Collection (1837-1985, undated) including photocopies of correspondence, deeds, receipts, statements, ledgers, bills of lading, license, reports, bulletins, genealogical, retail merchandising, letters etc.
The collection contains several distinct groups of unrelated papers, the principal group being the records and correspondence of a local klavern of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in Northampton and Bertie counties, N.C.
The Klan material, which is available to researchers only by consent of the donor, covers the period 1924-1927, and consists of correspondence between klansmen and others, membership applications and lists, receipts for dues and other fees, official bulletins, bylaws, a ritual, quarterly reports on funds and membership, invoices for equipment, a cash book and other items.
Of particular interest are letters to the "Klavern" expressing appreciation for financial aid (1925), mention of a "Junior Ku Klux Klan," and an emphatic "non-violence" statement (1927) by the N.C. "Imperial Representative." Several items relate to a dispute over the N.C. Grand Dragon's use of funds, which led to the ouster of the "Klan" in Asheville, N.C.
The Oliver H. Allen papers (1868-1903) consist of personal correspondence written to Allen, primarily during the period that he was a student at Trinity College [Duke University]. Allen, who was a superior court judge, was brother of N.C. Supreme Court Justice William H. Allen. Correspondence of note includes a letter (1903) from N.C. Supreme Court Justice Henry G. Connor commenting on an article on crime and punishment written by Oliver Allen. Connor gives his own views on the subject and on the use of vindictiveness in punishing criminals. Also in this section is a letter (1876) to William H. Allen from Congressman Alfred M. Waddell mentioning the Hayes-Tilden election of that year.
Making up a third distinct group are the business correspondence and financial papers (1869-1909) of Bethel merchant Guilford Andrews. This material, which is concerned solely with retail merchandising, consists of accounts, invoices, receipts, bills of lading, and related financial records.
Several items of miscellaneous correspondence are not related to any of the above groups and therefore must be treated separately. Of particular interest is a letter (1856) from William H. Macomb, a naval lieutenant, to Rear Admiral Andrew H. Foote, commander and captain of the USS Portsmouth, in which Macomb discusses ship alterations and personnel policy prior to a cruise to the Far East. A second letter of note (1865) is from James R. Gilmore in which he records his feelings upon hearing the news of the fall of Richmond. Gilmore, who was also an author under the pen name of "Edmund Kirke," had been an unsuccessful mediator sent by Lincoln to Jefferson Davis to discuss ending the Civil War.
Miscellaneous material includes genealogies of the Lewis family of Eastern Virginia and the Hatcher family of Kentucky, items pertaining to Dr. H. O. Hyatt of Wilmington and William H. Shaw of Halifax County, lecture admittance cards for the University of Pennsylvania (1837-1856), and a variety of other cards.
Loaned by Mr. William C. Hatcher
Gift of Mr. William C. Hatcher
Gift of Mrs. Alice B. Hatcher
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