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Collection Number: 04483

Collection Title: Aunspaugh Family Papers, 1892-1951

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 800 items)
Abstract In 1906 Frederick Aunspaugh, an insurance agent, married Ruth McCoy in Norfolk, Va., where they lived until 1925 when they moved to Raleigh, N.C. The Aunspaugh's daughter Ruth married Frank Daniels of Raleigh in 1929. Chiefly correspondence and photographs documenting the domestic activities of the Aunspaughs. There are a few other items, including diplomas, invitations, and clippings. The correspondence deals with family topics such as health, weather, and trips taken. The pictures are chiefly informal family photographs, with some pictures of scenery. There are a few items relating to other family members, but the collection is focused primarily on the immediate family.
Creator Aunspaugh (Family : Raleigh, N.C.)
Curatorial Unit University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.
Language English
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No restrictions. Open for research.
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 Aunspaugh Family Papers #4483, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Frank Daniels, Jr., of Raleigh, North Carolina, in May 1987.
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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Frederick Aunspaugh was born 17 September 1870 in Liberty, now Bedford, Va., to Robert T. Aunspaugh and Anne Clayton Aunspaugh.

In 1898, Aunspaugh moved to Norfolk, Virginia. He worked as an agent in Virginia and North Carolina for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company.

He married Ruth McCoy of Suffolk County, Va., and Gates County, N.C., in 1906. Later that year, they had a daughter, Ruth, also called "Doll."

From 1917 to 1931, Aunspaugh had his own insurance business with his brother. In 1925, he moved the headquarters and his family to Raleigh, N.C. After he retired from the insurance business, Aunspaugh went into real estate. He is noted for being one of the original organizers of the first Morris Plan Bank. He was also active in Sons of the American Revolution in Virginia, and was an avid stamp collector.

The Aunspaugh's daughter, Ruth, was a debutant in Raleigh in 1926; was graduated from Sweet Briar College in Virginia in 1927; and married Frank Daniels of Raleigh on 20 November 1929. They had two children: Frank, Jr., and Patsy. Ruth Aunspaugh Daniels was active in the Junior League and in the War Bond Drive during World War II.

In April 1943, Ruth McCoy Aunspaugh died. Frederick Aunspaugh died 30 June 1951. Ruth Aunspaugh Daniels died 24 October 1985.

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This collection documents the domestic activities of the Aunspaugh family: Frederick, Ruth, and their daughter Ruth. The collection consists chiefly of correspondence and photographs. There are a few other items, including diplomas, invitations, and clippings.

The correspondence deals with family topics such as health, weather, and trips taken. The pictures are chiefly informal family photographs, with some pictures of sites. There are a few items relating to other family members, but the collection is focused primarily on the immediate family.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1903-1951.

About 450 items.

Arrangement: Chronological.

Chiefly family correspondence between Frederick Aunspaugh, his wife Ruth McCoy Aunspaugh, and their daughter Ruth Aunspaugh Daniels. There are some letters from other relatives, and a few letters from friends.

Correspondence chiefly deals with family matters. Of particular interest are letters from Ruth Aunspaugh written from various hot springs in Virginia and West Virginia, 1911-1913; letters from Ruth Aunspaugh's nephew, Frank Jones, written in France, where he was serving in the American Expeditionary Forces, 1918-1919; letters from Ruth Aunspaugh (Daniels) written from Sweet Briar College in 1923; and letters from Ruth Aunspaugh Daniels written in 1934 from Mexico, where she visited her father-in-law, Josephus Daniels, the American ambassador.

Note that Frederick Aunspaugh is frequently called "Old Bean," Ruth Aunspaugh is "Nan," and Ruth Aunspaugh Daniels is "Doll."

Folder 1

1903-1905

Folder 2

1906-1908

Folder 3

1909-1911

Folder 4

1912

Folder 5

1913

Folder 6

1914

Folder 7

1915

Folder 8

1916

Folder 9

1917

Folder 10

1918

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1919

Folder 12

1920-1922

Folder 13

1923

Folder 14

1924-1925

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1926-1927

Folder 16

1928-1929

Folder 17

1930-1932

Folder 18

1933

Folder 19

1934

Folder 20

1935

Folder 21

1936

Folder 22

1937

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1938

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1939

Folder 25

1940

1940

Folder 26

1941-1948

Folder 27

1949

Folder 28

1950-1951

Folder 29

undated

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About 75 items.

Arrangement: By person.

Receipts, bank books, rosters, invitations, programs, diplomas, and other personal items documenting the activities of the Aunspaugh family.

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Folder 31

Frederick Aunspaugh

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Ruth McCoy Aunspaugh

Folder 34

Ruth Aunspaugh Daniels

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About 220 items.

Arrangement: By subject.

Chiefly black and white photographs of the Aunspaugh family, other relatives, and pictures of places. There are a few color photographs. Pictures with negatives are marked with "n" on the backs.

The pictures are divided into three groups: family, other relatives, and places. Family pictures consist of photographs of Frederick Aunspaugh, Ruth McCoy Aunspaugh, Ruth Aunspaugh Daniels, Frank Daniels, Frank Daniels, Jr., and Patsy Daniels. Other relatives' pictures are of Fred Aunspaugh's parents, his sisters and their families, Ruth McCoy Aunspaugh's sisters, and their families, Frank Daniels, Sr., and his brothers. Pictures of places are of Atlantic City, New Jersey; Blue Ridge Summit; the Chicago Exposition; various family homes; New York City; Norfolk, Virginia; Sweet Briar College, Virginia; Woodberry Forest School, Virginia; and other locations.

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Other Relatives 1900-1949

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Places Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1910

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Places Army/Navy Football game, circa 1915

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Places Blue Ridge Summmit Golf Links, 1908

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Places "Our Chandler Car," 1922

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Places Chicago Exposition, 1892

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Places Dirigible, The Akron, no date

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Places Family Homes

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Places General Lee's Headquarters

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Places Milwaukee, Wisconsin, North Western Mutual Insurance Meeting

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Places New York City, 1906

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Places Norfolk, Virginia, Circus Parade, 1920s

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Places Old Point, Virginia, 1913, including pictures of William Jennings Bryan and Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Places Sweet Briar College, May Day, 1923-1927

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Places Washington's tomb, Mt. Vernon, Virginia

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Places Suffragettes' Flower Parade, Washington, DC, 1913

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Places Woodberry Forest School, Virginia, circa 1948

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