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Collection Number: 04051

Collection Title: Thomas Pearson Papers, 1916-1963.

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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 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 70 items)
Abstract Thomas Pearson, of Asheville, N.C., was an economic advisor to several foreign countries, including Persia (later Iran), 1922-1927; the Dominican Republic, 1937-1941; and Haiti, 1941-1947. The collection includes selected items documenting Pearson's career, including letters of commendation, appointments and commissions, photographs, and typed versions of miscellaneous articles, travel essays, and poems by him, relating to his service in Persia, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti. Included is a letter in Spanish, 23 November 1938, from Rafael L. Trujillo Molina.
Creator Pearson, Thomas, 1893-1963.
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 Thomas Pearson Papers, #4051, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Hayne D. Boyden of Asheville, N.C., November 1974.
Two items transferred from the Richmond Pearson Papers, #3647, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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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24 June 1893 Thomas Pearson born in Asheville, N.C., to Richmond Pearson (1852-1923) and Gabrielle Thomas Pearson
1911 Graduated from St. Paul's School, Concord, N.H.
1915 Graduated from Princeton University
1916 and 1919-1920 Worked for American International Corporation, New York
1917-1919 Officer, United States Army, American Expeditionary Force
1920-1921 Foreign trade editor, New York Evening Post
1922-1927 Director of Civil Service Administration for the Persian Ministry of Finance
1929-1931 Worked for International Chamber of Commerce, Washington, D.C.
1931-1936 International Chamber of Commerce and American Chamber of Commerce, Paris, France
1937-1939 Deputy general receiver of Dominican customs
1939-1941 General receiver of Dominican customs
1941-1947 Board member and vice president of the fiscal department, National Bank of Haiti
1948-1951 Deputy Director of economic research for Central Bank of Dominican Republic
1951 President and acting director of Instituto Cultural Dominico Americano
1951 Retirement and return to Asheville, N.C.
16 April 1963 Death
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The collection includes selected items documenting Thomas Pearson's career, including letters of commendation, appointments and commissions, and typed versions of miscellaneous articles, travel essays, and poems by him, relating to his service in Persia, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti. There are also a few items related to Pearson's service with the United States Army, Expeditionary Forces, and some communications with government officials of the United States, Dominican Republic, and Haiti. Included is a letter in Spanish, 23 November 1938, from Rafael L. Trujillo Molina. Other correspondents include M. de J. Tronosco de la Concha, Joseph E. Davies, Cordell Hull, and Gaston Margron. There are also 15 photoportraits, informal photographs and snapshots, and group pictures of Thomas Pearson or related to his life. Among them is one picture of the North Carolina Supreme Court Justices, 1957 (published picture, autographed by J. Wallace Winborne to his former pupil). Nine of the pictures relate to Pearson's work in Persia.

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Contents list

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Photographs (PF-4051/1-2).

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, May 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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