Leonard Earl Fields papers, 1927-1984.

Creator: Fields, Leonard Earl.
Collection number: 4415
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Abstract: Leonard Earl Fields was born in 1897 in Kinston, N.C. He attended the University of North Carolina for his undergraduate degree, 1917-1921, and received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1929. He married Sarah Beckton Stanley in 1924. Fields became a practicing physician in 1930 in Chapel Hill, N.C. He served as an examining physician for the Selective Service System in Orange County, N.C., during World War II. Fields died in September 1984. The collection includes correspondence, photographs, and other papers. The bulk of the letters are from the Fields’ tenant farmer and have information pertaining to the family farm in Kinston, N.C., including weather, planting schedules, and finances. There are photographs of Leonard and Sarah Fields, as well as a photograph of the 1957 University of North Carolina men’s basketball team arriving home after winning the NCAA championship game. The photograph shows Sarah Fields holding a flag in the center of the welcoming crowd. There are also financial records, newspaper clippings, and other items.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Folder 2 contains numerous letters from Mr. Pete Taylor, the tenant farmer on the Fields’s land in Kinston, N.C.