William Bradley and Merle Davis Umstead papers, 1863-1978.

Creator: Umstead, William Bradley, 1895-1954.
Collection number: 4529
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Abstract: William Bradley Umstead of Durham, N.C., served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from North Carolina, 1932-1938; as a United States senator, 1946-1948; and as governor of North Carolina, 1952-1954. Correspondence, congressional files, campaign material, and other papers of William Bradley Umstead; papers of his wife, Merle Davis Umstead, originally of Rutherford County, N.C.; and records of Merle Davis Umstead’s family’s stores in Rutherford County. Political material chiefly concerns Umstead’s years in the United States Senate, the period between his service in the Senate and his election as governor, and his 1952 gubernatorial campaign.The addition of February 2002 contains diaries, personal correspondence, financial records, military papers, and other items, most of which relate to Umstead’s military service during World War I.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Subseries 2.1.1 (Legislative Files, 1947-1949) contains records related to William Umstead’s opinions on issues such as civil rights.

There is also an audio diskĀ (Audiodisc D-4529/4) of Umstead discussing Civil Rights on 7 May 1948 (33 1/3 rpm).