W.W., Papers, 1898 - 1932, n.d.
William Walter Washington Hines (1878-1953), a native of Lincolnton served in the army during the Spanish American War. While in Cuba Hines purchased U.S. army mules, and after his return to Lincolnton he established a livery business there in 1905. Hines went into the business of road and street construction and specialized in the grading and construction of road shoulders in piedmont and eastern North Carolina. Collection contains 31 letters of recommendation of Hines for his service in Cuba during the Spanish American War and for his subsequent work as a contractor in road construction. Includes 1922 contract for construction of Lincolnton Graded School, military records, biographical sketch, and xerox copies of documents relating to Civil War service and losses of his father, George W. Hines.
- Holeman, James, Letters, 1846 - 1862
James Holeman (1800-1874), was a whig and was first elected a a state representative from Person County. Holeman married his second wife, Elizabeth Webb, also of Person County, shortly before the election of 1846. These ten letters were written by Holeman to his wife while in Raleigh attending sessions of the Assembly from 1846 to 1862.
- Hooper, Ruby T., Collection, 1991 - 1992
Ruby Thompson Hooper ran unsuccessful political campaigns for selection as a Republican member of the House of Representatives from Burke County in 1982, and for nomination as her party's gubernatorial candidate in 1984. She was appointed deputy secretary of the N.C. Department of Human Resources by Governor James Martin when he took office in 1985. Mrs. Hooper resigned this position at the end of June 1991 to seek again the nomination as the Republican gubernatorial candidate. Her campaign was overshadowed by Lt. Gov. James C. Gardner, seeking the same nomination. The collection consists of 272 items pertaining to Mrs. Hooper's campaign, all dating from 1991-1992.
- Hoyle, Bernadette, Papers, 1945 - 1950, 1952 - 1983
Bernadette Woodlief Hoyle (1912-1989) was a central figure in the literary life of North Carolina during her career as a journalist and professional photographer. This collection of her papers constitutes only a portion of Mrs. Hoyle's writings and correspondence, and date for the most part from the first five years of her career. They include Mrs. Hoyle's writings (1945-1950), correspondence and research files for her book published in 1956, Tar Heel Writers I Know, and a series of file's relating to the North Carolina Writers' Conference (1952-1983).
- Hubbard, Joseph H., Letter, 1863
Joseph Hendley Hubbard (1841-1871) was a Civil War soldier who served in two different units before his election as lieutenant in the Sampson Artillery, commanded by his uncle, Captain Abner A. Moseley. This manuscript letter, dated February 7, 1863, was written by Hubbard at Fort Caswell while serving in the 2nd Artillery. Addressed to Hubbard's stepmother, the letter informs her that his uncle (her brother, Lt. Abener A. Moseley) was to leave the fort on the following day to return to their home plantations the Sampson County slaves that had been impressed by the state to erect and repair the network of Cape Fear River fortifications below Wilmington.
- Hyatt, Delia, Papers, 1710 - 1968
Delia Hyatt (1881-1964) was educated in the Kinston High School (1900), the Kinsey Female Institute at LaGrange, and St. Mary's School in Raleigh. Subsequently she briefly taught school; Clayton High School, 1908/09, and Mount Olive Graded School, 1909/10. Her true occupation in life, however, seems to have been management of real property. In 1963, as her life was coming to a close, Miss Hyatt created a charitable corporation styled, "The Hyatt Memorial Home for Boys" and transferred her property to it. The collection also includes some papers concerning Delia Hyatt's brother Anderson Lawrence Hyatt (1884-1960), sister Sybil Hyatt (1877-1951), her parents Sybil Henry Miller Hyatt (1858-1933) and Dr. Henry Otis Hyatt (1848-1922), and grandparents Anderson Roscoe Miller (1830-1905) and Delia Maria Henry Miller (1835-1884). This collection of material is gathered into four groupings: family papers (including land records); Bibles and prayer books; photographic images in different forms of photography; and oversize material. Most, but not all, of the papers are made up of deeds, grants, plats, surveys, and legal papers relating to the Hyatt family's real property. Consequently the greater part of them are evidences of title to lands conveyed in 1963 to the charitable trust, Hyatt Memorial Home for Boys. Of the Bibles and prayer books, only two Bibles contain family data. The photographic material includes a few daguerreotypes, a number of ambrotypes and tintypes, and a larger number of paper photographs. About half the photographic material lacks identification notations, though all of it relates either to the northern branch or to the southern branch of the family.
- Idol-Welch Family Papers, 1823-1978 (pdf)
The Welch and the Idol families had established roots in Davidson County in the early 19th century or before, but the branches represented in these papers moved to Guilford County prior to the Civil War. There various members settled in or near High Point, a township laid out in 1853. The men were primarily farmers and carpenters, and several saw service in the war. First as a young woman and later as a wife and mother, Julia Welch received the majority of the letters represented in the collection, about twenty of thirty-eight. The papers are organized chronologically into the following series: Indentures, 1823-1879; Civil War Era Correspondence, 1861-1865; Post Civil War Era, Correspondence, 1866-1902; Idol and Welch Family History and Genealogical Materials, 1943-1978; and Reminiscences of Verta Idol Coe. The indentures and almost all of the letters are original; the series of family history and genealogical materials are photocopies; the last series is an audio recording (CD) converted from a cassette recording, 1981, and including recollections of Mrs. Coe (1891-1982), High Point area. (2 boxes, 2/3 cubic feet.)
- Jackson, Joseph John, Papers, 1836 - 1930
Joseph John Jackson, son of Samuel S. and Elizabeth Jackson, was educated at the University of North Carolina (B.A.,1838, M.A., 1843), and later served as trustee of the university (1858-1868). As an attorney practicing in Pittsboro, Jackson was active in Chatham County and state politics. The papers in this collection date from 1836 to 1930, with a majority created during the course of Jackson's professional life, or arising as evidences relating to real property in which he had an interest or was an owner. (480 items)
- Jackson, T. R., Collection, 1951-1952
T. R. Jackson was a student at Black Mountain College. Black Mountain College was an experimental school located in Black Mountain, N.C. Established in 1933 by John A. Rice and others, the purpose of the college was to educate the whole person, with an emphasis on the role of the arts and creative thinking. The collection contains two leaflets printed on the college's printing press. (2 items, 1 folder). [Note: this collection has moved to the Western Regional Archives. A complete list of collections (PDF) moved to the Western Regional Archives is available online; visit our blog for more information.]
- Jones and Askew Family Papers, 1860-1914
Andrew J. (A.J.) Jones (circa 1834-1863) was a child of Redman/Reddin and Celia Belch Jones, of Bertie County, near Colerain. His sister, Luvinia (circa 1840-1929) married the eldest son of Lawrence Askew, of Winton, Hertford County, David Cherry Askew (1836-1865). Lawrence Askew (1801-1884), farmer and owner of a grist and flour mill, near Winton, apparently outlived his wives and some of his children. It is unclear if Mrs. Esther Raboteau Beale Jones (1868-1932), was related through her husband, P. R. Jones, to the Jones family of Bertie County, and to the Askew family, though she had several family connections in the area. She was born in Portsmouth, Va., a child of C.B. (Cyprian or Crispian) Beale, a native of Hertford County, and of Julia Raboteau Beale, a native of Fayetteville, Cumberland County. Through her mother's side, Mrs. Jones was related to the mother of Mary Esther Page and Walter Hines Page, the former Catherine Frances Raboteau. Includes one volume first used in 1860 as a single entry ledger; and a group of loose papers, that relate primarily to the settlement of the estate of Lawrence Askew. The first pages of the book were business transactions recorded in 1860, by A. J. Jones (Andrew J.). Items sold included corn meal, ears and bushels of corn, tobacco, bacon, other meats, cotton, whiskey, bricks, and so on. Later entries during the 1870s seem to have been made by Lawrence Askew, and included shingles, flour, and other products; and those following his death in 1884 were made by the executors of his estate. Additionally, includes a letter by Mrs. Esther C. Beale Jones and tax notice, October-November 1914, relating to her inheritance from the estate of an aunt who had resided in Hertford County. (1 box)
- Joseph Cooper Dail Store Account Books, see "Dail, Joseph Cooper, Store Account Books, Edenton, N.C., 1894-1941"
- Judge George M. Fountain's Wilmington Ten Case File, see "Fountain, Judge George M., Wilmington Ten Case File, 1971-1978"
- Kendrick, Larkin S., Papers, 1858 - 1890 (1861 - 1874)
Larkin Stanhope Kenrick was a farmer living in the neighborhood of Capernaum Baptist Church in eastern Cleveland County, N.C. At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted in the North Carolina Infantry Regiment, 34th, Company F. Eventually, in 1871, Kenrick went to Tennessee and never returned home. Of the 35 letters in the collection, those from the Civil War period are written by Kenrick and various persons in his family, including his wife. Kenrick's departure to Tennessee and his subsequent letters coincide with the appearance of a U.S. commissioner in Cleveland County to arrest members of the Ku-Klux Klan for violations of the federal Enforcement Acts. The 23 miscellaneous materials in the collection include a few receipts, promissory notes, a crop lien, a certificate of military exemption, and a subscription list to pay a minister's salary at the Capernaum Baptist Church. The dates of the collection range primarily from 1861-1874. (58 items)
- Knudsen, Betty Ann, Papers, 1974-2005 (pdf)
Betty Ann Leonard Knudsen (1926- ) was a trailblazing woman politician and community activist in Wake County as well as an avid butterfly lover. She was the first female chair of the Wake County Board of Commissioners (1976-1984); a founding member (1976) and president of the Women’s Forum of North Carolina; and she was a member of numerous boards, councils, and associations on the state and local level since the 1970s. Additionally, she has been an active mentor to other women in politics and leadership positions. She self-published a children’s riddle book in the late 1990s entitled, How Are Butterflies Like Chickens? to aid her butterfly presentations to children, as well as a DVD about butterflies. Her love of butterflies and commitment to the nurturing of women culminated in the founding of an informal group in 1976. Named the Royal Order of the Butterflies, it was inspired by a line from a poem, "you can fly, but the cocoon has to go." This collection contains correspondence between Betty Ann Knudsen and various politicians on a political and personal level; correspondence related to the Royal Order of the Butterflies; her children’s book, DVD, and butterfly presentations; as well as material reflecting her political and community action and involvement; and personal correspondence with family members and friends from the 1970s to the 2000s. (1.3 Cubic feet;4 boxes)
- Koonce Furniture Company Papers, 1905-1935
The Koonce Furniture Company was founded by two brothers, John S. Koonce and Charles F., although the latter opted out of the furniture business in 1915. The surviving records of the store range in date from 1905 to 1935. However, John Koonce held the business together though the economic depression, until his sudden death at the beginning of 1940. This collection contains the surviving correspondence, invoices, furniture manufacturers' catalogs and two sales volumes of the Koonce Furniture Company, Raleigh, North Carolina. (2 linear feet, 8 boxes. Includes correspondence, invoices, furniture manufacturers' catalogs, and 2 volumes)
- Kremen, Irwin, Exhibition Catalogs
Dr. Irwin Kremen (1925- ) studied writing at Black Mountain College in 1946. In 1966 Dr. Kremen began making collages, constructions, and paintings. This collection includes catalogs from exhibitions of Irwin Kremen's and Mrs. Barbara Kremen's works. (ca. 50 items) [Note: this collection has moved to the Western Regional Archives. A complete list of collections (PDF) moved to the Western Regional Archives is available online; visit our blog for more information.]
- Krenek, Ernst, Letters, 1939
Composer and musician Ernst Krenek visited Black Mountain College (Black Mountain, North Carolina) in April 1939. His letters include discussions of events at the college, music, and Heinrich Jalowetz. (3 items, 1 folder) [Note: this collection has moved to the Western Regional Archives. A complete list of collections (PDF) moved to the Western Regional Archives is available online; visit our blog for more information.]
- Lane, Mervin, Manuscripts, 1987-1989
Mervin L. Lane (1928- ), professor of literature at Santa Barbara City College, studied at Black Mountain College during the years from 1946-1948 and again in 1950. This collection of manuscripts was created during preparation of Professor Lane's book Black Mountain College: Sprouted Seeds, An Anthology of Personal Accounts, an anthology of essays, poems, and reminiscences by former students of the college. The collection includes typscript drafts and final gallery proofs of the text of the book, miscellaneous working papers, correspondence with contributors to the anthology, and correspondence with former students who were willing to comment privately on their experience at the college but who declined preparing comments for publication in the anthology. [Note: this collection has moved to the Western Regional Archives. A complete list of collections (PDF) moved to the Western Regional Archives is available online; visit our blog for more information.]
- Ledbetter Manufacturing Company Ledger, 1917 - 1979
During the twentieth century, the Ledbetter Manufacturing Company was rebuilt, enlarged, and expanded to produce synthetic yarns. The ledger contains accounts of the manufacturing plant's fixed assets and their depreciation. The ledger has attached worksheets and computer print-outs, with the latter showing the status of fixed assets and their depreciation as of June 30, 1979, near the time of the company's dissolution.
- LeGrand, Harry E., Papers, 1949-2010
Harry E. LeGrand (1917- ) was born near Mebane, Alamance County, and was graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1939 with a B.S. degree. Following service in World War II, he embarked on a career as a hydrogeologist that continued well past 2000. His earliest work was with the U.S. Geological Survey in Georgia, but he returned to North Carolina, based in Raleigh, where his focus was on studying the geology and ground water in the Southeast's Piedmont and Mountain Regions underlain by igneous and metamorphic rocks. Study of the Atlantic Coastal Plain, particularly in North Carolina, has been another area of interest. After 1974 LeGrand served as a consulting hydrogeologist with several agencies, conducting studies in North Carolina (consulting for North Carolina Dept. of Natural and Environmental Resources; later the North Carolina Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources) and various parts of the United States and also in Europe, Australia, and the Caribbean area. In addition to his published works in various journals and studies, his writings include some poems and essays. The papers, 1949-2010, document a significant portion of LeGrand's career as a hydrogeologist, first with the U.S. Geological Survey and then as an independent hydrogeologist located in Raleigh, N.C. The collection is organized into six series: biographical material; unpublished writings in verse and essay, and a collection of memoranda, 1987-1992, written to raise serious issues about ground water, the aquifers that contain and transmit water, and the importance of geological considerations in locating safe radioactive disposal sites, addressed to the North Carolina Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management Authority; published scientific articles, reports, etc. on hydrogeology and related areas, particularly in North Carolina, covering the Coastal Plain, Piedmont, and Mountain Region, but also the Southern States; miscellaneous materials related to hydrogeology; and illustrations of hydrogeological concepts: paper copy, transparencies, and lantern slides; and samples of data regarding various N.C. river basins and associated streams. The materials are primarily articles; addresses; reports; poems and essays; memoranda; abstracts; surveys; and illustrations of geological and hydrogeological phenomenas, utilizing diagrams, maps, charts, etc. and employed in transparencies and lantern slides. The bulk of the collection consists of LeGrand's professional writings selected by a variety of professional journals and published proceedings. (2 cubic feet, 6 boxes.)
- London, Isaac Spencer Collection, 1769 - 1964
Isaac Spencer London, newspaper editor, Rockingham, N.C., was born in Pittsboro, December 11, 1885. He entered the newspaper field when he bought the Siler City Grit in May, 1909. He edited this paper until 1917, at which time he purchased the Post and Dispatch at Rockingham, combining them with the first issue on December 6, 1917 as the Post-Dispatch. In 1953, he sold the paper but remained its editor until his death on July 8, 1964. Mr. London served Rockingham and Richmond County in various capacities, including chairman of the Rockingham School Board, chairman of the Richmond County Draft Board, and chairman of the Richmond County Board of Elections. This collection includes the correspondence of Isaac Spencer London, Board of Elections files, subject files, genealogical materials, files related to Isaac London, Jr., account books, booklets and pamphlets, and various miscellaneous materials.
- Long, Woody and Co. Account Book, 1900-1904
At least as early as the late 1860s, various members of the Long families and Woody families of Person County were active as merchants in several towns and communities. It appears that the men who were principals in the Long, Woody and Company were J. A. Long of Roxboro and possibly William A. Woody of Bethel Hill. The ownership of the concern, however, remains uncertain. This volume represents transactions of a store dealing with hardware, tinware, and some general merchandise. It lists purchases by individual customers or by business customers. Items purchased included axe handles, axel grease, rope, buckets, shoes, boxes of hooks and springs, paint, windows, shells, saw teeth, sheets of tin, oil, buggy rings, knives, shoes and nails (horses), shovels, sashes, bed casters, bolts, lamps, steak dishes, etc. (1 volume, account book)
- McKimmon, Jane S., Papers, 1910 - 1945
Jane Simpson McKimmon (1867-1957), daughter of William and Anne Cameron Simpson of Raleigh, was a pioneer in the home demonstration field in North Carolina. This work was an outgrowth of the Farmer's Cooperative Demonstration Work, organized by Dr. Seaman A. Knapp in Texas (1903) to aid farmers and agricultural workers. She was selected, in 1911, as one of five pioneer state home demonstration agents to develop a similar program for improvement of the lives of rural women and their families through education in home economics. In the same year a joint program sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, and North Carolina State College established an extension service in 14 counties in the state. Formation of Girls' Tomato Clubs was one of the first projects and from these canning clubs developed the home demonstration movement in North Carolina. Under the leadership of Mrs. McKimmon the North Carolina Home Demonstration Service was soon recognized as a model program and her ideas and methods spread throughout the nation and abroad. The papers include letters, reports, questionnaires, booklets, pamphlets, bulletins, leaflets, programs, invitations, menus, newspaper and magazine clippings, desk calendars, forms, and photographs relating to Jane Simpson McKimmon's work with home demonstration and canning clubs.
- McLaurin, Joe M., History Collection, 1900 - 2002
Joe M. McLaurin was a historian from Richmond County, North Carolina who spent his career collecting information and records about the history of the county and its families. Joe McLaurin was active in historical societies, serving as president of both the Richmond County Historical Society and the North Carolina Society of County and Local Historians. He was also a successful businessman, founding the company Solene Lubricants, as well as serving on the boards of the Richmond Savings Bank, First National Bank, and as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the McLaurin Vocational Training Center. In 1986 Joe McLaurin sold Solene Lubricants in order to devote all his energies to the study and collection of Richmond County's history. The Joe M. McLaurin History Collection consists of a variety of papers and materials created by or collected by Joe McLaurin. These records concern the history of Richmond County and the genealogies of it families. The collection contains papers and correspondence relating to Joe McLaurin's efforts to seek out and acquire historical records on these subjects. The collection holds original primary sources and copies of sources if Joe McLaurin could not acquire the originals. Many people donated papers to the collection, but Joe McLaurin also purchased materials when they were offered for sale. He purchased the negative collections of two prominent Richmond County photographers--Charles Sauls and Nick Lovin. One donor gave Joe McLaurin the legal papers of William G. Pittman who served as an attorney in the county during the first half of the twentieth century. Joe McLaurin also collected a great deal of information and papers on the cotton mill industry in Richmond County. Many of the books that Joe McLaurin collected concern genealogical subjects, and were of limited publication runs making them quite valuable for research in this genre. The collection is made up of correspondence, research files, publications, interview tapes and transcripts, newspapers and clippings, photographic prints and negatives, publications, and books on the history of Richmond County and its residents. Due to the size of the collection, Joe McLaurin created a system of filing numbers for the collection. These filing numbers are described in greater detail within their corresponding series scope and content notes in this finding aid. Joe McLaurin also developed an index of names to help him locate subjects within the papers and records. The file numbering systems, and the index system has been kept by the State Archives in order to maintain the integrity of Joe McLaurin's system of research methodology. (726 boxes and volumes, 260 cubic feet.)
- Maglenn, James, Collection, 1857; 1863 - 1864
James Maglenn (1833-1914), chief engineer of the Civil War blockade runner Ad-Vance, was a native of Ireland who emigrated to the United States at the age of 19 in 1852. When and where he mastered the engineering of steamships is unknown. This small collection of materials includes the original 1857 engineer's certificate issued to him at Norfolk, Virginia, that licensed him as a first assistant engineer following the examination of his qualifications as prescribed by an 1852 act of Congress. (3 items)
- Mangold, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick R., Papers, 1933-1972
Frederick R. Mangold was an instructor and professor at Black Mountain College (Black Mountain, N.C.) from 1934-1942. During those years he also served as acting Secretary, Secretary of the Corporation, Registrar, and member of the Board of Fellows of the Corporation. Both his first wife, Isabel Hollister Mangold, and his second wife, Anne Gilbert Mangold, also worked at Black Mountain College. This collection pertains to the Mangolds' years at Black Mountain, and includes correspondence, college publications, articles about Black Mountain and miscellaneous items. ( 483 items, including correspondence, college publications and forms, etc.) [Note: this collection has moved to the Western Regional Archives. A complete list of collections (PDF) moved to the Western Regional Archives is available online; visit our blog for more information.]
- Mann-Arrington Gold Mining Company Account Books, 1887 - 1890
In 1887 the Mann-Arrington Gold Mining Company, a new company chartered in North Carolina, acquired a gold mine located in Nash County. The company failed in 1893 when judgment for an outstanding $53,000 debt was rendered against it in the U.S. Circuit Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Includes four ledgers of company store accounts and one time book for the Mann-Arrington Gold Mining Company. The time book records each worker's name, the number of days worked each month, and the daily rate of pay. The ledgers list debts owed by the workers but do not itemize the items purchased.
- May, James A., Letter, 1862
This manuscript letter, dated June 13, 1862, was written by James A. May (1849-1862), a Civil War soldier enlisted in Company E, 22nd Regiment (Infantry), North Carolina Troops. Addressed to May's older half-brother, the letter describes the fighting in the Battle of Seven Pines, Virginia (Battle of Fair Oaks).
- Mizelle, Margaret B., Letters, 1942 - 1944
Margaret B. Mizelle served as a 2nd lieutenant with the Army Nurse Corps during World War II. While stationed with the 38th Evacuation Hospital in England, Africa, and Italy, she wrote letters to her mother concerning articles of clothing, cosmetics, or food that Lt. Mizelle wished sent to her from home. Occasionally the letters contain descriptions of life in the field.
- Moore, Elizabeth, Collection, 1898 - 1974
Miss Elizabeth Moore, a native of New Bern, has served as Deputy Clerk of the Superior Court of Craven County. This collection consists of genealogical notes, correspondence relating to genealogical research, newspaper clippings, family trees, brochures, photographs, postcards, Bible records, published family histories, cemetery records, broadsides, and transcriptions of protests from the port of New Bern.
- Morton, Matilda Lamb, Memoirs, 1861 - 1865
This collection consists of a retrospective memoir (original manuscript and typescript) of Civil War events in the life of an eastern North Carolina child, Matilda Lamb. In addition are the original obituary for the writer's older brother (mortally wounded in May, 1864, at Wire Bottom Church, Virginia) and a Xerox copy of a May, 1933, letter written by Mrs. Morton to another brother, George Charles Lamb (who figures in some of her adventures recounted in the memoir).
- Myslajek, Stanley E., Papers, 1947 - 1948
Stanley E. Myslajek (1911-1995) started his career as a professional wrestler in 1932. In 1947, Myslajek began promoting matches in Raleigh and Durham. This collection of materials relates to the series of 26 matches that Myslajek made and promoted in Raleigh during a single season that lasted from September 4, 1947, to May 13, 1948, plus a single post-season match on June 25, 1948.
- Nabors, A. H., Physician and Merchant Account Book, Rutherford County, N.C., 1870-1872
Asbury Hull Nabors (1838-1902) was born at Laurens, Laurens County, S.C. to Alon and Martha Nabours. He was educated at the Charleston Medical College at Charleston, S.C., where he received his degree in 1860. Asbury Hull Nabors maintained a medical practice and a general merchandise concern in Rutherford County. The store was near Camp Creek Township in the area with a post office named Brittain (apparently now defunct). This ledger of accounts contains entries for Dr. Nabor's medical visits and for general store purchases from the years 1870-1872, with most occurring in 1871. The volume has 218 numbered pages that begin at page four (first three pages and possibly an index are missing). Included with the volume is a copy of a store advertisement that appeared in the Mountain Banner, 9 June 1882. (1 item, account book)
- Norden, Eric, Collection, 1735-1967 (pdf)
This collection consists of the papers of Norden, native of Sweden, Wilmington resident, and civil engineer specializing in land surveying and title research in southeastern North Carolina for lumber companies, development companies, and the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, perfecting titles to swamp lands owned by the department. (21.0 Linear feet)
- Page, Don, Collection, 1936 - 1942
Donald Page (1917- ) was born and brought up in Denver, Colorado. He entered Black Mountain College, Black Mountain, N.C. in September, 1936, where he studied art under Josef Albers and weaving and textile design under Anni Albers. After his graduation in May, 1941, Page returned for postgraduate studies at Black Mountain College in the fall of 1941, and the spring of 1942. This collection of materials is made up of textiles, drawings, and studies done by Don Page under both Josef and Anni Albers at Black Mountain College during the period from 1936 to 1942. [Note: this collection has moved to the Western Regional Archives. A complete list of collections (PDF) moved to the Western Regional Archives is available online; visit our blog for more information.]
- Patrick, John M., Account Book, 1852-1863 (pdf)
The John M. Patrick general store opened in Hookerton (Greene County) in March of 1852. John M. Patrick was the sole proprietor. This volume is a day book which lists transactions by date. In addition, it contains an inventory, an account of a dispute, and a settlement of accounts. Merchandise included cloth, ready-to-wear clothing, sewing and knitting essentials, toiletries, paper, ink, books, food staples, spices, candies, spirits, and tobacco. Attached to this finding aid are two tables of names of customers for the John M. Patrick store. These names are sampled from two distinct time periods: 1852-1853 and 1861-1862. In addition, there is an attached table which lists a sampling of items in the inventory. (1 volume)
- Perry, W. C., Account Book, 1922 - 1927
This single-volume account book contains some of the farming and antique business transactions of William Calvin Perry of Troutman, Iredell County, North Carolina. The book includes a record of cantaloupes raised by Troutman and sold in cities and towns in western and piedmont regions, 1922-1924 and 1926-1927; and accounts of the sale of antiques from Perry's shop in his home, from 1933-1937 and 1940.
- Polk, Leonidas L., Ledger, 1883-1887
Leonidas LaFayette Polk (1837-1892) was a native of Anson County, the son of Andrew and Serena Autry Polk. As a young man he was a gentlemen farmer with an ongoing interest and involvement in journalism. After serving in the General Assembly 1860-1861, Polk was an officer in the Confederate Army. His successes in the years after the Civil War included service as the first Commissioner of the State Department of Agriculture, 1877-1880. Although three businesses he founded in the early 1880s failed, Polk founded the successful Progressive Farmer in 1886; was elected national president of the Farmers' Alliance and Industrial Union, 1889; and was influential in higher education, the farmers' movement, and the affairs of the state and nation. This ledger includes an alphabetical index of businesses and individuals followed by page numbers and pages headed by names of businesses and individuals. There is a listing under each name of purchases by date. Items purchased include a variety of books, supplies, and some services. The name of the business operated by Polk is not identified, and most of the entries predate the founding of the Progressive Farmer. (1 item, account book)
- Poplar Grove Account Book, 1820 - 1821
The small store identified as Poplar Grove was located in northwestern Nash County, presumably near a place known by the same name. The 108 pages remaining of the account book reflect the store's stock of goods, including piece goods, notions, shoes, salt, sugar, brandy, tobacco, nails, paper, medicines, powder, and shot.
- Poteet-Dickson Letters, 1861 - 1902, and undated
Martha A. E. Henley (1826-1902) and Francis Marion Poteet (1827-1902) were likely born in Burke or McDowell County, N.C., and were married on September 26, 1847 in McDowell County. Thirteen children were born to this union. Francis worked variously as a farmer, a carpenter, and a miller. Living in the Dysartsville area of McDowell County, Poteet was working as a miller at the time of his conscription into the Confederate Army, Company A, 49th Regiment, North Carolina Troops. At different stages of the war, Poteet was encamped at Weldon, N.C., Kinston, N.C., Petersburg, Virginia, and in other spots in North Carolina and Virginia. In early 1864 Poteet was tried for desertion after he returned home when a young son became ill and died. Poteet was eventually returned to his post, possibly because he was voluntarily returning to the army when arrested. After the war ended, the family moved to Enola, Burke County, North Carolina, where Francis operated a grinding mill and Martha worked in a nearby store. In the 1890s the Poteet family moved to Mooresboro, Cleveland County, N.C. Martha and Francis Poteet died within a day of each other in early April of 1902. The collection includes 47 original manuscript letters, dating from July 16, 1861 to July 12, 1902 and also an undated handcopied story by a child, and a undated family memorandum, ca. 1902 with birth, marriage, death and other dates of Francis Marion Poteet and Martha A. E. Hendley Poteet. The majority of the letters are the Civil War correspondence of Francis Marion Poteet and Martha A. E. Hendley Poteet (36 of 38 letters). The letters convey the deep sense of family and the devotion and love of this couple as man and wife. The letters also reveal the hardship and sacrifices of service in the Confederate army and the harsh plight of a woman running a small farm in McDowell County during war-time while her husband was away. To a lesser degree the letters document Francis Poteet's service in the 49th North Carolina Infantry. Two of the letters are from a brother of Francis, Peter Poteet, during his service at Yorktown, Va. in the 1st North Carolina Infantry Regiment. The remaining letters (9) are post-war correspondence, primarily from Francis and Martha to their daughter Celenia and her husband, F. M. (Frank) Dickson. These letters are also valuable beyond the information they contain about life in the latter half of the 19th century, particularly for the insight they give into the relationships and events within the family. (1 legal size box, 1/3 cubic foot.)
- Revis, Daniel W., Letters, 1862 - 1863, 1865
Daniel W. Revis of Henderson Co. (N.C.) was a farmer, Civil War solider (serving in Co. B, 64th Regt., Infantry, North Carolina Troops), and later a licensed Baptist preacher. The 35 letters, dating from 1862-1863 and 1865, were written within the family of Daniel W. Revis. Two of the letters relate to the problem of deserters among the men from Henderson County. In addition to letters, the collection contains one of the following items: an oath, preacher's license, advertising circular, envelope, and wrapper.
- Richardson, R. P., Jr. and Company Books and Ledgers, 1898-1927
A native of Rockingham County, Robert Payne Richardson Jr. was born in 1855 to Robert Payne Richardson and his second wife, Mary Elizabeth Watlington, a native of Caswell County. Educated locally and one year at the Bingham School, Orange County, Richardson Jr. associated early with his father's tobacco and mercantile business in Reidsville. Around 1877 the younger Richardson formed his own business, the R. P. Richardson Jr. and Company, with a concentration on smoking tobacco, produced mainly under the brand name, Old North State. The business thrived over two decades in the tobacco-centric town of Reidsville. However, the year 1917 brought challenges with a factory fire and the building nearby of a large American Tobacco Company plant for the production of Lucky Strike cigarettes. When Richards Jr. died in 1922, the company stayed in family hands until its sale in April 1926 to Brown and Williamson Tobacco Corporation. Collection includes 22 volumes, representing a portion of the business records of the R.P. Richardson, Jr. and Co., founded in 1877 for the manufacture and sales of smoking tobacco. Volumes include 14 letter press books, 1911-1927; 5 ledger books, 1898-1910; and 3 check stub books, November 1917-August 1918. (22 volumes, 3 cubic feet.)
- Richmond County Historical Collection, Nick Lovin Studio Photo Negatives, 1976
Nick Lovin (1942-1985) was a professional photographer in Richmond County. He continued studio and location work while employed at the Richmond County Daily Journal as their staff photographer. The photo negatives of the Nick Lovin Collection comprise color and black-and-white photographic negatives in 2 1/4 x 2 1/4, 6 x 7, and 35mm formats. Primary subject matter includes weddings and portraits. (3 boxes, .75 cubic feet.)
- Rigsbee, Elizabeth, Letters, 1914 - 1923, and undated
Hannah Elizabeth Rigsbee (1893-1965), known as Elizabeth, was born in Durham County, N.C. to John Vernon Rigsbee (1848-1912), and Mary Whitworth Leigh Rigsbee (1854-1908). The family's youngest child, Elizabeth was only fifteen when her mother died and around nineteen when her father died. By 1914 or earlier, Elizabeth was working with children at the Baptist Orphanage in Thomasville, N.C.(later the Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina). By 1930 or before she was married to Thomas Benton Roberts (1889-1965), a district supervisor of buyers for the American Tobacco Company. The collection includes twenty original letters addressed to Miss Rigsbee, with seventeen written to her as part of courtship initiated by various male friends. Dates of the letters range from 1914 to 1923 with fourteen undated or lacking complete dates. Two of the letters are from a sister, Mary Jessie Rigsbee, known as Jessie, and one from a boy, Annual Wheeler, a resident of the Kennedy Home, a branch of the Baptist Orphanage in Kinston, N.C. Nineteen of the letters are handwritten, while one is typescript. In their entirety the letters include scattered references to activities and entertainments such as ball games, card games, plays, picture shows, church activities, casual gatherings, and going for rides. As a whole, the letters provide a small window into the practice of courtship or dating between a young employed woman and middle class men (at least two employed in the tobacco industry) in small town and rural North Carolina during the early twentieth century. There is one wedding announcement in the collection, dated October 1918. (1 letter size box, 1/3 cubic feet.)
- Riley, Sue Spayth, Papers, 1937 - 1942
Sue Spayth (subsequently Sue Spayth Riley) was a student at Black Mountain College until 1940. Her papers contain manuscripts, typescripts, photographs, and printed items, such as letters, essays, theater programs relating to her work and study, primarily at Black Mountain College (Black Mountain, North Carolina) during the years 1937-1940. Correspondence in this collection continues until 1942. It includes letters from college friends (principally Phyllis S. Josephs and Robert M. Sunley), and also relates to work done for The Biological Bulletin at Woods Hole, Mass. [Note: this collection has moved to the Western Regional Archives. A complete list of collections (PDF) moved to the Western Regional Archives is available online; visit our blog for more information.]
- Roberson, Joseph J., Papers, 1830 - 1845
Joseph J. Roberson (1813-1862), a native of Carteret County, practiced his craft as a ship carpenter during the 1840s and 1850s in New Bern. The Joseph J. Roberson Papers consists primarily of miscellaneous papers of Roberson and his partners: Roberson and Brothers, and Thomas S. Howard and Robersons. The collection includes some correspondence, two contracts for building vessesls (1832 and 1844); accounts and receipts relating to shipbuilding, household accounts, and the building of a bridge in Onslow County. Promissory notes include record of rent and slave hire by Roberson and his partner(s).
- Rohrer, Grace J., Papers, 1972 - 1989
Grace Jemison Rohrer (1924- ), daughter of Howard A. and Caroline Elmore (Bishop) Jemison, was born in Chicago. Some years after her marriage to Robert H. Rohrer, she moved with her family to Winston-Salem. This collection contains correspondence, memoranda, reports, handbooks, and brochures arising from the public life of Grace J. Rohrer during the years from 1972 to 1989. The collection reflects Mrs. Rohrer's involvment with various organizations, including the Republican Party, North Carolinians United for Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), the N.C. Women's Political Caucus, Friends of University Network Television, and her service as secretary of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, and the Department of Administration. As a policy advisor to Governor James G. Martin, Mrs. Rohrer served in his "Cabinet Clusters," 1986-1989, and was also involved during that time with the N.C. Council on the Status of Women.
- Rose Family Photograph Albums, 1925 - 1950
Marion Simon Rose (1901-1980) was a Durham businessman married to Susan Emily (1915- ), a figure in the cultural life of Durham. The four albums of candid photographs chronicle their wedding, other special occasions, and the lives of their two daughters. 4 volumes on 1 microfilm reel.
- Russell Autograph Book, 1861 - 1863
Daniel L. [Lindsay] Russell (1845-1908) served as governor of North Carolina from 1897 to 1901. He was a member of the class of 1863/64, University of North Carolina. The volume contains the autographs of 70 schoolmates in the war classes at the university, most of whom went to war, and on all of whom (even those no longer living) the university conferred ex speciali gratia the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1911. Dates of entries are from 1861-1863. The volume also contains the autographs of three soldiers at Fort Caswell and Fort Fisher in 1863.
- Seals Family Papers, 1842 - 1956
This collection consists of correspondence and papers of the family of William and Jane Seals of Richmond County, N.C. Correspondence dates from 1862 to 1904 and includes letters written home by sons, William, James, John, and Harris from Civil War encampments and trenches; letters written by some of the sons as they seek work during the economic depression of the 1870s; and various letters concerning family and business matters. The collection also includes bills for cotton seed and receipts from baled cotton of Alexander and Porter T. Seals and cotton insurance for Porter T. Seals (1872-1956); deeds, grants, and land papers (1842-1945) relating to the land of Alexander and Porter T. Seals in Richmond County, N.C.; burial association, funeral, and literary papers (1878-1956); and bills and receipts (1866-1946).
- Shepherd, James E., Papers, 1806 - 1884
James Edward Shepherd (1847-1910), lawyer and jurist, was born at Mintonville, near Suffolk, Virginia, the son of Thomas Swepson Shepherd (1811-1860) and his first wife Ann Eliza Browne (1813-1852). Shepherd attended the University of North Carolina in 1867 and 1868, and was admitted to the bar and opened a practice in Wilson in 1869. Shepherd was elected one of the justices of the North Carolina Supreme Court in 1888 and was appointed chief justice in 1892. The collection consists of letters, deeds, bills of sale, bill of lading, subpoenas and other legal writs, printed matter, daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, and paper photographs. 91 items.
- Sloan-Osborne Ciphering Book, c. 1753, 1778-1779, 1782
Adlai Osborne (1744-1814), lawyer and political and educational leader, was born in either New Jersey or Delaware, son of Alexander and Agnes McWhorter Osborne. At the age of five he was brought by his parents to what is now southeastern Iredell County. Henry Sloan (1769-1783), was the son of John and Agnes Sloan of Rowan (subsequently Davidson) County. The volume contains the arithmetic exercises of both Adlai and Henry. It is thought both boys' entries were completed around the age of 9 or 10. 1 volume made up of post-folio size paper manufactured at two different papermills.
- Sly, Allan, Papers, 1936 - 1973
Pianist and composer Allan Bernard Sly taught music at Black Mountain College from 1935-1939. Black Mountain College was an experimental school located in Black Mountain, N.C. Allan Sly's papers include audiotapes of commentary by Sly about his experiences at Black Mountain College, two essays by Sly concerning music and the college, and a dissertation by Anna M. Hines about music at Black Mountain. (9 items, including 256 page dissertation, 2 essays, 2 photocopied letters, 3 audiotapes, 1 manuscript ) [Note: this collection has moved to the Western Regional Archives. A complete list of collections (PDF) moved to the Western Regional Archives is available online; visit our blog for more information.]
- Stone, James A., Papers, 1842 - 1880
James Albert Stone (c.1820-1882) was one of the sons of Jonathan Murray Stone, representative in the General Assembly from Granville and Nash counties. Though James A. Stone, like his brothers Francis M. and Silas M., taught in the common schools of North Carolina, he is consistently reported as a farmer in the federal censuses. The collection consists almost entirely of promissory notes, bills, and receipts dating from 1842 to 1880. Miscellaneous papers include an 1845 contract to teach school; a letter from Stone's wife dated Jan. 17, 1854; a note from his father, Jonathan Murray Stone; a 50 cent fractional currency notes of the state of Georgia, series of Jan. 1, 1863; an undated table of temperatures and hours for firing a barn of tobacco; and an undated final settlement for the estate of H. Ezell.
- Strange, James W., Collection, 1861 - 1865
A native of Fayetteville, Cumberland County, James William Strange (1818-1886) was appointed captain of Company D, 19th Regiment, North Carolina Troops (otherwise called 2d Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry), on June 21, 1861. After resigning his command of the company in March 1864, the following April Strange was elected captain of Company F, 2d Battalion, North Carolina Defense Troops. The two documents in this collection relate to the two companies under his command.
- Suggs-McEwen Family Papers, 1791 - 1918
These papers relate chiefly to the southwestern Bladen County landholdings of John S. McEwen. Subsequent to his death in 1881, most of the lands were purchased by McEwen's nephew, William A. Suggs, from the other heirs. The papers, dating from 1791-1918, include bills and receipts; a few letters and plats of survey; estates papers; deeds; miscellanea pertaining to land; promissory notes; tax receipts; the Suggses family record and school papers; and oversized land grants.
- Tayloe, Jonathan Stanley, Papers, 1917 - 1920
Jonathan Stanley Tayloe (1890-1918) was the youngest of the three children of Watson and Addie (Hayes) Tayloe of Bertie County. Tayloe served as a soldier during World War I and on August 9, 1918 he was killed in the trenches while being shelled. The collection consists chiefly of correspondence. Most of the letters are personal and were written by Tayloe in different training camps to his family. One letter was written just before his death in Europe. The remaining papers relate to the recovery of his effects by his family and to his war risk insurance.
- Vann, John, Papers, 1718 - 1911
The John Vann Papers consist primarily of the papers of father and son, John Vann (1768-1850) and John Arline Vann (1822-1902), Hertford County, N.C., planters, public officials, and state legislators. The majority of the papers relate to the affairs and estates of others for whom the two Vanns acted in a fiduciary capacity as executor, administrator, trustee, or guardian. A significant number of the remainder of the papers related to the activities of the two Vanns (principally the son) as public officials of Hertford County. These semi-public materials include wills, inventories of estates, accounts of administrators and guardians, tax records, election records, tar and fish inspection records, deeds, and bills of sale. The private family papers include papers on the Cool Spring Baptist meeting house, Chowan Baptist Female College, Accounts, Bills, receipts, deeds, promissory notes, sawmill accounts, fishery accounts, and a small amount of correspondence ranging in date from 1788 to 1900. Some of the papers relate to the affairs of John Vann's father-in-law, Jesse R. Cross.
- Vertical Paper Cutter Company Account Book, 1906 - 1907
The Vertical Paper Cutter Company, located in Raleigh, was incorporated on June 2, 1906. Henry E. Litchford was president, and Everett M. and Melvin N. Andrews were vice-president and secretary-manager respectively. The company appears to have purchased paper in bulk and to have cut and sold it to specifications given them by the purchaser, and, at the same time, to have held exclusive right to market a patented vertical paper cutter. A single ledger of accounts payable which covers the period from June 6, 1906, to August 31, 1907.
- Warm Springs Hotel Daybook, 1879
The Warm Springs Hotel was established in Buncombe, later Madison County, around 1832. Until destroyed by a fire in 1884, the hotel was one of North Carolina's main summer resorts. It was located in the community of Warm Springs (renamed Hot Springs in 1886), in the Appalachian Mountains of western Madison County near the confluence of the French Broad River and Spring Creek. The town and resort derived their name from the natural thermal springs in the area, which had long drawn travelers seeking relief from their ailments. A daybook, for the year 1879, January 25 - October 17, recording daily receipts and expenditures of the hotel as they occurred. Consists of 1 volume (578 pages less pages cut or overwritten). During this period of time, the hotel was under the proprietorship of Dr. William H. Howerton, a physician who in 1862 had served briefly as captain of Company H, 37th Regt., North Carolina Troops. Following the Civil War, Dr. Howerton became active in Republican Party politics and successfully stood for election to the office of Secretary of State on the Republican ticket in 1872. Upon completion of his term of office, early in 1877, Dr. Howerton left Raleigh for Warm Springs and remained until around in end of 1882. (1 volume, 578 pages less pages overwritten and cut)
- Warm Springs Hotel Guest Arrivals and Departures, 1880
The Warm Springs Hotel was established in Buncombe, later Madison County, around 1832. Until destroyed by a fire in 1884, the hotel was one of North Carolina's main summer resorts. It was located in the community of Warm Springs (renamed Hot Springs in 1886), in the Appalachian Mountains of western Madison County near the confluence of the French Broad River and Spring Creek. The town and resort derived their name from the natural thermal springs in the area, which had long drawn travelers seeking relief from their ailments. An account book, for the year 1880, June 1 - September 20, recording the number of guests registered during the day and during the night, accounting for all departures and the amount paid. Consists of 1 volume (125 pages). During this period of time, the hotel was under the proprietorship of Dr. William H. Howerton, a physician who in 1862 had served briefly as captain of Company H, 37th Regt., North Carolina Troops. Following the Civil War, Dr. Howerton became active in Republican Party politics and successfully stood for election to the office of Secretary of State on the Republican ticket in 1872. Upon completion of his term of office, early in 1877, Dr. Howerton left Raleigh for Warm Springs and remained until around the end of 1882. (1 volume, 125 pages)
- Warm Springs Hotel Ledger of Accounts, 1881
The Warm Springs Hotel was established near thermal springs of the same name, in Buncombe, later Madison County, around 1832. Until destroyed by a fire in 1884, the hotel was one of North Carolina's main summer resorts. It was located in the community of Warm Springs (renamed Hot Springs in 1886), in the Appalachian Mountains of western Madison County near the confluence of the French Broad River and Spring Creek. The Swannanoa Hotel opened in 1880 in Asheville, North Carolina. Both hotels at separate times were briefly under the proprietorship of Dr. William H. Howerton, who had served briefly as a captain of Company H, 57th Regiment, North Carolina Troops in 1862. Following the war Dr. Howerton became active in politics and was elected Secretary of State on the Republican ticket in 1882. He operated the Warm Springs Hotel from 1877 to 1882. A general ledger for the year 1881 containing accounts posted from a daybook now missing from the collection. The volume includes guests accounts due the hotel as well as accounts that were owed by the hotel to staff for supplies, advertising, and other expenses. The names of each guest are listed with the corresponding hometown or city. Incidental charges to guests and to staff are included for various infractions, including breaking glass and crockery. The index is partially obscured by the overwriting of a child's hand. Some other pages are filled with practice correspondence, essays, and a farcical song The Lime Kiln Club, parodying initiation into a black fraternal organization. (1 volume, ca. 273 pages)
- Warm Springs Hotel-Swannanoa Hotel Daybook, 1882-1883
The Warm Springs Hotel was established near thermal springs of the same name, in Buncombe, later Madison County, around 1832. Until destroyed by a fire in 1884, the hotel was one of North Carolina's main summer resorts. It was located in the community of Warm Springs (renamed Hot Springs in 1886), in the Appalachian Mountains of western Madison County near the confluence of the French Broad River and Spring Creek. The Swannanoa Hotel opened in 1880 in Asheville, North Carolina. Both hotels at separate times were briefly under the proprietorship of Dr. William H. Howerton, who had served as a captain of Company H, 57th Regiment, North Carolina Troops in 1862. Following the war Dr. Howerton became active in politics and was elected Secretary of State on the Republican ticket in 1882. He operated the Warm Springs Hotel from 1877 to 1882 and the Swannanoa Hotel from mid-December 1882 to ca. 1884. A daybook that records daily receipts and expenditures during the last eight months Dr. William H. Howerton operated the Warm Springs Hotel (April 24 - December 14, 1882), and for the first seven months he operated the Swannanoa Hotel at Asheville (December 15, 1882 - July 20, 1883). Consists of 1 volume (1 volume, 894 pages)
- Weston, Nan, Notebook, 1937
Anne Howard (Chapin) Weston (1913-1992), a native of Hartford, Connecticut, was a student in Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida, from 1930 to 1933. She, and her future husband, Norman Betts Weston (1913-2000), were among the body of students who founded Black Mountain College at Black Mountain, N.C., in the autumn of 1933. The collection consists of one binder with 37 leaves (some blank). The leaves contain pasted color cutouts and some pencil figures demonstrating the application of various color systems studied while a student in a course taught by Josef Albers. [Note: this collection has moved to the Western Regional Archives. A complete list of collections (PDF) moved to the Western Regional Archives is available online; visit our blog for more information.]
- Weston, Norman B., Collection, 1927-1985
Norman Betts Weston (1913-2000) and Anne Howard Chapin (1913-1992) were students at Black Mountain College (Black Mountain, North Carolina) from 1933-1938 and were married in January, 1935. The majority of the collection is made up of photographs and printed matter collected by Mr. and Mrs. Weston while students at Black Mountain, however a significant element in the collection relates to Josef and Anni Albers during their post-Black Mountain College period. (76 items) [Note: this collection has moved to the Western Regional Archives. A complete list of collections (PDF) moved to the Western Regional Archives is available online; visit our blog for more information.]
- Wetherington, Julia, Papers, 1948 - 1951
Julia Wetherington, 1892-1978, daughter of Oliver Hazard and Nannie (Daughtery) Wetherington, was born at Tuscarora, Craven County, N.C. She began her career as an elementary school teacher in 1913. In 1938 she began work as a state elementary school supervisor in the Division of Instructional Services, N.C. Dept. of Public Instruction. During 1949 Miss Wetherington, having been granted a leave of absence by the N.C. Dept. of Public Instruction, worked as an education advisor in the denazification program under the U.S. High Commissioner for Germany to reform the school system of post-war Germany. Miss Wetherington completed her work in Germany toward the end of 1949, returned to Raleigh, and resumed her work in the N.C. Dept. of Public Instruction. She retired in 1958. The papers in this collection all relate to Miss Wetherington's experience in post-war Germany. They include a file of biographical and personnel materials, copies of briefing notes and historical reports, an article by Vaughn R. De Long on "School Reform in Land Hesse", nine sets of note cards, and souvenirs.
- Whedbee Freedmen Papers, 1854 - 1882
Files of Judge William Armistead Moore, receiver of so much of the estate of James P. Whedbee of Perquimans County, N.C., as had been bequeathed to his slaves in 1852. Upon suit by Whedbee's heirs at-law in 1866 to prevent distribution of a portion of the estate among Whedbee's former slaves, the Supreme Court of North Carolina ruled there had been no lapse in the terms of the will and that distribution was to be made. Judge Moore, as receiver, searched out the original slaves and their heirs (scattered in New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Yorktown, Va. and various North Carolina towns) in order to pay them their share of the bequest. Includes correspondence, lists of slaves/freedmen, affidavits of identity, powers of attorney, receipts from freedmen for distributive shares and so forth.
- Wheeler, Dr. Samuel Jordan, Notebooks, 1832 - 1879
Dr. Samuel Jordan Wheeler (1810-1879) was educated at Hertford Academy; graduated from Union College, Schenectady, N. Y.; studied medicine with Dr. Nathan Chapman, first president of the American Medical Association. He married Lucinda Bond, daughter of Lewis Bond, state legislator from Bertie County. A Baptist active in the Chowan Association, he practiced medicine, farmed, and taught at the Chowan Baptist Female Institute. Dr. Wheeler owned and edited The [Murfreesboro] Citizen, 1858-1859 and served with the mounted "partisan rangers" on picket duty, 1862-1864. Includes a medical day book of 145 pages and a diary. The day book contains the accounts of his patients in intermittent years between 1834-1870 and the accounts of boarders, some of whom were young ladies attending the Chowan Baptist Female Institute [Chowan College] in Murfreesboro, 1849-1855. The diary of 1879, written on the back of weekly weather chronicles of the War Department is essentially a day by day account of the slow dying of Dr. Wheeler at "Willow Hall" in Bertie County.
- Whitehead, Joseph Bryant, Papers, 1779 - 1911
This small collection relates to the family of Joseph Bryant Whitehead, one of the principal famers of Halifax County during the 19th century. The papers appear to be random survivals, apparently preserved for sentimental reasons by Whitehead's youngest son. Most of the eight letters were written by out-of-state relatives or family connections, and range from 1848 to 1882. Some of the papers relate to the estates of Halifax Conty decedents or to the guardianship of orphans. Deeds and land records, bills and receipts, and promissory notes make up a third of the collection. Other papers include an undated Valentine from the 1880s, invitations, including one to Whitehead's funeral, and memoranda of the births and deaths of family members.
- Whitford, Hardy, Account Book, 1832-1841 (pdf)
The Hardy Whitford general store was operating in New Bern from 1818, or earlier, until about 1841. Hardy Whitford (1793-1841) was the sole proprietor. This volume is a ledger which itemizes transactions by customers’ names. The front page appears to capture the autographs of three generations of Whitford men: Hardy, John D., and Reid. Its inside cover provides instructions on timber measurements. The store merchandise included cloth, apparel, household wares, building materials, hardware items, food staples, spirits, and tobacco products. Hauling and shoe mending services were provided by slaves and indentured servants. Attached to this finding aid is a table of names of customers for the Hardy Whitford Store from 1832 to 1841. (1 Volume)
- Williams, Kate Middleton Pearsall, Papers, 1877 - 1946
Kate Middleton Pearsall (1861-1909) was the daughter of Jeremiah and Jemima Haywood Pearsall of Duplin County. Presumably, her teaching career lasted only through the decade of the 1880s and closed upon her marriage to Robert Williams of Mount Olive, N.C. By a previous marriage Robert Williams had two children, Mary Elizabeth (Mrs. Richard Edward Wooten) and George R. Williams, and by his marriage to Kate Middleton Pearsall, one son, James Henry Williams (1891-1949). Kate Pearsall Williams entered Hygeia Hospital and Sanatorium in Richmond, Virginia, for treatment of a heart condition in the autumn of 1907 and remained there through the winter of 1907/08. She died July 2,1909. The collection consists of letters, invoices, bills, receipts, post cards, two manuscript volumes, cancelled checks, and notes. The majority of the letters are those written by James H. Williams to his mother while in school at Faison and Oxford and those written to him by Mrs. Williams from their home in Mount Olive or from Hygeia Hospital, Richmond, Virginia. The invoices, bills, and receipts date from the years when James H. Williams was under his mother's guardianship from 1905 to 1909. Earlier materials relate to the education of Kate Middleton Pearsall Williams and include a copybook and notebook.
- Williamson, George, and Co., 1816 - 1825, 1827 - 1829, 1834 - 1840
George Williamson & Co. was founded in Yanceyville, Caswell County by Williamson, a businessman and high sheriff long prominent in his county's affairs. The ten manuscript volumes comprise an invoice book; one volume of cash sales and five volumes of credit sales; one blacksmith shop ledger of accounts of debts, prefaced by miscellaneous financial memorada; and two blacksmith shop journals that appear to function as a rough account from which entries were to be posted in ledgers not present in the collection. Seven of the volumes relate to Williamson's mercantile business, while three relate to his blacksmith shop (with one of the latter relating to the financial side of Williamson's duties as sheriff).
- Wilmington Ten Case File, 1971-1978, see "Fountain, Judge George M., Wilmington Ten Case File, 1971-1978"
- Winslow, Caleb, and Family Papers, 1712 - 1941
Caleb Winslow, a Quaker physician, was born in Hertford, Perquimans County in 1824. He moved to Baltimore, Maryland, in 1866, and died there in 1895. Caleb Winslow was married to Jane Paxson Parry on January 14, 1852, and they had eight children. The papers include correspondence of the Winslow family and several items of the Leiper and Knowles families, deeds, land grants, bills of sale, bonds, accounts, receipts, bills, promissory notes, wills, marriage certificates, estate papers, advertisements, warrants, summons, miscellaneous court papers, account books, 2 letter books (including c. 275 items), histories of the Winslow and Fayssoux families, account of Philip Jones' descendants, genealogies of the Fayssoux and Winslow and allied families, newspaper clippings, photographs, magazine excerpts, and miscellaneous material including envelopes. Ca. 2,375 items.
- Wood, Horace McGuire, Papers, 1933-1972
Horace McGuire Wood (1902-1972) came to Black Mountain College (Black Mountain, NC) in 1942 to become the school's business manager and director of the work experience program. He later taught design and construction courses. After they left the college in December 1945, Mr. and Mrs. Wood continued to live at their home in the town of Black Mountain, where he conducted a house planning and building seminar for many years. The papers include correspondence from both during and after Wood's time at Black Mountain College, work experience program materials, minutes of faculty meetings, Black Mountain College publications, house plans, site plans, and other materials. (325 items) [Note: this collection has moved to the Western Regional Archives. A complete list of collections (PDF) moved to the Western Regional Archives is available online; visit our blog for more information.]
- Worth, Jonathan, Papers, 1831 - 1889
Governor Jonathan Worth was born in 1802 in Guilford County, son of Eunice Gardner and Dr. David Worth, a descendent of Nantucket Quakers. Worth served as governor of North Carolina from 1865-1868 and supported President Andrew Johnson's reconstruction policies. The collection consists of copies of outgoing correspondence (13 letter press books) between 1850 and 1869 and incoming correspondence from 1831 until after his death in 1869. Ca. 5,300 items
- Wright, George W., Ledgers, 1885 - 1889
George W. Wright (1850- ) was a farmer in southeastern Richmond (now southern Scotland) County, with cotton as his primary crop. Wright's farm was located on Gum Swamp, south of Laurel Hill and southwest of Laurinburg. In 1884 Wright rented a local gin and press where he baled cotton for himself and for the public. The collection includes the following two ledgers: a 94-page ruled book marked Book C, covering the years from 1885 to 1887; and a 180-page ruled book marked Book D, covering the years from 1887 to 1889. Both volumes contain accounts of creditors and accounts of debtors.
- Wynns Family Papers, 1824 - 1927
The Wynns (Winn, Wynn, Winns) family of Hertford County was one of great prominence in colonial North Carolina. The papers in this collection belonged to several members of the Wynns family and to relatives by marriage. The majority of the papers are those of William B. (? - 1840) and his son James Madison Wynns (1834-1906). The collection consists of correspondence, deeds, accounts, receipts, promissory notes, wills, minutes, legal papers, ledger books, and miscellaneous material. 1 microfilm reel.
- Young, John Augustus, Diary, 1861 - 1888
John Augustus Young (1814-1888) was born in Iredell County. Young built the Rock Island Manufacturing Company, a woolen mill. Young served in the 4th Regiment of North Carolina Troops (1861-1862) but returned to wool manufacturing for troops. After the failure of his mill in 1870, Young served as clerk of Inferior Court, Mecklenburg County until 1885 and then as postmaster of Charlotte until his death. The collection includes a diary of thirty-one pages kept by Young in 1861, a sample pay voucher, a list of flare and cannon signals (1861), and a photocopy of Young's obituary (1888). The diary recounts the 4th Regiment's organization after his appointment in May; giving general details of Battle of Bull Run; describing Col. George B. Anderson and leave spent with Maj. Bryan Grimes at a plantation in Virginia; and mentioning epidemic of measles, nursing service by ladies of Richmond, machinery ordered from England for his mill, and clothing for the regiment.
- Young, John Graham, Papers, 1861, 1864
John Graham Young (1846-1918) was born in Statesville. The son of Colonel John Augustus Young, John Graham enlisted in 4th Regiment, North Carolina State Troops (N.C.S.T.). The papers consist of a diary containing a muster roll, casualty lists, a speech by Jefferson Davis, three riddles, and several poems (some apparently composed by Major Edwin Augustus Osborne). 9 items.
Last Modified: 03/21/2013