Kramer Family Manuscript, 1871-1961

Manuscript Collection #347

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Title: Kramer Family Manuscript
Creator: Kramer family
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Manuscript (1871-1961) including photographs, map, statements, records, lumber business.
Extent: 0.163 Cubic feet, Copy of 82-page typescript, including photographs and a map, entitled "Kramers: 90 Years in the Lumber Business in Elizabeth City, North Carolina,'' by F.K. Kramer.

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Accessions Information

October 30, 1977, 82-page typescript; History of the Kramer Lumber Company of Elizabeth City, NC. Gift of Miss Jane Thompson, Elizabeth City, NC.

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

Kramer Family Manuscript (#347), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Miss Jane Thompson

Processing Information

  • Processed by M. York, April 1981

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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

The Kramer family of Watsontown, Pennsylvania, moved to Elizabeth City in 1871 to engage in the lumber business. Daniel S. Kramer, the founder of the D. S. Kramer lumber company, arrived in January, 1871, with his wife, Rachel, and their six children. The firm had five names before it was liquidated in 1961: D. S. Kramer (1871-1884); D. S. Kramer & Sons (1884-1887); and Kramer Bros. Co. (1917-1961). R. O. Preyer, grandfather of Congressman Richardson Preyer, joined the firm as a partner in 1891.

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

The manuscript, which includes statements by elderly persons familiar with the firm, quotations from company records, photographs of the lumber mill and other sites in Elizabeth City and a map of the firm's property (1884), discusses the lumber business and other aspects of the town.

Of particular interest are references to materials the Wright Brothers bought from Kramer Brothers and Co. (pp. 35, 46-48), the buildings in Elizabeth City built with lumber supplied by Kramer (p. 53), photographs depicting the tugboat of G. F. Derrickson (p. 43) and the removal of logs from the forest (pp. 71-72) and the organization of Elizabeth City Academy and a graded school (pp. 16-17).

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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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