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Oates was graduated from Wake Forest in 1895. He was a lawyer, state legislator, editor of the North Carolina Baptist, and local historian of Fayetteville and Cumberland County, North Carolina.

These papers consist of correspondence, 1851-71; family papers, 1853-1967; financial documents, 1950-59; legal documents, 1771-1952 [broken series]; literary productions, 1902-52 and undated; clippings; photographs; printed materials, 1912-67; subject files, 1898-57 and undated; and his Wake Forest College files, 1912-57. These papers related to Oates's concern with prohibition, temperance, and the North Carolina Anti-Saloon League. Included are materials on Wake Forest College, of which he was an alumnus (Class of 1895), and later a trustee.

Biographical and Historical Note

Oates was graduated from Wake Forest in 1895. He was a lawyer, state legislator, editor of the North Carolina Baptist, and local historian of Fayetteville, and Cumberland County, North Carolina.

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Collection Overview

These papers consist of correspondence, 1851-71; family papers, 1853-1967; financial documents, 1950-59; legal documents, 1771-1952 [broken series]; literary productions, 1902-52 and undated; clippings; photographs; printed materials, 1912-67; subject files, 1898-57 and undated; and his Wake Forest College files, 1912-57. These papers related to Oates's concern with prohibition, temperance, and the North Carolina Anti-Saloon League. Included are materials on  Wake Forest College, of which he was an alumnus (Class of 1895), and later a trustee.

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Collection Inventory

  • Biographical Information / Box 1
    • Oates, John Alexander, (1938-1970) / Box 1 Folder 1
    • Oates, John Alexander, (not dated) / Box 1 Folder 2
  • Correspondence
    • Bradford, James A. Letter, (11 Feb. 1851) / Box 1 Folder 3
    • Business papers, (1917-1957) / Box 1 Folder 4
    • Herring and Kenan [Law Firm], (1906-1907) / Box 1 Folder 5
    • History of Fayetteville, (1951-1970) / Box 1 Folder 6
    • Incoming correspondence, (1906-1964) / Box 1 Folder 7
    • Outgoing correspondence, (1908-1957) / Box 1 Folder 8
  • Family Papers
    • Lindley, Isabelle Oates, [wife] (1959-1967) / Box 1 Folder 9
    • McKethan, James K. Letter, (15 Apr. 1864) / Box 1 Folder 10
    • Oates, David T. [brother]. Obituary. / Box 1 Folder 11
    • Oates, John A., Sr., [father], (1833-1901 1860, 1901) / Box 1 Folder 12
    • Oates, John A., Jr., (1870-1958) / Box 1 Folder 13
    • Oates, John A., III [son], (1956-1971) / Box 1 Folder 14
    • Oates, Mary Ashford [mother], (1863-1925) / Box 1 Folder 15
    • Unidentified letter, (1911) / Box 1 Folder 16
  • Financial Documents
    • Accounts, (1950) / Box 1 Folder 17
    • Bills, (1951) / Box 1 Folder 18
    • Bills of sale, (1949-1951) / Box 1 Folder 19
    • Receipts, (1895, 1918, 1951, 1959) / Box 1 Folder 20
  • Legal Documents
    • Certificate of cohabitation, (1866) / Box 1 Folder 21
    • Deeds/Land records, (1771-1949) / Box 1 Folder 22
    • Insurance policites, (1881-1940) / Box 1 Folder 23
    • Will: Roger Snell Copy, ((1758), 1952) / Box 1 Folder 24
  • Writings
    • Articles, (1902-1957) / Box 1 Folder 25
    • Articles ((undated)) / Box 1 Folder 26
    • Poetry, (1906, 1929) / Box 1 Folder 27
    • Poetry, (undated) / Box 1 Folder 28
    • Reminiscences, (1952) / Box 1 Folder 29
    • Research and speech notes, (1912-1952) / Box 1 Folder 30
    • Research and speech notes ((undated)) / Box 1 Folder 31
    • Speeches, (1905-1949) / Box 1 Folder 32
    • Speeches ((undated))
      • Baptists / Box 1 Folder 33
      • Chamber of Commerce / Box 1 Folder 34
      • Civilization (Progress) / Box 1 Folder 35
      • Fayetteville / Box 1 Folder 36
      • Flag / Box 1 Folder 37
      • Graduation / Box 1 Folder 38
      • History / Box 1 Folder 39
      • Life, love, laughter / Box 1 Folder 40
      • Music / Box 1 Folder 41
      • North Carolina / Box 1 Folder 42
      • Politics / Box 1 Folder 43
      • Power / Box 1 Folder 44
      • Religion / Box 1 Folder 45
      • Social Order / Box 1 Folder 46
      • Teachers / Box 1 Folder 47
      • Temperance / Box 1 Folder 48
      • War / Box 1 Folder 49
      • Words / Box 1 Folder 50
  • Newspaper Clippings / Box 2
    • Education / Box 2 Folder 51
    • Family / Box 2 Folder 52
    • Fayetteville / Box 2 Folder 53
    • First Baptist Church / Box 2 Folder 54
    • Highland Scots / Box 2 Folder 55
    • History / Box 2 Folder 56
    • Prohibition (Anti-Saloon League) / Box 2 Folder 57
  • Photographs
    • History of Fayetteville / Box 2 Folder 58
    • John A. Oates and others / Box 2 Folder 59
    • Scottish Clan / Box 2 Folder 60
    • Unidentified/miscellaneous / Box 2 Folder 61
  • Printed Material
    • Certificates, (1912-1962) / Box 2 Folder 62
    • Invitations, (1917-1965) / Box 2 Folder 63
    • Maps (North Carolina) / Box 2 Folder 64
    • Programs, (1939-1967) / Box 2 Folder 65
  • Subject Files
    • North Carolina Anti-Saloon League - Correspondence
      • A, (1907-1908) / Box 2 Folder 66
      • B, (1903-1908) / Box 2 Folder 67
      • C, (1907-1908) / Box 2 Folder 68
      • D, (1905-1908) / Box 2 Folder 69
      • E-F, (1905-1908) / Box 2 Folder 70
      • G, (1907-1908) / Box 2 Folder 71
      • H-I-J, (1907-1908) / Box 2 Folder 72
      • K-L, (1903-1908) / Box 2 Folder 73
      • M, (1907-1908) / Box 2 Folder 74
      • N-O, (1905-1908) / Box 2 Folder 75
      • P-Q, (1907-1908) / Box 2 Folder 76
      • R, (1907-1908) / Box 2 Folder 77
      • S, (1907-1908) / Box 2 Folder 78
      • T-U-V, (1907-1908) / Box 2 Folder 79
      • W, (1907-1908) / Box 2 Folder 80
      • X-Y-Z, (1907) / Box 2 Folder 81
      • Pamphlets, (1902-1944) / Box 2 Folder 82
    • Counties (North Carolina)
      • Bladen, (1957, n.d.) / Box 2 Folder 83
      • Brunswick, (1951, n.d.) / Box 2 Folder 84
      • Cumberland, (1911-1954, n.d.) / Box 2 Folder 85
      • Duplin, (1950) / Box 2 Folder 86
      • Moore, (1950) / Box 2 Folder 87
      • New Hanover, (n.d.) / Box 2 Folder 88
      • Robeson / Box 2 Folder 89
    • Fayetteville, North Carolina
      • Clubs / Box 2 Folder 90
      • First Baptist Church, (1890-1955) / Box 2 Folder 91
      • History, (1905-1940) / Box 2 Folder 92
      • Pamphlets, (1905-1957) / Box 2 Folder 93
      • The North Carolina Baptist (newspaper) / Box 2 Folder 94
    • Scottish Clan / Box 3
      • Correspondence, (1939-1959) / Box 3 Folder 95
      • Festivals, (1939-1954) / Box 3 Folder 96
      • Members / Box 3 Folder 97
      • Pamphlets/notes, (1910-1946) / Box 3 Folder 98
    • Segregation, (1898-1951) / Box 3 Folder 99
    • State Convention (North Carolina Baptist State Convention), (1916-1949) / Box 3 Folder 100
    • Victory Gardens, (1944-1945) / Box 3 Folder 101
  • Wake Forest College/University
    • General file, (1912-1952) / Box 3 Folder 102
    • Trustee papers, (1944-1957) / Box 3 Folder 103
  • Civil War Papers
    • Lovejoy, Charles C. (3rd Lt., Co. 1, 4th Regt, North Carolina Cavalry. Letter to "Miss Mary", Raleigh, North Carolina, where he was recovering from a wound incurred near Nottaway, C.H., Virginia, mentioning Cpt. [Joseph O.] Cherry, Cousin [Marcellus Ferdinand] Rand, and apologizing for not having answered her letter. (8 Sept. 1864, 28 June 1864,) / Box 3 Folder 104
    • Presidential amnesty proclamation signed by Andrew Johnson, 9 Nov. 1865 for James M. Wooten, Onslow County, North Carolina [photocopy] / Box 3 Folder 105
  • Miscellaneous
    • Notebook/Journal, (1948-1949) / Box 3 Folder 106
    • Scrapbook [John Oates] Harris School, 2nd Grade, (1913) / Box 3 Folder 107
    • Female Institute, Clinton, North Carolina. Diploma of Miss Mary Jewel Ashford [Mother of John A. Oates], (June 1863) / Box 3 Folder 108
    • Tryon Dailey Bulletin, (20 Oct. 1953) / Box 3 Folder 109
    • Miscellaneous, [broken series], (1907-1967 n.d.) / Box 3 Folder 110
  • Oversize
    • Wake Forest College Diploma, (1895) / Box 3 Folder 111
    • North Carolina Senate, (photograph) (1917) / Box 3 Folder 112
    • York, PA. Scottish band (VFW) photographs / Box 3 Folder 113
    • Group photograph of participants at the 1940 Scotch marker unveiling / Box 3 Folder 114

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Summary Information

Repository
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Creator
Oates, John Alexander
Title
John Alexander Oates,
ID
MS144
Date [inclusive]
1771-1970
Extent
29.0 linear feet 19 Banker's Boxes 1 letter box
General Physical Description note
3 3

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Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives 2004
Access Restrictions
Collection is open. 
Copyright Notice
Copyright for materials resides with the creators of the items in question or their descendants, unless otherwise designated. Users of this collection are responsible for using the materials in conformance with U.S. copyright law. 
Acquisitions Information
Gift from Mrs. Isabelle Oates Lindley, and the heirs of John Alexander Oates, Aug. 18, 1970. 
Processing Information
Processed by John Woodard, July 1, 1982. Encoded by Apex, December, 2004. Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), with support provided through North Carolina ECHO
Preferred Citation
MS144, John Alexander Oates Papers, 1771-1970, Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. 

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