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Collection Number: 01787

Collection Title: James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938.

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 4.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1,550 items)
Abstract James O. (James Ozborn) Carr, a lawyer of Wilmington, N.C., was a state legislator, served as United States District Attorney, 1916-1919 and 1933-1945, and was a leader in the North Carolina Democratic Party. The collection includes political correspondence, mainly 1916-1938, of James O. Carr, especially with Henry G. Connor, Angus W. McLean, J. C. B. Ehringhaus, and Josiah W. Bailey, concerning Democratic Party organization, political issues and programs, and North Carolina state and national elections and patronage. Among the topics discussed in detail are the administration of Federal law courts in eastern North Carolina, especially the problem of enforcing liquor laws; North Carolina state financial programs; the state highway program; public education; the huckleberry industry; and the New Deal's effect on North Carolina. Earlier papers consist of family letters, mainly 1818-1885, written by members of the Dickson family, Carr family, and Hall family of Duplin County, N.C., and Wilmington, N.C., and their relatives and friends in other southern states. Many of the correspondents were female. Volumes include seventeen general merchandise account books, 1876-1894, of Jacob W. Carr (born 1827) at Rose Hill, N.C.; military court martial records and other information pertaining to the Duplin County militia, 1784-1853; secretary's book of the Hannah More Academy in Duplin County, 1834-1844; and Carr family history.
Creator Carr, James O. (James Ozborn), 1869-1949.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
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 James O. Carr Papers, #1787, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from the Carr family through Mrs. James O. Carr of Wilmington, N.C., October 1950.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
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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James O. (James Ozborn) Carr (1869-1949), a lawyer of Wilmington, N.C., was a state legislator, 1898; chairman of Board of Education, New Hanover County, N.C., 1909-1916 and 1927-1931; and United States District Attorney for eastern North Carolina, 1916-1919 and 1933-1945. Carr was active an active member of the Democratic Party and attended state and national conventions and was involved in the campaigns of several Democratic candidates.

Carr was born near Kenansville, N.C., to Joseph H. and Mary Susan Carr. He was educated at the University of North Carolina, graduating in 1895. His wife was Susan LeRoy Parsley Carr.

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The collection includes political correspondence, mainly 1916-1938, of James O. Carr concerning Democratic Party organization and elections, patronage, political issues and programs, and North Carolina state and national elections. Chief among correspondents are Henry G. Connor, United States Federal Judge of the Eastern District of North Carolina; Angus W. McLean; Josiah Bailey; and J. C. B. Ehringhaus. Among the topics discussed in detail are the administration of Federal law courts in eastern North Carolina, especially the problem of enforcing liquor laws; North Carolina state financial programs; the state highway program; public education; ports and inland waterways; sales tax; economic conditions; the huckleberry industry; banking; and the New Deal's effect on North Carolina.

Other notable correspondents include William Reynolds Allen, Samuel A. Ashe, Thomas Walter Bickett, Aubrey Lee Brooks, William A. Brown, Walter Clark, Locke Craig, Burton Craig, Josephus Daniels, Thomas W. Davis, O. Max Gardner, Hannibal L. Godwin, Henry A. Grady, William C. Hammer, Franck Hancock, Archibald Henderson, Daniel Harvey Hill, Clyde R. Hoey, Gurney P. Hood, Claude Kitchin, Robert Lansing, A. J. Maxwell, Cameron Morrison, Fred W. Morrison, Odus Mull, Walter Murphy, Lee S. Overman, James Pou, Robert Ruark, Furnifold M. Simmons, W. P. Stacy, and Charles R. Thomas.

Earlier papers consist of family letters, mainly 1818-1885, written by members of the Dickson, Carr, and Hall families of Duplin County and Wilmington, N.C., and their relatives and friends in other southern states. Many of the correspondents were female. There are also deeds, indentures, wills, and bonds. Volumes include seventeen general merchandise account books, 1876-1894, of Jacob W. Carr (born 1827) at Rose Hill, N.C.; military court martial records and other information pertaining to the Duplin County militia, 1784-1853; secretary's book of the Hannah More Academy in Duplin County, 1834-1844; and Carr family history.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1743-1795 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 1

Folder 2

1803-1829 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 2

Folder 3

1831-1839 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 3

Folder 4

1840-1843 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 4

Folder 5

1844-1849 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 5

Folder 6

1851-1854 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 6

Folder 7

1855-1859 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 7

Folder 8

1860-1865 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 8

Folder 9

1866-1899 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 9

Folder 10

1900-1905 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 10

Folder 11

1907-1915 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 11

Folder 12-18

Folder 12

Folder 13

Folder 14

Folder 15

Folder 16

Folder 17

Folder 18

1916 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 12-18

Folder 19

1917 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 19

Folder 20-21

Folder 20

Folder 21

1918 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 20-21

Includes references to Liberty Bonds and other conditions of World War I.

Folder 22

1919 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 22

Folder 23-24

Folder 23

Folder 24

1920 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 23-24

Contains correspondence discussing potential Democratic presidential candidates William G. McAdoo and Herbert Hoover.

Folder 25

1921-1922 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 25

Folder 26

1923 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 26

Folder 27

1924 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 27

Folder 28

1925-1927 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 28

Folder 29

1928 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 29

Folder 30-32

Folder 30

Folder 31

Folder 32

1930-1931 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 30-32

Folder 33

1932 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 33

Folder 34-35

Folder 34

Folder 35

1933 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 34-35

Folder 36

1934 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 36

Folder 37

1935 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 37

Folder 38

1936 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 38

Folder 39

1937-1938 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 39

Folder 40

Genealogy #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 40

Folder 41-42

Folder 41

Folder 42

Historical notes and articles #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 41-42

Folder 43

Biographical sketches #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 43

Includes sketches of William J. Houston (1827-1863), Benjamin Franklin Grady (1831-1914), Oliver H. Allen (born 1850), William A. Allen (born 1825), Owen Judson Corrall (1845-1901), David B. Nicholson (born 1853), David B. Nicholson (1809-1866), David Gillespie (1774-1829), James Gillespie, Joseph Thomas Rhodes, and Thomas Stephen Kenan (1838-1914).

Folder 44

Minutes: Duplin County (N.C.) Regimental Court Martial, 1784-1853 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 44

Folder 45

Ney, Peter S. #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 45

Includes collected articles on Peter S. Ney.

Folder 46-48

Folder 46

Folder 47

Folder 48

"Conscription in North Carolina" #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 46-48

Folder 49

Undated and miscellaneous #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 49

Folder 50

Miscellaneous and clippings #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 50

Folder 51

Volume 1: Minutes: Military Court Martial of Duplin County, N.C., (typed copy), 1784-1853 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 51

Folder 52

Volume 2: District Court records, Wilmington, N.C., 1788-1796 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 52

Folder 53

Volume 3: Secretary's book, Hannah More Academy, Duplin County, N.C., 1835-1844 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 53

Folder 54

Volume 4: Student's notebook, James O. Carr, 1893-1894 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 54

James O. Carr's notes on philosphy lecutres of Horace W. Williams at the University of North Carolina.

Folder 55

Volume 5: "The Carr Family of Duplin County," James O. Carr, circa 1920 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 55

Folder 56

Volume 6: Record book, Jacob W. Carr, 1876-1882 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 56

Folder 57

Volume 7: Ledger, Jacob W. Carr, 1876-1879 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 57

Folder 58

Volume 8: Ledger, Jacob W. Carr, 1879-1883 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 58

Folder 59

Volume 9: Daybook, Jacob W. Carr, 1876 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 59

Folder 60

Volume 10: Daybook, Jacob W. Carr, 1877 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 60

Folder 61

Volume 11: Daybook, Jacob W. Carr, 1877-1878 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 61

Folder 62

Volume 12: Daybook, Jacob W. Carr, 1878-1879 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 62

Folder 63

Volume 13: Daybook, Jacob W. Carr, 1879-1880 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 63

Folder 64

Volume 14: Daybook, Jacob W. Carr, 1880-1881 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 64

Folder 65

Volume 15: Daybook, Jacob W. Carr, 1881 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 65

Folder 66

Volume 16: Daybook, Jacob W. Carr, 1881-1882 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 66

Folder 67

Volume 17: Daybook, Jacob W. Carr, 1882-1883 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 67

Folder 68

Volume 18: Daybook, Jacob W. Carr, 1885-1887 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 68

Folder 69

Volume 19: Daybook, Jacob W. Carr, 1887-1888 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 69

Folder 70

Volume 20: Daybook, Jacob W. Carr, 1888-1889 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 70

Folder 71

Volume 21: Daybook, Jacob W. Carr, 1889-1890 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 71

Folder 72

Volume 22: Daybook, Jacob W. Carr, 1890-1894 #01787, Series: "James O. Carr Papers, 1743-1938." Folder 72

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, September 2009

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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