Joe M. McLaurin, Posters, and Archie and Vallie Henderson

A new finding aid has been added to our Private Collections finding aids page:

McLaurin, Joe M., History Collection, 1900 – 2002
Joe M. McLaurin was a historian from Richmond County, North Carolina who spent his career collecting information and records about the history of the county and its families. Joe McLaurin was active in historical societies, serving as president of both the Richmond County Historical Society and the North Carolina Society of County and Local Historians. He was also a successful businessman, founding the company Solene Lubricants, as well as serving on the boards of the Richmond Savings Bank, First National Bank, and as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the McLaurin Vocational Training Center. In 1986 Joe McLaurin sold Solene Lubricants in order to devote all his energies to the study and collection of Richmond County’s history. The Joe M. McLaurin History Collection consists of a variety of papers and materials created by or collected by Joe McLaurin. These records concern the history of Richmond County and the genealogies of it families. The collection contains papers and correspondence relating to Joe McLaurin’s efforts to seek out and acquire historical records on these subjects. The collection holds original primary sources and copies of sources if Joe McLaurin could not acquire the originals. Many people donated papers to the collection, but Joe McLaurin also purchased materials when they were offered for sale. He purchased the negative collections of two prominent Richmond County photographers–Charles Sauls and Nick Lovin. One donor gave Joe McLaurin the legal papers of William G. Pittman who served as an attorney in the county during the first half of the twentieth century. Joe McLaurin also collected a great deal of information and papers on the cotton mill industry in Richmond County. Many of the books that Joe McLaurin collected concern genealogical subjects, and were of limited publication runs making them quite valuable for research in this genre. The collection is made up of correspondence, research files, publications, interview tapes and transcripts, newspapers and clippings, photographic prints and negatives, publications, and books on the history of Richmond County and its residents. Due to the size of the collection, Joe McLaurin created a system of filing numbers for the collection. These filing numbers are described in greater detail within their corresponding series scope and content notes in this finding aid. Joe McLaurin also developed an index of names to help him locate subjects within the papers and records. The file numbering systems, and the index system has been kept by the State Archives in order to maintain the integrity of Joe McLaurin’s system of research methodology. (726 boxes and volumes, 260 cubic feet.)

Several new or updated finding aids have been added to the Non-Textual Materials finding aids page:

Biographical Directory of the General Assembly of North Carolina Project Photograph Collection (General Assembly Composite Photograph File), 1875 – 1993
The North Carolina General Assembly is the state of North Carolina’s state legislature. This elected body makes the laws of North Carolina, also known as the General Statutes. This collection consists of composite photographs of the North Carolina General Assembly, one original photograph depicting a composite of members of the N.C. Constitutional Convention of 1875, and several color portraits. (23 items, 1 box.)

Henderson, Archie and Vallie, Photograph Collection, c.1940-1997
This collection consists primarily of negatives and some prints taken by Vallie Henderson in the late 1960’s and 1970’s of homes and yards in the Oakwood neighborhood in Raleigh, NC, and of activities of Raleigh’s HANDS organization (Home And Neighborhood Development Sponsors, part of the Keep America Beautiful program of the Sears Roebuck Foundation) and the Oakwood Garden Club. A smaller group of negatives depict automobile accidents in the Raleigh area in the 1940’s and were most likely shot by Archie Henderson. There is also a small group of home movies taken by the Hendersons on various trips and vacations in the 1940’s. (Approximately 2,500 items, 2.0 linear feet.)

Political Campaign Poster Collection
This small collection of political campaign posters spans a variety of years. The collection consists of presidential campaign posters, William Kerr Scott’s North Carolina governor poster, and Wake County, central, and eastern North Carolina local political campaign ephemera and posters. (10 items)

Poster Collection, Miscellaneous Posters
The first 5 items in this series were found within the World War II series of the Poster Collection and were determined to be inappropriate for that series. They have been grouped together here with other posters and poster-like items that do not fit into any of the other series in the Poster Collection. (28 items)