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MSS 00191 Guide to Joseph Palmer Knapp and the Mackay Island National Refuge : some historical notes, 1987 / by Allan R. Miller

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Miller, Allan R., 1952-1994


3.0 pages

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Acquisitions Information

Received from Allan R. Miller, 1987 October 26


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

Scope and Content Note

"Joseph Palmer Knapp and the Mackay Island National Refuge : some historical notes" consits of three typed pages about Joseph Palmer Knapp and his home on Mackay Island, Currituck County, N.C. The notes include details about Knapp, his family and Currituck County. The notes also contain references to The Clansman author Thomas Dixon.

Biographical Note

Allan R. Miller (1952 - 1994) received his bachelor's (1975) and master's (1977) degrees from North Carolina State University.

Publisher, financier, and philanthropist Joseph Palmer Knapp (1864 - 1951) was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and graduated from Columbia University in 1884. He was the director of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, as well as publisher of numerous magazines, including Collier's and The Women's Home Companion. He first came to Currituck County, N.C., in 1916, and purchased Mackay Island and a hunting club from author Thomas Dixon soon thereafter. Beginning in 1920, he and his family spent most of their time in North Carolina. In 1923, Knapp began donating money to the educational system in Currituck County. Through the Knapp Foundation, Inc., he continued to donate money to North Carolina schools for the rest of his life. The Knapp Foundation's biggest contribution, funding to construct the Insitute of Government Building at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, occurred after Knapp's death.

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