Evans family papers, 1920s-1990s
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- Collection contains correspondence, scrapbooks, albums, clippings, addresses, writings, and other materials that concern the personal lives and careers of Mr. and Mrs. Emanuel J. ("Mutt") and Sara Evans, and their sons, Robert and Eli. Mutt Evans's mayoral correspondence is divided into a general file and a subject file. Some materials depict the private lives of the Evanses, including photographs, albums, and personal correspondence. Sara's family, the Nachamsons, is often represented. The collection also includes extensive documentation about Sara's role in Hadassah, both locally and nationally, as well as the family's participation in other Isareli and Jewish causes. Also included are materials from their work in developing and fundraising for the Judaic Studies Program at Duke University.
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Collection contains correspondence, scrapbooks, albums, clippings, addresses, writings, and other materials that concern the personal lives and careers of the Evans family, particularly Emanuel J. and Sara Evans, their sons, Eli and Robert, and Emanuel's brother, Monroe. The family owned and operated United Department Stores, and for twelve years, 1951 to 1963, Emanuel Evans was mayor of Durham, NC. He was also very active in his synagogue, was a president of VISTAS, and participated actively in the University of North Carolina's Alumni Association.
There are two scrapbooks on Emanuel Evans's mayoral terms and a similar volume and other materials devoted to Mrs. Evans's activities as leader of Hadassah including items pertaining to Israel. Mr. Evans's mayoral correspondence is divided into a general file and a subject file. In pictures and personal correspondence, the Nachamson family is often represented. One early clipping from a Fayetteville, N.C. newspaper, tells of Mr. Evans's sister being refused teaching positions because of her Jewish faith. Eli Evans is a correspondent and writer, led the establishment of the National Jewish Archives of Broadcasting, and was on the staff of the Carnegie Foundation that helped launch "Sesame Street." He was president of the UNC student body and a number of items in the collection concern his presidency.
Also included is an address of Eli Evans presented during the conference on Southern-Jewish history in 1976, Eli Evans's vita, his unpublished diary of the Kissinger shuttle, and a large number of his writings, many concerning U.S. politics, minorities, and Jews in the South. There is a reprint of a chapter from his book, The Provincials, and reports from the Charles H. Revson Foundation, of which he is president. Also included are materials concerning Eli's brother Robert, a correspondent with CBS, who continued on as a television executive. Their uncle, Monroe Evans, was mayor of Fayetteville, NC, and his service is documented in several of the collection's scrapbooks.
One entire scrapbook is devoted to the writings of Mildred and Madeline Evans, Monroe's wife and daughter.
The audiovisual series contains a 16mm film copy of a 1957 episode of Edward R. Murrow's "See It Now," with which Robert Evans was involved, and a 16mm film copy of Governor Terry Sanford's November 1964 appearance on WUNC-TV, in which he reflects on his governorship and the current political scene. Several audio recordings capture Sara Evans addressing the Seaboard Regional Conference of Hadassah in 1982. Eli N. Evans's appearance on Richard D. Heffner's The Open Mind is documented.
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The Evans family was active in Durham, N.C. civic leadership, local and national Jewish leadership, and national journalism. The family owned and operated United Dollar stores, and for twelve years, 1951 to 1963, E.J. "Mutt" Evans was mayor of Durham. Mutt Evans was a president of VISTAS, and participated actively in University of North Carolina alumni affairs. Sara Evans was a leader at both the local and national levels of Hadassah. The couple was also very active in their synagogue, Beth El. Both sons attended the University of North Carolina and were student leaders on campus. Robert Evans became a correspondent with CBS, working with Edward R. Murrow, and then a television executive. Eli Evans is a correspondent and writer, led the establishment of the National Jewish Archives of Broadcasting, and was on the staff of the Carnegie Foundation that helped launch "Sesame Street." He also authored THE PROVINCIALS and JUDAH P. BENJAMIN: THE JEWISH CONFEDERATE, and serves as president of the Charles H. Revson Foundation.
- Acquisition information:
- The Evans Family papers were a gift to Duke University in 1986 and 1989.
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Processed by: Marion Hirsch
Completed February 2, 1998
Encoded by Michael Shumate
Audiovisual series added by Craig Breaden, December 2017.
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Jews in the Southern States
Department stores -- North Carolina
Display of merchandise
- Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America
University of North Carolina -- Alumni
Charles H. Revson Foundation
Evans, Sara Nachamson, 1905-1986
Evans, Eli N.
Evans, Emanuel J.
- Durham (N.C.) -- Politics and government
Durham (N.C.) -- History
United States -- Politics and government
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