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Collection Number: 05300

Collection Title: William Geer Collection on Oliver Max Gardner and Other Materials, 1939-1961

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Size 10.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 4000 items)
Abstract William Geer was a history professor at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. Oliver Max Gardner was a lawyer of Shelby, N.C., and Washington, D.C., and state senator, 1910-1915, lieutenant governor, 1916-1920, and governor, 1929-1933, of North Carolina. Upon O. Max Gardner's death in 1947, Geer became interested in writing a biography of him. For some time, Geer held in trust the personal papers of O. Max Gardner, which were donated to the Southern Historical Collection in 1962. While he did much research on the subject, the biography was never finished. The collection represents William Geer's efforts to write a biography on O. Max Gardner. It includes letters to and from friends, family, and colleagues of Gardner from whom Geer tried to gather personal information and stories about Gardner; a series of notebooks kept by Geer on Gardner; notes taken from papers at the North Carolina State Archives about Gardner; transcriptions of Gardner's correspondence and excerpts from his speeches; and one 33-1/3 record album, "J. Melville Broughton on the death of O. Max Gardner," 6 February 1947. Other materials in the collection relate to Geer's career as a history professor.
Creator Geer, William, 1915-1999.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
Use of audio materials may require production of listening copies.
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 William Geer Collection on Oliver Max Gardner and Other Materials #5300, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from William Geer in 1998 (Acc. 100532).
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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William Geer was a history professor at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. Oliver Max Gardner was a lawyer of Shelby, N.C., and Washington, D.C., and state senator, 1910-1915, lieutenant governor, 1916-1920, and governor, 1929-1933, of North Carolina. Upon O. Max Gardner's death in 1947, Geer became interested in writing a biography of him. For some time, Geer held in trust the personal papers of O. Max Gardner, which were donated to the Southern Historical Collection in 1962. While he did much research on the subject, the biography was never finished.

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The collection represents University of North Carolina history professor William Geer's efforts to write a biography on North Carolina lawyer, state senator, lieutenant governor, and governor Oliver Max Gardner. It includes letters to and from friends, family, and colleagues of O. Max Gardner from whom Geer tried to gather personal information and stories about Gardner; a series of notebooks kept by Geer on Gardner; notes taken from papers at the North Carolina State Archives about Gardner; transcriptions of Gardner's correspondence and excerpts from his speeches; and one 33-1/3 record album, "J. Melville Broughton on the death of O. Max Gardner," 6 February 1947. Other materials in the collection relate to Geer's career as a history professor.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Margaret Dickson, November 2006

Encoded by: Margaret Dickson, November 2006

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