Guide to the Dred and Ella Carr Peacock Scrapbooks, 1849-1903 (bulk 1897-1900)


Six scrapbooks of clippings related largely to Greensboro Female College and Trinity College (both Randolph County, NC and Durham, NC). Also included is a volume which lists articles related to North Carolina history.

Descriptive Summary

Record Group
Dred and Ella Carr Peacock Scrapbooks
1849-1903 (bulk 1897-1900)
Peacock, Dred
1 Linear Feet, 7 volumes
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

This collection contains 6 scrapbooks. It is unclear as to which Peacock created them, as both Dred and Ella had strong ties to the main subjects: Greensboro Female College and Trinity College (now Duke University). The scrapbooks include the Ethel Carr Peacock Memorial bookplate and consists largely of clippings and event programs as they pertain to both colleges. There are also clippings related to topics such as the American Civil War and local news and dignitaries. These volumes are fragile and should be handled with care. There is a 7th volume which contains a list of newspaper and magazine articles on North Carolina history compiled by Dred Peacock and Charles Lee Raper.

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Contents of the Collection

1. Scrapbook 1, circa 1849, 1867, 1897-1898, 1903

Contains index, letter to Dr. Peacock from [N. A.?] Graham dated 1898 Mar. 22 attached to folded broadside (memorial to Major General Joseph Graham), and clippings about Greensboro Female College, Trinity College (Durham, N.C.), Stonewall Jackson, the Spanish-American War, state and local dignitaries, and methodism. Also includes programs and political ephemera.

2. Scrapbook 2, circa 1869-1897

Contains index and clippings, invitations, and programs related to Greensboro Female College and Trinity College (Randolph County, N.C.), Trinity College (Durham, N.C.), people and events, such as concerts, commencement, and sermons.

3. Scrapbook 3, circa 1887-1889

Contains clippings about Greensboro Female College, Trinity College (Durham, N.C.), methodism, international, national, state and local dignitaries, and obituaries. There are some handwritten notes related to several clippings.

4. Scrapbook 4, circa 1897-1898

Contains a folded, undated map of North Carolina/South Carolina, index, clippings about Greensboro Female College, Trinity College (Durham, N.C.), Wake Forest College, general interest (history-related articles), and education. There are also clippings of historical sketches.

5. Scrapbook 5, circa 1898-1900

Contains invitations, programs, and clippings. Subjects of clippings include Greensboro Female College, Trinity College (Durham, N.C.), methodism, local news, general interest (history-related articles) and post-Civil War articles (i.e. North Carolina regiments).

6. Scrapbook 6, circa 1894, 1901-1903

Contains loose material, including very fragile and brittle clippings. Also includes invitations and programs.

Historical Note

Dred Peacock was born in Wilson County, North Carolina in 1864 to C. C. Peacock, MD and Eva Heath Peacock. He received the following degrees from Trinity College (Randolph County, N.C.): A. B. (1887), A. M. (1888), Litt. D. (1899). On June 9, 1887, the day of his graduation, he married Ella Carr (born in 1865), daughter of Trinity College professor O. W. Carr. She graduated from Greensboro Female College when she was 18 years old, and her father was a member of its Board of Directors. Dred became a professor at Greensboro Female College in 1888, teaching Latin and German, as well as physics and chemistry. In 1894, he became its President. He served in that role until 1902, when he resigned for health reasons. He continued his relationship with the college by serving its Board with his father-in-law.

During his tenure as President, the Peacock's daughter, Ethel Carr Peacock, died at the age of 6. In her memory, the Peacocks endowed the library at Greensboro Female College, eventually accumulating over 7,000 volumes. When it appeared the College would close due to financial problems, and in accordance with a resolution passed by the College's Board, the Peacocks gifted their library to Trinity College (now in Durham County, N.C.) as the Ethel Carr Peacock Memorial Collection.

Dred Peacock died at Duke Hospital in 1934. Ella Carr Peacock died in 1947. Both are interred in the Trinity Cemetery (Trinity, N.C.).

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Dred and Ella Carr Peacock Scrapbooks, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.


The Dred and Ella Carr Peacock Scrapbooks were received by the University Archives as a gift in 1903.

Processing Information

Processed by Kimberly Sims, January 2012

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, February 2012

Accession UA2012-0036 is described in this finding aid.