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Hubert Samuel Robinson diaries and scrapbooks, 1912-1969.

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Creator: Robinson, Hubert Samuel, 1893-1972.
Collection number: 4123
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Abstract: Chauffeur, butler, and gardener, 1932-1949, for the family of Frank Porter Graham, president of the University of North Carolina. Robinson was also a custodian, 1950-1966, at the University of North Carolina, a civic and political leader, and the first black alderman of Chapel Hill, N.C. Pocket diaries, 1929-1969, and scrapbooks, 1912-1964, containing clippings, correspondence, and memorabilia of Hubert S. Robinson, Sr. The diaries contain very brief, almost daily entries, chiefly concerning Robinson’s work, his church, civic, social, and political activities, events in Chapel Hill, University sports events and other University occasions, family matters, and national news.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: The diaries contain information about Robinson’s involvement in numerous community affairs. Scrapbooks contain clippings about various topics such integration of UNC CH and various other schools , sports,  as well as letters from Frank Porter Graham, Terry Sanford, and John F. Kennedy.

Of particular interest is Volume 40, which includes a photograph of Hubert Robinson. The scrapbooks often contain clippings related to Robinson’s interests, including politics, civil rights, school desegregation, articles on African American entertainers in EBONY, as well as the achievements of his own children.

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