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Collection Number: 04883

Collection Title: Bart F. Smallwood Papers (#4883) 1959-1998

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Size About 5500 items (9.0 linear feet)
Abstract Bart Fearing Smallwood was an African-American community organizer in the Windsor and Indian Woods communities of Bertie County, N.C., in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. He was responsible for establishing the Blue Jay Recreation Center, the Blue Jay Baseball team, and the Blue Jay Volunteer Fire Department to serve the recreational and fire protection needs of his isolated rural neighborhood. Smallwood was also active in a number of other organizations, including advisory boards for the Bertie County schools and for his employer, Lea Lumber and Plywood Company, and he served on the Bertie County Involvement Council. He was married to Lois Marie Cherry Smallwood and had five children. Bart Smallwood died in December 1985. This collection documents Bart Smallwood's life as an African-American community organizer. It also contains materials relating to African-American families and African-American education, both in schools and in higher education institutions. Community activities are represented by minutes, baseball score books, programs for special events, and memos and correspondence relating to the organization, administration, and financing organizations with which Smallwood was involved. Smallwood's personal life is reflected in letters, financial material, and family pictures. The collection contains items relating to Bart Smallwood's children, especially about their education, including Angelia Smallwood's attendance at East Carolina University and Anthony Smallwood's courses at North Carolina A & T State University. Materials relating to Smallwood's son Arwin include his dissertation, "A History of Three Cultures: Indian Woods, North Carolina, 1585 to 1995" (1997), and related materials: photocopies of published information about North Carolina, photographs of buildings and scenes in and around Indian Woods, and audiotaped interviews with residents of Indian Woods and Bertie County.
Creator Smallwood, Bart F. (Bart Fearing), d. 1985.
Language English.
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Provenance
Received from Arwin D. Smallwood of Peoria, Ill., in July 1997 (Acc. 97096), with additions in October 1998 (Acc. 98208) and June 1999 (Acc. 98379).
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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Bart Fearing Smallwood was an African-American community organizer in the Windsor and Indian Woods communities of Bertie County, N.C., in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. He was responsible for establishing the Blue Jay Recreation Center, the Blue Jay Baseball team, and the Blue Jay Volunteer Fire Department to serve the recreational and fire protection needs of his isolated rural neighborhood. Smallwood was also active in a number of other organizations, including advisory boards for the Bertie County schools and for his employer, Lea Lumber and Plywood Company, and he served on the Bertie County Involvement Council.

Bart F. Smallwood was married to Lois Marie Cherry Smallwood, and had five children: Angelia, Anthony, Arwin, Brady, and Tanya Smallwood. Bart Smallwood died in December 1985.

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This collection documents Bart Smallwood's life as an African-American community organizer. It also contains materials relating to African-American families and to African American education, both at school and in higher education institutions.

Materials document the organizations with which Smallwood was involved in the Windsor and Indian Woods communities of Bertie County, N.C.. His personal and family life is also documented. Letters and other materials in Series 1 document Smallwood's efforts in behalf of community organizations. Series 2 documents organizational activities through by minutes, baseball scorebooks, programs for special events, and organizational memos and correspondence. Series 3 contains published material, tourist brochures, catalogs, and clippings.

Series 4 contains materials relating to the dissertation written by Smallwood's son Arwin Smallwood. These include drafts and a bound copy of the dissertation, "A History of Three Cultures: Indian Woods, North Carolina, 1585 to 1995," submitted for the Ph.D. in history at the Ohio State University in 1997. Also included is material collected in the course of Arwin Smallwood's research on Indian Woods, N.C., including photocopies of published information about North Carolina, photographs of buildings and scenes in and around Indian Woods, and audiotaped oral history interviews with residents of Indian Woods and Bertie County, N.C.

Series 5 contains materials relating to the Smallwood family. Most of the material relates to the children's education, especially Angelia Smallwood's attendance at East Carolina University and Anthony Smallwood's courses at North Carolina A & T State University.

Note the additions of October 1998 and June 1999 follow the organization scheme of the original deposit.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Letters, Financial, and Other General Material, 1960-1986.

About 500 items.

Arrangement: by type of material.

General materials generated in the course of Bart Smallwood's life, including family letters and letters relating to his activities as a community organizer, various kinds of financial material, including bills, receipts, tax and insurance information, and Medicaid and Food Stamp information. There are many programs from church services attended, especially at Indian Woods Baptist Church, and from funerals in the community. Anthony Smallwood, one of Bart Smallwood's sons, was a Marine recruit and received the Marine publication, The Tarheel Gazette, and wrote two letters to his parents from the Marine base at Parris Island in July 1985. Many of the undated letters are drafts and copies of letters Bart Smallwood wrote on behalf of the organizations with which he was involved, often to request donations.

P-4883/folders 1-3: Photographs of the Smallwood family and friends, 1960s-1970s (mostly in color) #04883, Series: "1. Letters, Financial, and Other General Material, 1960-1986."

Folder 1

Letters, 1963-1979 #04883, Series: "1. Letters, Financial, and Other General Material, 1960-1986." Folder 1

Folder 2

Letters, 1980-1986 #04883, Series: "1. Letters, Financial, and Other General Material, 1960-1986." Folder 2

Folder 3

Letters, undated #04883, Series: "1. Letters, Financial, and Other General Material, 1960-1986." Folder 3

Folder 4

Financial #04883, Series: "1. Letters, Financial, and Other General Material, 1960-1986." Folder 4

Folder 5

Financial: Bank account books (Bank of Windsor and St. Luke Credit Union) #04883, Series: "1. Letters, Financial, and Other General Material, 1960-1986." Folder 5

Folder 6

Financial: Bank statements #04883, Series: "1. Letters, Financial, and Other General Material, 1960-1986." Folder 6

Folder 7

Financial: Check and payment books #04883, Series: "1. Letters, Financial, and Other General Material, 1960-1986." Folder 7

Folder 8

Financial: Insurance information #04883, Series: "1. Letters, Financial, and Other General Material, 1960-1986." Folder 8

Folder 9

Financial: Bertie County Department of Social Services Medicaid eligibility notices, etc. #04883, Series: "1. Letters, Financial, and Other General Material, 1960-1986." Folder 9

Folder 10

Financial: Food stamp information #04883, Series: "1. Letters, Financial, and Other General Material, 1960-1986." Folder 10

Folder 11

Financial: Tax forms, etc. #04883, Series: "1. Letters, Financial, and Other General Material, 1960-1986." Folder 11

Folder 12

Financial: Bills and receipts and payment stubs #04883, Series: "1. Letters, Financial, and Other General Material, 1960-1986." Folder 12

Folder 13-14

Folder 13

Folder 14

Financial: Bills and receipts #04883, Series: "1. Letters, Financial, and Other General Material, 1960-1986." Folder 13-14

Folder 15

Hospitalization #04883, Series: "1. Letters, Financial, and Other General Material, 1960-1986." Folder 15

Folder 16

Bertie County Schools parent information #04883, Series: "1. Letters, Financial, and Other General Material, 1960-1986." Folder 16

Folder 17

Bertie County Schools: A Handbook for Principals and Teachers #04883, Series: "1. Letters, Financial, and Other General Material, 1960-1986." Folder 17

Folder 18

Church service programs #04883, Series: "1. Letters, Financial, and Other General Material, 1960-1986." Folder 18

Folder 19

Wedding and funeral service programs #04883, Series: "1. Letters, Financial, and Other General Material, 1960-1986." Folder 19

Folder 20

Church annual reports #04883, Series: "1. Letters, Financial, and Other General Material, 1960-1986." Folder 20

Folder 21

Miscellaneous church and religious material #04883, Series: "1. Letters, Financial, and Other General Material, 1960-1986." Folder 21

Folder 22

U.S. Marine Corps: The Tarheel Gazette and related material #04883, Series: "1. Letters, Financial, and Other General Material, 1960-1986." Folder 22

Folder 23

Membership cards, licenses, certificates, etc. #04883, Series: "1. Letters, Financial, and Other General Material, 1960-1986." Folder 23

Folder 24

Address books and notebooks #04883, Series: "1. Letters, Financial, and Other General Material, 1960-1986." Folder 24

Folder 25-26

Folder 25

Folder 26

Miscellaneous #04883, Series: "1. Letters, Financial, and Other General Material, 1960-1986." Folder 25-26

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About 1000 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical by organization.

Materials relating to Bart Smallwood's many activities as a community organizer in the African-American community of Indian Woods in Bertie County, N.C. Smallwood was the originator and president of the Blue Jay Recreation Center, the founder of the Blue Jay Baseball Team, and the organizer and president of the Blue Jay Volunteer Fire Department. Smallwood played a central role in these three organizations, but there is also material from a number of other organizations in which Smallwood was active. These include the West Bertie Elementary and the District-Wide Advisory Councils; the Prince Hall Masons; and the Safety Committee and Advisory Board of Lea Lumber and Plywood Company, Smallwood's employer. Also included are memos and other material received by Smallwood as an employee of Lea Lumber.

The documentation from the three Blue Jay organizations includes meeting minutes and other administrative records, baseball score books, raffle tickets, bills and receipts, and programs from special events, such as the Blue Jay Recreation Center Mortgage Burning ceremony. Note that many of the letters in Series 1 relate to Smallwood's activities with these organizations.

Folder 27

Bertie County Involvement Council #04883, Series: " 2. Organizations and Activities, 1959-1986." Folder 27

Folder 28

Bertie County Little League Football #04883, Series: " 2. Organizations and Activities, 1959-1986." Folder 28

Folder 29

Blue Jay Baseball #04883, Series: " 2. Organizations and Activities, 1959-1986." Folder 29

Folder 30

Blue Jay Baseball: Account book and enclosures, 1976-1985 #04883, Series: " 2. Organizations and Activities, 1959-1986." Folder 30

Folder 31

Blue Jay Baseball: Account book in Simplified Farm Record Book #04883, Series: " 2. Organizations and Activities, 1959-1986." Folder 31

Folder 32

Blue Jay Baseball: Bills and receipts #04883, Series: " 2. Organizations and Activities, 1959-1986." Folder 32

Folder 33

Blue Jay Baseball: Notebooks #04883, Series: " 2. Organizations and Activities, 1959-1986." Folder 33

Folder 34

Blue Jay Baseball: Scorebooks #04883, Series: " 2. Organizations and Activities, 1959-1986." Folder 34

Folder 35

Blue Jay Baseball: Playing records, rule books, etc. #04883, Series: " 2. Organizations and Activities, 1959-1986." Folder 35

Folder 36

Blue Jay Recreation Center #04883, Series: " 2. Organizations and Activities, 1959-1986." Folder 36

Folder 37

Blue Jay Recreation Center: Bank statements #04883, Series: " 2. Organizations and Activities, 1959-1986." Folder 37

Folder 38

Blue Jay Recreation Center: Bills and receipts #04883, Series: " 2. Organizations and Activities, 1959-1986." Folder 38

Folder 39

Blue Jay Recreation Center: Minutes #04883, Series: " 2. Organizations and Activities, 1959-1986." Folder 39

Folder 40

Blue Jay Volunteer Fire Department #04883, Series: " 2. Organizations and Activities, 1959-1986." Folder 40

Folder 41

Blue Jay Volunteer Fire Department: Bills and receipts #04883, Series: " 2. Organizations and Activities, 1959-1986." Folder 41

Folder 42

CETA Summer Youth Program #04883, Series: " 2. Organizations and Activities, 1959-1986." Folder 42

Folder 43

District-Wide Parent Advisory Council (Bertie County Schools) #04883, Series: " 2. Organizations and Activities, 1959-1986." Folder 43

Folder 44

Lea Lumber and Plywood Company/Lea Industries #04883, Series: " 2. Organizations and Activities, 1959-1986." Folder 44

Folder 45

Lea Lumber and Plywood Company: Advisory Board and Safety Committee #04883, Series: " 2. Organizations and Activities, 1959-1986." Folder 45

Folder 46

Masons #04883, Series: " 2. Organizations and Activities, 1959-1986." Folder 46

Folder 47

Other community activities #04883, Series: " 2. Organizations and Activities, 1959-1986." Folder 47

Folder 48

West Bertie Elementary School Advisory Council #04883, Series: " 2. Organizations and Activities, 1959-1986." Folder 48

Folder 49

Volunteer material #04883, Series: " 2. Organizations and Activities, 1959-1986." Folder 49

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 3. Other Material, 1975-1994.

About 100 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical by subject.

Primarily published material related to Smallwood's activities in Bertie County, N.C. Included are supply catalogs for playground equipment, Boy Scout gear, baseball uniforms, and other items. Brochures mainly relate to tourist attractions from Bertie County and Windsor, N.C., but also from as far afield as the Six Nations of Ontario, Canada. Publications include a 1978 copy of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference's magazine, SCLC, featuring a story called "April 4, 1978: Memory March for the Right to Live"; information on North Carolina's volunteer programs; and a newsletter put out by the Roanoke Electric Membership Corporation called Roanoke Electric Flashes. Clippings document the achievements and deaths in the Smallwood family and among their friends, as well as community activities.

Folder 50

Bertie County information #04883, Series: "3. Other Material, 1975-1994." Folder 50

Folder 51

Brochures and fliers #04883, Series: "3. Other Material, 1975-1994." Folder 51

Folder 52

Clippings #04883, Series: "3. Other Material, 1975-1994." Folder 52

Folder 53

Elections and referenda #04883, Series: "3. Other Material, 1975-1994." Folder 53

Folder 54

Published material #04883, Series: "3. Other Material, 1975-1994." Folder 54

Folder 55

Supply catalogs #04883, Series: "3. Other Material, 1975-1994." Folder 55

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About 400 items.

Arrangement: by type of material.

Material produced or collected by Arwin D. Smallwood, Bart Smallwood's son, while researching his 1997 history dissertation for the Ohio State University, "A History of Three Cultures: Indian Woods, North Carolina, 1585 to 1995." Included are drafts of several dissertation chapters and many photocopies of articles and maps relating to North Carolina history. Arwin Smallwood took many photographs of buildings, gravestones, and roadside scenes in and around Indian Woods, N.C. to illustrate his dissertation, and these photographs are also in this series. Also included are cassette tapes containing oral history interviews conducted by Arwin Smallwood with various members of the Indian Woods community in December 1989.

P-4883/folder 4: Photographs of buildings (mostly black and white) #04883, Series: "4. Arwin D. Smallwood's Dissertation, 1989-1997." Folder 55

P-4883/folder 5: Photographs of gravestones (black and white) #04883, Series: "4. Arwin D. Smallwood's Dissertation, 1989-1997." Folder 55

P-4883/folder 6: Photographs of signs and roadside scenes (mostly black and white) #04883, Series: "4. Arwin D. Smallwood's Dissertation, 1989-1997." Folder 55

P-4883/folder 7: Photographs of Native American people, objects, and miscellaneous photographs. #04883, Series: "4. Arwin D. Smallwood's Dissertation, 1989-1997." Folder 55

P-4883/folder 8: Negatives #04883, Series: "4. Arwin D. Smallwood's Dissertation, 1989-1997." Folder 55

T-4883/1: Interviews with Cornwallis Cherry and Rosetta Bond #04883, Series: "4. Arwin D. Smallwood's Dissertation, 1989-1997." Folder 55

T-4883/2: Interviews with Andrew Jackson Cherry andPolloy Outlaw #04883, Series: "4. Arwin D. Smallwood's Dissertation, 1989-1997." Folder 55

T-4883/3: Interview with the Reverend Aran Bazemore #04883, Series: "4. Arwin D. Smallwood's Dissertation, 1989-1997." Folder 55

T-4883/4: Interviews with the Reverend Aran Bazemore, the Reverend Creecy, and Rosetta Etheridge #04883, Series: "4. Arwin D. Smallwood's Dissertation, 1989-1997." Folder 55

T-4883/5: Interviews with Alice Ballance, Rosetta Bond, and Mrs. Pugh #04883, Series: "4. Arwin D. Smallwood's Dissertation, 1989-1997." Folder 55

T-4883/6: Interviews with Mrs. Pugh and Mrs. Hill #04883, Series: "4. Arwin D. Smallwood's Dissertation, 1989-1997." Folder 55

T-4883/7: Interview with Althea Jones #04883, Series: "4. Arwin D. Smallwood's Dissertation, 1989-1997." Folder 55

T-4883/8: Audiotape (technical problems; no information available) #04883, Series: "4. Arwin D. Smallwood's Dissertation, 1989-1997." Folder 55

Folder 56

Drafts of dissertation chapters #04883, Series: "4. Arwin D. Smallwood's Dissertation, 1989-1997." Folder 56

Folder 57

North Carolina history: Photocopied articles #04883, Series: "4. Arwin D. Smallwood's Dissertation, 1989-1997." Folder 57

Folder 58

North Carolina information: Photocopies #04883, Series: "4. Arwin D. Smallwood's Dissertation, 1989-1997." Folder 58

Folder 59-61

Folder 59

Folder 60

Folder 61

Photocopied maps #04883, Series: "4. Arwin D. Smallwood's Dissertation, 1989-1997." Folder 59-61

Folder 62

Telephone book, 1989, for Columbia, Plymouth, Williamston, Windsor, and other towns #04883, Series: "4. Arwin D. Smallwood's Dissertation, 1989-1997." Folder 62

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About 4000 items (6.0 linear feet).

1970s-1990s.

This addition contains personal papers of Bart Smallwood's children, as well as material similar to that received in the original accession that document the organizations with which Bart Smallwood was involved and his personal life. The additional material has not been integrated into the collection, but has been roughly sorted and organized into the same series, with the addition of a series of Smallwood family papers, containing personal papers of Angelia Smallwood, Anthony Smallwood, Arwin Smallwood, Brady Smallwood, and Tanya Smallwood.

As in the original accession, letters and other materials in Series 1 document Bart Smallwood's personal life and efforts in behalf of community organizations. Series 2 documents organizational activities through minutes, programs for special events, and organizational memos and correspondence. Series 3 contains published material, tourist brochures, catalogs, clippings, and newspapers. Series 4 contains material about Arwin Smallwood's dissertation about the history of Indian Woods, N.C. Series 5 contains personal papers of Bart Smallwood's children, mostly about their education, especially Angelia's attendance at East Carolina University and Anthony's courses at North Carolina A & T State University.

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Items separated include: pictures (P-4883/1-11), audiotapes (T-4883/1-8), oversize papers (OP-4883), and an oversize volume (V-4883/S-1).

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