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Grifton Hotel Register, 1908-1913

Manuscript Collection #633

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

Title: Grifton Hotel Register
Creator: Grifton Hotel
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Register (1908-1913) including hotel register, information about hotel guests, arguments between two parties, etc.
Extent: 0.22 Cubic feet, consisting of a hotel register and four documents.

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

Accessions Information

January 30, 1992, 1 volume; Guest register (1908-1913) of Grifton (NC) hotel. Gift of Mr. John Elbert Moore, Bath, NC. Received through the courtesy of Stanley Little.

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

Grifton Hotel Register (#633), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mr. John Elbert Moore, Stanley Little

Processing Information

  • Processed by K. Rouse, June 1997

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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

The Grifton Hotel (also referred to as the Bryan Hotel) served the town of Grifton, NC, during the height of its expansion. Grifton is situated on Contentnea Creek, which is the boundary between Pitt and Lenoir counties, NC, and grew substantially with the construction of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad through the area (1890). Between 1908 and 1913, the hotel appears to have been successively owned and managed by R. L. Johnson, Sarah Hellen, W. H. Kilpatrick, and T. C. Bryan.

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

The collection is comprised of the hotel's register that contains guests' names, cities of residence, prices paid, and meals eaten during their stays at the hotel. Several names appear regularly. Many of the hotel's guests were traveling salesmen or quail hunters from the northern United States. Among the names listed is William Henry Ragsdale (1855-1914), a faculty member of East Carolina Teachers Training School (1909-1914). Guests' cities of residence include many in Eastern North Carolina, various states, and the nations of Great Britain, Germany, France, and Cuba.

Although information about the hotel's guests is brief, occasional remarks about some visitors appear in the register's margins. Among the more amusing are "Bunch of Crooks," "Lovers," and "Gone" written next to some names. Other humorous but obviously fake entries include "Woodrow Wilson, the White House" and "Jack Johnson, Hades." The collection also contains a grocery list and an agreement between two parties regarding a corn harvest (1913).

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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