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Collection Number: 05121

Collection Title: Maude Davis Bunn Papers, 1900s-1998

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Size 3.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1300 items)
Abstract Maude Davis Bunn was born in 1888 in Yadkin County, N.C. She attended Meredith College in Raleigh, where she met lawyer J. Wilbur Bunn. They married on 17 September 1913 and had five children. Maude Davis Bunn was active in community and political affairs, traveled widely, and wrote a column based on her experiences for the Raleigh Times. The collection includes tems produced and collected by Maude Davis Bunn of Raleigh, N.C. Included are materials relating to her family, community, and political involvements. In addition to letters, there are invitations to and programs from community and family events; writings and speeches; calendars; Bunn, Marion, Davis, Stuart, and Wray family history materials; financial materials; and "Thoughts, Letters, and Collectibles," a collection of letters, poems, quotes, prayers, and articles from which she drew her Maude Bunn's Scrapbook columns for the Raleigh Times. Also included are items relating to Meredith College, the North Carolina Federation of Women's Clubs, the Olla Podrida Book Club, and other organizations with which she was involved; printed items, travel diaries, and other items from the many domestic and foreign trips she took; and photographs of family and friends, both in albums and individual prints. Among the travel materials is an extensive annotated scrapbook from the 1939 automobile trip she made with her children from North Carolina to California and back.
Creator Bunn, Maude Davis, 1888-1977.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
This collection contains additional materials that are not processed and are currently not available to researchers. For information about access to these materials, contact Research and Instructional Services staff. Please be advised that preparing unprocessed materials for access can be a lengthy process.
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 Maude Davis Bunn Papers #5121, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
PDF version of scrapbook (SV-5121/1) available.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Julian W. Bunn Jr. of Raleigh, N.C., in March 2003 (Acc. 99453) and May 2003 (Acc. 99495).
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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Annie Maude Davis was born on 9 June 1888 into the Davis and Marion families of Yadkin County, N.C. She left farm life to attend Raleigh's Meredith College, where she majored in English. She then met J. Wilbur Bunn, a graduate of Wake Forest Law School, who was starting a law practice in the area. They married on 17 September 1913 and eventually had five children: Julian Wilbur Bunn Jr., Thomas Davis (Buck) Bunn, Donald Floyd Bunn, Nancy Elizabeth Bunn Wray, and Dorothy Marion Bunn Stuart.

Maude Davis Bunn won the North Carolina State Mother of the Year Award in 1964. She was active in organizing family reunions and in researching and recording family history and genealogy.

She was also active in community and civic organizations. At Meredith College, she was a member of the Alumnae Association and the Board of Trustees. She also was president of the North Carolina Federation of Women's Clubs, the Raleigh Woman's Club, the Raleigh Garden Club, and the local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. She was a member of the Olla Podrida Book Club, the American Mothers Committee, the Hayes Barton Baptist Church, and the United Church Women. She was also interested in politics, giving radio addresses to support local candidates and alerting them to issues that concerned her.

Bunn traveled extensively to destinations within the United States and abroad. In the summer of 1939, she and her children traveled by automobile from North Carolina to California and back. In the 1960s, she wrote a column for the Raleigh Times called "Maude Bunn's Scrapbook" about her travels and other activities.

J. Wilbur Bunn died on 11 January 1969. Maude Davis Bunn was hit by a car on Whitaker Mill Road near Hayes Barton Baptist Church in Raleigh and died on 14 December 1977.

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The collection includes items produced and collected by Maude Davis Bunn of Raleigh, N.C. Included are materials relating to her family, community, and political involvements. In addition to letters, there are invitations to and programs from community and family events; writings and speeches; calendars; Bunn, Marion, Davis, Stuart, and Wray  family history materials; financial materials; and "Thoughts, Letters, and Collectibles," a collection of letters, poems, quotes, prayers, and articles from which she drew her "Maude Bunn's Scrapbook" columns for the Raleigh Times. Also included are items relating to Meredith College, the North Carolina Federation of Women's Clubs, the Olla Podrida Book Club, and other organizations with which she was involved; printed items, travel diaries, and other items from the many domestic and foreign trips she took; and photographs of family and friends, both in albums and individual prints. Among the travel materials is an extensive annotated scrapbook from the 1939 automobile trip she made with her children from North Carolina to California and back.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Letters and Writings, 1932-1978.

About 200 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Letters and other writings produced and collected by Maude Davis Bunn. These items relate to Bunn's family, community, and political involvement. In addition to personal letters, there are numerous invitations to community and family events, as well as the programs for these events. Writings include speeches she gave in support of political candidates, radio addresses, short stories, and other presentations.

Folder 1-2

Folder 1

Folder 2

General letters, 1939, 1962-1978, and undated #05121, Series: "1. Letters and Writings, 1932-1978." Folder 1-2

Folder 3

50th wedding anniversary, 1963 #05121, Series: "1. Letters and Writings, 1932-1978." Folder 3

Folder 4-5

Folder 4

Folder 5

Invitations, 1956-1976 and undated #05121, Series: "1. Letters and Writings, 1932-1978." Folder 4-5

Folder 6

Programs, 1932-1967 #05121, Series: "1. Letters and Writings, 1932-1978." Folder 6

Folder 7

Political materials, 1944-1975 and undated #05121, Series: "1. Letters and Writings, 1932-1978." Folder 7

Folder 8

Short stories, undated #05121, Series: "1. Letters and Writings, 1932-1978." Folder 8

Folder 9

Miscellaneous writings, undated #05121, Series: "1. Letters and Writings, 1932-1978." Folder 9

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 2. Diaries and Calendars, 1913-1976.

11 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Maude Bunn's collection of diaries and daily calendars. The 1913 diary recounts her marriage to J. Wilbur Bunn. The 1950 calendar includes several lengthy entries about the trip she took to Europe (see also series 7.3). The 1950 and subsequent calendars also include notations and some descriptions of the day-to-day activities she engaged in, including organizational meetings and family gatherings. She also occasionally commented on her mood.

Folder 10

1913 #05121, Series: "2. Diaries and Calendars, 1913-1976." Folder 10

Folder 11

1950 (see also series 7.3) #05121, Series: "2. Diaries and Calendars, 1913-1976." Folder 11

Folder 12

1968 #05121, Series: "2. Diaries and Calendars, 1913-1976." Folder 12

Folder 13

1969 #05121, Series: "2. Diaries and Calendars, 1913-1976." Folder 13

Folder 14

1970 #05121, Series: "2. Diaries and Calendars, 1913-1976." Folder 14

Folder 15

1971 #05121, Series: "2. Diaries and Calendars, 1913-1976." Folder 15

Folder 16

1972 #05121, Series: "2. Diaries and Calendars, 1913-1976." Folder 16

Folder 17

1973 #05121, Series: "2. Diaries and Calendars, 1913-1976." Folder 17

Folder 18

1974 #05121, Series: "2. Diaries and Calendars, 1913-1976." Folder 18

Folder 19

1975 #05121, Series: "2. Diaries and Calendars, 1913-1976." Folder 19

Folder 20

1976 #05121, Series: "2. Diaries and Calendars, 1913-1976." Folder 20

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About 200 items.

"Thoughts, Letters, and Collectibles" includes letters, poems, quotes, prayers, and articles from which she drew her "Maude Bunn's Scrapbook" columns for the Raleigh Times. Although Bunn referred to this as her "scrapbook," it is not a traditionally bound item, but includes some notebook pages with materials glued to them and several folders of loose items.

Folder 21-26

Folder 21

Folder 22

Folder 23

Folder 24

Folder 25

Folder 26

Thoughts, Letters, and Collectibles #05121, Series: "3. Thoughts, Letters, and Collectables, 1940s-1970s." Folder 21-26

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About 100 items.

Narratives, articles, and genealogies related to Maude Davis Bunn, her ancestry, and her descendants. Included are narratives written by Maude and J. Wilbur Bunn describing their early lives and newspaper articles about them and their children. The Marion and Davis families are particularly well-represented. Included is a photocopied excerpt from Bunn's The Genealogy of Marion-Davis Families (1973).

See also series 8 for family photographs.

Folder 27

Bunn, Maude Davis, 1940s-1970s #05121, Series: "4. Family History, 1940s-1980s." Folder 27

Folder 28

Bunn, Maude Davis: Clippings, 1964-1978 #05121, Series: "4. Family History, 1940s-1980s." Folder 28

Folder 29

Bunn, J. Wilbur, 1960s #05121, Series: "4. Family History, 1940s-1980s." Folder 29

Folder 30

Bunn family clippings, 1960s-1970s #05121, Series: "4. Family History, 1940s-1980s." Folder 30

Folder 31

Marion and Davis families, 1940s-1970s #05121, Series: "4. Family History, 1940s-1980s." Folder 31

Folder 32

Davis family clippings, 1975 and undated #05121, Series: "4. Family History, 1940s-1980s." Folder 32

Folder 33

Wray family clippings, 1980s #05121, Series: "4. Family History, 1940s-1980s." Folder 33

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About 50 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Financial statements related to the estates of J. Wilbur and Maude Bunn. The majority of the documents pertain to J. Wilbur Bunn's will and the of his assets, including a personal statement by Maude Bunn to the family. Also included are some of Maude Bunn's financial documents, lists of monetary gifts she made, and documents pertaining to the gift given to Wake Forest University in J. Wilbur Bunn's name.

Folder 34

Bunn, J. Wilbur: Estate, 1964-1973 #05121, Series: "5. Financial Material, 1964-1977." Folder 34

Folder 35

Gift to Wake Forest University, 1969-1973 #05121, Series: "5. Financial Material, 1964-1977." Folder 35

Folder 36

Bunn, Maude Davis, 1974-1977 #05121, Series: "5. Financial Material, 1964-1977." Folder 36

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About 400 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical.

Letters, programs, presentations, articles, historical narratives, and other materials relating to some of the organizations with which Maude Bunn was involved. The greatest number of materials are from Meredith College, where she was a member of the Alumnae Association and a trustee, and the North Carolina Federation of Women's Clubs, for which she was president. The Olla Podrida Book Club files include a history of the organization, as well as presentations Bunn gave on topics including the Bible, modern Egypt, highway beautification, and slavery.

See series 8 for Meredith College and North Carolina Federation of Women's Clubs photographs.

Folder 37

American Mothers Committee, 1972-1978 #05121, Series: "6. Organizations, 1927-1998." Folder 37

Folder 38

Meredith College: Alumnae Association, circa 1933-1977 #05121, Series: "6. Organizations, 1927-1998." Folder 38

Folder 39

Meredith College: Clippings, circa 1966-1974 #05121, Series: "6. Organizations, 1927-1998." Folder 39

Folder 40

Meredith College: Gifts, 1968-1976 #05121, Series: "6. Organizations, 1927-1998." Folder 40

Folder 41

Meredith College: Invitations and Christmas cards, circa 1967-1975 #05121, Series: "6. Organizations, 1927-1998." Folder 41

Folder 42

Meredith College: Programs, circa 1957-1974 #05121, Series: "6. Organizations, 1927-1998." Folder 42

Folder 43-45

Folder 43

Folder 44

Folder 45

North Carolina Federation of Women's Clubs: Correspondence, 1928-1977 and undated #05121, Series: "6. Organizations, 1927-1998." Folder 43-45

Folder 46-48

Folder 46

Folder 47

Folder 48

North Carolina Federation of Women's Clubs: Speeches, programs, and reports, 1939-1977 and undated #05121, Series: "6. Organizations, 1927-1998." Folder 46-48

Folder 49

Old Podrida Book Club: History and programs, 1971-1978 #05121, Series: "6. Organizations, 1927-1998." Folder 49

Folder 50-51

Folder 50

Folder 51

Old Podrida Book Club: Book reviews, circa 1943-1973 and undated #05121, Series: "6. Organizations, 1927-1998." Folder 50-51

Folder 52

Raleigh Garden Club, 1944-1946 #05121, Series: "6. Organizations, 1927-1998." Folder 52

Folder 53

Religious affiliations, 1927-1976 #05121, Series: "6. Organizations, 1927-1998." Folder 53

Folder 54-55

Folder 54

Folder 55

Tryon Palace, 1957-1977 and undated #05121, Series: "6. Organizations, 1927-1998." Folder 54-55

Folder 56

United Daughters of the Confederacy, 1949-1998 #05121, Series: "6. Organizations, 1927-1998." Folder 56

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 7. Travel, 1936-1998.

About 200 items.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 7.1. California Scrapbook, 1939 and 1998.

6 items.

Large scrapbook with photographs, brochures, programs, notes, and other materials relating to the summer 1939 automobile trip that Maude Bunn and her children took from North Carolina to California and back. Also included are route maps and a narrative of the trip written by Julian W. Bunn Jr. in 1998.

Folder 57

Scrapbook (SV-5121/1), 1939 #05121, Subseries: "7.1. California Scrapbook, 1939 and 1998." Folder 57

PDF version of scrapbook

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Folder 58

Maps, 1939 #05121, Subseries: "7.1. California Scrapbook, 1939 and 1998." Folder 58

Folder 59

Narrative, 1998 #05121, Subseries: "7.1. California Scrapbook, 1939 and 1998." Folder 59

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About 100 items.

Chiefly printed materials, but also itineraries, travel diaries, and other items relating to Maude Bunn's travel within the United States.

Folder 60

Alabama, 1942 #05121, Subseries: "7.2. Other Domestic Travel, 1936-1970." Folder 60

Folder 61

Arizona, 1950s #05121, Subseries: "7.2. Other Domestic Travel, 1936-1970." Folder 61

Folder 62

California, 1936-1968 #05121, Subseries: "7.2. Other Domestic Travel, 1936-1970." Folder 62

Folder 63

Delaware, 1961 #05121, Subseries: "7.2. Other Domestic Travel, 1936-1970." Folder 63

Folder 64-67

Folder 64

Folder 65

Folder 66

Folder 67

Florida, circa 1959-1968, #05121, Subseries: "7.2. Other Domestic Travel, 1936-1970." Folder 64-67

Folder 68

Georgia, undated #05121, Subseries: "7.2. Other Domestic Travel, 1936-1970." Folder 68

Folder 69

Illinois, undated #05121, Subseries: "7.2. Other Domestic Travel, 1936-1970." Folder 69

Folder 70

Louisiana, circa 1949-1950 #05121, Subseries: "7.2. Other Domestic Travel, 1936-1970." Folder 70

Folder 71

Mississippi, 1952 #05121, Subseries: "7.2. Other Domestic Travel, 1936-1970." Folder 71

Folder 72

Mobile, New Orleans, Natchez, 1947 #05121, Subseries: "7.2. Other Domestic Travel, 1936-1970." Folder 72

Folder 73

New Mexico, undated #05121, Subseries: "7.2. Other Domestic Travel, 1936-1970." Folder 73

Folder 74

New York, circa 1944 #05121, Subseries: "7.2. Other Domestic Travel, 1936-1970." Folder 74

Folder 75-76

Folder 75

Folder 76

North Carolina, 1940s-1970s #05121, Subseries: "7.2. Other Domestic Travel, 1936-1970." Folder 75-76

Folder 77

Oregon, circa 1955-1956 #05121, Subseries: "7.2. Other Domestic Travel, 1936-1970." Folder 77

Folder 78

Pennsylvania, circa 1953-1960 #05121, Subseries: "7.2. Other Domestic Travel, 1936-1970." Folder 78

Folder 79

South Carolina, 1936-1955 #05121, Subseries: "7.2. Other Domestic Travel, 1936-1970." Folder 79

Folder 80

South Dakota, undated #05121, Subseries: "7.2. Other Domestic Travel, 1936-1970." Folder 80

Folder 81

Utah, circa 1956-1969 #05121, Subseries: "7.2. Other Domestic Travel, 1936-1970." Folder 81

Folder 82-83

Folder 82

Folder 83

Virginia, circa 1938-1958 #05121, Subseries: "7.2. Other Domestic Travel, 1936-1970." Folder 82-83

Folder 84

Washington D.C., 1951 #05121, Subseries: "7.2. Other Domestic Travel, 1936-1970." Folder 84

Folder 85

Western United States, 1956 #05121, Subseries: "7.2. Other Domestic Travel, 1936-1970." Folder 85

Folder 86

Wyoming, circa 1957 #05121, Subseries: "7.2. Other Domestic Travel, 1936-1970." Folder 86

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 7.3. Foreign Travel, 1950-1960.

About 30 items.

Brochures, programs, guidebooks, postcards, and other materials from Maude Bunn travels abroad.

Folder 87

Passports, 1954-1960 #05121, Subseries: "7.3. Foreign Travel, 1950-1960." Folder 87

Folder 88

Bermuda, 1949 #05121, Subseries: "7.3. Foreign Travel, 1950-1960." Folder 88

Folder 89

Canada, circa 1959 #05121, Subseries: "7.3. Foreign Travel, 1950-1960." Folder 89

Folder 90

Canada and Bermuda, 1970 #05121, Subseries: "7.3. Foreign Travel, 1950-1960." Folder 90

Folder 91

Egypt, 1951 #05121, Subseries: "7.3. Foreign Travel, 1950-1960." Folder 91

Folder 92

England, 1954 #05121, Subseries: "7.3. Foreign Travel, 1950-1960." Folder 92

Folder 93-94

Folder 93

Folder 94

Europe, 1950 and 1957 (see also series 2) #05121, Subseries: "7.3. Foreign Travel, 1950-1960." Folder 93-94

Folder 95-96

Folder 95

Folder 96

France, undated #05121, Subseries: "7.3. Foreign Travel, 1950-1960." Folder 95-96

Folder 97

Greece, 1954 #05121, Subseries: "7.3. Foreign Travel, 1950-1960." Folder 97

Folder 98

Italy, 1950 #05121, Subseries: "7.3. Foreign Travel, 1950-1960." Folder 98

Folder 99

Japan, Hawaii, Philippines, Hong Kong, 1961 #05121, Subseries: "7.3. Foreign Travel, 1950-1960." Folder 99

Folder 100

Mexico City, 1948 #05121, Subseries: "7.3. Foreign Travel, 1950-1960." Folder 100

Folder 101

Near East and Europe, 1960 #05121, Subseries: "7.3. Foreign Travel, 1950-1960." Folder 101

Folder 102

Yugoslavia, 1960 #05121, Subseries: "7.3. Foreign Travel, 1950-1960." Folder 102

Folder 103-104

Folder 103

Folder 104

West Indies, 1962-1963 and 1970 #05121, Subseries: "7.3. Foreign Travel, 1950-1960." Folder 103-104

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 8. Photographs, 1900s-1970s.

About 200 items.

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About 200 items.

Arrangement: by subject.

Photographic prints of Maude Bunn, her relatives, and her friends. In many cases, the photographs are not labeled and the identities of their subjects are unclear.

Folder P-5121/1

Bunn, Maude Davis, 1953-1972 and undated #05121, Subseries: "8.1. Individual Prints, 1950s-1970s." Folder P-5121/1

Folder P-5121/2

Bunn, J. Wilbur, undated #05121, Subseries: "8.1. Individual Prints, 1950s-1970s." Folder P-5121/2

Folder P-5121/3

Bunn family, undated #05121, Subseries: "8.1. Individual Prints, 1950s-1970s." Folder P-5121/3

Folder P-5121/4

Davis family, 1972 and undated #05121, Subseries: "8.1. Individual Prints, 1950s-1970s." Folder P-5121/4

Folder P-5121/5

Marion family, 1972 and undated #05121, Subseries: "8.1. Individual Prints, 1950s-1970s." Folder P-5121/5

Folder P-5121/6

Davis and Marion family, 1972 and undated #05121, Subseries: "8.1. Individual Prints, 1950s-1970s." Folder P-5121/6

Folder P-5121/7

Hunter family, circa 1950s-1974 #05121, Subseries: "8.1. Individual Prints, 1950s-1970s." Folder P-5121/7

Folder P-5121/8

Stuart family, circa 1950s-1970s #05121, Subseries: "8.1. Individual Prints, 1950s-1970s." Folder P-5121/8

Folder P-5121/9

Wray family, 1970s #05121, Subseries: "8.1. Individual Prints, 1950s-1970s." Folder P-5121/9

Folder P-5121/10

Christmas cards, 1950s-1970s #05121, Subseries: "8.1. Individual Prints, 1950s-1970s." Folder P-5121/10

Folder P-5121/11

Meredith College, 1961 #05121, Subseries: "8.1. Individual Prints, 1950s-1970s." Folder P-5121/11

Folder P-5121/12

Travel, 1939-1957 and undated #05121, Subseries: "8.1. Individual Prints, 1950s-1970s." Folder P-5121/12

Folder P-5121/13

North Carolina Federation of Women's Clubs, undated #05121, Subseries: "8.1. Individual Prints, 1950s-1970s." Folder P-5121/13

Folder P-5121/14

Unidentified individuals, undated #05121, Subseries: "8.1. Individual Prints, 1950s-1970s." Folder P-5121/14

Folder P-5121/15

Unidentified groups, undated #05121, Subseries: "8.1. Individual Prints, 1950s-1970s." Folder P-5121/15

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2 items.

Two photograph albums thought to contain images of Maude Bunn and her family. Both sets of images are unlabelled, but the one visible caption indicates that the albums may have been compiled in the early 1900s.

Photograph Album PA-5121/1

Brown leather album, circa 1906 #05121, Subseries: "8.2. Albums, 1900s." PA-5121/1

Photograph Album PA-5121/2

Black cardboard album, 1900s #05121, Subseries: "8.2. Albums, 1900s." PA-5121/2

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Processing Information

Processed by: Jaime L. Margalotti, October 2003

Encoded by: Jaime L. Margalotti, October 2003

Revised March 2007 for addition of scrapbook pdf.

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