Odum family papers, 1955-1977.

Creator: Odum family.
Collection number: 4447
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Abstract: Odum family of Robeson County, N.C., included Malcolm E. Odum (1884-1954), who raised tobacco, cotton, and corn as cash crops, and his daughters, who rented out shares to tenants after their father’s death. The family sold their farm in 1986. Correspondence, financial and legal items, notes, and other material relating to the fifty-acre farm of the Odum family. Records are arranged by fiscal year; this arrangement scheme was established by Estelle Odum Bullock, who managed the farm accounts from 1955 through 1982. Annual statements provide detailed documentation of the farm’s income and expenses for the year. Check register volumes include detailed descriptive information indicating why each check was written. Other noteworthy items include a drawing of the farm and scattered correspondence and debentures reflecting the Odums’ stock in the Farmers Cooperative Exchange, Inc., Raleigh, N.C.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: In the 1950s and beyond, the farmhouse and the tenant house were rented to various tenants, usually black or Indian families. See folders 1 – 16 particularly.

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