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Collection Number: 01765

Collection Title: J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924

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.


This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 22.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 16800 items)
Abstract J. Bryan (John Bryan) Grimes (1868-1923) of Pitt County, N.C., was a conservative leader of the Farmers' Alliance, the Grange, and other agricultural organizations; managed the family farms in Pitt County and Beaufort County; and was North Carolina secretary of state, 1900-1923. The collection includes 20th century business, personal, and official correspondence of Grimes, with the bulk of the papers concerning his service as North Carolina secretary of state and various Democratic political campaigns. Also included are ancestral family papers, North Carolina newspapers from 1864 and 1868, and some colonial land grants. Volumes include a law notebook on North Carolina court cases, 1783-1815; a mathematics exercise book, 1821-1829; a bank book of John Heritage Bryan (1798-1870) in account with the Bank of New Bern, 1831-1834; a manuscript tracing land title for the Avon Plantation in Pitt County from 1715-1910; and an undated manuscript on the Republican Party in North Carolina.
Creator Grimes, J. Bryan (John Bryan), 1868-1923.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
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 J. Bryan Grimes Papers #1765, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Loaned by J. Bryan Grimes of Scott Air Force Base, Ill., 1950-1951.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
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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J. Bryan Grimes (1868-1923) of Pitt County, N.C., was North Carolina secretary of state, 1900-1923. He also managed the family farms in Pitt and Beaufort counties; was a conservative leader in the Farmers Alliance, State Grange, and other agricultural organizations. He was a trustee of the University of North Carolina and chairman of the North Carolina Historical Commission.

He was married to Mary Octavia Laughinghouse and after her death he married Elizabeth F. Laughinghouse.

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The collection includes 20th century business, personal, and official correspondence of J. Bryan Grimes (1868-1923). The bulk of the papers concern his service as North Carolina secretary of state and various Democratic political campaigns. Also included are ancestral family papers, North Carolina newspapers from 1864 and 1868, and some colonial land grants. Volumes include a law notebook on North Carolina court cases, 1783-1815; a mathematics exercise book, 1821-1829; a bank book of John Heritage Bryan (1798-1870) in account with the Bank of New Bern, 1831-1834; a manuscript tracing land title for the Avon Plantation in Pitt County from 1715-1910; and an undated manuscript on the Republican Party in North Carolina.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 1a

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1712-1745 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 1

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1748-1762 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 2

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1765-1778 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 3

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1781-1786 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 4

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1795 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 5-7

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1796 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 8-9

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1797-1799 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 10

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1800-1811 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 11

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1812-1819 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 12

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1820-1832 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 13

Includes papers related to Brown vs. McDaniel case.

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1833-1848 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 14

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1850-1858 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 15

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1860-1868 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 16

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Undated: Speeches and other papers related to Confederate matters #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 17

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1872-1887 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 18

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1888 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 19-20

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1899-1891 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 21

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1892 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 22-23

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1893 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 24-25

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1894 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 26-27

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1895-1898 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 28

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1899 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 29

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1900 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 30-40

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1901 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 41-50

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1902 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 51-58

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1903 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 59-66

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1904 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 67-74

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1905 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 75-85

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1906 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 86-97

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1907 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 98-106

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1908 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 107-136

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1909 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 137-144

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1910 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 145-151

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1911 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 152-159

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1912 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 160-184

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1914 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 200-227

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1915 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 228-247

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1916 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 248-348

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1917 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 349-395

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1918 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 396-419

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1919 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 420-451

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1920 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 452-483

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1921 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 484-517

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1922 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 518-553

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1923-1924 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 554

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Biography and pictures, undated #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 555

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Undated #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 556-558

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Political papers, undated #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 559

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Fragments, circa 1900-1908 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 560

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Fragments, undated #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 561

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Property papers, undated #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 562

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Blueprints #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 563

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Volume 1: Law notebook, undated #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 564

Titled "Precedents from North Carolina court cases, 1783-1815." J. R. Lloyd, Grove Hill, N.C. is listed on flyleaf.

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Volume 2: Mathematics exercise book, 1821, 1829 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 565

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Volume 3: Account book, 1 September 1831-13 November 1834 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 566

Account book of John H. Bryan with the Bank of New Bern.

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Volume 4: Notebook, 1843-1844 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 567

Notebook containing lists of pupils and some related cash accounts.

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Volume 5: "Avon Plantation," 1910 #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 568

Typescript manuscript tracing land title of Avon Plantation, Pitt County, N.C., from 1715-1910.

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Volume 6: Manuscript, undated #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." Folder 569

Typescript manuscript on the Republican party in North Carolina.

Extra Oversize Paper Folder XOP-1765/1-2

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North Carolina newspapers, 1864, 1868; colonial land grants #01765, Series: "J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924 and undated." XOP-1765/1-2

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Roslyn Holdzkom, October 2008

Updated by: Adam Fielding, Kate Stratton, and Jodi Berkowitz, February 2011

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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