New acquisitions at East Carolina Manuscript Collection

Contributed by Dale Sauter

The East Carolina Manuscript Collection has made a number of recent acquisitions:

  •  John Tillery Gregory Papers #1288

 This collection contains the papers of Halifax Co., North Carolina, John Tillery Gregory (1832-1905) and also includes correspondence with his sister and his children.  Gregory operated a store with W. W. Daniels, was Clerk of Superior Court for many years, was town treasurer, and fought in the Civil War with Co G of the 12th North Carolina State Troops.  The son of Dr. Thomas Wynne Gregory and Mary Tilley Gregory, he was married to Ellen Augusta Clarke and they had nine children.  Approximately 20 cubic feet.

  • Cdr. Lynn F. Barry and Betty J. Barry Collection #1298

This collection contains eleven military grid coordinate system maps (1935, 1938, 1943-1945) used in World War II fighting.  The maps belonged to Cmdr. Lynn Forbes Barry, a member of the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1941.  During the war he served as a Lt. Commander in the Navigation Dept. on the USS Nevada (but not at Pearl Harbor).  Several maps (1944) document the French Northern Coast, Southeastern Coast, Mediterranean area, and Marseille region (1935, 1943-1944).  Others are of the Italian East Coast and former Yugoslavia West Coast (1938), Okinawa (1945), and Iwo Jima (marked Secret).  Most have marks indicating enemy fortifications, and also airfields, roads, train routes, and coastlines, and some marks are unidentified.  Approximately 3.18 cu. ft. 

  • Ronald Kimber Papers #1299

This collection contains a selection of seventy-two poems entitled Diary of a Downtown Cat that is a portion of his collection titled “Eccentric City.”  Mr. Kimber is a native of Greenville, North Carolina, now residing in Durham, N.C. The selection is divided into eight sections and Section I, titled “Migration from Mars to Downtown,” relates to his experience growing up in the Shore Drive community in downtown Greenville.  Those poems were written in the 1980s.  Kimber, born in 1950, lived in this community until 1965 at which time the buildings in this community were beginning to be demolished as part of the Urban Renewal Plan and the location is now the Town Common on the Tar River.  Approximately 0.054 cu. ft. 

  • Perry-Weston Educational and Cultural Institute, Inc., Records #1300

Records (2008-2016) document the history of the Perry-Weston Educational and Cultural Institute, Inc., from its founding in 2008 by Mr. C. Rudolph Knight, Dr. Florence A. Armstrong, and Dr. Lawrence W. S. Auld to promote African American history, genealogy, culture, and arts, particularly in Edgecombe County (Princeville and Tarboro) and North Carolina, until its dissolution in 2016.  Included are programs, invitations, circulars, posters, correspondence, clippings, and articles of incorporation and dissolution that document exhibits, historic talks and presentations, tours, a Nonagenarian Tea, and publications.  Approximately .10 cubic feet.

  • Eastern North Carolina Primitive Baptist Church Records #1311

This collection contains minutes from several eastern North Carolina Primitive Baptist churches including Mill Branch (1882-1998) and Nashville (1896-1983) churches in Nash County, Briery Swamp Church (1991-2006), and Kehukee (1971-1994) and Contentnea (October 1985) Primitive Baptist Associations.  Other records include expense accounts and correspondence for Mill Branch Church; Bible records for the Barnhill family; correspondence and publications relating to a schism (1979) between Elder David Spangler and Brethren Eldon Gilbert and St. Clair Graham of Ontario, Canada; forms and clippings related to the Norfolk and Briery Creek Associations; and miscellaneous items.  Approximately 2.5 cubic feet.

  • Greenville Tobacco Company, Inc., Records #1310

Collection includes a detailed appraisal (November 5, 1946) of the Greenville Tobacco Company, Inc., in Greenville, North Carolina, by General Valuations Company, Inc., Appraisers and Engineers of New York.  Approximately 0.10 cubic feet.

  • Kirby Singleton Papers #1302

Collection contains World War II maps previously belonging to CPL Kirby Singleton of the 71st Armored Field Artillery Battalion.  Included are maps of the movements of the 71st Armored F.A.B. and Battery “B” of the 387th AA (AW) Battalion for July 28, 1944, through May 9, 1945; map showing the advance of the 5th Armored “Victory Division” from the Rhine River to the Elbe River March 31 through April 23, 1945; and a portion of the 5th Armored Division map (undated) showing movements in France, Luxembourg, and Germany.

  • Mary Cottman Photograph Album #1303

This photograph album documents campus life during Mary Cottman’s years attending the Missionary Training Institute (later renamed Nyack College) in Nyack, New York, between 1934 and 1937.  The school was founded in 1882 by A. B. Simpson and was affiliated with Christian Missionary and Alliance. Purchased with state funds from Between the Covers.  Approximately 0.025 cubic feet.

  • Korean War U.S. Navy Seaman Photograph Album #1305

Photograph album documenting the travels (1951) of the USS Sieverling through stops in Pearl Harbor, Midway, Japan, and probably Hong Kong, participation in the Taiwan Strait Patrol, and bombardments near Songjin, North Korea. Photographs depict not only the activities of the sailors, but also activities of the local people.  Also included are photographs of other U.S. Navy ships, and small boats carrying surrendering North Koreans.  Purchased with state funds from Between the Covers.  Approximately 0.124 cubic feet.

  • Tourist 1895 Photograph Album of Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. #1304

This photograph album documents the typical tourist sites in 1895 in Washington, D.C., such as the White House, the Capitol Building, the Peterson House (where President Lincoln died), the Washington Monument, and the “new post office.” Other photographs depict camping trips (with separate camps for men and women) and hiking in Virginia (Great Falls, Rock Creek, Colonial Beach), and at Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia.  July Fourth celebrations and steamboats on the Potomac River are also depicted.  Purchased with state funds from Between the Covers.  Approximately 0.06 cubic feet.

  • U.S. Army Soldier’s 1946 Photograph Album of Berlin, Germany #1306

This photograph album belonged to Hawaii native Joe Naiwai who served with “A” Company, 3110th Signal Service Battalion in Berlin, Germany, in 1946.  Images are a combination of picture postcards, commercial photographs, and amateur photographs depicting tourist spots, ruins, abandoned war debris, life on the base, and candid shots with fellow soldiers, foreign troops, and German locals.  Purchased from Between the Covers.  Approximately 0.164 cubic feet.

  • U.S. Army Soldier’s ca. 1949 Photograph Album #1307

Photograph album depicting the life of an unnamed U.S. soldier in 1949 and probably in the early 1950s.  Apparently a motorcycle enthusiast, many photographs depict young men and women racing and doing tricks with their motorcycles.  Mixed in with shots of trips to the beach and the zoo, Christmas celebrations, and pictures of girls are pictures of his army training and subsequent duty in Paris, France.  Paris shots include scenes at the barracks, tourist sites, a bar called La Roulotte, and interacting with the locals.  Purchased from Between the Covers.  Approximately 0.113 cubic feet.

  • Photograph Album of Methodist Episcopal Missionaries to China #1308

Photograph album documents missionaries from Cass Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church of Detroit (Michigan) in China (ca. 1900-1917).  Photographs depicting local life and scenery such as street scenes, a Peng (tent cart), street vendors, Chinese Theatre scene, temples, Boxer ruins used as a boarding school and teachers and their students, are accompanied by ephemera such as programs, memorials and prospectuses.  Purchased with state funds from Denning House.  Approximately 0.104 cubic feet.

  • Carl Whittlesey, 313 Engineers, 88th Division, WWI Diary #1309

This candid and detailed World War I diary (April 25, 1918-March 12, 1919) was kept by Carl Whittlesey of Barton County, MO, during his service with the 313 Engineers 88th Division.  He kept detailed entries regarding his training at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa, his participation in the Alsace Campaign in France, and his involvement in developing the war ravaged areas in Europe. Purchased with state funds from Denning House.  Approximately 0.005 cubic feet.

  • James F. Shapleigh Civil War Diary #1313

This pocket diary was kept by Union soldier James F. Shapleigh of 43rd Massachusetts Volunteers, Co. D, from January 1, 1863, through July 20, 1863.  He was mustered out at the end of July 1863.  During this period the 43rd Massachusetts Volunteers served in North Carolina with the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 18th Army Corps.  Camp Rogers in New Bern, was home base.  Included in the diary are good details related to the Battle of Washington, North Carolina, that covers March 30 to April 19, 1863, as well as everyday life for soldiers.  Purchased from William Reese Company.  Approximately 0.004 cubic feet.

  • Charles Cobb and John Anna Moore Cobb Collection #1312

Photographic images of several generations of the Wiley Howell Cobb (1819-1897) and wife Elizabeth Joyner Cobb Family of Farmville and Greenville, Pitt County, North Carolina. Most of the images are of Charles Cobb and wife John Anna Moore Cobb and their descendants including Kinchen Wiley Cobb and wife Dorothy Long Cobb, Charles D. Cobb and wife Jane Eloise Tobias Cobb and their children David, Toby, Kin, and Jeff Cobb. Also included is an image of the boyhood home of Jane Tobias Cobb’s father Dr. Henry Wood Tobias in Donaldson, Pennsylvania. The images were digitized by Joyner Library Digital Collections staff from a loaned photograph album.

  • Winterville, N.C., Historical Records #1313

This collection documents the history of Winterville, North Carolina, and its citizens through material including programs for the 1986 and 1987 Winterville Watermelon Festivals and a booklet (2011) documenting the first fifty years of the Winterville Kiwanis Club.  Approximately 0.04 cubic feet.

  • Steven Anthony Hill Collection #1315

The majority of this collection pertains to James V. Lobell of Maryland who was a leader in the footwear industry from 1913 to 1961; he founded Cavalier Shoe Polish Company which was purchased by KIWI in 1961.  Included are business and personal correspondence, photographs, reports, shoe catalogs, and bound issues of Shoes and Leather Reporter (1910s-1920s).  Papers also reflect his involvement with the Boy Scouts, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (especially during WWII), and Business Education among other topics.  All of this material was discovered stored in the attic of Lobell’s sister’s house in Greenville, North Carolina. The donor wrote his master’s thesis on Lobell’s life and materials related to his research are included, too. Also donated are clippings (1969-1978) and posters concerning Rose High School (Greenville, NC) football and baseball teams; these items are not related to Mr. Lobell.  Approximately 5 cubic feet.

  • Robert Lee Humber, Jr., Papers #1316

This collection documents the life of Robert Lee Humber, Jr., (May 30, 1898-Nov. 10, 1970) who was well-known nationally and in many countries for his Movement for World Federation begun in 1940 as a way to promote lasting world peace.  In North Carolina, he was also well-known for persuading the General Assembly and the Kress Foundation of New York to invest heavily in founding the North Carolina Museum which opened in 1956.  Other interests of Dr. Humber were state politics (serving as a Democrat state senator from Pitt County), education (leading the effort to create Pitt Technical Institute), and the Southern Baptist denomination.  These extensive files donated from the estate of his son John L. Humber cover all of his life’s work.  Approximately 100 cubic feet.

  • Petition (1767) to King George III from N.C. Land Speculator Henry McCulloh #1317

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. Also included are a cover letter and a memorandum on the same subject with specific reference to George Augustus Selwyn.  Approximately 0.02 cubic feet.

  • Photograph Album of North Carolina College for Women Student, 1914-1921 #1318

A photograph album kept by a North Carolina girl in the Sandhills region from 1914 to 1921. For at least 1914 and 1915 she was a student at North Carolina College for Women in Greensboro, North Carolina. The album documents her life at NCCW and her home life including May Day fetes in Carthage in 1914 and 1920 and in Oxford in 1921, boating, hiking, driving and dancing. World War I shows a minor presence with an advertisement enticing young American men to fly for France, a 1918 photograph of a serviceman at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and a 1919 photo showing Lieutenants Frank C. Stanford and Roy B. Richmond in their airplane.  Approximately 0.045 cubic feet.

  • Sue Buffkin Papers #1319

Sue Buffkin taught language arts in the 1970s and 1980s at Samarkand Manor (also spelled Samarcand Manor) in Eagle Springs, Moore County, North Carolina, a rehabilitation center for delinquent children.  She was also a historian for the school.  Her papers include her secretarial minutes and notes (1974-1984) for faculty and general staff meetings, very limited correspondence, student essays, the 50th anniversary publication (1968), and reports and publications (1971-1991) such as the student publication The Straw (1977), the staff publication The Samarkand Communiqué (1990, 1991), and an undated Samarkand Behavior Code.  Approximately .45 cubic feet.

  • Order of First Families of North Carolina Records #1320

This collection contains scrapbooks and files (1992-2014) documenting the organization Order of First Families of North Carolina from its founding in 1992.  Approximately 2.0 cubic feet.

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