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Collection Number: 05113

Collection Title: Nelson Ferebee Taylor Papers, 1903-2002

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Size 6.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 3,000 items)
Abstract Nelson Ferebee Taylor (1920-2004) of Oxford, N.C., was a corporate lawyer, professor of law, and chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1972-1980. The collection consists of personal and legal papers of Nelson Ferebee Taylor. Taylor's personal papers are comprised of correspondence; school writings, club records, and other materials from when he was a student at Oxford High School, the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and Harvard University Law School; financial papers; newspaper clippings and other biographical materials; photographs; and printed materials. There are a few items relating to his service in the United States Navy during World War II and to his tenure as law professor and chancellor at the University of North Carolina. Also included are two unpublished memoirs, one by Taylor and one by his grandfather, Nelson MacPherson Ferebee. The legal materials chiefly concern Taylor's work as a corporate lawyer with Arthur, Dry and Dole (later Arthur, Dry, Kalish, Taylor and Wood), working on cases for Uniroyal, inc., United States Rubber Company, and other corporate entities. Included are correspondence, daily calendars, contracts, stock certificates, and other administrative and legal papers.
Creator Taylor, Nelson Ferebee.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
This collection contains additional materials that are not processed and are currently not available to researchers. For information about access to these materials, contact Research and Instructional Services staff. Please be advised that preparing unprocessed materials for access can be a lengthy process.
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 Nelson Ferebee Taylor Papers #5113, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Nelson Ferebee Taylor of Chaple Hill, N.C., in February 2003 (Acc. 99416) and from Diane J. Taylor of Chapel Hill, N.C., in August and November 2005 (Acc. 100159, 100277).
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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Nelson Ferebee Taylor (1920-2004) of Oxford, N.C., was a corporate lawyer, university chancellor, and professor of law.

Taylor graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1942 with a degree in American history. While a student, he participated as a member or officer of Phi Beta Kappa, University Club, the student legislature, Zeta Psi, Order of the Golden Fleece, and the Order of the Grail. After graduation, Taylor enlisted in the United States Navy. During World War II, he served as a midshipman aboard destroyers in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Pacific, during which time he was awarded the bronze star, nine battle stars, and two commendations. After release from active duty, Taylor attended Harvard Law School, from which he graduated in 1949. Following law school Taylor studied at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship.

Upon returning to the United States, Taylor joined the New York law firm of Arthur, Dry and Dole, as an associate from 1951 to 1958. He made partner at Arthur, Dry, Kalish, Taylor and Wood, where he stayed until 1970.

Taylor maintained close ties to North Carolina throughout his corporate law career. He served as president of the University of North Carolina Alumni of Metropolitan New York and as trustee of the North Carolina Society of New York. In 1968, he returned to North Carolina as a visiting professor. Two years later he accepted the position of vice president for administration, a position he held until his tenure as the university's fifth chancellor, from 1972 to 1980. His administration was marked by improvements to library facilities, endowment growth, and building on the campus. Taylor resigned as chancellor in 1980 for health reasons, but remained on the law school faculty until his retirement in 1991.

Taylor received many honors while at the University of North Carolina, including the Frederick B. McCall Award for teaching excellence in 1983; a Distinguished Service Medal in 1988 from the the UNC General Alumni Association; and honorary doctor of laws degrees from Elon College in 1973, Duke University in 1977, and UNC in 1993. In 2001, he received the William R. Davie Award from the UNC Board of Trustees.

Taylor married Louise Ellington in 1946 and with her had daughters Louise Ferebee Taylor, Sarah Taylor Peterson, and Martha Gregory Taylor. In 1986, he married his second wife Diane Jackson Taylor.

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The collection consists of personal and legal papers of Nelson Ferebee Taylor (1920-2004), a corporate lawyer, professor of law, and chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1972-1980. Taylor's personal papers are comprised of correspondence; school writings, club records, and other materials from when he was a student at Oxford High School, the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., and Harvard University Law School; financial papers; newspaper clippings and other biographical materials; photographs; and printed materials. There are a few items relating to his service in the United States Navy during World War II and to his tenure as law professor and chancellor at the University of North Carolina. Also included are two unpublished memoirs, one by Taylor and one by his grandfather, Nelson MacPherson Ferebee. The legal materials chiefly concern Taylor's work as a corporate lawyer with Arthur, Dry and Dole (later Arthur, Dry, Kalish, Taylor and Wood) in New York, working on cases for Uniroyal, inc., United States Rubber Company, and other corporate entities. Included are correspondence, daily calendars, contracts, stock certificates, and other administrative and legal papers.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Personal Papers, 1903-2002.

About 1,000 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical by subject.

Taylor's personal papers are comprised of correspondence; school writings, club records, and other materials from when he was a student at Oxford High School, University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and Harvard University Law School; financial papers; newspaper clippings and other biographical materials; photographs; and printed materials. There are a few items relating to his service in the United States Navy during World War II and to his work at the University of North Carolina. Also included are two unpublished memoirs, one by Taylor and one by his grandfather, Nelson MacPherson Ferebee.

Folder 1

Correspondence, 1938-1969 #05113, Series: "1. Personal Papers, 1903-2002." Folder 1

Folder 2

Correspondence, 1970-1972 #05113, Series: "1. Personal Papers, 1903-2002." Folder 2

Folder 3

Correspondence, 1973-1988 and undated #05113, Series: "1. Personal Papers, 1903-2002." Folder 3

Folder 4

Address Book #05113, Series: "1. Personal Papers, 1903-2002." Folder 4

Folder 5

Awards and honors, 1968-1999 #05113, Series: "1. Personal Papers, 1903-2002." Folder 5

Folder 6

Calendar, 1944 #05113, Series: "1. Personal Papers, 1903-2002." Folder 6

Folder 7

Club memo book #05113, Series: "1. Personal Papers, 1903-2002." Folder 7

Folder 8

Deed, 1966 #05113, Series: "1. Personal Papers, 1903-2002." Folder 8

Folder 9

Financial materials #05113, Series: "1. Personal Papers, 1903-2002." Folder 9

Folder 10

Greeting cards #05113, Series: "1. Personal Papers, 1903-2002." Folder 10

Folder 11

Journal: "A Few Thoughts and Reflections Commencing in January 1950" #05113, Series: "1. Personal Papers, 1903-2002." Folder 11

Folder 12

Memo book #05113, Series: "1. Personal Papers, 1903-2002." Folder 12

Folder 13-14

Folder 13

Folder 14

Miscellaneous printed material #05113, Series: "1. Personal Papers, 1903-2002." Folder 13-14

Folder 15-17

Folder 15

Folder 16

Folder 17

Newspaper clippings #05113, Series: "1. Personal Papers, 1903-2002." Folder 15-17

Folder 18

Notecards #05113, Series: "1. Personal Papers, 1903-2002." Folder 18

Folder 19

Other family materials #05113, Series: "1. Personal Papers, 1903-2002." Folder 19

Folder 20

Other family materials: "Some things I have done, heard, seen," 1903 #05113, Series: "1. Personal Papers, 1903-2002." Folder 20

Memoirs of Nelson MacPherson Ferebee

Folder 21

"Recollections: Some things I have heard, seen, done," 2002 #05113, Series: "1. Personal Papers, 1903-2002." Folder 21

Memoirs of Nelson Ferebee Taylor

Folder 22

School material: Harvard Law #05113, Series: "1. Personal Papers, 1903-2002." Folder 22

Folder 23

School material: Oxford High School #05113, Series: "1. Personal Papers, 1903-2002." Folder 23

Folder 24-36

Folder 24

Folder 25

Folder 26

Folder 27

Folder 28

Folder 29

Folder 30

Folder 31

Folder 32

Folder 33

Folder 34

Folder 35

Folder 36

School material: University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill #05113, Series: "1. Personal Papers, 1903-2002." Folder 24-36

Includes audio recordings of Taylor's oratories on freedom of speech, the American way of life, and better relations with Duke University (D-5113/1-3)

Folder 37

Sympathy cards #05113, Series: "1. Personal Papers, 1903-2002." Folder 37

Folder 38-39

Folder 38

Folder 39

United States Navy #05113, Series: "1. Personal Papers, 1903-2002." Folder 38-39

Folder 40-41

Folder 40

Folder 41

University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill #05113, Series: "1. Personal Papers, 1903-2002." Folder 40-41

Folder 42

University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill Alumni Review #05113, Series: "1. Personal Papers, 1903-2002." Folder 42

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About 2,000 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical by subject.

The legal materials chiefly concern Taylor's work as a corporate lawyer with Arthur, Dry and Dole (later Arthur, Dry, Kalish, Taylor and Wood), working on cases for Uniroyal, inc., United States Rubber Company, and other corporate entities. Included are correspondence, daily calendars, contracts, stock certificates, and other administrative and legal papers. The bulk of these papers were arranged by Taylor into binders labeled "Legal Documents" and "Miscellaneous Papers," both of which include indexes.

Folder 43

Correspondence, 1963-1970 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 43

Folder 44

Calendar, 1965 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 44

Folder 45

Calendar, 1966 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 45

Folder 46

Calendar, 1967 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 46

Folder 47

Calendar, 1968 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 47

Folder 48

Calendar, 1969 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 48

Folder 49-51

Folder 49

Folder 50

Folder 51

Certificate of Organization, By-laws, and Plans #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 49-51

Folder 52

Contract: United States Rubber Company and Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation, 1957 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 52

Folder 53-54

Folder 53

Folder 54

Contract #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 53-54

Folder 55-58

Folder 55

Folder 56

Folder 57

Folder 58

Daily file, 1968-1970 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 55-58

Folder 59-61

Folder 59

Folder 60

Folder 61

DuPont case #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 59-61

Folder 62

Legal documents 1-30 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 62

Includes index

Folder 63

Legal documents 31-60 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 63

Folder 64

Legal documents 61-80 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 64

Folder 65

Legal documents 81-90 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 65

Folder 66

Legal documents 91-105 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 66

Folder 67

Legal documents 106-115 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 67

Folder 68

Legal documents 116-123 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 68

Folder 69

Miscellaneous index #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 69

Folder 70

Miscellaneous papers 1-13 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 70

Folder 71

Miscellaneous papers 14-22 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 71

Folder 72

Miscellaneous papers 23-29 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 72

Folder 73

Miscellaneous papers 30-41 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 73

Folder 74

Miscellaneous papers 42-48 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 74

Folder 75

Miscellaneous papers 49-61 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 75

Folder 76

Miscellaneous papers 62-69 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 76

Folder 77

Miscellaneous papers 70-74 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 77

Folder 78

Miscellaneous papers 75-87 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 78

Folder 79

Miscellaneous papers 88-91 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 79

Folder 80

Miscellaneous papers 92-99 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 80

Folder 81

Miscellaneous papers 100-109 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 81

Folder 82

Miscellaneous papers 110-115 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 82

Folder 83

Miscellaneous papers 116-123 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 83

Folder 84

Miscellaneous papers 124-134 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 84

Folder 85

Miscellaneous papers 135-143 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 85

Folder 86

Miscellaneous papers 144-152 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 86

Folder 87

Miscellaneous papers 153-161 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 87

Folder 88

Miscellaneous papers 162-169 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 88

Folder 89

Miscellaneous papers 170-175 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 89

Folder 90

Miscellaneous papers 176-186 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 90

Folder 91

Miscellaneous papers 187-196 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 91

Folder 92

Miscellaneous papers 197-206 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 92

Folder 93

Miscellaneous papers 207-216 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 93

Folder 94

Miscellaneous papers 217-228 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 94

Folder 95

Miscellaneous papers 229-235 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 95

Folder 96

Miscellaneous papers 236-243 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 96

Folder 97

Miscellaneous papers 244-253 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 97

Folder 98

Miscellaneous papers 254-264 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 98

Folder 99

Miscellaneous papers 265-275 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 99

Folder 100

Miscellaneous papers 276-282 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 100

Folder 101

Miscellaneous papers 283-289 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 101

Folder 102

Miscellaneous papers 290-298 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 102

Folder 103

Miscellaneous papers 299-304 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 103

Folder 104

Miscellaneous papers 305-309 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 104

Folder 105

Miscellaneous papers 310-318 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 105

Folder 106

Miscellaneous papers 319-326 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 106

Folder 107

Miscellaneous papers 327 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 107

Folder 108

Miscellaneous papers 328 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 108

Folder 109

Miscellaneous papers 329-332 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 109

Folder 110

Miscellaneous papers 333-344 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 110

Folder 111

Miscellaneous papers 345-354 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 111

Folder 112

Miscellaneous papers 355-364 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 112

Folder 113

Miscellaneous papers 365-375 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 113

Folder 114

Move from New Jersey to Delaware #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 114

Folder 115

Operating agreement: The Borden Company, United States Rubber Company, and Mon Ochem Inc. Exhibits A-D #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 115

Folder 116

Restricted stock 1-8 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 116

Folder 117

Restricted stock 9-15 #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 117

Folder 118-119

Folder 118

Folder 119

Supplementary materials #05113, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1963-1970." Folder 118-119

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Processing Information

Processed by: Brian Dietz and Nancy Kaiser, January 2006

Encoded by: Nancy Kaiser, January 2006

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