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Collection Number: 01972

Collection Title: Kemp P. Battle Montgomery Ward Catalog Competition Papers, 1915, 1962-1966

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 110 items)
Abstract Kemp Plummer Battle (1831-1919) of Chapel Hill and Raleigh, N.C., was a lawyer and president of the Chatham Railroad. He was active in state affairs during the Civil War and served as state treasurer and as University of North Carolina president, 1876-1891, and professor of history, 1891-1907. The collection includes correspondence and other papers relating to a competition established by Battle in 1915 for students at the University of North Carolina to write an essay on technological changes reflected in the Montgomery Ward catalogs of 1915, 1965, and 2015. Included are the catalogs of 1915 and 1965 (two copies); photocopies of the 1965 winning essay, "Great and Important Changes: The Machine Age in North Carolina as seen by comparing Montgomery Ward & Company's catalog of 1915 with that of 1965" by R. B. House; correspondence, 1962-1966, about arrangements for the the competition, chiefly between Battle's grandson Kemp D. Battle of Rocky Mount, N.C., and James W. Patton, curator of the Southern Historical Collection at UNC; financial materials, 1965-1966, relating to the Kemp P. Battle 1915 Fund; a metal box in which the 1915 catalog had been preserved.
Creator Battle, Kemp P. (Kemp Plummer), 1831-1919.
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 Kemp P. Battle Montgomery Ward Catalog Competition Papers #1972, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gifts and transfers, 1966
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Kemp Plummer Battle (1831-1919) of Chapel Hill and Raleigh, N.C., was a lawyer and president of the Chatham Railroad. He was active in state affairs during the Civil War and served as state treasurer and as University of North Carolina president, 1876-1891, and professor of history, 1891-1907. His father was William Horn Battle (1802-1879) of Louisburg, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill, who was a lawyer, legislator, judge of the North Carolina superior and supreme courts, and trustee and professor of law at the University of North Carolina. Kemp P. Battle's mother was Lucy Martin Plummer, daughter of a prominent family in Warren County, N.C.

Kemp P. Battle married his cousin, Martha Ann Battle (Pattie). Their son was William James Battle (1870-1955), University of North Carolina and Harvard student; professor of classics, dean, and acting president of the University of Texas, 1893-1917 and 1920-1955; and professor of classics at the University of Cincinnati, 1917-1920.

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The Kemp P. Battle Montgomery Ward Catalog Competition Papers include correspondence and other papers relating to a competition established by Battle in 1915 for students at the University of North Carolina to write an essay on technological changes reflected in the Montgomery Ward catalogs of 1915, 1965, and 2015. Included are the catalogs of 1915 and 1965 (two copies); photocopies of the 1965 winning essay, "Great and Important Changes: The Machine Age in North Carolina as seen by comparing Montgomery Ward & Company's catalog of 1915 with that of 1965" by R. B. House; correspondence, 1962-1966, about arrangements for the the competition, chiefly between Battle's grandson Kemp D. Battle of Rocky Mount, N.C., and James W. Patton, curator of the Southern Historical Collection at UNC; financial materials, 1965-1966, relating to the Kemp P. Battle 1915 Fund; and a metal box in which the 1915 catalog had been preserved.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Library Staff, 1966

Encoded by: Roslyn Holdzkom, September 2004

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