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Howard Washington Odum papers, 1908-1982.

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Creator: Odum, Howard Washington, 1884-1954.
Collection number: 3167
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Abstract: Howard Washington Odum was a sociologist of the American South; author; professor at the University of North Carolina from 1920 to 1954; and founder oImage from Howard W. Odum Papers, SHC #3167.f the Sociology Department, the School of Public Welfare, the Department of City and Carolina. The collection documents Howard Odum’s active and varied career in sociology, race relations, regional planning, Jersey cattle breeding, and several regional national boards and commissions concerned with social and economic welfare, especially during the Roosevelt administration. There is very little material concerning Odum’s formal education or his early career days in Philadelphia and Atlanta. The original deposits (circa 10,000 items) are arranged in six series: 1) Correspondence, chiefly 1925-1955, concerning the origin of the School of Public Welfare at the University of North Carolina; the Commission on Interracial Cooperation, Atlanta, Ga.; and arrangements for Frances Sage Bradley of the Children’s Bureau of the United States Department of Labor to teach and do field work with Odum’s students. 2) Odum’s speeches and writings, 1919-1954. Speeches address topics such as regionalism, education, race relations, and Southern development. Writings consist of Odum’s book drafts, research notes, articles, and other material. 3) Flyers, minutes, budget reports, agendas, and related materials concerning the various organizational activities of Odum, circa 1920-1954. 4) Photocopies of newspaper clippings, flyers, articles, and announcements related to Odum’s numerous activities, circa 1920-1982. 5) Various items including contracts with publishing houses, class syllabi, photocopies of newspaper clippings, awards, and membership certificates concerning Odum, his family, and employees, circa 1922-1954. 6) Photographs intended for publication in an unfinished novel by Odum, and of Odum in various settings. Additions 1990 to June 2006 have added over 45,000 items similar to those in the original deposits, but expanding the date span of the collection. The Addition of June 2006 contains a variety of material relating to Howard Washington Odum’s personal and professional life, including writings by and about Odum, research for an unpublished work, letters relating to the distribution of his bookSouthern Regions of the United States (1937), and letters from his parents. Also included are materials relating to Odum as a Jersey cattle breeder; newspaper clippings about surveilance done by the FBI on Odum and others; and letters from his daughter, Mary Frances Odum Schinhan, to various people about the use and publication of Odum’s works. The Addition of May 2009 includes duplicates of letters from Howard Washington Odum to others coordinating the distribution of copies of his book Southern Regions of the United States and letters to Odum acknowledging receipt of the book. Also included are a copy of Liberation, the fascist newsletter published by William Dudley Pelley. There are also letters from social researchers at universities and colleges throughout the United States responding to a request by Odum for their perspective on the term “poor white,” seemingly research for a publication or project.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Contains correspondence pertaining to the Commission for Interracial Cooperation and other organizations ( See particularly Folders 1a – 11; 121 – 156; 157-182). Subseries 2.1 contain speeches and subseries 2.2 contain writings, many of which discuss segregation and other topics related to race relations. Series 5 contains folders discussing race and African American students at UNC Chapel Hill (see Folders 836 and 841). Series 6 contain photographs related to Odum’s unfinished novel “White Sands of Bethlehem”, which include images of African Americans, their homes, and churches.

Luther Hartwell Hodges papers, 1947-1969.

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Creator: Hodges, Luther Hartwell, 1898-1974.
Collection number: 3698
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Abstract: Luther Hartwell Hodges began his career as an executive for Marshall Field & Comapny, 1919-1950. He was later consultant to the Economic Cooperation Administration, Read more…

David Franklin Thorpe papers, 1854-1944 (bulk 1854-1870).

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Creator: Thorpe, David Franklin, 1836-1909.
Collection number: 4262
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Abstract: David Franklin Thorpe was plantation superintendent on Saint Helena Island, 1861-1869, and later Rhode Island businessman and state representative. Correspondence, legal Read more…

Edwin M. Gill papers, 1935-1978.

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Creator: Gill, Edwin M. (Edwin Maurice), 1899-1978.
Collection number: 4011
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Abstract: Edwin Maurice Gill was born in Laurinburg, N.C., 20 July 1899. He served in the General Assembly in 1929 and 1931 and was private secretary to Governor O. Max Gardner, 1931-1933. He was Commissioner of Paroles, 1933-1942; Commissioner Read more…

Terry Sanford papers, 1946-1993.

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Creator: Sanford, Terry, 1917-1998.
Collection number: 3531
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Abstract:  Terry Sanford of Scotland, Cumberland, Wake, and Durham counties, N.C., was a politician, educator, administrator, lawyer, and soldier. He served as state senator, 1953-1954; governor of North Carolina, 1961-1965; president of Duke University, 1969-1985; and U.S. senator, 1986-1992. The collection includes campaign files and other Read more…

Lennox Polk McLendon papers, 1792; 1813; 1875-1968.

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Creator: McLendon, Lennox Polk, 1890-1968.
Collection number: 4044
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Abstract: Papers relating to McLendon’s public service activities, especially his membership on the State Board of Higher Education, 1955- 1962, including his involvement in plans for Read more…

Penn School papers, 1862-2004.

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Creator: Penn School papers, 1862-2004.
Collection number: 3615
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Abstract: The Penn School on Saint Helena Island, S.C., was founded during the Civil War by northern philanthropists and missionaries for former plantation slaves in an area occupied by the United States Army. Over the years, with Read more…

J. L. Campbell papers, 1858-1870.

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Creator: Campbell, J. L. (John Lyle), 1818-1886.
Collection number: 1491
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Abstract: Letters to Professor Campbell, Washington College (Lexington, Va.) from Thomas Jonathan Jackson, 1858, about the Lexington Sabbath

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Gilbert Brooks radio broadcasts, 1958-1961.

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Creator: Brooks, Gilbert.
Collection number: 4786-z
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Abstract: Audio tapes (including listening copies) and related materials chiefly containing radio programs, 1958-1961 and undated, hosted by Gilbert Brooks and sponsored by the Haywood, Ca., chapter of the NAACP. The programs are mostly Read more…

Britton and Moore family papers, 1782-1890.

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Creator: Britton and Moore family.
Collection number: 4136
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Abstract: Financial and legal papers, and family correspondence chiefly 1850-1889, of the Blodgett, Britton, and Moore families of Philadelphia, Pa., Northampton County, N.C., and New Orleans, La. Included are correspondence and legal items Read more…