MC 00179 Guide to the John Ray Eaton papers, 1909 - 1918

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0.25 Linear feet

General Physical Description note

1 box


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Acquisitions Information

Received from Rachel E. Dunham, 1985 - 1995.


Processed by: Dawne E. Howard;machine-readable finding aid created by: Dawne E. Howard

Scope and Content Note

The John Ray Eaton papers contain personal correspondence, photographs of the farm at North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (later North Carolina State University), a copy of Massey's Garden Book for the Southern States, and a farming log book.

Early correspondence relates to Eaton's school career at North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, including a letter he wrote to his sister regarding final examinations. Some later letters discuss farm equipment, including fertilizer, huskers, and shredders.

The author of Massey's Garden Book for the Southern States, W. F. Massey, was a professor of horticulture, arborculture, and botany at North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts from (later North Carolina State University) from 1889 until 1905.

The farming log book is in poor condition. Except for a few words, the first page is unreadable. The next two pages contain a list of "Varieties of peas" planted in "North plot no. 1 and North plot no. 2." The next entries, which date from July 1910 until August 1911, consist of a record of the daily work performed on the college farm by Eaton and the hands who worked under his direction. The last pages of the booklet consist of a time sheet for each hand for the months of August and September 1911.

Biographical Note

John Ray Eaton (1884-1918) graduated from the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (later North Carolina State University) in 1910 and became the superintendent of its farm.

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[Identification of item], John Ray Eaton papers, MC 179, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

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