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Collection Number: 03550

Collection Title: North Carolina Good Health Association Records, 1945-1953.

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 3.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 2,100 items)
Abstract The North Carolina Good Health Association, Inc., headquartered in Durham, N.C., was a public relations organization which promoted the activities of the North Carolina Medical Care Commission, a state agency. The Association engaged chiefly in popularizing the building of hospitals, nursing education, and health insurance in rural North Carolina. The collection includes office files of Henry C. Cranford, executive director of the North Carolina Good Health Association, circa 1946-1952, and of George Watts Hill, member of the organization's Board of Directors. Files include promotional material, pictures, and clippings. There is a sizeable group of promotional photographs some of notable persons including Ava Gardner, Isaac Greer, Kay Kyser, Red Skelton, Josephus Daniels, Frank Porter Graham, and Kerr Scott, among others.
Creator North Carolina Good Health Association.
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 North Carolina Good Health Association Records, #3550, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Henry C. Cranford Junior of Durham, N.C., September 1961. Additional materials transferred from Health Sciences Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, March 1967.
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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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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The North Carolina Good Health Association, Inc., of Durham, N.C., was a public relations organization which promoted the activities of the North Carolina Medical Care Commission, a state agency. The Association engaged chiefly in popularizing the building of hospitals, nursing education, and health insurance in rural North Carolina. Henry C. Cranford served as executive director of the organization, circa 1946-1952.

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The collection is chiefly office files of Henry C. Cranford, executive director of the North Carolina Good Health Association, circa 1946-1952. Cranford's files include correspondence, promotional material, photographs, and clippings. Some photographs feature celebrities, politicians, and other notable persons including Ava Gardner, Kathryn Grayson, Skinnay Ennis, Isaac Greer, Kay Kyser, Margaret O'Brien, Red Skelton, Thomas Parran Junior, John Charles Thomas, John Scott Trotter, Josephus Daniels, Frank Porter Graham, and Kerr Scott. Also included is an office file of George Watts Hill, member of the North Carolina Good Health Association Board of Directors.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated.

Series includes correspondence, mimeographed material, drafts, reports, and other papers related to promotional activities in various media including radio, newspapers, posters, billboards, movies, displays and speeches. Topics include the North Carolina Good Health Association, generally; Good Health Sunday; Hospital Week; and hospital building campaigns in North Carolina locations. Also included are photographs of film celebrities, musicians, politicians, notable North Carolinians, and other persons, events, and scenes intended for use in promotional campaigns of the North Carolina Good Health Association. Among identified subjects are Ava Gardner, Kathryn Grayson, Skinnay Ennis, Isaac Greer, Kay Kyser, Margaret O'Brien, Red Skelton, Dr. Thomas Parran Junior, John Charles Thomas, John Scott Trotter, Josephus Daniels, Frank Porter Graham, and Kerr Scott. Photographs are chiefly undated but are presumed to have been taken circa 1946-1953 during Henry C. Cranford's tenure with the North Carolina Good Health Association.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

Brochure #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

Articles of Incorporation #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

Minutes of executive committee meeting, 1946-1948 #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 3

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Papers, 1946 #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 4-6

Folder 7

Papers and newsletters, 1946? #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 7

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Folder 9

Papers, 1947 #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 8-9

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News releases, 1947? #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 10

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Folder 12

Papers, 1948 #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 11-12

Folder 13

Drafts for NCGHA Publicity Campaign Brochure, 1947 #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

Papers, January-February 1947 (Good Health Week) #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

Report on 16mm motion picture program #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16

Good Health Sunday (1 February 1948) #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 16

Folder 17

Car and bus cards, 1946 #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 17

Folder 18

Movie trailers, 1948 #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 18

Folder 19

Radio broadcasting, 1946 #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 19

Folder 20

Radio broadcasting, 1947 #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 20

Folder 21

Hospital Week, 1947-1949 #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 21

Folder 22

Hospital Week, 1948 #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 22

Folder 23

Outdoor billboards #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 23

Folder 24

Newspaper advertising #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 24

Folder 25

Outdoor billboards #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 25

Folder 26

Radio scripts #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 26

Folder 27

Poster advertising, 1946 #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 27

Folder 28

Car cards, 1946 #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 28

Folder 29

One-sheet posters, 1946-1947 #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 29

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Display cards, 1946-1947 #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 30

Folder 31

Film juke boxes, 1946-1947 #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 31

Folder 32

Speaking engagements, 1946-1947 #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 32

Folder 33

North Carolina Press Association: 1946 #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 33

Folder 34

Campaign agenda, 1946-1947 #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 34

Folder 35

Newspaper contest, November-December 1946 #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 35

Folder 36

Billboard sponsors, 1946-1947 #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 36

Folder 37

Advertising and mats, 1946-1947 #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 37

Folder 38

Display contest, May-June 1948 #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 38

Folder 39

"It's All Up to You" (Good Health Song), 1946-1947 #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 39

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Postage meter, 1946-1949 #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 40

Folder 41

Papers, 1949 #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 41

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Papers, 1950 #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 42

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Papers, 1951-1952 #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 43

Folder 44

Papers, undated #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 44

Folder 45

Statistics, undated #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 45

Folder 46

News releases, statistics, and campaign plan, undated #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 46

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Folder 48

Hospital building campaigns: Alexander County, N.C. #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 47-48

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Folder 50

Hospital building campaigns: Bertie County, N.C. #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 49-50

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Hospital building campaigns: Gaston County, N.C. #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 51

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Folder 53

Hospital building campaigns: Hertford County, N.C. #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 52-53

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Folder 55

Hospital building campaigns: Marion, N.C. #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 54-55

Folder 56

Hospital building campaigns: Pender County, N.C. #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 56

Folder 57

Clippings #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 57

Folder 58

Poster material #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 58

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Folder 65

Clippings #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." Folder 59-65

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Photographs: Caldwell, Harry B. #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." P-3550/1

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Photographs: Ennis, Skinnay #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." P-3550/2-3

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Photographs: Gardner, Ava #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." P-3550/4-6

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Photographs: Grayson, Kathryn #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." P-3550/7

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Photographs: Greer, Isaac #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." P-3550/7a

Photographed by Herman Lawson of Smithfield, N.C.

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Photographs: Greer, Isaac and unidentified man #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." P-3550/8

Photographed by Herman Lawson of Smithfield, N.C.

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Photographs: Greer, Isaac and two unidentified people #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." P-3550/9

Photographed by Herman Lawson of Smithfield, N.C.

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Photographs: Kyser, Kay #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." P-3550/10

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Photographs: Kyser, Kay with Miss North Carolina Student Nurse, 1947 #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." P-3550/11-15

Photographed by Jean Cunningham

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Photographs: Mr. Little, president of Colgate-Palmolive-Peet #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." P-3550/16

Photographed by Martin's Studio of Greensboro, N.C.

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Photographs: O'Brien, Margaret #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." P-3550/17-18

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Photographs: Parran, Dr. Thomas, surgeon general #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." P-3550/19-20

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Photographs: Skelton, Red #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." P-3550/21-26

P-3550/26 photographed by Elmer Holloway.

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Photographs: Sox, Dr. Carl C. #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." P-3550/27

Photographed by Bernadette W. Hoyle of Smithfield, N.C.

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Photographs: Thomas, John Charles #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." P-3550/28

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Photographs: Trotter, John Scott #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." P-3550/29

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Photograph of banquet #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." P-3550/30

Includes Isaac Greer, Harry B. Caldwell, and unidentified group. Photographed by W. D. Patterson of Chapel Hill, N.C.

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Photograph of WBIG/CBS banquet #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." P-3550/31

Includes Kay Kyser, Frank Porter Graham, Isaac Greer, Josephus Daniels, and others. Photographed by Martin's Studio of Greensboro, N.C.

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Photographs: Daniels, Josephus and Kay Kyser #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." P-3550/32-33

P-3550/32 photographed by Bill Ray.

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Photographs: Kyser, Kay; Josephus Daniels; Isaac Greer; and Dr. Thomas Parran #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." P-3550/34-36

Photographed by Martin's Studio of Greensboro, N.C.

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Photographs: Kyser, Kay; Frank Porter Graham; and Mr. Little #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." P-3550/37

Photographed by Martin's Studio of Greensboro, N.C.

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Photographs: Kyser, Kay; Isaac Greer; Thomas Parran; and two unidentified men #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." P-3550/38

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Photographs: Kyser, Kay; James Clark; John Ferrell; and Isaac Greer; 1948 #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." P-3550/39

Photographed by W. D. Patterson of Chapel Hill, N.C.

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Photographs: Greer, Isaac and three unidentified men at a banquet #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." P-3550/40

Photographed by W. D. Patterson of Chapel Hill, N.C.

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Photographs: Kyser, Kay; Isaac Greer; and seven unidentified men #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." P-3550/41

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Photographs: Pressly, William receiving the American Medical Association gold medal from Elmer L. Henderson, 1948 #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." P-3550/42

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Photographs: Henderson, Elmer congratulating William Pressly, 1948 #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." P-3550/43

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Photographs: Kyser, Kay with Governor Kerr Scott #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." P-3550/44

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Photographs: Scott, Kerr, governor, and an unidentified man #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." P-3550/45

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Photographs: Schwitalla, Rev. Alphonse M. and Dr. William Pressly congratulating each other, 1948 #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." P-3550/46

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Photographs: Contests #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." P-3550/47-65

Photographs of several contests sponsored by the North Carolina Good Health Association. Included are photographs of high school oratorial contests and the crowning of Miss North Carolina Student Nurse.

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Photographs: Unidentified persons #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." P-3550/66-73

Included are photographs of individuals and groups at North Carolina Good Health Association functions and other photographs of persons associated with the health campaign.

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Photographs: Individuals #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." P-3550/74-89

Includes photographs of "average" North Carolinians, high school students promoting oratorical contests, and other miscellaneous promotional photographs.

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Photographs: Groups #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." P-3550/90-103

Includes photographs of high school students promoting oratorical contests, hospital scenes, and other miscellaneous promotional photographs.

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Photographs: Scenes #03550, Series: "1. Henry C. Cranford Papers, circa 1946-1953 and undated." P-3550/104-115

Includes hospital scenes and photographs of window displays and billboards.

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Office file of George Watts Hill of Durham, N.C., containing his correspondence and related papers as a member of the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Good Health Association.

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Papers, 1947-1953 #03550, Series: "2. George Watts Hill Papers, 1947-1953." Folder 66

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, August 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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