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Collection Number: 04441

Collection Title: James Alexander Gray Papers, 1916-1974

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web. See the section for more information.


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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 500 items)
Abstract James Alexander Gray (1889-1952) was a businessman and philanthropist of Winston-Salem, N.C. After graduating from the University of North Carolina in 1908, he served in various capacities with the Wachovia National Bank and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, eventually becoming a high-level executive. He was also a member of the North Carolina Senate for two terms, 1917-1920. The collection contains correspondence, photographs, speeches, a scrapbook, and printed items relating to James Alexander Gray. Many items concern the endowment fund Gray established for the benefit of eleven North Carolina colleges and universities, but there are also materials relating to Gray's professional and legislative activities and to the Gray family, including some about R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company president and chair Bowman Gray.
Creator Gray, James Alexander, 1889-1952.
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 James Alexander Gray Papers #4441, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from the Gray family of Winston-Salem, N.C., in March 1986 (Acc. 86044).
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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James Alexander Gray (1889-1952) was a businessman and philanthropist of Winston-Salem, N.C. After graduating from the University of North Carolina in 1908, he served in various capacities with Wachovia National Bank and R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, eventually becoming a high-level executive. He was also a member of the North Carolina Senate for two terms, 1917-1920.

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The collection contains correspondence, photographs, speeches, a scrapbook, and printed items relating to James Alexander Gray. Many items concern the endowment fund Gray established for the benefit of eleven North Carolina colleges and universities, but there are also materials relating to Gray's professional and legislative activities and to the Gray family, including some about R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company president and chair Bowman Gray.

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Contents list

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About 500 items.

Folder 1A

Original finding aid #04441, Series: "Papers, 1916-1974." Folder 1A

Folder 1-2

Folder 1

Folder 2

Wake Forest Medical School #04441, Series: "Papers, 1916-1974." Folder 1-2

Photographs, correspondence, and documents relating to the opening of the Bowman Gray Medical School and the James A. Gray Memorial Building at Wake Forest University.

Folder 3-4

Folder 3

Folder 4

North Carolina State Senate #04441, Series: "Papers, 1916-1974." Folder 3-4

Speeches and other materials related to James Alexander Gray's service in the North Carolina State Senate, 1917-1920.

Folder 5-6

Folder 5

Folder 6

Honors #04441, Series: "Papers, 1916-1974." Folder 5-6

Honors given to James Alexander Gray, primarily during his terms on the boards of R. J. Reynolds and Wachovia National Bank.

Folder 7-10

Folder 7

Folder 8

Folder 9

Folder 10

Endowment gifts #04441, Series: "Papers, 1916-1974." Folder 7-10

Letters, newspaper clippings, and other materials about the endowment gifts James Alexander Gray gave to eleven North Carolina colleges and universities.

Folder 11-13

Folder 11

Folder 12

Folder 13

Gray family #04441, Series: "Papers, 1916-1974." Folder 11-13

Information regarding the Gray family, including family history and specific information about Bowman Gray.

Folder 14

Roaring Gap Baby Hospital #04441, Series: "Papers, 1916-1974." Folder 14

Letter and clippings about James Alexander Gray's gift to the Roaring Gap Baby Hospital.

Folder 15

Booklets #04441, Series: "Papers, 1916-1974." Folder 15

Two booklets, one in memory of James Alexander Gray, and one about his endowment of Bible lectures at the University of North Carolina.

Folder 16-18

Folder 16

Folder 17

Folder 18

James Alexander Gray funeral #04441, Series: "Papers, 1916-1974." Folder 16-18

Letters and clippings about James Alexander Gray's death, funeral, and legacy.

Folder 19-20

Folder 19

Folder 20

Tributes #04441, Series: "Papers, 1916-1974." Folder 19-20

Tributes to James Alexander Gray, mostly in newspapers and magazines.

Folder 21

Varsity letter #04441, Series: "Papers, 1916-1974." Folder 21

James Alexander Gray's varsity letter from his time as manager of the 1908 University of North Carolina football team.

Folder 22

Assorted newspaper clippings about James Alexander Gray #04441, Series: "Papers, 1916-1974." Folder 22

Image Folder P-4441/1

Photographs of James Alexander Gray and his family #04441, Series: "Papers, 1916-1974." P-4441/1

Oversize Image Folder OP-P-4441/1

James Alexander Gray photographs #04441, Series: "Papers, 1916-1974." OP-P-4441/1

Photographs of James Alexander Gray, both as a youth and during his time in the North Carolina senate.

Oversize Volume SV-4441/1

Scrapbook containing newspaper clippings about James Alexander Gray's death and legacy #04441, Series: "Papers, 1916-1974." SV-4441/1

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Benjamin Bromley, December 2008

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