Guide to the Sim A. DeLapp Papers, 1862-1976

Collection Overview

The collection chiefly documents DeLapp's long-term involvement with the North Carolina Republican Party at the state and local level. While correspondence comprises the bulk of the collection, there are also some legal and financial papers, writings and speeches, printed material, and clippings. Being Chair of the North Carolina Republican Party (1942-1950) and legal counsel to the party (1950-1964), provided DeLapp access to state party leaders, which is reflected by the correspondents that include J. E. Broyhill, Wilmer D. Mizell, William E. Cobb, and Jesse Helms.

Included is information concerning political appointments, canvassing and registering voters, political campaigns, and political speeches (some made by DeLapp). DeLapp's efforts to promote Republican presidential candidates is highlighted in 1952 when he served as North Carolina State Chairman of Dwight D. Eisenhower's campaign. The earliest corespondence primarily relates to Delapp's father, Alexander T. Lapp, who was sheriff of Davidson County, N.C., from 1906-1912 and 1916-1918. Also represented are DeLapp's responsibilities with the Evangelical and Reformed Church (later the United Church of Christ); information about the DeLapp family and DeLapp's published work, People, Politics, Religion; and concern about the Duke University administration during the 1960s and early 1970s.

Descriptive Summary

Collection Number
Sim A. DeLapp papers
DeLapp, Simeon Alexander
10 Linear Feet, circa 13,100 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library

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Collection is open for research.

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The copyright interests in the DeLapp Papers have not been transferred to Duke University. For further information, see the section on copyright in the Regulations and Procedures of the Special Collections Library.

Contents of the Collection

(6 folders)
Box 1
1949-1951, Aug.
(6 folders)
Box 2
1951, Sept.-1952, June
(7 folders)
Box 3
1952, July-1953
(7 folders)
Box 4
1954, Jan.-1957, June
(7 folders)
Box 5
1957, July-1959
(6 folders)
Box 6
1960-1964, Apr.
(6 folders)
Box 7
1964, May-1965, June
(7 folders)
Box 8
1965, July-1966, Sept.
(7 folders)
Box 9
1966, Oct.-1968, May
(6 folders)
Box 10
1968, June-1970, May
(6 folders)
Box 11
1970, June-1972, Mar.
(6 folders)
Box 12
1972, Apr.-1973, Oct.
(6 folders)
Box 13
1973, Nov.-1975, Aug.
(7 folders)
Box 14
1975, Sept.-1976, Aug., undated
(4 folders)
Box 15
Box 15
Box 15
Box 15
(3 folders)
Box 16
People, Politics, Religion, 1975 and undated (2 folders and 1 volume)
Box 16
(3 folders)
Box 17
Box 17
(3 folders)
Box 17
1965-1976, undated
(3 folders)
Box 18
(2 folders)
Box 18
1969-1975, undated
Box 19
Pictures, 1914?-1953, undated
Box 19
(4 folders)
Box 19
1967-1976, undated
(6 folders)
Box 20
Photocopies, 1928-1968
Box 20
Printed Material Series, 1948-1974
Box 22
Clippings Series--Scrapbooks, 1942-1948 (3)
Box 21
Miscellaneous Series, 1936-1960s
Box 22
Scrapbook, 1948 and undated
Box 22

Historical Note


Date Event(s)
1897, Dec. 21 Born Davidson County, N.C.
1918 A.B. Trinity College (now Duke University)
1921 LL.B. Trinity College
1921-1926 Practiced law in Lexington, N.C.
1922-1934 Member, Lexington Board of School Commissioners
1926-1946 Member, McCrary and DeLapp law firm
1927, July Married Rose Sexton of Denton, N.C.
1928-1930 Davidson County attorney
1942-1950 Chair, North Carolina State Republican Party
1946-1950 Davison County attorney
1946-1952 Practiced law independently in Lexington, N.C.
1950-1964 Legal counsel for the North Carolina Republican Party
1951-1952 North Carolina State Chairman of Dwight D. Eisenhower's campaign for the presidency
1952-1976 Partner, Lexington law firm that maintained a general and trial practice under various names: DeLapp and Ward, 1952-1966; DeLapp, Ward, and Hedrick, 1966-1972; DeLapp and Hedrick, 1972-1974; DeLapp, Hedrick and Harp, 1974-1975; DeLapp, Hedrick, Harp, and Smith, 1975-1976.
1965-1970 Trustee, Davidson County Community College
1967-1974 Davidson County attorney
1976, Aug. 9 Died, Winston-Salem, N.C.
1983 Named posthumously to the North Carolina GOP Hall of fame

Member of the American, North Carolina, and Davidson County Bar Associations and the Lexington Rotary Club. Member and Elder in the First Evangelical and Reformed Church (later United Church of Christ) in Lexington. Member of the Kiwanis Club.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Sim A. DeLapp Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.


The David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library acquired the Sim A. DeLapp Papers (1862-1976) in three installments 1978, 1980, and 1983 by purchase and gift. The donation was made by Mrs. DeLapp in 1983.

Processing Information

Processed by Janie Morris

Completed May 15, 1992

Encoded by Alvin Pollock, Electronic Text Unit, UC Berkeley Library