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Collection Number: 01881

Collection Title: W. J. Peele Papers, 1872-1948.

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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 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 300 items)
Abstract W. J. (William Joseph) Peele (1855-1919) was a Raleigh, N.C., lawyer, publisher, and trustee of the state College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (later North Carolina State University). The collection includes correspondence of Peele concerning his law practice, his interest in bimetallism and the activities of the North Carolina Populist Party, his efforts in the prohibition movement, his connection with the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, and his interest in literary and historical matters in North Carolina. Correspondents include Marion Butler and Locke Craig.
Creator Peele, W. J. (William Joseph), b. 1855.
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 W. J. Peele Papers, #1881, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Kenneth D. Raab and purchased from Mrs. Henry Curtain of Raleigh, N.C., 1951.
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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William Joseph Peele (1855-1919) was a Raleigh, N.C., lawyer, publisher, and trustee of the University of North Carolina and later the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (later North Carolina State University). Peele was educated at Bush Horn Academy and the University of North Carolina. He studied and practiced law in Raleigh, N.C., forming a partnership with Ernest P. Maynard. In 1884, Peele founded the Watauga Club, a group promoting the establishment of an institution of industrial and agricultural education in North Carolina. The Watauga Club was instrumental in the allocation of funds to found the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. In 1897, Peele formed the North Carolina Publishing Society which produced his work Lives of Distinguished North Carolinians (1897). He was also the author of Index to the Law of Exemptions in North Carolina of Homestead and Personal Property (1892) and Civil Government of North Carolina and the United States (1907) and was involved in the founding of the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association.

Peele was married to Elizabeth Bellamy of Raleigh, N.C., in 1909.

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The collection includes correspondence of W. J. Peele chiefly concerning his law practice but also his interest in bimetallism and the activities of the North Carolina Populist Party, his efforts in the prohibition movement, his connection with the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (later North Carolina State University), his interest in literary and historical matters in North Carolina, and the publication of Lives of Distinguished North Carolinians (1897) and other writings. Correspondents include Archibald Hunter Arrington, Marion Butler, Collier Cobb, Locke Craig, William Edward Dodd, Samuel James Ervine, Alexander Graham, John Bryan Grimes, Ashley Horne, Charles Duncan McIver, William Shepherd Pettigrew, Thomas Merritt Pittman, Leonidas L. Polk, W. H. Polk, and Peele's future wife, Lizzie Bellamy.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #01881, Series: "W. J. Peele Papers, 1872-1948 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1872-1881 #01881, Series: "W. J. Peele Papers, 1872-1948 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2a

1882-1890 #01881, Series: "W. J. Peele Papers, 1872-1948 and undated." Folder 2a

Folder 2b

1890-1892 #01881, Series: "W. J. Peele Papers, 1872-1948 and undated." Folder 2b

Folder 3

1893-1894 #01881, Series: "W. J. Peele Papers, 1872-1948 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1895-1896 #01881, Series: "W. J. Peele Papers, 1872-1948 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1897 #01881, Series: "W. J. Peele Papers, 1872-1948 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

1898 #01881, Series: "W. J. Peele Papers, 1872-1948 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7-8

Folder 7

Folder 8

1899 #01881, Series: "W. J. Peele Papers, 1872-1948 and undated." Folder 7-8

Folder 9

1900 #01881, Series: "W. J. Peele Papers, 1872-1948 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

1901 #01881, Series: "W. J. Peele Papers, 1872-1948 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11a

1902 #01881, Series: "W. J. Peele Papers, 1872-1948 and undated." Folder 11a

Folder 11b

1904 #01881, Series: "W. J. Peele Papers, 1872-1948 and undated." Folder 11b

Folder 11c

1905-1909 #01881, Series: "W. J. Peele Papers, 1872-1948 and undated." Folder 11c

Folder 11d

1910-1948 #01881, Series: "W. J. Peele Papers, 1872-1948 and undated." Folder 11d

Folder 12-13

Folder 12

Folder 13

Undated #01881, Series: "W. J. Peele Papers, 1872-1948 and undated." Folder 12-13

Folder 14

Volume 1: Autograph album, Mary Johnson, 1858-1863 #01881, Series: "W. J. Peele Papers, 1872-1948 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

Volume 2: Notebook, W. J. Peele, 1878 #01881, Series: "W. J. Peele Papers, 1872-1948 and undated." Folder 15

Image Folder PF-1881/1

Photographs #01881, Series: "W. J. Peele Papers, 1872-1948 and undated." PF-1881/1

Includes photographic portraits of Judge Gaston and Nathan Macon and a photograph of an unidentified soldier, apparently from the Spanish-American War.

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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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