Herbert Converse Kennerly Papers, 1916-1962

Manuscript Collection #109

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Title: Herbert Converse Kennerly Papers
Creator: Kennerly, Herbert Converse
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1916-1962) including correspondence, contracts, financial records, certificates, legal papers, income tax forms, Masonic records, biographical sketch.
Extent: 0.22 Cubic feet, 173 items, consisting of correspondence, tax records, stock certificates, contracts, legal records, financial papers, Masonic records, and miscellaneous.

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Accessions Information

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.

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

Herbert Converse Kennerly Papers (#109), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Dr. Ralph Hardee Rives

Processing Information

  • Processed by K. Gunnet; M. Elmore, March 1998

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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

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.

Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

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.

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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, Pinehurst

Autograph Entries :

  • Seawell, H[erbert] F[loyd], Jr. (2) 1937, 1942

Subject Entries :

  • MAINE
  • MASSACHUSETTS--BOSTON
  • 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

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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