Documents and printed materials relating to Greenville, NC including high school and college programs, postcards, World War II ration books, etc. Also, genealogical correspondence, notes and research files pertaining to the Davenport, Flanagan, Neville, and related families of Pitt, Edgecombe, Halifax, and Nash counties, North Carolina.
John D. Neville was born in 1942. He was a resident of Greenville, North Carolina and a Professor of History at East Carolina University from 1967 to 1969. He compiled a collection of various historical documents and printed material ranging from the years 1898-1944 and primarily relating to the Davenport and Flanagan families. Neville was related to both of these families. Mr. and Mrs. James Fleming Davenport were Neville's maternal grandparents.
Box 1 of the collection focuses on the history of Greenville High School, which was located in downtown Greenville in a present-day ECU parking lot, and on East Carolina Teachers College in the 1920s. Greenville High School became Junius H. Rose High School in the late 1950s, and moved to its present location on Arlington Boulevard. The collection also contains postcards from the 1940s featuring Greenville landmarks of the day. A number of World War II ration books are housed in box 1 as well. These ration books belonged to various members of the Davenport and Flanagan families in Greenville and surrounding communities. A card identified as a circa 1900 dance invitation is present in the Neville collection. It also includes a bill of sale and deed from a business partnership on Evans Street from January 1898. See container list for details.
Box 2 contains genealogical correspondence, notes and research files (1878-2001, undated) pertaining to the Davenport, Flanagan, Neville, and related families of Pitt, Edgecombe, Halifax, and Nash counties, North Carolina, compiled by Dr. John Davenport Neville, and a copy of Dr. Neville's book, The Davenports and the Flanagans: A Social History of Greenville and Pitt County, North Carolina (Pactolus, N.C.: The Pactolus Press, 1992. See container list for details
Gift of the estate of John D. Neville
Encoded by Mark Custer, March 25, 2008
Processed by: Andrew James Cook April 2008 Dale Sauter October 2010
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