This collection has access restrictions. For details, please see the restrictions.
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web. See the Duplication Policy section for more information.
|Size||13 items (0.5 linear feet)|
|Abstract||Edward West Ward (1833-1908) was a resident of Onslow County, N.C. Active in politics and community life, Ward was a Mason and a member of the Grange. Papers of Edward West Ward are mostly speeches delivered to church, school, and other community groups in Onslow County. Topics include former North Carolina Governor Edward Bishop Dudley, agriculture, the Grange, the Masons, and education.|
|Creator||Ward, Edward West, 1833-1908.|
The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.
Clicking on a subject heading below will take you into the University Library's online catalog.
Edward West Ward was a resident of Onslow County, N.C. He was born in 1833 and died in 1908. Active in politics and community life, Ward was a Mason and a member of the Grange.Back to Top
Speeches written by Edward West Ward and delivered to church, school, and other community groups in Onslow County, N.C.; an undated fragment of a speech; and a note to the donor's mother from her grandmother. Topics of speeches include former North Carolina Governor Edward Bishop Dudley, agriculture, the Grange, the Masons, and education.Back to Top
Speech, undated, presenting a Bible to Enew Church from a former neighbor, Benjamin N. Ward, then a South Carolina state senator.
Two drafts of an undated speech to farmers. The speech points out that banks and money can fail or disappear, but land can produce wealth. Thus the farmer "... knows that the best bank ... is a bank of earth and the best share is the plowshare." Ward notes that the wealth of the cities is built upon the goods produced from farms; he advocates collective action by farmers to improve their position by the collectivization efforts of the Grange, also known as the Patrons of Husbandry. The first national farm organization in the United States, the Grange was founded in 1867 and was strongest until 1878. The speech probably dates from that period.
Undated portion of speech perhaps delivered at a meeting of the Grange. Ward advocates the value of collectivization among farmers to increase their power versus commercial interests in the cities. He also mentions that there are women at the gathering. The Grange did admit women as members. Probable dates are between 1867 and 1878.
Speech, 31 May 1863?, memorializing former North Carolina governor Edward Bishop Dudley (1789-1855), born in Onslow County and elected governor in 1836 and 1838. He was one of the founders of North Carolina's Whig Party, supported stronger banks and government support for public works, and helped create a company that built a railroad from Wilmington to Weldon. Ward's speech emphasizes Dudley's ties to Onslow County and the need to continue his work in education and internal improvements.
Two copies of an undated speech to the Masons on the birthday of St. John the Baptist, 24 June. The speech celebrates Masonry and discusses its aims.
Speech delivered sometime in the 1860s at an Onslow County school in emphasizing the importance of education. Ward also briefly discusses the improvement in education in the state between 1840 and 1860.
Undated portion of a speech to students about the importance of education. It is very similar to part of the last speech and may be an early draft.
Sunday School Speech on the Importance of Education #04919, Series: "Speeches, 1863-1890s. " Folder 8
Undated speech to an Onslow County Sunday school. Ward emphasizes that. in other nations, education came only with privilege, but America's founding fathers saw education as a necessity and established schools as a necessary part of society.
Sunday School Speech on the Responsibilities of Training Children #04919, Series: "Speeches, 1863-1890s. " Folder 9
Undated portion of a Sunday school speech to parents and children. Ward reminded parents that they were their children's first teachers and told the students that they should behave properly because of all the care their parents had taken in raising them.
Two undated notes, one written by Ward, ca. 1863, that may be part of an unknown speech; the other, ca. 1948, to Lila Koonce Chichester, aunt of the donor of the collection, from her grandmother when she gave the papers to Chichester.