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Collection Number: 04298

Collection Title: Edwin R. MacKethan Papers, 1794-1970, 2003 (bulk 1884-1932)

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Size 3,800 items (8.5 linear feet)
Abstract Edwin Robeson MacKethan was born in Fayetteville, N.C., on 7 September 1869. He was graduated from University of North Carolina in 1891. During the 1890s, MacKethan spent several years in Savannah, Ga., but later returned to Fayetteville where he lived and practiced law for the remainder of his life. During the campaign of 1900, MacKethan was elected president of the White Supremacy Club of Fayetteville and served as Cumberland County's representative to the state legislature. A Democrat, he served in the state senate, 1925-1929, and was later elected mayor of Fayetteville. The collection includes correspondence, financial material, legal papers, and other items of Edwin R. MacKethan and family of Fayetteville, N.C. Included is correspondence among MacKethan brothers in North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, and between the MacKethan children at college, in New York City, and aboard United States Navy ships and their parents. There are letters and other papers pertaining to MacKethan's legal practice and other businesses in Fayetteville and to his political career in the North Carolina legislature and as mayor of Fayetteville. Other business papers from the 1840s and 1850s refer to the Clarendon Bridge Company, the Fayetteville and Northern Plank Road Company, and the Dobbin Horse Company. Some materials relate to disfranchisement of African Americans; to students and teachers at the United States Naval Academy and at the University of North Carolina; to the Civil War experiences of a relative stationed near Wilmington, N.C.; and to the stock market crash of 1929. Also included are printed items pertaining to White Supremacy and Prohibition, poems, essays, maps, photographs, and genealogical material.
Creator MacKethan, Edwin R. (Edwin Robeson), 1869-1951.
Language English.
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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 Edwin R. MacKethan Papers #4298, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Provenance
Received from Edwin R. MacKethan, Jr., of Norfolk, Va., in March 1982, and from Edwin R. MacKethan III of Grosse Point Farms, Mich., in September 2003 (Acc. 99654).
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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Edwin R. MacKethan's MacKethan (also McKethan) grandparents were A. A. McKethan (Alfred Alexander McKethan) and Loveday Campbell McAllister McKethan, whose children were Hector McAllister MacKethan (1834-1881); E. T. MacKethan (Edwin Turner MacKethan) (1840-1888), Edwin R. MacKethan's father; and Alfred Augustus MacKethan (1847-1915).

E. T. MacKethan married Janie Wright Robeson. Their children were Edwin R. MacKethan (Edwin Robeson) (1869-1951), Alfred A. MacKethan (Alfred Augustus) (1871-1919), John Alexander MacKethan (1875-1926), David Gillespie MacKethan (1877-1958), and Eliza Street MacKethan (1880-1884).

Edwin R. MacKethan was born at the old "Cool Spring Place" in Fayetteville, N.C., on 7 September 1869. He entered Davidson College in 1886 and transferred to the University of North Carolina from which he was graduated in 1891. MacKethan also attended law school at UNC, and received the degree of B.L. in 1892.

For a few years in the 1890s, MacKethan lived in Savannah, Ga. He later returned to Fayetteville, where he lived and practiced law for the remainder of his life. He served in the Spanish American War and was an officer in the Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry after the war. MacKethan also was commandant with the rank of captain in the Sons of Confederate Veterans and held a number of other honorary positions as well.

During the campaign of 1900, MacKethan was elected president of the White Supremacy Club in Fayetteville, and, that same year, he received the County Convention's nomination for the North Carolina State House of Representatives. The campaign was a hot and vigorous one, resulting in an overwhelming victory for the Democratic Party and the Suffrage Amendment (i.e., the denial of the suffrage to blacks). MacKethan was elected to the state legislature with one of the largest votes ever recorded in Cumberland County.

As the only veteran of the Spanish American War in the General Assembly, MacKethan was selected chair of the House's Committee on Military Affairs. He was also a member of the Judiciary Committee, the Committee on Railroads and Railroad Commission, and several others. MacKethan later served in the North Carolina State Senate (1925-1929) and as mayor of Fayetteville.

MacKethan married Lulie Biggs (d. 1967), sister of James Crawford Biggs and Jeanette Biggs. They had two sons: Edwin R. MacKethan, Jr., who became a lawyer and banker and eventually lived in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Norfolk, Va.; and Crawford Biggs MacKethan, who lived in Fayetteville.

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The collection includes correspondence, financial material, legal papers, and other items of lawyer, Democratic politician, white supremacist, and prohibitionist  Edwin R. MacKethan and family of Fayetteville, N.C. Included is correspondence among MacKethan brothers in North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, and between the MacKethan children at college, in New York City, and aboard United States Navy ships and their parents. There are letters and other papers pertaining to MacKethan's legal practice and other businesses in Fayetteville and to his political career in the North Carolina legislature and as mayor of Fayetteville. Other business papers from the 1840s and 1850s refer to the Clarendon Bridge Company, the Fayetteville and Northern Plank Road Company, and the Dobbin Horse Company. Some materials relate to disfranchisement of African Americans; to students and teachers at the United States Naval Academy and at the University of North Carolina; to the Civil War experiences of a relative stationed near Wilmington, N.C.; and to the stock market crash of 1929. Also included are printed items pertaining to White Supremacy and Prohibition, poems, essays, maps, photographs, and genealogical material.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1794-1970.

About 3,000 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

1840s: Business correspondence, mainly about stock in the Clarendon Bridge Company which had been entrusted to A. A. McKethan (Edwin R. MacKethan's grandfather) and others to administer for the benefit of the Fayetteville and Northern Plank Road Company.

1850s: Letters to E. T. MacKethan from his family concerning business matters, college life, family matters, and national politics.

1860s: Mostly letters written after the Civil War from prospective customers about purchasing buggies to A. A. MacKethan and Sons of Fayetteville, N.C. A letter from a student at the University of North Carolina comments on student life and the election of 1860. There are several Civil War letters from Hector MacAllister MacKethan to E. T. MacKethan. Hector was stationed at Camp Whiting near Wilmington, N.C. The letters discuss military matters, abolitionists, and the financial problems of soldiers' wives.

1870s: Letters regarding the death of N. T. Harris; letters between Alfred A. MacKethan (Edwin R. MacKethan's brother) and his grandparents concerning family matters; and letters from Eliza S. Robeson to her daughter, Janie Robeson MacKethan, about family matters.

1880s: Letters to Alfred A. MacKethan from his aunt, Mary Harris, sister of Janie Robeson MacKethan and widow of N. T. Harris. They are mostly about family matters, especially health and education. There are letters from G. M. McMillian to his relatives about life at the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis (exams, expulsions, duties, food, lessons, naval balls, life aboard the USS Constellation, and the treatment of freshmen by upperclassmen). A midshipman at Annapolis, Alfred A. MacKethan, wrote his mother, Janie Robeson MacKethan, about cadet life drills, courses and grades.

There are numerous letters to and from various MacKethan family members discussing family matters, sickness, and social affairs in Fayetteville. Edwin R. MacKethan, a student at the University of North Carolina, received several letters from his family in Fayetteville.

1890s: Numerous letters between MacKethan family members about the latest news, legal matters, and financial matters, with some mention of race relations, politics, and the Spanish American War. Alfred A. MacKethan corresponded often with his mother and other family members about life at the Naval Academy and about life aboard ship. In the latter part of the decade, David Gillespie MacKethan corresponded with family members from Davidson College. There is also a great deal of correspondence connected with Edwin R. MacKethan's legal practice in Fayetteville.

1900-1910: Edwin R. MacKethan, who was elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives as a Democrat and white supremacist in 1900, received letters from his constituents in Cumberland County and from Democratic party leaders across the state. He also received several bulletins marked "confidential" from the National Association of Democratic Clubs, an association of supporters of William Jennings Bryan. Much of the political correspondence concerned the Dispensary Bill (alcohol control) and the disfranchisement of blacks.

There is considerable correspondence between Navy Lieutenant Alfred A. MacKethan and his mother and his brother Edwin R. MacKethan. In 1900, Alfred was in charge of the United States Hydrographic Office in Savannah, Ga. From there he was ordered to Manila, Phillipine Islands, and then to Japan and other Asian countries. In 1902, Alfred resigned from the Navy and went into the construction business in Jacksonville, Fla., where he continued his correspondence with his family in Fayetteville.

There is much business correspondence relating to Edwin R. MacKethan's law practice in Fayetteville and correspondence among MacKethan family members and relatives in North Carolina. There are a few letters from Dr. David MacKethan of Tampa, Fla., to his brother, Alfred A. MacKethan, in Jacksonville and from John Alexander MacKethan, a student at the University of the South, to his mother.

In a letter to Governor Charles B. Aycock, 28 May 1901, Edwin R. MacKethan urged that the death sentence given a black man for raping a white woman be commuted to life imprisonment. There are two letters in 1909 to Mary Baker Eddy (apparently never mailed) from a devotee. There is a letter to Lieutenant Alfred A. MacKethan from Adelaide Worth Bagley (a daughter of Jonathan Worth, governor of North Carolina, 1865-1867), 3 June 1900, about the memorial to her son, Worth Bagley, the first American serviceman to die in the Spanish American War.

1910-1919: Most of the correspondence up to 1916 relates to Edwin R. MacKethan's legal practice. The great majority of the materials after 1916 are letters from Alfred A. MacKethan to his mother from the United States Naval Academy, where he was a teacher. Apparently MacKethan returned to the Navy because of the need for experienced officers in World War I. There are also a few letters between other family members.

On 22 April 1916, there is a notice (never mailed) from Edwin R. MacKethan to the State Board of Elections of his intention to run for governor of North Carolina.

1920s: Edwin R. MacKethan was elected as a Democrat to the North Carolina State Senate in 1925 and in 1929, so there is considerable correspondence about political matters between 1924 and 1929. Included is a letter, 7 October 1924, from the chair of the Democratic Party about the agenda for the next election. There is also a letter, 31 January 1929, to Walter Clark on political matters. Two letters, 10 February 1925 and 16 March 1929, concern the funding of institutions of higher education for blacks in North Carolina. Correspondence pertaining to MacKethan's law practice continues through the decade.

Between 1925 and 1929, letters passed between Edwin R. MacKethan, Jr., an undergraduate and law student at the University of North Carolina, and his parents. Edwin, Jr., also corresponded with girlfriends at Peace College in Raleigh and at the North Carolina College for Women in Greensboro.

In the fall of 1929, Edwin R. MacKethan, Jr., moved to New York City, and, with the endorsement of Governor Angus W. McLean (letter of 2 September 1929), got a job with an investment banking firm. On 24, 27, and 30 September, he wrote letters to his parents describing the stock market crash. In September 1929, Crawford B. MacKethan entered the University of North Carolina and began corresponding with his parents about college life. Lulie Biggs MacKethan was a high ranking official in the North Carolina Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy as evidenced by a letter of 20 August 1925.

1930s: There are several letters from Crawford at the University of North Carolina and from Edwin, Jr., in New York City to their parents. In letters, 23 April and 24 June 1930, Edwin, Jr., described two visits to him by Governor McLean in New York City. At the second visit, the Governor met with Edwin and several other young North Carolina men then working in New York City and gave them advice on how best to get ahead in the business world. The Governor also offered comments on the depression. Edwin, Jr., in a letter dated 14 May 1934, described to his mother a "Garden Party" he attended at the White House that was hosted by Eleanor Roosevelt.

Edwin, Jr.'s sister, Elizabeth Cooper MacKethan, wrote a lengthy letter in 1934 to her mother describing her life at Peace College in Raleigh.

Letters, March-October 1932, detail Edwin R. MacKethan, Sr.'s illness and convalescence at a hospital in New Jersey. His illness continued, and, by 1939, he was hospitalized and near death in a Veteran's Hospital in Augusta, Ga.

1940s-1970s: There are several letters relating to genealogical matters. Edwin R. MacKethan, Jr., who was a vice president of a bank in Norfolk, Va., corresponded with his mother, who was appointed by Governor Dan K. Moore as a director of the Confederate Women's Home in Fayetteville in September 1965. There is also correspondence concerning Crawford B. MacKethan, who was in the real estate business in Fayetteville in the 1960s.

Folder 1

1794 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 1

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1825 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 2

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1835-1837 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 3

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1838 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 4

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1843 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 5

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1846-1849 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 6

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1850-1853 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 7

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1855 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 8

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1856 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 9-10

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1857 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 11-13

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1858 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 14-15

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1860 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 16-17

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1861 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 18

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1862 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 19

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1863 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 20

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1864 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 21

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1865 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 22

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1866 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 23-26

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1867 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 27-30

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1868 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 31-34

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1869 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 35

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1870 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 36

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1871 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 37

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1872 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 38-39

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1874 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 40

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1875 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 41

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1877 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 42

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1878 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 43

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1879 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 44

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1880 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 45

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1881 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 46

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1882 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 47

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1883 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 48

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1884 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 49-52

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1885 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 53

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1886 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 54-55

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1887 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 56-60

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1888 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 61-73

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1889 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 74-81

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1890 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 82-85

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1891 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 86-89

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1892 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 90-94

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1893 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 95-107

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1894 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 108-117

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1895 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 118-129

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1896 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 130-155

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1897 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 156-157

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1898 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 167-174

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1898 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 175-180

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1899 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 181-195

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1900 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 196-209

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1901 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 210-223

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1902 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 224-225

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1904 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 226-227

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1905 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 228

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1906 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 229-230

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1907 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 231-233

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1908 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 234-235

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1909 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 236-237

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1910 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 238

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1911 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 239

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1912 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 240

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1913 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 241

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1914 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 242

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1915 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 243

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1916 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 244

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1917 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 245-254

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1918 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 255-261

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1919 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 262

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1920 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 263

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1921 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 264

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1922 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 265

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1923 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 266-267

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1924 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 268-272

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1925 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 273-276

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1926 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 277-278

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1927 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 279

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1928 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 280

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1929 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 281-284

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1930 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 285-287

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1931 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 288

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1932-1933 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 289

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1934 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 290

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1935-1937 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 291

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1939 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 292

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1941 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 293

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1942 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 294

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1949-1950 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 295

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1951 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 296

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1952 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 297

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1961 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 298

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1965-1968 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 299

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1970 #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 300

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Undated #04298, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1970." Folder 301-315

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 2. Financial and Legal Papers, 1797-1957.

About 250 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Included are materials relating to the Clarendon Bridge Company, the Fayetteville and Northern Plank Road, and the Dobbin Horse Company.

Folder 316

1797-1827 #04298, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Papers, 1797-1957." Folder 316

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1833-1869 #04298, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Papers, 1797-1957." Folder 317

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1871-1890 #04298, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Papers, 1797-1957." Folder 318

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1891-1896 #04298, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Papers, 1797-1957." Folder 319

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1897-1899 #04298, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Papers, 1797-1957." Folder 320

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1900-1905 #04298, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Papers, 1797-1957." Folder 321

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1906-1910 #04298, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Papers, 1797-1957." Folder 322

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1911-1912 #04298, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Papers, 1797-1957." Folder 323

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1913-1915 #04298, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Papers, 1797-1957." Folder 324

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1917-1919 #04298, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Papers, 1797-1957." Folder 325

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1920-1925 #04298, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Papers, 1797-1957." Folder 326

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1926 #04298, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Papers, 1797-1957." Folder 327

Folder 328

1931-1957 #04298, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Papers, 1797-1957." Folder 328

Folder 329

Undated #04298, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Papers, 1797-1957." Folder 329

Folder 330

Number not in use #04298, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Papers, 1797-1957." Folder 330

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 3. Printed Material, ca. 174-1929.

About 100 items.

Printed material is divided into political and non-political items. Political material pertains to prohibition, imperialism, trusts, black colleges, the white supremacy campaign of 1900-1901 in North Carolina, and other matters.

Non-political printed material is mainly commercial and business advertisements, addresses, and programs of religious and fraternal organizations. Included is "A Big Day at the Fair," a 1900 address by James B. Dudley, president of the "Agricultural and Technical College for the Colored Race" in Greensboro, N.C.

Folder 331

Political printed material #04298, Series: "3. Printed Material, ca. 174-1929." Folder 331

Folder 332-334

Folder 332

Folder 333

Folder 334

Non-political printed material #04298, Series: "3. Printed Material, ca. 174-1929." Folder 332-334

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 4. Other Papers, ca. 1860-1930.

About 230 items.

Genealogical material, North Carolina legislative material, naval and military material, newspaper clippings, essays and poems, college-related material, maps, and miscellaneous material.

Genealogical material contains information on the Biggs (of Kentucky), Taylor (of Granville County), McAlester, McNeill, and McKethan (of Cumberland County), Robeson, Tunstall, Lane, and Hill (of Virginia) families. Included is a biographical essay about "Captain Edwin R. MacKethan" of Fayetteville. More genealogical material was added in September 2003 (Acc. 99654). The added material includes a booklet, "Some Bible and Cemetery Records of the MacKethan Robeson Family," compiled by Edwin R. MacKethan III, July 2003, and other genealogical papers, chiefly photocopies of items from public records compiled by Edwin R. MacKethan (1869-1951).

Legislative material contains speeches, proposed legislation, and notes by Edwin R. MacKethan, mainly on White Supremacy and Prohibition.

Naval material relates to Lieutenant Alfred A. MacKethan and includes his report cards while a cadet at the United States Naval Academy; some of his naval medical reports; invitations to receptions and balls; and a number of his naval orders (bound), 1893-1899. An order dated 19 June 1897 was signed by T. Roosevelt, acting secretary of the Navy.

Military material pertains mostly to the annual meetings of members of the Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry Company, organized in 1793 and active in the Confederate Army. Other material relates to the Granville Gray and the Lulie Biggs McKethan chapters of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Essays and poems include essays on legal subjects; the Bartram House, an estate on the upper Cape Fear River; women`s suffrage; the Battle of Elizabethtown; historian and Supreme Court Justice Walter Clark; and a near hanging in Savannah, Ga., in 1924. There are also poems to the Confederate dead and others about the Mississippi River.

College-related material consists mostly of grade reports on Edwin R. MacKethan while a student at the University of North Carolina, 1887-1890. Maps include a city map of Raleigh (1891); a guide map (color) of Washington, D.C. (1904); a map of the Pan American Exposition, Buffalo, N.Y. (1900); a street map of Fayetteville, N.C. (1900); and two street maps of the District of Columbia (1908 and 1917). Real estate plats are of property in Prince Georges County, Md.; Washington, D.C.; and Fayetteville, N.C. Miscellaneous material includes wedding and party invitations, receipts, business cards, and records pertaining to the Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville.

Folder 335

Genealogical material, 1895 #04298, Series: "4. Other Papers, ca. 1860-1930." Folder 335

Folder 336

"Some Bible and Cemetery Records of the MacKethan-Robeson Family," compiled by Edwin R. MacKethan III, July 2003 (Acc. 99654) #04298, Series: "4. Other Papers, ca. 1860-1930." Folder 336

Folder 337

Genealogical papers compiled by Edwin R. MacKethan (1869-1951) (Acc. 99654) #04298, Series: "4. Other Papers, ca. 1860-1930." Folder 337

Folder 338

Nroth Carolina legislative material, 1874-1928 #04298, Series: "4. Other Papers, ca. 1860-1930." Folder 338

Folder 339

Naval material #04298, Series: "4. Other Papers, ca. 1860-1930." Folder 339

Folder 340

Military material #04298, Series: "4. Other Papers, ca. 1860-1930." Folder 340

Folder 341

Newspaper clippings #04298, Series: "4. Other Papers, ca. 1860-1930." Folder 341

Folder 342

Essays and poems #04298, Series: "4. Other Papers, ca. 1860-1930." Folder 342

Folder 343

College-related material #04298, Series: "4. Other Papers, ca. 1860-1930." Folder 343

Folder 344

Maps: City #04298, Series: "4. Other Papers, ca. 1860-1930." Folder 344

Folder 345

Plats: Real estate #04298, Series: "4. Other Papers, ca. 1860-1930." Folder 345

Folder 346-348

Folder 346

Folder 347

Folder 348

Miscellaneous #04298, Series: "4. Other Papers, ca. 1860-1930." Folder 346-348

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 5. Volumes, ca. 1805-1920.

11 items.

Account books, ledgers, and notebooks pertaining mostly to business enterprises of Edwin R. MacKethan in Cumberland County, N.C., in the 19th century. Volume 6 contains lists of "polls due" in three Cumberland County townships in 1901-1902.

Volume 9 contains diary entries, business notes, and genealogical information, 1898-1901, but not always in chronological order.

Volume 10 was the property at different times of at least two people: H. W. Lilly and E. W. Willking. The volume was first a record book of a merchant in Fayetteville wherein the names of North Carolina merchants were listed by county. Records were also kept on census information; the Bank of Fayetteville, 1830; contributions from people in North Carolina and other states to aid the victims of an 1831 fire in Fayetteville; the incorporation of railroad corporations in 1833-1834; freight rates; a list of toll rates for commodities on the Cape Fear River, 1816-1855; imports and exports from Fayetteville, 1828-1838; and other subjects. Most of the pages in Volume 10 include mounted newspaper clippings. The clippings, with few exceptions, date from the 1850s through the 1870s. A clipping from 1842 lists persons by county (incomplete) who filed for bankruptcy in the federal district courts. There are four pages of business receipts made out to Willking and Co. in 1826, and a statement, 3 April 1865, pertaining to a slave signed by DeWitt Clinton.

Volume 11 is a privately printed pamphlet by Jessie A. Butler, entitled "Anglo-Saxon Israel," which argues that Anglo-Saxons are the direct descendants of the ten last tribes of Israel.

Folder 349

Volumes 1-4 #04298, Series: "5. Volumes, ca. 1805-1920." Folder 349

Folder 350

Volumes 5-8 #04298, Series: "5. Volumes, ca. 1805-1920." Folder 350

Folder 351

Volume 9 #04298, Series: "5. Volumes, ca. 1805-1920." Folder 351

Folder 352

Volume 10 #04298, Series: "5. Volumes, ca. 1805-1920." Folder 352

Folder 353

Voume 11 #04298, Series: "5. Volumes, ca. 1805-1920." Folder 353

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 6. Pictures, ca. 1890-1960.

49 items.

Mostly black-and-white pictures of Edwin R. MacKethan, his siblings, and his children. There are also pictures of street scenes and churches in or near Fayetteville, N.C., and pictures of unidentified college students at the University of North Carolina.

P-4298/1: Edwin R. MacKethan, ca. 1890. 5.3 x 7.5 cm. (mount 13 x 17 cm.). #04298, Series: "6. Pictures, ca. 1890-1960." Folder 353

P-4298/2: Mrs. Edwin R. MacKethan, ca. 1950. 9 x 12 cm. Inscription on verso: "Pres. J. E. B. Stuart Chap. Fay.[etteville] UDC & Gen. Chr. of Convention." #04298, Series: "6. Pictures, ca. 1890-1960." Folder 353

P-4298/3: Alfred A. MacKethan, ensign at Annapolis, ca. 1895. 8 x 14 cm. (mount 19.7 x 25 cm.). Photographer: Dana, New York. #04298, Series: "6. Pictures, ca. 1890-1960." Folder 353

P-4298/4: Alfred MacKethan, ensign at Fortress Monroe, Va., 22 December 1895. 12.5 x 9.7 cm. #04298, Series: "6. Pictures, ca. 1890-1960." Folder 353

P-4298/5: Crawford McKethan with the elders of the First Presbyterian Church, Fayetteville, N.C., 12 December 1971. 25.2 x 20.2 cm. Photographer: H. F. Colon. The names of some 25 elders in the photograph are written on the verso. #04298, Series: "6. Pictures, ca. 1890-1960." Folder 353

P-4298/6: Edwin R. MacKethan and others at headquarters of Company F, Second Regiment, North Carolina National Guard, ca. 1898. 13.5 x 8.5 cm. #04298, Series: "6. Pictures, ca. 1890-1960." Folder 353

P-4298/7: Lucy Tunstall Williams Cooper, ca. 1900. 20.2 x 25 cm. Inscription on verso: "wife of James Crawford Cooper, parents of Elizabeth Arrington Cooper Biggs White." #04298, Series: "6. Pictures, ca. 1890-1960." Folder 353

P-4298/8: James Crawford Cooper, ca. 1900. 20.2 x 25 cm. Inscription on verso: "Father of S. W. Cooper and Elizabeth Arrington Cooper Biggs White and Husband of Lucy Tunstall Williams." #04298, Series: "6. Pictures, ca. 1890-1960." Folder 353

P-4298/9: Ivor [MacKethan?] and Jimmie (a dog), at Cool Spring in Fayetteville, N.C., June 1896. 7.8 x 9.6 cm. #04298, Series: "6. Pictures, ca. 1890-1960." Folder 353

P-4298/10: George W. Wightman, December 1888. Carte-de-visite. Photographer: Winburn, Fayetteville, N.C. #04298, Series: "6. Pictures, ca. 1890-1960." Folder 353

P-4298/11: Worth Bagley, ensign United States Navy, ca. 1898. 9.7 x 13.5 cm. (mount 12 x 17.7 cm.). Printed on front: "Killed at Cardenos, May 11, 1898." The first American serviceman killed in the Spanish-American War. #04298, Series: "6. Pictures, ca. 1890-1960." Folder 353

P-4298/12: William Garrick, June 1925. 12.7 x 17.8 cm. #04298, Series: "6. Pictures, ca. 1890-1960." Folder 353

P-4298/13: Mrs. V. Clay, ca. 1880. Carte-de-visite. Photographer: E. & H. T. Anthony, New York. #04298, Series: "6. Pictures, ca. 1890-1960." Folder 353

P-4298/14: Maxay L. John, Laurinburg, N.C., 1896. 3.8 x 5 cm. (mount 7.2 x 8.5 cm.). Photographer: Spencer, Rockingham, N.C. #04298, Series: "6. Pictures, ca. 1890-1960." Folder 353

P-4298/15: Unidentified pastor of the First Church, Wilmington, N.C., ca. 1890. Carte-de-visite. Photographer: Van Orsdell, Wilmington, N.C. #04298, Series: "6. Pictures, ca. 1890-1960." Folder 353

P-4298/16: Unidentified woman, ca. 1890. Carte-de-visite. Photographer: Kuhn & Co., San Antonio, Tex. #04298, Series: "6. Pictures, ca. 1890-1960." Folder 353

P-4298/17: John deSaussure and friend, 4 September 1896. 4.8 x 3.6 cm. (mount 8.5 x 7.2 cm.). #04298, Series: "6. Pictures, ca. 1890-1960." Folder 353

P-4298/18: Officers of the Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry: (top row) Major Joseph Huske, Major William C. McDuffie, Major C. Vann; (bottom row) Major John McLaughlin, Major W. F. Campbell, Major John Broadfoot, 1893. l8 x 12.5 cm. #04298, Series: "6. Pictures, ca. 1890-1960." Folder 353

P-4298/19: Unidentified group viewing flooded street in front of A. A. MacKethan, Sr.'s house on corner of Person and Cool Springs Street in Fayetteville, N.C., ca. 1900. 13.5 x 8.5 cm. #04298, Series: "6. Pictures, ca. 1890-1960." Folder 353

P-4298/20: Unidentified group and parade in Fayetteville, N.C., ca. 1900. 13.8 x 8.7 cm. #04298, Series: "6. Pictures, ca. 1890-1960." Folder 353

P-4298/21: Unidentified group apparently celebrating the Fourth of July at Market Square in Fayetteville, N.C., ca. 1900. 13.5 x 8.5 cm. #04298, Series: "6. Pictures, ca. 1890-1960." Folder 353

P-4298/22: Unidentified group of men from Company C, Savannah, Volunteer Guards, Griffin, Ga., June 1896. 20 x 12.5 cm. #04298, Series: "6. Pictures, ca. 1890-1960." Folder 353

P-4298/23-26: Unidentified young women, ca. 1924. 6.7 x 10.11 cm. to 7.5 x 12 cm. #04298, Series: "6. Pictures, ca. 1890-1960." Folder 353

P-4298/27-29: Unidentified athletes at the University of North Carolina, ca. 1924. 12.7 x 17.8 cm. #04298, Series: "6. Pictures, ca. 1890-1960." Folder 353

P-4298/30-33: Unidentified groups of college students, ca. 1924. 6.4 x 4.5 cm. to 10.5 x 6.8 cm. #04298, Series: "6. Pictures, ca. 1890-1960." Folder 353

P-4298/34: Unidentified drivers of buses marked "Playmakers Special" and "Chapel Hill-Durham," ca. 1924. #04298, Series: "6. Pictures, ca. 1890-1960." Folder 353

P-4298/35: Unidentified boys on an ox cart, Green Street, Fayetteville, N.C., 1907. 13.5 x 9 cm. #04298, Series: "6. Pictures, ca. 1890-1960." Folder 353

P-4298/36: Unidentified people on parade, [Fayetteville, N.C.?], ca. 1950. 13 x 9.5 cm. #04298, Series: "6. Pictures, ca. 1890-1960." Folder 353

P-4298/37: Unidentified passengers on a municipal transportation wagon, [Fayetteville, N.C.?], ca. 1900. 25.5 x 20.5 cm. #04298, Series: "6. Pictures, ca. 1890-1960." Folder 353

P-4298/38: Unidentified members of St. Johns Episcopal Church, [Fayetteville, N.C.?], ca. 1940. #04298, Series: "6. Pictures, ca. 1890-1960." Folder 353

P-4298/39: Unidentified group of men and women, ca. 1924. 12.7 x 17.8 cm. #04298, Series: "6. Pictures, ca. 1890-1960." Folder 353

P-4298/40: Unidentified group of young men, ca. 1900. 20.7 x 15.2 cm. (mount 21.6 x 16.4 cm.). Photographer: F. H. Richardson, Salisbury, N.C. #04298, Series: "6. Pictures, ca. 1890-1960." Folder 353

P-4298/41: Unidentified group of employees of the Carolina Ice Cream Company, ca. 1920. 13.7 x 8.7 cm. #04298, Series: "6. Pictures, ca. 1890-1960." Folder 353

P-4298/42: Unidentified people at a resort in Florida, ca. 1900. 20 x 25 cm. Photographer: George Barker, Niagara, N.Y. #04298, Series: "6. Pictures, ca. 1890-1960." Folder 353

P-4298/43: Donaldson Military Academy and Haymount School, Cumberland County, N.C., ca. 1910. 24.2 x 19.5 cm. Inscription on verso: "Thos. B. Fuller attended an early school in this bldg." #04298, Series: "6. Pictures, ca. 1890-1960." Folder 353

P-4298/44: Bluff Church, Wade, N.C., February 1914. 24 x 19.5 cm. (mount 25.9 x 10.7 cm.). Photographer: Timby, [Fayetteville, N.C.?]. Inscription on front: "Founded Oct. 18, 1758." #04298, Series: "6. Pictures, ca. 1890-1960." Folder 353

P-4298/45: First Presbyterian Church, Fayetteville, N.C., ca. 1910. 8.5 x 13.5 cm. #04298, Series: "6. Pictures, ca. 1890-1960." Folder 353

P-4298/46: Hotel, Panacea, N.C., 1916. 11.5 x 7.5 (mount 13.5 x 8.5 cm.). There is a note on the back from Grandma to Master Edwin R. MacKethan. #04298, Series: "6. Pictures, ca. 1890-1960." Folder 353

OP-P-4298/47: Ceremonies dedicating the Confederate Home at Fayetteville, N.C., ca. 1890s. 61 x 20.2 cm. #04298, Series: "6. Pictures, ca. 1890-1960." Folder 353

OP-P-4298/48: Fraternity, University of North Carolina, May 1891. #04298, Series: "6. Pictures, ca. 1890-1960." Folder 353

OP-P-4298/49: Senior class, University of North Carolina, June 1891. #04298, Series: "6. Pictures, ca. 1890-1960." Folder 353

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Items Separated

Items separated include pictures (P-4298/1-46; OP-P-4298/47-49) and oversize papers (OP-4298--two folders).

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