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Collection Number: 03910

Collection Title: J. W. Umstead Papers, 1939-1965.

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 2.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1,400 items)
Abstract J. W. (John Wesley) Umstead (1889-1968), University of North Carolina trustee, 1939-1963, and state legislator from Orange County, 1940-1963, was an advocate of prison reform, public education, mental health programs, and improved hospital facilities. The collection contains correspondence and other materials, chiefly 1957-1960, concerning Umstead's activities on behalf of the University of North Carolina, as a member of the North Carolina General Assembly, and with the North Carolina Hospitals Board of Control, which supervised mental hospitals throughout the state.
Creator Umstead, J. W. (John Wesley), 1889-1968.
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 J. W. Umstead Papers, #3910, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Frank G. Umstead of Chapel Hill, N.C., September 1970.
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.

Clicking on a subject heading below will take you into the University Library's online catalog.

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J. W. (John Wesley) Umstead (1889-1968), University of North Carolina trustee, 1939-1963, and state legislator from Orange County, 1940-1963, was an advocate of prison reform, public education, mental health programs, and improved hospital facilities. He was appointed by Governor R. Gregg Cherry in 1945 to the Hospitals Board of Control and served as its chairman in the 1950s.

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The collection includes correspondence and other materials, chiefly 1957-1960, concerning J. W. Umstead's activities on behalf of the University of North Carolina, as a member of the North Carolina General Assembly, and with the North Carolina Hospitals Board of Control, which supervised mental hospitals throughout the state.

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Contents list

expand/collapse Expand/collapse J. W. Umstead Papers, 1939-1965 and undated.

About 1,400 items.

Arrangement: chronological, in two runs. See processing note.

Processing Note: Folders 40-53 were previously restricted and have not been integrated with the rest of the collection.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #03910, Series: "J. W. Umstead Papers, 1939-1965 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1939-1940 #03910, Series: "J. W. Umstead Papers, 1939-1965 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2-3

Folder 2

Folder 3

1941 #03910, Series: "J. W. Umstead Papers, 1939-1965 and undated." Folder 2-3

Folder 4-7

Folder 4

Folder 5

Folder 6

Folder 7

1942 #03910, Series: "J. W. Umstead Papers, 1939-1965 and undated." Folder 4-7

Folder 8

1943 #03910, Series: "J. W. Umstead Papers, 1939-1965 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

1944 #03910, Series: "J. W. Umstead Papers, 1939-1965 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

1945-1951 #03910, Series: "J. W. Umstead Papers, 1939-1965 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

1952 #03910, Series: "J. W. Umstead Papers, 1939-1965 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

1953 #03910, Series: "J. W. Umstead Papers, 1939-1965 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

1954-1956 #03910, Series: "J. W. Umstead Papers, 1939-1965 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14-26

Folder 14

Folder 15

Folder 16

Folder 17

Folder 18

Folder 19

Folder 20

Folder 21

Folder 22

Folder 23

Folder 24

Folder 25

Folder 26

1957 #03910, Series: "J. W. Umstead Papers, 1939-1965 and undated." Folder 14-26

Folder 27-29

Folder 27

Folder 28

Folder 29

1958 #03910, Series: "J. W. Umstead Papers, 1939-1965 and undated." Folder 27-29

Folder 30-31

Folder 30

Folder 31

1959 #03910, Series: "J. W. Umstead Papers, 1939-1965 and undated." Folder 30-31

Folder 32

1960 #03910, Series: "J. W. Umstead Papers, 1939-1965 and undated." Folder 32

Folder 33-37

Folder 33

Folder 34

Folder 35

Folder 36

Folder 37

1961 #03910, Series: "J. W. Umstead Papers, 1939-1965 and undated." Folder 33-37

Folder 37

1962-1965 #03910, Series: "J. W. Umstead Papers, 1939-1965 and undated." Folder 37

Folder 38

Clippings #03910, Series: "J. W. Umstead Papers, 1939-1965 and undated." Folder 38

Folder 39

Photographs #03910, Series: "J. W. Umstead Papers, 1939-1965 and undated." Folder 39

Includes photographs of J. W. Umstead chiefly at public functions.

Folder 40

1951-1956 #03910, Series: "J. W. Umstead Papers, 1939-1965 and undated." Folder 40

Folder 41

1957 #03910, Series: "J. W. Umstead Papers, 1939-1965 and undated." Folder 41

Folder 42-44

Folder 42

Folder 43

Folder 44

1958 #03910, Series: "J. W. Umstead Papers, 1939-1965 and undated." Folder 42-44

Folder 45

1959 #03910, Series: "J. W. Umstead Papers, 1939-1965 and undated." Folder 45

Folder 46-48

Folder 46

Folder 47

Folder 48

1960 #03910, Series: "J. W. Umstead Papers, 1939-1965 and undated." Folder 46-48

Folder 49-52

Folder 49

Folder 50

Folder 51

Folder 52

1961 #03910, Series: "J. W. Umstead Papers, 1939-1965 and undated." Folder 49-52

Folder 52

1962 #03910, Series: "J. W. Umstead Papers, 1939-1965 and undated." Folder 52

Folder 53

Clipping and photographs #03910, Series: "J. W. Umstead Papers, 1939-1965 and undated." Folder 53

Includes photographs of patients and residents at North Carolina mental health facilities and clippings of articles related to persons with mental disabilities.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, December 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.

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