Preliminary Guide to the Pettaway Family Papers, 1944-1953

Collection Overview

Collection contains letters to Grace and Winifred Pettaway from family members and their girl and boy friends during the years 1944-1953. They provide a glimpse of college and military life for African Americans during the 1940s and 1950s. The collection also includes photographs, event programs, greeting cards, newspaper clippings, certificates, and speeches.

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Collection Details

Collection Number
Pettaway Family papers
1 Linear Feet, 335 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library

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[Identification of item], Pettaway Family Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Box 1
Grace Pettaway with Norris Rhinehart, 1944-1950
(4 folders)
Box 1
Grace Pettaway with Inez, 1944-1945
Box 1
Grace Pettaway with Winifred Pettaway, 1947-1948
Box 1
Grace Pettaway with "Mom", 1947
Box 1
Grace Pettaway with "Sis", 1947
Box 1
Grace Pettaway with Others, 1945-1948
(3 folders)
Box 1
Greeting cards and postcards, undated
Box 1
James Pettaway with Elks and Masons
Box 1
Box 2
Winifred Pettaway - Military Papers
Box 2
Winifred Pettaway with Others, 1948
Box 2
Winifred Pettaway with Others, 1952
(10 folders)
Box 2
Box 3
Winifred Pettaway with Others, 1953
(7 folders)
Box 3
Photographs, undated
Box 3
Speech, undated
Box 3
Programs, Misc.
Box 3
North Carolina Central College, Misc. (Programs, Clippings, Invitations)
Box 3

Historical Note

African American family from Waterbury, Conn. Grace and Winifred Pettaway are siblings; Grace attended Chaney State Teachers College. Winifred served in the military during the Korean War and attended North Carolina Central College in Durham (later North Carolina Central University).

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The Pettaway Family Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 1998.

Processing Information

Processed by Don Sechler

Completed May 12, 1998

Last updated November 19, 2002

Encoded by Walt Evans

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