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Collection Number: 05184

Collection Title: Laura Randolph Daly Papers, 1906-1941

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Size 27 items
Abstract Laura Randolph Daly was an instructor in the 1910s through the 1930s at Snow Hill Institute in Snow Hill, Ala., and at Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute in Tuskegee, Ala. She later worked for the United States government in the Office of Price Administration and Civilian Supply (OPACS). The collection consists of letters to Laura Randolph Daly and her daughters, Mildred Daly and Lillie Daly, from family members, friends, and colleagues. Most of the early letters deal with financial matters, including requests from Laura Randolph Daly's mother that Daly move from Alabama to New Jersey and help her purchase property. Letters, 1920s-1930s, mostly relate to Daly's work as an instructor at Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute and consist of donations to the Institute, an update about former students, and a woman inventor's appeal to George Washington Carver for a "word of approval" for a new hair preparation. Later letters, dating from 1941, deal with Daly's OPACS work. These letters include discussions of the formation of consumer committees in Alabama; instructions on which community leaders Daly should contact to ensure community involvement in OPACS projects; and suggestions about how she should deal with racism in the Birmingham office of the Social Security Board, where she was to work.
Creator Daly, Laura Randolph.
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 Laura Randolph Daly Papers #5184-z, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from J. Douglas Mattox of Raleigh, N.C., in October 2004 (Acc. 99924).
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 Randolph Daly was an instructor in the 1910s through the 1930s at Snow Hill Institute in Snow Hill, Ala., and at Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute in Tuskegee, Ala. She later worked for the United States government in the Office of Price Administration and Civilian Supply.

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The collection includes letters to Laura Randolph Daly and her daughters, Mildred Daly and Lillie Daly, from family members, friends, and colleagues. Most of the early letters deal with financial matters, including requests by Laura Randolph Daly's mother, Mildred Randolph, to move to New Jersey and help her purchase property. The letters, 1924-1940 are mostly related to Laura Randolph Daly's work as an instructor at Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute and consist of donations to the Institute, an update about former students, and an appeal from an inventor for a "word of approval" from George Washington Carver concerning a hair preparation she had invented. Later letters, dating from 1941, deal with Laura Randolph Daly's work with the Office of Price Administration and Civilian Supply (OPACS) of the United States government. These letters include discussions on the formation of consumer committees in the state of Alabama; instructions on which community leaders she should contact to ensure community involvement in OPACS projects; and suggestions on how she should deal with racism in the Birmingham office of the Social Security Board, where she was to report to work.

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Contents list

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Processing Information

Processed by: Jesse Brown, November 2004

Encoded by: Jesse Brown, November 2004

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