J. Bryan Grimes papers, 1712-1924.

Creator: Grimes, J. Bryan (John Bryan), 1868-1923.
Collection number: 1765
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Abstract: J. Bryan Grimes of Pitt County, N.C., was a conservative leader of the Farmers’ Alliance, the Grange, and other agricultural organizations; managed the family farms in Pitt and Beaufort counties; and was North Carolina secretary of state, 1900-1923. The collection includes business, personal, and official correspondence, chiefly 20th century, of J. Bryan Grimes, the bulk concerning his service as North Carolina secretary of state and during Democratic political campaigns. Volumes include a law notebook on North Carolina court cases, 1783-1815; mathematics exercise book, 1821-1829; bank book of John Heritage Bryan (1798-1870) in account with the Bank of New Bern (N.C.), 1831-1834; land title trace to 1910 for Avon Plantation, Pitt County (typescript); and an undated essay or speech on the Republican Party in North Carolina.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: In Folders 1 and 2, there are 18th century land treaties with Native Americans groups, and copies of wills that bequeath enslaved men, women, and children to various family members. In Folder 17, there are copies of speeches discussing Confederate concerns.