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Collection Number: 01765

Collection Title: J. Bryan Grimes Papers, 1712-1924

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.


This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 22.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 16800 items)
Abstract J. Bryan (John Bryan) Grimes (1868-1923) of Pitt County, N.C., was a conservative leader of the Farmers' Alliance, the Grange, and other agricultural organizations; managed the family farms in Pitt County and Beaufort County; and was North Carolina secretary of state, 1900-1923. The collection includes 20th century business, personal, and official correspondence of Grimes, with the bulk of the papers concerning his service as North Carolina secretary of state and various Democratic political campaigns. Also included are ancestral family papers, North Carolina newspapers from 1864 and 1868, and some colonial land grants. Volumes include a law notebook on North Carolina court cases, 1783-1815; a mathematics exercise book, 1821-1829; a bank book of John Heritage Bryan (1798-1870) in account with the Bank of New Bern, 1831-1834; a manuscript tracing land title for the Avon Plantation in Pitt County from 1715-1910; and an undated manuscript on the Republican Party in North Carolina.
Creator Grimes, J. Bryan (John Bryan), 1868-1923.
Curatorial Unit University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the J. Bryan Grimes Papers #1765, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Loaned by J. Bryan Grimes of Scott Air Force Base, Ill., 1950-1951.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Roslyn Holdzkom, October 2008

Updated by: Adam Fielding, Kate Stratton, and Jodi Berkowitz, February 2011

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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J. Bryan Grimes (1868-1923) of Pitt County, N.C., was North Carolina secretary of state, 1900-1923. He also managed the family farms in Pitt and Beaufort counties; was a conservative leader in the Farmers Alliance, State Grange, and other agricultural organizations. He was a trustee of the University of North Carolina and chairman of the North Carolina Historical Commission.

He was married to Mary Octavia Laughinghouse and after her death he married Elizabeth F. Laughinghouse.

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The collection includes 20th century business, personal, and official correspondence of J. Bryan Grimes (1868-1923). The bulk of the papers concern his service as North Carolina secretary of state and various Democratic political campaigns. Also included are ancestral family papers, North Carolina newspapers from 1864 and 1868, and some colonial land grants. Volumes include a law notebook on North Carolina court cases, 1783-1815; a mathematics exercise book, 1821-1829; a bank book of John Heritage Bryan (1798-1870) in account with the Bank of New Bern, 1831-1834; a manuscript tracing land title for the Avon Plantation in Pitt County from 1715-1910; and an undated manuscript on the Republican Party in North Carolina.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid

Folder 1

1712-1745

Included are land treaties with Native Americans groups, and copies of wills that bequeath enslaved men, women, and children to various family members.

Folder 2

1748-1762

Included are land treaties with Native Americans groups, and copies of wills that bequeath enslaved men, women, and children to various family members.

Folder 3

1765-1778

Folder 4

1781-1786

Folder 5-7

Folder 5

Folder 6

Folder 7

1795

Folder 8-9

Folder 8

Folder 9

1796

Folder 10

1797-1799

Folder 11

1800-1811

Folder 12

1812-1819

Folder 13

1820-1832

Includes papers related to Brown vs. McDaniel case.

Folder 14

1833-1848

Folder 15

1850-1858

Folder 16

1860-1868

Folder 17

Undated: Speeches and other papers related to Confederate matters

Included are are copies of speeches discussing Confederate concerns.

Folder 18

1872-1887

Folder 19-20

Folder 19

Folder 20

1888

Folder 21

1899-1891

Folder 22-23

Folder 22

Folder 23

1892

Folder 24-25

Folder 24

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1893

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1894

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1895-1898

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1899

Folder 30-40

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1900

Folder 41-50

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1901

Folder 51-58

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1902

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1903

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1904

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1906

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1907

Folder 107-136

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1908

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1909

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1910

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1911

Folder 160-184

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1912

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1913

Folder 200-227

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1914

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1915

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1916

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1917

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1919

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1920

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Folder 553

1922

Folder 554

1923-1924

Folder 555

Biography and pictures, undated

Folder 556-558

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Folder 557

Folder 558

Undated

Folder 559

Political papers, undated

Folder 560

Fragments, circa 1900-1908

Folder 561

Fragments, undated

Folder 562

Property papers, undated

Folder 563

Blueprints

Folder 564

Volume 1: Law notebook, undated

Titled "Precedents from North Carolina court cases, 1783-1815." J. R. Lloyd, Grove Hill, N.C. is listed on flyleaf.

Folder 565

Volume 2: Mathematics exercise book, 1821, 1829

Folder 566

Volume 3: Account book, 1 September 1831-13 November 1834

Account book of John H. Bryan with the Bank of New Bern.

Folder 567

Volume 4: Notebook, 1843-1844

Notebook containing lists of pupils and some related cash accounts.

Folder 568

Volume 5: "Avon Plantation," 1910

Typescript manuscript tracing land title of Avon Plantation, Pitt County, N.C., from 1715-1910.

Folder 569

Volume 6: Manuscript, undated

Typescript manuscript on the Republican party in North Carolina.

Extra Oversize Paper Folder XOP-1765/1-2

XOP-1765/1

XOP-1765/2

North Carolina newspapers, 1864, 1868; colonial land grants

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