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|Size||0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 480 items)|
|Abstract||Textile executive, of Burlington, N.C. Papers relating to Holt's concerns about racial segregation, Jewish control of the federal government, strict interpretation of the Constitution, the Status of Forces Agreement, communism in the U.S., and Hawaiian statehood. Included is correspondence about preventing racial integration, and broadsides, leaflets, and circulars issued by various right-wing organizations of which Holt was a member.|
|Creator||Holt, Erwin Allen, 1873-1961.|
|Curatorial Unit||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.|
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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.
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Erwin A. Holt was a member of the firm of Lawrence S. Holt & Sons, cotton mill owners. He was a son of Lawrence S. Holt (1851-1937) and Margaret Lock Erwin Holt (1852-918), and a grandson of Edwin Michael Holt (1807-1884).
Arrangement is by organization, largely as established by Holt, then chronological. The American Nationalist (folders 1-10) was an organization, based in Inglewood, Cal., and headed by Frank L. Britton, that published a journal also called The American Nationalist. Items include material relating to problems of "conservative" Americans, including lack of funds to support organizations, setbacks in the courts, and the growing probability of Hawaiian statehood.
The Grass Roots League, Inc. (folders 11-15) directed by Stanley F. Morse, was headquartered in Charleston, S.C. Items include a number of form letters and handwritten letters from Morse to Holt, as well as ephemera supporting conservative causes such as States' rights, segregation, and the anti-Communism movement.
The Patriots of North Carolina, Inc. (folders 16-18) was under the leadership of Samuel Horace McCall (b. 1918), former mayor of Troy, N.C., and Wesley Critz George (b. 1888), professor of anatomy, at UNC-Chapel Hill. Material includes correspondence concerning meetings of organizations, distribution of literature, and segregation. There is also one photograph (P-3551/1).
Papers relating to the North Carolina Defenders of States' Rights, Inc. (folders 19-26) are more numerous than those for the other organizations. Much of the material consists of copies of letters from Sterling Rawlinson Booth, Jr., of Raleigh, and Earle Le Baron, faculty member of East Carolina College, to public officials, Holt, and the membership. Common topics are "liberals" at ECC and UNC, segregation, and Communism.
Holt had arranged the last set of items (folders 27-30) as "segregation problem and clippings." Topics include segregation of schools, the U. S. Army, and Communist influences. The material is from a variety of organizations from around the country.Back to Top
American Nationalist, 1953-1956 (11 items)
American Nationalist, 1957-1960 (23 items)
American Nationalist, undated (124 items)
Grass Roots League, 1952,1955 (14 items)
Grass Roots League, 1956-1957 (25 items)
Grass Roots League, 1958 (19 items)
Grass Roots League, 1959 (20 items)
Grass Roots League, 1960-1961, Undated (17 items)
Patriots of North Carolina, 1955 (14 items)
Patriots of North Carolina, 1956-1957,1959 (12 items)
Patriots of North Carolina, undated (8 items)
Defenders of States Rights, 1954, 1956-1958 (13 items)
Defenders of States Rights, 1959 (59 items)
Defenders of States Rights, 1960 (21 items)
Defenders of States Rights, 1961 (10 items)
Defenders of States Rights, undated (35 items)
Other Materials, 1935, 1950, 1954 (7 items)
Other Materials, 1955 (56 items)
Other Materials, 1956-1960, 1968, and undated (20 items)
Group photograph of Erwin Holt and others, 1955