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Collection Number: 04534

Collection Title: Robert March Hanes Papers, 1908-1938 (bulk 1908- 1919)

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Size About 355 items (2.0 linear feet)
Abstract Robert March Hanes (1890-1959) was a North Carolina banker, legislator, government official, and business and civic leader. The collection consists chiefly of letters from Robert March Hanes to his wife, Mildred Borden Hanes, before and after their marriage in 1917. Letters, 1917-1919, are largely from Robert March Hanes during his service as an officer with the first and second armies during World War I; they provide detailed descriptions of military life. Early letters describe Hanes's relationships with other officers and with his orderly, including remarks on conditions in the trenches and the quality of army food. Later letters (after August 1918) discuss actual fighting conditions along the French front and (after October 1918) mopping up activities as the American army advanced and the German army fell back. Also included are a considerable number of letters, 1908-1914, to Mildred Borden Hanes from friends and relatives, some of whom described student life at the University of North Carolina, 1908-1909, and at Yale University, 1913-1914. The Addition of April 1992 includes a short diary documenting Hanes's activities at the front, and a Verdun commemorative coin. The Addition of July 1992 consists of Robert March Hanes's travel diary documenting a 1912 European trip. The Addition of December 1992 consists of miscellaneous World War I materials, including a release from service form, notes from officers courses, and a leather field wallet. The Addition of February 2014 is a photograph of Hanes and other officials of the American Bankers Association in Washington, D.C., 20 December 1938.
Creator Hanes, Robert March, 1890-1959.
Language English.
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Restrictions to Access
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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 Robert March Hanes Papers #4534, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Frank Borden Hanes of Winston-Salem, N.C., in November 1989 (Acc. 89127), January 1990 (Acc. 90008), September 1990 (Acc. 90127), January 1992 (Acc. 92022), April 1992 (Acc. 92055), and December 1992 (Acc. 93039); from Mrs. Meade H. Willis Jr., of Winston-Salem in July 1992 (Acc. 92087); and from Borden Hanes of Winston-Salem in February 2014 (Acc. 101998).
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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Robert March Hanes (1890-1959) was a North Carolina banker, legislator, government official, and business and civic leader. For biographical information, see T. Harry Gatton's essay on Robert March Hanes in the Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, volume 3, 1988, pp. 27-28.

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Chiefly letters from Robert March Hanes to his wife, Mildred Borden Hanes, before and after their marriage in 1917. Letters, 1917-1919, are largely from Robert March Hanes during his service as an officer with the first and second armies during World War I; they provide detailed descriptions of military life. Early letters describe Hanes's relationships with other officers and with his orderly, including remarks on conditions in the trenches and the quality of army food. Later letters (after August 1918) discuss actual fighting conditions along the front in France and (after October 1918) mopping up activities as the American army advanced and the German army fell back. Also included are a considerable number of letters, 1908-1914, to Mildred Borden Hanes from friends and relatives, some of whom described student life at the University of North Carolina, 1908-1909, and at Yale University, 1913-1914. The Addition of April 1992 includes a short diary documenting Hanes's activities at the front, and a Verdun commemorative coin. The Addition of July 1992 consists of Robert March Hanes's travel diary documenting a 1912 European trip. The Addition of December 1992 consists of miscellaneous World War I materials, including a release from service form, notes from officers courses, and a leather field wallet. The Addition of February 2014 is a photograph of Hanes and other officials of the American Bankers Association in Washington, D.C., 20 December 1938.

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Contents list

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About 340 items.

Chiefly letters from Robert March Hanes to his wife, Mildred Borden Hanes, before and after their marriage in 1917. Letters, 1917-1919, are largely from Robert March Hanes during his service as an officer with the first and second armies during World War I; they provide detailed descriptions of military life. Early letters describe Hanes's relationships with other officers and with his orderly, including remarks on conditions in the trenches and the quality of army food. Later letters (after August 1918) discuss actual fighting conditions along the front in France and (after October 1918) mopping up activities as the American army advanced and the German army fell back. Also included are a considerable number of letters, 1908-1914, to Mildred Borden Hanes from friends and relatives, some of whom described student life at the University of North Carolina, 1908-1909, and at Yale University, 1913-1914.

Digital version: Full text of selected letters

Documenting the American South

Folder 1

1908: September-October #04534, Series: "Papers, 1908-1919." Folder 1

Folder 2

1908: November-December #04534, Series: "Papers, 1908-1919." Folder 2

Folder 3

1909: 1-15 January #04534, Series: "Papers, 1908-1919." Folder 3

Folder 4

1909: 16-31 January #04534, Series: "Papers, 1908-1919." Folder 4

Folder 5

1909: February #04534, Series: "Papers, 1908-1919." Folder 5

Folder 6

1909: March #04534, Series: "Papers, 1908-1919." Folder 6

Folder 7

1909: April #04534, Series: "Papers, 1908-1919." Folder 7

Folder 8

1909: May #04534, Series: "Papers, 1908-1919." Folder 8

Folder 9

1909: October-December #04534, Series: "Papers, 1908-1919." Folder 9

Folder 10

1910: January-February #04534, Series: "Papers, 1908-1919." Folder 10

Folder 11

1910: April-May #04534, Series: "Papers, 1908-1919." Folder 11

Folder 12

1912: December #04534, Series: "Papers, 1908-1919." Folder 12

1913: January-July #04534, Series: "Papers, 1908-1919." Folder 12

Folder 13

1913: August-September #04534, Series: "Papers, 1908-1919." Folder 13

Folder 14

1913: October-December #04534, Series: "Papers, 1908-1919." Folder 14

Folder 15

1914: February-March #04534, Series: "Papers, 1908-1919." Folder 15

Folder 16

1914: May-June #04534, Series: "Papers, 1908-1919." Folder 16

Folder 16a

1917 #04534, Series: "Papers, 1908-1919." Folder 16a

Folder 17

1918: March-June #04534, Series: "Papers, 1908-1919." Folder 17

Folder 18

1918: July-August #04534, Series: "Papers, 1908-1919." Folder 18

Folder 19

1918: September #04534, Series: "Papers, 1908-1919." Folder 19

Folder 20

1918: October #04534, Series: "Papers, 1908-1919." Folder 20

Folder 21-22

Folder 21

Folder 22

1918: November #04534, Series: "Papers, 1908-1919." Folder 21-22

Folder 23

1918: December #04534, Series: "Papers, 1908-1919." Folder 23

Folder 24

1919: January #04534, Series: "Papers, 1908-1919." Folder 24

Folder 25

1919: February-March #04534, Series: "Papers, 1908-1919." Folder 25

Folder 26

The Hatchet, newsletter "published on the high seas," May 1918, volume 3, numbers 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9 #04534, Series: "Papers, 1908-1919." Folder 26

Le Miroir, journal of war photographs, 6 October 1918 #04534, Series: "Papers, 1908-1919." Folder 26

Garage bill, Goldsboro Garage & Motor Transport Company, 30 April 1918 #04534, Series: "Papers, 1908-1919." Folder 26

Business card: Robert March Hanes as president of American Bankers Association #04534, Series: "Papers, 1908-1919." Folder 26

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3 items.

Robert March Hanes diary, 30 April-2 December 1918, 18 pp., while serving in France, with brief entries documenting his arrival and activities at the front through the armistice; Verdun commemorative coin; photocopy of Robert March Hanes information from the 113th Field Artillery Regiment 2002 History Calendar.

Digital version: Diary, 30 April-2 December 1918

Documenting the American South

Folder 27

Diary, 30 April-2 December 1918 #04534, Subseries: "Addition of April 1992 (Acc. 92055): World War I Diary and Other Materials, 30 April-2 December 1918." Folder 27

Folder 28

Verdun commemorative coin and photocopy of Robert March Hanes information #04534, Subseries: "Addition of April 1992 (Acc. 92055): World War I Diary and Other Materials, 30 April-2 December 1918." Folder 28

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1 item.

Robert March Hanes travel diary, 15 June-1 September 1912, documenting European tour.

Folder 29

Travel diary, 15 June-1 September 1012 #04534, Subseries: "Addition of July 1992 (Acc. 92087): Travel Diary, 15 June-1 September 1912." Folder 29

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1 item.
Image P-4534/1

Associated Press photograph of Robert March Hanes and other officials of the American Bankers Association in Washington, D.C., 20 December 1938 #04534, Subseries: "Addition of February 2014 (Acc. 101998): Photograph, 20 December 1938." P-4534/1

Black-and-white image. Left to right: P. D. Houston, Nashville, Tenn.; Robert V. Fleming, Washington, D.C.; Robert M. Hanes, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Dr. Harold Stonier, New York, N.Y.; and Philip A. Benson, Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Roslyn Holdzkom and Winifred Fordham, February 1993; Amanda Loeb, April 2015

Encoded by: Roslyn Holdzkom

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