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|Size||1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1400 items)|
|Abstract||Author and journalist of Buxton on Hatteras, N.C. Papers of author and journalist Ben Dixon MacNeill, including correspondence, manuscript articles, clippings of articles by and about MacNeill, reviews of MacNeill's book "The Hatterasman," maps of coastal areas of North Carolina, and photographs of MacNeill and his family and of people and animals at Cape Hatteras. Most of the material relates in some way to Cape Hatteras or the Outer Banks. Correspondence includes letters from Alvah H. Ward, Herbert C. Bonner, George Ross, and others about Oregon Inlet; from Lindsay C. Warren and others about the establishment of a National Seashore at the Outer Banks; from Dudley W. Bagley about a book on Joseph Palmer Knapp and other matters; from governors William B. Umstead and Luther Hodges about appointments of MacNeill and others to state boards, including MacNeill's appointment to the North Carolina Cape Hatteras Seashore Commission; and from John F. Blair, publisher, and many others about MacNeill's book, "The Hatterasman."|
|Creator||MacNeill, Ben Dixon, 1889-1960.|
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1899 Born in Laurinburg, Scotland County, N.C., son of Alexander Benjamin and Flora MacKinnon MacNeill
circa 1903 Attended Bingham School for Boys
circa 1907 Worked for Fayetteville Observer
circa 1910 Worked for Wilmington Morning Star
1919-1960 Worked for the Raleigh News and Observer
1937 Went to the Outer Banks as publicity director for the "Lost Colony"
1941-1945 Lt. Col., U.S. Army public information corps
1958 Won Mayflower Award for The Hatterasman
1960 Died at Buxton-on-HatterasBack to Top
The collection consists of personal correspondence, 1953-1960, of Ben Dixon MacNeill when he lived at Buxton-on-Hatteras. Letters include congratulations on winning the Mayflower Award in 1958 and concern about MacNeill's illness in 1959. Correspondents include Governor William B. Umstead; Huntington Cairns of the National Gallery of Art; Governor Luther H. Hodges; Senator W. Kerr Scott; Dr. James W. Patton, director of the Southern Historical Collection; Senator Roman L. Hruska of Nebraska; and Sam Ragan of the Raleigh News and Observer.
Other items include published and unpublished manuscripts; clippings of his newspaper articles; letters and clippings about his pet raccoon Minnie; letters and clippings about the anniversary celebration of the first flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C.; information of the Oregon Inlet; and maps, photographs and certificates.Back to Top
Personal correspondence of Ben Dixon MacNeill, primarily dealing with Cape Hatteras and the Outer Banks.
Primarily articles and writings of MacNeill or of interest to him. Also included are maps and certificates.
Processed by: Suzanne Ruffing, March 1996
Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008
This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.Back to Top