Dudley Warren Bagley papers, 1846-1964 (bulk 1920-1964).

Creator: Bagley, Dudley Warren, 1889-1964.
Collection number: 3338
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Abstract: Native of Currituck County, N.C., experimental farmer and seedsman, state and federal official. Personal and business papers of Dudley Warren Bagley, chiefly from the 1920s, relating to Bagley’s activities as officer of many local, state, and national organizations concerned with cooperative marketing, political, practical, and scientific aspects of agriculture; as state legislator, 1933 and 1935; as trustee of North Carolina State College (now University) particularly interested in agricultural education; as an active Democrat; as civic leader for the multi-county area in the Albemarle-Currituck sounds region of North Carolina; and as 1st chairman, 1935-1940, of the North Carolina Rural Electrification Authority (unofficial papers). Considerable correspondence and two manuscript biographies concern Joseph Palmer Knapp (1864-1951), New York magazine publisher with a home in Currituck County, particularly relating to his interest in wildlife conservation and philanthropy. Ben Dixon MacNeill (1889-1960), North Carolina newspaperman, author, and authority on the North Carolina Outer Banks, was a regular correspondence. Bagley was a close friend from the early 1920s of Lindsay Carter Warren (b. 1889), U.S. representative and comptroller-general and was in Washington, D.C., as Warren’s assistant, 1940-1946 (unofficial papers). Separately arranged papers pertain to business affairs and plant experiments at Bagley’s own farm where he bred new varieties of corn and other crops and grew high quality plants for sale as seed. Also included are papers of his wife, Ida Frost (Bray) Bagley (b. 1896).

Repository: Southern Historical Collection