Charles Andrew Jonas papers, 1900-1945.

Creator: Jonas, Charles Andrew, 1876-1955.
Collection number: 4536
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Abstract: Charles Andrew Jonas of Lincoln County, N.C., attorney, state senator and representative, U.S. congressman, and Republican Party official. Correspondence, speeches, financial records, newspaper clippings, and pictures, chiefly 1940-1948, relating to the political and business careers and personal life of Jonas. Subjects include political campaigns; the Republican Party in North Carolina and South Carolina; the 1930 nomination of Judge John J. Parker to the U.S. Supreme Court; lay activities in the Methodist Church; and Jonas’s treatment for cerebral arteriosclerosis after 1948. Correspondence is by and about prominent Republicans, including presidential candidates Thomas E. Dewey and Wendell Wilkie; North Carolina industrialist Stuart Cramer; North Carolina Republican Party chairman Sim DeLapp; Mrs. W. P. Few, Republican Party committeewoman from Durham, N.C.; North Carolina Republican gubernatoral candidate R. H. McNeill; B. Carroll Reece, chairman of the Republican National Committee in the 1940s; and James E. Shephard, president of North Carolina College for Negroes in Durham, N.C. There is also some personal correspondence between Jonas and his son Charles Raper Jonas.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Folder 36, entitled “Republican Party: Colored Division, 1935-1947” contains materials discussing such topics as recruiting and retaining the support of black voters during 1936 election. A major correspondent was Dr. James E. Shepard, president of N. C. College for Negroes in Durham, who advised Jonas about courting black voters and urging Republicans to be more responsive to black rights.