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Collection Number: 02889

Collection Title: John Raymond Shute Papers, 1765-1951.

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web. See the section for more information.


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 2.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1,000 items)
Abstract John Raymond Shute (born 1904) was a Monroe, N.C., businessman, state legislator, and active member of many masonic orders. The collection includes correspondence, 1930-1939, clippings, articles, and other papers of Shute relating to his interest in the history and lore of masonry. The papers include copies of minutes, constitutions, letters, and other papers, 1765-1927, relating to masons in North Carolina; and Shute's correspondence concerning the American edition of Gould's "History of Freemasonry," and his own membership in various masonic groups.
Creator Shute, John Raymond, 1904-
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 John Raymond Shute Papers, #2889, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from John Raymond Shute of Monroe, N.C., 1953-1957.
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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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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John Raymond Shute (born 1904) was a Monroe, N.C., businessman, state legislator, and active member of many masonic orders. Shute contributed articles and chapters to Gould's History of Freemasonry, (1936).

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The collection is chiefly correspondence, 1930-1939, clippings, articles, and other papers of John Raymond Shute relating to his interest in the history and lore of masonry. The papers include copies of minutes, constitutions, letters, and other papers, 1765-1927, relating to masons in North Carolina. Also included are Shute's correspondence with editors and other contributors concerning the American edition of Gould's History of Freemasonry and correspondence, certificates, membership cards, photographs, and other papers related to his own membership in various masonic groups. There is also some scattered political correspondence, 1936-1937, of Shute as a North Carolina state senator and a record book, 1932-1934, of Lambda Phi Gamma, an organization founded by John Raymond Shute for the purpose of strengthening bonds of friendship between members of musical groups at Trinity College, the University of North Carolina, and Presbyterian College.

Masonic organizations represented in the collection include, among others, the Grand Lodge of North Carolina; Royal Arch Grand Chapter; Unanimity Lodge, Edenton, N.C.; Royal White Hart Lodge, Halifax, N.C.; Roanoke Royal Arch Lodge 4; Eagle Lodge, Hillsboro, N.C.; St. John's Lodge, New Bern, N.C.; Concord Lodge 5, Tarboro, N.C.; Kilwinning Lodge, Wadesboro, N.C.; and Warren County Lodge.

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Contents list

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Note: there are no folders 23-25.

Folder 1a

Other finding aid #02889, Series: "John Raymond Shute Papers, 1765-1951 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1823-1932 #02889, Series: "John Raymond Shute Papers, 1765-1951 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2-3

Folder 2

Folder 3

1933-1936 #02889, Series: "John Raymond Shute Papers, 1765-1951 and undated." Folder 2-3

Folder 4

1937-1948 #02889, Series: "John Raymond Shute Papers, 1765-1951 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1949-1951 #02889, Series: "John Raymond Shute Papers, 1765-1951 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

Undated #02889, Series: "John Raymond Shute Papers, 1765-1951 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7-9

Folder 7

Folder 8

Folder 9

Miscellaneous papers and articles #02889, Series: "John Raymond Shute Papers, 1765-1951 and undated." Folder 7-9

Folder 10-11b

Folder 10

Certificates #02889, Series: "John Raymond Shute Papers, 1765-1951 and undated." Folder 10-11b

Folder 12

Clippings #02889, Series: "John Raymond Shute Papers, 1765-1951 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

Photographs and pictures #02889, Series: "John Raymond Shute Papers, 1765-1951 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

Membership cards, various masonic bodies #02889, Series: "John Raymond Shute Papers, 1765-1951 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15-16

Folder 15

Folder 16

Masonic records: Grand Lodge of North Carolina #02889, Series: "John Raymond Shute Papers, 1765-1951 and undated." Folder 15-16

Folder 17

Masonic records: Royal Arch Grand Chapter of North Carolina #02889, Series: "John Raymond Shute Papers, 1765-1951 and undated." Folder 17

Folder 18-19

Folder 18

Folder 19

Masonic records: Unanimity Lodge, Edenton, N.C. #02889, Series: "John Raymond Shute Papers, 1765-1951 and undated." Folder 18-19

Folder 20-22

Folder 20

Folder 21

Folder 22

Masonic records: Royal White Hart Lodge, Halifax, N.C. #02889, Series: "John Raymond Shute Papers, 1765-1951 and undated." Folder 20-22

See also Folder 45.

Folder 26-28

Folder 26

Folder 27

Folder 28

Masonic records: Roanoke Royal Arch Lodge 4, Halifax, N.C. #02889, Series: "John Raymond Shute Papers, 1765-1951 and undated." Folder 26-28

See also Folder 54.

Folder 29

Masonic records: Eagle Lodge, Hillsboro, N.C. #02889, Series: "John Raymond Shute Papers, 1765-1951 and undated." Folder 29

Folder 30-33

Folder 30

Folder 31

Folder 32

Folder 33

Masonic records: St. John's Lodge, New Bern, N.C. #02889, Series: "John Raymond Shute Papers, 1765-1951 and undated." Folder 30-33

Folder 34-39

Folder 34

Folder 35

Folder 36

Folder 37

Folder 38

Folder 39

Masonic records: Concord Lodge 5, Tarboro, N.C. #02889, Series: "John Raymond Shute Papers, 1765-1951 and undated." Folder 34-39

Folder 40-41

Folder 40

Folder 41

Masonic records: Kilwinning Lodge, Wadesboro, N.C. #02889, Series: "John Raymond Shute Papers, 1765-1951 and undated." Folder 40-41

Folder 42-44

Folder 42

Folder 43

Folder 44

Masonic records: Warren County (N.C.) Lodge #02889, Series: "John Raymond Shute Papers, 1765-1951 and undated." Folder 42-44

Folder 45

Masonic records: Royal White Hart Lodge, Halifax, N.C. #02889, Series: "John Raymond Shute Papers, 1765-1951 and undated." Folder 45

See also Folders 20-22.

Folder 46

Masonic records: Unidentified lodges #02889, Series: "John Raymond Shute Papers, 1765-1951 and undated." Folder 46

Folder 47

Clippings #02889, Series: "John Raymond Shute Papers, 1765-1951 and undated." Folder 47

Folder 48

History of the Cryptic Rite in North Carolina #02889, Series: "John Raymond Shute Papers, 1765-1951 and undated." Folder 48

Folder 49

Miscellaneous #02889, Series: "John Raymond Shute Papers, 1765-1951 and undated." Folder 49

Folder 50

Photographs #02889, Series: "John Raymond Shute Papers, 1765-1951 and undated." Folder 50

Folder 51-52

Folder 51

Folder 52

Notes on freemasonry in North Carolina #02889, Series: "John Raymond Shute Papers, 1765-1951 and undated." Folder 51-52

Folder 53

Oversize Volume SV-2889/1

Volume 1: Record book, Lambda Phi Gamma, 1932-1934 #02889, Series: "John Raymond Shute Papers, 1765-1951 and undated." Folder 53, Ovolume SV-2889/1

Folder 54

Volume 2: Minutes of the Roanoke Royal Arch Lodge #02889, Series: "John Raymond Shute Papers, 1765-1951 and undated." Folder 54

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Oversize volume (SV-2889/1).

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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.

Diacritics and other special characters have been omitted from this finding aid to facilitate keyword searching in web browsers.

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