Harry E. LeGrand, James Maglenn, and the Adams and Swift Family

Two new finding aids and one updated finding aid have been added to the Private Collections finding aids page:

Adams and Swift Family Papers, 1856-1928
George Mott Swift (ca. 1823-1883), a merchant in Yanceyville, Caswell County, was married in 1856 to Isabella Crane Lowndnes (d.1934). Their daughter, Lizzie Lowndes, married Spencer Bell Adams (1861-1943) in 1884. Adams had studied at the Dick and Dillard Law School at Greensboro, where he received his license to practice law in 1882 before establishing his practice in Yanceyville. There he held several positions, including that of elected clerk of the Superior Court of Caswell County. By 1899 Adams and his family were living in Greensboro, where he practiced law, and served as chairman of the state Republican Party, 1905-1910. Their six children included Joseph Allen Adams (1893-1939), also an attorney, who enlisted for military service 27 June 1917, then trained and served until 1919 at various U.S. Army camps and forts throughout the Southeast. The younger Adams was in demand during the 1920s as a speaker at area patriotic and veterans’ events. Papers include letters, telegrams, military certificates and forms, clippings, and speeches to patriotic and veterans groups, etc., clippings, and a small quantity of correspondence and estate, land, and legal papers involving the Swift, and related families of Yanceyville, Caswell County; Greensboro, Guilford County. The earliest documents concern parcels of land that Joseph M. Swift purchased from heirs of Elijah Graves and from Virginia (Graves) McDonald, for property in Yanceyville of her mother, the late Ann (Lea) Graves, 1856-1883. (1 box, .33 cubic feet)

LeGrand, Harry E., Papers, 1949-2010
Harry E. LeGrand (1917- ) was born near Mebane, Alamance County, and was graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1939 with a B.S. degree. Following service in World War II, he embarked on a career as a hydrogeologist that continued well past 2000. His earliest work was with the U.S. Geological Survey in Georgia, but he returned to North Carolina, based in Raleigh, where his focus was on studying the geology and ground water in the Southeast’s Piedmont and Mountain Regions underlain by igneous and metamorphic rocks. Study of the Atlantic Coastal Plain, particularly in North Carolina, has been another area of interest. After 1974 LeGrand served as a consulting hydrogeologist with several agencies, conducting studies in North Carolina (consulting for North Carolina Dept. of Natural and Environmental Resources; later the North Carolina Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources) and various parts of the United States and also in Europe, Australia, and the Caribbean area. In addition to his published works in various journals and studies, his writings include some poems and essays. The papers, 1949-2010, document a significant portion of LeGrand’s career as a hydrogeologist, first with the U.S. Geological Survey and then as an independent hydrogeologist located in Raleigh, N.C. The collection is organized into six series: biographical material; unpublished writings in verse and essay, and a collection of memoranda, 1987-1992, written to raise serious issues about ground water, the aquifers that contain and transmit water, and the importance of geological considerations in locating safe radioactive disposal sites, addressed to the North Carolina Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management Authority; published scientific articles, reports, etc. on hydrogeology and related areas, particularly in North Carolina, covering the Coastal Plain, Piedmont, and Mountain Region, but also the Southern States; miscellaneous materials related to hydrogeology; and illustrations of hydrogeological concepts: paper copy, transparencies, and lantern slides; and samples of data regarding various N.C. river basins and associated streams. The materials are primarily articles; addresses; reports; poems and essays; memoranda; abstracts; surveys; and illustrations of geological and hydrogeological phenomenas, utilizing diagrams, maps, charts, etc. and employed in transparencies and lantern slides. The bulk of the collection consists of LeGrand’s professional writings selected by a variety of professional journals and published proceedings. (2 cubic feet, 6 boxes.)

Maglenn, James, Collection, 1857; 1863 – 1864
James Maglenn (1833-1914), chief engineer of the Civil War blockade runner Ad-Vance, was a native of Ireland who emigrated to the United States at the age of 19 in 1852. When and where he mastered the engineering of steamships is unknown. This small collection of materials includes the original 1857 engineer’s certificate issued to him at Norfolk, Virginia, that licensed him as a first assistant engineer following the examination of his qualifications as prescribed by an 1852 act of Congress. (3 items)