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Guide to the Ben E. Douglas, Sr. papers, 1935-1981 and undated, bulk 1953-1980

Abstract

Ben E. Douglas, Sr. (1895-1981) was a politician, developer, and mayor of Charlotte, N.C. from 1935-1941.

Collection contains three folders of correspondence with friends, family, business associates, and political figures; clippings; a small amount of printed material; addresses and writings; and over 100 photographs, including 22 autographed photographs of such notables as Gen. John Pershing, Eddie Rickenbacker, Gov. Luther Hodges, Eddie Cantor, and Gene Autry. There is relatively little material relating to Douglas' service as mayor, however, there are some items that refer to his failed Congressional campaign of 1956. Also included are three scrapbooks showing the development of N.C. during the period from 1953-955, when Douglas was Director of the N.C. Dept. of Conservation and Development, nine volumes of Douglas Airport studies and plans, and three boxes of papers relating to his work on the Airport Advisory Committee, including meeting minutes, letters, memos, clippings, reports, and airport plans.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Douglas, Ben E., 1895-1981.
Title
Ben E. Douglas, Sr. papers 1935-1981 and undated, bulk 1953-1980
Language of Material
English
Extent
3.5 Linear Feet, 817 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Collection contains three folders of correspondence with friends, family, business associates, and political figures; clippings; a small amount of printed material; addresses and writings; and over 100 photographs, including 22 autographed photographs of such notables as Gen. John Pershing, Eddie Rickenbacker, Gov. Luther Hodges, Eddie Cantor, and Gene Autry. There is relatively little material relating to Douglas' service as mayor, however, there are some items that refer to his failed Congressional campaign of 1956. Also included are three scrapbooks showing the development of N.C. during the period from 1953-955, when Douglas was Director of the N.C. Dept. of Conservation and Development, nine volumes of Douglas Airport studies and plans, and three boxes of papers relating to his work on the Airport Advisory Committee, including meeting minutes, letters, memos, clippings, reports, and airport plans.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1939-1980 and undated
(3 folders)
Box 1
Addresses and writings, 1956-1977 and undated
Box 1
Miscellany, 1935-1975 and undated
Box 1
Clippings, 1940-1981
Box 2
Printed Material, 1939-1980
Box 2
Pictures
Box 2
Douglas Municipal Airport: Papers, 1957-1968
Box 3
Douglas Municipal Airport: Papers, 1969-1977
Box 4
Douglas Municipal Airport: Papers, 1978-1981 and undated
Box 5
Douglas Municipal Airport: Clippings, 1935-1965, 1980
Box 5
Douglas Municipal Airport: Volumes, 1968-1972
(4 volumes: Studies and Master plan)
Box 6
Douglas Municipal Airport: Volumes, 1972-1980
(5 volumes: Reports, Studies, Master plan)
Box 7
Clippings scrapbook on NC Development
Volume F:7014
Clippings scrapbook on NC Development
Volume F:7015
Clippings scrapbook on NC Development
Volume F:7016

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Ben E. Douglas, Sr. Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Ben E. Douglas, Sr. papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 1982.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library staff

Encoded by Paula Jeannet Mangiafico and Willeke Sandler, November 2013

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 11-02-82.

This collection is minimally processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.