Category Archives: Education

John Kenyon Chapman Papers, 1969-2009

Creator: Chapman, John Kenyon.
Collection number: 3419
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Abstract: John Kenyon Chapman (1947-2009), known as Yonni, was a life-long social justice activist, organizer, and historian who focused his academic and social efforts on workers rights and African American empowerment in central North Carolina. Chapman was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio, in 1947; graduated from Harvard University in 1969; and then moved to Atlanta, Ga., to join the fight for African American equality. He relocated to North Carolina in 1975 and worked as a laboratory technician at the North Carolina Continue reading John Kenyon Chapman Papers, 1969-2009

Lewis Family Papers, 1910s-2007

Creator: Lewis family.
Collection number: 5499
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Abstract: The Lewis family arrived in Raleigh, N.C., in 1923, when John D. Lewis Sr. took a job as a district manager for North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company of Durham, N.C. He and his wife, Luella Alice Cox Lewis, and their two children, J.D. Lewis (John D. Continue reading Lewis Family Papers, 1910s-2007

Daniel H. Pollitt Papers, 1935-2009

Creator: Pollitt, Daniel H.
Collection number: 5498
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Abstract: Daniel Hubbard Pollitt (1921-2010) was a law professor, civil liberties lawyer, progressive activist, and staunch advocate and defender of civil liberties and civil rights. The collection documents Daniel H. Pollitt’s legal career and his scholarly and public service Continue reading Daniel H. Pollitt Papers, 1935-2009

Nash County Historical Association Collection, 1806-1928

Creator: Nash County Historical Association.
Collection number: 5480
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Abstract: The Nash County Historical Association (NCHA), a non-profit group headquartered in Rocky Mount, N.C., was organized in 1970 to promote the study and preservation of local history and genealogy. Since 1975, NCHA has been responsible for the administration, restoration, and
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Helen Laura Ruth Scrapbooks and Student Essay, 1913, 1940, and undated

Creator: Ruth, Helen Laura.
Collection number: 5428-z
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Abstract:  Helen Laura Ruth was a teacher at Leland University in New Orleans, La., a private institution of higher learning for African Americans founded in 1870. It closed in 1915; was re-named Leland College and re-opened in Baker, La., in 1923; and finally closed in 1960. The collection includes two scrapbooks of Helen Laura Ruth and a student essay. The Continue reading Helen Laura Ruth Scrapbooks and Student Essay, 1913, 1940, and undated

Grace McSpadden Overholser Papers, 1971-1972 and undated

Creator: Overholser, Grace McSpadden, d. 1971.
Collection number: 5424-z
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Abstract: Before her marriage to Dub White, Grace McSpadden Overholser was married to James Overholser and, at some point, worked as a reporter. Later in life, she taught English and African American studies and served as dean at Saint Continue reading Grace McSpadden Overholser Papers, 1971-1972 and undated

W. C. George Papers, 1904-1971.

Creator: George, W. C. (Wesley Critz), 1888-1982.
Collection number:
3822
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Abstract: Wesley Critz George was professor of histology and embryology and chair of the Anatomy Department, University of North Carolina Medical School, and an internationally recognized researcher on the genetics of race. Early items relate to Continue reading W. C. George Papers, 1904-1971.

Harvey E. Beech Papers, 1939-2004

Creator: Beech, Harvey E., 1923-
Collection number: 5465-z
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Abstract: Harvey E. Beech was born in Kinston, N.C., in 1923. He was a lawyer, philanthropist, and advocate of civil rights. While studying law in the early 1950s, Beech was asked to join a case against the University of North Carolina School of Law. Continue reading Harvey E. Beech Papers, 1939-2004

Grigsby Family Papers, circa 1918-2002.

Creator: Grigsby family.
Collection number: 5141
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Abstract: The Grigsby family of North Carolina and South Carolina; New Haven, Conn.; Detroit, Mich.; and Phoenix, Ariz., descend from Fred Grigsby (b. 1867), the son of a former slave. The Continue reading Grigsby Family Papers, circa 1918-2002.

R. D. W. Connor papers, 1890-1950.

Creator: Connor, R. D. W. (Robert Digges Wimberly), 1878-1950.
Collection number: 2427
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Abstract: Educator, historian, secretary of the North Carolina Historical Commission, University of North Carolina professor, first archivist of the United States, and author of Continue reading R. D. W. Connor papers, 1890-1950.