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Collection Number: 04548

Collection Title: Turner Family Papers, 1908-1976

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Size 3.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 700 items)
Abstract Turner family of central North Carolina, including sisters Sallie Alston Turner (1880-1970), a legal secretary and world traveler; Marie Alma Turner (b. 1882), who studied in Europe, taught Spanish and French at various high schools and colleges in the South in the 1930s and 1940s, and also traveled extensively; and Pattie Mangum Turner (b. 1892), who taught French at Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville, Ga., and was head librarian at Wingate College in North Carolina. Correspondence, writings, a 1908 recipe book, photographs, and other materials of the Turner family. Topics include high school and college teaching of the French language, European and Mexican travel, recipes, Turner family genealogy, and Willie Person Mangum (1792-1861), for whom one of the Turner brothers was named.
Creator Turner 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 Turner Family Papers #4548, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Anne Leach Turner of Raleigh, N.C., 1976-1977.
Received from J. Douglas Mattox on 23 April 1996.
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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Turner family of central North Carolina, including sisters Sallie Alston Turner (1880-1970), a legal secretary and world traveler; Marie Alma Turner (b. 1882), who studied in Europe, taught Spanish and French at various high schools and colleges in the South in the 1930s and 1940s, and also traveled extensively; and Pattie Mangum Turner (b. 1892), who taught French at Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville, Ga., and was head librarian at Wingate College in North Carolina.

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Chiefly letters, school materials, travel diaries, photographs, and other items of the Turner sisters: Sallie Alston Turner, Marie Alma Turner, Pattie Mangum Turner, Rosalie Preston Turner, and Anne Leach Turner. Few items concerning their brothers (Willie Pearson Mangum Turner and Julian A. Turner, Jr.) are found in this collection.

Letters

H. M. Pearson to Laban A. Turner, 29 November 1874.

J. A. T. [Julian Augustine Turner] to Mangum Turner, 16 May 1896.

M. T. [Mary Turner] to Marie A. Turner, n.d.

M. [Mary Turner] to Marie A. Turner, n.d.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Sallie Alston Turner, 1908-1968.

About 25 items.

Sallie Alston Turner (22 March 1880-18 September 1970) was the oldest daughter (the second oldest child) of Mary (Marie) Alma Leach and Julian Augustine Turner. A native of Guilford County, she attended Marshall College in Huntington, West Virginia and the "Greensboro College for Women." After college, she was a secretary for the law firm of Wilson and Ferguson in Greensboro. She then was head secretary to Senator Lee S. Overman and worked for a short time with the Federal Trade Commission. During her years in Washington, D.C. (off and on again from 1908 to 1969), she was a frequent world traveller.

This series contains correspondence, some miscellaneous papers, and a recipe book dated 1908.

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17 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Scattered correspondence of Sallie Alston Turner. Of interest is a "Letter of Introduction" from the United States Department of State that Turner used during her travels abroad. Also to be noted are numerous invitations from Eleanor Roosevelt to gatherings at the White House.

Folder 1

Correspondence, 1925-1969 #04548, Subseries: "1.1. Correspondence, 1925-1969." Folder 1

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 1.2. Miscellaneous Papers, 1932-1949.

10 items.

Other papers of Sallie Alston Turner, relating in part to her travels, but mostly to events during her years in Washington, D.C. Of interest is a book of recipes she kept, which is dated 1908.

Folder 2

Miscellaneous Papers #04548, Subseries: "1.2. Miscellaneous Papers, 1932-1949." Folder 2

Folder 3

Recipe book #04548, Subseries: "1.2. Miscellaneous Papers, 1932-1949." Folder 3

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 2. Marie Alma Turner, 1928-1971.

About 100 items.

Arrangement: by subject and date.

Marie Alma Turner (2 October 1882- ) attended George Washington University where she received her A.B. After graduation, she studied at the Universite de Paris (Sorbonne) and also took other classes in Paris through L'Alliance Francaise.

Marie then taught at various schools in the Southeast before accepting a position teaching English at the American school in Tokyo, Japan (circa 1927). In 1928, she returned to France and studied at Grenoble, and soon after attended Columbia University in New York City, where she received her Master's Degree in 1930. In 1934, she spent a summer studying at the Ecole Francaise De Middlebury College, and during 1940-1941 she travelled in Mexico. From 1937 to 1943, Ms. Turner taught in various high schools in Miami and Jacksonville, Florida, before returning to Mexico where she spent part of 1944 as a student at the University of Mexico. Then from 1945 on, she taught French and Spanish at numerous schools throughout the Southeast, including Appalachian State Teacher's College in Boone, N.C. (circa 1945), Shenandoah College in Dayton, Va. (circa 1946), Greenbrier College in Lewisburg, W.Va. (circa 1947), Flora MacDonald College in Red Springs, N.C., and Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Va. (circa 1948), as well as Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va., Sullins College, Bristol, Va., and Louisburg College, Louisburg, N.C.

This series contains Marie Alma Turner's correspondence, an extensive collection of materials related to her taking and teaching language courses, and numerous datebooks she kept during her lifetime.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.1. Correspondence, 1928-1971.

26 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Largely post cards from family and friends abroad, miscellaneous non-personal correspondence, and several letters from her sisters Anne, Rosalie, Pattie, and Sallie.

Folder 4

Correspondence, 1928-1971 #04548, Subseries: "2.1. Correspondence, 1928-1971." Folder 4

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.3. Datebooks, 1947-1972.

8 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Datebooks and calendars containing brief entries relating to weather, daily activities, classes taught, and trips taken. The later datebooks tend to include longer and more descriptive entries.

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1947 and 1953/1954 #04548, Subseries: "2.3. Datebooks, 1947-1972." Folder 12

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1956-1958 #04548, Subseries: "2.3. Datebooks, 1947-1972." Folder 13

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1968 and 1969 #04548, Subseries: "2.3. Datebooks, 1947-1972." Folder 14

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1970 #04548, Subseries: "2.3. Datebooks, 1947-1972." Folder 15

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1972 #04548, Subseries: "2.3. Datebooks, 1947-1972." Folder 16

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 3. Pattie Mangum Turner, 1920-1955.

About 175 items.

Pattie Mangum Turner (13 July 1892- ) studied and travelled abroad extensively. She spent 1927-1928 at the Universite de Paris studying French language and culture and gaining a certificate from L'Alliance Francaise. In 1928-1929, she studied at the Centro De Estudios Hitoricos in Madrid, Spain. Prior to these studies abroad, Ms. Turner earned a Master's Degree in English from Columbia University in 1926, and returned there to work on a Ph.D. during the early 1930s. She spent several years in New York City, but never completed the degree.

Around 1950, Turner accepted a position as head of the French department at the Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville, Ga. During her stay there, she also took several courses in librarianship. As a result of these studies, she became head of the library at Wingate College, Wingate, N.C., in 1955.

This series consists of miscellaneous correspondence, notes and papers from courses at Columbia University and Georgia State College for Women, a datebook, 1920-1954, and several travel diaries.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 3.1. Correspondence, 1928-1955.

About 60 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Largely postcards from abroad, but also several personal letters of interest, including one Pattie Turner wrote to all of her sisters, and one to her from a friend in Florida discussing family genealogical matters, May 3, 1953.

Folder 17

Correspondence, 1928-1955 #04548, Subseries: "3.1. Correspondence, 1928-1955." Folder 17

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 3.2. School-Related Materials, 1927-1950.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 3.3. Other Materials, 1920-1955.

12 items.

A diary with entries dating from 1920 through 1954; two travel notebooks labelled "Venice, Florence #1," and "Florence #2, Holland, Rome, Warick and Stratford, England;" a United States passport issued February 25, 1936; an application for employment at Columbia University (containing useful biographical information), materials from Pattie's studies abroad, lists of stocks owned, and a contract from Wingate College, Wingate, N.C.

Folder 27

Diary (1920-1954?) #04548, Subseries: "3.3. Other Materials, 1920-1955." Folder 27

Folder 28

Miscellaneous Papers #04548, Subseries: "3.3. Other Materials, 1920-1955." Folder 28

Folder 29

Travel Notebooks and Passport #04548, Subseries: "3.3. Other Materials, 1920-1955." Folder 29

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 4. Other Family Members, 1916-1975.

About 45 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Chiefly correspondence of the other two sisters, Rosalie Preston Turner and Anne Leach Turner.

Rosalie Preston Turner (2 October 1888- ) lived in Raleigh, N.C., for most of her adult life. For a time, she worked as a private secretary to E. B. Jeffress, chairman of the North Carolina State Highway Commission. She married John Alexander Livingstone (6 September 1885-26 May 1937) on 30 April 1935; he died unexpectedly two years later. (See Collection #4100.)

Anne Leach Turner (30 June 1899- ) was employed at D. H. Hill Library at North Carolina State University as an order librarian, and spent the better part of her life in Raleigh, N.C.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 4.1. Rosalie Preston Turner, 1916-1975.

About 30 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Chiefly letters to Rosalie Preston Turner from friends and relatives, with some non-family correspondence relating to jobs and financial/business dealings.

Folder 30

Letters, 1916-1975 #04548, Subseries: "4.1. Rosalie Preston Turner, 1916-1975." Folder 30

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 4.2. Anne Leach Turner, 1939-1969.

15 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Chiefly undated birthday cards, with a copy of a letter Anne sent to her sisters dated 19 November 1939.

Folder 31

Papers, 1939-1969 #04548, Subseries: "4.2. Anne Leach Turner, 1939-1969." Folder 31

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 5. Other Papers, 1852-1976.

About 170 items.

Chiefly unidentifiable or undated correspondence and miscellaneous papers of the Turner family. Also included are various Turner family genealogical materials.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 5.1. Miscellaneous Papers, 1928-1966.

About 70 items.

Scattered correspondence and other papers which cannot be attributed to individual members of the Turner family. Of note are several Christmas cards from Mangum and Josephine Weeks during the early 1940s; a forged copy of a letter to Willie P. Mangum from "Abraham Lincoln" dated 1849 (watermark on paper dated 1918), and various family-related newspaper clippings.

Folder 32

Miscellaneous Correspondence #04548, Subseries: "5.1. Miscellaneous Papers, 1928-1966." Folder 32

Folder 33

Forgery/Copy of a Letter Signed by "Abraham Lincoln" #04548, Subseries: "5.1. Miscellaneous Papers, 1928-1966." Folder 33

Folder 34

Miscellaneous Papers #04548, Subseries: "5.1. Miscellaneous Papers, 1928-1966." Folder 34

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 5.2. Miscellaneous Genealogical Materials of the Turner Family, 1852-1976.

About 30 items.

Newspaper clippings, correspondence, and other items containing information relating to the Turner family members. Of interest is information relating to Willie P. Mangum, U.S. representative and senator from North Carolina, 1823-1852.

Folder 35

Miscellaneous genealogical materials of the Turner Family, 1852-1976 #04548, Subseries: "5.2. Miscellaneous Genealogical Materials of the Turner Family, 1852-1976." Folder 35

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 5.3. Miscellaneous Travel/Cruise-Related Materials, 1925-1940.

About 70 items.

Largely passenger lists, menus, and brochures from tours and cruises around the world taken by the Turner sisters during the 1930s.

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Miscellaneous travel/cruise-related materials, 1925-1940 #04548, Subseries: "5.3. Miscellaneous Travel/Cruise-Related Materials, 1925-1940." Folder 36-42

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141 items.

Arrangement: by individual or location.

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Photos of Julian Augustine Turner, Jr., taken when he was a young man of about 18 (1910?), and four others taken when he was a lieutenant-commander in charge of a naval unit at U.S. N.A.A.S. - Whiting Field in Milton, Florida (near Tallahassee) during World War II. #04548, Series: "6. Photographs, 1910?-1956." P-4548/1-5

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Photos belonging to Marie Alma Turner, some of which are from her travels around the world. #04548, Series: "6. Photographs, 1910?-1956." P-4548/6-15

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Photos belonging to Pattie Mangum Turner, including a passport photo. #04548, Series: "6. Photographs, 1910?-1956." P-4548/16-19

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Photos of Sallie Alston Turner, including a passport photo and many photos from her travels around the world. #04548, Series: "6. Photographs, 1910?-1956." P-4548/20-42

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Photographs taken by one of the Turner sisters during a vacation in Canada. #04548, Series: "6. Photographs, 1910?-1956." P-4548/43-55

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Photographs taken by several of the Turner sisters during trips to Europe. Countries visited include France, Holland, Denmark, and Germany. #04548, Series: "6. Photographs, 1910?-1956." P-4548/56-67

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Photographs by the Turner sisters taken during trips to Mexico. Photos include an interesting sequence at a bull fight and trips to the pyramids outside Mexico City, to the cities/towns of Cuernavaca, Progresso, Taxco, Toluca, Veracruz, and Xochinilco. Separated from this folder is a photo album (PA-4548/1) containing more Turner family photographs from travels in Mexico. #04548, Series: "6. Photographs, 1910?-1956." P-4548/68-103

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Miscellaneous photographs and pictures of unidentified individuals. #04548, Series: "6. Photographs, 1910?-1956." P-4548/104-123

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Photographs and a postcard from Turner family visits to Japan, China, and the Phillipines. #04548, Series: "6. Photographs, 1910?-1956." P-4548/124-130

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Photos of Turner family vacations to San Diego, the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, Grand Canyon, Lake Michigan, Vermont, West Virginia, Charleston, S.C., and other locations. #04548, Series: "6. Photographs, 1910?-1956." P-4548/131-141

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse ADDITIONS AFTER MARCH 1996.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Addition of April 1996 (Acc. 96049).

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Processed by: Lee Dirks, April 1990

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

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