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Collection Number: 04925

Collection Title: William Jesse Kennedy Papers, 1902-1982

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Size 11.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 11,000 items)
Abstract William Jesse Kennedy Jr. (1889-1985), businessman, author, and community leader, was born in Andersonville, Ga. He began his affiliation with North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company in 1916 in Savannah, Ga. He later relocated to Durham, N.C., and, in 1952, was elected the fifth president of the company. The collection contains correspondence, speeches, photographs, organizational records, and other items that document the business, civic, social, humanitarian, and professional activities of William Jesse Kennedy Jr. Included are records relating to North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company and the White Rock Baptist Church in Durham, N.C. There are also materials relating to Kennedy's activities with the Boy Scouts of America, the Boys' Clubs of America, the Durham Committee of 100 (a group focused on developing the Research Triangle Park), 4-H clubs, Durham's Lincoln Hospital, the NAACP, and the North Carolina Board of Higher Education, among other groups. Also included are deeds and correspondence belonging to Kennedy's mentor, John Moses Avery, and a series of audiotaped interviews with Kennedy's relatives, friends, and associates conducted by Carter Cue in 1994. Materials show Kennedy's contributions to social and economic progress in North Carolina and demonstrate his interest in civil rights, integration, recreation, and industrial development, particularly in the Research Triangle Park.
Creator Kennedy, William Jesse, 1889-1985.
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.
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 William Jesse Kennedy Papers, #4925, Southern Historical Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the African American Resources Collection of North Carolina Central University.
Provenance
Received from, and held jointly with, the North Carolina Center for the Study of Black History, North Carolina Central University, April 1998 (Acc. 98076).
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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This collection was processed with support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Finding Aid Updated by: Amanda Loeb, April 2012; Nancy Kaiser, June 2021

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William Jesse Kennedy Jr., was born in Andersonville, Ga., on 15 June 1889, the son of William Jesse and Katie C. Riley Kennedy. He was educated at Americus Institute in his native state. Later, he studied business administration in Columbia University's Extension Course.

Kennedy worked for Guaranty Life Insurance Company in Savannah, Ga., 1913-1916. He began his career with North Carolina Mutual while in Savannah, where he held the position of district manager. He married Margaret "Mag" Spaulding, sister of North Carolina Mutual president C. C. Spaulding, and relocated to Durham, N.C., where he was office manager/assistant secretary. On 2 August 1952, following the death of C. C. Spaulding, Kennedy was elected the fifth president of the company.

During his lifetime, Kennedy participated in numerous professional and civic activities in addition to his duties as chair of the board of directors at North Carolina Mutual. He served as president of Bankers Fire and Casualty Insurance Company, vice president of Mutual Savings and Loan Association, chair of the board of directors at Mechanics and Farmers Bank, and as a member of the Howard University Board of Trustees. He was a life-long proponent of education and a member of the James E. Shepard Foundation, an organization that awarded scholarships to deserving students attending North Carolina Central University. His other activities included affiliations with the 4-H Club Foundation of North Carolina, the North Carolina Recreation Commission (1945-1956), the American Teachers Association, the Durham Business and Professional Chain, the Boys Clubs of America, and the United Negro College Fund. He maintained an interest in industrial development and was one of the few African Americans active with the Durham Committee of 100, which helped develop Research Triangle Park. As a member of the WTVD Advisory Board, Kennedy helped bring television to Durham in the early 1950s.

In addition to his business-related activities, Kennedy served as Sunday school teacher, treasurer, and trustee at the White Rock Baptist Church. He and his wife had three children: Margaret K. Goodwin (1918- ), Charlotte K. Sloan (1920- ), and William Jesse Kennedy III (1922- ). Kennedy died in Durham on 8 July 1985, at the age of 96.

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This collection contains correspondence, speeches, photographs, organizational records, and other items that document the business, civic, social, humanitarian, and professional activities of William Jesse Kennedy Jr. Included are records relating to North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company and the White Rock Baptist Church in Durham, N.C. There are also materials relating to Kennedy's activities with the Boy Scouts of America, the Boys' Clubs of America, the Durham Committee of 100 (a group focused on promoting social equality), 4-H clubs, Durham's Lincoln Hospital, the NAACP, and the North Carolina Board of Higher Education, among other groups. Also included are deeds and correspondence belonging to Kennedy's mentor, John Moses Avery, and a series of audiotaped interviews with Kennedy's relatives, friends, and associates conducted by Carter Cue in 1994. Materials show Kennedy's contributions to social and economic progress in North Carolina and demonstrate his interest in civil rights, integration, recreation, and industrial development, particularly in the Research Triangle Park.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1921-1982.

About 1,750 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Correspondence exchanged between William Jesse Kennedy Jr., of Durham, N.C., and friends and associates documenting his work as president of North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company (see also Series 2), his involvement with the White Rock Baptist Church (see also Series 3), and his affiliation with boards and committees of a number of local, state, and national organizations (see also Series 4) and showing his interest in politics, finance, education, and civic affairs.

Among these materials are letters exchanged between Kennedy and Reverend Adam Clayton Powell about Powell's 1932 visit to Durham, and, also in 1932, between Kennedy and Charlotte Hawkins Brown about Kennedy's enrollment of his daughter Margaret at Hawkins's Palmer Memorial Institute. Throughout this series, there is correspondence between Kennedy and officials at historically black colleges in North Carolina and elsewhere. There are a number of letters that Kennedy received from youths in Nigeria, Ghana, and other African countries in 1963, following publication of his article, "If I Were Young Today," in Ebony Magazine.

Folder 1

1921-1930

Folder 2

1931

Folder 3-4

Folder 3

Folder 4

1932

Folder 5

1933-1935

Folder 6

1936-1937

Folder 7

1938

Folder 8-9

Folder 8

Folder 9

1939

Folder 10

1940

Folder 11-14

Folder 11

Folder 12

Folder 13

Folder 14

1941-1946

Folder 15

1947

Folder 16

1948

Folder 17

1949-1951

Folder 18

1952-1954

Folder 19-21

Folder 19

Folder 20

Folder 21

1955

Folder 22-23

Folder 22

Folder 23

1956

Folder 24-25

Folder 24

Folder 25

1957

Folder 26-30

Folder 26

Folder 27

Folder 28

Folder 29

Folder 30

1958

Folder 31-33

Folder 31

Folder 32

Folder 33

1959

Folder 34-35

Folder 34

Folder 35

1960-1962

Folder 36-37

Folder 36

Folder 37

1963

Folder 38

1964

Folder 39-40

Folder 39

Folder 40

1965-1966

Folder 41-44

Folder 41

Folder 42

Folder 43

Folder 44

1967-1968

Folder 45

1969-1972

Folder 46

1973-1974

Folder 47

1975-1982

Folder 48

Undated

Folder 49

Greeting cards, undated

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 2. North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, 1902-1977.

About 1,250 items.

Materials relating to the history and business activities of the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company. William Jesse Kennedy Jr., served as president, 1952-1958. In addition to Kennedy's letters, there are copies of letters of his predecessor C. C. Spaulding and executives at other insurance companies and financial institutions in North Carolina and elsewhere.

Photographs and publications, including The Whetstone and The Review, provide pictorial documentation of various company-sponsored events. Among the materials relating to Mutual's history, there is a copy of The Southern Workman that contains C. C. Spaulding's article "Business in Negro Durham." There are also items concerning the general history of African American insurance companies, some dating back to the early 1900s; materials relating to the estate of North Carolina Mutual's Durham district manager Allen Lucious Goodloe; and to the Fultz Quadruplets, to whom North Carolina Mutual provided assistance in the 1950s and 1960s.

See also Series 5 for Kennedy's book-length manuscript "History of North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, 1898-1966."

Image Folder PF-4925/1

North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company photographs

Folder 50-51

Folder 50

Folder 51

Correspondence, 1902-1939

Folder 52

Correspondence, 1940-1942

Folder 53

Correspondence, 1944-1952

Folder 54

Correspondence, 1954-1957

Folder 55

Correspondence, 1958-1960

Folder 56

Correspondence, 1961-1965

Folder 57

Correspondence, 1966-1982 and undated

Folder 58

News releases

Folder 59

Advertising and promotion

Folder 60

Board of directors

Folder 61-62

Folder 61

Folder 62

Financial statements, 1933-1973

Folder 63

Annual statement, 1980

Folder 64

Progress report, 1963

Folder 65

Dividends, 1954-1955

Folder 66

Annual meeting, 1940

Folder 67

Policyholders: Reports, 1939-1967

Folder 68

Attendance and punctuality reports; efficiency ratings

Folder 69

Manager's Advisory Council, 1964-1968

Folder 70

Supervisory training for "Sound and Steady Growth"

Folder 71

Lawsuit, 1929

Folder 72

Resolutions, 1931-1964

Folder 73-74

Folder 73

Folder 74

Programs, 1920-1972 and undated

Folder 75

Presidential Caribbean cruise, 1961

Folder 76-77

Folder 76

Folder 77

Dedication of new building (with Hubert Humphrey's remarks), 1966

Folder 78

General, State, and Traveling Agents' Conference, 1923

Folder 79-82

Folder 79

Folder 80

Folder 81

Folder 82

History

Folder 83

Diamond jubilee, 1973

Folder 84

The Mutual, 1903-1923

Folder 85

National Insurance Association: The Pilot Magazine, 1965-1966

Folder 86

The Weekly Review, 1955

Folder 87

The Review, 1966-1967 and undated

Folder 88

The Wayfarer, 1965

Folder 89-91a

The Whetstone, 1960-1981

Folder 91b

Clippings, 1959-1975

Folder 92

Goodloe, Allen Lucious: Estate

Folder 93

Fultz quadruplets, 1953-1963

Folder 94-98

Folder 94

Folder 95

Folder 96

Folder 97

Folder 98

Other insurance companies

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 3. White Rock Baptist Church, 1922-1988.

About 1,750 items.

Materials documenting the activities of the White Rock Baptist Church, Durham, N.C. Included are items pertaining to the church's history and development, building and construction projects, business operations, committees and organizations, weekly worship services and social activities, and some of the pastors and their ministerial staffs. Also included are materials concerning William Jesse Kennedy Jr.'s work as Sunday school teacher and treasurer. There are numerous obituaries document the lives and contributions of many Church members, as well as members of several other African-American churches in North Carolina.

Image Folder PF-4925/3

White Rock Baptist Church photographs

Folder 99

Correspondence, 1922-1936

Folder 100

Correspondence, 1936-1939

Folder 101

Correspondence, 1939-1948

Folder 102

Correspondence, 1948-1959

Folder 103

Correspondence, 1959-1965

Folder 104

Correspondence, 1965-1968

Folder 105

Correspondence, 1969-1975 and undated

Folder 106-107

Folder 106

Folder 107

Financial statements, 1942-1974 and undated

Folder 108

Board of Trustees: Agendas

Folder 109-110

Folder 109

Folder 110

Minutes, 1964-1975

Folder 111-112

Folder 111

Folder 112

Historical sketches

Folder 113

Newspaper clippings, 1935-1971 and undated

Folder 114-123

Folder 114

Folder 115

Folder 116

Folder 117

Folder 118

Folder 119

Folder 120

Folder 121

Folder 122

Folder 123

Programs, 1924-1937

Folder 124-130

Folder 124

Folder 125

Folder 126

Folder 127

Folder 128

Folder 129

Folder 130

Programs, 1935-1988 and undated

Folder 131

Programs: St. Joseph's A.M.E. Church, 1931-1969

Folder 132-134

Folder 132

Folder 133

Folder 134

Programs: Other churches, 1936-1975 and undated

Folder 135

Obituaries, 1940-1953

Folder 136

Obituaries, 1954-1959

Folder 137-143

Folder 137

Folder 138

Folder 139

Folder 140

Folder 141

Folder 142

Folder 143

Obituaries, 1960-1982

Folder 144

Obituaries: Index, 1951-1977

Folder 145

Obituaries: Newspaper, 1951-1978 and undated

Folder 146

Resolutions: Deceased members

Folder 147-148

Folder 147

Folder 148

Fisher, Miles Mark, Reverend

Folder 149

Human Relations Institute, 1966-1968

Folder 150

Boy Scouts, 1954-1973

Folder 151

Girl Scouts, 1964-1973

Folder 152

Lessons, reports, etc.: Kennendy,William Jesse Jr.

Folder 153

Lessons, reports, etc: Others

Folder 154

The Union Reformer, 1933

Folder 155

Land survey map and architectural drawings

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About 3,750 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical.

Materials pertaining to nearly 50 local, state, and national business, civic, and educational institutions and organizations with which William Jesse Kennedy Jr. was affiliated, chiefly as a board or committee member. These items provide extensive documentation of Kennedy's contributions to social and economic progress in North Carolina and demonstrate his interest in civil rights, integration, education, and industrial development, particularly in the Research Triangle Park.

Folder 156

American Teachers Association

Folder 157

American Tennis Association

Folder 158-159

Folder 158

Folder 159

Association of Governing Boards of State Universities and Allied Institutions

Folder 160-161

Folder 160

Folder 161

Bankers Fire Insurance Company: Correspondence, 1932-1968

Folder 162

Bankers Fire & Casualty Insurance Company, 1963-1972

Folder 163-165

Folder 163

Folder 164

Folder 165

Boy Scouts of America: Correspondence, 1947-1974

Folder 166

Boy Scouts of America: Urban Relationships Service, 1965-1966

Folder 167-169

Folder 167

Folder 168

Folder 169

Boy Scouts of America: Newsletters, 1955-1968

Folder 170

Boy Scouts of America: Ninth American Tribal Leaders' Conference, 1966

Folder 171

Boy Scouts of America: Tomorrow's Answer

Folder 172

Boy Scouts of America: Other materials

Folder 173-178

Folder 173

Folder 174

Folder 175

Folder 176

Folder 177

Folder 178

Boys' Clubs of America: Correspondence, 1951-1980 and undated

Folder 179-180

Folder 179

Folder 180

Boys' Clubs of America: Conventions

Folder 181

Boys' Clubs of America: Financial statements, 1964-1968

Folder 182

Boys' Clubs of America: Newsletters, 1960-1972

Folder 183

Boys Club of America: Catalog of Training, Education and Development

Folder 184

Boys' Clubs of America: 17th Annual Administrative Training Conference

Folder 185-187

Folder 185

Folder 186

Folder 187

Boys' Clubs of America: Other materials

Folder 188

Citizens Committee on Bond Issues: Correspondence, 1946-1947

Folder 189-190

Folder 189

Folder 190

Durham, N.C. (city and county), 1944-1965 and undated

Folder 191-192

Folder 191

Folder 192

Durham Business and Professional Chain, 1950-1969 and undated

Folder 193-195

Folder 193

Folder 194

Folder 195

Durham Committee of 100, 1947-1961 and undated

Folder 196

Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People

Folder 197

Durham Industrial Development Company, Inc.,1955-1961 and undated

Folder 198

Durham Fact Finding Committee

Folder 199

Durham United Fund

Folder 200-201

Folder 200

Folder 201

4-H Club: Correspondence, 1958-1967 and undated

Folder 202

4-H Club: Board of directors, 1959-1962

Folder 203

4-H Club: Song book

Folder 204

4-H Club: Other materials

Folder 205-207

Folder 205

Folder 206

Folder 207

Holly Knoll Associates: Correspondence, 1954-1962 and undated

Image Folder PF-4925/6

Photographs of Holly Knoll Retreat

Folder 208

Howard University Board of Trustees: Correspondence, 1958-1963

Folder 209

Howard University Board of Trustees: Meetings

Folder 210a

Howard University Board of Trustees: Other Materials

Folder 210b

James E. Shepard Memorial Foundation: Correspondence, 1949-1973 and undated

Folder 210c

James E. Shepard Memorial Foundation: Other Materials, 1953-1973

Folder 210d

John Avery Boys' Club: Correspondence, 1941-1980

Folder 210e

John Avery Boys' Club: Other Materials

Folder 210f

John Avery Boys' Club: Clippings, 1953-1971

Image Folder PF-4925/4

Photograph of William Kennedy Jr. and youths at John Avery Boys Club

Folder 211

Lincoln Apartment Foundation

Folder 212-213

Folder 212

Folder 213

Lincoln Hospital: Correspondence, 1936-1972 and undated

Folder 214-216

Folder 214

Folder 215

Folder 216

Lincoln Hospital: Board of Trustees, 1968-1971

Folder 217-219

Folder 217

Folder 218

Folder 219

Lincoln Hospital: Financial materials

Folder 220-221

Folder 220

Folder 221

Lincoln Hospital: Other materials

Folder 222

Mechanics & Farmers Bank

Folder 223

Merrick-Moore Park Association,1933-1959 and undated

Folder 224

Minority Community Resources Conference, 1955

Folder 225

Mutual Savings and Loan Association

Folder 226

NAACP: Conferences, 1931-1960

Folder 227

NAACP: Other materials

Oversize Paper OP-4925/20

"Help End Racial Tyranny in Mississippi," New York Times, 3 October 1955

Folder 228

National Negro Business League

Folder 229-230

Folder 229

Folder 230

National Urban League: Correspondence, 1945-1969

Folder 231-232

Folder 231

Folder 232

National Urban League: Annual conferences, 1957-1969

Folder 233

National Urban League: Urban Renewal and the Negro in Chicago, 1958

Folder 234

National Urban League: Other materials, 1963

Folder 235-238

Folder 235

Folder 236

Folder 237

Folder 238

National White House Conference on Education: Correspondence, 1955

Folder 239-240

Folder 239

Folder 240

North Carolina Board of Higher Education: Correspondence, 1955-1968

Folder 241-245

Folder 241

Folder 242

Folder 243

Folder 244

Folder 245

North Carolina Board of Higher Education: Minutes, 1955-1962

Folder 246

North Carolina Board of Higher Education: Bylaws

Folder 247-249

Folder 247

Folder 248

Folder 249

North Carolina Board of Higher Education: Other materials

Folder 250-251

Folder 250

Folder 251

North Carolina Conference for Social Service, 1954-1958

Folder 252-253

Folder 252

Folder 253

North Carolina Council on Human Relations, 1932-1961

Folder 254-255

Folder 254

Folder 255

North Carolina Recreation Commission: Correspondence, 1943-1967 and undated

Folder 256

North Carolina Recreation Commission: Financial materials

Folder 257

North Carolina Recreation Commission: Minutes, 1945-1948

Image PF-4925/4

Photograph of William Kennedy Jr. and other members of North Carolina Recreation Commission

Folder 258

North Carolina Recreation Commission: Quarterly/annual reports

Folder 259

North Carolina Recreation Commission: 21st anniversary celebration, 1966

Folder 260

North Carolina Recreation Commission: Other materials; P-4925/29: Photograph of North Carolina Recreation Commission members

Folder 261

North Carolina Recreation Society, Inc.

Folder 262

North Carolina Teachers Association, 1955-1959

Folder 263-264

Folder 263

Folder 264

Recreation for the Aging in North Carolina, 1954-1956 and undated

Folder 265-268

Folder 265

Folder 266

Folder 267

Folder 268

Shaw University, 1932-1969

Folder 269

Small Business Development Center, 1965

Folder 270

Southern Regional Conference on Education Beyond the High School, 1957

Folder 271-272

Folder 271

Folder 272

United Durham Incorporated, 1968-1974

Folder 273

United Negro College Fund

Folder 274

United Organizations for Community Improvement

Folder 275

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Folder 276

Women-in-Action for the Prevention of Violence and Its Causes, Inc.: Newsletters

Folder 277

WTVD Management Advisory Council

Folder 278

YMCA: State Association, 1927-1928

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About 1,100 items.

Speeches and writings of William Jesse Kennedy Jr. and others. Included are copies of Kennedy's radio addresses and speeches before audiences at churches, high schools, businesses, and organizational meetings; unpublished writings; and published articles, some on spiritual matters. There are also two book-length manuscripts: one documenting the history of North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, and another discussing aspects of the American slave trade.

Folder 279-280

Folder 279

Folder 280

Speeches and writings, 1939-1956

Folder 281

Speeches and writings, 1957

Folder 282

Speeches and writings, 1958-1959

Folder 283

Speeches and writings, 1961-1972

Folder 284

Notebook

Folder 285-286

Folder 285

Folder 286

Program agendas, 1945-1972 and undated

Folder 287

Opportunity: Journal of Negro Life, 1946

Folder 288-289

Folder 288

Folder 289

The Message Magazine, 1954, 1957

Folder 290

"If I Were Young Today," 1963

Folder 291-292

Folder 291

Folder 292

"Transportation of a Cargo"

Folder 293

"The Growth of a Democracy"

Folder 294-302

Folder 294

Folder 295

Folder 296

Folder 297

Folder 298

Folder 299

Folder 300

Folder 301

Folder 302

"History of North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, 1898-1966"

Folder 303-308

Folder 303

Folder 304

Folder 305

Folder 306

Folder 307

Folder 308

Speeches and writings by others

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 6. Other Materials, 1949-1976.

About 800 items.

Arrangement: subject.

Programs and other materials from high school, college, and university commencement exercises; certificates and awards; general clippings; and other items relating to William Jesse Kennedy Jr.'s interests and social activities.

Image Folder PF-4925/5

Miscellaneous photographs

Folder 309

Hillside High School, 1949-1969

Folder 310-311

Folder 310

Folder 311

North Carolina College for Negroes; North Carolina College at Durham, 1946-1961

Folder 312-314

Folder 312

Folder 313

Folder 314

North Carolina Central University, 1961-1977

Folder 315

Inaugural program: Presidential, 1965

Folder 316

Inaugural program: Sanford, Terry, 1961

Folder 317

Old North State Medical Society News Journal, 1950-1952

Folder 318-320

Folder 318

Folder 319

Folder 320

Educational and social events

Folder 321

Lambda Enterprises, Americus, Ga.

Folder 322

WRAL TV: The Ear, 1972-1974

Folder 323

Certificates and awards

Oversize Paper OP-4925/17

Distinguished Service Certificae presented to W.J. Kennedy Jr. by North Carolina Savings and Loan League, 28 July 1983

Oversize Paper OP-4925/18

Certificate of W.J. Kennedy Jr.'s appointment to serve as a member of the North Carolina State Recreation Commission, 29 June 1948

Oversize Paper OP-4925/19

Certificate of Appreciation for service to Selective Service System, presented to William Jesse Kennedy Jr. by President Dwight Eisenhower, 31 August 1957

Folder 324

Clippings: Kennedy, William Jr., 1945-1975 and undated

Oversize Volume SV-4925/1

Personalized bound copy of Holiday Magazine presented to William Kennedy, February 1957, with an article about North Carolina

Folder 325

Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree, 1958

Image Folder PF-4925/2

Photographs of William Jesse Kennedy Jr. attending Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree Awarding Ceremony

Folder 326

Cruise line deposition, 1976

Folder 327

Scarborough Nursery School, Inc., 1950

Folder 328

Public libraries, Durham, N.C.

Folder 329

The Masonic Journal, 1965-1966

Folder 330

The Federation Journal, 1972

Folder 331

District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce, 1960

Folder 332

Clay, Mary K.: Last will and testament, 1975

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Oversize images

Oversize Paper OP-4925/1, 11, 12

Oversize papers

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 7. Oral History, 1994.

13 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Interviews with relatives, friends, and associates of William Jesse Kennedy Jr. The audiotapes were recorded by Carter Cue around Durham, N.C., in 1994.

Audiocassette C-4925/1

Margaret K. Goodwin and Charlotte K. Sloan, 21 June 1994

Audiocassette C-4925/2

R. Kelly Bryant, 28 June 1994

Audiocassette C-4925/3

Nathaniel White, Sr., 2 July 1994

Audiocassette C-4925/4

Lenzie G. Barnes, 3 July 1994

Audiocassette C-4925/5

William J. Kennedy III, 6 July 1994

Audiocassette C-4925/6

Besssie McLaurin, 12 July 1994

Audiocassette C-4925/7

Joseph Lawrence, 12 July 1994

Audiocassette C-4925/8-9

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C-4925/9

Johnnie B. McLester, 13 July 1994

Audiocassette C-4925/10

Joseph Mitchell, 27 July 1994

Audiocassette C-4925/11

Alex M. Rivera, 19 August 1994

Audiocassette C-4925/12

Margaret H. Turner, 12 September 1994

Audiocassette C-4925/13

Carl Hodges, 28 September 1994

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 8. John M. Avery Papers, 1908-1929.

About 450 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical by subject.

Materials pertaining to the professional life and business affairs of William Jesse Kennedy's mentor, John Moses Avery. The majority of these items concern Avery's finances and his affiliation with various financial institutions in Durham, N.C. His personal scrapbook, however, includes items documenting his early life in Morganton, N.C.; his education at Kittrell College, Kittrell, N.C.; his work as a farm hand, educator, and traveling agent and secretary at North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company; the wedding of his daughter in the 1920s; and his death in 1931, including a telegram of consolation from Charlotte Hawkins Brown.

Folder 333

Correspondence, 1914-1931 and undated

Folder 334-335

Folder 334

Folder 335

Deeds, 1897-1929

Folder 336

Deed of trust notes, 1909-1927

Folder 337

Financial materials

Folder 338

Insurance policies

Oversize Paper OP-4925/2

Endowment Policy Certificate issued to John M. Avery by the Grand Lodge, Knights of Pythias of North Carolina, 1909

Oversize Paper OP-4925/3

Death Policy Certificate issued to James M. Avery from National Grand Temple, Mosaic Templars of America, 1922

Oversize Paper OP-4925/4

Benefit Certificate issued to John Moses Avery from Right Worthy Grand Council, Independent Order of Saint Luke, 1927

Oversize Paper OP-4925/5

Endowment Policy Certificate issued to Lula Avery from Knights of Pythias, Grand Court Order of Calanthe of North Carolina, 1919

Oversize Paper OP-4925/6

Endowment Policy Certificate issued to J.M. Avery from District Grand Lodge, No. 7, G.U.O. of O.F., 1915

Oversize Paper OP-4925/7

Insurance Policy certificate issued to J.M. Avery from Woodmen of Union, 1923

Oversize Paper OP-4925/8

Insurance Policy certificate issued to J.M. Avery from Woodmen of Union, 1923

Oversize Paper OP-4925/9

Life Insurance Policy certificate issued to John M. Avery from Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, 1908

Oversize Paper OP-4925/10

Auto-Travel and Farm Accident Policy certificate issued to John M. Avery from Southern Fidelity and Surety Company

Oversize Paper OP-4925/13

Sick Benefit Policy Certificate issued to John M. Avery from North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, 1925

Folder 339

Jordan, Willis: Estate

Folder 340

Kittrell College

Folder 341-343

Folder 341

Folder 342

Folder 343

National Negro Finance Company: Correspondence, 1925-1929 and undated

Folder 344

Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, 1921-1926

Folder 345

John Merrick ship launching

Oversize Paper OP-4925/14

"Pictorial Review of SS John Merrick Launching" (original)

Oversize Paper OP-4925/15

"Pictorial Review of SS John Merrick Launching" (photocopy)

Folder 346

St. Joseph's A.M.E. Church

Oversize Paper OP-4925/1

Certificate of Election of John M. Avery's appointment to serve as a Lay Delegate at the 1908 General Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

Folder 347

Scrapbook

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A volume (SV-4925/1), photographs (PF-4925/1-6 and OP-P-4925), oral history cassettes (C-4925/1-13), and oversize certificates and newspaper articles (OP-4925/1-15 and OP-4925/17-20).

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