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Collection Number: 03648

Collection Title: James Sexton Layton Papers, 1930-1992

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Size About 850 items (12.5 linear feet)
Abstract James Sexton Layton, a writer, was born in Smithfield, N.C., about 1910. In 1961, Layton published The Enchanted Garden: A Poet's Quest (New York: Vantage Press). The collection contains a draft of a novel titled "Love and War," journals, diaries, notebooks, and letters of James Sexton Layton. The journals and diaries document Layton's social and intellectual life, including visiting, reading, writing, and similar activities, in Chapel Hill, N.C., and during his military service in World War II and when he lived in Europe following the war. Journals, 1947-1967, were dictated and then typed. Diaries, 1930-1990, are handwritten, except for the war diaries, which are typed. Letters include volumes in which Layton transcribed letters sent and received by him. The addition of 2004 includes journals, diaries, and letters that fill chronological gaps in the original deposit. Also included are college essays, poetry, some fiction and non-fiction writings that reflect on wartime service, autobiographical fiction, and a few miscellaneous items documenting Layton's work for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration in Latvia. Also included are hundreds of horoscopes and palmistry studies, a few unidentified photographs, and a Purple Heart for Military Merit medal.
Creator Layton, James Sexton.
Language English.
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Restrictions to Access
This collection contains additional materials that are not processed and are currently not available to researchers. For information about access to these materials, contact Research and Instructional Services staff. Please be advised that preparing unprocessed materials for access can be a lengthy process.
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 Sexton Layton Papers #3648, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Provenance
Received from James Sexton Layton in 1975 and from the estate of James Sexton Layton in 2002 (Acc. 99261) and 2004 (Acc. 99715).
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 Sexton Layton, a writer, was born in Smithfield, N.C., about 1910. He received an A.B. degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1938 and an M.A. in 1941.

From his journals, it appears that Layton served in the 17th Field Artillery Observation Battalion, U.S. Army, during World War II. From September 1945 until January 1948, he worked for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) in the British Zone of occupied Germany. He then visited Brussels, Paris, and London and spent March-November in Liverpool, before returning to North Carolina. Layton lived in Hillsboro and Chapel Hill from 1949 until his death in 2001.

In 1961, Layton published The Enchanted Garden: A Poet's Quest (New York: Vantage Press).

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The collection includes a draft of a novel titled "Love and War," journals, diaries, notebooks, and letters of writer  James Sexton Layton. The journals and diaries document Layton's social and intellectual life, including visiting, reading, writing, and similar activities, in Chapel Hill, N.C., and during his military service in World War II and when he lived in Europe following the war. Journals, 1947-1967, were dictated and then typed. Diaries, 1930-1990, are handwritten, except for the war diaries, which are typed. The folders titled "Letters" contain volumes in which Layton transcribed letters sent and received by him.

The addition of 2004 includes journals, diaries, and letters that fill chronological gaps in the original deposit. Also included are college essays, poetry, some fiction and non-fiction writings that reflect on wartime service, autobiographical fiction, and a few miscellaneous items documenting Layton's work for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration in Latvia. Also included are hundreds of horoscopes and palmistry studies, a few unidentified photographs, and a Purple Heart for Military Merit medal.

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Contents list

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About 100 items.

Arrangement: by type of material.

The collection includes a draft of a novel titled "Love and War," journals, diaries, notebooks, and letters of writer  James Sexton Layton. The journals and diaries document Layton's social and intellectual life, including visiting, reading, writing, and similar activities, in Chapel Hill, N.C., and during his military service in World War II and when he lived in Europe following the war. Journals, 1947-1967, were dictated and then typed. Diaries, 1930-1990, are handwritten, except for the war diaries, which are typed. The folders titled "Letters" contain volumes in which Layton transcribed letters sent and received by him.

Folder 1-10

Folder 1

Folder 2

Folder 3

Folder 4

Folder 5

Folder 6

Folder 7

Folder 8

Folder 9

Folder 10

Draft of "Love and War" #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 1-10

Folder 11

Journal, Volume 1, 4 May 1947-3 July 1947 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 11

Folder 12

Journal, Volume 2, 4 July 1947-23 October 1947 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 12

Folder 13

Journal, Volume 3, 24 October 1947-11 January 1948 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 13

Folder 14

Journal, Volume 4, 12 January 1948-17 February 1948 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 14

Folder 15

Journal, Volume 5, 18 February 1948-21 April 1948 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 15

Folder 16

Journal, Volume 6, 22 April 1948-5 July 1948 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 16

Folder 17

Journal, Volume 7, 6 July 1948-4 September 1948 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 17

Folder 18

Journal, Volume 8, 5 September 1948-19 October 1948 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 18

Folder 19

Journal, Volume 9, 20 October 1948-11 January 1949 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 19

Folder 20

Journal, Volume 10, 12 January 1949-11 March 1949 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 20

Folder 21

Journal, Volume 11, 12 March 1949-15 June 1949 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 21

Folder 22

Journal, Volume 12, 16 June 1949-2 October 1949 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 22

Folder 23

Journal, Volume 13, 3 October 1949-31 December 1949 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 23

Folder 24

Journal, Volume 14, 1 January 1950-30 June 1950 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 24

Folder 25

Journal, Volume 15, 1 July 1950-30 April 1951 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 25

Folder 26

Journal, Volume 16, 1 May 1951-23 July 1952 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 26

Folder 27

Journal, Volume 17, 15 September 1952-31 March 1953 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 27

Folder 28

Journal, Volume 18, 1 April 1953-26 July 1956 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 28

Folder 29

Journal, Volume 19, 13 September 1963-2 July 1964 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 29

Folder 30

Journal, Volume 20, 3 July 1964-11 May 1966 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 30

Folder 31

Journal, Volume 21, 12 May 1966-13 November 1967 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 31

Folder 32

Diary, Volume 1, 1930 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 32

Folder 33

Diary, Volume 2, 1931 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 33

Folder 34

Diary, Volume 3, 1932 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 34

Folder 35

Diary, Volume 4, 1933 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 35

Folder 36

Diary, Volume 5, 1934 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 36

Folder 37

Diary, Volume 6, 1934-1936 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 37

Folder 38

Diary, Volume 7, 1935 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 38

Folder 39

Diary, Volume 8, 1936 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 39

Folder 40

Diary, Volume 9, 1936-1937 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 40

Folder 41

Diary, Volume 10, 1937 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 41

Folder 42

Diary, Volume 11, 1937-1938 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 42

Folder 43

Diary, Volume 12, 1938 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 43

Folder 44

Diary, Volume 13, 1938 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 44

Folder 45

Diary, Volume 14, 1938-1939 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 45

Folder 46

Diary, Volume 15, 1939 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 46

Folder 47

Diary, Volume 16, 1939-1940 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 47

Folder 48

Diary, Volume 17, 1940 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 48

Folder 49

Diary, Volume 18, 1940 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 49

Folder 50

Diary, Volume 19, 1940 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 50

Folder 51

Diary, Volume 20, 1940-1941 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 51

Folder 52

Diary, Volume 21, 1941 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 52

Folder 53

Diary, Volume 22, 1941 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 53

Folder 54

Diary, Volume 23, 1941-1949 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 54

Folder 55

Diary, Volume 24, 1950-1960 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 55

Folder 56

Diary, Volume 25, 1960-1962 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 56

Folder 57

Diary, Volume 26, 1963-1964 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 57

Folder 58

Diary, Volume 27, 1964-1969 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 58

Folder 59

Diary, Volume 28, 1969-1971 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 59

Folder 60

Diary, Volume 29, 1971-1976 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 60

Folder 61

Diary, Volume 30, 1976-1977 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 61

Folder 62

Diary, Volume 31, 1977-1979 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 62

Folder 63

Diary, Volume 32, 1980-1981 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 63

Folder 64

Diary, Volume 33, 1981-1983 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 64

Folder 65

Diary, Volume 34, 1983-1987 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 65

Folder 66

Diary, Volume 35, 1986-1988 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 66

Folder 67

Diary, Volume 36, 1990 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 67

Folder 68

War Diaries: World War II, Volume 1, October 1943-December 1944 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 68

Folder 69

War Diaries: World War II, Volume 2, 1 January 1945-14 September 1945 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 69

Folder 70

Notebook, 1939-1940 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 70

Folder 71

Notebook, 1973-1989 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 71

Folder 72

Notebook, Volume 1, 1949-1951 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 72

Folder 73

Notebook, Volume 2, 1951-1954 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 73

Folder 74

Notebook, Volume 3, 1953-1955 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 74

Folder 75

Notebook, Volume 4, 1954-1957 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 75

Folder 76

Notebook, Volume 5, 1956-1958 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 76

Folder 77

Notebook, Volume 6, 1958-1959 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 77

Folder 78

Notebook, Volume 7, 1960-1963 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 78

Folder 79

Notebook, Volume 8, 1964-1966 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 79

Folder 80

Notebook, Volume 9, 1943-1945 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 80

Folder 81

Notebook, Volume 10, 1969-1971 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 81

Folder 82

Notebook, Volume 11, 1971-1973 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 82

Folder 83

Notebook, Volume 12, 1973-1975 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 83

Folder 84

Notebook, Volume 13, 1976-1977 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 84

Folder 85

Daily Reminder, 1980 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 85

Folder 86

Daily Reminder, 1984 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 86

Folder 87

Daily Reminder, 1989 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 87

Folder 88

Letters, Volume 1, 1940 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 88

Folder 89

Letters, Volume 2, 1940-1981 #03648, Series: "Original Deposit, 1930-1992." Folder 89

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About 750 items.

Notes on "Love and War," journals, diaries, letters, essays, poetry, and other writings by James Sexton Layton. The journals, diaries, and letters chiefly fill chronological gaps in the original deposit. In addition, there are college essays, poetry, some fiction and non-fiction writings that reflect on wartime service, autobiographical fiction, and a few miscellaneous items documenting Layton's work for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration in Latvia. Also included are hundreds of horoscopes and palmistry studies, a few unidentified photographs, and a Purple Heart for Military Merit medal.

Folder P-3648/1

Photographs #03648, Series: "Addition of 2004 (Acc. 99715)" Folder P-3648/1

Folder 90

"Love and War" notes #03648, Series: "Addition of 2004 (Acc. 99715)" Folder 90

Folder 91

Journal, Volume 22, 1 April 1953-6 January 1954, 23 November 1967-September 1968 #03648, Series: "Addition of 2004 (Acc. 99715)" Folder 91

Folder 92

War Diaries: World War II, Volume 3, 1 December 1944-20 February 1945 #03648, Series: "Addition of 2004 (Acc. 99715)" Folder 92

Folder 93

War Diaries: World War II, Volume 4, 21 February 1945-10 May 1945 #03648, Series: "Addition of 2004 (Acc. 99715)" Folder 93

Folder 94

War Diaries: World War II, Volume 5, 14 May 1945-4 July 1945 #03648, Series: "Addition of 2004 (Acc. 99715)" Folder 94

Folder 95

War Diaries: World War II, Volume 6, 14 July 1945-17 July 1945 #03648, Series: "Addition of 2004 (Acc. 99715)" Folder 95

Folder 96

Letters and Essays, Volume 1, 1928-1960s #03648, Series: "Addition of 2004 (Acc. 99715)" Folder 96

Folder 97

17th FOB Lands in Great Britain and Other World War II Material #03648, Series: "Addition of 2004 (Acc. 99715)" Folder 97

Folder 98-101

Folder 98

Folder 99

Folder 100

Folder 101

Horoscopes #03648, Series: "Addition of 2004 (Acc. 99715)" Folder 98-101

Folder 102

Normandy Notes/Dropouts Notes #03648, Series: "Addition of 2004 (Acc. 99715)" Folder 102

Folder 103-108

Folder 103

Folder 104

Folder 105

Folder 106

Folder 107

Folder 108

Palmistry Studies #03648, Series: "Addition of 2004 (Acc. 99715)" Folder 103-108

Folder 109

Poems: Published #03648, Series: "Addition of 2004 (Acc. 99715)" Folder 109

Folder 110

Poems: Unpublished #03648, Series: "Addition of 2004 (Acc. 99715)" Folder 110

Folder 111

"Sylvester Walks the Chain: A Family Chronicle," August 1940-July 1956 #03648, Series: "Addition of 2004 (Acc. 99715)" Folder 111

Folder 112

United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, 1946-1947 #03648, Series: "Addition of 2004 (Acc. 99715)" Folder 112

Folder 113

United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration Diaries: Volume 1, 8 November 1945-13 August 1946 #03648, Series: "Addition of 2004 (Acc. 99715)" Folder 113

Folder 114

United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration Diaries: Volume 2, 16 November 1945-26 November 1945 #03648, Series: "Addition of 2004 (Acc. 99715)" Folder 114

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Items separated include oversize papers (OP-3648/1), photographs (P-3648), and a museum item (MU-3648/1).

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