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Guide to the Nannie Mae Tilley papers, 1883-1948 and undated

Abstract

Nannie Mae Tilley (1898-1988) was a historian and curator of the Manuscripts Deptartment of Duke University. The Nannie Mae Tilley papers contain correspondence and other materials collected by Tilley concerning servicemen in World War II, the Bonsack family of Virginia, and tobacco cultivation and manufacturing in Virginia. The large group of letters from U.S. servicemen reveals attitudes about military service, U.S. participation in World War II, and about Duke University, where many of them had been students. Another group of letters is from the John E. Bonsack family, and concerns the Bonsack family genealogy, particularly James E. Bonsack, inventor of cigarette rolling machine, and Jacob Bonsack, grandfather of John E. Bonsack, who owned a woolen mill at Good Intent, Virginia. Further materials, chiefly photostats of reports from Richmond, Virginia, printed in the New York Journal of Commerce, concern the production and marketing of tobacco in Virginia and methods of handling leaf tobacco. Also included is James A. Bonsack's obituary from 1924.

Descriptive Summary

Collection Number
RL.01296
Title
Nannie Mae Tilley papers
Date
1883-1948 and undated
Creator
Tilley, Nannie M. (Nannie May), 1898-1998
Extent
0.5 Linear Feet, Approx. 704 Items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Material in English

Collection Overview

The Nannie Mae Tilley papers contain correspondence and other materials collected by Tilley concerning servicemen in World War II, the Bonsack family of Virginia, and tobacco cultivation and manufacturing in Virginia. The large group of letters from U.S. servicemen reveals attitudes about military service, U.S. participation in World War II, and about Duke University, where many of them had been students. Another group of letters is from the John E. Bonsack family, and concerns the Bonsack family genealogy, particularly James E. Bonsack, inventor of cigarette rolling machine, and Jacob Bonsack, grandfather of John E. Bonsack, who owned a woolen mill at Good Intent, Virginia.

Further materials, chiefly photostats of reports from Richmond, Virginia, printed in the New York Journal of Commerce, concern the production and marketing of tobacco in Virginia and methods of handling leaf tobacco. Also included is James A. Bonsack's obituary from 1924.

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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, 1940-1944
Box 1
Correspondence, 1945-1948 and undated
Box 2
Pope, Warren House Division
Box 2
Shepard, Elizabeth Division
Box 2
Atkins, Wade W. Division
Box 2
Goodwin, Noma Lee Division
Box 2
Clippings and printed materials: 1941-1945 and undated
Box 2
Financial papers, 1943-1945
Box 2
Miscellany, 1942-1943 and undated
Box 2
Addition to collection
Box Sec. A: 130
Oversize items
Oversize-folder 1

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Nannie Mae Tilley Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Nannie Mae Tilley papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift after 1969.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library staff

Encoded by Jen Snow, June 2011