||Herbert Converse Kennerly Papers
Kennerly, Herbert Converse
||ECU Manuscript Collection
||Papers (1916-1962) including correspondence, contracts, financial records, certificates, legal papers, income tax forms, Masonic records, biographical sketch.
||0.22 Cubic feet, 173 items,
consisting of correspondence, tax records, stock certificates, contracts, legal records, financial papers, Masonic records, and miscellaneous.
January 20, 1970, ca. 120 items; Correspondence, contracts, financial records, certificates, legal papers.
April 30, 1986, 10 items; World War II rationing records. Gift of Dr. Ralph Hardee Rives, of Greenville and Enfield, N.C.
Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.
Herbert Converse Kennerly Papers (#109), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
- Gift of Dr. Ralph Hardee Rives
Biographical / Historical Note
Born on May 13, 1885, Herbert Converse Kennerly moved to Pinehurst, N.C., in 1916 as a greenhouse manager for Pinehurst, Inc. He continued in that capacity until his death on April 5, 1937. He was an active member in local and regional floral organizations. Mr. Kennerly's wife was Murdena Susan "Margaret" Logan Hardee, a native of Nova Scotia and later a resident of Boston, Massachusetts. She was married first to C. E. Hardee in 1915, but he died in the flu epidemic of January 1919.
Correspondence (1916-1962) is largely of a personal nature. Of particular interest is a letter (April 20, 1933) to Mr. Kennerly from the Department of Revenue mentioning a bank holiday declared by President Roosevelt. The Revenue Department felt that the holiday came at a particularly bad time, namely during the heaviest part of the income tax filing period. Several letters mention the bank problems during the Depression and one letter mentions the National Relief Administration operations. Additional items comment on activities in Maine (1936) and describe life in and around Boston (1937), namely Decoration Day, tax rate increases, and strikes.
Income tax forms of both Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Kennerly reveal their financial activities from 1917-1945 and a financial record (1937-1939) reflects the H. C. Kennerly estate. Other financial data includes automobile insurance policies and stock and social security information.
There are numerous contracts which include information on the terms of Mr. Kennerly's employment as greenhouse manager for Pinehurst, Inc. Personal legal records include land deeds and marriage and death certificates.
Miscellaneous items include a ledger book (1932), automobile licenses, a biographical sketch of Herbert C. Kennerly, several membership cards of the Southern Florist Association, by-laws and rosters (1912-1920) for the Palestine Lodge A.F. and A.M. of Everett, Massachusetts, World War II items concerning rationing and the aircraft warning service of the U.S. Army, and clippings.
Card Catalog Entries
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, Pinehurst
Autograph Entries :
- Seawell, H[erbert] F[loyd], Jr. (2) 1937, 1942
Subject Entries :
- MONEY AND BANKING--1930s
- ORGANIZATIONS--Masonic Order--Massachusetts
- RECREATION--Resorts--Pinehurst, N.C.
- SOCIAL LIFE AND CUSTOMS--Holidays
- WAR--WORLD WAR II--Homefront--Pinehurst, N.C.
- WAR--WORLD WAR II--Rationing