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Collection Number: 04480

Collection Title: John V. Allcott Papers, 1900s-1986

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Size About 500 items (0.5 linear feet)
Abstract John Volney Allcott (1905- ) was professor of art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an architectural historian. These papers consist of correspondence, photographs, photocopies of manuscripts, and other material relating to the architectural history of North Carolina, particularly of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Much of this material was collected for use in two books by Allcott, Colonial Homes in North Carolina and The Campus at Chapel Hill: Two Hundred Years of Architecture.
Creator Allcott, John V., 1905- .
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 V. Allcott Papers #4480, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Provenance
Received from John V. Allcott of Chapel Hill, N.C., in March 1987 (Acc. 87025) and from Jerry Cotten of Chapel Hill, N.C., in February 2001 (Acc. 99145).
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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1905 Born
1928 Received Bachelor of Philosophy (PhB) degree from the University of Wisconsin
1932 Received a diploma following studies at the Art Institute of Chicago
1934 Received a certificate following studies at the Royal Academy of Art, Florence, Italy
1936 Received Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago
1938-1940 Taught studio art at Hunter College, New York City
1940 Became chair of the Department of Art, University of North Carolina
1943-1945 On leave from UNC to write and illustrate Navy training films
1959 Resigned as chair of UNC's Department of Art
1963 Colonial Homes in North Carolina published
1974 Retired from full-time teaching; appointed professor emeritus
1986 The Campus at Chapel Hill: Two Hundred Years of Architecture published
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The papers of John V. Allcott, architectural historian John V. Allcott of Chapel Hill, N.C., consist of correspondence, photographs, photocopies of manuscripts, and other material relating to the architectural history of North Carolina, particularly of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Much of this material was collected for use in two books, Colonial Homes in North Carolina and The Campus at Chapel Hill: Two Hundred Years of Architecture.

Original blueprints, formerly with these papers, of buildings on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were transferred to the University of North Carolina Archives.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1957-1977.

70 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Letters to John V. Allcott, and a few carbon copies of letters from him, relating chiefly to specific buildings or other matters of North Carolina architectural history. A number of letters concern Allcott's attempts to document the works of Alexander Jackson Davis and other 19th-century architects associated with the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Folder 1

1957-1963 #04480, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1957-1977." Folder 1

Folder 2

1964-1967 #04480, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1957-1977." Folder 2

Folder 3

1970-1977 and undated #04480, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1957-1977." Folder 3

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About 300 items.

Arrangement: by subject.

Files relating to historic buildings on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus and elsewhere, as well as other subjects relating to architectural history. Most of this material relates to Allcott's books Colonial Homes in North Carolina (1963) and The Campus at Chapel Hill: Two Hundred Years of Architecture (1986).

Included are notes by Allcott, photo- and hand-made duplicates of architectural drawings and manuscripts, clippings, and other items relating to specific buildings. For the most part, items with early dates are copies.

Also included are a small number of notes on subjects other than buildings.

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About 300 items.

Arrangement: by subject.

Folder 4

New York: Dutchess County: Blithewood #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 4

North Carolina: Alamance County: Holt House #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 4

North Carolina: Carteret County: Beaufort: Hammock House #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 4

North Carolina: Carteret County: Beaufort: Map of Beaufort, 1738 (copy) #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 4

North Carolina: Cumberland County: Fayetteville: Presbyterian Church #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 4

North Carolina: Cumberland County: Fayetteville: Sketch of memorial #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 4

Folder 5

North Carolina: Guilford County: Greensboro: Blandwood #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 5

North Carolina: Guilford County: Greensboro: Maps of Greensboro, 1879 and 1919 (copies) #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 5

North Carolina: Guilford County: Greensboro: Morehead Hotel #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 5

Folder 6

North Carolina: Orange County: Chapel Hill (other than UNC) #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 6

North Carolina: Orange County: Chapel Hill (other than UNC): Bolin Creek Farm #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 6

North Carolina: Orange County: Chapel Hill (other than UNC): Chapel of the Cross #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 6

North Carolina: Orange County: Chapel Hill (other than UNC): Coggswell House #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 6

North Carolina: Orange County: Chapel Hill (other than UNC): Horace Williams House #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 6

North Carolina: Orange County: Chapel Hill (other than UNC): Maps of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, 1915(?), ca. 1960, and undated #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 6

North Carolina: Orange County: Chapel Hill (other than UNC): Maps of Chapel Hill #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 6

North Carolina: Orange County: Chapel Hill (other than UNC): Various houses #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 6

Folder 7

North Carolina: Orange County: Hillsborough: Berry Brick House #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 7

North Carolina: Orange County: Hillsborough: Berry Farm #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 7

North Carolina: Orange County: Hillsborough: Court House #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 7

North Carolina: Orange County: Hillsborough: Hazel-Nash-Moore House #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 7

North Carolina: Orange County: Hillsborough: Methodist Church #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 7

North Carolina: Orange County: Hillsborough: Walker Houses #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 7

Folder 8

North Carolina: Orange County: University of North Carolina campus: Alumni Building #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 8

Folder 9

North Carolina: Orange County: University of North Carolina campus: Bynum Hall #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 9

North Carolina: Orange County: University of North Carolina campus: Campus maps, 1792, 1836, and 1963 #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 9

Folder 10

North Carolina: Orange County: University of North Carolina campus: Carr Building #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 10

North Carolina: Orange County: University of North Carolina campus: "Existings Buildings - UNC" including dates, costs, etc. #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 10

North Carolina: Orange County: University of North Carolina campus: Gerrard Hall #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 10

Folder 11

North Carolina: Orange County: University of North Carolina campus: Grammar School #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 11

North Carolina: Orange County: University of North Carolina campus: Memorial Hall #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 11

North Carolina: Orange County: University of North Carolina campus: New East #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 11

North Carolina: Orange County: University of North Carolina campus: New West #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 11

North Carolina: Orange County: University of North Carolina campus: Old East #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 11

North Carolina: Orange County: University of North Carolina campus: Old Well #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 11

North Carolina: Orange County: University of North Carolina campus: Old West #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 11

Folder 12

North Carolina: Orange County: University of North Carolina campus: Person Hall #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 12

Folder 13

North Carolina: Orange County: University of North Carolina campus: Philanthropic and Dialectic Society Library #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 13

North Carolina: Orange County: University of North Carolina campus: Smith Hall/Playmaker's Theater #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 13

North Carolina: Orange County: University of North Carolina campus: South Building #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 13

North Carolina: Orange County: University of North Carolina campus: Unidentified building #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 13

Folder 14

North Carolina: Orange County: Elsewhere in Orange County: Blackberry Farm #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 14

North Carolina: Orange County: Elsewhere in Orange County: Saline Sykes House #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 14

North Carolina: Orange County: Elsewhere in Orange County: Unidentified building #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 14

North Carolina: Orange County: Elsewhere in Orange County: Unidentified building #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 14

North Carolina: Pasquotank County: Elizabeth City: Old Brick House #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 14

North Carolina: Pender County: Sloop Point: Sloop Point House #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 14

North Carolina: Wake County: Raleigh: North Carolina State Hospital #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 14

North Carolina: Wake County: Raleigh: North Carolina State House #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 14

North Carolina: Wake County: Raleigh: Wakefield House #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 14

North Carolina: Wake County: Raleigh: Unidentified building #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 14

Folder 15

North Carolina: Warren County: Warrenton: Various buildings #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 15

Folder 16

North Carolina: Various locations: Courthouses #04480, Subseries: "2.1. Architectural Subject Files, 1930-1980." Folder 16

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About 150 items.

Arrangement: by subject.

Photographs and other pictures, chiefly of buildings at UNC and elsewhere, collected by Allcott. Allcott appears in photos 45 and 46. Also included are copies of two drawings: one is of a street scene and is captioned, "Greetings Alice & Jerry from Darkest India! May 1985" and the other is of the top part of a building and is captioned, "Greetings Alice & Jerry. New Bern Victorian. April 86."

PA-4480/1-5. New York: Dutchess County: Blithewood #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 17

Folder 1/P-4480

John Berry, Hillsborough builder #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 1/P-4480

Mrs. Robert Donaldson #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 1/P-4480

A. J. Downing #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 1/P-4480

New York: Dutchess County: Blithewood #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 1/P-4480

Folder 2/P-4480

New York: Dutchess County: Blithewood #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 2/P-4480

North Carolina: Alamance County: Holt House #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 2/P-4480

Beaufort County: Bath: Map of Bath, ca. 1725 #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 2/P-4480

Beaufort County: Bath: (Palmer-) Marsh House #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 2/P-4480

Brunswick County: Brunswick: Hepburn-Reonalds House #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 2/P-4480

Brunswick County: Brunswick: Map of Brunswick, ca. 1750 #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 2/P-4480

Chowan County: Edenton: Courthouse #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 2/P-4480

Chowan County: Edenton: Norcom House/Sycamore Plantation #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 2/P-4480

Craven County: New Bern: Richardson House/Bellair #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 2/P-4480

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Cumberland County: Fayetteville: Cabin, 1856 #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 3/P-4480

Cumberland County: Fayetteville: Donaldson Academy #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 3/P-4480

Cumberland County: Fayetteville: Map of Fayetteville, ca. 1800 #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 3/P-4480

Cumberland County: Fayetteville: Presbyterian Church #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 3/P-4480

Forsyth County: Salem: Brothers House #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 3/P-4480

Forsyth County: Salem: Fourth House #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 3/P-4480

Guilford County: Greensboro: Battleground #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 3/P-4480

Guilford County: Greensboro: Blandwood #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 3/P-4480

Guilford County: Greensboro: Edgeworth Seminary #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 3/P-4480

Guilford County: Greensboro: Various Houses #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 3/P-4480

Folder 4/P-4480

Guilford County: Greensboro: Various Houses #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 4/P-4480

Guilford County: High Point: Enos Blair House #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 4/P-4480

Moore County: Southern Pines: Cabin #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 4/P-4480

New Hanover: Wilmington: Orton Plantation #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 4/P-4480

New Hanover: Wilmington: Wilmington Episcopal Church #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 4/P-4480

Orange County: Chapel Hill: Baptist Church #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 4/P-4480

Folder 5/P-4480

Orange County: Chapel Hill: Baptist Church #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 5/P-4480

Folder 6/P-4480

Orange County: Chapel Hill: Baptist Church #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 6/P-4480

Orange County: Chapel Hill: Battle House #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 6/P-4480

Orange County: Chapel Hill: Franklin Street, ca. 1905 #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 6/P-4480

Orange County: Chapel Hill: Hill Hall/UNC Music Library #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 6/P-4480

Orange County: Chapel Hill: Various UNC scenes, ca. 1910 #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 6/P-4480

Folder 7/P-4480

Orange County: Chapel Hill: Various unidentified houses #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 7/P-4480

Folder 8/P-4480

Orange County: Chapel Hill: Various unidentified houses #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 8/P-4480

Orange County: Hillsborough: Methodist Church #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 8/P-4480

Orange County: Hillsborough (?): Various unidentified houses #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 8/P-4480

Elsewhere in Orange County: Brewer's Tavern #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 8/P-4480

Elsewhere in Orange County: Saline Sykes House #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 8/P-4480

Pasquotank County: Elizabeth City: Old Brick House #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 8/P-4480

Pender County: Sloop Point: Sloop Point House #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 8/P-4480

Perquimans County: Hertford: Unidentified house #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 8/P-4480

Rowan County (?): Salisbury (?): Stirewalt House #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 8/P-4480

Folder 9/P-4480

Rowan County (?): Salisbury (?): Unidentified building #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 9/P-4480

Wake County: Raleigh: State Fair Coliseum #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 9/P-4480

Wake County: Raleigh: Unidentified colonial home, built by Joel Lane #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 9/P-4480

Warren County: Warrenton: Various buildings (filed in folder 15) #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 9/P-4480

Unidentified buildings #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 9/P-4480

Folder 10/P-4480

Drawings #04480, Series: "3. Pictures, 1900s-1980s." Folder 10/P-4480

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Items separated include oversize papers (OP-4480), photographs (P-4480), and photograph albums (PA-4480).

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