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Tyre C. Taylor Papers, 1920-1967

Manuscript Collection #131

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Title: Tyre C. Taylor Papers
Creator: Taylor, Tyre C.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1920-1967, undated) of a North Carolina lawyer and politician consisting of clippings, pamphlets, speeches, announcement of a law partnership, report entitled "A Ten-Year Plan for North Carolina," letters, articles from magazines, ephemera and photographs.
Extent: 0.086 Cubic feet, 34 items , consisting of two reports, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, speeches, letters, magazine articles, ephemera, photographs and an announcement.

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Accessions Information

June 9, 1970,, 4 items; Report entitled "A Ten-Year Plan for North Carolina," clippings, announcement.

July 28, 1970, (addition) 11 pages; Article entitled "A Word to the Progressives." Gift of Mrs. Rita T. Farmer, Raleigh, N.C.

June 30, 1972, (unprocessed addition 1), 19 items; Photographs, clippings, and articles. Donor: Mrs. Rita T. Farmer.

August 29, 1979, (unprocessed addition 2), 8 items; Correspondence (1934), a speech (1930), program, and clippings. Donor: Mrs. Rita T. Farmer.

May 19, 1980, (unprocessed addition 3), 6 items; Reports, clippings, photograph, and miscellaneous. Donor: Mrs. Rita Farmer.

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

Tyre C. Taylor Papers (#131), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mrs. Rita T. Farmer

Processing Information

  • Processed by D. Lennon; M. Elmore, November 2008

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services

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Tyre Crumpler Taylor (1898-1969) was active in politics throughout most of his career. He served on the executive council of Governor O. Max Gardner (1931-1933) and was his private secretary. He helped to revitalize the Young Democrats Club in North Carolina and became President of the Young Democrats of America. He also served as executive vice president and later general counsel to the Southern States Industrial Council. Taylor also practiced law in Washington, D. C., and in Charlotte, N.C.

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Of particular significance in the collection are two reports apparently written by Taylor. The first report (1931) is a ten-year plan for the economic rehabilitation of North Carolina. It is mostly concerned with the opportunity to make North Carolina more of a vacation attraction in order to ease the tax burden. The second report (undated) entitled, "A Word to the Progressives," urged the formation of a progressive group to revitalize the state, which at the time, he considered to be standing still. Taylor stated what he thought was wrong with the state and what could be done to make things better.

The collection contains an announcement of a new law partnership (1941) and a letter from The Carolina Magazine at Chapel Hill where Taylor served as editor-in-chief (1920-1921). Also included is an article from The Charlotte Observer (1940) describing the work of Tyre Taylor as the executive vice president of the Southern States Industrial Council and one from The (Raleigh) News and Observer (1955) describing the feud that took place at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1921 over Taylor's refusal to join the Golden Fleece, an honor society. Other UNC-Chapel Hill related items are the program for the 1920 Junior Banquet at Swain Hall and Taylor's 1922 Graham Kenan Fellowship competition thesis titled "The Logic of Law."

Additional items include two speeches, one of which was given by Taylor as president of the Young Democratic Clubs of America in 1933, introductory remarks by Taylor to a Young People's Democratic Clubs of N.C. gathering (1930), newspaper clippings, photographs of Taylor and his Charlotte, N.C., law office (1928), an autographed printed copy of the poem "A Little Tree" written by James A. Hartness, a one-page handwritten reminisence titled "Harvard Recollections" (1924-1926), and Taylor's obituary.

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Series 1:
  • Box 1#0131.1
    • Folder a#0131.1.a
      • A Ten-Year Plan for North Carolina, by Tyre C. Taylor (6/19/1931) For Release Sunday Morning Papers July 19, 1931. Photocopy typescript. 1 item. 9 p.  (item #1)
      • A Word to the Progressives, by Tyre Taylor (ca. 1936) Typescript. 1 item. 11 p.  (item #2)
      • Report from Washington: Of Mites, Men and Madness . . . The Witch Mania . . . The Mississippi Scheme . . . South Sea Bubble . . . The Tulip Craze . . . The Florida Land Boom . . . The Great Stockmarket Boom . . . The Present World-Wide Stampede to Statism, [by Tyre C. Taylor] (ca. 1936) Carbon typescript. 1 item. 3 p.  (item #3)
Series 2:
  • Box 1#0131.1
    • Folder b#0131.1.b
      • Address of Tyre Taylor, President, Young Democratic Clubs of America, to the State Convention, Young Democratic Clubs of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia, August 16, 1933, (8/16/1933) Typescript. 1 item. 8 p.  (item #1)
      • Order of the Golden Fleece Acceptance Speech, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC (undated), by Tyre C. Taylor. Carbon typescript. 1 item. 2 p.  (item #2)
Series 3:
Series 4:
  • Box 1#0131.1
    • Folder d#0131.1.d
      • Twenty-One Junior Banquet, Swain Hall, Thursday, April 15, 1920 (4/15/1920) Printed program and menu. 1 item 6 p.  (item #1)
      • The Logic of Law: A Prize Thesis in Competition for the Graham Kenan Fellowship, by Tyre C. Taylor, University of North Carolina, Department of Philosophy, June 1922 (1922) Pamphlet. 1 item. 9 p.  (item #2)
      • Young People's Democratic Clubs of North Carolina: First Annual Jackson Day Dinner, Raleigh, March 15th, 1930. (3/15/1930) Program & Introductory Remarks by Tyre C. Taylor. 1 item. 9 p.  (item #3)
      • Stringfield, Lamar, North Carolina Symphony Society, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Letter to Tyre Taylor, Washington, DC (5/23/1934) Typescript & envelope. 1 item. 2 p.  (item #4)
      • Harvard Recollections, 1924-'26 by Tyre C. Taylor (undated) Holograph in pencil. 1 item. 1 p. Note: concerning Harvard Law School.  (item #5)
      • Harvard Recollections, 1924-'26 by Tyre C. Taylor (1/3/1972) Typescript copy & cover note by Rita T. Farmer. 1 item. 2 p. Note: Tyre C. Taylor was Rita T. Farmer's brother.  (item #6)
      • A Little Tree, by James A. Hartness (undated) Pamphlet. 1 item. 4 p.  (item #7)
      • Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels Membership Card of Tyre Taylor (1959) Printed form. 1 item. 1 p.  (item #8)
      • Taylor, Henry and Conradis, Counsellors at Law Announcement that Heber Henry has become a member of the firm. (3/1/1941) Printed card. 1 item. 1 p.  (item #9)
      • Blank Letterhead with Tyre C. Taylor's Name: The Carolina Magazine & Young People's Democratic Clubs (1920, 1928) Letterhead. 2 items. 2 p.  (item #10)
Series 5:
  • Box 1#0131.1
    • Folder e#0131.1.e
      • Tyre C. Taylor at his desk at Law Offices, 516 Law Bldg., Charlotte, NC. (ca. 1928) Sepia print. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Law Offices opened 1/2/1928. Holograph notes on office on verso. Duplicate of P-131/3  (item #1)
      • Charles Lindbergh's "Spirit of St. Louis' Airplane on Exhibit at Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. (October 1928) Sepia print. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Commercially produced. Notes on visit to Smithsonian on verso.  (item #2)
      • Tyre C. Taylor at his desk at Law Offices, 516 Law Bldg., Charlotte, NC. (ca. 1928) Sepia print. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Law Offices opened 1/2/1928. Typescript notes on office on verso. Duplicate of P-131/1.  (item #3)
      • Tyre Crumpler Taylor Portrait (undated) Sepia print. 1 item. 1 p.  (item #4)

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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