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Collection Number: 03228

Collection Title: Otelia Carrington Cunningham Connor Papers, 1888-1968

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Size 4.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 480 items)
Abstract Otelia Carrington Cunningham (Mrs. David M.) Connor of Durham and Chapel Hill, N.C., clubwoman and newspaper feature writer. The papers consist of correspondence and other items of Otelia (Cunningham) Connor and her mother, Mrs. John S. Cunningham. Included are materials concerning the genealogy of the Cunningham, Carrington, Codrington, and Cabel families and to a lesser extent, the Ruffin, Wilson, and Alston families; activities of the Colonial Dames, Daughters of the American Revolution, and other women's patriotic and historical societies; Mrs. Cunningham's suffragette activities, 1917-1919, as a member of the North Carolina Equal Suffrage Association, and attendance as a delegate to the Democratic Convention in San Francisco, 1920; Mrs. Connor's work at the Emergency Hospital in Washington, N.C., and the Veterans' Hospital in Durham, N.C.; and problems of the Governor Morehead School, Durham, N.C., 1944. Also included are writings by Mrs. Connor for Durham and Edenton, N.C., newspapers in the 1940s and 1950s; a scrapbook, 1888-1948, of local political, social, and Episcopal church events; and letters received from David W. Connor at the Episcopal High School, Alexanderia, Va., 1951-1952, the University of North Carolina, 1953-1957, while serving in the United States Navy, 1956-1960, and while living in Wilson, N.C. Other correspondents include James M. Carrington, Lenoir Chambers, Walter Clark, Dorothy Canfield Fisher, Rose Lawless Geyer, Henry R. Luce, John H. Manning, Henry G. Riely, William H. Ruffin, and Archibald Rutledge.
Creator Connor, Otelia Carrington Cunningham, 1892?-1969.
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 Otelia Carrington Cunningham Connor Papers #3228, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Otelia Connor, 1956 and 1966-1968.
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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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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The papers consist of correspondence and other items of Otelia (Cunningham) Connor and her mother, Mrs. John S. Cunningham. Included are materials concerning the genealogy of the Cunningham, Carrington, Codrington, and Cabel families and to a lesser extent, the Ruffin, Wilson, and Alston families; activities of the Colonial Dames, Daughters of the American Revolution, and other women's patriotic and historical societies; Mrs. Cunningham's suffragette activities, 1917-1919, as a member of the North Carolina Equal Suffrage Association, and attendance as a delegate to the Democratic Convention in San Francisco, 1920; Mrs. Connor's work at the Emergency Hospital in Washington, N.C., and the Veterans' Hospital in Durham, N.C.; and problems of the Governor Morehead School, Durham, N.C., 1944. Also included are writings by Mrs. Connor for Durham and Edenton, N.C., newspapers in the 1940s and 1950s; a scrapbook, 1888-1948, of local political, social, and Episcopal church events; and letters received from David W. Connor at the Episcopal High School, Alexanderia, Va., 1951-1952, the University of North Carolina, 1953-1957, while serving in the United States Navy, 1956-1960, and while living in Wilson, N.C. Other correspondents include James M. Carrington, Lenoir Chambers, Walter Clark, Dorothy Canfield Fisher, Rose Lawless Geyer, Henry R. Luce, John H. Manning, Henry G. Riely, William H. Ruffin, and Archibald Rutledge.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated.

About 1,000 items.

Arrangement: roughly chronological.

Correspondence, clippings, articles, and other related items written to and by Otelia Carrington Cunningham Connor; her mother, Otelia Carrington Cunningham; and various friends and family members. This series contains letters from Connor's children, David and Kate; typescripts and clippings of articles written by Connor; and letters about her work at Emergency Hospital in Washington, D.C., and Veterans' Hospital in Durham, N.C., in the 1940s. After the appearance of an article about her crusade to bring better manners to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill appeared in the 19 July 1963 issue of Time Magazine, much of the correspondence and other materials focus on Connor's role as manners maven.

Folder 1

1889-1929 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1930-1939 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1940-1949 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1950-October 1954 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

November 1954-1956 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

January-August 1957 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

September 1957 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

October-14 November 1957 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

15 November-December 1957 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

January-February 1958 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

March-July 1958 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

August-December 1958 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

January-May 1959 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

June-December 1959 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

January-September 1960 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16

October 1960-May 1961 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 16

Folder 17

June-December 1961 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 17

Folder 18

January-July 1962 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 18

Folder 19

August-December 1962 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 19

Folder 20

January-March 1963 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 20

Folder 21

April-May 1963 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 21

Folder 22

June-July 1963 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 22

Folder 23

August-September 1963 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 23

Folder 24

October 1963 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 24

Folder 25

November-December 1963 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 25

Folder 26

January-March 1964 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 26

Folder 27

April-June 1964 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 27

Folder 28

July-August 1964 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 28

Folder 29

September 1964 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 29

Folder 30

October-December 1964 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 30

Folder 31

January-February 1965 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 31

Folder 32

March-April 1965 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 32

Folder 33

May-June 1965 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 33

Folder 34

July-August 1965 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 34

Folder 35

September-October 1965 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 35

Folder 36

November-December 1965 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 36

Folder 37

January-March 1966 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 37

Folder 38

April-June 1966 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 38

Folder 39

July-August 1966 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 39

Folder 40

September-October 1966 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 40

Folder 41

November-December 1966 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 41

Folder 42

January-March 1967 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 42

Folder 43

April-June 1967 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 43

Folder 44

July-September 1967 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 44

Folder 45

October-December 1967 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 45

Folder 46

January-February 1968 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 46

Folder 47

March-June 1968; 28 July 1969 #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 47

Folder 48-50

Folder 48

Folder 49

Folder 50

Undated #03228, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1895-1969 and undated." Folder 48-50

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About 400 items.

Arrangement: roughly chronological.

Correspondence, press releases, meeting minutes, and other material relating mainly to Otelia Carrington Cunningham's activities as president of the North Carolina Equal Suffrage Association (1917-1919). Other items include Cunningham's membership or activities for the Episcopal Church; the Woman's Liberty Loan Committee; the National Democratic Convention of 1920 at San Francisco, where she was a delegate-at-large for North Carolina; the League of Women Voters; and other organizations.

Folder 51

1912-1916 #03228, Series: "2. Woman's Suffrage Papers, 1912-1925 and undated." Folder 51

Folder 52

January-October 1917 #03228, Series: "2. Woman's Suffrage Papers, 1912-1925 and undated." Folder 52

Folder 53

November 1917 #03228, Series: "2. Woman's Suffrage Papers, 1912-1925 and undated." Folder 53

Folder 54

December 1917 #03228, Series: "2. Woman's Suffrage Papers, 1912-1925 and undated." Folder 54

Folder 55

President's Report, 1917-1918 and undated items, 1917-1918 #03228, Series: "2. Woman's Suffrage Papers, 1912-1925 and undated." Folder 55

Folder 56

January-March 1918 #03228, Series: "2. Woman's Suffrage Papers, 1912-1925 and undated." Folder 56

Folder 57

April-December 1918 #03228, Series: "2. Woman's Suffrage Papers, 1912-1925 and undated." Folder 57

Folder 58

1919-1920 #03228, Series: "2. Woman's Suffrage Papers, 1912-1925 and undated." Folder 58

Folder 59

1921-1925 #03228, Series: "2. Woman's Suffrage Papers, 1912-1925 and undated." Folder 59

Folder 60

Undated #03228, Series: "2. Woman's Suffrage Papers, 1912-1925 and undated." Folder 60

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About 600 items.

Arrangement: by topic.

Articles and transcripts of articles written by Otelia Carrington Cunningham Connor; genealogical materials of the Cunningham, Carrington, Codrington, Cabel, and, to some extent, the Ruffin, Wilson, and Alston families; and a scrapbook. These articles appeared in The Daily Tar Heel, The Durham Herald, and The Chowen Herald (Edenton, N.C.). Connor wrote on the University of North Carolina and its history, proper table manners, reminiscences of her girlhood in Person County, N.C., and various other topics. The scrapbook contains clippings, invitations, programs, obituaries, and photographs of members of the family and houses connected with the family.

Folder 61

Genealogy and Family Data #03228, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1888-1960s." Folder 61

Folder 62

News Articles by Otelia Connor #03228, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1888-1960s." Folder 62

Folder 63

Typescript Articles #03228, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1888-1960s." Folder 63

Folder 64-65

Folder 64

Folder 65

Articles and Other items, 1949-1962 #03228, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1888-1960s." Folder 64-65

Folder 66

Scrapbook (Volume 3228/S-1) #03228, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1888-1960s." Folder 66

Image P-3228/1

Photograph of Otelia Connor #03228, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1888-1960s." P-3228/1

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Processing Information

Processed by: Carolyn Hamby with assistance from Abigail Peoples and Alicia Reeves, March 1996

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

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