James Lee Love papers, 1880-1954.

Creator: Love, James Lee, 1860-1950.
Collection number: 4139
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Abstract: Educator and textile company executive, of Burlington, N.C. Correspondence and other papers related to Love’s association with the University of North Carolina, the North Carolina textile industry, including the Gastonia Cotton Manufacturing Company and Burlington Mills, and many philanthropies. Correspondents include Alexander Boyd Andrews, Graham Hudson Anthony, Thomas Barbour, Thomas Hart Benton, Albert Coates, James Bryant Conant, Frank Porter Graham, J. G. de Roulhac Hamilton, Paul H. Hanus, Archibald Henderson, Thomas Felix Henderson, Robert Burton House, Walter Lippman, James Spencer Love, William DeBerniere McNider, Rabbi Stephen Wise, and Samuel Bryant Turrentine. Also included are papers of James Lee Love’s father, Robert Calvin Grier Love, and son, James Spencer Love, both textile executives; detailed memoirs of J. L. Love’s childhood in Gaston County, N.C., and of his academic career at the University of North Carolina and Harvard, especially his connection with the Lawrence Scientific School; and a framed oil portrait of him by Phillip H. Giddens. An addition to the collection consists mainly of correspondence between J. L. Love and his first wife, June Spencer Love (d. 1920) and their children, including Cornelia (b. 1892) and James Spencer, concerning family, career, and academic matters. These letters date mostly from the summers of 1892, 1893 and 1911. Other letters are from various family members, particularly Cornelia P. Spencer and Laura Battle Phillips. Also included are volumes and pictures.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Volume 2 of Love’s diary discusses many topics, including race relations. See volume in Folder 66.