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Guide to the James Luther Kibler papers, 1857-1957 and undated

Abstract

James Luther Kibler (1867-1950) was a public school teacher, prominent Lutheran layman, and active member of the Socialist Party of Virginia.

Collection comprises correspondence, printed material, writings, clippings, and photographs, pertaining to Kibler's interest in the history of Virginia, Lutheran issues, his work with the Socialist Party of Virginia, his newspaper column Kibler's Kolumn, and other topics. Also included are over forty scrapbooks compiled by Kibler dating from 1913 to 1953, in which are mounted clippings (including his column), letters, notations, royalty receipts, postcards, and photographs.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Kibler, J. Luther (James Luther), 1867-1953
Title
James Luther Kibler papers 1857-1957 and undated
Language of Material
English
Extent
12.0 Linear Feet, Approx. 7200 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Collection comprises correspondence, printed material, writings, clippings, and photographs, all pertaining to Kibler's interest in the history of Virginia, Lutheran issues, his work with the Socialist Party of Virginia, his newspaper column "Kibler's Kolumn," and other topics. Also included are over forty scrapbooks compiled by Kibler dating from 1913 to 1953, in which are mounted clippings (including his column), letters, notations, royalty receipts, postcards, and photographs.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to Duke University. For more information, consult the copyright section of the Regulations and Procedures of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1859-1957 and undated
Box 1
Writings, 1857-1957 and undated
Box 2
Writings, undated
Box 3
Printed materials, 1892-1953 and undated
Box 3
Miscellaneous, 1866-1948 and undated
Box 4
Legal papers, 1907 and undated
Box 4
Genealogy, 1951-1953
Box 4
Financial papers, 1863-1940
Box 4
Photographs, undated
Box 4
Clippings, 1873-1953 and undated
(14 folders)
Box 4
Scrapbooks and composition book, 1913-1932
(3 items)
Box 4
Scrapbooks, 1925-1952
(9 items)
Box 5
Scrapbooks, Socialist Party of Virginia ledger, and composition book, 1895-1953
(17 items)
Box 6
Scrapbooks and photo album, 1918-1951
(16 scrapbooks, 1 album)
Box 7
Scrapbooks, 1925-1952
(3 items)
Box 8
Oversize materials
Oversize Folder 1

Historical Note

For twenty years, James Luther Kibler was a public school teacher, and in 1898 was the prime mover in the organization of the Virginia Teachers Co-operative League, the progenitor of the Virginia Education Association. In 1899 he married Henrietta Shipe of Fort Valley, Virginia. Their children were James Otto and Orpha Evangeline. Kibler was a prominent Lutheran layman and a Democrat until he broke with the party in 1932 and joined the Socialist Party. In 1933 he ran on that party's ticket for the Lieutenant-governorship of Virginia, but was defeated. From 1934 to 1936 he was Secretary-Treasurer of the Socialist Party of Virginia. He was drafted by the party to run for the U.S. Senate in 1936 but was compelled to withdraw from the race.

After his school teaching days, he was active chiefly as a journalist and historian. From 1930 to 1935, he wrote "Kibler's Kolumn" for the Virginia Gazette. He was also the author of several volumes and numerous articles, other than his "Kolumn." For some years he was active in the Federal Writer's Project. He also was connected with Subsequent History and more than one guide service that conducted tours of Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], James Luther Kibler Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The James Luther Kibler papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 1974.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library staff

Encoded by Willeke Sandler, April 2012

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

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.