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Collection Number: 05130

Collection Title: Robeson Family Papers, 1756-2002

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Size About 1600 items (4.0 linear feet)
Abstract The Robeson family of Tar Heel, Robeson County (formerly Bladen County), N.C., included James Salter Robeson and his aunt, Emily Salter Robeson Love. Robeson was an engineer with the North Carolina Shipbuilding Company in Wilmington, N.C., and with the merchant marine during and after World War II. In 1972, he retired to Florence, S.C., where he died in 1989. Robeson family papers relate to James Salter Robeson, Emily Salter Robeson Love, and other family members. James Salter Robeson materials include correspondence with friends and family; information about his merchant marine engineering career, including items from his travels during and after World War II; and financial, medical, educational, and other records. Travel materials include picture post cards, maps, flyers for events and shows, advertisements, and other items. Some materials touch on Robeson's problems with alcoholism. Robeson family materials are chiefly genealogical, some relating to the family's land in Robeson County, N.C. (formerly Bladen County, N.C.). Some materials relate to financial and other activities of Emily Salter Robeson Love. Photographs include images taken by or featuring James Salter Robeson and his friends and family and images Robeson purchased during his merchant marine travels, among them some of post-war Japan. There are also several late-19th-century images relating to Emily Love.
Creator Robeson 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 Robeson Family Papers #5130, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Provenance
Received from Emily Robeson Hubbard, Sallie Robeson Ormsby, James Robeson, and Eliza Robeson Webb in August 2003 (Acc. 99607).
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 Robeson family first came to North America from Scotland in about 1676. Thomas Robeson was the first Robeson in North Carolina. He was granted land on the Cape Fear River by King George II in 1735. The land was located in Tar Heel, N.C., part of Robeson County since its separation from Bladen County in 1787. Robeson County was named for Colonel Thomas Robeson, Jr., and his brother Captain Peter Robeson in honor of their service in the Revolutionary War. Walnut Grove, the original homestead, and the 1855 homestead were still in family hands in 2003.

James Salter Robeson was born on 14 July 1910 to James Robeson, Jr., and Minnie A. Willis Robeson. He was raised primarily by his father's sister, Emily Salter Robeson Love (1849-ca. 1929), and his mother's sister, Annie S. Willis, after the deaths of his parents. Known as Jim, Salter (or "Salty") Robeson attended the Oak Ridge Military Academy, ca. 1926-1928. Robeson and his wife, Jemima Charles Robeson (known as Jackie or Charlie), had five children during the 1930s and 1940s: Emily Love Robeson (1934- ), Sallie Salter Robeson (1936- ), James Robeson III (1938- ), Charles Jefferson Robeson (1942-1986), and Martha Eliza Robeson (1946- ). The couple separated in the 1960s.

James Salter Robeson worked for the North Carolina Shipbuilding Company in Wilmington, N.C., during the 1940s. In 1945, he was with the merchant marine in voyages to France, Italy, the Philippines, and Japan. He spent the bulk of his career as a marine engineer, sailing to numerous foreign ports. He also spent several years as an engineer with the Department of the Army in Virginia. This traveling complemented Robeson's life-long interest in performing and listening to music. However, Robeson's career and domestic life were often disrupted by his struggles with alcoholism.

In 1972, Robeson retired and moved to Florence, S.C. He died in 1989 at age 78 and is buried at the Beth Car Church's cemetery in Tar Heel, N.C.

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Robeson family papers relate to James Salter Robeson, Emily Salter Robeson Love, and other family members. James Salter Robeson materials include correspondence with friends and family; information about his merchant marine  engineering career, including items from his travels during and after World War II; and financial, medical, educational, and other records. Travel materials include picture post cards, maps, flyers for events and shows, advertisements, and other items. Some materials touch on Robeson's problems with alcoholism. Robeson family materials are chiefly genealogical, some relating to the family's land in Robeson County, N.C. (formerly Bladen County, N.C.). Some materials relate to financial and other activities of Emily Salter Robeson Love. Photographs include images taken by or featuring James Salter Robeson and his friends and family and images Robeson purchased during his merchant marine travels, among them some of post-war Japan. There are also several late-19th-century images relating to Emily Love.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001.

About 1000 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Materials relating to James Salter Robeson, including letters to him from friends and family; information about his merchant marine engineering career; and financial, medical, educational, and other records. Medical materials are chiefly reports of minor health examinations and treatments during and after his military career. Travel materials include picture post cards, maps, flyers for events and shows, advertisements, and other items from trips during World War II and later. Music materials include a few song lyrics and items relating to Lawrence Welk. Some items touch on Robeson's problems with alcoholism.

Folder 1

Correspondence, 1917-1927 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 1

Folder 2

Correspondence, 1928-1929 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 2

Folder 3

Correspondence, 1931-1943 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 3

Folder 4

Correspondence, 1944-1945 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 4

Folder 5

Correspondence, 1947-1953 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 5

Folder 6

Correspondence, 1954-1955 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 6

Folder 7

Correspondence, 1956-1957 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 7

Folder 8

Correspondence, 1958-1959 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 8

Folder 9

Correspondence, 1960-1961 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 9

Folder 10

Correspondence, 1962-1963 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 10

Folder 11

Correspondence, 1964-1967 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 11

Folder 12

Correspondence, 1968-1973 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 12

Folder 13

Correspondence, 1979-1984 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 13

Folder 14

Correspondence, 1984-1985 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 14

Folder 15

Correspondence, 1986-1989 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 15

Folder 16

Correspondence, 1996 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 16

Folder 17-18

Folder 17

Folder 18

Correspondence, undated #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 17-18

Folder 19

Financial and legal, 1910-1920s #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 19

Folder 20

Financial and legal, 1934-1944 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 20

Folder 21

Financial and legal, 1945-1946 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 21

Folder 22

Financial and legal, 1947-1951 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 22

Folder 23

Financial and legal, 1952 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 23

Folder 24

Financial and legal, 1953-1954 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 24

Folder 25

Financial and legal, 1955-1956 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 25

Folder 26

Financial and legal, 1957-1964 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 26

Folder 27

Financial and legal, 1965-2001 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 27

Folder 28

Financial and legal, undated #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 28

Folder 29

Identification, 1944-1989 and undated #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 29

Folder 30

Medical, 1946-1977 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 30

Folder 31

Military and career, 1938-1945 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 31

Folder 32-33

Folder 32

Folder 33

Military and career, 1945-1949 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 32-33

Folder 34

Military and career, 1950-1957 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 34

Folder 35

Military and career, 1958-1961 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 35

Folder 36

Military and career, 1963 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 36

Folder 37

Military and career, 1964-1966 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 37

Folder 38

Military and career, 1967-1972 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 38

Folder 39

Military and career, undated #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 39

Folder 40-41

Folder 40

Folder 41

Music, 1940-1974 and undated #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 40-41

Folder 42-43

Folder 42

Folder 43

Names and addresses, undated #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 42-43

Folder 44

Oak Ridge Military Institute, ca. 1927-1967 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 44

Folder 45

Oak Ridge Military Institute scrapbook, 1926-1928 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 45

Folder 46

Religion, 1975 and undated #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 46

Folder 47

Travel: General: Air travel, ca. 1947-1967 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 47

Folder 48

Travel: General: Railroad, ca. 1944-1946 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 48

Folder 49

Travel: General: Ship, 1948 and undated #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 49

Folder 50

Travel: General: Currency inventory, undated #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 50

Folder 51

Travel: Foreign: Maps, 1930s-1965, and undated #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 51

Folder 52

Travel: Foreign: Brazil, undated #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 52

Folder 53

Travel: Foreign: Canada, undated #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 53

Folder 54

Travel: Foreign: Columbia, undated #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 54

Folder 55

Travel: Foreign: Egypt, undated #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 55

Folder 56-58

Folder 56

Folder 57

Folder 58

Travel: Foreign: France, ca. 1947 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 56-58

Folder 59

Travel: Foreign: Greece, ca. 1945, 1965 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 59

Folder 60

Travel: Foreign: India, ca. 1960s #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 60

Folder 61

Travel: Foreign: Italy, undated #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 61

Folder 62

Travel: Foreign: Japan, ca. 1946 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 62

Folder 63

Travel: Foreign: Kenya, undated #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 63

Folder 64

Travel: Foreign: Lebanon, ca. 1966 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 64

Folder 65

Travel: Foreign: Mozambique, undated #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 65

Folder 66

Travel: Foreign: Netherlands, undated #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 66

Folder 67

Travel: Foreign: Panama, undated #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 67

Folder 68

Travel: Foreign: Philippines, undated #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 68

Folder 69

Travel: Foreign: South Africa, ca. 1963 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 69

Folder 70

Travel: Foreign: Spain, undated #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 70

Folder 71

Travel: Foreign: Sudan, undated #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 71

Folder 72

Travel: Foreign: Taiwan, undated #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 72

Folder 73

Travel: Foreign: Turkey, undated #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 73

Folder 74

Travel: Foreign: Virgin Islands, undated #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 74

Folder 75

Travel: Foreign: Vietnam, ca. 1969 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 75

Folder 76

Travel: Foreign: West Germany, ca. 1963 and undated #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 76

Folder 77

Travel: United States: Maps, ca. 1946-1967 and undated #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 77

Folder 78

Travel: United States: Alabama, 1973 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 78

Folder 79

Travel: United States: California, ca. 1964-1968 and undated #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 79

Folder 80

Travel: United States: Connecticut, 1947 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 80

Folder 81

Travel: United States: Florida, 1949 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 81

Folder 82

Travel: United States: Georgia, ca. 1972 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 82

Folder 83

Travel: United States: Hawaii, 1965 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 83

Folder 84

Travel: United States: Illinois, undated #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 84

Folder 85

Travel: United States: Maryland, ca. 1947-1964 and undated #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 85

Folder 86

Travel: United States: Nevada, undated #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 86

Folder 87

Travel: United States: New Jersey, undated #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 87

Folder 88-89

Folder 88

Folder 89

Travel: United States: New York, ca. 1930-1952 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 88-89

Folder 90

Travel: United States: North Carolina, ca. 1940-1948 and undated #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 90

Folder 91

Travel: United States: Ohio, undated #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 91

Folder 92

Travel: United States: Oregon, 1965 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 92

Folder 93

Travel: United States: Pennsylvania, undated #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 93

Folder 94

Travel: United States: South Carolina, 1973 and undated #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 94

Folder 95

Travel: United States: Texas, ca. 1930-1952 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 95

Folder 96

Travel: United States: Virginia, undated #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 96

Folder 97

Travel: United States: Washington, ca. 1945 #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 97

Folder 98

Travel: United States: Washington, D.C., undated #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 98

Folder 99

Travel: United States: Wisconsin, undated #05130, Series: "1. James Salter Robeson, 1910-2001." Folder 99

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 2. Robeson Family, 1756-2002.

About 100 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical.

Chiefly Robeson family history materials. The oldest financial and legal documents detail ownership of the family's land in Robeson County, N.C. (formerly Bladen County, N.C.). Correspondence and financial materials from the late 19th and early 20th century relate to Emily Salter Robeson Love and include some materials about the St. Paul's Cotton Mills Co., in which she held stock. Also included is an extensive study of Robeson family genealogy, with research notes, clippings, family charts, and narratives from the late 19th century.

Folder 100

Correspondence, 1871-1922 #05130, Series: "2. Robeson Family, 1756-2002." Folder 100

Folder 101

Correspondence, 1923-1928 and undated #05130, Series: "2. Robeson Family, 1756-2002." Folder 101

Folder 102

Education, ca. 1882-1928 #05130, Series: "2. Robeson Family, 1756-2002." Folder 102

Folder 103

Ephemera: Photograph enclosures, 1940s-1960s #05130, Series: "2. Robeson Family, 1756-2002." Folder 103

Folder 104

Financial and legal: Indentures, 1756-1888 #05130, Series: "2. Robeson Family, 1756-2002." Folder 104

Folder 105

Financial and legal: Real estate, 1915-1935 #05130, Series: "2. Robeson Family, 1756-2002." Folder 105

Folder 106

Financial and legal: St. Paul's Cotton Mills Co., 1913-1939 and undated #05130, Series: "2. Robeson Family, 1756-2002." Folder 106

Folder 107

Financial and legal: Account book, 1871-1899 #05130, Series: "2. Robeson Family, 1756-2002." Folder 107

Folder 108

Financial and legal: Receipts, 1888-1927 and undated #05130, Series: "2. Robeson Family, 1756-2002." Folder 108

Folder 109

Financial and legal: Taxes, 1927-1931 #05130, Series: "2. Robeson Family, 1756-2002." Folder 109

Folder 110

Financial and legal: Will, 1907-1932 #05130, Series: "2. Robeson Family, 1756-2002." Folder 110

Folder 111

Genealogy: Letters and miscellaneous, 1947, 1972-2002 #05130, Series: "2. Robeson Family, 1756-2002." Folder 111

Folder 112

Genealogy: Lists and narratives, 1889-1909, 1983-1993 #05130, Series: "2. Robeson Family, 1756-2002." Folder 112

Folder 113

Genealogy: Lists and narratives, 1995-1998 #05130, Series: "2. Robeson Family, 1756-2002." Folder 113

Folder 114

Genealogy: Clippings, ca. 1900s #05130, Series: "2. Robeson Family, 1756-2002." Folder 114

Folder 115

Genealogy: Clippings, ca. 1934-1957 #05130, Series: "2. Robeson Family, 1756-2002." Folder 115

Folder 116

Genealogy: Clippings, ca. 1970s-2002 and undated #05130, Series: "2. Robeson Family, 1756-2002." Folder 116

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 3. Photographs, late 1800s-1980s.

About 500 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical.

Images taken by or featuring James Salter Robeson and his friends and family. Robeson also took or purchased images during his merchant marine travels, including many images of Japan, ca. 1945-1947. There are also several late-19th-century images relating to Emily Love.

Folder P-5130/1

Emily Love Robeson, late 1800s #05130, Series: "3. Photographs, late 1800s-1980s." Folder P-5130/1

Folder P-5130/2

Friends and family, ca. 1920s-1940s #05130, Series: "3. Photographs, late 1800s-1980s." Folder P-5130/2

Folder P-5130/3-5

P-5130/3

P-5130/4

P-5130/5

Friends and family, ca. 1950s-1960s #05130, Series: "3. Photographs, late 1800s-1980s." Folder P-5130/3-5

Folder P-5130/6

Friends and family, ca. 1970s-1980s #05130, Series: "3. Photographs, late 1800s-1980s." Folder P-5130/6

Folder P-5130/7

Travel: Foreign: Egypt, 1963 and undated #05130, Series: "3. Photographs, late 1800s-1980s." Folder P-5130/7

Folder P-5130/8

Travel: Foreign: France, 1948 and undated #05130, Series: "3. Photographs, late 1800s-1980s." Folder P-5130/8

Folder P-5130/9

Travel: Foreign: Greece, 1964 #05130, Series: "3. Photographs, late 1800s-1980s." Folder P-5130/9

Folder P-5130/10-11

P-5130/10

P-5130/11

Travel: Foreign: India and Pakistan, 1963 and undated #05130, Series: "3. Photographs, late 1800s-1980s." Folder P-5130/10-11

Folder P-5130/12-15

P-5130/12

P-5130/13

P-5130/14

P-5130/15

Travel: Foreign: Japan, ca. 1940s #05130, Series: "3. Photographs, late 1800s-1980s." Folder P-5130/12-15

Folder P-5130/16

Travel: Foreign: Netherlands, undated #05130, Series: "3. Photographs, late 1800s-1980s." Folder P-5130/16

Folder P-5130/17

Travel: Foreign: Philippines, ca. 1940s-1950s #05130, Series: "3. Photographs, late 1800s-1980s." Folder P-5130/17

Folder P-5130/18

Travel: Foreign: South Africa, undated #05130, Series: "3. Photographs, late 1800s-1980s." Folder P-5130/18

Folder P-5130/19

Travel: Foreign: Turkey, 1964-1965 #05130, Series: "3. Photographs, late 1800s-1980s." Folder P-5130/19

Folder P-5130/20

Travel: Foreign: Vietnam, undated #05130, Series: "3. Photographs, late 1800s-1980s." Folder P-5130/20

Folder P-5130/21

Travel: Foreign: Unidentified, ca. 1940s #05130, Series: "3. Photographs, late 1800s-1980s." Folder P-5130/21

Folder P-5130/22

Travel: General: Ship, 1963 #05130, Series: "3. Photographs, late 1800s-1980s." Folder P-5130/22

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Items separated include oversize papers (OP-5130/1-5 and 1-2); photographs (P-5130/folders 1-23); and museum items (MU-5130/1-5).

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