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Henry N. Blount Papers, 1936-1953

(Manuscript Collection #43)

Descriptive Summary Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Title: Henry N. Blount Papers
Creator: Blount, Henry N.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1936-1953, undated) including bound volumes, daybooks, and copies of deeds, etc. relating to the prominent Eastern North Carolina family. 8 items.
Extent: 0.507 Cubic feet, 43 items , consisting of bound volumes, daybooks, copies of deeds and notes on the same.

Administrative Information Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Accessions Information

February 28, 1968, 43 items; Papers consisting of daybooks, (1936-1951), geography book, bookkeeping book, and computer guide. 35 volumes. Donated by Mr. Thomas H. Sloan, Washington, N.C.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Henry N. Blount Papers (#43), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mr. Thomas H. Sloan

Processing Information

  • Processed by T. Sloan, October 1968

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Henry N. Blount (1867-1953) was a member of a prominent Eastern North Carolina family that has served the state since the colonial period. A descendant of John Gray Blount, Henry spent his entire life in the Washington area.

Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The collection concerns Henry N. Blount's later years, after his retirement, and consists largely of daybooks (1936-1944, 1946-1947, 1951-1953). Entries are largely concerned with family, garden, and a poultry flock. Included are daily records of weather, cash on hand, income from rental houses and produce sales, and personal and business expenditures.

Comments in the daybooks concern local events such as deaths, marriages, illnesses, and a few events of broader scope. The marriage and abdication of King Edward (December 10, 1936) is noted and several entries concern World War II. Among these are comments on the explosion of an ammunition truck near Smithfield, N.C. (March 7, 1942) and the purchase of a metal water tank by the Navy for removal to West Virginia (September 13, 1942). Entries other than personal or family cease after 1944.

Copies of deeds (1810-1814) relate to land that comprised Sans Souci, a farm (now part of Washington, N.C.) where Blount was raised. The farm originally belonged to John Gray Blount.

Bound volumes include a textbook on bookkeeping by Ephraim W. Smith and Wilbur Smith (1889); Smith's Computer, a book on interest and conversion tables (1919); and Maury's Manual of Geography (1877), which contains information on Henry's father Thomas H. Blount on the flyleaf.

Subject Headings Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Container List Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Box 1#0043.1
Copies of deeds, daybooks (1936-1938)
Box 2#0043.2
Daybooks (1938-1943)
Box 3#0043.3
Daybooks (1943-1953)
Box 4#0043.4
Bound volumes

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Special Collections Division, J.Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University. The materials described here are physically available in our reading room. None of the original documents in this collection are digitally available online at this time.
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