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Collection Number: 04974-z

Collection Title: Harkrader Family Papers (#4974-z) 1902-1955

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Size About 70 items.
Abstract Harkrader family of North Carolina, Indiana, and Virginia and the related Lloyd family of Virginia. Principal family members were Mrs. L. V. Harkrader (fl. 1904-1928), a hotel keeper in Dobson, N.C.; her daughters Margaret Harkrader (fl. 1902-1905), a teacher in Moser, N.C., and Lillian Harkrader (fl. 1904-1931), who taught school in Mt. Airy, N.C., before becoming Surry County clerk; and her daughter-in-law Lela Harkrader (fl. 1920-1934), who lived in New Castle, Ind., and later moved to Richmond, Va. Lela's children were W. Trent Harkrader (fl. 1925-1929), a school principal and Surry County accountant; Vena Harkrader (fl. 1920-1925), who taught school in Elkin, N.C.; and Margaret Harkrader (fl. 1930-1934). The bulk of the papers are letters, 1902-1934, received or written by Harkrader family women. There are also a few letters received by W. Trent Harkrader and William Fletcher Lloyd. The letters are love letters, family letters, and letters from friends, documenting family life, young teachers' experiences in various North Carolina locations, and the lives of students attending the North Carolina College for Women, including advice from relatives on how to conduct themselves. Other letters document the difficulties of financing an education at the University of North Carolina; spiritualism; local politics in Dobson, N.C.; and Lloyd family history. Scattered financial and legal papers, 1911-1929, are mostly receipts and other items, some pertaining to the purchase of land in Yadkin County, N.C.
Creator Harkrader family.
Language English.
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No restrictions. Open for research.
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Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Provenance
Purchased from Charles Apfelbaum Rare Manuscripts & Archives, Watchung, N.J., in April 1999 (Acc. 98345).
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The Harkrader family of North Carolina, Indiana, and Virginia, and the related Lloyd family of Virginia. Principal family members were Mrs. L. V. Harkrader (fl. 1904-1928); her daughters Margaret Harkrader (fl. 1902-1905) and Lillian Harkrader (fl. 1904-1931); her daughter-in-law Lela Harkrader (fl. 1920-1934); and three of Lela's children: W. Trent Harkrader (fl. 1925-1929), Vena Harkrader (fl. 1920-1925), and Margaret Harkrader (fl. 1930-1934).

Mrs. L. V. Harkrader was a hotel keeper in Dobson, N.C. Her daughter Margaret Harkrader was a teacher in Moser, N.C., and her daughter Lillian Harkrader taught school in Mt. Airy, N.C., before becoming county clerk for Surry County, N.C. Lela Harkrader lived in New Castle, Ind., and later moved to Richmond, Va. W. Trent Harkrader graduated from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., and, after serving as a school principal in Stumpy Point, N.C., became county accountant in Surry County. Vena Harkrader, a graduate of the North Carolina College for Women in Greensboro, N.C., taught school in Elkin, N.C. Her sister Margaret Harkrader also attended the North Carolina College for Women. Other family members were William Fletcher Lloyd of Rural Retreat, Va., and "Grandma" Lakey of Durham, N.C. (probably Mrs. L. V. Harkrader's mother).

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The collection includes correspondence and scattered financial and legal papers of the Harkrader family of North Carolina, Virginia, and Indiana, and the related Lloyd family of Virginia. The bulk of the collection comprises letters, 1902-1934, received or written by four generations of the women in the Harkrader family, among them love letters, family letters, and letters from friends. There are also letters, 1925-1929, addressed to W. Trent Harkrader; two letters, 1904 and 1911, to William Fletcher Lloyd; and one letter, 1955, from Maria Luis Astronga (relation to Harkrader family unknown) to a friend in college at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. There are no letters from 1906-1910, 1913-1919, 1922, 1926, 1933, or 1935-1954.

The letters document family life in Dobson, N.C., New Castle, Ind., and Richmond, Va., describing disagreements, romances and marriages, finances, illnesses, and day-to-day activities. They also offer an opportunity to study the experiences, 1904-1928, of young teachers in various locations across North Carolina and the advice given by mothers and female relatives to young women attending the North Carolina College for Women in Greensboro, N.C., 1904-1931. They touch upon the life of women college students. Several letters to W. Trent Harkrader document the difficulty of financing an education at the University of North Carolina. Three letters, 1920-1923, discuss spiritualism, and scattered letters in the collection mention local elections in Dobson, N.C. Letters, 1904 and 1911, to William Fletcher Lloyd, document Lloyd family history.

The scattering of financial and legal papers are most receipts and other items, so pertaining to the purchase of land by W. Trent Harkrader in Yadkin County, N.C.

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70 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Correspondence, 1902-1955, and financial and legal papers, 1911-1929, of the Harkrader family of North Carolina, Indiana, and Virginia, with a few items pertaining to the Lloyd family of Virginia. The bulk of the letters are dated 1902-1934 and were received or written by four generations of the women in the Harkrader family. There are also a few letters, 1925-1929, addressed to W. Trent Harkrader. The letters are love letters, family letters, and letters from friends. There are no letters from 1906-1910, 1913-1919, 1922, 1926, 1933, or 1935-1954. Financial and legal papers document primarily the purchase of land in Yadkin County, N.C.

Most of the early letters, 1902-1905, were written to Margaret (Maggie) Harkrader in Dobson, N.C., and later in Moser, N.C., by friends and suitors, many of them schoolteachers in various North Carolina locations. They give personal and family news and describe the difficulties of teaching. Many are love letters. In 1904, Lillian Harkrader, while teaching in Mt. Airy, N.C., received several letters from her mother Mrs. L. V. Harkrader of Dobson, giving advice and news of the family. Two letters, 15 January 1904 and 18 August 1911, addressed to William Fletcher Lloyd of Rural Retreat, Va., discuss Lloyd family history.

Letters, 1923-1925, are primarily to Vena Harkrader, a student at the North Carolina College for Women in Greensboro, N.C., from her mother Lela Harkrader in New Castle, Ind.; her grandmother Mrs. L. V. Harkrader, her aunt Lillian Harkrader in Dobson; "Grandma" Lakey in Durham, N.C.; her aunt Rachel in Rural Retreat; and several friends. The letters provide news of relatives and acquaintances in several Indiana, North Carolina, and Virginia locations. Other letters from the early 1920s include three, 1920-1923, from Lela Harkrader to her mother-in-law Mrs. L.V. Harkrader, giving family news and discussing the death of Mrs. Harkrader's son Kenny. A believer in spiritualism, Lela reported that she and her family communicated regularly with Kenny through the spirit world. Also Tishia Harkrader in Dobson, N.C., wrote several letters in 1924 to her sister Rachel in Rural Retreat, Va., discussing Rachel's stay in the hospital and Tishia's work as a clerk in Dobson. A brief note, 11 November 1925, appears from F. W. Harkrader in Kokomo, Ind., to his brother W. Trent Harkrader, a student at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C.

All letters dated between 1927 and 1929 are to W. Trent Harkrader from friends and family (including his sister Vena Harkrader and his mother Mrs. L. V. Harkrader) and discuss his finances while a student at the University of North Carolina, social life, teaching in North Carolina public schools, and Dobson politics. Letters, 1930-1934, are to Margaret Harkrader, a student at the North Carolina College for Women who later worked in Booneville, N.C. Most of these are from her mother Lela Harkrader, who wrote from Richmond, Va., and later from Dobson to give advice and news of the family.

A final letter, dated 1955, was written from Atlantic City, Fla., by Maria Luis Astronga (relation to the Harkrader family unknown) to a female friend in school at the University of North Carolina.

Financial and legal papers are mostly tax and other receipts, 1923-1929. Also included are a certificate of sale, 1928, related to W. Trent Harkader's purchase of land in Yadkin County, N.C.; a dry-goods account statement, 1911, for William Fletcher Lloyd; and a receipt, 1921, for the purchase of furniture by Lillian Harkrader.

Folder 1

1902-1905, 1911-1912 #04974-z, Series: "Papers, 1902-1955. " Folder 1

Folder 2

1920-1921, 1923 #04974-z, Series: "Papers, 1902-1955. " Folder 2

Folder 3

1924-1925 #04974-z, Series: "Papers, 1902-1955. " Folder 3

Folder 4

1927-1929 #04974-z, Series: "Papers, 1902-1955. " Folder 4

Folder 5

1930-1932, 1934, 1955 #04974-z, Series: "Papers, 1902-1955. " Folder 5

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