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Guide to the Evans Family Papers, 1920s-1990s

Abstract

Collection contains correspondence, scrapbooks, albums, clippings, addresses, writings, and other materials that concern the personal lives and careers of Mr. and Mrs. Emanuel J. ("Mutt") and Sara Evans, and their sons, Robert and Eli. Mutt Evans's mayoral correspondence is divided into a general file and a subject file. Some materials depict the private lives of the Evanses, including photographs, albums, and personal correspondence. Sara's family, the Nachamsons, is often represented. The collection also includes extensive documentation about Sara's role in Hadassah, both locally and nationally, as well as the family's participation in other Isareli and Jewish causes. Also included are materials from their work in developing and fundraising for the Judaic Studies Program at Duke University.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Evans family papers
Extent
24.0 linear feet, 5609 Items
Repository
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.

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.

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Contents of the Collection

Addresses and Writings, 1946-1977, undated
(3 folders)
Box 1
Alumni Annual Giving
Box 1
The American Israel Honorarium, Vol. 2
Box 24
American Israel Public Affairs Committee, 1976-1982
Box 24
Artifacts

Includes 2 gavels, 2 Hadassah medals, and Bar Mitzvah prayerbooks for both Eli and Robert.

Box 29
Beth El Synagogue history by Sara Evans, with related correspondence
Box 25
Biographical information, 1953-1976, undated
Box 1
Family biographies
(3.0 folders)
Box 26
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
E. J. and Sara's 50th wedding anniversary scrapbook

Scrapbook of well-wishes and celebrations of their anniversary.

Box 30
Duke archives donation, 1977
Box 24
Durham Federation of Jewish Charities
Box 4
Family honors and awards, oversize, 1960s-1990s
Box 28

Hadassah

4 folders
Miscellaneous Hadassah materials, 1954-1977 and undated
Box 4
Miscellaneous, 1934-1980s
Box 25
Durham Board Meeting notes, 1920s-1970s
(5.0 folders)
Box 25
Durham chapter membership list, oversize
Box 28
Sara Evans' miscellaneous correspondence and documents, 1980s
Box 25
Walter Eytan visit to Duke, 1982
Box 25
Zionist Affairs regional documents, 1971-1978 and undated
Box 25
Correspondence with local members, 1978-1983 and undated
Box 25
Durham Chapter, 1979-1984 and undated
Box 25
Southern Seaboard Region correspondence, etc., 1964-1983
(2.0 folders)
Box 25
Southern Seaboard Regional Conference, 1984
Box 25
Durham Federation, 1983
Box 25
Ya'al, 1954-1982
Box 25
Correspondence with national office, 1976-1984
(2.0 folders)
Box 25
Hebrew Culture Foundation correspondence, 1972-1976
Box 24
Miscellaneous materials, Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1972-1977, undated
Box 5
Press release and publicity, 1971-1977
Box 24
Study programs, correspondence, 1970s
Box 24
Finances, 1972-1973
Box 24
Filled pledges, 1970s
Box 24
Correspondence, 1973
Box 24
Dedications of Judaic Studies Program, 1974
Box 24
Dedication of Evans Judaic Hall, 1980
Box 24
Scrapbook (disbound) from dedication of Evans Judaic Hall, 1980
Box 24
Correspondence, 1981-1985
(3.0 folders)
Box 24
Student oral history project with Beth-El Synagogue, undated
Box 24
Miscellany, 1929-1976, undated
Box 5
NC Association for Jewish Women, 1977
Box 24
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
Oversize publications profiling the Evans family, 1950s-1960s
Box 28
Photographs
E. J. Evans, 1917-1973, undated
Box 5
E. J. Evans, 1920s-1980s and undated
Box 24
E. J. Evans as Mayor of Durham, 1951-1966 and undated
(2.0 folders)
Box 5
Sara N. Evans, 1928-1972, undated
Box 5
Sara Evans, undated
Box 24
Robert M. and Eli N. Evans, 1950-1974, undated
Box 5
Robert Evans, 1950s-1960s
Box 24
Eli Evans, 1980s
Box 24
Eli Evans' album from his service on the USS Saint Paul, 1959

Includes snapshots with captions documenting his Navy tour through Japan.

Box 30
Evans Family, 1940-1976, undated
Box 5
Evans Family, 1940s-1990s
Box 24
E. J. and Sara's 50th wedding anniversary album, 1978

Disbound scrapbook album of photographs celebrating their anniversary.

Box 28
Israel, 1976 (slides)
Box 24
Nachamson family, 1901-1970, undated
Box 5
Miscellany, 1934-1953
Box 6
Miscellany, 1953-1977, undated
Box 6
Durham house, 1021 Dacian Ave.
Box 24
Oversize photographs of Robert and Eli
Box 28
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
(2.0 folders)
Box 13
Mayor's campaign posters, 1950s-1960s
Box 28
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
Memorial book and memorials, 1997-1998
Box 27
Honors and awards

Includes color reproduction photocopies of original plaques.

Box 27
Home Security salute by Evans, 1959
Box 27
Tau Epsilon Phi Fraternity, 1924-1980s
Box 27
UNC materials, 1920s
Box 27
Clippings
Box 27
Personal correspondence, 1974-1990
Box 27
City Hall mayor portrait, 1983
Box 27
Correspondence with VIPs (Senators, etc.), 1970s-1980s
Box 27
Personal correspondence re: family set-up/reunions, 1960s-1980s

"Family set-up" refers to the United Nachamsons' financial accounts.

Box 26
Writings on Russian Jewry, 1966
Box 26
Research, correspondence from Hadassah trip to Russia, 1960 and 1966
Box 26
Personal correspondence, 1950s-1986
(7.0 folders)
Box 26
Speeches, 1956-1979
Box 26
Clippings
Box 26
Condolences upon Sara's death, 1986
Box 26
Memorials/obituaries, 1986
Box 26
Memorial trees
Box 26
Clippings re: Sara Evans' death and memorial, 1986
Box 26
Resumes/biography/CVs
Box 27
Personal correspondence, 1950s
Box 27
UNC materials
Box 27
Omar Bradley visit to UNC, 1951
Box 27
Mark Clark visit to UNC, 1951
Box 27
Carolina Forum correspondence, 1950-1951
Box 27
Dept. of Navy service, 1952
Box 27
Rhodes Scholar application, 1954
Box 27
Writings about Israel, 1954-1955
Box 27
Afghanistan Expedition clippings, materials, 1956
(2.0 folders)
Box 27
"Japan: Friend or Foe" draft, undated
Box 27
Clippings
(2.0 folders)
Box 27
Speaking engagements
Box 27
Writings re: Berlin, 1961-1962
Box 27
U.S. Information Agency press releases, 1961-1963
(2.0 folders)
Box 27
E.R. Murrow remarks, statements, speeches, 1961-1963
(2.0 folders)
Box 27
Miscellaneous writings
Box 27
Essay honoring Sara Evans, 1989
Box 27
Addresses and Writings of Eli N. Evans
Box 14
Miscellaneous writings
Box 27
Foreword for "A Proud History"
Box 27
WNET: Civilization and the Jews
Box 27
Terry Sanford materials
Box 27
Miscellaneous documents
Box 27
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
Charles H. Revson Foundation public broadcasting materials
Box 27
Pictures
Box 14
The Provincials: A Personal History of Jews in the South by Eli N. Evans
Box 14
The Provincials: press, reviews, etc.
(2.0 folders)
Box 27
Resume/biography/CVs
Box 27
UNC Student President election, 1957
Box 27
Judah P. Benjamin: reviews, press, etc.
Box 27
Clippings
(2.0 folders)
Box 27
Publicity for published works, oversize
Box 28
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

The Evans family was active in Durham, N.C. civic leadership, local and national Jewish leadership, and national journalism. The family owned and operated United Dollar stores, and for twelve years, 1951 to 1963, E.J. "Mutt" Evans was mayor of Durham. Mutt Evans was a president of VISTAS, and participated actively in University of North Carolina alumni affairs. Sara Evans was a leader at both the local and national levels of Hadassah. The couple was also very active in their synagogue, Beth El. Both sons attended the University of North Carolina and were student leaders on campus. Robert Evans became a correspondent with CBS, working with Edward R. Murrow, and then a television executive. 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 also authored THE PROVINCIALS and JUDAH P. BENJAMIN: THE JEWISH CONFEDERATE, and serves as president of the Charles H. Revson Foundation.

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