Norman Player Farrior Papers, 1912-1965

Manuscript Collection #191

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

Title: Norman Player Farrior Papers
Creator: Farrior, Norman Player
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1912-1965, undated) consisting of correspondence, diaries of missionary activities, letters, Genealogical information.
Extent: 3.0 Cubic feet, 10 items , consisting of correspondence, diaries, clippings, plays, articles, and miscellaneous material.

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

Accessions Information

March 30, 1972, 27 items; Papers (1921-1925), including two diaries, correspondence, a play, and miscellaneous.

April 27, 1972, ca. 200 items; Papers (1912-1965), including correspondence, diaries, articles, clippings, and miscellaneous. Gift of Mrs. Hazel F. Stapleton, Greenville, NC, and Mrs. Martin L. Friedman, Washington, DC.

October 8, 1982, (unprocessed addition 1), 4 items; Correspondence (1931-1932) and a photograph. Donor: Mrs. Hazel F. Stapleton.

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

Norman Player Farrior Papers (#191), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mrs. Hazel F. Stapleton
  • Gift of Mrs. Martin L. Friedman

Processing Information

  • Processed by G. Stinagle, February 1973

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services

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

Norman P. Farrior, born on December 6, 1890, was a Presbyterian minister and missionary. A native of Duplin County, North Carolina, and a graduate of Davidson College, he served in the Navy during World War I (1917-1919), was a missionary to Mexico (1921-1924), worked in home missions in Kentucky, West Virginia, and Florida (1917, 1925-1943), and served as pastor of several churches in Duplin County, NC, from 1943 until his death in 1970. Throughout his life Farrior maintained a lively interest in ecclesiastical matters, submitting many articles to religious publications and corresponding with missionaries in Mexico, China, and the Congo along with ministers in home missions in the United States. Farrior also actively corresponded with numerous Congressmen and newspaper editors concerning public issues of his day.

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

Much of the collection's correspondence (1931-1965) and the diaries (1912-1941) reflect Farrior's ecclesiastical interests. Of particular note are the diary entries pertaining to Farrior's experiences as a missionary in Mexico and his correspondence with other missionaries in such places as Mexico, China, and the Congo.

The Mexican diaries offer vivid descriptions of missionary activities and personal observations of life in Morelia, Mexico (1923-1924). A graphic account of a Mexican revolution and its effects upon Morelia are amply provided (1924).

Of particular significance are the letters from Protestant missionaries in Mexico, which describe the general feeling of hostility against them, their monetary problems, evangelizing efforts, and achievements (1931, 1963, undated). Also of interest are the letters from missionaries in China describing conditions in the vicinity of Chunking and Shanghai resulting from Japanese attacks (1932, 1940, 1941) and hardships encountered by missionaries returning after World War II (1946). Several letters from Christian missionaries in the Congo describe the disturbed conditions during the civil war there and their successes in establishing secondary and nurse's training schools and a hospital (1961, 1962, 1965).

Numerous letters to the editors of religious magazines and copies of articles submitted to them reflect Farrior's enlightened views on home mission work, its demands and compensations (1950), the problem of minister shortages (1961), ideas of how to better serve small congregations (1962), and his views on the relationship of personal faith and ethics to church creeds and dogmas (1953). Also of interest are his views regarding the proposed merger of the northern and southern Presbyterian churches (1947, 1953, 1954, 1963), and his criticisms of and suggestions to strengthen the Presbyterian higher educational system.

The bulk of the correspondence and newspaper clippings relate to Farrior's varied interests in secular matters. Many references to the civil rights movement during the 1960s and segregation are contained herein. Particularly interesting are Senators Hubert H. Humphrey's views and desires on civil rights legislation (1949), Allen J. Ellender's comments on his efforts against such legislation (1949), and B. Everett Jordan's position on civil rights (1964). Also of interest are Senator Jordan's comments upon apparent misuse of the Fifth Amendment (1965) and Senator Homer Ferguson's views regarding the relationship between organized labor and management (1946).

The remainder of the collection concerns various facets of Farrior's life. Interesting entries in the diaries comment upon social activities in eastern North Carolina, such as the observation of Old Christmas and plays performed in various communities (1917); the transporting of troops from France at the end of World War I (1917-1919); his social life as a student at Union Theological Seminary at Richmond, Virginia (1920-1921); and preaching in various localities in North Carolina (1920). Included in the collection are church materials such as bulletins and sermon notes; a short history of the Mount Zion Presbyterian Church, Rose Hill, NC, 1858-1958; a brief undated description of Presbyterian Church activities in central Florida; a short article recounting the historical progress of Presbyterians in Duplin County from 1736 to 1939; description of the bicentennial celebration and history of the Grove Presbyterian Church, Kenansville, NC; and a brief historical sketch of Duplin County and Kenansville.

Also included in the collection are six plays obviously pertaining to Farrior's activities as a missionary, a humerous "open letter" to Alf Landon published in 1936, a genealogy of the Farrior family, and two address books containing personal and general information.

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

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 Entries :

  • Mexico
  • North Carolina, Duplin County

Autograph Entries :

  • Ellender, Allen J[oseph] 1949
  • Ervin, Sam[uel] J[ames], Jr. (3) 1960, 1965
  • Ferguson, Homer (2) 1946, 1947
  • Henderson, David N[ewton] 1965
  • Hoey, Clyde R[oark] 1946
  • Humphrey, Hubert H[oratio] 1949
  • Jordan, B[enjamin] Everett (2) 1964, 1965
  • Pearson, Drew 1944

Subject Entries :

  • AFRICA--CONGO--Missions--1961-1965
  • BUSINESS AND COMMERCE--Labor Law and Legislation
  • CHINA--Sino-Japanese War
  • EDUCATION--COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES--Union Theological Seminary--1920-1921
  • ELECTIONS--U.S. President--1936
  • LABOR--Law and Legislation
  • MEXICO--Missions--1921-1924
  • MEXICO--Revolution--1924
  • RELIGION--Churches--Kenansville, NC
  • RELIGION--Churches--Rose Hill, NC
  • RELIGION--Missionaries--Africa--Congo
  • RELIGION--Missionaries--China
  • RELIGION--Missionaries--China
  • RELIGION--Missionaries--Mexico
  • RELIGION--Presbyterian
  • RELIGION--Presbyterian
  • RELIGION--Presbyterian--Duplin Co., NC
  • RELIGION--Presbyterian--Florida
  • SEGREGATION--Civil Rights
  • SEGREGATION--Civil Rights
  • U.S.--MILITARY--Navy
  • WAR--WORLD WAR I--Naval Operations

Genealogy Entry :


Date Entries :

  • 1920-1924
  • 1960-1965

Images below are listed alphabetically by subject. This list reflects only those portions of the collection for which negatives have been prepared.

Description: Farrior, Rev. and Mrs. Norman
Call Number: p-191/?

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

Box 1#0191.1
General correspondence, plays, and clippings
Box 2#0191.2
Personal, sermon, and church notes; miscellaneous church material, diaries, photograph, and miscellaneous items
Oversize Folder os1#0191.os1
Newspaper reprints

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