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Collection Number: 04123

Collection Title: Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969.

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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 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 46 items)
Abstract Hubert Samuel Robinson (1893-1972) was a chauffeur, butler, and gardener, 1932-1949, for the family of Frank Porter Graham, president of the University of North Carolina. Robinson was also a custodian, 1950-1966, at the University of North Carolina, a civic and political leader, and the first black alderman of Chapel Hill, N.C. The collection includes pocket diaries, 1929-1969, and scrapbooks, 1912-1964, containing clippings, correspondence, and memorabilia of Hubert S. Robinson Senior. The diaries contain very brief, almost daily entries, chiefly concerning Robinson's work, his church, civic, social, and political activities, events in Chapel Hill, University sports events and other University occasions, family matters, and national news.
Creator Robinson, Hubert Samuel, 1893-1972.
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 Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, #4123, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Addie B. Robinson of Chapel Hill, N.C., March 1977 and March 1978; two volumes transferred from the North Carolina Collection in March 1977.
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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Hubert Samuel Robinson (1893-1972) was a chauffeur, butler, and gardener, 1932-1949, for the family of Frank Porter Graham, president of the University of North Carolina. Robinson was also a custodian, 1950-1966, at the University of North Carolina, a civic and political leader, and the first black alderman of Chapel Hill, N.C.

Robinson was born in Hogansville, Ga. and educated in Montgomery, Ala. He moved to Chapel Hill, N.C., in 1932 and became active in community affairs. He was deacon and later trustee of the First Baptist Church; an active member of Mt. Olive Masonic lodge, of which he was grand master, 1956-1957, and the Men's Civic Club; president of the Parent Teacher Association, 1944-1946, and consultant tot he Board of Education; founder, fundraiser, and active board member of the Roberson Street Community Center and Holmes Day Care Center, of which his wife was director; and fundraiser for community charities, especially the Red Cross and World War II bond drives. He was also a director of the Chapel Hill Burial Association and Chapel Hill Investment Club and in 1957 he was named Man of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce of which he was a charter member.

In 1946 Robinson attended the Southern Conference on Human Relations and was active in the formation of the Chapel Hill chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1947, serving as its first vice-president. In 1950 he played a similar role in the formation of the Council on Negro Affairs.

Robinson was also a leader of the Democratic Party, first locally, then at the state and national level. He served as Chapel Hill city alderman, 1953-1965, and was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the O'Berry School in Goldsboro, N.C., in 1959 by Governor Luther Hodges. Robinson was reappointed to the Board in 1961 by Governor Terry Sanford.

Hubert Samuel Robinson was married to Addie Bell Palmer in 1937 with whom he had five children: Hubert Junior, Ernestine, Harold, Frank, and Beatrice.

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The collection includes pocket diaries, 1929-1969, and scrapbooks, 1912-1964, containing clippings, correspondence, and memorabilia of Hubert Samuel Robinson Senior. The diaries contain very brief, almost daily entries, chiefly concerning Robinson's work for the family of Frank Porter Graham and the University of North Carolina; his church, civic, social, and political activities; events in Chapel Hill, N.C.; University sports events and other University occasions, family matters, and national news. Many of the diaries also include cash accounts and addresses. The scrapbooks contain some items related to Robinson's own career and his family, but most concern race relations and African American history and achievement.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

Volume 1: Diary, 1929 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

Volume 2: Diary, 1932 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

Volume 3: Diary, 1933 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

Volume 4: Diary, 1934 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

Volume 5: Diary, 1935 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

Volume 6: Diary, 1936 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

Volume 7: Diary, 1938 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

Volume 8: Diary, 1939 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

Volume 9: Diary, 1940 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

Volume 10: Diary, 1941 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

Volume 11: Diary, 1942 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

Volume 12: Diary, 1943 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

Volume 13: Diary, 1944 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

Volume 14: Diary, 1945 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

Volume 15: Diary, 1946 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16

Volume 16: Diary, 1947 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 16

Folder 17

Volume 17: Diary, 1948 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 17

Folder 18

Volume 18: Diary, 1949 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 18

Folder 19

Volume 19: Diary, 1950 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 19

Folder 20

Volume 20: Diary, 1951 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 20

Folder 21

Volume 21: Diary, 1952 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 21

Folder 22

Volume 22: Diary, 1953 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 22

Folder 23

Volume 23: Diary, 1955 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 23

Folder 24

Volume 24: Diary, 1956 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 24

Folder 25

Volume 25: Diary, 1957 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 25

Folder 26

Volume 26: Diary, 1958 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 26

Folder 27

Volume 27: Diary, 1959 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 27

Folder 28

Volume 28: Diary, 1960 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 28

Folder 29

Volume 29: Diary, 1961 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 29

Folder 30

Volume 30: Diary, 1962 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 30

Folder 31

Volume 31: Diary, 1963 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 31

Folder 32

Volume 32: Diary, 1964 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 32

Folder 33

Volume 33: Diary, 1965 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 33

Folder 34

Volume 34: Diary, 1966 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 34

Folder 35

Volume 35: Diary, 1967 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 35

Folder 36

Volume 36: Diary, 1968 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 36

Folder 37

Volume 37: Diary, 1969 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 37

Folder 38

#04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 38

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Volume 38: Scrapbook, 1912-1965 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." SV-4123/38

Contains letters from Luther Hodges, Terry Sanford, John F. Kennedy, G. Mennen Williams, and other Democratic politicians. Also contains memorabilia and letters of congratulations, commendation, and recommendation.

Folder 39

#04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 39

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Volume 39: Scrapbook, 1930-1950 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." SV-4123/39

Includes clippings and other items related to Samuel Hubert Robinson's association and employment with Frank Porter Graham.

Folder 40

#04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 40

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Volume 40: Scrapbook, 1950 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." SV-4123/40

Includes a photographic portrait of Hubert Samuel Robinson and clippings, some related to Frank Porter Graham.

Folder 41

#04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 41

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Volume 41: Scrapbook, 1950-1951 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." SV-4123/41

Includes clippings, many related to the integration of the University of North Carolina.

Folder 42

#04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 42

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Volume 42: Scrapbook, 1955-1957 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." SV-4123/42

Folder 43

#04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 43

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Volume 43: Scrapbook, 1957-1959 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." SV-4123/43

Folder 44

#04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 44

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Volume 44: Scrapbook, 1961-1963 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." SV-4123/44

Folder 45

#04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 45

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Volume 45: Scrapbook, 1963 #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." SV-4123/45

Includes clippings primarily related to the assassination of John F. Kennedy and to Kennedy's role in race relations.

Folder 46

#04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." Folder 46

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Volume 46: Scrapbook, undated #04123, Series: "Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1912-1969 and undated." SV-4123/46

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Oversize volumes (SV-4123/38-46).

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, January 2010.

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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