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Preliminary Guide to the D. W. Newsom Papers, [ca. 1890]-1950 and undated

Collection Overview

Primarily incoming and outgoing personal and business correspondence, bills and receipts, bank statements, and deeds (1890-1950). The material documents Newsom's real estate activities and Durham N.C.'s economic and urban development from the 1920s-1940s. Also includes financial ledgers; scrapbooks of Newsom's newspaper real estate advertisements; notebooks in shorthand; various Newsom family estate papers; and a poem by Newsom, "To the Men of the Golden Star," read by him at a World War I memorial service held at Trinity College (1919). The collection contains few records of Newsom's tenure as an official of Trinity College and Durham County. (02-102)

Descriptive Summary

Title
D. W. Newsom papers [ca. 1890]-1950 and undated
Creator
Newsom, D. W. (Dallas Walton), 1873-1949
Extent
11.20 Linear Feet, 2640 Items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
English.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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Contents of the Collection

Some of the materials in this accession are not immediately accessible, because they require further processing before use. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the Rubenstein Library to use this collection.

The labels on the physical folders that comprise this accession reflect Newsom's own labels on original envelopes and other enclosures. However, the folder labels have not been reproduced in the following container list, which describes groups of like items only.

[Technical Services staff may need to reformat newsprint and process materials in envelopes before use.]

[Attention: Contains rusty fasteners and pictorial materials.]

Newspapers, [ca. 1900]
Box 1
Deeds of Trust and Bills of Sale, 1923-1929

[Includes one black-and-white photograph.]

Box 1
Appraisal reports, 1929

[Newsom served as one of the appraisers reporting on the value of the properties belonging to the Duke Land and Improvement Company, New Hope Realty Company, in Durham.]

Box 1
Personal notes
Box 1
Durham County financial statements, 1933-1949
Box 1

[Technical Services staff may need to reformat newsprint and other brittle paper before use.]

[Attention: Contains rusty fasteners.]

Receipts, 1949-1950, and tax returns, 1939-1944
Box 2
Receipts and invoices, 1930-1948

[Includes some from Newsom's tenure as Durham County Manager, but the majority are personal, including insurance payments and purchases from the bookstore, florist, etc. Also includes a series of loan passbooks from The Hood System Industrial Bank, Durham, NC.]

Box 2

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[Attention: Contains rusty fasteners.]

Receipts and Invoices, 1928-1948
Box 3
Incoming and outgoing correspondence, 1929-1948

[The majority of the letters deal with loans and loan payments and real estate property. A few are from family.]

Box 3

[Technical Services staff may need to reformat newsprint and other brittle paper before use.]

[Attention: Contains rusty fasteners.]

Incoming and outgoing business correspondence, 1928-1948

[Includes a few letters mentioning Mr. Newsom's poetry.]

Box 4

[Technical Services staff may need to reformat newsprint and other brittle paper before use.]

[Attention: Contains rusty fasteners.]

Incoming and outgoing correspondence, including real estate deeds, 1890-1948
Box 5
Shorthand notes
Box 5
Durham real estate and other ephemera

[Includes Newsom's business card and several programs from conventions of the North Carolina Real Estate Association.]

Box 5
To the Men of the Golden Star

[Read by Newsom at a World War I memorial service held at Trinity College, 1919 June 3.]

Box 5
The History of Duke Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church, South

[Read by Newsom 1932 October 30 at Duke Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church.]

Box 5
Renters' and owners' invoices, bank statements, and other real estate documents, 1926-1932
Box 5

[Technical Services staff may need to reformat newsprint and process materials in envelopes before use.]

[Attention: Contains rusty fasteners.]

Newsom estate documents, [ca. 1908]
Box 6
Shorthand notes
Box 6
Personal notebooks

[Many are in shorthand.]

Box 6
1942 Date Book

[Contains various Christmas card lists, Christmas gift lists, and Christmas expenditures from 1937-1946.]

Box 6
Ernest H. Newsom estate papers, [ca. 1910]
Box 6

[Technical Services staff may need to reformat newsprint and process materials in envelopes before use.]

[Attention: Contains rusty fasteners.]

Financial ledgers and journals, 1902-1946
Box 7
Personal correspondence from Jottings binder, [ca. 1917-1945]
Box 7
Medical records, 1949

[Includes a daily log of Newsom's health during the final year of his life.]

Box 7

[Technical Services staff may need to reformat newsprint before use.]

Two scrapbooks containing Newsom's Bulletin,1923-1928

Newsom's weekday real estate newspaper advertisements. Also includes the Sunday "Newsom's Bulletin," 1927-1928, which consisted of short inspirational statements.

Box 8

[Technical Services staff may need to reformat newsprint before use.]

Scrapbook of newspaper clippings, [1909]-[ca. 1940s]

Includes news and inspirational quotations apparently collected by Newsom.

Box 9
Financial ledger showing Newsom's income and expenses, [1904]-[1920s]
Box 10
Financial ledger [showing Newsom's rental expenses], 1923-1924

Includes examples of Newsom's stationery, laid in.

Box 10
Two signs, For Rent, D. W. Newsom, Phone F-5311
Box 10
Plans for D.W. Newsom house, Trinity College, Durham, NC
Box 10
Plans for residential development of Fort Fisher-Sea Beach, [NC], 1913
Box 10
Plans for residential development of Fort Fisher-Sea Beach, [NC], 1913
Box 10
Linen map and blueprint, Mrs. Annie Soule Newsom Estate, Halifax Co., 1909
Box 10

Historical Note

Duke University alumnus (1899), as well as Trinity College Registrar (1901-1907) and Treasurer (1907-1923). Also, real estate and insurance agent (1923-1949), Durham County Commissioner (1924-1930), as well as the first Durham County Manager (1930-1943).

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], D. W. Newsom Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The D. W. Newsom Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2002.

Processing Information

Processed by Joshua A. Kaiser

Completed October 14, 2002

Encoded by Joshua A. Kaiser

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.

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