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Junior Daughters of the American Revolution records

 Collection
Identifier: MS0389

Scope and Contents

Collection 389 consists of a scrapbook developed by the Charlotte, North Carolina Junior Daughters of the American Revolution, developed from 1936 to 1941. When the scrapbook was donated to the UNC Charlotte Special Collections there was a large assortment of loose papers among its pages, as well as other items (mostly newspapers clippings) that were tenuously glued it and nearly falling out. The kinds of papers found in this scrapbook are correspondence, newspaper clippings, organizational and program records, photographs, and two publications known as “Echoes of the Junior DAR’s” and “Junior Echoes.” Though the titles of these two publications seem to be similar, they are actually quite different. Also, their publication dates overlap. The “Echoes of the Junior DAR’s” was a newsletter, mimeographed onto pages measuring 8.5 by 11 inches. The “Junior Echoes” was the official publication of the North Carolina DAR, and was a much smaller in physical dimensions.

Dates

  • 1936 - 1941

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Historical Note

The Daughters of the American Revolution is a patriotic organization much like a sorority, whose members are made up of women who are descended from veterans of the American Revolution. The DAR presides over a number of auxiliary groups, including the Junior DAR. One such chapter existed in Charlotte, North Carolina in the late 1930s and early 1940s. The Charlotte Junior DAR chapter generated correspondence, chapter records, photographs, newsletters and other related material, in addition to receiving a certain amount of media coverage from the Charlotte Observer. The chapter made a point of clipping newspaper articles and pasting them in a scrapbook. DAR chapters fulfill a largely social function for like-minded members with a common background, and their meetings consisted in large part of social activities, often combined with fund-raising campaigns for charitable causes. For the Charlotte DAR chapter and its junior auxiliary, that cause was the Crossnore school and orphanage, located in the mountains of western North Carolina. Many of the newspaper clippings found in their scrapbook concern engagements or weddings of its members, or meetings and fundraising events. There were a few members whose names and pictures appeared often in the chapter records, and one of the more prominent members was Susan Deane Van Landingham-Cordon. The Van Landinghams lived in Charlotte since 1907, having moved there from Atlanta, Georgia. Ralph Van Landingham, who entered a cotton brokerage business with his father, purchased several adjoining lots in what is today east Charlotte, near The Plaza; and had a house built there in 1914. Ralph and his wife Susie Harwood Van Landingham, had a pair of twins—Ralph junior, and Deane Van Landingham, in 1902. Deane was a nationally known golfer on the women’s golf circuit. She later married famed opera singer Norman Cordon, and settled in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. They had one child, a daughter, named Susie Harwood Cordon. Deane was a Junior DAR member whose name and picture appeared frequently in that chapter’s scrapbook. She died in 1964.

Extent

1.25 Linear Feet

Overview

Collection 389 consists of a scrapbook and a small collection of organizational records from the Charlotte, North Carolina, Junior DAR chapter.

Arrangement

At the time the Junior DAR scrapbook arrived at the Atkins Library Special Collections, it was approximately seventy years old and in an extremely fragile and brittle condition. There were many loose papers among the pages, and some of the papers that had been glued into the book were falling out (particularly those near the end of the volume, which had experienced water damage). Ideally, it would have been best to remove all of the documents from the scrapbook, since its pages were so acidic and brittle; however some of these items were too strongly glued in place. One possible way to curate this artifact would be to photocopy each page, but some of the items affixed to the pages were overlapping each other, preventing this approach. All of the loose papers were removed from the scrapbook and arranged into subseries, according to document type. Those items that were tenuously affixed to the pages of the scrapbook (mostly newspaper clippings) were removed and photocopied.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired from Anne Lowrance, in 2007.

Related Materials

DAR Liberty Hall Chapter records, Mss 147 ; DAR Meck. Dec. Chapter records, Mss 146 ; DAR Mecklenburg Chapter records, Mss 80.

Processing Information

Processed by Robert A. McInnes, 2007.
Title
Records of the Junior Daughters of the American Revolution
Status
Completed
Author
Robert A. McInnes
Date
2007
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Contact:
Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte 28223 United Stated