Alfred Moore Scales papers, 1872; 1874; 1906-1932.

Creator: Scales, Alfred Moore, 1870-1940.
Collection number: 4037
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Abstract: Alfred Moore Scales, lawyer, Democratic state senator, real estate developer, and insurance executive of Greensboro, N.C. Correspondence about North Carolina political candidates and elections; political and civil service appointments, both state and federal; proposed legislation affecting insurance companies, particularly, 1909-1913; and the business of the First Presbyterian Church of Greensboro, various committees and agencies of the Orange Presbytery, and the Presbyterian Synod of North Carolina. There is also material about the North Carolina Commission on Constitutional Amendments, 1913-1914, and about the Association for the Promotion of Education in North Carolina, 1920-1923.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: In Folder 6, C.T. Hancock writes to Scales on 22 May 1913 about the constitutionality of maintaining “white male only” office holding privileges. A handbill is also attached to the letter, apparently a synopsis of various articles Hancock wrote on this subject. In another letter dated 31 May, Hancock encloses another letter with a newspaper article with the headline “We Can Have Only White State Officials Forevermore”.

A 5 June 1925 letter from North Carolina Governor Angus McLean asks Scales to serve on a state committee to support the Southern Campaign to benefit Hampton Institute in Virginia and Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. Enclosed with the letter is a copy of the campaign statement, including discussions of how important the schools have been for African American industrial and vocational training.

There is an undated letter from C.M. Eppes, principal of the Industrial Graded and High School, urging Scales to consider running for governor. He commends Scales supporting North Carolina A & T University (a historically African American university) and for being a “broadgagued and Progressive Carolinian”.

There is also an undated letter from R.C. Ward, who graduated from North Carolina A & T and is studying medicine at Howard University in Washington D.C. He asks Scales to write a letter of introduction for him to Senator Simmons, in regards to securing employment while enrolled in school.