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Guide to the Finley Tomlinson White Papers, 1960-1979

Abstract

Durham, NC native; president and board member of the NC State Art Society and supporter of other cultural organizations.

Collection is chiefly composed of records relating to the NC State Art Society (Mr. White was on its board), the Art Commission of NC and the NC Museum of Art. Materials include correspondence, annual reports, bylaws, addresses, and writings of White and others; information on programs of the Department of Art, Culture, and History, 1969-1972; meeting minutes; records of the construction of the NC Museum of Art; and several biographical sketches including one of Francis Speight. Activities of Gordon and Philip Hanes, as well as other North Carolinians who supported the arts are documented here.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
White, Finley Tomlinson.
Title
Finley Tomlinson White papers 1960-1979
Language of Material
English
Extent
2.0 Linear Feet, 311 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Collection is chiefly composed of records relating to the NC State Art Society (Mr. White was on its board), the Art Commission of NC and the NC Museum of Art. Materials include correspondence, annual reports, bylaws, addresses, and writings of White and others; information on programs of the Department of Art, Culture, and History, 1969-1972; meeting minutes; records of the construction of the NC Museum of Art; and several biographical sketches including one of Francis Speight. Activities of Gordon and Philip Hanes, as well as other North Carolinians who supported the arts are documented here.

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, 1960-1977
Box 1
NC Museum of Art
Box 2
Printed material, minutes, acquisitions, newspaper clippings
Box 2
NC Museum of Art
Box 3
NC State Art Society, A-An
Box 3
Agendas, speeches, membership logs
Box 3
NC State Art Society, An-M
Box 4
Budget, bylaws, insurance, membership
Box 4
NC State Art Society, M-T
Box 5
Board minutes, committee meeting reports
Box 5

Historical Note

Finley Tomlinson White (1907-1985) was a Durham native. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1926 and the Harvard Business School in 1928. In 1936, he became President of Durham Realty Company (now Southland Associates, Inc.). During World War II, he served in the United States Navy as a Lieutenant Commander. Upon return, he established Whitehall Furniture, where he worked until 1961. He then worked at Erwin and Co., Inc., a local bond house, for a decade. In 1971, he joined Harris Upham, a brokerage house, before finishing out his career as an account executive of Smith Barney. He served as President of the North Carolina Art Society (then the Art Guild) and later joined its Board of Directors. He also served on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Botanical Garden.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Finley Tomlinson White Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Finley Tomlinson White Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in June 1978.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library staff, June 1978

Encoded by Carrie Mills, May 2011

Accession from June 1978 described in this finding aid

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

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

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.