W. C. Jackson Papers 1891-1951

Size
0.75 linear feet
Location

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Call number
MC 00314

The W. C. Jackson Papers contain diaires, correspondence, photographs, and ephemera belong to W. C. Jackson and his family. The material dates from 1891 to 1951. The bulk of the collection's content consists of family correspondence relating early 20th-century family life in North Carolina and a set of diaries maintained by Jackson that recounts farming and weather observations in North Carolina during the first half of the twentieth century.

Biographical/historical note

Born in Pitt County, North Carolina, in 1870, William Colbert (Willie) Jackson graduated from the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in 1896 with a B. S. in General Farming, Dairying and Lumber Manufacturing. Jackson settled in the Wake Forest area after graduation. He established himself as a farmer and married Mary Smith of Winterville, North Carolina. The couple had seven children, six sons and one daughter. Throughout his life, Jackson maintained close ties with his alma mater and his fellow graduates, attending Alumni Day exercises every year. Three of Jackson's children also graduated from North Carolina State University. Jackson was an active member of the North Carolina Agricultural Society and the Wake Forest Baptist Church. He died in January of 1952 at the age of eighty-two.

Scope/content

The W. C. Jackson Papers contains diaries, correspondence from friends and family, college grade sheets, notes, photographs and ephemera. The material is grouped into six separate series. The first series, Diaries, consists of a set of diaries that Jackson maintained from 1912-1931. The diaries give detailed observations of weather conditions and day-by-day accounts of the operations necessary to running a farm. They also provide some insight into Jackson's personal experiences during that time period. Series two consists of a chronological grouping of family letters and postcards accumulated by W. C. Jackson over his lifetime and correspondence between Mrs. Mary Jackson and the couple's children. The next series, North Carolina State College, contains items pertinent to W. C. Jackson's college days and his relationship with his alma mater. Series four, 50th Wedding Anniversary, is a collection of letters, cards and announcements honoring Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Jackson on their 50th wedding anniversary in 1948. The fifth series, Photographs, consists of photographs of members of the Jackson family. The final series, Ephemeral Material, contains items of interest collected by Jackson.

Physical description

2 archival boxes

Arrangement

The collection is organized into six series. The first series, Diaries is grouped in a chronological sequence of eight separate diaries maintained from 1912-1931. The second series, Correspondence, is organized chronologically and divided into two sub-series: General Correspondence and Mary Jackson and her Children. The remaining series are North Carolina State College, 50th Wedding Anniversary, Photographs, and Ephemeral Material.

Use of these materials

North Carolina State University does not own copyright to this collection. Individuals obtaining materials from the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections Research Center are responsible for using the works in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], W. C. Jackson Papers, MC 00314, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Source of acquisition

Donated by Angus A. Jackson, Wake Forest, NC in September 2001. Jackson requested that the items be reviewed and that Special Collections keep any of the material that had historical significance. Any items not kept as historical data are to be returned to him.

Donated by Angus A. Jackson, September 2001.

The entire collection, including materials not available online, may be viewed in the Special Collections reading room in D.H. Hill Library.
Diaries 1912-1931 (MC 314 Series 01)

This series contains a chronological sequence of eight separate diaries maintained by W. C. Jackson from 1912 - 1931. They give detailed observations of weather conditions and day by day accounts of the operations necessary to running a farm in the Piedmont of North Carolina . They also provide some insight into Jackson's personal experiences during that time.

8 Folders

January, 1912-May, 1913
Box 1, Folder 1
September, 1913-March, 1915
Box 1, Folder 2
April, 1918-December, 1919
Box 1, Folder 3
December, 1919-July, 1922
Box 1, Folder 4
July, 1922-December, 1924
Box 1, Folder 5
January, 1925-July 1926,
Box 1, Folder 6
July, 1926-July, 1929
Box 1, Folder 7
August, 1929-November, 1931
Box 1, Folder 8
Correspondence 1891-1951 (MC 314 Series 02)

This series is organized into two sub-series: General Correspondence and Mary Jackson and her Children. The General Correspondence sub-series contains correspondence between W. C. Jackson and Mary Jackson, as well as correspondence from a variety of family members and friends. This sub-series also contains assorted greeting cards received by Jackson family members. The Mary Jackson and her Children sub-series contains correspondence between Mary and her children. The letters demonstrate the affectionate ties that were maintained between Mary and her children. In particular it documents the relationship between Mary and her only daughter, Elizabeth as she matured.

6 Folders

General Correspondence 1891-1951
1891-1892
Box 1, Folder 9
1892-1893
Box 1, Folder 10
1894-1898
Box 1, Folder 11
1908-1951
Box 1, Folder 12
Cards 1922-1951
Box 1, Folder 13
Mary Jackson and her Children
1934-1940
Box 1, Folder 14
North Carolina State College (MC 314 Series 03)

This series contains items pertinent to W. C. Jackson's attendance of the North Carolina College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts (now known as North Carolina State University ). Included are a notebook that Jackson used while at college, an invitation for the institution's first graduation ceremony, his college grade sheets, and a copy of the July, 1947 issue of State College News which contains pictures of W. C. Jackson and two of his sons as part of an Alumni Days celebration.

2 Folders

North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts
Box 2, Folder 1
"State College News", Vol. XX, No. 1 July, 1947
Box 2, Folder 2
50th Wedding Anniversary 1948 (MC 314 Series 04)

This series contains letters and cards congratulating Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Jackson on their Golden Wedding Anniversary in 1948. Congratulations come from old friends and family.

2 Folders

Letters
Box 2, Folder 3
Cards
Box 2, Folder 4
Photographs (MC 314 Series 05)

This series contains photographs of members of the Jackson Family. Contains two photographs thought to be from the 19th Century.

1 Folder

6 Photographs
Box 2, Folder 5
Ephemeral Material (MC 314 Series 06)

This series contains ephemeral material collected by Jackson over the course of his life. It includes visiting cards, an account notebook, receipts, a luggage tag and various other items.

2 Folders

Visiting Cards
Box 2, Folder 5
Assorted Items
Box 2, Folder 6

Access to the collection

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], W. C. Jackson Papers, MC 00314, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

North Carolina State University does not own copyright to this collection. Individuals obtaining materials from the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections Research Center are responsible for using the works in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.