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|Size||9.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 7,350 items)|
|Abstract||Louis Graves (1883-1965) was a writer, journalist, and founder of the Chapel Hill (N.C.) Weekly, and married his wife, Mildred Moses Graves (1892-1976), in 1921. The collection comprises personal and professional papers of Louis Graves. Family correspondence includes letters to Louis Graves's mother, Julia Charlotte Hooper Graves (1856-1944); his sister, Mary Graves Rees (1886-1953); and his brothers, Ralph Graves (1878-1939) and Ernest Graves (1880-1953); as well as letters to and from Mildred Graves's father, Edward Pearson Moses (1857-1948); her brother, Herbert Moses; her nephew, Edward Kidder Graham Junior (1911-1976); and her niece, Allen Claywell Irvine. Included in the professional correspondence are letters to and from writers; newspaper editors; publishers; academic figures, chiefly at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill; North Carolina political figures; and readers of the Chapel Hill Weekly. Also included are manuscript writings, clippings, photographs, and a paper-cut silhouette, 1814, of University of North Carolina buildings. Volumes include memo books, account books, photograph albums, scrapbooks, engagement calendars, address books, and travel diaries.|
|Creator||Graves, Louis, 1883-1965.|
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Louis Graves (1883-1965) of Chapel Hill, N.C., was a writer, journalist, and founder of the Chapel Hill (N.C.) Weekly. Graves was born in Chapel Hill, N.C. to Ralph Henry Graves (died 1889), a professor of mathematics at the University of North Carolina, and Julia Charlotte Hooper Graves (1856-1944). He was educated in Chapel Hill at the schools of Miss Loula Herndon and J. W. Canada and attended the Bingham School in Asheville, N.C., 1898-1899. He entered the University of North Carolina in 1899 and graduated in 1902.
In December 1902, Louis Graves moved to New York. In March 1903, he beame a reporter for the New York Times, where he remained until August 1906. From 1906 to 1913, he worked for the publicity firm of Ivy L. Lee, which served a number of railroad companies. From 1913 to 1917 he worked for the New York City government, briefly as secretary to the President of the Borough of Manhattan, George McAneny (1869-1953), and then as secretary to the President of the Board of Aldermen, when McAneny was elected to that position in 1913. During his residence in New York, Graves was engaged in freelance writing, and beginning in 1908, he had numerous short stories and articles published in magazines and newspapers, including the Atlantic Monthly, Harpers, the Saturday Evening Post, and New York Times Magazine.
In the spring of 1917, when the United States entered World War I, Graves was commissioned a captain in the army; after training at Camp Jackson, S.C., he went with the 81st Division of the American Expeditionary Force to France. After the Armistice, he remained in Europe for one year with the Press Section, General Headquarters and the Army of Occupation in Coblenz on the Rhine. He was discharged in July 1919 and returned to the United States in December 1919. In 1920 and 1921, Graves was with Asia magazine where he published a biography of Willard Straight in serial form.
In 1921 Graves returned to Chapel Hill, where he married Mildred Moses (1892-1976), the daughter of Edward Pearson Moses (1857-1948) and Caroline Dosser Moses (1855-1901). The Graveses had no children of their own, though they helped to raise Mrs. Graves' nephew, Edward Kidder Graham Junior (1911-1976), who was orphaned in 1918, and her niece Allen Claywell Irvine, who was placed under her guardianship in 1937.
In the fall of 1921, Louis Graves became a professor of journalism at the University of North Carolina, a position he held until 1924. In March 1923, he established the Chapel Hill Weekly and served as its editor and owner until 1954, when he sold the paper to the Chapel Hill Publishing Company. Orville Campbell succeeded Graves as editor, but Graves himself was contributing editor from 1954 to 1960. After 1960, he wrote only occasionally for the Chapel Hill Weekly and other papers.Back to Top
The collection includes personal and professional papers of Louis Graves and of his wife, Mildred Moses Graves. Family correspondence includes letters to Louis Graves's mother, Julia Charlotte Hooper Graves; his sister, Mary Graves Rees (1886-1953); and his brothers, Ralph Graves (1878-1939) and Ernest Graves (1880-1953); as well as letters to and from Mildred Graves's father, Edward Pearson Moses; her brother, Herbert Moses; her nephew, Edward Kidder Graham Junior; and her niece, Allen Claywell Irvine. Included in the professional correspondence are letters to and from writers; newspaper editors; publishers; academic figures, chiefly at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill; North Carolina political figures; and readers of the Chapel Hill Weekly. Also included are manuscript writings, clippings, photographs, and a paper-cut silhouette, 1814, of University of North Carolina buildings. Volumes include memo books, account books, photograph albums, scrapbooks, engagement calendars, address books, and travel diaries.Back to Top
Correspondence, 1880-1919, chiefly pertains to Louis Graves's family and to his early career as a freelance writer in New York, N.Y. The first major group of letters from Louis Graves begins in 1917. These relate primarily to his military career, 1917-1919, at Chattanooga, Tenn., Camp Jackson, S.C.; and in the American Expeditionary Force in France during World War I. There is very little correspondence related to Graves career at the New York Times nor with the publicity firm of Ivy L. Lee.
Correspondence, 1920-1954, pertains chiefly to the Graves family in Chapel Hill, N.C., during the period when Louis Graves was owner and editor of the Chapel Hill Weekly. Professional correspondence increases during the 1930s and includes letters written by readers in response to editorials and articles in the Chapel Hill Weekly or simply to renew subscriptions. In particular there are letters from fellow journalists, including several from Josephus Daniels of the Raleigh News and Observer; R. P. Harriss, of the New York Herald (Paris); Gerald White Johnston of Baltimore; John Finley and Irving Brock of the New York Times; and Virginius Dabney of the Richmond Times Dispatch. There are also a few letters from political figures, including North Carolina governor John C. B. Ehringhaus.
Correspondence, 1954-1965, reflects Louis Graves's continued interest in the Chapel Hill Weekly, his writing career after his retirement, and the contacts he maintained with fellow journalists and old friends. In this period there are letters of political interest including one, November 1954, from President Dwight D. Eisenhower thanking Graves for his support in the election of 1954; one, May 1960, from Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, describing his write-in election to the United States Senate in 1954; and several from Graves's good friend, Congressman Carl Durham of the 6th District, North Carolina.
Items after 1965 are exclusively letters to Mildred Moses Graves and are chiefly personal in nature, some related to the death, memorial services, and estate of Louis Graves.
Includes genealogical charts for the Graves and Hooper families and for the Moses and Dosser families.
Includes clippings from newspapers and magazines, pertaining chiefly to the Graves and Moses families, to Louis Graves himself, and to the Chapel Hill Weekly. They do not include anything written by Louis Graves.
|Oversize Paper Folder OPF-4010/1b|
|Extra Oversize Paper Folder X-OPF-4010/1a|
Arrangement: primarily chronological
Chiefly the writings of Louis Graves, both in published and unpublished form. The published writings consist of articles and short stories clipped from various periodicals and newspapers, 1909-1964. In addition, there are drafts and typescripts of articles and short stories, some of which were never published. There are also poems, abstracts for plays, and notes made in preparation for articles. Writings by Graves's mother Julia Charlotte Hooper Graves and by various other writers are included at the end.
Includes material on Graves and Moses family history, chiefly in the form of undated notes.
Arrangement: primarily chronological
Includes notebooks, engagement calendars, photograph albums, scrapbooks, and other volumes. Most of the notebooks and engagement calendars were kept by Mildred Moses Graves, however, they reflect Louis Graves's activities almost as much as hers. A number of the calendars contain diary-like entries.
Contains lists of various members of the University of North Carolina classes of 1897, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1902, and 1903.
|Photograph Album PA-4010/5|
|Photograph Album PA-4010/6|
|Oversize Volume SV-4010/10|
|Photograph Album PA-4010/21|
|Photograph Album PA-4010/24|
|Photograph Album PA-4010/77|
|Photograph Album PA-4010/81|
|Photograph Album PA-4010/83|
|Oversize Volume SV-4010/84|
Items in this series include family photographs of members of the Hooper, Whitaker, Graves, Rees, Dosser, Moses, Irvine, and Graham families, as well as miscellaneous photographs of people both identified and unidentified.
|Image Folder PF-4010/1||
Includes photographs of Louis Graves's maternal ancestors, including a photograph of a portrait of Reverend William Hooper; Louis Graves's great-grandfather, Wake Forest President William Hooper (1792-1876) and Louis Graves's grandfather, John DeBerniere Hooper (died 1886).
|Image Folder PF-4010/2-3||
Includes photographs of Louis Graves's cousins on his mother's side.
|Image Folder PF-4010/4-14||
Includes photographs of the Graves family including Louis Graves's grandparents and parents and his siblings.
|Image Folder PF-4010/15|
|Image Folder PF-4010/16|
|Image Folder PF-4010/17-22||
Includes photographs of Mildred Moses Graves's parents and siblings.
|Image Folder PF-4010/23-24|
|Image Folder PF-4010/25-34||
Includes photographs of Mildred Moses Graves's brother-in-law, E. K. Graham Sr.; Frank Porter Graham; and E. K. Graham Jr.
|Image Folder PF-4010/35-55|
|Image Folder PF-4010/56-58|
|Image Folder PF-4010/59-61|
|Image Folder PF-4010/62|
|Image Folder PF-4010/63|
|Image Folder PF-4010/64|
|Image Folder PF-4010/65|
|Image Folder PF-4010/66|
|Image Folder PF-4010/67|
|Image Folder PF-4010/68|
|Image Folder PF-4010/69|
|Image Folder PF-4010/70-92||
Includes Christmas photograph cards.
|Image Folder PF-4010/93-97|
|Image Folder PF-4010/98-103|
|Image Folder PF-4010/104-105|
|Oversize Image Folder OP-PF-4010/1|
|Oversize Image Folder OP-PF-4010/2|
Contains image of a horse statute and image of cherry blossoms.
|Special Format Image SF-P-4010/1-2||
Cased photograph and photolithiograph (on stone).
|Framed Item FR-4010/3|
Includes three recorded interviews with Louis Graves entitled "Personalities in Residence-Louis Graves", recorded by the Department of Radio, Television, and Motion Pictures, University of North Carolina.
Processed by: SHC Staff
Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007
Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, March 2010
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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