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Collection Number: 02455

Collection Title: Silas McBee Papers, 1872-1923.

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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 6.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 4,800 items)
Abstract Silas McBee (1853-1924) was a native of North Carolina, active Episcopal layman, author, editor of The Churchman and founder of The Constructive Quarterly. The collection includes McBee's correspondence with leaders in the Christian and other faiths, statesmen, diplomats, educators, and philanthropists; much of it written in connection with his work as editor of The Churchman and The Constructive Quarterly, and as vice president of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew. The papers reflect McBee's interest in social, political, religious, and intellectual questions, particularly his concern with Christian world unity, foreign missions, church architecture, and the propagation of the social gospel in American politics and international affairs. Correspondents include James Bryce, Alfred Thayer Mahan, William Thomas Manning, John R. Mott, Gifford Pinchot, Jacob August Riis, Theodore Roosevelt, Speck von Sternberg, and William Howard Taft.
Creator McBee, Silas, 1853-1924.
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 Silas McBee Papers, #2455, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Estelle McBee of Charleston, S.C., 1942. Additional material received from Maria W. (Mrs. Peter M.) Rippe of Houston, Tex., June 1973, and transferred from the Bureau of Public Records Collection and Research of the University of North Carolina Records #40179, University Archives, April 1977.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1.
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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Silas McBee (1853-1924) was a native of North Carolina, active Episcopal layman, author, editor of The Churchman and founder of The Constructive Quarterly, and vice president of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew. McBee was married to Estelle Sutton of Jackson, Miss., and later to Louise Post.

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The collection includes Silas McBee's correspondence with leaders in the Christian and other faiths, statesmen, diplomats, educators, and philanthropists; much of it written in connection with his work as editor of The Churchman and The Constructive Quarterly, and as vice president of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew. The papers reflect McBee's interest in social, political, religious, and intellectual questions, particularly his concern with Christian world unity, foreign missions, church architecture, and the propagation of the social gospel in American politics and international affairs. Correspondents include James Bryce, Alfred Thayer Mahan, William Thomas Manning, John R. Mott, Gifford Pinchot, Jacob August Riis, Theodore Roosevelt, Speck von Sternberg, and William Howard Taft. Letters between McBee and Theodore Roosevelt, 1902-1919, discuss American and international military affairs including the second Boer War and World War I; questions of race and racial tension, including some discussion of lynching and the Brownsville, Tex., race riots, 1906; and political matters including Roosevelt's campaign and election and the Progressive Movement.

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Contents list

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Arrangement: chronological.

Folder 1

1872-1896 #02455, Series: "Silas McBee Papers, 1872-1923 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1897 #02455, Series: "Silas McBee Papers, 1872-1923 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3-4

Folder 3

Folder 4

1898 #02455, Series: "Silas McBee Papers, 1872-1923 and undated." Folder 3-4

Folder 5-7

Folder 5

Folder 6

Folder 7

1899 #02455, Series: "Silas McBee Papers, 1872-1923 and undated." Folder 5-7

Folder 8

1900-1901 #02455, Series: "Silas McBee Papers, 1872-1923 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

1902 #02455, Series: "Silas McBee Papers, 1872-1923 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10a

1903 #02455, Series: "Silas McBee Papers, 1872-1923 and undated." Folder 10a

Folder 10b

1904 #02455, Series: "Silas McBee Papers, 1872-1923 and undated." Folder 10b

Folder 11

1905 #02455, Series: "Silas McBee Papers, 1872-1923 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12-14

Folder 12

Folder 13

Folder 14

1906 #02455, Series: "Silas McBee Papers, 1872-1923 and undated." Folder 12-14

Folder 15-16

Folder 15

Folder 16

1907 #02455, Series: "Silas McBee Papers, 1872-1923 and undated." Folder 15-16

Folder 17-18

Folder 17

Folder 18

1908 #02455, Series: "Silas McBee Papers, 1872-1923 and undated." Folder 17-18

Folder 19-20

Folder 19

Folder 20

1909 #02455, Series: "Silas McBee Papers, 1872-1923 and undated." Folder 19-20

Folder 21-24

Folder 21

Folder 22

Folder 23

Folder 24

1910 #02455, Series: "Silas McBee Papers, 1872-1923 and undated." Folder 21-24

Folder 25-29

Folder 25

Folder 26

Folder 27

Folder 28

Folder 29

1911 #02455, Series: "Silas McBee Papers, 1872-1923 and undated." Folder 25-29

Folder 30-38

Folder 30

Folder 31

Folder 32

Folder 33

Folder 34

Folder 35

Folder 36

Folder 37

Folder 38

1912 #02455, Series: "Silas McBee Papers, 1872-1923 and undated." Folder 30-38

Folder 39-54

Folder 39

Folder 40

Folder 41

Folder 42

Folder 43

Folder 44

Folder 45

Folder 46

Folder 47

Folder 48

Folder 49

Folder 50

Folder 51

Folder 52

Folder 53

Folder 54

1913 #02455, Series: "Silas McBee Papers, 1872-1923 and undated." Folder 39-54

Folder 55-70

Folder 55

Folder 56

Folder 57

Folder 58

Folder 59

Folder 60

Folder 61

Folder 62

Folder 63

Folder 64

Folder 65

Folder 66

Folder 67

Folder 68

Folder 69

Folder 70

1914 #02455, Series: "Silas McBee Papers, 1872-1923 and undated." Folder 55-70

Folder 71-82

Folder 71

Folder 72

Folder 73

Folder 74

Folder 75

Folder 76

Folder 77

Folder 78

Folder 79

Folder 80

Folder 81

Folder 82

1915 #02455, Series: "Silas McBee Papers, 1872-1923 and undated." Folder 71-82

Folder 83-88

Folder 83

Folder 84

Folder 85

Folder 86

Folder 87

Folder 88

1916 #02455, Series: "Silas McBee Papers, 1872-1923 and undated." Folder 83-88

Folder 89-93

Folder 89

Folder 90

Folder 91

Folder 92

Folder 93

1917 #02455, Series: "Silas McBee Papers, 1872-1923 and undated." Folder 89-93

Folder 94-101

Folder 94

Folder 95

Folder 96

Folder 97

Folder 98

Folder 99

Folder 100

Folder 101

1918 #02455, Series: "Silas McBee Papers, 1872-1923 and undated." Folder 94-101

Folder 102-108

Folder 102

Folder 103

Folder 104

Folder 105

Folder 106

Folder 107

Folder 108

1919 #02455, Series: "Silas McBee Papers, 1872-1923 and undated." Folder 102-108

Folder 109-115

Folder 109

Folder 110

Folder 111

Folder 112

Folder 113

Folder 114

Folder 115

1920 #02455, Series: "Silas McBee Papers, 1872-1923 and undated." Folder 109-115

Folder 116-122

Folder 116

Folder 117

Folder 118

Folder 119

Folder 120

Folder 121

Folder 122

1921 #02455, Series: "Silas McBee Papers, 1872-1923 and undated." Folder 116-122

Folder 123-128

Folder 123

Folder 124

Folder 125

Folder 126

Folder 127

Folder 128

1922 #02455, Series: "Silas McBee Papers, 1872-1923 and undated." Folder 123-128

Folder 128

1923 #02455, Series: "Silas McBee Papers, 1872-1923 and undated." Folder 128

Folder 129

Undated #02455, Series: "Silas McBee Papers, 1872-1923 and undated." Folder 129

Folder 130

Bills and receipts #02455, Series: "Silas McBee Papers, 1872-1923 and undated." Folder 130

Folder 131

Miscellaneous #02455, Series: "Silas McBee Papers, 1872-1923 and undated." Folder 131

Folder 132

Newspaper clippings #02455, Series: "Silas McBee Papers, 1872-1923 and undated." Folder 132

Folder 133

Obituary of Silas McBee #02455, Series: "Silas McBee Papers, 1872-1923 and undated." Folder 133

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, March 2010

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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