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MC 00329 Guide to the Wall Family Papers, 1900-1992

The collection is divided into three series: An addition of May 2007 was arranged in the same way but was not incorporated into the original deposit.
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This series contains the letters written by and to members of the John Nelson Wall family. Primarily, it contains letters from Frances MacGregor Wall to John Nelson Wall dating from 1920 to 1946 and depicting their courtship and marriage, as well as describing Frances Wall's career with the 4-H organization. Also included are letters received by John Nelson Wall from friends and acquaintances from 1920 until 1992. Of particular interest are letters from women he most likely met during his travels across the United States in the 1920s.
See also the addition of May 2007.
[Box 1, Folder 1] Letters from Frances MacGregor Wall to John Nelson Wall, January 1933 - April 1933
[Box 1, Folder 2] Letters from Frances MacGregor Wall to John Nelson Wall, May 1933- October 1933
[Box 1, Folder 3] Letters from Frances MacGregor Wall to John Nelson Wall, November 1933 - December 1933
[Box 1, Folder 4] Letters from Frances MacGregor Wall to John Nelson Wall, January 1934
[Box 1, Folder 5] Letters from Frances MacGregor Wall to John Nelson Wall, February 1934
[Box 1, Folder 6] Letters from Frances MacGregor Wall to John Nelson Wall, March 1934 - April 1934
[Box 1, Folder 7] Letters from Frances MacGregor Wall to John Nelson Wall, September 1934 - December 1934
[Box 2, Folder 1] Letters from Frances MacGregor Wall to John Nelson Wall, May 1935 - July 1936
[Box 2, Folder 2] Letters from Frances MacGregor Wall to John Nelson Wall, August 1935 - December 1935
[Box 2, Folder 3] Letters from Frances MacGregor Wall to John Nelson Wall, January 1936 - March 1936
[Box 2, Folder 4] Letters from Frances MacGregor Wall to John Nelson Wall, May 1936 - August 1936
[Box 2, Folder 5] Letters from Frances MacGregor Wall to John Nelson Wall, September 1936 - December 1936
[Box 2, Folder 6] Letters from Frances MacGregor Wall to John Nelson Wall, March 1937 - July 1937
[Box 2, Folder 7] Letters from Frances MacGregor Wall to John Nelson Wall, August 1937 - December 1937
[Box 2, Folder 8] Letters from Frances MacGregor Wall to John Nelson Wall, January 1938 - May 1938
[Box 3, Folder 1] Letters from Frances MacGregor Wall to John Nelson Wall, June 1938 - December 1938
[Box 3, Folder 2] Letters from Frances MacGregor Wall to John Nelson Wall, January 1939 - August 1939
[Box 3, Folder 3] Letters from Frances MacGregor Wall to John Nelson Wall, September 1939 - December 1939
[Box 3, Folder 4] Letters from Frances MacGregor Wall to John Nelson Wall, January 1940 - May 1940
[Box 3, Folder 5] Letters from Frances MacGregor Wall to John Nelson Wall, June 1940 - December 1940
[Box 3, Folder 6] Letters from Frances MacGregor Wall to John Nelson Wall, January 1941 - April 1941
[Box 4, Folder 1] Letters from Frances MacGregor Wall to John Nelson Wall, May 1941 - August 1941
[Box 4, Folder 2] Letters from Frances MacGregor Wall to John Nelson Wall, September 1941 - December 1941
[Box 4, Folder 3] Letters from Frances MacGregor Wall to John Nelson Wall, January 1942 - March 1942
[Box 4, Folder 4] Letters from Frances MacGregor Wall to John Nelson Wall, April 1942 - June 1942
[Box 4, Folder 5] Letters from Frances MacGregor Wall to John Nelson Wall, July 1942 - October 1942
[Box 4, Folder 6] Letters from Frances MacGregor Wall to John Nelson Wall, November 1942 - December 1942
[Box 5, Folder 1] Letters from Frances MacGregor Wall to John Nelson Wall, January 1943 - February 1943
[Box 5, Folder 2] Letters from Frances MacGregor Wall to John Nelson Wall, March 1943 - April 1943
[Box 5, Folder 3] Letters from Frances MacGregor Wall to John Nelson Wall, January 1943 - February 1943
[Box 5, Folder 4] Letters from Frances MacGregor Wall to John Nelson Wall, May 1943 - July 1943
[Box 5, Folder 5] Letters from Frances MacGregor Wall to John Nelson Wall, August 1943 - October 1943
[Box 5, Folder 6] Letters from Frances MacGregor Wall to John Nelson Wall, Jan 1944-February 1944
[Box 5, Folder 7] Letters from Frances MacGregor Wall to John Nelson Wall, March 1944 - April 1944
[Box 6, Folder 1] Letters from Frances MacGregor Wall to John Nelson Wall, May 1944 - August 1944
[Box 6, Folder 2] Letters from Frances MacGregor Wall to John Nelson Wall, September 1944 - December 1944
[Box 6, Folder 3] Letters from Frances MacGregor Wall to John Nelson Wall, January 1945
[Box 6, Folder 4] Letters from Frances MacGregor Wall to John Nelson Wall, No date
[Box 6, Folder 5] Letters from Frances MacGregor Wall to John Nelson Wall, No date
[Box 6, Folder 6] Letters from Frances MacGregor Wall to John Nelson Wall, No date
[Box 7, Folder 1] Frances MacGregor- Personal Correspondence (other)
[Box 9, Folder 2] Letters from John Nelson Wall to his Mother, 1928-1940
[Box 9, Folder 3] John Nelson Wall Sr. to John Nelson Wall Jr., 1967-1990
[Box 9, Folder 4] Letters to Family Members, 1922 - 1979
[Box 9, Folder 5] John Nelson Wall Personal Correspondence (General), 1932-1954
[Box 9, Folder 5] John Nelson Wall Business Correspondence (General)
[Box 9, Folder 6] Wheatfield Gang Correspondence, 1925 - 1932
[Box 9, Folder 7] Letters to John Nelson Wall from Agnes, 1924 - 1925
[Box 9, Folder 8] Letters to John Nelson Wall from Ann, 1933
[Box 9, Folder 9] Letters to John Nelson Wall from Elizabeth Braswell, 1924
[Box 9, Folder 10] Letters to John Nelson Wall from Bright, 1924
[Box 9, Folder 11] Letters to John Nelson Wall from Cornelia, 1927
[Box 9, Folder 12] Letters to John Nelson Wall from Evelyn, 1928 - 1934
[Box 9, Folder 13] Letters to John Nelson Wall from Edna, 1932 - 1935
[Box 9, Folder 14] Letters to John Nelson Wall from Fanny, 1930
[Box 9, Folder 15] Letters to John Nelson Wall from Frances Kelly, 1930 - 1944
[Box 9, Folder 16] Letters to John Nelson Wall from Hattie
[Box 9, Folder 17] Letters to John Nelson Wall from Hester, 1927 -1928
[Box 9, Folder 18] Letters to John Nelson Wall from Inez Boone, 1928 -1929
[Box 10, Folder 1] Letters to John Nelson Wall from Jean, 1927 - 1930
[Box 10, Folder 2] Letters to John Nelson Wall from Jimmie, 1922
[Box 10, Folder 3] Letters to John Nelson Wall from Leona, 1922
[Box 10, Folder 4] Letters to John Nelson Wall from Lilly, 1941
[Box 10, Folder 5] Letters to John Nelson Wall from Louise, 1937
[Box 10, Folder 6] Letters to John Nelson Wall from Margaret, 1932 - 1941
[Box 10, Folder 7] Letters to John Nelson Wall from Marie, 1922
[Box 10, Folder 8] Letters to John Nelson Wall from Mary, 1922 - 1929
[Box 10, Folder 9] Letters to John Nelson Wall from Mary Alice, 1926 - 1927
[Box 10, Folder 10] Letters to John Nelson Wall from Mary E., 1929
[Box 10, Folder 11] Letters to John Nelson Wall from Mary Shaw, 1931
[Box 10, Folder 12] Letters to John Nelson Wall from Mary Taylor, 1928
[Box 10, Folder 13] Letters to John Nelson Wall from Merle, 1927
[Box 10, Folder 14] Letters to John Nelson Wall from Sarah, 1925
[Box 10, Folder 15] Letters to John Nelson Wall from Viola, 1925
[Box 10, Folder 16] Letters to John Nelson Wall from Virginia, 1940
[Box 10, Folder 17] Letters to John Nelson Wall from unknown 1927, 1940
[Box 10, Folder 18] Ruth, 1930-1931
[Box 11, Folder 1] John Wall Sr. Letters concerning John Jr's relationship with Terry Cobb, 1967 -1970
[Box 11, Folder 2] Letters from Family Members
[Box 11, Folder 3] Postcards, 1925-1949
[Box 11, Folder 4] Postcards and Greeting Cards (1 of 3), 1900-1950
[Box 10, Folder 6] Postcards and Greeting Cards
[Box 10, Folder 7] Greeting Cards
[Box 11, Folder 5] Postcards and Greeting Cards (2 of 3), 1900-1950
[Box 11, Folder 6] Postcards and Greeting Cards (3 of 3), 1900-1950
[Box 16, Folder 5] Letters from John Wall Jr. to John Wall Sr., 1969-1983
[Box 16, Folder 6] Letters from Terry Cobb Wall John Wall Sr., 1967
[Box 16, Folder 7] Letters to John Wall Sr., 1980-1992
This series contains news clippings, financail documents and printed materials. Of particular interest are compiled histories of Frances MacGregor Wall's ancestors of the names Smith and MacGregor as well as radio broadcast transcriptions, organization literature and notes amassed by Frances MacGregor Wall durring her career with 4-H.
See also the addition of May 2007.
[Box 7, Folder 2] Frances MacGregor- Professional Papers
[Box 7, Folder 3] Frances MacGregor- 4-H Radio Broadcasts
[Box 7, Folder 4] Frances MacGregor- Newspaper Articles
[Box 7, Folder 5] Frances MacGregor - 4-H Pamphlets
[Box 7, Folder 6] Frances MacGregor - Home Economics Literature
[Box 7, Folder 7] Frances MacGregor- Delta Kappa Gamma Society
[Box 7, Folder 8] Julia MacGregor
[Box 7, Folder 9] Family History Smith/MacGregor
[Box 7, Folder 10] Family History- Smith (Book)
[Box 7, Folder 11] Coin Purse - Frances MacGregor
[Box 11, Folder 7] Wedding Invitation - John Nelson Wall and Frances Smith MacGregor, 1944
[Box 11, Folder 8] Family History- Wall and Liles
[Box 11, Folder 9] Edwin Craig Wall Sr. and Edwin Craig Wall Jr. (Canal Industries), 1980-1987
[Box 11, Folder 10] John Nelson Wall Sr. -Deceased, 1992
[Box 9, Folder 1] John Nelson Wall Travel Journal and Notebooks, 1909-1968
[Box 11, Folder 11] Loose contents "Mother's Bible", 1940-1950
[Box 13, Folder 1] Newspaper Articles, 1942-1943
[Box 13, Folder 2] Newspaper Articles, 1941-1949
[Box 13, Folder 3] Newspaper Articles, 1958-1987
[Box 13, Folder 4] Theological Matters- Church, 1922-1962
[Box 13, Folder 5] Printed materials, 1900-1950
[Box 13, Folder 6] North Carolina Highway Map, 1948
[Box 13, Folder 7] John Nelson Wall Sr. notes (1 of 2), unknown
[Box 13, Folder 8] John Nelson Wall Sr. notes (2 of 2), unknown
[Box 14, Folder 1] John Wall Sr. Business papers, 1937-1986
[Box 14, Folder 2] John Wall Sr. bank statements and canceled checks, 1944
[Box 14, Folder 4] John Wall Sr. bank statements and canceled checks, 1946
[Box 14, Folder 5] John Wall Sr. bank statements and canceled checks, 1948
[Box 15, Folder 1] John Wall Sr. bank statements and canceled checks, 1950
[Box 15, Folder 2] John Wall Sr. bank statements and canceled checks, 1951
[Box 15, Folder 3] John Wall Sr. bank statements and canceled checks, 1956
[Box 15, Folder 4] Frances MacGregor Wall bank statements and canceled checks, 1944
[Box 15, Folder 5] Veterans Loan, 1942-1944
[Box 15, Folder 6] Insurance, 1938-1951
[Box 16, Folder 1] Real Estate, 1925-1987
[Box 16, Folder 2] Sales contract 1941 Pontiac Deluxe, 1941
[Box 16, Folder 3] Receipts (1 of 2), 1941-1977
[Box 16, Folder 4] Receipts (2 of 2), 1941-1977
[Box 16, Folder 8] John Wall Jr. newsclippings and scholarly correspondence, 1963-1970
This series contains family photographs collected by Frances MacGregor Wall, John Nelson Wall, and John Nelson Wall Jr. as well as photographs of Frances MacGregor Wall (then Frances Smith MacGregor) when she was a student and during her career with the 4-H organization.
See also the addition of May 2007.
[Box 8] Frances MacGregor Wall and ancestors, 1909-1949
[Box 12] John Nelson Wall and ancestors, 1906-1992
[Box 17] John Nelson Wall Jr. and family, 1945-1992
The addition of May 2007 contains materials documenting the lives of John Nelson Wall, his wife, Frances MacGregor Wall, and their son John Nelson Wall Jr. along with various members of their extended family, friends, and professional acquaintances between 1900 and 1992. The bulk of this series is comprised of books belonging to Frances MacGregor Wall. Also of interest are the letters, notes and journals written by John Nelson Wall, especially the calendars kept between 1986 and 1991 which describe his day to day life.
Correspondence, 1923-1987 (Series 1)
This series contains the letters written by and to members of the John Nelson Wall family. The addition of May 2007 contains primarily letters, cards, and postcards sent to John Nelson Wall from the 1920s until the time of his death in 1992. This addition of May 2007 has been arranged in the same way but was not incorporated into the original deposit.
[Box 18, Folder 1] Letters and Cards sent to John Nelson Wall, 1923-1987
[Box 18, Folder 2] Letters from John Nelson Wall to family, 1928-1939
[Box 18, Folder 3] Letters exchanged between Belle Liles and "Aunt Sissy", 1940
Personal Papers, 1920-1992 (Series 2)
This series contains the personal papers generated by John Nelson Wall, his wife, Frances MacGregor Wall, and their son John Nelson Wall Jr. along with various members of their extended family and friends. The bulk of the series addition is made up of Frances MacGregor Wall's collection of books on gardening, cooking, and collections of poetry and reference volumes printed between 1920 and 1949. Also of interest are the notes and journals written by John Nelson Wall, especially the calendars kept between 1986 and 1991 which describe his day to day life. This addition of May 2007 has been arranged in the same way but was not incorporated into the original deposit.
[Box 18, Folder 4] WWII Ration book, 1942
[Box 18, Folder 5] Gas Ration issues to M.E. Gardner, 1942
[Box 18, Folder 6] Address book, 1980
[Box 18, Folder 7] Gefroj Studio Keepsake Art, unknown
[Box 18, Folder 8] Marriage License of John and Frances Wall, 1944
[Box 18, Folder 9] Financial Doccuments, 1941-1945
[Box 18, Folder 10] Report Card NC State A&E issued to John N. Wall, 1923
[Box 18, Folder 11] John Wall Jr. School papers, 1963
[Box 18, Folder 12] Tax forms, 1944-1947
[Box 18, Folder 13] John Nelson Wall handwritten will, 1964
[Box 18, Folder 14] Stamp Collection, 1900-1977
[Box 18, Folder 15] Newsclippings, 1920-1986
[Box 18, Folder 16] John Nelson Wall Notes, 1927-1988
[Box 18, Folder 17] John Nelson Wall Calendar with notes, 1986
[Box 19, Folder 1] John Nelson Wall Calendar with notes, 1987
[Box 19, Folder 2] John Nelson Wall Calendar with notes, 1988
[Box 19, Folder 3] John Nelson Wall Calendar with notes, 1990
[Box 19, Folder 4] John Nelson Wall Calendar with notes, 1991
[Box 19, Folder 5] John Nelson Wall memorial service record, 1992
[Box 19, Folder 6] Frances MacGregor Wall photo stationery, unknown
[Box 19, Folder 7] Frances MacGregor Wall's "Deadwood, SD" bookmark, unknown
[Box 19, Folder 8] Lilesville 4-H booklet, 1947
[Box 19, Folder 9] Wood-covered Guest Log, unknown
[Box 20, Folder 1] The Morven Highschool Pioneer yearbook, 1923
[Box 20, Folder 2] Websters Academic Dictionary, 1929
[Box 20, Folder 3] Handbook of Early American Pressed Glass Patterns by Ruth Webb Lee, 1936
[Box 20, Folder 4] Songs for Courage by Grace Noll Crowell, 1938
[Box 20, Folder 5] My Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook, 1939
[Box 21, Folder 1] Verses I Like, 1939
[Box 21, Folder 2] A Southern Garden by Elizabeth Lawerence, 1942
[Box 21, Folder 3] The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, 1943
[Box 21, Folder 4] When We're Green We Grow by Jane Simpson McKimmon, 1945
[Box 21, Folder 5] Lilesville Echoes yearbook, 1946-1947
[Box 22, Folder 1] Morven Highschool Yearbook, 1947
[Box 22, Folder 2] Wadesboro Telephone Directory, 1952
[Box 22, Folder 3] Clover All Over by James W. Clark Jr., 1984
[Box 22, Folder 4] Greensboro College Alumni Directory, 1991
[Box 22, Folder 5] You Might be a Redneck If... by Jeff Foxworthy, 1992
[Box 22, Folder 6] Booklet - These Blooming Climbers by l. Young Correthers, Unknown
[Box 22, Folder 7] The Favorite Recipes of the Cartoogechaye Home Demonstration Club, Unknown
[Box 22, Folder 8] News photo of Frances Smith MacGregor with school class, 1920
[Flat File 1] Oversized Printed Material, Magazine Clippings and Notes removed from Box 18 folder 16 and Box 20 folder 3, 1930-1959

Creator

Wall Family

Quantity

11.0 Linear feet

General Physical Description note

22 archival boxes

Location

For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Special Collections Research Center Reference Staff external link.

Language

English

Acquisitions Information

Gift of John Nelson Wall Jr., 2002 December (Accession no. 2002-0018) and 2007 April (Accession no. 2007-0126)

Processing

Processed by: Michael Watts and Dani Nation;machine-readable finding aid created by: Dani Nation

Scope and Content Note

The Wall Family Papers document the lives of John Nelson Wall; his wife, Frances MacGregor Wall; and their son, John Nelson Wall Jr.; along with various members of their extended family, friends, and professional acquaintances between 1900 and 1992. The bulk of the collection is correspondence written between the years of 1920 and 1960, much of which was exchanged between John and Frances from 1933 to 1949, during their extended courtship and early years of marriage. There is also a good deal of correpsondence sent to John Nelson Wall by women that he most likely met while traveling to wheat harvests in various locations throughout the 1920s, as well as photographs taken durring these travels.

The collection also contains photographs, papers and correspondence related to Frances MacGregor Wall's work for the 4-H organization and the various educational and promotional events she conducted over the course of her travels as demonstration agent. Of particular interst are the transcripts of her radio broadcasts for 4-H.

Clippings and photographs related to the childhood and education of John Nelson Wall Jr. are included as well.

Biographical Note

The Wall family of Morven, North Carolina, includes John Nelson Wall (1904-1992); his wife, Frances MacGregor Wall (1909-1949); and their son John Nelson Wall Jr. (1945- ).

Frances Smith MacGregor Wall was born on August 22, 1909, in Lilesville, North Carolina. Her father, John MacGregor, was a farm demonstration agent employed by the Cooperative Extension Service in North Carolina; her mother, Georgia MacGregor, operated a boarding house for school teachers living in the area. Frances attended the North Carolina College for Women (now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro), where she received a degree in education. After graduating, she taught home economics at Lilesville High School. In 1935, she began work as a 4-H home demonstration agent for Cleveland County. She remained with the organization and was promoted to assistant 4-H club leader for the State of North Carolina in 1937. Her chief obligations were to organize local 4-H club functions, demonstrate to young women on the domestic arts, write newspaper articles, and deliver radio broadcasts to promote the 4-H program.

John Nelson Wall was born on February 20, 1904, in Morven, North Carolina, to Edwin and Inez Wall. He was the youngest of their ten children. Wall enrolled in North Carolina State College (later North Carolina State University) in 1923 and 1924 to study mechanical engineering.

In the late 1920s, John Nelson Wall organized work parties that traveled to the midwestern United States to participate in summer wheat harvests. The groups were known as the "Wheatfield Gang."

After 1929, Wall settled permanently in Morven, taking a job with the North Carolina Department of Transportation. He attended the Morven Presbyterian Church, eventually becoming a Ruling Elder, and was also an active member of the Kilwinning Scottish Rite Masonic Lodge.

John Wall and Frances MacGregor met in 1933 and maintained a correspondence throughout their courtship. They married in 1944, and the correspondence continued as Frances's work with the 4-H association often kept them apart. In 1945 the couple had a son, John Nelson Wall Jr., and Frances resigned her post with 4-H and was, in 1946, working as a home economics instructor at Morven High School. In April 1949, Frances was hospitalized and treated for cancer. After experiencing a brief period of recovery, she died that August at the age of forty.

John Nelson Wall Sr. worked for the North Carolina Department of Transportation in Anson County for more than forty years. He died on September 29, 1992, at the age of eighty-eight.

John Nelson Wall Jr. graduated from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill with a BFA in English in 1967 and earned his master's degree in English in 1969 from Duke University. He received a doctorate in English from Harvard in 1973 and joined the faculty of North Carolina State University's English Department that same year.

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