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Collection Number: 04407

Collection Title: Willis James Brogden Papers, 1890-1940.

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Size 17.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 11000 items)
Abstract Willis J. Brogden was an attorney in Durham, N.C., and associate justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. Lila Markham Brogden was his wife. The collection is the correspondence, legal papers, speeches, family papers, photographs, and miscellaneous papers of Brogden, his wife, and Victor Bryant, a partner in Brogden's law firm. These papers concern Brogden's legal practice (circa 1910-1935), school teaching in Durham (circa 1900), Durham city government (circa 1915), and the North Carolina Supreme Court (1927-1935).
Creator Brogden, Willis James, 1878-1935.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
May be used only with special staff assistance: arrangement is to box level only; many items remain in envelopes.
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 Willis James Brogden papers #4407, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mary A. Brogden of Durham, North Carolina, in March 1985.
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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Willis J. Brogden was an attorney in Durham, N.C., and associate justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. Lila Markham Brogden was his wife.

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The collection is the correspondence, legal papers, speeches, family papers, photographs, and miscellaneous papers of Willis J. Brogden, his wife, and Victor Bryant, a partner in Brogden's law firm. These papers concern Brogden's legal practice (circa 1910-1935), school teaching in Durham (circa 1900), Durham city government (circa 1915), and the North Carolina Supreme Court (1927-1935).

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Box 1

Legal papers: Victor Bryant, 1923, 1924. #04407, Series: "Willis James Brogden Papers, 1890-1940." Box 1

Box 2

Legal correspondence and papers: Victor Bryant, 1919, 1920, 1924, 1926. #04407, Series: "Willis James Brogden Papers, 1890-1940." Box 2

Box 3

Family correspondence, 1920 (little order; most folded or in envelopes); Sunday school lessons; Lila Markham correspondence, pre-1907; legal papers. #04407, Series: "Willis James Brogden Papers, 1890-1940." Box 3

Box 4

Legal correspondence, 1924, 1925 (flat). #04407, Series: "Willis James Brogden Papers, 1890-1940." Box 4

Box 5

Correspondence as judge, 1927-1931 (flat). #04407, Series: "Willis James Brogden Papers, 1890-1940." Box 5

Box 6

Legal papers (including case notes as judge?); speeches; (disorganized; folded or in envelopes). #04407, Series: "Willis James Brogden Papers, 1890-1940." Box 6

Box 7

Legal correspondence, 1920s; papers as judge; decisions. #04407, Series: "Willis James Brogden Papers, 1890-1940." Box 7

Box 8

Legal correspondence, 1914; letterpress books (V.S. Bryant - 1920); notes as judge (disorganized). #04407, Series: "Willis James Brogden Papers, 1890-1940." Box 8

Box 9

Legal correspondence, 1919-1920, 1925-1927 (in files). #04407, Series: "Willis James Brogden Papers, 1890-1940." Box 9

Box 10

General legal correspondence, 1922, 1927, 1931, 1932, 1934 (mostly in folders). #04407, Series: "Willis James Brogden Papers, 1890-1940." Box 10

Box 11

University and law school notes, 1890s, 1907; personal correspondence, WJB, 1903, 1905, 1907 (in envelopes); WJB teaching material, 1900-1907; UNC Class of '98 photos; family photos; Sunday school lessons. #04407, Series: "Willis James Brogden Papers, 1890-1940." Box 11

Box 12

Correspondence, political and legal, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931 (flattened). #04407, Series: "Willis James Brogden Papers, 1890-1940." Box 12

Box 13

Miscellaneous papers (political, personal, legal); speeches, 1920s and 1930s; clippings; pamphlets; Sunday school lessons. #04407, Series: "Willis James Brogden Papers, 1890-1940." Box 13

Box 14

Miscellaneous correspondence (political, personal, legal, some of Victor Bryant, 1922, 1923, 1925 1934) (flattened). #04407, Series: "Willis James Brogden Papers, 1890-1940." Box 14

Box 15

Legal papers and miscellaneous correspondence, 1922, 1923, 1935 (some flattened, some in envelopes). #04407, Series: "Willis James Brogden Papers, 1890-1940." Box 15

Box 16

Correspondence between WJB and LMB (to be copied). #04407, Series: "Willis James Brogden Papers, 1890-1940." Box 16

Box 17

Letterpress books, 1920-1923 (Victor Bryant). #04407, Series: "Willis James Brogden Papers, 1890-1940." Box 17

Box 18

Miscellaneous legal correspondence, 1930-1933; letters of Blackwell Markham to Lila Markham Brogden. #04407, Series: "Willis James Brogden Papers, 1890-1940." Box 18

Folder 19a

Legal correspondence and papers: Victor Bryant, 1919-1923 #04407, Series: "Willis James Brogden Papers, 1890-1940." Folder 19a

Folder 19b

Legal correspondence and papers: Victor Bryant, 1923-1924 #04407, Series: "Willis James Brogden Papers, 1890-1940." Folder 19b

Folder 19c

Legal correspondence and papers: Victor Bryant, 1924 #04407, Series: "Willis James Brogden Papers, 1890-1940." Folder 19c

Folder 19d

Miscellaneous papers: Victor Bryant, 1926-1927 #04407, Series: "Willis James Brogden Papers, 1890-1940." Folder 19d

Extra Oversize Image XOP-P-4407/1

Photograph of N.C. Supreme Court, undated #04407, Series: "Willis James Brogden Papers, 1890-1940." XOP-P-4407/1

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Processing Information

Processed by: Harry McKown, April 1985

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

Updated by: Kate Jordan, May 2011

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