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Guide to the William Kenneth Boyd Papers, 1851 - 1956

Abstract

William Kenneth Boyd (1879-1938) was a historian, professor, and director of the library at Duke University. During his career at Duke and Trinity College, he published widely and helped to collect and preserve personal papers and books about Southern and North Carolina history. The William Kenneth Boyd papers include correspondence, diaries, financial and legal materials, writings, notes, student papers, photographs (including tintypes), and other materials related to the personal and professional life of Boyd. Major correspondents include N. B. McDowell, Pat LeGrand, Marion Colley, and John Spencer Bassett. There are also letters from W. E. B. Du Bois and other prominent African Americans.

Descriptive Summary

Title
William Kenneth Boyd papers, 1851 - 1956
Creator
Boyd, William Kenneth, 1879-1938
Extent
20 Linear Feet, , 20000 Items
Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult University Archives, Duke University.
Language
English.

Collection Overview

The William Kenneth Boyd papers include correspondence, diaries, financial and legal materials, writings, notes, student papers, photographs (including tintypes), and other materials related to the personal and professional life of Boyd. The collection is arranged into seven series.

The first series, Personal, includes family materials like diaries, financial and legal materials, and other family writings. The diaries were written by Boyd's first wife and his daughter. The second series, Correspondence, includes personal, History Department, and Library and Flowers Collection correspondence. Major personal correspondents include N.B. McDowell, Pat LeGrand, Marion Colley, and John Spencer Bassett. Of particular interest in the personal correspondence are some letters Boyd exchanged with prominent African-Americans, including W. E. B. Du Bois, in 1899. The History Department and Library and Flowers Collection correspondence discuss research and administrative activities in these two areas of Duke University.

The third series, Writings, includes published and unpublished articles and books by Boyd. The fourth series, Notes, includes research and lecture notes taken by Boyd. The topics of both Writings and Notes tend to be about Southern and specifically North Carolina history. The next series, Teaching, primarily includes student papers about Southern and North Carolina history. The Library series includes administrative papers from when Boyd directed the library at Duke. The last series, Photographs, features family photographs, most of which are tintypes in excellent condition.

Administrative Information

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Contents of the Collection

The Personal series contains the personal and family materials of William Kenneth Boyd. Included are financial and legal materials; diaries written by Boyd's first wife, Pat LeGrand and his daughter, Mary Elizabeth Boyd; materials related to Boyd's funeral; and pieces of creative writing. Materials are arranged alphabetically.

Account book, 1935-1936
Box 1 Folder 1
Account books, circa 1936, 1946
Box 1 Folder 2
Childhood writings, 1888-1892
Box 1 Folder 3
Desk book, 1937
Box 1 Folder 4
Diary of Mary Elizabeth Boyd, 1920
Box 1 Folder 5
Diary of Mary Elizabeth Boyd, 1930-1931
Box 1 Folder 6
Diary of Pat LeGrand Boyd, undated
Box 1 Folder 7
Drawings and maps, undated
Folder 8 Oversize Box 41
Early Printers' Marks by Mary Elizabeth Boyd, circa 1930-1939
Box 1 Folder 9
Family history
Box 1 Folder 10
Financial documents, 1866-1922
Box 1 Folder 11
Legal documents, 1885-1939
Folder 12 Oversize Box 41
List of wedding presents, by Pat Le Grand
Box 1 Folder 13
Memorials for William K. Boyd, 1938
Box 1 Folder 14
Poetry and stories, undated
Box 1 Folder 15

The Correspondence series is arranged into three main sections. The first section, Personal, contains correspondence to and from Boyd with family members and friends. His aunt, N. B. McDowell, a faculty member at Weaverville College, wrote to Boyd frequently while he attended Trinity College and afterward. Boyd also corresponded frequently with his first wife, Pat LeGrand, second wife, Marion Colley, and mentor, John Spencer Bassett. The correspondence for the latter two is filed separately in folders at the end of the personal correspondence. The rest of the materials are arranged chronologically. Of note in this section are letters Boyd sent and received from prominent African-Americans, including W. E. B. Du Bois, in 1899.

The second section of the correspondence is History Department correspondence, sent and received while Boyd was a faculty member in the Duke Department of History. It includes letters sent to and from members of the Duke History Department as well as historians at other institutions. The correspondence is arranged chronologically.

The third section is Library and Flowers Collection correspondence, and mainly stems from Boyd's service as director of the library at Duke. Most of the letters document Boyd's attempt to purchase or otherwise acquire personal papers and rare books from individuals and dealers across the South. These materials are arranged chronologically.

1851-1882
Folder 16
1883
Folder 17
1884-1891
Folder 18
1892-1895
Box 2 Folder 19
January 1896-May 1896
Box 2 Folder 20
September 1896-October 1896
Box 2 Folder 21
November 1896-December 1896
Box 2 Folder 22
January 1897-February 1897
Box 2 Folder 23
March 1897-May 1897
Box 2 Folder 24
June 1897-September 1897
Box 2 Folder 25
October 1897-December 1897
Box 2 Folder 26
January 1898-February 1898
Box 2 Folder 27
March 1898-April 1898
Box 3 Folder 28
May 1898-June 1898
Box 3 Folder 29
August 1898-October 1898
Box 3 Folder 30
November 1898-December 1898
Box 3 Folder 31
January 1899-March 1899
Box 3 Folder 32
April 1899-December 1899
Box 3 Folder 33
January 1900-June 1900
Box 3 Folder 34
July 1900-June 1901
Box 3 Folder 35
September 1901-December 1901
Box 3 Folder 36
January 1902-May 1902
Box 3 Folder 37
July 1902-December 1902
Box 4 Folder 38
January 1903-July 1903
Box 4 Folder 39
August 1903-December 1903
Box 4 Folder 40
January 1904-March 1904
Box 4 Folder 41
April 1904-June 1904
Box 4 Folder 42
July 1904-December 1904
Box 4 Folder 43
January 1905-April 1905
Box 4 Folder 44
May 1905-December 1905
Box 4 Folder 45
February 1906-September 1906
Box 5 Folder 46
October 1906-December 1906
Box 5 Folder 47
January 1907-June 1907
Box 5 Folder 48
July 1907
Box 5 Folder 49
August 1907
Box 5 Folder 50
September 1907
Box 5 Folder 51
October 1907
Box 5 Folder 52
November 1907
Box 5 Folder 53
December 1907
Box 5 Folder 54
January 1908
Box 6 Folder 55
February 1908
Box 6 Folder 56
March 1908
Box 6 Folder 57
April 1908
Box 6 Folder 58
May 1908
Box 6 Folder 59
June 1908
Box 6 Folder 60
July 1908
Box 6 Folder 61
August 1908
Box 6 Folder 62
September 1908
Box 6 Folder 63
October 1908
Box 7 Folder 64
November 1908
Box 7 Folder 65
December 1908
Box 7 Folder 66
1909
Box 7 Folder 67
1910
Box 7 Folder 68
1911-1912
Box 7 Folder 69
1913-1914
Box 7 Folder 70
1915
Box 7 Folder 71
1916-1917
Box 7 Folder 72
1918
Box 7 Folder 73
1919
Box 7 Folder 74
1920
Box 7 Folder 75
1921
Box 7 Folder 76
1922-1923
Box 8 Folder 77
February 1924, July 1924
Box 8 Folder 78
August 1924
Box 8 Folder 79
September 1924
Box 8 Folder 80
October 1924-November 1929
Box 8 Folder 81
February 1930-February 1956
Box 8 Folder 82
Undated
Box 8 Folder 83-84
John Spencer Bassett, October 1904-April 1926
Box 8 Folder 85
Marion T. Colley, July 1930-December 1930
Box 9 Folder 86
1898-1906
Box 9 Folder 87
1907-1908
Box 9 Folder 88
1909-1911
Box 9 Folder 89
1912
Box 9 Folder 90
1913
Box 9 Folder 91
1914
Box 9 Folder 92
1915
Box 9 Folder 93
1916
Box 9 Folder 94
1917
Box 9 Folder 95
January 1918-June 1918
Box 10 Folder 96
July 1918-December 1918
Box 10 Folder 97
January 1919-June 1919
Box 10 Folder 98
July 1919-December 1919
Box 10 Folder 99
1920
Box 10 Folder 100
1921
Box 10 Folder 101
January 1922-June 1922
Box 10 Folder 102
July 1922-December 1922
Box 10 Folder 103
January 1923-June 1923
Box 11 Folder 104
July 1923-December 1923
Box 11 Folder 105
1924
Box 11 Folder 106
1925
Box 11 Folder 107
1926
Box 11 Folder 108
January 1927-February 1927
Box 11 Folder 109
March 1927
Box 11 Folder 110
April 1927
Box 11 Folder 111
May 1927-October 1927
Box 12 Folder 112
November 1927
Box 12 Folder 113
December 1927-January 1928
Box 12 Folder 114
February 1928-March 1928
Box 12 Folder 115
April 1928-May 1928
Box 12 Folder 116
June 1928-December 1928
Box 12 Folder 117
January 1929-February 1929
Box 12 Folder 118
March 1929-April 1929
Box 12 Folder 119
May 1929-September 1929
Box 12 Folder 120
October 1929-December 1929
Box 13 Folder 121
January 1930-February 1930
Box 13 Folder 122
March 1930
Box 13 Folder 123
April 1930-May 1930
Box 13 Folder 124
June 1930-July 1930
Box 13 Folder 125
August 1930-September 1930
Box 13 Folder 126
October 1930-December 1930
Box 13 Folder 127
January 1931-April 1931
Box 13 Folder 128
May 1931-August 1931
Box 14 Folder 129
September 1931-December 1931
Box 14 Folder 130
January 1932-February 1932
Box 14 Folder 131
March 1932-May 1932
Box 14 Folder 132
June 1932-November 1932
Box 14 Folder 133
December 1932-February 1933
Box 14 Folder 134
March 1933-August 1933
Box 14 Folder 135
September 1933-November 1933
Box 14 Folder 136
December 1933-February 1934
Box 14 Folder 137
March 1934-July 1934
Box 15 Folder 138
August 1934-December 1934
Box 15 Folder 139
January 1935-April 1935
Box 15 Folder 140
May 1935-August 1935
Box 15 Folder 141
September 1935-December 1935
Box 15 Folder 142
January 1936-March 1936
Box 15 Folder 143
April 1936-June 1936
Box 15 Folder 144
July 1936-September 1936
Box 15 Folder 145
October 1936-December 1936
Box 15 Folder 146
January 1937-March 1937
Box 16 Folder 147
April 1937-January 1938
Box 16 Folder 148
Undated
Box 16 Folder 149
1908-1920
Box 16 Folder 150
1921
Box 16 Folder 151
1922-1925
Box 16 Folder 152
1926-1927
Box 16 Folder 153
1928
Box 16 Folder 154
January 1929-March 1929
Box 16 Folder 155
April 1929-June 1929
Box 17 Folder 156
July 1929-December 1929
Box 17 Folder 157
January 1930-March 1930
Box 17 Folder 158
April 1930-May 1930
Box 17 Folder 159
June 1930-July 1930
Box 17 Folder 160
August 1930-September 1930
Box 17 Folder 161
October 1930-December 1930
Box 17 Folder 162
January 1931-March 1931
Box 17 Folder 163
April 1931-May 1931
Box 18 Folder 164
June 1931-July 1931
Box 18 Folder 165
August 1931-September 1931
Box 18 Folder 166
October 1931-November 1931
Box 18 Folder 167
December 1931
Box 18 Folder 168
January 1932
Box 18 Folder 169
February 1932
Box 18 Folder 170
March 1932
Box 19 Folder 171
April 1932
Box 19 Folder 172
May 1932
Box 19 Folder 173
June 1932
Box 19 Folder 174
July 1932
Box 19 Folder 175
August 1932-October 1932
Box 19 Folder 176
November 1932
Box 19 Folder 177
December 1932
Box 20 Folder 178
January 1933-February 1933
Box 20 Folder 179
March 1933
Box 20 Folder 180
April 1933
Box 20 Folder 181
May 1933
Box 20 Folder 182
June 1933
Box 20 Folder 183
July 1933
Box 20 Folder 184
August 1933-September 1933
Box 20 Folder 185
October 1933
Box 20 Folder 186
November 1933
Box 21 Folder 187
December 1933
Box 21 Folder 188
January 1934
Box 21 Folder 189
February 1934-April 1934
Box 21 Folder 190
May 1934-July 1934
Box 21 Folder 191
August 1934-September 1934
Box 21 Folder 192
October 1934
Box 21 Folder 193
November 1934-December 1934
Box 21 Folder 194
January 1935
Box 22 Folder 195
February 1935-March 1935
Box 22 Folder 196
April 1935-May 1935
Box 22 Folder 197
June 1935
Box 22 Folder 198
July 1935-September 1935
Box 22 Folder 199
October 1935
Box 22 Folder 200
November 1935
Box 22 Folder 201
December 1935
Box 22 Folder 202
January 1936
Box 22 Folder 203
February 1936-March 1936
Box 23 Folder 204
April 1936-May 1936
Box 23 Folder 205
June 1936-August 1936
Box 23 Folder 206
September 1936-October 1936
Box 23 Folder 207
November 1936-December 1936
Box 23 Folder 208
January 1937-February 1937
Box 23 Folder 209
March 1937-April 1937
Box 23 Folder 210
May 1937-June 1937
Box 23 Folder 211
July 1937-August 1938
Box 23 Folder 212
Undated
Box 24 Folder 213-214

The Writings series includes published pieces, unpublished manuscripts, and drafts of Boyd's articles and books. His interest in southern, and especially North Carolina, history is evident in these materials, as is his interest in colonial America. The writings are arranged alphabetically by title.

The American Revolution and Reform in the South, 1923
Folder 215
The Antecedents of the North Carolina Convention of 1835, 1910
Folder 216
Bibliography of Tallyrand draft, undated
Folder 217
Boyd Family Journal, March 1925, November 1926
Folder 218
Currency and Banking in North Carolina, 1790-1836, undated
Folder 219
Documents and Comments on Benefit of Clergy as Applied to slaves, October 1923
Folder 220
Documents and Letters Concerning Lincoln and Fort Sumter, undated
Folder 221
Drafts on southern history and public education in Virginia, undated
Folder 222
The Ecclesiastical Edicts of the Theodosian Code, 1905
Folder 223
English-American relations, undated
Folder 224
The Federal Period draft, undated
Folder 225-226
The Federal Period draft, undated
Box 25 Folder 227
The Finances of the North Carolina Literary Fund, 1914
Box 25 Folder 228
The Flowers Collection draft, undated
Box 25 Folder 229
History of N.C. Federal Period, undated
Box 25 Folder 230
History of Trinity College draft, undated
Box 25 Folder 231-232
History of Trinity College, undated
Box 25 Folder 233
History of the South draft chapters, undated
Box 25 Folder 234-235
Jeffersonian Ideals - Reform of the State Constitution, undated
Box 25 Folder 236
The Literature of N.C. History draft, undated
Box 25 Folder 237
Medieval Universities, undated
Box 25 Folder 238
Memoirs of a Book Hunter, circa 1937-1938
Box 25 Folder 239
Methodist Expansion . . ., circa 1915
Box 25 Folder 240
Military Aspects of the Revolution, undated
Box 25 Folder 241
Miscellaneous, undated
Box 25 Folder 242
The Movement for Public Education, undated
Box 26 Folder 243
North Carolina on the Eve of Secession, 1912
Box 26 Folder 244
Pietism, Methodism, and the Great Awakening, undated
Box 26 Folder 245
Religious Feeling in 18th-19th Centuries, undated
Box 26 Folder 246
Robert E. Lee, undated
Box 26 Folder 247
A Selected Bibliography and Syllabus of the History of the South, June 1918
Box 26 Folder 248
Slavery Debates, undated
Box 26 Folder 249
Some Phases of Educational History in the South Since 1865, 1914
Box 26 Folder 250
The Story of Durham proof, circa 1925
Box 26 Folder 251-252
The Story of Durham proof, undated
Box 26 Folder 253
A Syllabus of North Carolina History, 1584-1876, 1913 (with J.G. de Roulhac Hamilton)
Box 27 Folder 254
Then and Now, March 1924
Box 27 Folder 255
W. W. Holden draft, undated
Folder 256 Oversize Box 41
William W. Holden drafts, undated
Box 27 Folder 257

The Notes series includes primarily handwritten notes used by Boyd in his research and lectures. If there was any indication that the notes were used primarily for lecture or research, this has been indicated. Notes are arranged into Lecture, Research, and General sections, and alphabetically within these sections. Sometimes multiple subjects were filed together, and this arrangement has been preserved.

Please note that many of these notes were taken on paper which is now fairly brittle. Patrons should use care in handling these materials.

Emancipation, Lincoln, Civil War
Folder 258
English history, Virginia
Folder 259-260
English history, Reformation
Folder 261-262
English history, Reformation
Box 28 Folder 263-264
Georgia, North Carolina, British Colonial System, Clergy
Box 28 Folder 265
North Carolina, South Carolina, Slavery
Box 28 Folder 266-267
Notes, 1870-1900
Box 28 Folder 268
Revolution in Virginia and North Carolina, the Durham area
Box 28 Folder 269-270
Slavery
Box 29 Folder 271
Slavery, Carolinas during pre-Constitutional and Constitutional periods
Box 29 Folder 272
Slavery, Jay Treaty, and S.C. finance
Box 29 Folder 273
Slavery, political and social theories of Thomas Jefferson
Box 29 Folder 274
Southern history
Box 29 Folder 275
Southern history and slavery
Box 29 Folder 276-277
Spanish exploration and French Colonial System
Box 29 Folder 278
Virginia, Jefferson, Jackson, War of 1812
Box 30 Folder 279-282
Virginia's social and religious development, English history
Box 30 Folder 283-284
Virginia, South Carolina, manuscript list
Box 31 Folder 285-286
Jurisprudence notebook
Box 31 Folder 287
North Carolina history notebook
Box 31 Folder 288
Virginia
Box 31 Folder 289
Virginia education, federal relations, and bibliography
Box 31 Folder 290
Miscellaneous notebook
Box 31 Folder 291-293
American History
Box 32 Folder 294
Bibliographies, Southern history in the 1790s-1800s
Box 32 Folder 295
Byron
Box 32 Folder 296
Civil War
Box 32 Folder 297
Cotton Revolution, slave economy
Box 32 Folder 298-299
Education in the South
Box 32 Folder 300
English History--17th century
Box 32 Folder 301
English History--17th century
Box 33 Folder 302
Jurisprudence, European law
Box 33 Folder 303
Labor, 17th century
Box 33 Folder 304
Monroe Doctrine, Bibliography of Economics of the Plantation
Box 33 Folder 305
North Carolina, South Carolina
Box 33 Folder 306-307
Outlines of North Carolina history, Southern history, Reconstruction
Box 33 Folder 308
Lee Slater Overman
Box 33 Folder 309
Population and wealth, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama
Box 33 Folder 310
Post-Revolution history, financial situation, Articles of Confederation
Box 34 Folder 311-312
Protestant Revolt
Box 34 Folder 313
Revolution, causes of
Box 34 Folder 314
Slavery
Box 34 Folder 315-316
Slavery - Virginia
Box 34 Folder 317
Slavery, William Gaston, North Carolina
Box 35 Folder 318
Southern Agriculture
Box 35 Folder 319
Southern economic systems, Virginia
Box 35 Folder 320-321
Virginia and Civil War
Box 35 Folder 322
Virginia, North Carolina, Militia
Box 35 Folder 323
William Washington Flowers
Box 35 Folder 324
Miscellaneous
Box 35 Folder 325-327
Miscellaneous
Box 36 Folder 328-331

The Teaching series primarily consists of student papers, along with a few administrative documents related to the Duke Department of History. The student papers mainly focus on southern history, especially the history of North Carolina. They are arranged alphabetically by the authors' last names.

Committee on the College and Durham
Folder 332 Oversize Box 41
Faculty Committee on Research
Folder 333
Interest in International Studies
Folder 334
Resolutions and Memoranda
Folder 335
Notebooks
Folder 336
Airheart, Georgia, The Early Humanitarian Movement in N.C.
Folder 337
Allen, Elizabeth, A History of Bute County
Folder 338
Allen, L. C., Supreme Court and Slavery in North Carolina
Folder 339
Anderson, A. R., Iredell County
Box 37 Folder 340
Anonymous, Agriculture
Box 37 Folder 341
Anonymous, Commercial Coercion and War
Box 37 Folder 342
Anonymous, A History of Lowe's Grove
Box 37 Folder 343
Anonymous, North Carolina in the National Slave Controversy, 1787-1820
Box 37 Folder 344
Anonymous, North Carolina in the War of 1812
Box 37 Folder 345
Anonymous, North Carolina: Transformation from 1827 to 1927
Box 37 Folder 346
Anonymous, The Political Careers of General Alfred Dockery and William L. Steele of Richmond County
Box 37 Folder 347
Anonymous, Reconstruction in North Carolina
Box 37 Folder 348
Anonymous, The Rise of the Humanitarian Movement in North Carolina
Box 37 Folder 349
Anonymous, Share Cropping
Box 37 Folder 350
Anonymous, Untitled
Box 37 Folder 351
Barnard, B. W., Constitutional and Judicial Decisions of the N.C. Supreme Court to 1820, 1915
Box 37 Folder 352
Barnard, B. W., The Development of Western North Carolina Prior to 1836, January 19, 1914
Box 37 Folder 353
Barnard, B. W., The Opening and Regulation of Roads in Western North Carolina through 1836, May 20, 1914
Box 37 Folder 354
Boling, F. J., County Government in North Carolina, Spring 1923
Box 37 Folder 355
Brantley, Mary Powell, The Agrarian Problem in North Carolina, 1865-1890
Box 37 Folder 356
Brigman, Floyd, The Tobacco Industry in the 18th Century
Box 37 Folder 357
Broadway, Blanche, The Sherman Anti-Trust Act and Supreme Court Decisions, February 18, 1926
Box 37 Folder 358
Brock, Nellie, Bedford Brown
Box 37 Folder 359
Brown, Helen M., The War of the Regulation
Box 37 Folder 360
Bryant, Lillian P., History of Durham County, April 27, 1923
Box 37 Folder 361
Bullock, James Dempsey, Early Wilson
Box 37 Folder 362
Butler, Julia, Southern Critics of Southern Agriculture before 1860, May 30, 1923
Box 37 Folder 363
Carmichael, Maude, Arkansas Slavery: From a Legal and Economic Standpoint
Box 37 Folder 364
Chaffin, Nora C., Church Schools in North Carolina before 1860 with Attitude of North Carolina Methodism toward education before 1860, May 27, 1924
Box 38 Folder 365
Craft, E. P. C., Naval Operations along the coast of North Carolina during the Civil War
Box 38 Folder 366
Daly, Louise Haskell, Life of Langdon Cheves
Box 38 Folder 367
Daniel, G. M., Newspaper Side-Lights on Slavery in N.C., April 25, 1911
Box 38 Folder 368
Delap, Simeon Alexander, The Populist Party in North Carolina
Box 38 Folder 369
DeMond, Robert O., Loyalists of N.C. in the Early Period of the American Revolution, July 20, 1933
Box 38 Folder 370
DeMond, Robert O., Occupational Classification of the Loyalists of North Carolina
Box 38 Folder 371
Douglas, Clarence D., Conscription and the Writ of Habeas Corpus in North Carolina During the Civil War, May 1, 1918
Box 38 Folder 372
Farrar, P. G., Chatham County
Box 38 Folder 373
Farris, J. J., Lincoln's 10% Governments
Box 38 Folder 374
Ficklen, J. R., History of Reconstruction in Louisiana (through 1868)
Box 38 Folder 375
Foerster, Alma P., Reconstruction in Georgia, February 1936
Box 38 Folder 376
Frank, Margaret, The Japanese Problem in California
Box 38 Folder 377
Goebel, Wallace B., Wake Forest College prior to the Civil War, May 1925
Box 38 Folder 378
Greenberg, Henry Clay, Party Methods and Organization in North Carolina from 1789-1860, May 1, 1917
Box 38 Folder 379
Grier, Lew A., The Ku Klux Klan in South Carolina, 1914
Box 38 Folder 380
Griffin, Frederick R., Jr., Northern Unitarian Agencies in Southern Social Progress since 1870, January 17, 1928
Box 38 Folder 381
Grigg, J. H., The Cherokee Indians in North Carolina
Box 38 Folder 382
Grigg, W. Q., What England Thought of North Carolina (colonial period), May 30, 1923
Box 38 Folder 383
Guy, John A., Some Aspects of Southern Agriculture, 1865-1900, Summer 1933
Box 38 Folder 384
Haynes, H. U., Quit Rent Controversy in North Carolina
Box 38 Folder 385
Henderson, Alfred J., Farm Tenancy in the South, May 11, 1936
Box 38 Folder 386
Henry, Frances, North Carolina's Political Sentiments from 1859 to Secession
Box 39 Folder 387
Hunt, Lessie W., The Legal Protection of Slavery
Box 39 Folder 388
Jackson, J. L., Jeffersonian Religion, 1923
Box 39 Folder 389
Jones, R. L., Origin of the Deaf, Dumb, Blind, and Insane Institutions of North Carolina up to 1860
Box 39 Folder 390
Joslin, Vinnie R., The Abolition Movement in Ohio before 1840
Box 39 Folder 391
Koontz, Louis K., Two Studies in 19th Century Humanitarianism
Box 39 Folder 392
Luthin, Reinhard H., Robert J. Walker and the Purchase of Alaska, 1935
Box 39 Folder 393
Luthin, Reinhard Henry, The Virginia-New York Slavery Controversy, 1839-1842
Box 39 Folder 394
MacFadyen, Elizabeth Ann, The Medical Administration of the Confederacy, January 1932
Box 39 Folder 395
Manchester, Alan K., Land Tenure in the South Since the Civil War
Box 39 Folder 396
Maxwell, Nancy Isobel, The Quit-Rent Problem in North Carolina during the Colonial Period, 1633-1775
Box 39 Folder 397
McGrady, N. M., History of Mecklenburg County, 1860-1880, May 30, 1916
Box 39 Folder 398
McKinney, C. M., Sherman in North Carolina
Box 39 Folder 399
Morgan, W. H., Edward Stanley
Box 39 Folder 400
Moss, Cora, Civil War and Reconstruction in Granville County
Box 39 Folder 401
Osborne, M. A., A Financial History of Trinity College, April 20, 1915
Box 39 Folder 402
Parker, R. E. The Economics of Cotton Production in the Old South, January 16, 1915
Box 39 Folder 403
Petty, Clarall, The British Government and the Slave Trade, May 21, 1928
Box 39 Folder 404
Pickens, Marhall I., The United States Government and the Klu Klux Klan
Box 39 Folder 405
Pleasants, Milton R., Manufacturing in North Carolina before 1860
Box 39 Folder 406
Ramsey, C. M., The Methodist Church During Reconstruction, May 28, 1919
Box 39 Folder 407
Reap, Charles A., History of Taxation in North Carolina (From the Early Colony to Reconstruction
Box 39 Folder 408
Robbins, Jewell, Alfred Dockery
Box 39 Folder 409
Sasser, Roxie J., History of Lebanon Township, Durham County, N.C.
Box 39 Folder 410
Shockly, Iva, The History of Public Schools in North Carolina Down to 1860
Box 39 Folder 411
Sikes, Earl R., The Privileges of the Lower House of the General Assembly, and its Conflicts with the Executive Authority from 1665-1776, 1913
Box 39 Folder 412
Smith, Allen C., Rufus B. Bullock in Georgia Politics, July 17, 1935
Box 40 Folder 413
Smith, H. P., Edward Henry Harriman, 1926
Box 40 Folder 414
Snodgrass, Annie Lee, Transmontane Virginia in the Crisis, 1860-1861 July 14, 1934
Box 40 Folder 415
Sparks, Dade, Virginia and South Carolina: contrasted socially and politically
Box 40 Folder 416
Swaringen, Lucile, The History of the Growth of Durham City Schools, circa 1923
Box 40 Folder 417
Taylor, Lucy, The Constitution of 1776 and its reforms
Box 40 Folder 418
Thompson, J. M., The Attitude of North Carolinian Whigs Towards Slavery Extension, 1845-1850
Box 40 Folder 419
Starnes, W. F., Public Education in North Carolina, 1840-1865
Box 40 Folder 420
Thompson, Jessie, Social Agencies and Social Control in North Carolina
Box 40 Folder 421
Ware, Fred, The Grange Movement, November 24, 1924
Box 40 Folder 422
Williford, Annie Mary, Prelim Exam in Southern History: the South, January 31, 1934
Box 40 Folder 423

The Library series is a small group of papers related to Boyd's efforts to expand and improve the collections of the library at Duke University. Materials are arranged in alphabetical order.

American Historical Association Executive Council and Survey
Box 40 Folder 424
Index of Editors and Publishers
Box 40 Folder 425
Louis S. Moore books
Box 40 Folder 426
Newspaper Checklist
Box 40 Folder 427-428
Report, 1932
Box 40 Folder 429
Salaries, 1932-1933
Box 40 Folder 430
Survey of History Students
Box 40 Folder 431

The Photographs series consists mainly of what are presumably family photographs, most of which are unidentified. Many appear to be from Missouri, where many of Boyd's family members lived. Also included are some photographs of Boyd as a young man. Approximately three-quarters of the photographs are tintypes, and many are in excellent condition and serve as fine examples of the medium.

Approximately 100 photographs
Box 42

Historical Note

William Kenneth Boyd was born on January 10, 1879, in Curryville, Missouri, the son of Reverend Harvey Marshall and Mary Elizabeth Black Boyd. He grew up in Weaverville, North Carolina. Boyd began attending Trinity College (later part of Duke University) in Durham, North Carolina in 1895, and he received an A.B. degree in 1897 and an M.A. degree in 1898. He served as an assistant to Professor John Spencer Bassett while he completed his M.A. degree, and he then worked as a history teacher at Trinity Park School, a high school on the Trinity College campus. From 1900 to 1902, Boyd was an adjunct professor of history at Trinity College.

After receiving his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1906, Boyd returned to teach at Trinity College. He had a strong interest in regional and southern history, and published extensively on these topics. Among his publications were A Selected Bibliography and Syllabus of the History of the South, 1584-1876 (with Robert P. Brooks), A Syllabus of North Carolina History, 1584-1896 (with J. G. deRoulhac Hamilton), The Federal Period, 1783-1860 (part of a three volume set on North Carolina history), and The Story of Durham, City of the New South. He also co-edited the South Atlantic Quarterly from 1919-1929, a journal founded by his mentor, Bassett.

In addition to his historical writing and teaching, Boyd actively collected materials for the library. Through the funding of the Flowers family, he made the Flowers Collection of southern Americana one of the pre-eminent collections of manuscript and research materials in the country. Boyd served as director of the libraries from 1930 to 1934. In addition to purchasing materials, he encouraged his students to look for materials in their own homes and hometowns that could be added to Trinity College's and later Duke University's collections.

Boyd died on January 19, 1938. He was married to Pat LeGrand from 1908 until 1924, when she passed away. The couple had one daughter, Mary Elizabeth, who married Duke history professor William B. Hamilton in 1938. William Kenneth Boyd remarried in 1931 to journalist Marion Colley.

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Related Material

  • George Washington Flowers Collection of Southern Americana (Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Special Collections Library, Duke University)
  • George Washington Flowers Collection of Southern Americana records (Duke University Archives)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William Kenneth Boyd Papers, University Archives, Duke University.

Provenance

The William Kenneth Boyd Papers were received by the University Archives as gifts from 1948-1978.

Processing Information

Processed by Valerie Gillispie

Completed May 20, 2005

Encoded by Valerie Gillispie, May 27, 2005

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