William M. Hinton Papers, 1871-1956

Manuscript Collection #514

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

Title: William M. Hinton Papers
Creator: Hinton, William M., 1854-1931
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1871-1956) including correspondence, speeches, photographs, financial records, clippings, a scrapbook, letters, and miscellaneous material.
Extent: 1.74 Cubic feet, 750 items , consisting of correspondence, speeches, photographs, financial records, clippings, a scrapbook, and miscellaneous materials.

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

Accessions Information

October 8, 1986, 750 items; Papers (1871-1937) of Pasquotank County, N.C., educator, including correspondence, speeches, photographs, clippings, political campaign literature, and miscellaneous materials. Gift of Mrs. Elizabeth K. Proctor, Greenville, 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

William M. Hinton Papers (#514), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mrs. Elizabeth K. Proctor

Processing Information

  • Processed by M. Cherry, March 1988

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services

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

William Mott Hinton (b. Aug. 20, 1854, d. Feb. 7, 1931) was involved in educational work for most of his life, teaching in the public schools of Elizabeth City, Littleton, and Belhaven, N.C. He served as superintendent of public instruction of Camden County, and for twenty-five years as superintendent of public schools in Elizabeth City and Pasquotank County, where he organized and operated the first public school. An avid writer, Hinton contributed many articles to newspapers expressing his political views and was elected to serve in the 1903 session of the N.C. House of Representatives on a prohibitionist platform. He also served as a lecturer for the Anti-Saloon League. Hinton had five children and the youngest, Elizabeth, married J. B. Kittrell of Greenville, N.C., who served in France during World War I.

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A major segment of the correspondence consists of letters to William M. Hinton's son William R. Hinton at Trinity College and daughter Elizabeth Hinton at Greensboro Normal School. These letters, from family and friends, discuss Elizabeth City's growth (1916), court cases (1907, 1916), the possibility of war with Germany (1917), and family health. There also is a group of letters to Elizabeth from her future husband, J. B. Kittrell, discussing wedding plans and general news about health, business, and social activities.

Papers on education include correspondence to and from William M. Hinton illustrating his extensive involvement at Central Academy in Littleton (1901-1905), in Belhaven (1907-1911), and in Pasquotank County (1911-1918). Speeches, essays, and newspaper articles written by Hinton about the importance of education are included. There also is a clipping about Hinton's observations on the rapid growth of the Universityof North Carolina at Chapel Hill and one about him as superintendent in Elizabeth City, and a handwritten physical description of Belvidere Acadamy in Perquimans County (undated). Hinton's certificates for two shares of stock in the Albemarle High School Company (1906), to teach in elementary public schools (1907), and as superintendent (1917) are included. The papers on education also include an address given by Mrs. James Greene Fearing (William M. Hinton's daughter Mary) on "Safety Education in North Carolina" (1924).

Correspondence, speeches, and essays reflect a variety of political and social issues in which Hinton was involved. His strong stand for prohibition is stated in his correspondence (1903, 1910, 1916, 1917, 1928), Anti-Saloon League literature which he collected (1903), and speeches he presented to the Women's Christian Temperance Union. Hinton's tributes to Robert E. Lee and Woodrow Wilson are included. He chaired the Pasquotank County chapter of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and corresponded with Addie Bagley Daniels about the organization (1922). Hinton also corresponded with Cameron Morrison supporting his gubernatorial campaign (1920), Representative Lindsay Warren (1924, 1929), Craven County Representative Owen H. Guion (1904), and Josephus Daniels (1928) of the Raleigh News and Observer. Hinton's speeches nominating Lee S. Overman to the U.S. Senate and William B. Shaw and D. M. Clark as solicitors are included. He wrote "Letters to the Editor" and collected campaign literature opposing Al Smith's presidential candidacy and defending Furnifold M. Simmons against political attacks. Also of interest is a list of men who had not paid their poll tax by March 1, 1903, and a copy of an address by William G. McAdoo supporting the League of Nations (1919).

Hinton's most noted speech, "Powers that Move the World," expressed his belief in the ability of the powers of "a Noble Aim or Purpose," "the liquor traffic," and "thought" to "move the world." Miscellaneous other speeches, including some about the importance of the church, are also included. Other writings by Hinton include poems to his wife and poems and essays about his family and community. Hinton collected poems and newspaper clippings on various subjects which are also included.

Financial records include receipts for Albemarle High School tuition (1904), music lessons (1904), building supplies sold to the Pasquotank County Board of Education (undated), and general personal expenses. There is a deed for land in Elizabeth City (1897) and an itemized account of the estate of William R. Hinton (1937).

Miscellaneous papers include a pamphlet by Lindsay Warren entitled "Beaufort County's Contribution to a Noble Era of N.C. History" (1930). This pamphlet discusses political battles in Beaufort County before, during, and after the Civil War. Also included is a Pitt County Chamber of Commerce Bulletin (1924).

Photographs in the collection depict members of the Hinton family, and their relatives and friends. A photograph of the home of Elizabeth and J. B. Kittrell on East Fifth Street in Greenville, N.C., which subsequently became the Delta Delta Delta Sorority House, and one of Admiral Dewey are included. A second group of pictures were J. B. Kittrell's and consist of World War I photographs in France. There is also a record of J. B. Kittrell's unit, M Company, 56th Infantry, describing events from Waco, Texas, to the battlefields of France.

The collection contains a scrapbook of papers concerning Hinton's death. Included are letters from Lindsay Warren (1931) and Josephus Daniels (1931), and also various clippings about Hinton's thirty-five years' work in education (1929, 1931).

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 :

  • North Carolina, Pasquotank County
  • North Carolina, Pitt County

Autograph Entries :

  • Daniels, Addie Bagley (10) 1922
  • Daniels, Josephus (2) 1928, 1931
  • Guion, O[wen] H. 1904
  • Morrison, Cameron [A.] 1920
  • Simmons, F[urnifold] M[cLendel] (3) 1928, 1930
  • Warren, Lindsay C[arter] (3) 1924, 1929, 1931

Subject Entries :

  • BEAUFORT COUNTY, N.C.--19th Century
  • EDUCATION--COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES--Duke University--20th Century
  • EDUCATION--COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES--University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill--1929
  • EDUCATION--PRIVATE SCHOOLS--Littleton, N.C.--Central Academy--1900s
  • EDUCATION--PRIVATE SCHOOLS--Pasquotank County, N.C.--1900s
  • EDUCATION--PUBLIC SCHOOLS--Pasquotank County, N.C.1910s
  • EDUCATION--PUBLIC SCHOOLS--Perquimans County, N.C.
  • ELIZABETH CITY, N.C.--1916
  • INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS--League of Nations--1919
  • ORGANIZATIONS--Woodrow Wilson Foundation--1922
  • POLITICS--Democratic Party--N.C.
  • RELIGION--Methodist
  • TAXATION--Poll Tax--1903
  • WAR--WORLD WAR I--France

Genealogy Entries :

  • HINTON FAMILY--Pasquotank and Pitt Counties, N.C.

Date Entries :

  • 1900-1909
  • 1910-1919
  • 1920-1929

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

Description: J.B. Kittrell home, east 5th St., currently the Tri Sig house
Location: Greenville, NC
Date: 1900s
Call Number: p-514/184

CEMETERIES--World War I--Belleau Wood
Location: France
Date: 1918
Call Number: p-514/262

Description: Hinton with students
Date: 1900s
Call Number: p-514/268

SOCIAL LIFE AND CUSTOMS--Parades--Armistice Day
Location: Greenville, NC
Date: 1919
Call Number: p-514/246

Description: Champion team
Date: 1903
Call Number: p-514/182

Description: Being launched
Call Number: p-514/27, 28

WAR--WORLD WAR I--Ambulances
Description: American Ambulance Service with French Army
Location: France
Date: 1917
Call Number: pc-514/106

WAR--WORLD WAR I--Artillery.
Description: American guns
Location: France
Date: 1918
Call Number: pc-514/255

WAR--WORLD WAR I--France--Aerial Operations
Description: Inflating French Balloon
Location: France
Date: 1917
Call Number: pc-514/102

WAR--WORLD WAR I--France--Aerial Operations
Description: French Caudron plane
Location: France
Date: 1917
Call Number: pc-514/89

WAR--WORLD WAR I--France--Artillery
Description: Observation post
Location: France
Date: 1918
Call Number: pc-514/252

WAR--WORLD WAR I--France--Personnel
Description: French wounded being evacuated
Location: France
Date: 1917
Call Number: pc-514/91

WAR--WORLD WAR I--France--Trench Warfare
Description: French trenches
Location: France
Date: 1917
Call Number: pc-514/85

WAR--WORLD WAR I--Germany--Aerial Operations
Description: German observation balloon
Location: Europe
Date: 1917
Call Number: pc-514/239

WAR--WORLD WAR I--Germany--Artillery
Description: Heavy German guns captured by English
Location: France
Date: 1913
Call Number: pc-514/249

WAR--WORLD WAR I--Hospitals
Description: First Aid Station
Location: France
Date: 1917
Call Number: pc-514/28

WAR--WORLD WAR I--Inspection
Description: Mounted troop review
Location: France
Date: 1918
Call Number: pc-514/191

WAR--WORLD WAR I--Trench Warfare
Description: Bunker entrance
Location: France
Date: 1917
Call Number: pc-514/6

WAR--WORLD WAR I--Trench Warfare
Location: France--Bataglan
Date: 1917
Call Number: pc-514/84

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

Box 1#0514.1
Correspondence, 1871-1911
Box 2#0514.2
Correspondence, 1912-1916
Box 3#0514.3
Correspondence, 1917-1956
Box 4#0514.4
Correspondence, undated ca. 1920
Box 5#0514.5
Speeches, essays, clippings on education, religion, politics, and prohibition
Box 6#0514.6
Miscellaneous writings, clippings, papers; financial records; World War I papers
Box 8#0514.8
Scrapbook, Photograph

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