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|Size||0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 250 items)|
|Abstract||Vaughan researched and wrote local history and life histories, 1930-1939, with the Federal Writers' Project in Beaufort County, N.C. Correspondence and other papers relating to Vaughan's work with the Federal Writers' Project. Most correspondence is with George L. Andrews, assistant state director of the Federal Writers' Project. Other papers include material collected and written about Beaufort County history, sample life histories given to Vaughan as examples, a life history of a minister by Vaughan, and biographical and autobiographical material of Vaughan dealing with his Federal Writers' Project experience and other matters.|
|Creator||Vaughan, William Le Roy, 1880-1956.|
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William Le Roy Vaughan was born 29 January 1880 in Halifax County, North Carolina, the sixth child of Martha Gray and William Thomas Vaughan. Both Vaughan and his older brother received their bachelor's (1902) and master's (1906) degrees from Wake Forest College. They were both admitted to the North Carolina Bar in 1907.
After working briefly at Wake Forest as an instructor and then as an editorial assistant on a Halifax county newspaper, William Vaughan established a law office in Washington, North Carolina, in 1908. While in Washington, he served as superintendent of Beaufort County Schools, 1909-1913; judge of Recorder's Court, 1914-1916; and legal council for the Beaufort County Land Company, 1916-1919. From 1919 to 1933, he confined his professional activities to his legal practice.
In 1911, Vaughan married Carrie Simmons, the daughter of another Washington lawyer. She died in February 1920 while bearing her fifth child.
Vaughan lost the use of his legs and right arm in May 1933 in an automobile accident in which one of his children was killed. Vaughan remained an invalid until 1938, when he began work as an interviewer for the Federal Writers' Project, responsible for collecting information on the history of Beaufort County. After the termination of the project, he worked as a Gallup poll-taker and later as customs officer for Washington, North Carolina.
In 1947, Vaughan left Washington to live with his daughter. He died in February 1956.Back to Top
Vaughan's papers center around his activities with the Federal Writers' Project. Materials consist chiefly of correspondence with George L. Andrews, assistant state director of the Federal Writers' Project for North Carolina, and with others who were chiefly sources of information about Beaufort County; data on Beaufort County he collected from numerous public and private sources; and the finished accounts that he submitted to Andrews.Back to Top
Information collected by Vaughan and correspondence with Andrews relating to communities in Beaufort County.
Beaufort County History, 3 April 1939 #04192, Series: "William Le Roy Vaughan Papers, 1938-1979." Folder 6
Written by Vaughan, submitted to Andrews, with cover letter. 65 pp.
Clippings, correspondence, maps, typed notes, and other material collected by Vaughan.
"My Own Story," 24 February 1938 #04192, Series: "William Le Roy Vaughan Papers, 1938-1979." Folder 9
Autobiographical Federal Writers' Project life history by Vaughan, with cover letter; also a biographical sketch, 1979, of Vaughan by Virginia Mallory, his daughter, and some other biographical material. 31 pp.
Written by Vaughan about the 1933 automobile accident. Ca. 15 pp.
Sample life histories by Ida Moore #04192, Series: "William Le Roy Vaughan Papers, 1938-1979." Folder 11
Copies given to Vaughan as examples.
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