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Guide to the Evans Family Papers, 1926-1989

Collection Overview

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is an address of Eli Evans presented during the conference on Southern-Jewish history in 1976, Eli Evans's vita, his unpublished diary of the Kissinger shuttle, and a large number of his writings, many concerning U.S. politics, minorities, and Jews in the South.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.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Evans Family papers 1926-1989
Creator
Evans family
Extent
18 Linear Feet, 5609 Items
Repository
Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
English.

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Contents of the Collection

Addresses and Writings, 1946-1977, undated
(3 folders)
Box 1
Alumni Annual Giving
Box 1
Biographical information, 1953-1976, undated
Box 1
Business correspondence, 1937-1954, undated
Box 1
Civic Honor Award of the Durham Chamber of Commerce, Evans, E. J.
Box 1
Clippings, 1926-1951
Box 1
Clippings, 1952-1977, undated
(5 folders)
Box 2
Committee of One Hundred (Chamber of Commerce)
Box 2
Congratulations
Box 2
Correspondence, 1954-1958.
(2 folders)
Box 2
Correspondence, 1959-1976
(7 folders)
Box 3
Correspondence, 1977, undated
Box 4
Evans, E. J. "Father of the Year," 1965
Box 4
Evans, Sara, Obituaries, 1986
Box 4
Durham Federation of Jewish Charities
Box 4
Hadassah, 1954-1977, undated
(4 folders)
Box 4
Judaic Studies Program, Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1972-1977, undated
Box 5
Miscellany, 1929-1976, undated
Box 5
E. J. Evans, 1917-1973, undated
Box 5
E. J. Evans as Mayor of Durham, 1951-1959
Box 5
E. J. Evans as Mayor of Durham, 1960-1966, undated
Box 5
Sara N. Evans, 1928-1972, undated
Box 5
Robert M. and Eli N. Evans, 1950-1974, undated
Box 5
Evans Family, 1940-1976, undated
Box 5
Nachamson family, 1901-1970, undated
Box 5
Miscellany, 1934-1953
Box 6
Miscellany, 1953-1977, undated
Box 6
Preferred Stock Certificates (4 vols.)
Box 6
President of the Student Body at the University of North Carolina, Evans, Eli N.
Box 7
Printed material, 1928-1977, undated
Box 7
Printed material, 1977
Box 7
Synagogue Center/Percival Goodman
Box 7
Suspense file, 1949-1962
Box 7
United Fund
Box 7
United Jewish Appeal, 1957-1966
Box 7
University of North Carolina
Box 7
Vistas, Inc.: President's file, 1960-1971, undated
(2 folders)
Box 8
Watts Hospital
Box 8
Watts Hospital Bond Speakers
Box 8
Oversize materials
Box Sec. A OV5
Airport, 1952-1961
Box 9
Appointment for committees, etc.
Box 9
Annual Report
Box 9
Aull, Jr., George H. (City Manager, Durham, N.C.)
Box 9
Centennial
Box 9
Change and improvements, 1953-1961
Box 9
Complaints and suggestions from individuals
Box 9
"Congratulations for Mayor," 1951, Mar-1961
(3 folders)
Box 9
Correspondence (general), 1951-1953
(7 folders)
Box 10
Correspondence (general), 1954-1963, undated
(7 folders)
Box 11
Correspondence (personal) 1951-1963
(5 folders)
Box 12
"Fluoride"
Box 12
Housing Authority
Box 12
Human Relations Committee
Box 12
Lerner, Connie: Miss North Carolina, 1971
Box 12
Long Range Planning Committee (Chamber of Commerce)
Box 12
Mayor's campaigns, 1951-1963 ( 2 folders)
Box 13
N.C. League of Municipalities, 1951-1961, undated
Box 13
Office of Emergency Planning (Civil Defense Advisory Council)
Box 13
Radio/Television Stations
Box 13
Special Invitations To and From the Mayor, 1958-1950
Box 13
Speech material
Box 13
"Thank You" letters
Box 13
U.S. Conference of Mayors
Box 13
Addresses and Writings of Eli N. Evans:
Box 14
Diary of the Kissinger Shuttle, 1975
Box 14
Addresses and writings of others
Box 14
Biography
Box 14
Charles H. Revson Foundation, 1978-1986
Box 14
Pictures
Box 14
The Provincials: A Personal History of Jews in the South by Eli N. Evans
Box 14
Evans Family, Pictures, ca. 1922-1947
Box 15
Eli N. Evans, Pictures, High School and UNC
Box 15
Evans Family, "Special Events," 1928-1977
Box 16
Sara N. Evans, "This is My Life," 1954-1962
Box 16
E. J. Evans, 1936-1976
Box 17
Robert M. Evans, 1920-1977
Box 17
Sara N. Evans, "Eight Sisters in Israel, November - December 1968"
Box 17
Eli N. Evans, Student Body President, UNC, 1957-1958
Box 18
E. J. Evans, "Retiring Mayor, Durham, NC," 1963
Box 18
Evans Family, "Publicity," 1928-1955
Box 18
Evans Family, Pictures, 1948-1976
Box 19
Monroe E. Evans, "Mayoral September 1966-March 1967"
Box 19
Monroe E. Evans, "Mayoral July 1965-September 1966"
Box 20
Monroe E. Evans, "Mayoral March 1965-June 1965"
Box 20
Monroe E. Evans, "March 1967-April 1969"
Box 21
Monroe E. Evans, 1921-1959
Box 22
Monroe E. Evans, 1969
Box 23
Monroe E. Evans, "United Service Fund, 1957-1972"
Box 23
Madeline and Mildred Evans, "Writings," 1958-1963
Box 23

Historical Note

Papers of the Evans Family, active in Durham, N.C. civic leadership, local and national religious leadership, and national journalism.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Evans Family Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Evans Family papers were a gift to Duke University in 1986 and 1989.

Processing Information

Processed by: Marion Hirsch

Completed February 2, 1998

Encoded by Michael Shumate

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.