Newly accessioned collections at the East Carolina Manuscript Room

Contributed by Dale Sauter

Robertson, Mary and Gordon, Missionary Papers

Letters (August 1917-August 13, 1919) written by Mary and Gordon Robertson of Africa Inland Mission while they were working in the Belgian Congo. They described their work providing education and religious training, how World War I was affecting the area, indigenous customs, and the practice of cannibalism which was still in existence in some villages.

Methodist Missions in Rhodesia and Mozambique Photograph Album

Photograph album (late 1890's-1930's) compiled by an unknown missionary documents the Methodist church's mission activities in Rhodesia and Mozambique. Images are usually identified and capture views of everyday life as well as mission activities such as building a chapel, operating mission schools, and running a printing press.

Atkins, Alison Hearne, Papers

This collection (1939-2008) contains material related to the life of Alison Hearne Atkins, a graduate of East Carolina University (B.S. in Music Education 1952, M.A. in Vocal Performance 1961), whose career includes teaching voice at Fort Hays State University (Hays, Kansas) for 28 years, teaching at a private studio, performing operatic works, and performing and accompanying Scottish folk and art songs at Grandfather Mountain Highland Games in Linville, North Carolina, for over 40 years.

Watson, Gaston and Fannie, Collection

Material (1898-1948) including legal correspondence and summons, tax receipts, accounts ledger, deeds, contracts, and life insurance policies related to the real estate business of Gaston Watson (1865-1933) and his wife Fannie Morris Watson (1884-1965) of Wilson, North Carolina. Also included are photographs related to the family.

Warren, John Thompson, Scrapbook

USNA Class of 1924 scrapbook kept by John Thompson Warren (1901-1958), appointed from the 9th Congressional District Tennessee in 1920 as midshipman, while he was attending the Naval Academy. The scrapbook contains mainly photographs particularly concerning his 1921 cruise on the USS Kansas and his 1922 cruise on the USS Florida.

Leach, William H. H., Diary

This Civil War diary (October 1, 1862 - March 24, 1863) was kept by William H. H. Leach of Company E, 3rd Massachusetts Regiment. In this daily diary, he discusses his training at Camp Hooker in Massachusetts, sailing to North Carolina, camp life, and skirmishes and battles at Kinston and Goldsboro, North Carolina. The diary ends with him in camp at New Bern, North Carolina.

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