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Lenoir County Colonial Commission Records, 2006-2007, undated

(Manuscript Collection #1121)

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Title: Lenoir County Colonial Commission Records
Creator: Lenoir County Colonial Commission
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Lenoir County Colonial Commission Records (2006-2007, undated) pertaining to events and activities honoring and celebrating the life and accomplishments of landowner, Revolutionary War general, and six term governor of North Carolina, Richard Caswell, held in Kinston, NC, 12 -19 August 2007; also including newspaper clippings, programs of events, correspondence, financial records, printed materials, digital materials, drafts, and documents regarding the publication of Clayton Brown Alexander's 1930 Ph.D. dissertation, which was a biography of Richard Caswell, entitled "First Patriots and the Best of Men: Richard Caswell in Public Life", which was edited by W. Keats Sparrow.
Extent: 0.25 Cubic feet, 51 items; 1 archival box & 1 oversized folder.

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December 13, 2007 51 items, 0.25 cubic feet; Records (2007, undated) of the Lenoir County Colonial Commission relating to its week-long celebration, 12-19 August 2007, in Kinston, NC to honor Richard Caswell, the first governor of the State of North Carolina, who served from 1776 to 1780 and from 1784 to 1787, including manuscript, writings, clippings, printed & oversized materials. See preliminary inventory attached. Donor: Jo Huettl, Chair, Lenoir County Colonial Commission

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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

Lenoir County Colonial Commission Records (#1121), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Jo Ann Huettl

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Mark Custer, December 17, 2007; Preliminary inventory by Cheryl Funderburk, 10/9/2007; final inventory by Ben Talton, 4/18/2012; revised by Jonathan Dembo, 11/26/2012; encoded by Jonathan Dembo, 11/27/2012


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Richard Caswell was born in Harford (now Baltimore) County, MD, 3 August 1729. He moved to North Carolina in 1746. He was appointed deputy surveyor of the colony in 1750 and clerk of the court of Orange County 1752-1754. Caswell studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1754 and commenced practice in Hillsboro, N.C. He served as a member of the colonial house of delegates 1754-1771, and served as speaker the last two years. Caswell commanded the right wing of Colonial Governor William Tryon’s army at the Battle of Alamance in 1771, and later served as an officer in the Revolutionary Army. He was elected a member of the Continental Congress from 1774-1775. Caswell commanded the patriots at the Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge, North Carolina, 23 February 1776 and was appointed brigadier general of the New Bern District by the Provincial Congress in 1776. He was delegate to the State constitutional convention and its president in 1776. Caswell was chosen as the first Governor of the State of North Carolina from 1776-1780. He commanded the North Carolina troops at the Battle of Camden in 1780. He was comptroller general in 1782 and was a member of the State senate 1782-1784 and served as speaker. Caswell was again elected Governor in 1785 and served until 1787. The state appointed him as a delegate from North Carolina to the convention that framed the Federal Constitution in 1787, but he did not attend. He served as a member of the State convention at Fayetteville, N.C. that adopted the Federal Constitution in 1789. He was a member and speaker of the State house of commons in 1789 and served until his death by stroke in Fayetteville, N.C., 10 November 1789. Caswell was buried in the family cemetery on his estate near Kinston, Lenoir County, NC.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=C000246

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The Lenoir County Colonial Commission Records are arranged in three series in original. The first series contains newspaper clippings, programs of events and correspondence relating to the celebration of Richard Caswell in Kinston, NC 12-19 August 2007. The events were organized by the Lenoir County Colonial Commission under the auspices of the Historical Preservation Group. Keats Sparrow was dean emeritus of Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences at East Carolina University and was chairman of the Lenoir County Colonial Commission for the commemorative week. The second series contains correspondence and documents regarding the biography of Richard Caswell by W. Keats Sparrow, including the "penultimate" draft of the book, and a compact disc of the final product. The third series consists of oversized newspaper clippings relating to both the biography and the celebration. SERIES I: KINSTON, NC CASWELL CELEBRATION, JUNE - AUGUST 2007 holds articles from local newspapers, programs and email correspondence relating to the week long celebration, 12-19 August 2007, in Kinston, NC to honor Richard Caswell, the first Governor of the State of North Carolina. The Caswell celebration included a memorial service, wreath-laying ceremony at the Lenoir County Courthouse and at the Caswell family cemetery, a mock funeral, lectures, speeches, re-enactments, biography release, concerts and musical tributes, re-opening of the Caswell Museum, a “visit from Caswell and other living history tributes. Schedules of events, clippings of newspaper articles relating to events, programs for events and correspondence about events are included in this folder. “A Hero among Masons” is a pamphlet included that details Richard Caswell’s involvement and legacy among colonial Masons. The Heritage Genealogical Society organized the Order of Caswell Descendents to find individuals who could prove their lineage to Caswell. Series I is contained in folder A.

SERIES II: CASWELL BIOGRAPHY DOCUMENTS, 2006-2007 contains documents regarding the biography of Richard Caswell by W. Keats Sparrow, released 13 August 2007 at the Kinston Arts Council. The biography is an edited and updated version of Clayton Brown Alexander’s 1930 Ph.D. dissertation titled “The Public Life of Richard Caswell.” The new title was made “The First of Patriots and Best of Men”: Richard Caswell in Public Life. The book’s publishing was supported by grants from the prestigious North Caroliniana Society of Chapel Hill and from Mrs. Nancy Cobb Lilly of Raleigh and by a loan from the NC Federation of Historical Societies. Correspondence from the North Carolina Collection at the University of Chapel Hill acknowledges the gift of the biography from Keats Sparrow. An invitation to and a program from the book release are included in this folder. There is email correspondence between Dr. Sparrow and Jo Huettl about receiving funding for the book. A memorandum of agreement details a grant from the Federation of North Carolina Historical Societies. Appreciation and congratulation from previous living governors Robert W. Scott, James E. Holshouser, James B. Hunt Jr, James G. Martin and Michael F. Easley to the Lenoir County Colonial Commission are expressed in a letter. A letter of gift from the North Caroliniana Society includes a copy of the check for $1000. Email correspondence between Nancy Lilly, H.G. Jones, Keats Sparrow, Bob Anthony, and Jo Huettl involves details about the content and funding of the biography. There is an original copy of the order form for the book. An unbounded printer’s mock-up of the book is included. Quotes, Estimates and Receipts from the publishing company are included. The penultimate draft of the Richard Caswell Biography is on a cd-rom. Series II is contained in Folder B.

SERIES III: OVERSIZED MATERIAL, 9 - 14 AUGUST 2007, includines oversized newspaper articles about the Caswell events and biography that were removed from folder C and filed separately in oversized materials folder #1121.1.c.os.1.

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Series 1:
Kinston, NC Caswell Celebration, June - August 2007
  • Box 1#1121.1
    • Folder a#1121.1.a
      • 1-week tribute honors state's first governor The News & Observer (Raleigh,NC) (8/10/2007) Newspaper Clipping. 1 item. 1 p.   (item #1)
      • Kinston to revisit Legacy of Caswell The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) (8/6/2007) Newspaper Clipping. 1 item. 1 p.   (item #2)
      • Governor Richard Caswell Presentation by W. Keats Sparrow (8/17/2007) Program. 1 item. 1 p.   (item #3)
      • Governor Richard Caswell Essay Awards Presentation Ceremony, Harmony Hall (8/15/2007) Program. 1 item. 1 p.   (item #4)
      • Kinston, August 12-19, 2007, Join NC in the Celebration of Governor Richard Caswell Father of Our State Events, by Kinston Convention & Visitor's Bureau (12-19 August 2007) Printed. 2 copies. 2 p.   (item #5)
      • Musical Tribute to Gov. Richard Caswell Program (8/14/2007) Photocopy typescript. 1 item. 1 p.   (item #6)
      • Richard Caswell: North Carolina's First State Governor. Early American Statesman. Revolutionary War General: Governor Richard Caswell Memorial Museum Exhibit Opening Program (8/17/2007) Brochure. 1 item. 2 p.   (item #7)
      • Caswell celebration is joint community event The Free Press (Kinston, NC) (6/25/2007) Newspaper Clipping. 1 item. 1 p.   (item #8)
      • Caswell celebration to be a multi-faceted event The Free Press (Kinston, NC) (7/29/2007) Newspaper Clipping. 1 item. 2 p.   (item #9)
      • Jones, H. G., Secretary, North Caroliniana Society. Letter & envelope to Jo Ann Huettl, Chairwoman, Lenoir County Colonial Commission (7/23/2007) TLS. 1 item. 2 p. Note: Cannot attend Caswell memoral on 17 August.   (item #10)
      • Kinston/Lenoir Community Chorale Celebration of Gov. Richard Caswell (8/14/2007) Program. 1 item. 1 p.   (item #11)
      • Major celebration set for Richard Caswell Yahoo Mail Press release by W. Keats Sparrow (7/24/2007) Typescript. 1 item. 2 p.   (item #12)
      • Events calendar, Sun Journal (New Bern, NC) (8/12/2007) Newspaper Clipping. 1 item. 1 p.   (item #13)
      • Celebration of Gov. Richard Caswell: Musical Tribute to Gov. Richard Caswell and Black Experience in Colonial North Carolina (8/14/2007) Program. 1 item. 1 p.   (item #14)
      • Sparrow, W. Keats; Notes for a speech given prior to the National Guard Band concert, Grainger Hill Performing Arts Center, Kinston, North Carolina (8/18/2007) Photocopy typescript. 1 item. 2 p.   (item #15)
      • Celebration of Gov. Richard Caswell: 440th Army National Guard Band Concert, Grainger Hill Performing Arts Center, Kinston, North Carolina (8/18/2007) Program. 1 item. 1 p.   (item #16)
      • Yahoo Mail Celebration of Gov. Richard Caswell Father of our State: Program of Activities in Kinston, NC for Week of August 12-19, 2007 (7/29/2007) Edited typescript. 1 item. 3 p. Notes: Annotated with notes on talks W. Keats Sparrow will be giving; 5 post-it notes attached.   (item #17)
      • The Community Council for the Arts . . . Join us in Celebrating . . . Governor Richard Caswell Father of Our State: Celebration Events August 12-19, 2007 (12-19 August 2007) Photocopy typescript. 1 item. 1 p.   (item #18)
      • Richard Caswell, a Hero Among Masons (undated) Photocopy typescript brochure. 1 item. 2 p. Note: includes portrait of Caswell and biographical sketch of his life as a Mason.   (item #19)
Series 2:
Caswell Biography Documents, 2006-2007
  • Box 1#1121.1
    • Folder b#1121.1.b
      • Celebration of Gov. Richard Caswell. Release of Richard Caswell Biography: The First of Patriots and Best of Men Reception, Kinston Community Council for the Arts (8/13/2007) Photocopy broadside. 1 item. 1 p.   (item #1)
      • UNC-Chapel Hill's North Carolina Collection Acknowledgement of W. Keats Sparrow's gift of "The First Patriots and Best of Men: Richard Caswell in Public Life" Edited by W. Keats Sparrow (Kinston: Kinston Colonial Commission, 2007) (8/8/2007) Edited printed form. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Includes sentiment by Robert Artbury.   (item #2)
      • The First of Patriots and Best of Men: A Biography on the Life of Governor Richard Caswell. Lenoir County Colonial Commission Book Order Form & Advertisement (2007) Photocopy brochure. 1 item. 1 p.   (item #3)
      • Historical Preservation Group and the Lenoir County Colonial Commisstion Invitation card to book release reception, The Community Council for the Arts (8/13/2007) Printed. 1 item. 1 p. Note: The Governor and his wife will be in attendance.   (item #4)
      • Huettl, Jo. Yahoo Mail email to Keats Sparrow forwarding Laura Ketcham email regarding a loan from the Federation fo North Carolina Historical Societies to public The Public Life of Richard Caswell (3/22/2007) TL. 1 item. 2 p.   (item #5)
      • Yahoo Mail Memorandum of agreement for Federation of North Carolina Historical Societies Revolving Fund Projects (Publications) (3/22/2007) Typescript. 1 item. 2 p.   (item #6)
      • Robert W. Scott, James E. Holshouser, James B. Hunt, Jr., James G. Martin. Letter from four North Carolina governors to "Dear Fellow North Carolinians endorsing the The Public Life of Richard Caswell (8/13/2007) TL & signature pages. 4 items. 6 p. Notes: Signatures from Robert W. Scott, James E. Holshouser, James B. Hunt, Jr., James G. Martin   (item #7)
      • Jones, H. G., Secretary, The North Caroliniana Society. Letter to W. Keats Sparrow (5/1/2007) Photocopy TLS. 1 item. 2 p. Notes: includes photocopy of check; contribution toward publication of Caswell biography.   (item #8)
      • Lilly, Nancy. Yahoo Mail email to Keats Sparrow forwarding H. G. Jones' email regarding publication of Richard Caswell biograhy (4/4/2007) TL. 1 item. 2 p.   (item #9)
      • Anthony, Bob, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Yahoo Mail correspondence with Keats Sparrow regarding publication of Richard Caswell biography (4/11/2007) TL. 1 item. 1 p.   (item #10)
      • Huettl, Jo. Yahoo Mail email correspondence with Keats Sparrow & H. G. Jones regarding Richard Caswell biography (4/9/2007) TL. 1 item. 2 p.   (item #11)
      • King, Adrian, Executive Director, Pride of Kinston. Letter to Gov. James G. Martin with introduction to biography of Richard Caswell & signatures (5/15/2007) TLS 1 item. 2 p. Notes: Signatures from James Martin for governors' frontispiece letter.   (item #12)
      • Anthony, Bob, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Yahoo Mail email to Keats Sparrow regarding Clayton Brown Alexander's birth and death dates (4/12/2007) TL. 1 item. 1 p.   (item #13)
      • Order form for The First of Patriots and Best of Men: Richard Caswell in Public Life (2007). Photocopy broadside. 1 item. 1 p.   (item #14)
      • Alexander, Clayton Brown and W. Keats Sparrow. The First of Patriots and Best of Men: Richard Caswell in Public Life. Kinston, 2007. Lenoir County Colonial Commission. Printer's mock-up. 1 item. 108 p.   (item #15)
      • AccupuCopy, Greenville, NC. Price quotation #3859 for publication of 250/300 copies of Richard Caswell biography (4/24/2007) Edited printed form & copy. 2 items. 2 p.   (item #16)
      • AccuCopy, Greenville, NC. Price quotation #4647 for publication of 250/300 copoies of Richard Caswell biography (5/18/2007) Receipt. 1 item. 1 p.   (item #17)
      • AccuCopy, Greenville, NC. Price estimate No. E#14920 for publication of 250 copies of Richard Caswell biography (12/29/2006) Edited printed forms & copy. 1 items. 2 p.   (item #18)
      • AccuCopy, Greenville, NC. Price estimate No. 14940 for publication of 200/500 copies of Richard Caswell biography (1/5/2007) Receipt. 1 item. 1 p.   (item #19)
      • AccuCopy, Greenville, NC. Price estimate No. E#14920 revised for publication of 250 copies of Richard Caswell biography (3/29/2007) Edited printed forms & copy. 1 items. 2 p.   (item #20)
      • All Book Awards Nomination form (7/25/2007) Photocopy edited printed form. 1 item. 2 p.   (item #21)
      • Celebration of Gov. Richard Caswell. Release of Richard Caswell Biography: The First of Patriots and Best of Men Reception, Kinston Community Council for the Arts (8/13/2007) Photocopy broadside. 1 item. 1 p.   (item #22)
      • Sparrow, W. Keats (2007) Penultimate Draft of Richard Caswell Biography. CD-ROM. 1 item. 1 p.   (item #23)
Series 3:
Oversized Material, 9 - 14 August 2007
  • Oversize Folder os1#1121.os1
    • Anderson, David. A Caswell Celebration: Thousands expected to visit Kinston for weeklong celebration of N. C.'s first governor, The Free Press (Kinston, N.C.) (8/9/2007) Clipping. 1 item. 2 p. Note: pp. 1, 10.   (item #1)
    • Abby Stewart, Kaitlin Barker, Katie Marshall, Chris Lavender, & John Baxton Flowers, III. Celebrating the Life of Richard Caswell, The Free Press (Kinston, N.C.) (8/9/2007) Newspaper insert. 1 item. 4 p. Note: pp. 1-8.   (item #2)
    • Kraebel, Charlie. Where recognition is due . . . ; Flowers, John Baxton, III. Revolutionary-era general commands new biography; N. C. Dept. of Cultural Resources. Gov. Richard Caswell is 'Father of the State' . . . Sun Journal (New Bern, N.C.) (8/12/2007) Close-Up Section. Clipping. 1 item. 2 p. Note: pp. 1, 5.   (item #3)
    • Lavender, Chris. Honoring N.C.'s First Governor, The Free Press (Kinston, NC) (8/13/2007) Clipping. 1 item. 1 p. Note: p. 1.   (item #4)
    • Lavender, Chris. Revisiting History: Caswell family hosts book signing at Council for the Arts, The Free Press (Kinston, N.C.) (8/14/2007) Local & State Section. Clipping. 1 item. 1 p. Note: pp. B 1-2.   (item #5)

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