MC 00249 Guide to the Azariah Graves Thompson Papers, circa 1900-circa 1910, 1930, 1960, 1997

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Thompson, Azariah Graves, 1885-1963


0.25 Linear feet

General Physical Description note

1 archival half box


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Acquisitions Information

Gift of Jeannine Whitlow, 1997 October (Accession no. 1997.0021); and Hannah Hobbs-Roulstone, 2013 (Accession no. 2013.0298)


Processed by: Dani Nation;machine-readable finding aid created by: Dani Nation; Finding aid updated by Todd Kosmerick to reflect addition to the collection, 2013 December


2013 December, 2014 February, Finding aid updated by Todd Kosmerick to reflect addition to the collection; Finding aid updated to reflect additions to the collection by Cathy Dorin-Black, 2014 February

Scope and Content Note

This collection primarily contains letters from Azariah Graves Thompson (1885-1963) to his family in Leasburg, North Carolina. Most letters are to his mother, Ella Williams Graves Thompson (1850-1914), concerning his life at the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (later North Carolina State University). Contained in these letters are many detailed descriptions of the school, the cow barns, the feed barns, academic and social activities, available modes of transportation, cost of goods, and work he performed on the campus's farm and in its dairy. Of particular interest is a printed hand bill titled "Regulations for Dormitories at the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts" dated 1905, which includes information about the rules and regulations students were required to meet.

Also included are a typed transcription of reminiscences written in about 1900 by Thompson's mother, Ella Williams Graves Thompson; and a typed transcription of "A History of Leasburg with Personal Recollections," 1960, written by his sister, Ella Graves Thompson; as well as typed transcriptions of the letters and some notes, 1997, on local and family history by Jeannine D. Whitlow.

An addition to the collection was made in 2013. It contained transcripts of correspondence not already in the collection as well as reproductions of photographs of Azariah Graves Thompson.

Biographical Note

Azariah Graves Thompson (1885-1963) was born June 16, 1885, in Leasburg, North Carolina. He attended the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (later North Carolina State University) from 1905 to 1909. He married Lula Belle Stephens (1890-1977) in 1914. They had three daughters and four sons.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Azariah Graves Thompson Papers, MC 00249, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

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