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Collection Number: 04100

Collection Title: John Alexander Livingstone Papers, 1927-1937.

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Size 3.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1500 items)
Abstract John Alexander Livingstone, lawyer, librarian and marshal of the North Carolina State Supreme Court, and long-time correspondent for the News and Observer of Raleigh, N.C. Correspondence, writings, and miscellaneous other papers of John Alexander Livingstone. Correspondence includes letters on political matters during Livingstone's tenure as the News and Observer's Washington correspondent, 1927-1930. Included are letters from Josephus Daniels, J. C. B. Ehringhaus, and George Francis Cochran
Creator Livingstone, John A. (John Alexander), 1885 or 6-1937.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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 John Alexander Livingstone Papers #4100, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Anne Leach Turner of Raleigh, N.C., July-November 1976.
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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John Alexander Livingstone (1885 or 1886-1937) was born in Anson County, North Carolina, son of Walter Woodberry and Lydia Vick Livingstone. He graduated from the Pee Dee Institute in Wadesboro, North Carolina, and Trinity College (Duke University), and studied at both the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the Raleigh School of Law. After teaching for several years, Livingstone took a position as associate editor of The Gaston Press (Gastonia, N.C.), then worked with The Wilmington Star (Wilmington, N.C.) as a reporter and city editor before moving to the News and Observer (Raleigh) in 1919.

Livingstone served as the News and Observer's special correspondent in Washington, D.C., from 1927 to 1930. Upon his return to Raleigh, Livingstone started a law practice and continued to serve as an editor and legal correspondent for the News and Observer In 1931, he was appointed librarian of the North Carolina Supreme Court, and in 1935 was named marshal of that court.

Livingstone was an enthusiastic Democrat and was active in both the Masons and the Shriners, among many other organizations and affiliations. He married Rosalie Preston Turner in 1935. Livingstone died unexpectedly in May 1937, victim of an attack of angina.

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Correspondence, writings and miscellaneous papers of John A. Livingstone.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1927-1937.

About 1200 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Personal and professional correspondence of John Livingstone dating from his three-year stay (1927-1930) in Washington, D.C. as a correspondent for the Raleigh News and Observer, until his death in 1937, at which time he was serving as both librarian and marshal of the North Carolina Supreme Court. Correspondence for this decade is arranged in three subseries.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 1.1. Washington Correspondent, 1927-1930.

About 400 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Largely letters from journalists and politicians during John Livingstone's time in Washington, D.C., as a special correspondent for the News and Observer. There are a number of letters from Josephus Daniels concerning various assignments and ideas for possible stories. A small number of personal letters and other non-professional correspondence is also included.

Folder 1

1927-1928 #04100, Subseries: "1.1. Washington Correspondent, 1927-1930." Folder 1

Folder 2

1929 January-June #04100, Subseries: "1.1. Washington Correspondent, 1927-1930." Folder 2

Folder 3

1929 July-December #04100, Subseries: "1.1. Washington Correspondent, 1927-1930." Folder 3

Folder 4

1930 January-June #04100, Subseries: "1.1. Washington Correspondent, 1927-1930." Folder 4

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 1.2. Lawyer, News Writer, and Supreme Court Librarian, 1930-1934.

About 400 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Chiefly correspondence concerning local and regional matters. Though he continued to write for the News and Observer, Livingstone resumed his practice of law, was associate editor of the Commercial Law Journal, and on November 15, 1920, was elected librarian of the N. C. Supreme Court.

Notable correspondence from this period includes letters from Josephus Daniels from Mexico, where he was ambassador, and interesting letters from George Francis Cochran, Livingstone's long-time newspaper colleague.

Folder 5

1930 July-December #04100, Subseries: "1.2. Lawyer, News Writer, and Supreme Court Librarian, 1930-1934." Folder 5

Folder 6

1931 January-October #04100, Subseries: "1.2. Lawyer, News Writer, and Supreme Court Librarian, 1930-1934." Folder 6

Folder 7

1931 November-December #04100, Subseries: "1.2. Lawyer, News Writer, and Supreme Court Librarian, 1930-1934." Folder 7

Folder 8

1932 #04100, Subseries: "1.2. Lawyer, News Writer, and Supreme Court Librarian, 1930-1934." Folder 8

Folder 9

1933 January-March #04100, Subseries: "1.2. Lawyer, News Writer, and Supreme Court Librarian, 1930-1934." Folder 9

Folder 10

1933 April-May #04100, Subseries: "1.2. Lawyer, News Writer, and Supreme Court Librarian, 1930-1934." Folder 10

Folder 11

1933 June-July #04100, Subseries: "1.2. Lawyer, News Writer, and Supreme Court Librarian, 1930-1934." Folder 11

Folder 12

1933 August-September #04100, Subseries: "1.2. Lawyer, News Writer, and Supreme Court Librarian, 1930-1934." Folder 12

Folder 13

1933 October-December #04100, Subseries: "1.2. Lawyer, News Writer, and Supreme Court Librarian, 1930-1934." Folder 13

Folder 14

1934 January-February #04100, Subseries: "1.2. Lawyer, News Writer, and Supreme Court Librarian, 1930-1934." Folder 14

Folder 15

1934 March #04100, Subseries: "1.2. Lawyer, News Writer, and Supreme Court Librarian, 1930-1934." Folder 15

Folder 16

1934 April-May #04100, Subseries: "1.2. Lawyer, News Writer, and Supreme Court Librarian, 1930-1934." Folder 16

Folder 17

1934 June-July #04100, Subseries: "1.2. Lawyer, News Writer, and Supreme Court Librarian, 1930-1934." Folder 17

Folder 18

1934 August-September #04100, Subseries: "1.2. Lawyer, News Writer, and Supreme Court Librarian, 1930-1934." Folder 18

Folder 19

1934 October-December #04100, Subseries: "1.2. Lawyer, News Writer, and Supreme Court Librarian, 1930-1934." Folder 19

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 1.3. Marriage, Appointment as Marshal of Supreme Court, and Unexpected Death., 1935-1937 and undated.

About 400 items.

Mostly professional correspondence. Despite the fact that Livingstone married Rosalie Preston Turner on April 30, 1935, there is no correspondence between the two before or after the marriage. (Correspondence of Rosalie Preston Turner Livingstone --unrelated to this collection--is in the TURNER FAMILY PAPERS, #4548). Of note are several letters from North Carolina Governor John C. B. Ehringhaus, including one, May 29, 1935 in which the Governor described his Masonic affiliations in some detail.

Well documented is John Livingstone's untimely death on May 26, 1937. Numerous telegrams and letters of condolence to Mrs. Livingstone immediately following this event testify to the great number of close friends and associates Livingstone acquired during his lifetime.

Folder 20

1935 January-February #04100, Subseries: "1.3. Marriage, Appointment as Marshal of Supreme Court, and Unexpected Death., 1935-1937 and undated." Folder 20

Folder 21

1935 March-April #04100, Subseries: "1.3. Marriage, Appointment as Marshal of Supreme Court, and Unexpected Death., 1935-1937 and undated." Folder 21

Folder 22

1935 May #04100, Subseries: "1.3. Marriage, Appointment as Marshal of Supreme Court, and Unexpected Death., 1935-1937 and undated." Folder 22

Folder 23

1935 June #04100, Subseries: "1.3. Marriage, Appointment as Marshal of Supreme Court, and Unexpected Death., 1935-1937 and undated." Folder 23

Folder 24

1935 July-December #04100, Subseries: "1.3. Marriage, Appointment as Marshal of Supreme Court, and Unexpected Death., 1935-1937 and undated." Folder 24

Folder 25

1936 #04100, Subseries: "1.3. Marriage, Appointment as Marshal of Supreme Court, and Unexpected Death., 1935-1937 and undated." Folder 25

Folder 26

1937 January-May #04100, Subseries: "1.3. Marriage, Appointment as Marshal of Supreme Court, and Unexpected Death., 1935-1937 and undated." Folder 26

Folder 27

1937 June-December #04100, Subseries: "1.3. Marriage, Appointment as Marshal of Supreme Court, and Unexpected Death., 1935-1937 and undated." Folder 27

Folder 28

Undated #04100, Subseries: "1.3. Marriage, Appointment as Marshal of Supreme Court, and Unexpected Death., 1935-1937 and undated." Folder 28

Folder 29

Letters from George Francis Cochran (Fragile originals--DO NOT OPEN--Photocopies filed chronologically)) #04100, Subseries: "1.3. Marriage, Appointment as Marshal of Supreme Court, and Unexpected Death., 1935-1937 and undated." Folder 29

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 2. Other Papers, 1932-1937.

About 300 items.

Writings by, and miscellaneous collected papers of, John A. Livingstone. The writings include numerous newspaper articles, law journal articles, book reviews, texts of radio addresses, and other public addresses. The collection of miscellaneous items includes materials relating to the many organizational affiliations and memberships Livingstone held, some financial records, papers from events attended, and a number of newspaper clippings following Livingstone's death in 1937.

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About 50 items

Arrangement: Alphabetical by file title.

Writings representing the broad spectrum of topics Livingstone was interested in and addressed during his career as both a lawyer and a newspaper writer. His articles and speeches range from very specific subjects in law, politics, and history to rather diverse biographies and book reviews in areas outside his fields of expertise. Some materials contained in this collection are Livingstone's original drafts or reading copies, while other examples are published versions.

Folder 30

"Administrative Law" #04100, Subseries: "2.1. Various Writings, 1932-1937." Folder 30

Folder 31

"The Anniversary of the Signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence" #04100, Subseries: "2.1. Various Writings, 1932-1937." Folder 31

Folder 32

"Risden Tyler Bennett"--22 November 1933 #04100, Subseries: "2.1. Various Writings, 1932-1937." Folder 32

Folder 33

"Bonds" #04100, Subseries: "2.1. Various Writings, 1932-1937." Folder 33

Folder 34

"Senator Borah" #04100, Subseries: "2.1. Various Writings, 1932-1937." Folder 34

Folder 35

"Challenges Ahead of North Carolina" #04100, Subseries: "2.1. Various Writings, 1932-1937." Folder 35

Folder 36

"A Famous Commercial Lawyer" #04100, Subseries: "2.1. Various Writings, 1932-1937." Folder 36

Folder 37

"Frederick the Great, King of Prussia" (By Livingstone?) #04100, Subseries: "2.1. Various Writings, 1932-1937." Folder 37

Folder 38

"Free Discussion: Democracy's Hope" #04100, Subseries: "2.1. Various Writings, 1932-1937." Folder 38

Folder 39

"The Future of the National Recovery Act (NRA)" --25 November 1934 #04100, Subseries: "2.1. Various Writings, 1932-1937." Folder 39

Folder 40

"History of St. John's Lodge, A.F. & A.M., Wilmington, NC" #04100, Subseries: "2.1. Various Writings, 1932-1937." Folder 40

Folder 41

"Mr. Justice Holmes, 8 March 1841"--6 March 1935 #04100, Subseries: "2.1. Various Writings, 1932-1937." Folder 41

Folder 42

"Hoover" #04100, Subseries: "2.1. Various Writings, 1932-1937." Folder 42

Folder 43

"The Hope of Democracy" #04100, Subseries: "2.1. Various Writings, 1932-1937." Folder 43

Folder 44

"Implied Warranty in Sales of Foodstuffs" #04100, Subseries: "2.1. Various Writings, 1932-1937." Folder 44

Folder 45

"The Law and Its Ideals" #04100, Subseries: "2.1. Various Writings, 1932-1937." Folder 45

Folder 46

"The Making of a Nation" #04100, Subseries: "2.1. Various Writings, 1932-1937." Folder 46

Folder 47

"Masonry and Modern Society" #04100, Subseries: "2.1. Various Writings, 1932-1937." Folder 47

Folder 48-49

Folder 48

Folder 49

Miscellaneous Newspaper Clippings by Livingstone #04100, Subseries: "2.1. Various Writings, 1932-1937." Folder 48-49

Folder 50

Miscellaneous Writing Fragments #04100, Subseries: "2.1. Various Writings, 1932-1937." Folder 50

Folder 51

"Oaths" #04100, Subseries: "2.1. Various Writings, 1932-1937." Folder 51

Folder 52

"Pioneering in a New World"--Falcon High School Commencement, 22 May 1936 #04100, Subseries: "2.1. Various Writings, 1932-1937." Folder 52

Folder 53

Book Review of Jean-Jacques Rousseauby Matthew Josephson #04100, Subseries: "2.1. Various Writings, 1932-1937." Folder 53

Folder 54

"Senator Furnifold Simmons" #04100, Subseries: "2.1. Various Writings, 1932-1937." Folder 54

Folder 55

"Sketch of Associate Justice Schenck of Supreme Court," 1936 #04100, Subseries: "2.1. Various Writings, 1932-1937." Folder 55

Folder 56

"Some Challenges of Today"--5 July 1935 #04100, Subseries: "2.1. Various Writings, 1932-1937." Folder 56

Folder 57

"The Supreme Court of North Carolina" #04100, Subseries: "2.1. Various Writings, 1932-1937." Folder 57

Folder 58

"Roger Brooke Taney--1777-1864" #04100, Subseries: "2.1. Various Writings, 1932-1937." Folder 58

Folder 59

"Today's Challenge"--30 April 1935 #04100, Subseries: "2.1. Various Writings, 1932-1937." Folder 59

Folder 60

"Unemployment, Co-operation and Democacy" #04100, Subseries: "2.1. Various Writings, 1932-1937." Folder 60

Folder 61

"Stacey W. Wade" #04100, Subseries: "2.1. Various Writings, 1932-1937." Folder 61

Folder 62

"What Price Economy?" #04100, Subseries: "2.1. Various Writings, 1932-1937." Folder 62

Folder 63

"Why Join the American Legion?"--20 February 1935 #04100, Subseries: "2.1. Various Writings, 1932-1937." Folder 63

Folder 64

"Why Join the Y.M.C.A.?"--24 September 1935 #04100, Subseries: "2.1. Various Writings, 1932-1937." Folder 64

Folder 65

"The Women of the Confederacy" #04100, Subseries: "2.1. Various Writings, 1932-1937." Folder 65

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 3. Pictures Undated, [1930s?].

5 items.

Four photographs (and one half-tone) of John A. Livingstone, likely made to be used in publications.

Image P-4100/1-5

P-4100/1

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P-4100/5

Pictures, 1930s(?) and undated #04100, Series: "3. Pictures Undated, [1930s?]." P-4100/1-5

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Processing Information

Processed by: Lee Dirks, March 1990; Revised by: Suzanne Ruffing, March 1996

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

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