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Collection Number: 00282

Collection Title: Edward Kidder Graham Papers, 1876-1966

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Size About 850 items (2.5 linear feet)
Abstract Edward Kidder Graham was an author, professor, and president of the University of North Carolina, 1914-1918. He died in the influenza epidemic of 1918. His son Edward Kidder Graham Jr. served as an administrator at Washington University, the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina in Greensboro (now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro), Boston University, and Denver University before his death in 1976. Papers of Edward Kidder Graham include family correspondence, 1890-1960 and undated; professional and other papers, 1904-1976; and pictures, undated. Family correspondence includes letters of members of the Graham, Moses, and Graves families. Included is correspondence between Edward Kidder Graham and his wife, Susan Moses Graham, as well as letters written by Edward Kidder Graham to his son, Edward Kidder Graham Jr. There is also correspondence between Edward Kidder Graham Jr. and his aunt, Elizabeth Moses, and his uncle, Louis Graves. Letters discuss everyday life and family activities, Edward Kidder Graham's trips to New York City, college athletics, and the schooling of Edward Kidder Graham Jr. Professional and other papers are primarily speeches and articles written by Edward Kidder Graham. There are also memorial pieces and newspaper clippings relating to his appointment and inauguration as president of the University of North Carolina, to his death and to the death of Susan Moses Graham, to the appointment of Edward Kidder Graham Jr. as chancellor of the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina, and to the death of Edward Kidder Graham Jr. There is also a scattering of papers relating to the Graham family. Pictures are of members of the Graham, Moses, and Graves families. The Addition of May 2000 includes letters from Edward Kidder Graham to Louis Graves, Susan Moses Graham, and others, circa 1901-1918; a photograph of the University of North Carolina faculty, circa 1903-1904; photographs of the Graham family members, circa 1911-1918; and clippings related to Edward Kidder Graham's inauguration as president of the University of North Carolina in 1915 and his death in 1918.
Creator Graham, Edward Kidder, 1876-1918.
Language English.
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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.
Provenance
Original collection received from Louis Round Wilson of Chapel Hill, N.C., prior to 1940. Additions received from Mrs. Louis Graves of Chapel Hill, N.C., in June 1970 (Acc. 82120), and from Julia Graham Lear of Washington, D.C., in May 2000 (Acc. 98616) and August 2000 (Acc. 98712).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Edward Kidder Graham was born in Charlotte, N.C, in October 1876. He entered the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1894, graduating second in his class four years later. After briefly teaching school in Charlotte, Graham was hired as librarian by the University of North Carolina. Graham became an instructor in English in 1902, rising to the level of full professor in 1907 after years of intermittent graduate study at Columbia University. In 1909, he was appointed chair of the Department of English and dean of the College of Liberal Arts. He served as acting president of the University in 1913 and was elected to succeed Francis P. Venable as president in 1914.

On 25 June 1908, Edward Kidder Graham married Susan Williams Moses. Their son, Edward Kidder Graham Jr. was born on 31 January 1911. Susan Moses Graham died in 1916. Edward Kidder Graham died two years later from influenza and pneumonia during the epidemic of 1918.

After the death of his father, Edward Kidder Graham Jr. was raised by his uncle, Louis Graves. In 1938, Edward Kidder Graham Jr. received a Ph.D. from Cornell University and pursued a career in higher education. He served as an administrator at several institutions, including Washington University, the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina in Greensboro (now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro), Boston University, and Denver University. He married Elizabeth Ann McFadyen in 1935, and the couple had three children. He died in Elsmere, N.Y., on 13 March 1976.

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Papers of Edward Kidder Graham include family correspondence, 1890-1960 and undated; professional and other papers, 1904-1976; and pictures, undated. Family correspondence includes letters of members of the Graham, Moses, and Graves families. Included is correspondence between Edward Kidder Graham and his wife, Susan Moses Graham, as well as letters written by Edward Kidder Graham to his son, Edward Kidder Graham Jr.. There is also correspondence between Edward Kidder Graham Jr. and his aunt, Elizabeth Moses, and his uncle, Louis Graves. Letters discuss everyday life and family activities, Edward Kidder Graham's trips to New York City, college athletics, and the schooling of Edward Kidder Graham Jr. Professional and other papers are primarily speeches and articles written by Edward Kidder Graham. There are also memorial pieces and newspaper clippings relating to his appointment and inauguration as president of the University of North Carolina, to his death and to the death of Susan Moses Graham, to the appointment of Edward Kidder Graham Jr. as chancellor of the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina (now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro), and to the death of Edward Kidder Graham Jr. There is also a scattering of papers relating to the Graham family. Pictures are of members of the Graham, Moses, and Graves families. The Addition of May 2000 includes letters from Edward Kidder Graham to Louis Graves, Susan Moses Graham, and others, circa 1901-1918; a photograph of the University of North Carolina faculty, circa 1903-1904; photographs of the Graham family members, circa 1911-1918; and clippings related to Edward Kidder Graham's inauguration as president of the University of North Carolina in 1915 and his death in 1918.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Family Correspondence, 1890-1960, and undated.

About 400 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Letters of members of the Graham, Moses, and Graves families. Included is correspondence between Edward Kidder Graham and his wife, Susan Moses Graham, as well as letters written by Edward Kidder Graham to his son, Edward Kidder Graham Jr. These letters discuss everyday life and Edward Kidder Graham's activities during trips to New York City. Also included is correspondence between Edward Kidder Graham Jr. and his aunt, Elizabeth Moses. These letters discuss family activities and news, college athletics, and his schooling. There is also correspondence between Elizabeth Moses and Edward Kidder Graham Jr's. uncle, Louis Graves, relating to day-to-day activities of members of the Moses and Graham families and, in particular, of Edward Kidder Graham Jr. (often referred to in these letters as "Sonny").

Folder 1

Correspondence, 1890-1910 #00282, Series: "1. Family Correspondence, 1890-1960, and undated. " Folder 1

Folder 2

Correspondence, 1911-1912 #00282, Series: "1. Family Correspondence, 1890-1960, and undated. " Folder 2

Folder 3-4

Folder 3

Folder 4

Correspondence, 1913 #00282, Series: "1. Family Correspondence, 1890-1960, and undated. " Folder 3-4

Folder 5-9

Folder 5

Folder 6

Folder 7

Folder 8

Folder 9

Correspondence, 1914 #00282, Series: "1. Family Correspondence, 1890-1960, and undated. " Folder 5-9

Folder 10-11

Folder 10

Folder 11

Correspondence, 1915 #00282, Series: "1. Family Correspondence, 1890-1960, and undated. " Folder 10-11

Folder 12

Correspondence, 1916 #00282, Series: "1. Family Correspondence, 1890-1960, and undated. " Folder 12

Folder 13

Correspondence, 1917 #00282, Series: "1. Family Correspondence, 1890-1960, and undated. " Folder 13

Folder 14

Correspondence, 1918 #00282, Series: "1. Family Correspondence, 1890-1960, and undated. " Folder 14

Folder 15

Correspondence, 1919 #00282, Series: "1. Family Correspondence, 1890-1960, and undated. " Folder 15

Folder 16

Correspondence, 1920 #00282, Series: "1. Family Correspondence, 1890-1960, and undated. " Folder 16

Folder 17

Correspondence, 1921 #00282, Series: "1. Family Correspondence, 1890-1960, and undated. " Folder 17

Folder 18

Correspondence, 1922-1966 #00282, Series: "1. Family Correspondence, 1890-1960, and undated. " Folder 18

Folder 19

Undated correspondence #00282, Series: "1. Family Correspondence, 1890-1960, and undated. " Folder 19

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About 400 items.

Arrangement: by type, then chronological.

Primarily speeches and articles written by Edward Kidder Graham. There are also memorial pieces commenting on or commemorating his death and many newspaper clippings relating to the appointment and inauguration of Edward Kidder Graham as president of the University of North Carolina, to his death and to the death of Susan Moses Graham, to the appointment of Edward Kidder Graham Jr. as chancellor of the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina (now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro), and to the death of Edward Kidder Graham Jr. There is also a scattering of papers relating to the Graham family.

Folder 20-22

Folder 20

Folder 21

Folder 22

Writings, 1904-1917 and undated #00282, Series: "2. Professional and Other Papers, 1904-1976. " Folder 20-22

Folder 23

Inauguration program, 1915 #00282, Series: "2. Professional and Other Papers, 1904-1976. " Folder 23

Folder 24

Memorial materials, undated #00282, Series: "2. Professional and Other Papers, 1904-1976. " Folder 24

Folder 25

Journal memorials, 1919-1939 #00282, Series: "2. Professional and Other Papers, 1904-1976. " Folder 25

Folder 26-27

Folder 26

Folder 27

Newspaper clippings, 1914-1976 #00282, Series: "2. Professional and Other Papers, 1904-1976. " Folder 26-27

Folder 28

Edward Kidder Graham Jr. materials, 1950-1956 #00282, Series: "2. Professional and Other Papers, 1904-1976. " Folder 28

Folder 29

Graham family papers, 1908-1966 and undated #00282, Series: "2. Professional and Other Papers, 1904-1976. " Folder 29

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About 50 items.

Arrangement: Correspondence is arranged chronologically, followed by clippings and photographs.

The addition includes letters related to family and financial matters, primarily from Edward Kidder Graham to Louis Graves, circa 1901-1918. Other recipients include Graham's wife, Susan Moses Graham. Some letters include typed transcriptions, and there are transcriptions of letters for which the location of the originals is unknown. Also included are a small number of scrapbook pages with photographs of Edward Kidder Graham Jr. and other members of the Graham family, circa 1911-1918; one image of the University of North Carolina faculty, circa 1903-1904; and clippings related to Edward Kidder Graham's inauguration as president of the University of North Carolina in 1915 and his death in 1918.

Folder 30

Correspondence, 1901, 1906 #00282, Series: "Addition of May 2000 (Acc. 98616), 1901-1918." Folder 30

Folder 31

Correspondence, 1907 #00282, Series: "Addition of May 2000 (Acc. 98616), 1901-1918." Folder 31

Folder 32

Correspondence, 1908-1918 #00282, Series: "Addition of May 2000 (Acc. 98616), 1901-1918." Folder 32

Image Folder PF-282/2

Photograph: Louis Graves, circa 1918 #00282, Series: "Addition of May 2000 (Acc. 98616), 1901-1918." PF-282/2

Photograph of Louis Graves, mentioned in letter from Edward Kidder Graham to "Jule," the mother of Louis Graves, circa July 1918. (For letter see folder 32)

Folder 33

Clippings, circa 1915-1918 #00282, Series: "Addition of May 2000 (Acc. 98616), 1901-1918." Folder 33

Image Folder PF-282/3

Graham family scrapbook pages, circa 1911-1918 #00282, Series: "Addition of May 2000 (Acc. 98616), 1901-1918." PF-282/3

Image Folder PF-282/4

Photograph: University of North Carolina faculty, circa 1903-1904 #00282, Series: "Addition of May 2000 (Acc. 98616), 1901-1918." PF-282/4

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