Julian Shakespeare Carr papers, 1880-1982

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Carr, Julian Shakespeare
Julian Carr was a tobacco and textile manufacturer and civic leader of Durham (Durham Co.), N.C. He also served on the Board of Trustees of Trinity College (Randolph County, N.C.). The collection includes material related to Carr's service on the Board of Trustees as well as personal family papers. The material ranges in date from 1880-1982.
0.5 Linear Feet
approx. 85 items
Material in English
Collection ID:
University Archives Record Group:
29 -- Papers of Faculty, Staff, and Associates
29 -- Papers of Faculty, Staff, and Associates > 02 -- Individuals


Scope and content:

The collection includes about 72 items which cover the period when Carr served as Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of Trinity College (Randolph County, N.C.) and on the Committee of Management with John Wesley Alspaugh and James Alexander Gray. The bulk of this correspondence deals with attempts by Carr, largely unsuccessful, to call in notes pledged to the endowment of the College. There are significant letters from Alspaugh, Gray, and John Franklin Crowell, as well as a Treasurer's Report (circa 1885), other financial matters, and lists of Methodist Church assessments made to support Trinity College. Other subjects treated include the settlement of an estate, bills for the widow of Braxton Craven, and a student petition for the replacement of Professor W. T. Gannaway. There are also letters from John W. Sanborn, a candidate for the College's presidency. The other items in the collection include clippings and a photograph pertaining to the Carr family and homes; a farm journal (1910-1911) with instructions from Carr to his manager, B. S. Skinner, and samples of chewing and twist tobacco and handmade cigarettes produced in the 1880s at W. T. Blackwell's Durham tobacco company.

Biographical / historical:

Julian Shakespeare Carr was born October 12, 1845 to John W. Carr and Eliza P. Carr in North Carolina. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and served in the Confederate Army. After the war, Carr became a partner of W. T. Blackwell and Co., a tobacco manufacturing firm in Durham. His donation of land to Trinity College (Randolph County, N.C.), along with the financial support of Washington Duke, allowed the struggling school the opportunity to move to Durham. Carr served on the Board of Trustees of the College, prior to and after its move to Durham. In 1924, the school would be renamed Duke University. Carr died on April 29, 1924 and is buried in Durham's Maplewood Cemetery.

Acquisition information:
The Julian Shakespeare Carr Papers were received in 1941 and 1978.
Processing information:

Processed by Kimberly Sims, April 2011

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, April 2011

Accession UA78-60 is described in this finding aid.

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[Identification of item], Julian Shakespeare Carr Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.