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Collection Number: 03649

Collection Title: A. J. Maxwell Papers, 1927-1946.

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web. See the section for more information.


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 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 115 items)
Abstract A. J. (Allen Jay) Maxwell (1873-1946) of North Carolina was a newspaper editor, politician, and state official. The collection is chiefly speeches and papers prepared by Maxwell for the Watauga Club of Raleigh, N.C., and other organizations and public events, mostly concerning North Carolina history, biography, taxation, and highway safety.
Creator Maxwell, A. J. (Allen Jay), b. 1873.
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 A. J. Maxwell Papers, #3649, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Raymond C. Maxwell of Raleigh, N.C., September 1963.
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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A. J. (Allen Jay) Maxwell (1873-1946), a native of Duplin County, N.C., was a newspaper editor, politician, and state official. He worked in various capacities for multiple publications including the Goldsboro Argus, Wilmington Messenger, Columbus County News, Senate Journal, and the Rockingham County Rocket and Republic, whose name he changed to the Anglo-Saxon. As a public official, he served in numerous agencies and commissions including the Corporation Commission, 1910-1929; State Tax Commission, 1927-1932; Constitution Commission, 1931-1932; Local Government Commission, 1931-1942; Classification Amendment Commission, 1937-1938; National Tax Association, 1940-1941; and North Carolina Department of Tax Research, 1942-1946. He was a prominent member of the Democratic party and unsuccessfully ran for governor in 1932 and 1940. In his early journalistic and political endeavors he advocated white supremacy and suffrage disfranchisement. His later political interests included issues of taxation and spending allocation. Maxwell married Della Ward in 1892, and after her 1933 death, Minnie Bradshaw.

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The collection includes chiefly speeches and papers prepared by A. J. Maxwell for the Watauga Club of Raleigh, N.C., and other organizations and public events, mostly concerning North Carolina history, biography, taxation, and highway safety. There is also a copy of a biography of Maxwell entitled Life and Works of Allen Jay Maxwell by Raymond C. Maxwell (1949) and a photograph of Governor Thomas Walter Bickett.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #03649, Series: "A. J. Maxwell Papers, 1927-1946 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

Charles B. Aycock biography, 1945 #03649, Series: "A. J. Maxwell Papers, 1927-1946 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

Thomas W. Bickett portrait presentation, 1944 #03649, Series: "A. J. Maxwell Papers, 1927-1946 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

O. Max Gardner biography, 1937 #03649, Series: "A. J. Maxwell Papers, 1927-1946 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

Impeachment trial of Judges Furches and Douglas #03649, Series: "A. J. Maxwell Papers, 1927-1946 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

Commission for Memorial to Presidents Jackson, Polk, and Johnson #03649, Series: "A. J. Maxwell Papers, 1927-1946 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

Zebulon B. Vance biography #03649, Series: "A. J. Maxwell Papers, 1927-1946 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

Whig Party in North Carolina and its Successor #03649, Series: "A. J. Maxwell Papers, 1927-1946 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

Other speeches and papers, 1927-1930 #03649, Series: "A. J. Maxwell Papers, 1927-1946 and undated." Folder 8

Includes speeches entitled Classified Taxation of "Reproducing Timber Lands," "Progress and Problems of our Social Democracy," and other items.

Folder 9

Other speeches and papers, 1931-1937 #03649, Series: "A. J. Maxwell Papers, 1927-1946 and undated." Folder 9

Includes speeches entitled "A Return to Actual Local Self Government at Protection of Taxpayers," "North Carolina's Plan of Consolidation, Retrenchment, and Control of Expenditures, Governmental Reorganization," "Neglected North Carolina," and other items.

Folder 10

Other speeches and papers, 1938-1946 #03649, Series: "A. J. Maxwell Papers, 1927-1946 and undated." Folder 10

Includes speeches and radio addresses entitled "Highway Safety," "A Comprehensive Safety Program," "The Way to Achieve Highway Safety," "Know Your State," "Some Aspects of Economic Development in North Carolina since 1900," and other items.

Folder 11

Other speeches and papers, undated #03649, Series: "A. J. Maxwell Papers, 1927-1946 and undated." Folder 11

Includes speeches and radio addresses entitled "The Question of a Sales Tax in North Carolina," "The Tax Dollar--Who Pays it, and Where it Goes," "The Effect of the MacLean Resolution, The House Revenue Bill and the General Sales Tax on the People of North Carolina," and other items.

Folder 12

Life and Works of Allen Jay Maxwell #03649, Series: "A. J. Maxwell Papers, 1927-1946 and undated." Folder 12

Image Folder PF-3649/1

Photograph of Thomas Walter Bickett #03649, Series: "A. J. Maxwell Papers, 1927-1946 and undated." PF-3649/1

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Photograph (PF-3649/1).

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, April 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.

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