Louis and Mildred Graves papers, 1814; 1876-1976.

Creator: Graves, Louis, 1883-1965.
Collection number: 4010
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Abstract: Personal and professional papers of Louis Graves (1883-1965), writer, journalist, and founder of the “Chapel Hill (N.C.) Weekly,” and of his wife, Mildred Moses Graves (1892-1976). Family correspondence includes letters to Louis Graves’s mother, Julia Charlotte Hooper Graves (1856- 1944); his sister, Mary Graves Rees (1886-1953); and his brothers, Ralph Graves (1878-1939) and Ernest Graves (1880-1953); as well as letters to and from Mildred Graves’s father, Edward Pearson Moses (1857-1948); her brother, Herbert Moses; her nephew, Edward Kidder Graham, Jr. (1911-1976); and her niece, Allen Claywell Irvine. Included in the professional correspondence are letters to and from writers; newspaper editors; publishers; academic figures, chiefly at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill; North Carolina political figures; and readers of the “Chapel Hill Weekly.” Also included are manuscript writings, clippings, photographs, and a paper-cut silhouette, 1814, of University of North Carolina buildings. Volumes include memo books, account books, photograph albums, scrapbooks, engagement calendars, address books, and travel diaries.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: In the letters from 1941, (Mar 8 and 31; Apr 20) and 1944 (July 24 – 28) there are mentions of racial concerns in Chapel Hill, regarding the construction of an African American community center. Some letters from 1957 discuss issues around race relations raised from the use of federal troops to desegregate schools in Little Rock, Ak.