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Collection Number: 04904

Collection Title: John Thomas Alderman Papers, 1914 and undated.

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 300 items)
Abstract John Thomas Alderman (1853-1932) was an educator, North Carolina state senator, Baptist historian, and Mason. Correspondence of John Alderman relating to his position as Masonic leader and articles and lectures written by Alderman on various topics. Correspondence between Alderman and various Masons includes information about members, dues, conferences, initiations, conferring of degrees, officer elections, resignations, expulsion of members for various reasons, and the distribution of philanthropic funds. Included are several undated articles and lectures Alderman wrote on topics such as the history of the Masons, the history of the Netherlands, American national songs, famous jewels, the business of education, the role of the family, and the Civil War.
Creator Alderman, John Thomas, 1853-1932.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the John Thomas Alderman papers #4904, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from J. Douglas Mattox of Raleigh, N.C., in November 1997 (Acc. 97155.).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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John Thomas Alderman, educator, state senator, Baptist historian, and Mason was a native of Salemburg, Sampson County, N.C. He served as superintendent of schools of Henderson, N.C., until his retirement in 1923. He was a North Carolina state senator in 1925 and 1929 and was chair of the historical commission of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. He was an active Mason, holding many offices, culminating with his election as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of North Carolina in 1914.

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Correspondence between Alderman and various Masons regarding Masonic business, written during Alderman's term as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of North Carolina in 1914. Included is information about members, dues, conferences, initiations, conferring of degrees, officer elections, resignations, expulsion of members with questionable reputations, and the distribution of philanthropic funds. The correspondents were mostly Masons from various regions of North Carolina; a few letters were from other parts of the country requesting information about the way the North Carolina Lodge was run.

The collection also includes several undated articles and lectures written by Alderman on topics such as the history of the Masons, the history of the Netherlands, American national songs, famous jewels, the business of education, the role of the family, and the Civil War.

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Processed by: Adera Scheinker, February 1998

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