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Historical Manuscript and Image Collections

The Collection Descriptions currently available on the Web from the Heritage Center Archives are listed below. Click on the Collection Name to view detailed information about the Collection.
 

Baldy Sanders Collection
Collection Call Number(s): PC 330
Collection Dates: 1774 to 1931
Description: The Baldy Sanders Collection contains records of slaves and plantation operations from 1830 to 1868, with slave birth records dating to 1774.

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Catch-Me-Eye Photograph Collection
Collection Call Number(s): PHC 22
Collection Dates: 1940 to 1942
Description: The Catch-Me-Eye Collection contains pictures of the site of a munitions truck explosion near Selma on March 7, 1942.

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George T. Whitley Collection
Collection Call Number(s): PC 3
Collection Dates: 1913 to 1935
Description: The materials in the collection consist mainly of scrapbooks which Whitley kept during his years as an educator in Johnston County. Of particular interest is a now-rare copy of the 1913 Soil Survey of Johnston County. A school lesson plan book from 1916-1917 and numerous clippings relating to World War I (including letters from Johnston County soldiers published in local newspapers), agriculture, taxation, and local government in Johnston County would also prove valuable to the local history researcher.

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Henry Burwell Marrow Collection
Collection Call Number(s): PC 2.1 - PC 2.4
Collection Dates: 1912 to 1955
Description: The H. B. Marrow collection contains photographs, manuscripts, and books relating to his years as school superintendent for Chapel Hill, Smithfield, and Johnston County between 1912 and 1951 and to his work on revising public school laws in North Carolina following the Brown v. Board of Education ruling in 1954.

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James Bryan Creech Collections
Collection Call Number(s): PHC 37; 2000.001; PC 263
Collection Dates: 1860 to 1993
Description: The James Bryan Creech Collection contains artifacts, photographs, and papers from the Creech and Langdon families of Four Oaks and Elevation Township, Johnston County, NC.

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Mildred L. Harris (Wyoming Hotel) Collection
Collection Call Number(s): 2000.026; PC 320
Collection Dates: 1900 to 1918
Description: The Mildred L. Harris Collection contains a teapot, cream pitcher and sugar bowl used at the Wyoming Hotel in Selma, NC.

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Olivia Pettway Collection
Collection Call Number(s): 2000.011; PHC 78
Collection Dates: 1837 to 1906
Description: The Olivia Pettway Collection contains artifacts and photographs from the Lockhart, Jones, and Ennis families of Wilson's Mills Township and Smithfield, Johnston County, NC.

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Reuben Johnson Photograph Collection
Collection Call Number(s): PHC 38
Collection Dates: 1940 to 1980
Description: The Reuben Johnson Collection contains a very wide variety of photographs. Mr. Johnson was a local photographer from circa 1950 to 1980. He photographed many important events and landmarks in the County. Examples include the Myrtle Airport in Selma, the Annual Singing Convention in Benson and the tobacco markets in Smithfield. He also photographed many local people at work in an area industry. These industries include: K.R. Edwards Tobacco Company, Sylvania Electric Products, Inc., Fieldcrest Mills, and Burlington Industries.

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Sanders-Long-Rose Papers
Collection Call Number(s): PC116.1-116.3
Collection Dates: 1798 to 1974
Description: The Sanders-Long- Rose Papers were kept by Ruth Sanders Rose of Smithfield and are associated with several branches of the Sanders family in Cleveland, Pleasant Grove, and Smithfield Townships, Johnston County, NC.

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Smithfield Dispensary Bottles
Collection Call Number(s): 2000.008; 2000.009
Collection Dates: 1899 to 1902
Description: These liquor bottles were used by the Smithfield Dispensary between 1899 and 1902.

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William and M. Emmet Robinson Collection
Collection Call Number(s): PC 1.1 - PC 1.2
Collection Dates: 1844 to 1891
Description: The William and M. Emmet Robinson Collection contains letters and other papers dating from circa 1844 to 1891. The collection contains letters written from James H. Robinson to his father William Robinson from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as letters from William George Robinson while a cadet at West Point. The collection also contains legal and medical papers, obituaries, pamphlets, receipts, and speeches.

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William R. Keen Papers
Collection Call Number(s): PC 4
Collection Dates: 1912 to 1929
Description: These papers, including chattel mortgages, real estate mortgages, crop liens, and other records of debts owed to the Keen business, apparently were turned over to Congressman Edward W. Pou, an attorney in Smithfield, when William R. Keen's estate was being settled in the early 1930s.

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William S. Powell Collection
Collection Call Number(s): 2000.036
Collection Dates: 1840 to 1920
Description: The William S. Powell Collection contains artifacts and photographs which belonged to four generations of the Powell family of the Sanders Chapel community in Smithfield Township, Johnston County, NC.

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