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Collection Number: 04339

Collection Title: Thomas Augustus Fraser Papers, 1945-1990

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Size 5.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 3000 items)
Abstract Thomas Augustus Fraser Jr., son of Thomas Augustus Fraser and Lena Lee Connell Fraser, was born in 1915 in Atlanta, Ga. He earned a B.A. from Hobart College in 1938 and a B.D. from the Virginia Theological Seminary in 1941, at which time he was ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Church. In 1942, Fraser entered the priesthood and became a missionary in the Diocese of Long Island, later serving as secretary and chaplain to the Long Island bishop. In 1943, he married Marjorie Louise Rimbach with whom he had two children, Thomas III and Constance. From 1944 to 1951, Fraser served as rector for Saint Paul's Church in Alexandria, Va., and, in 1951, he began a nine-year posting as rector of Saint Paul's Church in Winston-Salem, N.C. He was elected bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of North Carolina in 1960 and began his tenure as bishop in July 1966. Fraser retired in 1982 and died in 1989. The collection contains papers of Thomas Augustus Fraser Jr. chiefly generated during the years of his ministry. Included are letters and other materials concerning his election and consecration as bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of North Carolina; his later activities as bishop of the Diocese; personal and family matters; a 1975 controversy involving the rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Charlotte, N.C.; and other topics. Also included are materials, 1969-1974, relating to a grant to Malcolm X Liberation University in Durham, N.C.
Creator Fraser, Thomas Augustus, 1915-1989.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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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 Thomas Augustus Fraser Papers #4339, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Original deposit received from Thomas Augustus Fraser Jr. in December 1982 (Acc. 82158). Addition of 2002 received from Lyons Gray in March 2002 (Acc. 99195).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Thomas Augustus Fraser Jr., son of Thomas Augustus Fraser and Lena Lee Connell Fraser, was born in 1915 in Atlanta, Ga. He earned a B.A. from Hobart College in 1938 and a B.D. from the Virginia Theological Seminary in 1941, at which time he was ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Church. In 1942, Fraser entered the priesthood and became a missionary in the Diocese of Long Island, later serving as secretary and chaplain to the Long Island bishop. In 1943, he married Marjorie Louise Rimbach with whom he had two children, Thomas III and Constance. From 1944 to 1951, Fraser served as rector for Saint Paul's Church in Alexandria, Va., and, in 1951, he began a nine-year posting as rector of Saint Paul's Church in Winston-Salem, N.C. He was elected bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of North Carolina in 1960 and began his tenure as bishop in July 1966. Fraser retired in 1982 and died in 1989.

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The collection contains papers of Thomas Augustus Fraser Jr. chiefly generated during the years of his ministry. Included are letters and other materials concerning his election and consecration as bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of North Carolina; his later activities as bishop of the Diocese; personal and family matters; a 1972 controversy involving the rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Charlotte, N.C.; and other topics. Also included are materials, 1969-1974, relating to a grant to Malcolm X Liberation University in Durham, N.C.

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Contents list

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About 2000 items.

Original file folder titles have, for the most part, been retained.

Folder 1-7

Folder 1

Folder 2

Folder 3

Folder 4

Folder 5

Folder 6

Folder 7

Bishop Coadjutor: Congratulations, 1960 #04339, Series: "1. Papers, 1945-1990." Folder 1-7

Folder 8-10

Folder 8

Folder 9

Folder 10

Bishop Coadjutor: Consecration, 1960 #04339, Series: "1. Papers, 1945-1990." Folder 8-10

Folder 11

Bishop Coadjutor: Consecration: Clippings, 1960 #04339, Series: "1. Papers, 1945-1990." Folder 11

Folder 12

Bishop Coadjutor: Insurance, 1960-1962 #04339, Series: "1. Papers, 1945-1990." Folder 12

Folder 13-16

Folder 13

Folder 14

Folder 15

Folder 16

Bishop: Installation, 1966 #04339, Series: "1. Papers, 1945-1990." Folder 13-16

Folder 17-21

Folder 17

Folder 18

Folder 19

Folder 20

Folder 21

Bishop: New Bishop Coadjutor: Election, 1977-1980 #04339, Series: "1. Papers, 1945-1990." Folder 17-21

Folder 22

Bishop: Twenty-year commemoration, 1980 #04339, Series: "1. Papers, 1945-1990." Folder 22

Folder 23-24

Folder 23

Folder 24

Bishop: Retirement, 1982 #04339, Series: "1. Papers, 1945-1990." Folder 23-24

Folder 25

Caldwell, R. Martin, 1975 #04339, Series: "1. Papers, 1945-1990." Folder 25

Folder 26

Christmas, 1973 #04339, Series: "1. Papers, 1945-1990." Folder 26

Folder 27

Correspondence, 1948-1949 #04339, Series: "1. Papers, 1945-1990." Folder 27

Mixture of personald and professional letters.

Folder 28

Correspondence, 1955-1959 #04339, Series: "1. Papers, 1945-1990." Folder 28

Mixture of personald and professional letters.

Folder 29

Correspondence, 1960 #04339, Series: "1. Papers, 1945-1990." Folder 29

Mixture of personald and professional letters.

Folder 30

Correspondence, 1960-1961 #04339, Series: "1. Papers, 1945-1990." Folder 30

Mixture of personald and professional letters.

Folder 31

Correspondence, 1965 #04339, Series: "1. Papers, 1945-1990." Folder 31

Mixture of personald and professional letters.

Folder 32

Correspondence, 1967 #04339, Series: "1. Papers, 1945-1990." Folder 32

Mixture of personald and professional letters.

Folder 33

Correspondence, 1970-1971 #04339, Series: "1. Papers, 1945-1990." Folder 33

Mixture of personald and professional letters.

Folder 34

Correspondence, 1972 #04339, Series: "1. Papers, 1945-1990." Folder 34

Mixture of personald and professional letters.

Folder 35

Correspondence, 1973 #04339, Series: "1. Papers, 1945-1990." Folder 35

Mixture of personald and professional letters.

Folder 36

Correspondence, 1974-1976 #04339, Series: "1. Papers, 1945-1990." Folder 36

Mixture of personald and professional letters.

Folder 37

Correspondence, 1977 #04339, Series: "1. Papers, 1945-1990." Folder 37

Mixture of personald and professional letters.

Folder 38

Correspondence, 1980-1982 #04339, Series: "1. Papers, 1945-1990." Folder 38

Mixture of personald and professional letters.

Folder 39-40

Folder 39

Folder 40

Correspondence, 1987-1989 #04339, Series: "1. Papers, 1945-1990." Folder 39-40

Chiefly letters to Fraser about his ill health (addition of 2002).

Folder 41-42

Folder 41

Folder 42

Correspondence, 1989-1990 #04339, Series: "1. Papers, 1945-1990." Folder 41-42

Chiefly letters to Fraser's family after his death in 1989 (addition of 2002).

Folder 43

Hospitalization, 1977 #04339, Series: "1. Papers, 1945-1990." Folder 43

Folder 44

Miscellaneous #04339, Series: "1. Papers, 1945-1990." Folder 44

Includes event programs, notes, clippings, and a few photographs.

Folder 45

Morrison, Paul, 1978-1981 #04339, Series: "1. Papers, 1945-1990." Folder 45

Folder 46

Piedmont Crescent Commission, 1964-1965 #04339, Series: "1. Papers, 1945-1990." Folder 46

Folder 47

Pike, James, 1961 #04339, Series: "1. Papers, 1945-1990." Folder 47

Bishop of California.

Folder 48-50

Folder 48

Folder 49

Folder 50

Sabbatical, 1972 #04339, Series: "1. Papers, 1945-1990." Folder 48-50

Folder 51-53

Folder 51

Folder 52

Folder 53

Speeches, addresses, sermons #04339, Series: "1. Papers, 1945-1990." Folder 51-53

Folder 54

Stuart Sailfish Club, 1955 #04339, Series: "1. Papers, 1945-1990." Folder 54

Folder 55

Thomas, Henry, 1967-1969 #04339, Series: "1. Papers, 1945-1990." Folder 55

Folder 56-63

Folder 56

Folder 57

Folder 58

Folder 59

Folder 60

Folder 61

Folder 62

Folder 63

Waller, Harcourt, 1972 #04339, Series: "1. Papers, 1945-1990." Folder 56-63

Materials relating to controversy about dissolution of the pastorial relationship between the Charlotte, N.C., Christ Church parish and Waller, who served as rector.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Jennifer Thompson, January 2010

Encoded by: Jennifer Thompson, January 2010

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