Guide to the James H. Pou Bailey Papers, 1901-1970
The James H. Pou Bailey Papers span the years 1901 to 1970 with the bulk of the papers dating from 1948 to 1965. The Law Practices: Clients Series (CLOSED), which contains papers relating to specific clients in his law practice, comprises the bulk of the collection. The papers also document Bailey's political interests and pursuit of political office, financial and legal matters pertaining to himself and family members, and his involvement in civic organizations. These concerns are documented by the Correspondence, Subject Files, Legal and Financial Papers, and Writings and Speeches Series. While the collection contains a few speeches to various organizations and civic groups, there are not as many as one might expect from a person who ran for the North Carolina State Senate three times and held the office for two terms (four years). Also, there are not many papers relating to his tenure as Judge of Superior Court from the 10th Judicial District.
The business and financial climate in North Carolina during the late 1940s to the early 1960s may be studied through the Law Practices: Clients (CLOSED) and Subject Files Series. Early efforts to promote cable television in North Carolina (1963-1964) through the Engineering Sales Corporation of Raleigh, N.C. and to encourage the use of natural gas in North Carolina (1955-1959) through the efforts of consulting engineers, Porter, Barry, & Associates of Baton Rouge, La. are delineated in this series. Both firms were legal clients of Bailey.
Of particular note are several political figures represented in the Correspondence Series, including North Carolina Senator Willis Smith and Virginia Senator Harry F. Byrd. The business, professional, and personal relationship of Bailey with United States Senator from North Carolina, Jesse Helms, is reflected in the Correspondence and Law Practices: Clients Series (CLOSED). The papers particularly concern Helms's position as administrative assistant to Senator Willis Smith and the offices Helms held in the North Carolina Bankers Association (NCBA), a Bailey client. Information about policies and laws affecting banks in North Carolina are also represented in the Law Practices: Clients Series (CLOSED). The Subject Files Series contains Bailey's Senatorial Papers (1950-1954). Included is constituent mail, information pertaining to political appointments, and his service on various committees, including his chairmanship of the Interstate and Federal Relations and Judiciary Committees.
The Subject Files and Legal and Financial Papers Series disclose some of the financial interests held by Bailey and his family. Most notable are their interest in the Andrew Johnson Hotel in Raleigh, N.C. and Bailey's interest in a 360 acre farm in Johnston County, N.C. Included is information relating to the management of both enterprises. The collection also highlights father-son relationships in the correspondence between Josiah W. Bailey and James H. Pou Bailey and between James H. Pou Bailey and his son, Jim. (Correspondence Series).
The Josiah W. Bailey (Bailey's father) Papers is a related collection in the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
- Collection Number
- James H. Pou Bailey papers
- Bailey, James Hinton Pou, 1917-
- 14.6 Linear Feet, 8,640 items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Correspondence Series, 1926-1967 and undated
- Law Practices: Clients Series (CLOSED), 1947-1966.
- Law Practices: Clients: Domestic Relations Series (CLOSED)
- Subject Files Series, 1947-1970.
- Legal and Financial Papers Series, 1901-1966 and undated
- Writings and Speeches, 1948-1960 and undated
- Miscellaneous Series, 1941-1969 and undated
- Oversize Materials Series
Access to the Collection
Collection is open for research.
Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.
All or portions of this collection may be housed off-site in Duke University's Library Service Center. The library may require up to 48 hours to retrieve these materials for research use.
Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library to use this collection.
Use & Permissions
Individuals have a legally enforceable right to privacy and the right to suppress release of information obtained through the lawyer-client relationship. The use of names of living individuals involved in the kind of professional counseling represented by a lawyer-client relationship is prohibited without the client's consent.
Therefore the release of information contained in the Law Practices: Clients Series may give rise to liability (e.g. for defamation or invasion of privacy). Duke University assumes no responsibility for infringement of literary property rights and copyrights, or for liability to any person for defamation or invasion of privacy. RESTRICTION: Closed series.
How to Cite
[Identification of item], James H. Pou Bailey Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Includes personal, business, and political correspondence. There is some overlap between correspondence in this series and that located in the Subject Files: Politics Series.
Arranged primarily in chronological order, with the exception that the correspondence of Bailey's father, Senator Josiah W. Bailey, is in a separate file.
Primarily correspondence, legal and financial papers, clippings, and handwritten notes pertaining to law clients of Bailey. The series is divided into two sections: business and domestic relations cases. Incorporated companies comprise the bulk of the business clients, while the domestic relations cases primarily consist of divorce and child custody suits.
Each section is arranged in alphabetical order by name of client. However, because of the amount of material for some business clients, the papers for some are further subdivided.
This series is CLOSED.
Correspondence, legal and financial papers, press releases, and newsclippings relating to civic, political, and professional organizations. Also includes papers concerning political campaigns, Bailey's career, and some of his financial interests.
Arranged alphabetically by name of organization or topic. Large files are divided into subgroups.
Correspondence, leases, wills, deeds, receipts, and other financial papers primarily pertaining to the settlement of estates of Bailey relatives, both maternal (Pou) and paternal, (Bailey) family members.
Files are arranged by name of family member or family.
Chiefly typewritten copies of the column, Raleigh Roundup, which appeared in 36 small town newspapers throughout North Carolina with Bailey's picture and name. Includes reader correspondence relating to the column. Also contains a few speeches Bailey made before various groups.
Subdivided into two subgroups: speeches he made before organizations and the rest relating to the Raleigh Roundup column.
Certificates, clippings, and photographs primarily relating to Bailey.
Photographs are undated and are arranged at the end of the other miscellaneous items.
|1917, Aug. 14||
Born, Baltimore, MD
B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
L.L.B., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and admitted to the bar
Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Served in the United States Army, attaining the rank of Captain
Served in the European theater of World War II
|1945, Aug. 1||
Married Marie Fiquet Pate
Entered law practice of Bailey & Bailey in Raleigh, N.C., with his father, Josiah W. Bailey
Father died and Bailey began to practice law alone
Unsuccessful candidate for North Carolina State Senate
Elected to North Carolina Senate, 13th Senatorial District, Wake County
Reelected to the North Carolina Senate from the 13th Senatorial District, Wake County
Served as general counsel to the North Carolina Bankers' Association
Entered law practice of Bailey & Bason in Raleigh, N.C.
Entered law practice of Bailey & Ragsdale in Raleigh, N.C.
|1965, July 9||
Appointed Judge of the Superior Court, 10th Judicial District of North Carolina
Elected to unexpired term as judge
Marie F. P. Bailey died
|1972, June 3||
Married Ann Thomas
Elected to full term as judge
Retired from the bench.
Bailey held leadership positions in a variety of civic and professional organizations, among them the American Red Cross, the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, the Raleigh Traffic Safety Council, the North Carolina Amvets, the North Carolina Boy Scouts, and the Wake County Bar Association.
As a state senator, Bailey served as chair of the Interstate Federal Relations and Judiciary committees. Bailey has two sons, James H. Pou Bailey II and Edwin Pate Bailey.
Click to find related materials at Duke University Libraries.
- Andrew Johnson Hotel (Raleigh, N.C.)
- Bailey, James Hinton Pou, 1917-
- Byrd, Harry Flood, 1887-1966
- Bailey, Josiah William, 1873-1946
- Engineering Sales Corporation (Raleigh, N.C.)
- Helms, Jesse
- North Carolina. General Assembly. Senate
- North Carolina Bankers Association
- Porter, Barry and Associates (Baton Rouge, La.)
- Smith, Willis, 1887-1953
- Banks and banking -- North Carolina
- Cable television -- North Carolina
- Commercial law -- North Carolina
- Domestic relations -- North Carolina -- Cases
- Fathers and sons
- Farm Management -- North Carolina -- Johnston County
- Gas, Natural -- North Carolina
- Hotel management -- North Carolina -- Raleigh
- Intergovernmental tax relations -- North Carolina
- Intergovernmental fiscal relations -- North Carolina
- Judicial power -- North Carolina
- Lawyers -- North Carolina
The bulk of the James H. Pou Bailey Papers was given to Duke University in 1983 by Bailey. In 1977, one item was purchased for the collection. Copyright interests in these papers have not been transferred to the University.
Processed by Janie C. Morris
Assisted by Denise Dolan
Completed June 5, 1991
Encoded by Alvin Pollock