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|Size||3.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1500 items)|
|Abstract||John Alexander Livingstone, lawyer, librarian and marshal of the North Carolina State Supreme Court, and long-time correspondent for the News and Observer of Raleigh, N.C. Correspondence, writings, and miscellaneous other papers of John Alexander Livingstone. Correspondence includes letters on political matters during Livingstone's tenure as the News and Observer's Washington correspondent, 1927-1930. Included are letters from Josephus Daniels, J. C. B. Ehringhaus, and George Francis Cochran|
|Creator||Livingstone, John A. (John Alexander), 1885 or 6-1937.|
|Curatorial Unit||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.|
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John Alexander Livingstone (1885 or 1886-1937) was born in Anson County, North Carolina, son of Walter Woodberry and Lydia Vick Livingstone. He graduated from the Pee Dee Institute in Wadesboro, North Carolina, and Trinity College (Duke University), and studied at both the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the Raleigh School of Law. After teaching for several years, Livingstone took a position as associate editor of The Gaston Press (Gastonia, N.C.), then worked with The Wilmington Star (Wilmington, N.C.) as a reporter and city editor before moving to the News and Observer (Raleigh) in 1919.
Livingstone served as the News and Observer's special correspondent in Washington, D.C., from 1927 to 1930. Upon his return to Raleigh, Livingstone started a law practice and continued to serve as an editor and legal correspondent for the News and Observer In 1931, he was appointed librarian of the North Carolina Supreme Court, and in 1935 was named marshal of that court.
Livingstone was an enthusiastic Democrat and was active in both the Masons and the Shriners, among many other organizations and affiliations. He married Rosalie Preston Turner in 1935. Livingstone died unexpectedly in May 1937, victim of an attack of angina.Back to Top
Correspondence, writings and miscellaneous papers of John A. Livingstone.Back to Top
Personal and professional correspondence of John Livingstone dating from his three-year stay (1927-1930) in Washington, D.C. as a correspondent for the Raleigh News and Observer, until his death in 1937, at which time he was serving as both librarian and marshal of the North Carolina Supreme Court. Correspondence for this decade is arranged in three subseries.
Largely letters from journalists and politicians during John Livingstone's time in Washington, D.C., as a special correspondent for the News and Observer. There are a number of letters from Josephus Daniels concerning various assignments and ideas for possible stories. A small number of personal letters and other non-professional correspondence is also included.
Lawyer, News Writer, and Supreme Court Librarian, 1930-1934 #04100, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1927-1937." Folder 5-19
Chiefly correspondence concerning local and regional matters. Though he continued to write for the News and Observer, Livingstone resumed his practice of law, was associate editor of the Commercial Law Journal, and on November 15, 1920, was elected librarian of the N. C. Supreme Court.
Notable correspondence from this period includes letters from Josephus Daniels from Mexico, where he was ambassador, and interesting letters from George Francis Cochran, Livingstone's long-time newspaper colleague.
Marriage, Appointment as Marshal of Supreme Court, and Unexpected Death., 1935-1937 and undated #04100, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1927-1937." Folder 20-29
Mostly professional correspondence. Despite the fact that Livingstone married Rosalie Preston Turner on April 30, 1935, there is no correspondence between the two before or after the marriage. (Correspondence of Rosalie Preston Turner Livingstone --unrelated to this collection--is in the Turner Family Papers, 04548). Of note are several letters from North Carolina Governor John C. B. Ehringhaus, including one, May 29, 1935 in which the Governor described his Masonic affiliations in some detail.
Well documented is John Livingstone's untimely death on May 26, 1937. Numerous telegrams and letters of condolence to Mrs. Livingstone immediately following this event testify to the great number of close friends and associates Livingstone acquired during his lifetime.
Copies of letters from George Francis Cochran. The photocopies are filed chronologically.
Writings by, and miscellaneous collected papers of, John A. Livingstone. The writings include numerous newspaper articles, law journal articles, book reviews, texts of radio addresses, and other public addresses. The collection of miscellaneous items includes materials relating to the many organizational affiliations and memberships Livingstone held, some financial records, papers from events attended, and a number of newspaper clippings following Livingstone's death in 1937.
Writings representing the broad spectrum of topics Livingstone was interested in and addressed during his career as both a lawyer and a newspaper writer. His articles and speeches range from very specific subjects in law, politics, and history to rather diverse biographies and book reviews in areas outside his fields of expertise. Some materials contained in this collection are Livingstone's original drafts or reading copies, while other examples are published versions.
Materials including papers from a committee on which Livingstone served relating to justices of the peace in North Carolina; materials relating to the dedication of the North Carolina memorial at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 1929; programs and other press items from presidential inaugurations in 1925 and 1929. Also included are scattered financial records and newspaper clippings after Livingstone's death on 26 May 1937. Livingstone's memberships and affiliations are also documented.
|Extra Oversize Paper Folder XOPF-4100/1|
Four photographs and one half-tone picture of John A. Livingstone, likely made to be used in publications.
|Image Folder PF-4100/1|
Processed by: Lee Dirks, March 1990; Revised by: Suzanne Ruffing, March 1996
Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008
Updated by: Laura Hart, May 2021
This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.Back to Top