Guide to the Robert Newton Page Papers, 1892-1930, bulk 1916-1920


Bank president and U.S. Representative from North Carolina. Correspondence, clippings, and other papers (largely 1916-1920) relating chiefly to Page's resignation from Congress and his 1920 North Carolina gubernatorial campaign. Includes information on Page's congressional career, as well as letter from Page's brother, Walter Hines Page, while ambassador to England describing the English countryside and his activities as ambassador. Correspondents include Claude Kitchin, Angus Wilton McLean, and Charles Manly Stedman.

Collection Details

Collection Number
Robert Newton Page papers
1892-1930, bulk 1916-1920
Page, Robert Newton, 1859-1933
3 Linear Feet, Approx. 2,764 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

The papers in this collection deal largely with Page's resignation from Congress and his gubernatorial race in 1920. Most of the letters were written before his defeat in the first primary in 1920. The clippings deal exclusively with that race. The printed material contains not only papers of a political nature but also literature of the first World War period urging the purchase of War Savings Stamps.

The letter book (1916) is comprised solely of telegrams and letters which both oppose and applaud Page's refusal to seek re-election to Congress because Wilson had asked Congress to make the decision as to whether or not American citizens should be warned to stay off vessels of belligerent countries, which decision he thought Wilson should make himself. In 1916 Page wrote to his constituents explaining his stand and stating that the large loan to England by American capitalists and the profits of munition makers had destroyed even the semblance of neutrality in the U.S.

The letters from his constituents begin in 1904. In 1916 some of them wrote Page to oppose preparedness. On July 22, 1914 Page's brother, Walter Hines, then ambassador to England, wrote from a country house out from London which they had rented for three months. He speaks of the beauty of the English countryside, the life of an ambassador to England, his approval of what that session of Congress had done, and his close relations with the British Foreign Office (claims he induced the British government to keep quiet about Mexico).

Among the other papers, there is an invitation to a prohibition banquet in December 1916; a 1916 report on what had been accomplished among the natives of Alaska with the appropriations granted to the Bureau of Education by Congress; 1918 report of the N. C. Council of Defense to Gov. Thomas W. Bickett on its first year of war work; letters in 1918 and 1919 from people pledging their support to Page as a candidate for the governorship of N.C., a letter of December 28, 1918 from H.E.C. Bryant in which the author freely expresses his opinion as to Cameron Morrison and the role he thinks Sen. Furnifold M. Simmons and a number of other N. C. politicoes might play in the next gubernatorial election; letters attacking the political machine of Simmons, who supported Morrison in the 1920 campaign, and accusing Sen. Lee Overman of taking orders from Simmons; copy of an address delivered by Page on Mar. 11, 1920 to the students at the Univ. of N.C.; campaign literature; and a copy of Gardner for Governor Bulletin, April 1920.

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[Identification of item], Robert Newton Page Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Letters, 1892-1920, March 24
Box 1
Letters, 1920, March 25-1930
Box 2
Clippings, 1920
(3 folders)
Box 3
Bills and receipts, 1912-1919
Box 4
Political materials
Box 4
Political materials (postcards)
Box 5
Printed materials, circa 1912-1920
Box 6
Letter book, 1916
Volume F:5318

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The Robert Newton Page papers were acquired by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1952.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library staff, 1977

Encoded by Willeke Sandler and Paula Jeannet, April 2014

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: accession from 1952