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Collection Number: 04837

Collection Title: Harold Cranston Beall diaries

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 12 items)
Abstract Harold Cranston Beall was the fifth child of William Dixon Beall (b. 1862), a Maryland minister, and Hannah Simpson Beall (b. 1862). He studied engineering at Johns Hopkins University and worked for the Bureau of Public Roads of the U.S. Department of Commerce until he retired in 1963. He lived in Bismarck, N.D.; Pierre, S.D.; and Decatur, Ga. Beall was married to Mary Young of Denton, Tex. Twelve diary volumes written by Harold Cranston Beall, of Decatur, Ga., from his retirement in 1963 until his death in 1975. There is one volume for each year except 1974. Beall recorded the weather each day as well as his daily chores and activities, including detailed information on house repairs, gardening, errands, health, church affairs, and social activities. He also chronicled several trips, most along the eastern seaboard and one to Texas and California in 1968. He often mentioned events of national concern, such as the Kennedy assassination, the signing of the civil rights bill, the Apollo launch, the Nixon-Eisenhower wedding, and the Patty Hearst trial. The entries become briefer in 1975 and end abruptly on 9 November 1975.
Creator Beall, Harold Cranston, 1900-1975.
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 Harold Cranston Beall diaries #4837, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Rogers McVaugh of Chapel Hill, N.C., in October 1996 (Acc. 96140).
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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Harold Cranston Beall was the fifth child of William Dixon Beall (b. 1862), a Maryland minister, and Hannah Simpson Beall (b. 1862). He studied engineering at Johns Hopkins University and worked for the Bureau of Public Roads of the U.S. Department of Commerce until he retired in 1963. He lived in Bismarck, N.D.; Pierre, S.D.; and Decatur, Ga. Beall was married to Mary Young of Denton, Tex.

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Twelve diary volumes written by Harold Cranston Beall, of Decatur, Ga., from his retirement in 1963 until his death in 1975. There is one volume for each year except 1974. Beall recorded the weather each day as well as his daily chores and activities, including detailed information on house repairs, gardening, errands, health, church affairs, and social activities. He also chronicled several trips, most along the eastern seaboard and one to Texas and California in 1968. He often mentioned events of national concern, such as the Kennedy assassination, the signing of the civil rights bill, the Apollo launch, the Nixon-Eisenhower wedding, and the Patty Hearst trial. The entries become briefer in 1975 and end abruptly on 9 November 1975.

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