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Collection Number: 03991

Collection Title: North Carolina Constitutional Commission Papers, 1931-1934; 1937-1938.

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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 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 300 items)
Abstract In 1931 a commission of nine members was appointed to recommend revisions to the state constitution of North Carolina. Burton Craige (1875-1945), a lawyer of Winston-Salem, N.C., was one of commission members, along with Lindsay Carter Warren (born 1889) and John Johnston Parker (1885-1958). The collection inlcudes correspondence of Burton Craige regarding the report of the Constitutional Commission. Also included are mimeographed proceedings, drafts, working papers, and pertinent published material. At the recommendation of the State Supreme Court, the proposed constitution of 1933 was never submitted to the voters.
Creator Craige, Burton, 1875-1945.
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 North Carolina Constitutional Commission Papers, #3991, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Archibald Craige of Keswick, Va., through James S. Brawley of Salisbury, N.C., June 1974.
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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In 1931 a commission of nine members was appointed to recommend revisions to the state constitution of North Carolina. Burton Craige (1875-1945), a lawyer of Winston-Salem, N.C., was one of commission members, along with Lindsay Carter Warren (born 1889) and John Johnston Parker (1885-1958). At the recommendation of the State Supreme Court, the proposed constitution of 1933 was never submitted to the voters.

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The collection includes Burton Craige's correspondence regarding the report of the Constitutional Commission. Correspondents include W. P. Stacy, John J. Parker, Michael Shenck, George E. Butler, Clarence Poe, A. J. Maxwell, Lindsay Warren, and Charles B. Aycock. Also included are mimeographed proceedings, drafts, working papers, and pertinent published material.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #03991, Series: "North Carolina Constitutional Commission Papers, 1931-1934; 1937-1938 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1-3

Folder 1

Folder 2

Folder 3

Introductory material #03991, Series: "North Carolina Constitutional Commission Papers, 1931-1934; 1937-1938 and undated." Folder 1-3

Folder 1

Folder 2

Folder 3

1931 #03991, Series: "North Carolina Constitutional Commission Papers, 1931-1934; 1937-1938 and undated." Folder 1-3

Folder 4-10

Folder 4

Folder 5

Folder 6

Folder 7

Folder 8

Folder 9

Folder 10

1932-1933 #03991, Series: "North Carolina Constitutional Commission Papers, 1931-1934; 1937-1938 and undated." Folder 4-10

Folder 11-12

Folder 11

Folder 12

1934 #03991, Series: "North Carolina Constitutional Commission Papers, 1931-1934; 1937-1938 and undated." Folder 11-12

Folder 13

1937-1938 #03991, Series: "North Carolina Constitutional Commission Papers, 1931-1934; 1937-1938 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

Undated typescripts #03991, Series: "North Carolina Constitutional Commission Papers, 1931-1934; 1937-1938 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15-17

Folder 15

Folder 16

Folder 17

Clippings #03991, Series: "North Carolina Constitutional Commission Papers, 1931-1934; 1937-1938 and undated." Folder 15-17

Folder 18

Volume 1: The Constitution of the State of North Carolina #03991, Series: "North Carolina Constitutional Commission Papers, 1931-1934; 1937-1938 and undated." Folder 18

Pamphlet, 28 pp. published by State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Educational Publication No. 144.

Folder 19

Volume 2: The Constitution of the State of North Carolina #03991, Series: "North Carolina Constitutional Commission Papers, 1931-1934; 1937-1938 and undated." Folder 19

Printers proof of above listed pamphlet.

Folder 20

Volume 3: The Constitution of the State of North Carolina #03991, Series: "North Carolina Constitutional Commission Papers, 1931-1934; 1937-1938 and undated." Folder 20

Mimeograph with some revisions.

Folder 21

Volume 4: The Constitution of the State of North Carolina #03991, Series: "North Carolina Constitutional Commission Papers, 1931-1934; 1937-1938 and undated." Folder 21

Clean copy of Volume 3

Folder 22

Volume 5: "The Constitution of the State of North Carolina" #03991, Series: "North Carolina Constitutional Commission Papers, 1931-1934; 1937-1938 and undated." Folder 22

Mimeograph draft of Report of the Constitutional Commission, 1932.

Folder 23

Volume 6: "The Constitution of the State of North Carolina" #03991, Series: "North Carolina Constitutional Commission Papers, 1931-1934; 1937-1938 and undated." Folder 23

"Report of the North Carolina Constitutional Commission to the Governor and General Assembly," 1931-1932.

Folder 24

Volume 7: "Proceedings of the North Carolina Constitutional Commission," 1931-1932. #03991, Series: "North Carolina Constitutional Commission Papers, 1931-1934; 1937-1938 and undated." Folder 24

Folder 25

Volume 8: The Report of the North Carolina Constitutional Commission to the Governor and General Assembly #03991, Series: "North Carolina Constitutional Commission Papers, 1931-1934; 1937-1938 and undated." Folder 25

Printed pamphlet, 1932.

Folder 26

Volume 9: An Act to Amend the Preamble and the Several Sections of the Constitution of North Carolina #03991, Series: "North Carolina Constitutional Commission Papers, 1931-1934; 1937-1938 and undated." Folder 26

Printed pamphlet, 1933.

Folder 27

Volume 10: Popular Government #03991, Series: "North Carolina Constitutional Commission Papers, 1931-1934; 1937-1938 and undated." Folder 27

Contains "The Proposed Constitution for North Carolina: A Comparative Study," editied by Dillard S. Gardner.

Folder 28

Supplementary file #03991, Series: "North Carolina Constitutional Commission Papers, 1931-1934; 1937-1938 and undated." Folder 28

Includes items not directly related to the Constitutional Commission.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, July 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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