Newly processed collections at the East Carolina Manuscript Collection

Francis Marion Mellette Collection

This collection includes copies of Mellette family history, a 1960 history of Pleasant Hill Masonic Lodge Number 304 in Deep Run, North Carolina, and an undated member ledger.

Eborn S. Pitt Papers

This collection contains the correspondence, contracts, lease agreements, and ledgers for the Farmers Tobacco Warehouse in Claxton, Georgia, and the Metter Tobacco Warehouse in Metter, Georgia (1947-1955.) There are also multiple contracts with the business partners and letters with E.S. Pittman concerning the business operations at the warehouse.

Pickwick Book Club Records

Records (1954-1980), including minutes and booklets, of the Pickwick Book Club of Greenville, North Carolina.

Hardee Family Collection

Correspondence, notes, a family history, and other genealogical materials of Col. David L. Hardee pertaining to the Hardee-Hardy families.

Henry Merritt Stenhouse Papers

This collection contains the written works of Dr. Henry Merritt Stenhouse, a U.S. Naval doctor. The written works detail his life as a naval doctor while in China and Japan (1918) and thoughts towards the Russian Revolution, the Chinese revolution, and their cultures. They also give detailed accounts of some illnesses, diseases, and injuries treated by Dr. Stenhouse as well as his life as a medical student at the University of Colorado.

Chatham Book Club Records

Records of Greenville, North Carolina, book club (1937-1977), including minutes, correspondence, newsletter clippings, constitution and by-laws, and two scrapbooks.

Democratic Women of North Carolina Collection

Papers (1960-1962, 1986, undated) compiled by Doris M. Cromartie during her service as vice chair of the executive committee of the Democratic Women of North Carolina, including correspondence, lists of workers, by-laws, newsletter, articles, and miscellaneous materials pertaining to Democratic Party activities in North Carolina.

Petition (1767) to King George III from N.C. Land Speculator Henry McCulloch

Included is a 1767 petition ("Memorial") written by Henry McCulloch, a London merchant, colonial official and North Carolina land speculator, to King George III of England. The topic of the "Memorial" is the difficulties encountered in encouraging settlements in North Carolina after the Anglo-Cherokee War (congruent with the French and Indian War) and the need for relief from paying quit rents.

44th Massachusetts Vol. Reg., Co. I, Private's Papers

This collection contains a diary (February 16, 1863-May 16, 1863) and correspondence (September 14, 1862-September 15, 1864) written by an unknown private serving in Co. I of the 44th Massachusetts Volunteers Regiment during the Civil War. The diary was written by a man named Daniel while his company is camped at Brice's Creek, North Carolina.

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Lecture at ECU on photography in 19th century printed medical books

Contributed by Marlena Rose

On September 23 at 4:30PM, East Carolina University’s Laupus Library will host “Ink and Silver: Medicine, Photography, and the Printed Book,” a lecture given by Dr. Stephen J. Greenberg, MSLS, PhD, Section Head, Rare Books & Early Manuscripts, History of Medicine Division, United States National Library of Medicine.

This lecture is part of the Ruth and John Moskop History of Medicine lecture series and is hosted by the Medical History Interest Group.

Ink and Silver: Medicine, Photography, and the Printed Book, 1845-1900 will address the use of photography in 19th century printed medical books, from both technological and aesthetic viewpoints. Four central benchmarks will be examined: Alfred Donné's Cours de microscopie (1844-45), which used daguerreotypes to create etched printing plates; the pioneering psychiatrist Hugh Diamond, who as early as 1850 not only photographed his patients but arranged for lithographs of their physiognomies to be printed alongside his articles on their diagnosis and treatment; the work of the pioneering neurologist Guillaume Duchenne du Boulogne, who illustrated his books with hundreds of tipped-in albumen prints; and the Army Surgeon-General’s Library (fore-runner of the National Library of Medicine), whose profusely illustrated medical history of the Civil War pushed the existing book arts to their limits. Illustration sources include the NLM’s History of Medicine Division, as well as other institutions such as the Royal College of Physicians.

Stephen Greenberg received his doctorate in Early Modern History from Fordham University in 1983 with a dissertation on early printing and publishing. After teaching for several years, he returned to school and earned his library degree from Columbia University in 1991, specializing in Rare Books and Archival Management. Since 1992, he has worked in the History of Medicine Division at the US National Library of Medicine (one of the constituents of the National Institutes of Health), where he is currently Head of the Rare Books and Early Manuscripts Section. His research and publications span a number of fields, including the history of printing and publishing, the social history of medicine, the history of medical librarianship, and the history of medical photography.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. The lecture will also feature a pop-up display.

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Kudos to SNCA member

I finally had a chance to watch the documentary written and hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr. called Reconstruction: America After the Civil War. I'm the kind of person who watches all the credits, so I noticed the 6+ screens listing the repositories that provided archival material. And then how excited was I to see this:

screenshot from Reconstruction

Congratulations to Travis Souther and the New Hanover County Public Library for providing such good service in helping Gates tell the story of the 1898 Wilmington coup that it warranted being called out in the credits. Keep up the good work!

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SNCA 2020 Conference Call for Proposals

Uncovering the Hidden Labor and Faces of the Archives

Online proposal form due by midnight on November 15, 2019.

The Program Committee is now accepting proposals for the 2020 SNCA conference to be held at Elon University's Moseley Center on March 18-20, 2020. Workshops will be held on Wednesday, March 18, with the conference held on Thursday and Friday, March 19-20. This year's meeting is a joint meeting with the North Carolina Community College Archives Association (NCCCAA).

 We invite panel and lightning round proposals, individually or as a group, and poster proposals:

  • Panel and lightning rounds proposals: Each speaker should provide a 150 word abstract of their proposed topic. Panel sessions consist of 3-4 speakers who will each have 15-20 minutes to present. Lightning rounds include more speakers with less time for each, usually 5-10 minutes. This format may be submitted by an individual speaker interested in joining a panel or lightning round.
  • Poster proposals: Please submit a 150 word abstract for your proposed topic. The Committee invites submissions that reflect the diverse experiences and perspectives of those active in the field.

Any individual involved in archives–including staff, volunteers, researchers, donors, academics, and allied professionals–should feel welcome to submit proposals. Students and new professionals are particularly encouraged to submit. Speakers are not required to be SNCA or NCCCAA members. More details about the conference, including lodging and pre-conference workshops, will be shared when available.

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Call for Papers for JSNCA 2019

Journal for the Society of North Carolina Archivists
Special Topical Issue:
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Special Collections: Critical Efforts
Call for Papers

J-SNCA is an annual online journal that seeks to address the theoretical, practical, and scholarly concerns of North Carolina’s archival profession. The editorial board of J-SNCA invites members of the research and archival communities to submit articles for a themed issue that will be titled, “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Archives and Special Collections: Critical Efforts.” The issue will be published in the winter of 2019.

This notice is a broad call for papers [shorter articles 2,500-5,000 words in length] that discuss efforts to ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion within the context of our collections, our institutions, and our professional lives.

Deadline: Deadline for article submission is October 1, 2019. Article proposals are welcome and encouraged. Submission guidelines at

Submission Contact: Kristen Merryman, Managing Editor –

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New Collection Highlights Asheville Architect and Silversmith

Contributed by Sarah Downing

The Western Regional Archives recently acquired an important collection of personal papers and business records of William Waldo Dodge Jr. (1895–1971), an architect and silversmith of note who began his career in Asheville in the late 1920s and worked until his retirement in 1956.

Although born and reared in Washington, D.C., Dodge came to the Asheville area to convalesce at the U.S. General Hospital #19 at Oteen after sustaining injuries during World War I. It was at Oteen that Dodge became interested in metal work, a skill he learned as part of a rehabilitation program at the hospital. He married an occupational therapist, Margaret Wheeler Robinson, in 1921. 

Shortly after their nuptials, William suffered a respiratory relapse, and the couple moved to Connecticut, close to Margaret’s mother, where William would enter the Gaylord Sanitorium. Margaret joined the staff, and soon set up a silversmithing shop where patients could learn practical skills and the sanitorium could generate income from the finished silver pieces. It is believed that William Waldo Dodge honed his skills working under the direction of professionals from nearby silver manufacturers—R. Wallace and Son of Wallingford, Connecticut; International Silver of Meridian, Connecticut; and Gorham of New York.

The Dodges returned to Asheville in 1923 and, with the help of William Waldo Dodge Sr., bought a house near the Grove Park Inn. Dodge Jr. then opened Asheville Silvercraft in a small cottage on Charlotte Street. He began creating small utilitarian pieces such as serving utensils and sherbet dishes. Soon he caught the attention of the Country Club of Asheville, who commissioned Dodge to create silver plates and bowls to be awarded as prizes for golf tournaments.

By 1928, he had designed and built his own studio, The Dodge Silver Shop, in Biltmore Forest. His work was known for its heavy gauge and hammering techniques and was popular enough for Dodge to hire and train 3 additional silversmiths.

photo of the Dodge Silver Shop

In addition to silversmithing, Dodge, who earned a degree in architecture at MIT prior to his military service, worked as an architect, gaining commissions in the Asheville area, even during the early years during the Great Depression. His work included designing homes in Biltmore Forest, Grove Park, and Enka Mill Village, as well as a commercial building in downtown Asheville. In 1942, with opportunities for designing houses or selling silver slim, Dodge and five Asheville architects formed Six Associates, a firm specializing in defense contracts.

The collection is a donation from Bruce E. Johnson, who spent many years assembling original letters, photographs, drawings, articles, and notes relating to the life and work of William Waldo Dodge Jr. Johnson’s efforts culminated in an exhibit, Hand Wrought, the Artistry of William Waldo Dodge at the Asheville Art Museum in 2005, which he guest-curated along with authoring the exhibition checklist. Included in the Bruce E. Johnson Collection on William Waldo Dodge Jr. are materials given to Johnson by the Dodge family.

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New accessions to East Carolina Manuscript Collection

Contributed by Dale Sauter

#1342 Benjamin W. Daniels and Mabel A. Grant Daniels Papers

Included are a copy of the Daniels-Murphrey Family History compiled and edited by Eleanor Daniels Casey in 1993, a photograph of the USS Nebraska that Benjamin Daniels of Wayne County, North Carolina, sailed on to Europe in WWI, and three photographs of Benjamin Daniels in his WWI US Navy uniform

#1343 1st Battalion, 1st NC Volunteer Infantry, in Cuba Collection

The four-month stay in Cuba of the 1st Battalion, 1st North Carolina Volunteers, from December 1898 through March 1899 is documented in these sixty amateur albumen photographs with captions. The photographs are 3 1/2" x 3 3/8" in 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" mounts. The soldiers arrived in Havana, Cuba, the day after the Treaty of Paris was signed ending the Spanish American War.

#936 Vertical File Collection (Addition 15)

This ca. 1910 cabinet photograph is of the C. T. Munford store located at 402-404 South Evans Street in Greenvillle (Pitt County), North Carolina.

#1345 Goldsboro, NC, Store Ledger

This ledger (1873-1874) chronicles the stock sold at a Goldsboro, North Carolina, store including, among other items, turpentine, staves, hoops, chicks, postage, timber, and bbls (barrels), and also mentions labor, hauling, and "stilling."

#1346 Stallings Air Force Base, Kinston, NC, Collection

This collection documents Stallings Air Force Base for the years 1952 and 1953 through 44 slides (most are identified with names and dates) and ephemera such as scrapbook pages containing photographs and notes, a Christmas card, a dinner program, newspaper clippings, a base map, and a pilot training certificate

#0294 Pitt County Historical Society Papers (Addition 18)

This addition includes Historical Society minutes and financial information (2005-2014), photographs (original and copies) gathered for possible use in Vol. II of the Pitt County Chronicles, and documents related to the historic Red Banks Primitive Baptist Church after it was deeded to the Historical Society in 2000. The remaining material (previously stored in the Red Banks Church) includes published Primitive Baptist Association Minutes for North Carolina and other states, the Red Banks Home Demonstration Club minutes and correspondence (1946-1950), large oval photographs of George W. Stokes and his wife Mary Ann Hardee, scan prints of Cherry family members, old Greenville advertising fans, a scrapbook for the Town & Country Senior Citizens Club (1978-1999), and 35 8mm reels of home movies (1947-1967) made by the Keel family of Greenville, N.C. (North Carolina Primitive Baptist Assoc. minutes were transferred to the North Carolina Collection in Joyner Library.)

#1347 Brake Family Papers

Included are a Brake Family History; a survey (1984) and history of the Brake Family Cemetery located near the corner of Cokey Road and Calhoun Road in Rocky Mount, North Carolina; a deed and a marriage license; documents (1957-1980) related to the West Edgecombe Volunteer Fire Department which included volunteer firefighter Robert Earl Brake; tobacco sale bills (1926-1933, undated) from several warehouses in Rocky Mount;  and a 1931-1932 Faculty and Student Directory for N.C. State.

#CR0004 St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Papers (Additions 1 and 2)

Records (1990s-2018) of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Greenville, North Carolina, including newsletters, bulletins, by-laws, reports, financial information, publications, photographs, correspondence, and clippings; and information concerning outreach ministries, the process of building and financing the new church building (including also the stained-glass windows), and the purchase and installation of the C. D. Fisk organ.

#1169-017 Stuart Wright Collection: Fred Chappell Papers (Addition 3)

This addition includes correspondence (2008-2017) between Stuart Wright and Fred and Susan Chappell, also containing drafts of poems, photographs, and programs; and an original painting (2012) titled “René Magritte, Siegfried, Wo bist du?” (After “The Hat” by René Magritte) by Fred Chappell’s good friend, artist and illustrator, Fritz Janschka.  The painting is part of Janschka’s Homages to the Masters (and Mistresses) series.

#MN0015 Miscellaneous Newspapers: The London American: London, England

Included is the July 30, 1862, issue of The London American.

#546 Hughes-Grimsley Family Papers (Addition #1)

This donation consists of thirteen tintypes of Hughes family members and of the Thomas Hughes, Jr., house at Lizzie in Greene County, North Carolina.  All the images are identified

#1301 Benjamin Holt Ticknor Papers

Papers (1862-1914) concern the life of Benjamin Holt Ticknor (1842-1914) of Boston, Massachusetts, after he enlisted in the 45th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, Co. G, in 1862 during the Civil War.  Included are thirteen letters written to his father during the war with nine (November 1863-March 1864) of them written from Fort Totten in New Bern, N.C.  Several documents relate to a court martial and trial in which he participated; other documents relate to his postwar involvement in the Loyal Legion and genealogy research. Also included are photographs of his funeral procession.  (Transferred from Denning House Antiquarian Books & Manuscripts.)

#1348 Michael J. Hamer Papers

This collection (1980s-2010s) contains material related to the life of Michael J. Hamer, an English professor at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, from 1986 through 2013, and a prolific songwriter, singer, and band leader who died in 2019.  Included are notebooks containing his handwritten lyrics, poems, photographs, reel to reel tapes, clippings, and other material pertaining to his musical career.

#1349 Henry A. Phelon Civil War Logbook/Scrapbook

Included is a logbook/scrapbook kept by Henry A. Phelon (1831-1902), who served as an acting Master in the Union Navy (1862-1865) during the Civil War. Orders, holograph letters, dispatches, handwritten copies of documents, and newspaper clippings glued into this scrapbook chronicle his wartime service under Rear Admiral Samuel P. Lee with the Blockading Squadron off the coasts of Virginia and North Carolina on the U.S. Steamers Shawsheen, Monticello, and Daylight, and U.S. Ironclad Steamers Canonicus and Atlanta. Later clippings (through 1900) and documents pertain to his post-war years, most of which was spent in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

#1350 Hometown Bethel Scrapbooks

Hometown Bethel was started in 2002 by local women as a way to restore and revitalize Bethel, North Carolina.  These five scrapbooks (2002-2016) were compiled by Frances Rogerson (and one by Annette Roebuck) as a way to preserve the history of Bethel and highlight events held to celebrate Bethel and encourage involvement.  Included are photographs, clippings, handwritten information, Whistle Worthy News newsletters, and photocopies documenting local history and events such as Harvest Festival, Easter celebrations, Christmas parade, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day.  Also included is a book they published in 2004 about Bethel veterans through the centuries

#1351 Hyde County, N.C., Land Records

This collection includes Hyde County, North Carolina, land records (1797-1825) for Benson, English, Bell, Carrowon, and Selby families; a will (1791) for Samuel Selby; and an 1824 letter.

#1352 Black Jack (NC) Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church

Included are five ca. 1950 black and white photographs of the exterior of Black Jack Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church in Pitt County, North Carolina.  The photographs show people standing outside the front and side of the building. Also included is a clipping about member Mrs. Ella Hudson’s ninety-third birthday celebration. 

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Lecture series at East Carolina University’s Laupus Health Sciences Library

Contributed by Marlena Rose

The Laupus Health Sciences Library will be hosting Medical History Interest Group lectures this fall as part of the Ruth and John Moskop Lecture Series.

All of these lectures will be hosted on Mondays, beginning at 4:30PM, on the fourth floor of the Library.

poster for Laupus Library lectures
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The Mayflower, A Ship of Destiny

Contributed by Travis Souther

When the ship name Mayflower comes to mind, many will undoubtedly first think of the vessel which carried the Pilgrims across the Atlantic to land at Plymouth Rock.  Though not the ship of 1620 fame, the Mayflower that I discuss today has seen just as much history.

The 273-foot steamship USS Mayflower was built in 1896 in Scotland by J. G. Thompson of Scotland for millionaire Odgen Goelet.  After Goelet died the following August, the ship was sold to the United States and commissioned as the USS Mayflower.  During the Spanish-American War, the ship blockaded the ports of Havana and Santiago.  After serving during the conflict, she twice served as Admiral George Dewey’s flagship.  In 1904, she was decommissioned from the US Navy to serve as the official presidential yacht.

Recommissioned in 1905, the ship was the place of welcome for delegations from Russia and Japan to sign a peace treaty ending the Russo-Japanese War, an action for which President Theodore Roosevelt was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.  President Woodrow Wilson, who lived in Wilmington for a time, used the ship as a place to court Edith Bolling, who later became First Lady of the United States.  Of all the presidential yachts, the Mayflower may have been the grandest of them all.  The dining room was said to have been paneled with white and gold.  The vessel would serve as the official presidential yacht for Presidents Theodore Roosevelt through Calvin Coolidge.

When Herbert Hoover became President, one of his first acts was to sell the ship to save annual upkeep costs of $300,000.  The yacht was decommissioned and taken out of service.  Following a disastrous fire in 1931 that resulted in her sinking and subsequent raising, the ship came to the Broadfoot Iron Works in Wilmington, NC, for repairs.  During the Great Depression, the ship had a numerous owners who used the vessel for a variety of purposes including coastal trade in South America and a floating dance salon.  At one point, the ship was slated to be sold to the Japan for scrap metal, however a shortage of money left the ship languishing in a succession of Atlantic ports including the Port City, as can be seen in this March 15, 1938, image.

photo of the Mayflower in Wilmington

Following the United States’ entry into the Second World War, the War Shipping Administration purchased the ship from Broadfoot Iron Works for use in the United States Coast Guard.  Renamed the USS Butte, the ship patrolled the Atlantic to guard against German U-boat attacks.  At Norfolk and Boston, the USS Butte served as a radar training ship.

After World War II, the vessel was used to hunt seals in the Arctic and had a series of owners from around the world, including Panamanian and Italian interests.  A secret 1948 mission used the ship to bring Jewish refugees to Israel.  Purchased by Israel in 1950, the ship served in the Israeli navy until being decommissioned and broken up in 1955.

The Mayflower was one of the very few ships to have served during the Spanish-American War, World War I, and World War II.  It truly was a ship of destiny.

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New Student Success Librarian at UNC Greensboro

Contributed by Hollie Stevenson-Parrish

Melody Rood photo

University Libraries recently welcomed Melody Rood as the new student success librarian in Jackson Library. In her role, Rood will be working closely with student success initiatives across campus as a point person for collaboration, instruction, and research for University Libraries. She will also serve as the liaison for the International and Global Studies program.

“We’re extremely excited about Melody joining our team,” said Amy Harris Houk, associate professor and head of research, outreach and instruction. “Not only will she coordinate student success activities within University Libraries, she will also work closely with our campus partners, such as Students First, McNair Scholars, and Spartan Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR).”

Additionally, Rood will coordinate the department’s information literacy programming with area high schools as well as other outside groups. Prior to joining UNCG, Rood was a librarian at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina, and interned at Queensborough Community College Library in Flushing, New York. She holds a master of library and information science degree from North Carolina Central University and a bachelor of arts in gender studies from UNC Asheville. Rood is a member of the North Carolina Library Association, the Asian Pacific American Library Association, and the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Web Team.

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