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Collection Number: 04103

Collection Title: Laura Noell Carr Papers, 1935-1947.

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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 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 400 items)
Abstract Laura Noell Carr, of Durham, N.C., was married to Austin Heaton Carr (1894-1942), president of Durham Hosiery Mills. They had two children, Austin Heaton Carr Junior (born 1920) and Charles Noell Carr (born circa 1930). The collection includes letters to Laura Noell Carr from her sons and other papers. Austin Heaton Carr Junior's letters during World War II describe his experiences in Officer Candidate School in Miami Beach, Fla., in 1943, and as a supply officer in France and Germany; and mention missions of his unit, the 396th Fighter Squadron, United States Army Air Forces. Later letters describe his life and his work in advertising in New York City after the war. Charles Noell Carr's letters describe his life as a student at Woodberry Forest School, Woodberry Forest, Va., and Harvard University, 1945-1947. Also included are scattered letters to and from friends, including Frank Borden Hanes, Josephus Daniels, and Lady Nancy Astor; clippings; and memorabilia.
Creator Carr, Laura Noell.
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 Laura Noell Carr Papers, #4103, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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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Laura Noell Carr, of Durham, N.C., was educated at Randolph-Macon College in Lynchburg, Va. She was married to Austin Heaton Carr (1894-1942), president of Durham Hosiery Mills. They had two children, Austin Heaton Carr Junior (born 1920) and Charles Noell Carr (born circa 1930). After her husband's death Laura married Robert Hett Chapman, textile industrialist of Spartanburg, S.C.

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The collection is primarily letters to Laura Noell Carr of Durham, N.C., from her sons, Austin Heaton Carr Junior and Charles Noell Carr. Letters from Austin Heaton Carr Junior during World War II discuss his army training and admission to Officer Candidate School in Miami Beach, Fla.; his experiences as a supply officer stationed in England, France, and Germany; and contain references to the bombing missions of his unit, the 396th Fighter Squadron. Later letters describe his social life and work in advertising in New York City after the war. Charles Noell Carr's letters describe his life as a student at Woodberry Forest School, Woodberry Forest, Va., and Harvard University, 1945-1947. Also included are scattered letters to and from friends, including Frank Borden Hanes, Josephus Daniels, and Lady Nancy Astor; clippings; and memorabilia.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, June 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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