John P. Hooker Papers, 1932-1965

Manuscript Collection #76

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Title: John P. Hooker Papers
Creator: Hooker, John P. (John Paul), 1891-1953
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1932-1965, undated) including correspondence, petitions, minutes, printed material, election returns, papers concerning tobacco control programs, crop report, clippings etc.
Extent: 0.22 Cubic feet, 116 items , consisting of correspondence, petitions, minutes, printed material, election returns, ballots, campaign literature, memo book, wholesale catalog, programs, and miscellaneous items.

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Accessions Information

January 10, 1969, 116 items; Correspondence, election returns, ballots, clippings, campaign literature, memo book, and mail order catalog. Gift of Mrs. Lula Smithwick, Newport News, Virginia.

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

John P. Hooker Papers (#76), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mrs. Lula Smithwick

Processing Information

  • Processed by D. Lennon

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services

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

John Paul Hooker (1891-1953) was an accountant for the Bethel, N.C., firm of M. O. Blount and Sons and a local political figure. The collection reflects his interest in politics and his participation in the Blount firm, which among other endeavors, dealt in agricultural products.

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Correspondents include former N.C. Governor Cameron Morrison (1932); Tazewell A. Eure, father of N.C. Secretary of State Thad Eure (1936); and J. L. DeLaney, state chairman for Richard T. Fountain's gubernatorial campaign (1932). This correspondence is of a political nature and concerns Hooker's support for particular candidates in the approaching elections.

Political campaign materials include sample ballots, petitions, vote compilations, and campaign literature from local, state and national primaries and elections (1932-1951) in Bethel, Pitt County, and the First Congressional District. Of particular interest is a campaign pamphlet in support of Clyde R. Hoey's candidacy for governor (1932) and petitions and literature favoring the Congressional election of Marvin K. Blount. Some items concern repeal of Prohibition (1933) and the primaries and general elections of 1936 in North Carolina.

Of an agricultural nature are papers concerning the tobacco controls program, consisting of referendum summaries (1938-1940), crop report (1940), a petition, and newsletters on the control program (1939). Newspaper clippings (1932-1965) concern various agricultural control programs, N.C. politics (1936 general election in particular), and the high school sports program in Bethel.

Of interest in the miscellaneous items are two isolationist articles distributed by a produce dealer (1939), minutes and other papers of the Bethel chapter of the Woman's Society of Christian Service of the Methodist Church (1950), a memo book containing a brief weather record (1935-1936), and a wholesale jewelry and gift catalog (1938).

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Card Catalog Entries Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Reading Room's card catalog. This system is no longer maintained, but it is left in place to help on-site researchers locate particular topics in the collection.

Geographic Entry :

  • North Carolina, Bethel

Autograph Entries :

  • Morrison, Cameron (4) 1932

Subject Entries :

  • AGRICULTURE--Tobacco
  • ELECTIONS--1932-1965
  • POLITICS--Democratic Party--N.C.
  • RELIGION--Methodist--Bethel, N.C.

Date Entry :

  • 1930-1939

Pamphlet Entry :

Author Entries
  • Hoey, Clyde R.
    • The Position of Clyde R. Hoey on the Issues of the Day  [1936]

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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