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Collection Number: 05216

Collection Title: Ranson Family Papers, 1902-1977 (bulk 1910-1926)

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 400 items)
Abstract William Joseph Ranson of Huntersville, N.C., had about ten children, including several sons who attended the University of North Carolina in the 1910s and 1920s: John Oliver Ranson, who was killed in France during World War I; Lucius H. Ranson, who served as Superintendent of Welfare for Mecklenburg County, N.C., in the 1920s; Robert Lacy Ranson, who graduated from the University in 1924; and Paul J. Ranson. The brothers were involved in athletics at the University, both during their time as students and as alumni. One was on the football team, and two were on the track and field team, although it is unclear which brothers were on which teams. The collection includes Ranson family correspondence, subject files, printed material, and pictures, mostly photographs, chiefly 1910-1926, although a few items are from later years. Correspondence, chiefly 1917-1922, includes letters among brothers Lucius H. Ranson, Robert Lacy Ranson, and Paul J. Ranson. Topics include University of North Carolina alumni and athletic activities; Lucius H. Ranson's work as Superintendent of Welfare for Mecklenburg County; Robert Lacy Ranson's work at the University yearbook; football and track and field; and family news. Also included are letters of condolescence from fellow soldiers to the widow of John Oliver Ranson, who died fighting in France during World War I in 1918. Subject files include material related to the Ranson brothers' time at the University and miscellaneous material related to the Ranson family. Printed material includes programs for University athletic events and dramatic performances by the Carolina Playmakers. There are also other University of North Carolina publications. Photographs are unidentified and undated, although they were probably taken during the 1910s and 1920s. Several of the photographs appear to have been taken on the University of North Carolina campus, and some show University athletes and sports teams.
Creator Ranson family.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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 Ranson Family Papers #5216, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Virginia Cornue of Montclair, N.J., and Frederick Cornue of Oriental, N.C., in May 2005 (Acc. 100088).
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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William Joseph Ranson of Huntersville, N.C., had about ten children, including several sons who attended the University of North Carolina in the 1910s and 1920s: John Oliver Ranson, who was killed in France during World War I; Lucius H. Ranson, who served as Superintendent of Welfare for Mecklenburg County, N.C., in the 1920s; Robert Lacy Ranson, who graduated from the University in 1924; and Paul J. Ranson. The brothers were very involved in athletics at the University, both during their time as students and as alumni. One was on the football team, and two were on the track and field team, although it is unclear which brothers were on which teams.

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The collection includes Ranson family of Huntersville, N.C., correspondence, subject files, printed material, and photographs, mostly dating 1910-1926, although a few items are from later years. Correspondence, chiefly 1917-1922, includes letters among brothers Lucius H. Ranson, Robert Lacy Ranson, and Paul J. Ranson. Topics include University of North Carolina alumni and athletic activities; Lucius H. Ranson's work as Superintendent of Welfare for Mecklenburg County, N.C.; Robert Lacy Ranson's work at the University yearbook; football and track and field; and family news. Also included are letters of condolescence from fellow soldiers to the widow of John Oliver Ranson, who died fighting in France during World War I in 1918. Subject files include material related to the Ranson brothers' time at the University and miscellaneous material related to the Ranson family. Printed material includes programs for University athletic events and dramatic performances by the Carolina Playmakers. There are also other University of North Carolina publications. Photographs are unidentified and undated, although they were probably taken during the 1910s and 1920s. Several of the photographs appear to have been taken on the University of North Carolina campus, and some show University athletes and sports teams.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1912-1971 and undated (bulk 1917-1922).

About 150 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Letters, 1917-1922, are mostly to Lucius H. Ranson from his brother Robert Lacy Ranson on athletic and recreational programs. Also included are letters of condolence from fellow soldiers to the widow of John Oliver Ranson who was killed fighting in France during World War I in 1918. Later letters, 1925 and 1927, are mostly to Robert Lacy Ranson or Paul J. Ranson. Topics include the University of North Carolina Alumni Athletic Association; Lucius Ranson's work as Superintendent of Welfare for Mecklenburg County; Robert Lacy Ranson's work at Yackety Yack, the University of North Carolina yearbook; football and track and field; and family news. A 1971 postcard from a woman named Laura to Nell Ranson and Kate Ranson Cornue is the only letter in the collection dated after 1927.

Folder 1

1912-1919 #05216, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1912-1971 and undated (bulk 1917-1922)." Folder 1

Folder 2

1920-1921 #05216, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1912-1971 and undated (bulk 1917-1922)." Folder 2

Folder 3-4

Folder 3

Folder 4

1922 #05216, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1912-1971 and undated (bulk 1917-1922)." Folder 3-4

Folder 5

1925, 1927 #05216, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1912-1971 and undated (bulk 1917-1922)." Folder 5

Folder 6

1971 and undated #05216, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1912-1971 and undated (bulk 1917-1922)." Folder 6

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About 200 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical.

Subject files include material related to the Ranson brothers' time at the University of North Carolina and miscellaneous material related to the Ranson family. Printed material includes University publications and programs associated with athletic events or dramatic performances. Included are the Alumni Review, produced by the General Alumni Association; The Carolina Magazine, a literary magazine; and The Tar Heel, a weekly newspaper started by the Athletics Association, which became the Daily Tar Heel, in 1929. Other material is related to athletics and sports. Included are football and track and field programs, certificates, a 1912 calendar featuring University sports teams, and newspaper articles about sporting events. Also included are University directories and student handbooks. Performing arts material mostly includes programs, especially for performances by the Carolina Playmakers.

Folder 7

Alumni Review, 1913-1915 #05216, Series: "2. Subject Files and Printed Material, 1910-1977 and undated (bulk 1910-1926)." Folder 7

Folder 8

Alumni Review, 1916-1917 #05216, Series: "2. Subject Files and Printed Material, 1910-1977 and undated (bulk 1910-1926)." Folder 8

Folder 9

Alumni Review, 1918-1919, 1926, and undated #05216, Series: "2. Subject Files and Printed Material, 1910-1977 and undated (bulk 1910-1926)." Folder 9

Folder 10

Athletics: Football programs, 1916-1925 #05216, Series: "2. Subject Files and Printed Material, 1910-1977 and undated (bulk 1910-1926)." Folder 10

Folder 11

Athletics: Track and field programs, 1910-1926 #05216, Series: "2. Subject Files and Printed Material, 1910-1977 and undated (bulk 1910-1926)." Folder 11

Folder 12

Athletics: Other material (certificates, 1912 calendar, medal, ribbons), 1912-1925 #05216, Series: "2. Subject Files and Printed Material, 1910-1977 and undated (bulk 1910-1926)." Folder 12

Museum Item 1-4

Museumitem 1

Museumitem 2

Museumitem 3

Museumitem 4

Athletics: University of North Carolina logo arm band; "U of NC" button with ribbon; and two "Champion" track and field sashes, one of which is dated 1916 #05216, Series: "2. Subject Files and Printed Material, 1910-1977 and undated (bulk 1910-1926)." 1-4

Folder 13

The Carolina Magazine, May-June 1923 #05216, Series: "2. Subject Files and Printed Material, 1910-1977 and undated (bulk 1910-1926)." Folder 13

Folder 14

Laboratory Experiments in General Chemistry, Volume 1, 1927, published by the Duplicating Department, University of North Carolina #05216, Series: "2. Subject Files and Printed Material, 1910-1977 and undated (bulk 1910-1926)." Folder 14

Folder 15

Directories, 1913-1924 #05216, Series: "2. Subject Files and Printed Material, 1910-1977 and undated (bulk 1910-1926)." Folder 15

Folder 16

Newspaper clippings, 1918 and undated #05216, Series: "2. Subject Files and Printed Material, 1910-1977 and undated (bulk 1910-1926)." Folder 16

Oversize Paper Folder OP-5216/2

Newspapers, 1913 #05216, Series: "2. Subject Files and Printed Material, 1910-1977 and undated (bulk 1910-1926)." OP-5216/2

Folder 17-18

Folder 17

Folder 18

Performing arts: Programs, 1911, 1914, 1920-1926, 1953-1970, and undated #05216, Series: "2. Subject Files and Printed Material, 1910-1977 and undated (bulk 1910-1926)." Folder 17-18

Folder 19-20

Folder 19

Folder 20

Program agendas, 1911-1926 #05216, Series: "2. Subject Files and Printed Material, 1910-1977 and undated (bulk 1910-1926)." Folder 19-20

Folder 21

Ranson family: Miscellaneous items, 1912-1977 #05216, Series: "2. Subject Files and Printed Material, 1910-1977 and undated (bulk 1910-1926)." Folder 21

Folder 22

School and student activities material, 1920-1928 #05216, Series: "2. Subject Files and Printed Material, 1910-1977 and undated (bulk 1910-1926)." Folder 22

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Folder 23

Folder 24

Student handbooks, 1902-1906, 1918-1923 #05216, Series: "2. Subject Files and Printed Material, 1910-1977 and undated (bulk 1910-1926)." Folder 23-24

Oversize Paper Folder OP-5216/3

The Tar Heel, 1912-1919 #05216, Series: "2. Subject Files and Printed Material, 1910-1977 and undated (bulk 1910-1926)." OP-5216/3

Oversize Paper Folder OP-5216/4

The Tar Heel, 1925 #05216, Series: "2. Subject Files and Printed Material, 1910-1977 and undated (bulk 1910-1926)." OP-5216/4

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About 50 items.

Pictures are unidentified and undated, although they were probably taken during the 1910s and 1920s. Unidentified individuals include a young man posing in what might be his army uniform during World War I. Pictures of athletes include University of North Carolina football players and track and field team members. Pictures in the picture album are of unidentified individuals, groups, and University of North Carolina athletes. Several of the pictures appear to have been taken on the University campus. Also included is a 3.5 foot-long panoramic photograph of University students posing on campus in 1919; the photograph is labeled "Wooten-Moulton".

Image Folder P-5216/1

Unidentified individuals #05216, Series: "3. Photographs, 1910s-1920s." P-5216/1

Image Folder P-5216/2

Unidentified individuals: Athletes #05216, Series: "3. Photographs, 1910s-1920s." P-5216/2

Image Folder P-5216/3

Unidentified groups #05216, Series: "3. Photographs, 1910s-1920s." P-5216/3

Image Folder P-5216/4-5

P-5216/4

P-5216/5

Unidentified groups: Athletes #05216, Series: "3. Photographs, 1910s-1920s." P-5216/4-5

Image Folder P-5216/6

Track and field events #05216, Series: "3. Photographs, 1910s-1920s." P-5216/6

Image Folder P-5216/7

Buildings on the University of North Carolina campus #05216, Series: "3. Photographs, 1910s-1920s." P-5216/7

Image Folder P-5216/8

Small picture album #05216, Series: "3. Photographs, 1910s-1920s." P-5216/8

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Processing Information

Processed by: Nathalie Wheaton and Danielle Allen, November 2005

Encoded by: Nathalie Wheaton, November 2005

Museum items have been transfered to the North Carolina Collection Gallery.

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