Joseph Hewes and William Hooper Collection

1925-1926
Manuscript Collection #994
Creator(s)
Olds, Fred A.
Physical description
0.001 Cubic Feet, 4 items
Preferred Citation
Joseph Hewes and William Hooper Collection (#994), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
Repository
ECU Manuscript Collection
Access
No restrictions


Biographical/historical information

On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed at Philadelphia by 56 people. Three of these signers included North Carolinians Joseph Hewes, William Hooper, and John Penn. Hewes was born in New Jersey and was a successful businessman and merchant. He represented North Carolina in the Provincial Congress and in the Continental Congress between 1774 and 1777. Hooper was a delegate to Continental Congress in 1775. Penn served in both the Provincial Congress and Continental Congress with Hooper and Hewes. There are photographic prints of Hewes and Hooper, but not of Penn.

National Archives https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/declaration-transcript


Scope and arrangement

The collection contains materials from the North Carolina Historical Commission. In 1925, Fred A. Olds, collector for Hall of History under the NCHC, sent a letter that presents a set of Confederate and South Carolina currency to East Carolina Teachers' College, which later went on to become East Carolina University. In 1926, Olds presented photographic prints of portraits of Joseph Hewes and William Hooper, two North Carolina signers of the Declaration of the Independence at Philadelphia. With these prints, Olds also wrote biographical notes for the signers, and for the third signer John Penn, who did not have a portrait.


Administrative information
Custodial History

February 23, 2004, (unprocessed) 4 items, 0.001 cubic feet; Photographic prints (1926) of portraits of Joseph Hewes (1730-1779) and William Hooper (1742-1790), two of the three signers of the Declaration of Independence from North Carolina (no portrait of the third signer, John Penn (1741-1787), was available); also two letters from Fred. A. Olds, Collector for Hall of History, North Carolina Historical Commission: the first, dated 12/3/1925, presenting a set of Confederate and South Carolina currency, 1861-1865; the second, dated 8/4/1926, offering the photographs to the Librarian of East Carolina Teachers' College and providing biographical details of the signers. 1 Holograph; 1 Typescript; 2 Photographic Prints. Donor: Transferred from University Archives, East Carolina University

Source of acquisition

Transferred from University Archives, East Carolina University

Processing information

Encoded by Mark Custer, March 20, 2008

Processed by Aleck Tan, February 2020

Copyright notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.


Container list
Box 1 Folder a Item 1 Photographic print of portrait of Joseph Hewes, ca. 1700s
Box 1 Folder a Item 2 Photographic print of portrait of William Hoooper, ca. 1700s
Box 1 Folder a Item 3 Letter from North Carolina Historical Commission presenting a set of Confederate and South Carolina Currency
Box 1 Folder a Item 4 Letter from North Carolina Historical Commission presenting photographic prints and biographical notes