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John Rose Taylor Papers, 1935-2000

Manuscript Collection #801

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Title: John Rose Taylor Papers
Creator: Taylor, John Rose
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (undated, 1935-2000) of New Bern, NC public figure, Mutual Life Insurance Company executive, including speeches, radio talks, biographical and historical information.
Extent: 0.45 Cubic feet, 1 container, 53 items, clippings, speeches, transcriptions and photographs

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Accessions Information

August 29, 2000, 1 container, 53 items, 0.45 cubic feet, 550 pages; Papers of New Bern, NC public figure and Mutual Life Insurance company executive, including speeches, radio talks, and biographical information, undated, 1935-2000. (0.45 cu.ft.). Donor:Ms. Elizabeth Taylor Hodges.

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

Preferred Citation

John Rose Taylor Papers (#801), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Ms. Elizabeth Taylor Hodges

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services

  • Processed by John W. Navarra April 2006


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John Rose Taylor was born on September 15, 1889 in La Grange, N.C. and died on November 30, 1974. He lived most of his life in New Bern, N.C. In New Bern he was a prominent member of the community, serving in several civic organizations, such as the Christian Church of New Bern. He is perhaps most well known for his work with the Mutual Life Insurance Company, where he worked for over 35 years.

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The material in this collection spans more than seventy years. The works of Mutual Life Insurance Company executive John Rose Taylor are the focus of this manuscript collection. New Bern, N.C., in Craven County, is the geographical focal point of the collection. Most of the collection dates from the early to middle twentieth century. However, the articles containing biographical information on John Rose Taylor are from the year 2000.

The majority of this collection is related to Mutual Life Insurance Company and includes the transcripts of the following types of talks: inspirational talks, life insurance-related speeches, radio talks and salesmanship lectures. The radio talks date from 1941 to 1945 and focus on life insurance and economic security. There are also a series of salesmanship lectures from ca. 1935. These lectures offer listeners tips on how to become a better salesman. The miscellaneous speeches are from ca. 1941-1945 and include advice gained from Taylor’s more than thirty-five years of experience in the insurance business. His series of inspirational talks are from 1941-1942 and pertain to how life insurance can help you.

There are also a number of different speeches not related to life insurance. These speeches included those given at civic events, commencement speeches, speeches about New Bern, N.C. and religious speeches. For more details see container list.

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Series 1:
Biographical Information, 1965-2000
  • Box 1#0801.1
    • Folder a#0801.1.a
      Biographical information (1965-2000) about John Rose Taylor 9/15/1889-11/30/1974, includes clippings, mss typescript, photocopy, 7 items. 15 p.
Series 2:
Commencement and Civic Speeches, 1955, undated
  • Box 1#0801.1
    • Folder b#0801.1.b
      Elementary School Commencement Speech, makes no mention of the school name, mss typescript, (undated), 1 item, 6 p., p. 3-8 only.
    • Folder c#0801.1.c
      Kinston Rotary Club Speeches, one speech about George Washington, 15 p. and the other about the importance of a mans wife, (undated), 3 p., 2 items, 18 p., mss typescript.
    • Folder d#0801.1.d
      New Bern High School commencement speech, (1955), 1 item, 28 p.
Series 3:
Inspirational Talks, 1941-1942, undated
  • Box 1#0801.1
    • Folder e#0801.1.e
      Inspirational talks, The talk labeled "Ideals" was given at the Hi-Y banquet and discusses the importance of ideals in shaping young minds, (May 1941); the second talk discusses why life insurance is the most stable investment to make, (undated); 2 items, 24 p., mss typescript. Note: A talk labled "radio talk" was removed and added to that series as #801.1.zh.
    • Folder f#0801.1.f
      Inspirational Talk, life insurance and its importance during World War II (10/25/1942), 1 item, 8 p., mss typescript.
    • Folder g#0801.1.g
      Inspirational Talk, the traditions of passing on stability through life insurance, (undated), 1 item, 8 p., mss typescript.
    • Folder h#0801.1.h
      Inspirational talks, these talks discuss ways to evaluate insureance prospects and how buying life insurance in New Bern will help the local economy, (undated), 2 items, 5 p., mss typescript.
Series 4:
Miscellaneous Life Insurance Speeches, ca. 1941-1945, undated
  • Box 1#0801.1
    • Folder i#0801.1.i
      Investment Landscape Speech, discusses the durability of life insurance stocks in times of hardship, (ca. 1941-1945), mss typescript, 1 item, 21 p., (p. 2-22 only).
    • Folder j#0801.1.j
      Patriotism speech, about World War II, the increasing national debt, and insurance (ca. 1941-1945), 1 item, 16 p., mss typescript.
    • Folder k#0801.1.k
      Estate planning speech and how life insurance can help to add to the value of your estate, (undated), mss typescript, 1 item, 7 p., p. 2-8 only.
    • Folder l#0801.1.l
      Lessons from 35 years with Mutual Life Insurance, (undated), 1 itme, 6 p., mss typescript.
    • Folder m#0801.1.m
      Prospecting should be well studied and planned speech, 11 ways to increase your policy size, (undated), 1 item, 7 p., mss typescript.
Series 5:
New Bern, NC, ca. 1950’s-60’s
  • Box 1#0801.1
    • Folder n#0801.1.n
      Code of Honor Speech, tells of the Spaight-Stanley duel and Tryon Palace restoration, mss typescript, 1 item, (ca. 1950s), 12 p.
    • Folder o#0801.1.o
      New Bern Cradle of North Carolina, history of New Bern, (ca. 1950's-60's), 1 item, 5 pages, mss typescript. Note: This item is combined from 2 folders, p. 1-2 removed from #801.1.zi and p. 3-5 removed from #801.1p.
    • Folder p#0801.1.p
      Solomon's Proverbs 22:28, Tryon Palace Restoration, two versions of the same speech 13p. And 14 p. 2 items, 27 p., mss typescript. Note: 1 item removed and added to #801.1zs.
    • Folder q#0801.1.q
      Cornelius J. "Con" McCole recognition speech, for the Hudson Coal Company, (undated), mss typescript, 1 item, 2 p.
    • Folder r#0801.1.r
      Francisco de Miranda's speech chronicling his visit to New Bern in 1783, (undated), mss typescript, 1 item, 3 p.
Series 6:
Radio Talk, ca. 1941-1945
  • Box 1#0801.1
    • Folder s#0801.1.s
      Radio Talk No. 2, Life insurance, the importance of planning for a financial feautre, (ca. 1941-1945), 1 item, 9 p., mss typescript.
    • Folder t#0801.1.t
      Radio Talk No. 3, Life insurance, how to build income for the future, (undated), 1 item, 10 p., mss typescript.
    • Folder u#0801.1.u
      Radio Talk No. 5, Life insurance, how to build income for the future in post war economy, (undated), 1 item, 9 p., mss typescript.
    • Folder v#0801.1.v
      Radio Talk No. 6, Life insurance, how to build family security, (undated), 1 item, 9 p., mss typescript.
    • Folder w#0801.1.w
      Radio Talk No. _, Life insurance, how to build economic security in post war economy, (undated), 1 item, 7 p., mss typescript.
    • Folder x#0801.1.x
      Radio Talk No. _, Life insurance, the importance of life insurance in the event of the death of the provider, (ca. 1941-1945.), 1 item, 11 p., mss typescript.
    • Folder y#0801.1.y
      Radio Talk No. _, Life insurance, the changing economic conditions of World War II, (ca. 1941-1945.), 1 item, 8 p., mss typescript.
    • Folder z#0801.1.z
      Radio Talk No. _, Life insurance and ideals of civilization (11/22/1942), 1 item, 7 p., mss typescript.
    • Folder za#0801.1.za
      Radio Talk No. _, Life insurance, the role of life insurance in war times (1942), 1 item, 9 p., mss typescript.
    • Folder zb#0801.1.zb
      Radio Talk No. _, Life insurance, how it helps you to save money (ca. 1941-1945), 1 item, 9 p., mss typescript.
    • Folder zc#0801.1.zc
      Radio Talk No. _, Life insurance, the ways it will help save money for the 3rd War Loan (1/10/1943), 1 item, 5 p., mss typescript.
    • Folder zd#0801.1.zd
      Radio Talk No. _, Life insurance, the unrecognized public service the agent provides (ca. 1941-1945), 1 item, 8 p., mss typescript.
    • Folder ze#0801.1.ze
      Radio Talk No. _, Life insurance, changes for the policy holder during war (ca. 1941-1945), 1 item, 10 p., mss typescript.
    • Folder zf#0801.1.zf
      Radio Talk No. _, Life insurance, the role of life insureance in helping the war effort (ca. 1941-1945), 1 item, 8 p., mss typescript.
    • Folder zg#0801.1.zg
      Radio Talk No. _, Life insurance, women and children beneficiaries of life insureance (ca. 1941-1945), 1 item, 6 p., mss typescript.
    • Folder zh#0801.1.zh
      Radio Talk No. _, Life insurance and how it can protect an individuals future, this item was removed from #801.1.e, (undated), 1 item, 7 p., mss typescript.
Series 7:
Religious Speeches, 1939, undated
  • Box 1#0801.1
    • Folder zi#0801.1.zi
      The Christian Church in New Bern 1886-1938 (9/6/1939), speech giving the history of the church (2 copies), includes mss typescript, 2 item, 30 p. Note: 1 item removed from this folder and added to 801.1zs.
    • Folder zj#0801.1.zj
      Hancock Street Christian Church 50th anniversary speech (p. 2-8 only) and church pamplet, 1889-1938, (Dec. 3, 1939), mss typescript, 2 items, 9 p.
    • Folder zk#0801.1.zk
      Resume of the history and historical background of the Christian Church or Deciples (sic) of Christ, New Bern North Carolina speech, (Dec. 3, 1939), 1 item, 8 p., mss typescript.
    • Folder zl#0801.1.zl
      Paraphrasing the Immortal Words of Lincoln speech, given in memory of Joseph W. Hagin former pastor of The Christian Church in New Bern from May 23, 1937-January 1, 1941; the speech paraphrased is unknown and includes a poem entitled "When the Tide is Low" from an unknown arthor (ca. 1941-1945), 1 item, 8 p., mss typescript.
    • Folder zm#0801.1.zm
      Christmas traditions speech (undated), 1 item, 21 p.
    • Folder zn#0801.1.zn
      Life of Christ speech, (undated), 1 itme, 6 p., mss typescript.
Series 8:
Salesmanship Lectures, ca. 1935, undated
  • Box 1#0801.1
    • Folder zo#0801.1.zo
      Salesmanship Lectures, given in Flint, Michigan, (Sep. 1, 1935), how to find prospects for life insurance, 1 item, 12 p., mss typescript.
    • Folder zp#0801.1.zp
      Salesmanship Lectures, preparing you family for the loss income due to death, (ca. 1935), 1 item, 10 p. mss. typescript.
    • Folder zq#0801.1.zq
      Salesmanship Lectures, techniques at being a better salesman, (undated), chapters 1-7, p. 1-31, 1 item, 19 p., mss typescript.
    • Folder zr#0801.1.zr
      Salesmanship Lectures, techniques at being a better salesman, (undated), chapters 8-14, p. 32-62, 1 item, 19 p., mss typescript.
    • Folder zs#0801.1.zs
      Salesmanship Lectures, techniques at being a better salesman, (undated), chapters 15-21, 1 item, 23 p., mss typescript.

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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