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Collection Number: 03885

Collection Title: Alfred Abraham Kent Papers, 1828-1944 (bulk 1895-1930).

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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 3.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 600 items)
Abstract Alfred Abraham Kent was a physician and businessman of Lenoir, N.C. The collection includes personal correspondence, and business and medical papers, chiefly 1895-1930, dealing with Kent's varied business interests and his activities as member of the North Carolina Board of Medical Examiners and as a member and president (1912) of the North Carolina Medical Society. Also included are account books, 1886-1918, for Kent's medical practice and drugstore in Lenoir, and about thirty essays written by Kent when he was a student at the University of North Carolina. Early letters, 1828-1843, are from friends in Fluvanna County, Va., and Christian County, Ky., to Kent's grandfather, Archeleus Suddreth Kent, discussing crops and relatives and friends in those locations.
Creator Kent, Alfred Abraham, 1858-1944.
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 Alfred Abraham Kent Papers, #3885, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Alfred A. Kent Jr. of Granite Falls, N.C., April 1969.
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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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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Alfred Abraham Kent (1858-1944) was a physician and businessman of Lenoir, N.C. Kent was educated at the University of North Carolina and Jefferson Medical College. He served as a member of the North Carolina Board of Medical Examiners, 1903-1908; member of the North Carolina General Assembly, 1911; and as president of the North Carolina Medical Society, 1912. He also had business interests in Kent Furniture Company, Kent-Coffey Company, Kent-Coffey Furniture Company, and Citizens Building and Loan Association, all of Lenoir, N.C. After his retirement in 1925, he moved to Winter Park, Fla.

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The collection includes correspondence, and business and medical papers, chiefly 1895-1930, of Alfred Abraham Kent. The correspondence is primarily professional, related to Kent's involvement with the North Carolina Medical Society and the North Carolina Board of Medical Examiners. There are also some letters related to Kent's land holdings in North Carolina, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Florida; his other industrial interests; and personal matters. Also included are account books, 1886-1918, for Kent's medical practice and drugstore in Lenoir, and writings by Kent including thirty essays written while a student at the University of North Carolina and fifteen articles predominantly on medical topics. Early letters, 1828-1843, are from friends in Fluvanna County, Va., and Christian County, Ky., to Kent's grandfather, Archeleus Suddreth Kent, discussing crops and relatives and friends in those locations. There are also some land deeds, indentures, survey orders, newspaper clippings, and other miscellaneous items.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #03885, Series: "Alfred Abraham Kent Papers, 1828-1944 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1821-1839 #03885, Series: "Alfred Abraham Kent Papers, 1828-1944 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1840-1859 #03885, Series: "Alfred Abraham Kent Papers, 1828-1944 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1860-1879 #03885, Series: "Alfred Abraham Kent Papers, 1828-1944 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1880-1889 #03885, Series: "Alfred Abraham Kent Papers, 1828-1944 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1890-1894 #03885, Series: "Alfred Abraham Kent Papers, 1828-1944 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

1895-1899 #03885, Series: "Alfred Abraham Kent Papers, 1828-1944 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

1900-1904 #03885, Series: "Alfred Abraham Kent Papers, 1828-1944 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

1905 #03885, Series: "Alfred Abraham Kent Papers, 1828-1944 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

1906-1907 #03885, Series: "Alfred Abraham Kent Papers, 1828-1944 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10-13

Folder 10

Folder 11

Folder 12

Folder 13

1908 #03885, Series: "Alfred Abraham Kent Papers, 1828-1944 and undated." Folder 10-13

Folder 14

1909-1911 #03885, Series: "Alfred Abraham Kent Papers, 1828-1944 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

1912 #03885, Series: "Alfred Abraham Kent Papers, 1828-1944 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16

1913-1914 #03885, Series: "Alfred Abraham Kent Papers, 1828-1944 and undated." Folder 16

Folder 17

1915-1918 #03885, Series: "Alfred Abraham Kent Papers, 1828-1944 and undated." Folder 17

Folder 18

1919-1920 #03885, Series: "Alfred Abraham Kent Papers, 1828-1944 and undated." Folder 18

Folder 19

1921-1925 #03885, Series: "Alfred Abraham Kent Papers, 1828-1944 and undated." Folder 19

Folder 20

1926-1927 #03885, Series: "Alfred Abraham Kent Papers, 1828-1944 and undated." Folder 20

Folder 21

1928-1929 #03885, Series: "Alfred Abraham Kent Papers, 1828-1944 and undated." Folder 21

Folder 22

1930 #03885, Series: "Alfred Abraham Kent Papers, 1828-1944 and undated." Folder 22

Folder 23

1931-1944 #03885, Series: "Alfred Abraham Kent Papers, 1828-1944 and undated." Folder 23

Folder 24-25

Folder 24

Folder 25

Undated #03885, Series: "Alfred Abraham Kent Papers, 1828-1944 and undated." Folder 24-25

Folder 26-31

Folder 26

Folder 27

Folder 28

Folder 29

Folder 30

Folder 31

Newspaper clippings #03885, Series: "Alfred Abraham Kent Papers, 1828-1944 and undated." Folder 26-31

Folder 32A-32C

Writings #03885, Series: "Alfred Abraham Kent Papers, 1828-1944 and undated." Folder 32A-32C

Folder 33A-33D

Miscellaneous items #03885, Series: "Alfred Abraham Kent Papers, 1828-1944 and undated." Folder 33A-33D

Folder 34

Volume 1: Account book, 1897-1924 #03885, Series: "Alfred Abraham Kent Papers, 1828-1944 and undated." Folder 34

Folder 35

Volume 2: Address book #03885, Series: "Alfred Abraham Kent Papers, 1828-1944 and undated." Folder 35

Folder 36

Volume 3: Ledger, medical practice, 1886-1896 #03885, Series: "Alfred Abraham Kent Papers, 1828-1944 and undated." Folder 36

Folder 37

Volume 4: Ledger, medical practice, 1894-1898 #03885, Series: "Alfred Abraham Kent Papers, 1828-1944 and undated." Folder 37

Folder 38

Volume 5: Ledger, medical practice, 1896-1901 #03885, Series: "Alfred Abraham Kent Papers, 1828-1944 and undated." Folder 38

Folder 39

Volume 6: Ledger, medical practice, 1901-1915 #03885, Series: "Alfred Abraham Kent Papers, 1828-1944 and undated." Folder 39

Folder 40

Volume 7: Ledger, medical practice 1915-1925 #03885, Series: "Alfred Abraham Kent Papers, 1828-1944 and undated." Folder 40

Folder 41

Volume 8: Ledger, drug store, 1896-1903 #03885, Series: "Alfred Abraham Kent Papers, 1828-1944 and undated." Folder 41

Folder 42

Volume 9: Ledger, drug store, 1903-1918 #03885, Series: "Alfred Abraham Kent Papers, 1828-1944 and undated." Folder 42

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, June 2009

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.

Diacritics and other special characters have been omitted from this finding aid to facilitate keyword searching in web browsers.

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