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Collection Number: 05412

Collection Title: Ragland Family Papers, 1894-1959

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 350 items)
Abstract W.H. Trent Ragland Sr. (1894-1959), son of W.H. and Madge Urquart Ragland, was born in Little Rock, Ark. His parents moved to Salisbury, N.C., when he and his brother, Edmond Urquart Ragland, were young. He graduated from the University of North Carolina and later served in the United States Army during World War I. In 1919, W.H. Trent Ragland married Alice Mckenzie of Salisbury, N.C. He and his brother formed the Superior Stone Company in 1939. W. Trent Ragland Jr. was born in Salisbury, N.C., on 12 August 1920; he was raised in Raleigh, N.C., graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1941, and joined the United States Navy during World War II. He later graduated from the Post Graduate School at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. He married Anna Wood of Edenton, N.C., in July 1944, and they had three children. In 1954, W. Trent Ragland Jr. became president of Superior Stone Company. The collection contains correspondence, 1894-1959, relating to the Ragland family of Salisbury, N.C., and Raleigh, N.C. It consists primarily of correspondence between W.H. Trent Ragland Sr. and Alice McKenzie Ragland and between W. Trent Ragland Jr. and Anna Wood Ragland. W.H. Trent Ragland Sr.'s letters describe his experience serving in the United States Army in World War I. W. Trent Ragland Jr.'s letters describe his experience serving in the United States Navy during World War II. Also included are letters from various correspondents concerning family matters and social news.
Creator Ragland family.
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 Ragland Family Papers #5412, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received by William Trent Ragland Jr. in December 2008 (Acc. 101054).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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W.H. Trent Ragland Sr. (1894-1959), son of W.H. and Madge Urquart Ragland, was born in Little Rock, Ark. His parents moved to Salisbury, N.C., when he and his brother, Edmond Urquart Ragland, were young. He graduated from the University of North Carolina and later served in the United States Army during World War I. In 1919, W.H. Trent Ragland married Alice Mckenzie of Salisbury, N.C. He and his brother formed the Superior Stone Company in 1939. W. Trent Ragland Jr. was born in Salisbury, N.C., on 12 August 1920, and he was raised in Raleigh, N.C. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1941. W. Trent Ragland Jr. joined the United States Navy and served during World War II. He later graduated from the Post Graduate School at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. He married Anna Wood of Edenton, N.C., in July 1944, and they had three children: Anna, Alice McKenzie, and Trent Ragland III. In 1954, W. Trent Ragland Jr. became president of Superior Stone Company.

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The collection contains correspondence, 1894-1959, relating to the Ragland family of Salisbury, N.C., and Raleigh, N.C. It consists primarily of correspondence between W.H. Trent Ragland Sr. and Alice McKenzie Ragland and between W. Trent Ragland Jr. and Anna Wood Ragland. W.H. Trent Ragland Sr.'s letters describe his experience serving in the United States Army in World War I. W. Trent Ragland Jr.'s letters describe his experience serving in the United States Navy during World War II. Also included are letters from various correspondents concerning family matters and social news.

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Contents list

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About 350 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Folder 1

Letters to W.H. Trent Ragland Sr., Alice McKenzie Ragland, and their parents, 1894-1911 #05412, Series: "Correspondence, 1894-1959." Folder 1

Folder 2

Letters from W.H. Trent Ragland Sr. to his parents and Alice McKenzie Ragland, 1913-1916 #05412, Series: "Correspondence, 1894-1959." Folder 2

Folder 3

Letters from W.H. Trent Ragland Sr. to his parents and Alice McKenzie Ragland, 1917 #05412, Series: "Correspondence, 1894-1959." Folder 3

Folder 4

Letters from W.H. Trent Ragland Sr. to his parents and Alice McKenzie Ragland, 1918 #05412, Series: "Correspondence, 1894-1959." Folder 4

Folder 5

Letters from W.H. Trent Ragland Sr. to his family, 1919 #05412, Series: "Correspondence, 1894-1959." Folder 5

Folder 6

Letters to W.H. Trent Ragland Sr. and Alice McKenzie Ragland from family and friends, 1920-1926 #05412, Series: "Correspondence, 1894-1959." Folder 6

Folder 7

Correspondence among W.H. Trent Ragland Sr., Alice McKenzie Ragland, and family and friends, 1931-1942 #05412, Series: "Correspondence, 1894-1959." Folder 7

Folder 8

Correspondence among W.H. Trent Ragland Sr., Alice Mckenzie Ragland, and family and friends, undated #05412, Series: "Correspondence, 1894-1959." Folder 8

Folder 9

Letters to W. Trent Ragland Jr. from Anna Wood Ragland, 1941-March 1944 #05412, Series: "Correspondence, 1894-1959." Folder 9

Folder 10

Correspondence between W. Trent Ragland Jr. and Anna Wood Ragland, 2 April-16 April 1944 #05412, Series: "Correspondence, 1894-1959." Folder 10

Folder 11

Correspondence between W. Trent Ragland Jr. and Anna Wood Ragland, 20 April-30 April 1944 #05412, Series: "Correspondence, 1894-1959." Folder 11

Folder 12

Correspondence between W. Trent Ragland Jr. and Anna Wood Ragland, 1 May-12 May 1944 #05412, Series: "Correspondence, 1894-1959." Folder 12

Folder 13

Correspondence between W. Trent Ragland Jr. and Anna Wood Ragland, 13 May-31 May 1944 #05412, Series: "Correspondence, 1894-1959." Folder 13

Folder 14

Correspondence between W. Trent Ragland Jr. and Anna Wood Ragland, June 1944 and 1947-1959 #05412, Series: "Correspondence, 1894-1959." Folder 14

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Processing Information

Processed by: Jennifer Thompson, February 2009

Encoded by: Jennifer Thompson, February 2009

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