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Gilbert Thomas Stephenson Papers

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Stephenson was graduated from Wake Forest College in 1902, and a lawyer by profession. He was an active Baptist layman and author.

This collection consists of biographical materials on the Stephenson family; autobiographies of Stephenson and his wife, Grace White Stephenson; his diaries, 1902-71; a European travel journal; his office journals, 1913-15; journals of his son Thomas Wilson Stephenson, 1938-57; addresses and speeches; correspondence; education files; legal documents; memoranda of agreements; literary productions of Stephenson and others, including book reviews; photographs; printed materials; professional files; and his Wake Forest College file. The diaries and journals reflect his daily activities as a lawyer, an active Baptist layman, a Sunday School teacher, father, and author, in North Carolina and with the Dupont Company legal department, Wilmington, Delaware.

Biographical and Historical Note

Stephenson was graduated from Wake Forest College in 1902, and a lawyer by profession. He was an active Baptist layman and author.

http://docsouth.unc.edu/wwi/stephenson/bio.html

Collection Overview

This collection consists of biographical materials on the Stephenson family; autobiographies of Stephenson and his wife, Grace White Stephenson; his diaries, 1902-71; a European travel journal; his office journals, 1913-15; journals of his son  Thomas Wilson Stephenson, 1938-57; addresses and speeches; correspondence; education files; legal documents; memoranda of agreements; literary productions of Stephenson and others, including book reviews; photographs; printed materials; professional files; and his Wake Forest College file. The diaries and journals reflect his daily activities as a lawyer, an active Baptist layman, a Sunday School teacher, father, and author, in North Carolina and with the  Dupont Company legal department, Wilmington, Delaware.

Collection Inventory

  • Biographical File
    • Biographical data Box 1 Folder 1
    • Marriage invitation - Grace Morris White and Gilbert T. Stephenson Folder 2
    • This I Remember Folder 3
    • Where we got our names Folder 4
  • Autobiographies
    • Stephenson, Gilbert Thomas, (Dec. 17, 1884-Dec. 25, 1902) Folder 5
    • Stephenson, Gilbert Thomas and Grace White Stephenson, "All in a Lifetime." Warren Place, Pendleton, North Carolina, (Mar. 1, 1961.) Folder 6
  • Diaries
    •  (December 25, 1902-December 31, 1903) Folder 7
    •  (January 1, 1904-January 1, 1905) Folder 8
    •  (January 1, 1905-January 1, 1906) Folder 9
  • Journals
    • [1] (January 1, 1906-December 2, 1906) Folder 10
    • [2] (December 2, 1906-November 30, 1907) Folder 11
    • [3] (December 1, 1907-May 27, 1908) Folder 12
    • [4] (May 28, 1908-October 24, 1908) Folder 13
    • [5] (October 25, 1908-February 22, 1909) Folder 14
    • [6] (February 22, 1909-June 10, 1909) Folder 15
    • [7] (June 10, 1909-October 22, 1909) Folder 16
    • [8] (October 22, 1909-March 25, 1910) Box 2 Folder 17
    • [9] (March 25, 1910-November 11, 1910) Folder 18
    • [10] (November 12, 1910-April 7, 1911) Folder 19
    • [11] (April 7, 1911-August 14, 1911) Folder 20
    • [12] (August 14, 1911-November 3, 1911) Folder 21
    • [13] (November 3, 1911-January 9, 1912) Folder 22
    • [14] (January 11, 1912-February 27, 1912) Folder 23
    • [15] (February 27, 1912-May 21, 1912) Folder 24
    • [16] (May 21, 1912-August 23, 1912) Folder 25
    • [17] (August 24, 1912-December 10, 1912) Folder 26
    • Invitation List Stephenson-White Marriage (Dec. 19, 1912) Box 2 Folder 257
    • [18] (December 12, 1912-April 23, 1913) Folder 27
    • [19] (April 24, 1913-October 2, 1913) Folder 28
    • [20] (October 4, 1913-February 9, 1914) Folder 29
    • [21] (February 10, 1914-July 31, 1914) Box 3 Folder 30
    • [22] (August 1, 1914-December 13, 1914) Folder 31
    • [23] (December 14, 1914-May 27, 1915) Folder 32
    • [24] (May 29, 1915-December 28, 1915) Folder 33
    • [25] (December 31, 1915-June 14, 1916) Folder 34
    • [26] (June 15, 1916-December 11, 1916) Folder 35
    • [27] (December 11, 1916-May 31, 1917) Folder 36
    • [28] (May 31, 1917-December 25, 1917) Folder 37
    • [29] (December 26, 1917-July 20, 1918) Folder 38
    • [30] (July 23, 1918-December 20, 1918) Folder 39
    • [31] (December 24, 1918-September 7, 1919) Folder 40
    • [32] (September 19, 1919-July 3, 1920) Folder 41
    • [33] (July 5, 1920-September 2, 1921) Box 4 Folder 42
    • [34] (September 4, 1921-June 10, 1921) Folder 43
    • [35] (June 10, 1921-January 12, 1922) Folder 44
    • [36] (January 13, 1922-July 20, 1922) Folder 45
    • [37] (July 20, 1920-January 16, 1923) Folder 46
    • [38] (January 16, 1923-August 22, 1923) Folder 47
    • [39] (August 22, 1923-April 18, 1924) Folder 48
    • [40] (April 18, 1924-January 30, 1925) Folder 49
    • [41] (January 30, 1925-December 23, 1925) Folder 50
    • [42] (December 23, 1925-September 16, 1926) Folder 51
    • [43] (September 16, 1926-November 2, 1927) Folder 52
    • [44] (December 30, 1926-November 2, 1927) Folder 53
    • [45] (June 29, 1927-August 19, 1927) Box 5 Folder 54
    • [46] (August 22, 1927-September 7, 1927) Folder 55
    • [47] (November 5, 1927-August 9, 1928) Folder 56
    • [48] (August 13, 1928-June 25, 1929) Folder 57
    • [49] (June 28, 1929-February 1, 1930) Folder 58
    • [50] (February 4, 1930-February 20, 1931) Folder 59
    • [51] (February 21, 1931-October 9, 1931) Folder 60
    • [52] (October 10, 1931-August 1, 1932) Folder 61
    • [53] (August 2, 1932-March 31, 1933) Folder 62
    • [54] (April 1, 1933-August 23, 1933) Folder 63
    • [55] (August 24, 1933-May 3, 1934) Folder 64
    • [56] (May 4, 1934-February 8, 1935) Box 6 Folder 65
    • [57] (February 9, 1935-August 4, 1935) Folder 66
    • [58] (August 5, 1935-March 18, 1936) Folder 67
    • [59] (March 19, 1936-December 5, 1936) Folder 68
    • [60] (December 6, 1936-August 28, 1937) Folder 69
    • [61] (August 29, 1937-May 5, 1938) Folder 70
    • [62] (May 6, 1938-January 1, 1939) Folder 71
    • [63] (January 2, 1939-October 19, 1939) Folder 72
    • [64] (October 20, 1939-July 23, 1940) Folder 73
    • [65] (July 29, 1940-April 18, 1941) Folder 74
    • [66] (April 19, 1941-December 24, 1941) Folder 75
    • [67] (December 25, 1941-September 6, 1942) Box 7 Folder 76
    • [68] (September 7, 1942-May 16, 1943) Folder 77
    • [69] (May 17, 1943-December 31, 1943) Folder 78
    • [70] (January 1, 1944-August 10, 1944) Folder 79
    • [71] (August 11, 1944-March 11, 1945) Folder 80
    • [72] (March 12, 1945-September 27, 1945) Folder 81
    • [73] (September 28, 1945-April 21, 1946) Folder 82
    • [74] (April 22, 1946-October 26, 1946) Folder 83
    • [75] (October 27, 1946-April 30, 1947) Folder 84
    • [76] (May 1, 1947-November 21, 1947) Folder 85
    • [77] (November 22, 1947-June 23, 1948) Folder 86
    • [78] (June 24, 1948-January 4, 1949) Folder 87
    • [79] (January 5, 1949-July 30, 1949) Box 8 Folder 88
    • [80] (July 31, 1949-January 22, 1950) Folder 89
    • [81] (January 23, 1950-September 9, 1950) Folder 90
    • [82] (September 10, 1950-March 23, 1951) Folder 91
    • [83] (March 24, 1951-November 1, 1951) Folder 92
    • [84] (November 2, 1951-June 16, 1952) Folder 93
    • [85] (June 17, 1952-January 26, 1953) Folder 94
    • [86] (January 27, 1953-September 16, 1953) Folder 95
    • [87] (September 17, 1953-April 17, 1954) Folder 96
    • [88] (April 18, 1954-December 11, 1954) Folder 97
    • [89] (December 12, 1954-July 9, 1955) Folder 98
    • [90] (July 10, 1955-January 28, 1956) Folder 99
    • [91] (January 29, 1956-July 9, 1956) Box 9 Folder 100
    • [92] (August 16, 1956-April 28, 1957) Folder 101
    • [93] (April 29, 1957-December 16, 1957) Folder 102
    • [94] (December 17, 1957-July 3, 1958) Folder 103
    • [95] (July 3, 1958-February 19, 1959) Folder 104
    • [96] (February 20, 1959-September 18, 1959) Folder 105
    • [97] (September 18, 1959-March 28, 1960) Folder 106
    • [98] (March 29, 1960-October 23, 1960) Folder 107
    • [99] (October 24, 1960-May 22, 1961) Folder 108
    • [100] (May 23, 1961-December 17, 1961) Folder 109
    • [101] (December 18, 1961-July 17, 1962) Folder 110
    • [102] (July 18, 1962-January 10, 1963) Box 10 Folder 111
    • [103] (January 11, 1963-August 10, 1963) Folder 112
    • [104] (August 11, 1963-January 30, 1964) Folder 113
    • [105] (January 31, 1964-August 19, 1964) Folder 114
    • [106] (August 20, 1964-February 15, 1965) Folder 115
    • [107] (February 16, 1965-September 3, 1965) Folder 116
    • [108] (September 4, 1965-March 25, 1966) Folder 117
    • [109] (March 25, 1966-October 13, 1966) Folder 118
    • [110] (October 14, 1966-April 27, 1967) Folder 119
    • [111] (April 27, 1967-November 21, 1967) Folder 120
    • [112] (November 22, 1967-June 29, 1968) Folder 121
    • [113] (June 30, 1968-February 10, 1969) Folder 122
    • [114] (February 19, 1969-December 1, 1969) Folder 123
    • [115] (December 17, 1969-January 10, 1971) Box 11 Folder 124
    • European Journal, (June 1927) Folder 125
    • Office Journal #1 - (January 24, 1913-[1914?]) Folder 126
    • Office Journal #2 - (February 24, 1915-undated) Folder 127
  • Journals - Thomas Wilson Stephenson: [Returned to family, ] (Dec. 1998)
    • [9] (August 3, 1938-May 30, 1940) Folder 128
    • [2] (May 26, 1941-January 25, 1949) Folder 129
    • [12] (January 30, 1949-December 1, 1957) Folder 130
  • Addresses and Speeches
    • "Baptists Presenting a Solid Front." Address to the Philosophy Club at Wake Forest College, Raleigh, North Carolina, (May 6, 1921) Folder 131
    • Conference of Educators. "Declaration Against Illiteracy." Address to the People of North Carolina, Raleigh, North Carolina, (Feb. 13, 1902) Folder 131a
    • Lynch, J. W., "The Appeal of the Orphan; or the Ministry of Weakness." An address before the BSC at Wadesboro, (1909) Folder 132
    • Lynch, J. W., "At the Celebration of Messrs. Ashcraft and Weatherspoon's Victory Over the Representatives of Mercer University,"  (April 16, 1906.) Folder 133
    • McLean, Angus W., "Inauguration of Dr. Francis P. Gaines as President of Wake Forest College,"  (April 25, 1928) Folder 134
    • Powers, O. L., "Our Obligation to the Orphans." Address at BSC, in Charity and Children, Vol. 25, No. 161, (Jan. 18, 1912.) Folder 135
    • Scales, James R., "The Log and the Compass." Address given at Northern Michigan University, (June 4, 1972) Folder 136
    • Speech notebook Folder 137
  • Addresses and Speeches - Gilbert Thomas Stephenson
    • "A Businessman's College Education." The Commencement Address Delivered at Campbell College, Buies Creek, North Carolina, (Aug. 23, 1968) Folder 138
    • "The Children at Oxford." Address at Mocksville Masonic Picnic, (August 12, 1920) Folder 139
    • "Greetings from Wake Forest Alumni." Inauguration of Dr. Francis P. Gaines as President of Wake Forest College, (April 25, 1928) Folder 139a
    • "Son, What Owest Thou Thy Alma Mater" ? Wake Forest Alumni Banquet, Rocky Mount, North Carolina, (Nov. 16, 1921) Folder 140
    • Waller, Calvin B., "The Child in the Midst." Address on Orphanage Report, BSC. Folder 141
  • Correspondence
    • Bullis, Edmund H., (1950) Folder 142
    • Campbell, Carlyle, (1919) Folder 143
    • Campbell, J. A., Buies Creek Academy, (1920-1929) Folder 144
    • Carlyle, Irving E., (1921-1926) Folder 145
    • Crittenden, Ethel Taylor, (1919-1928) Folder 146
    • Daniels, Josephus, (1913) Folder 147
    • Eliot, Charles William, (1909) Folder 148
    • G, (1920-1969) Folder 149
    • H, (undated) Folder 150
    • Harris, Bernice Kelly, (1973) Folder 151
    • Kitchen, Claude, (1918) Folder 152
    • Lumpkin, G. T., (1928) Folder 153
    • P, (1918) Folder 154
    • Poteat, William Louis, (1907) Folder 155
    • Retirement of Gilbert T. Stephenson as Director, Trust and Research department, Graduate School of Banking, American Bankers Association, (Jan. 1, 1951) Folder 156
    • Rondthaler, Edward, (1907-1924) Folder 157
    • Sikes, Enoch Walter, (1927) Folder 158
    • Small, John H., (1918) Folder 159
    • Stephen, Edgar G., (1919) Folder 160
    • Stephenson, James Henry (1860-1941), (1909-1937) Folder 161
    • W, (1918-1926) Folder 162
    • Whicker, J. Hubert, (1926) Folder 163
    • Wilson, B. D., (1904) Folder 164
    • First name only correspondence, (1918) Folder 165
  • Educational Files
    • Jackson Male Academy, Jackson (Northampton county), North Carolina, 1897. Grade report. Box 12 Folder 166
    • Wake Forest College
      • Chemistry Laboratory Notes, (1901-1902) Folder 167
      • Chemistry lectures, (1901-1902) Folder 168
      • Commencements and Class Rolls, (1902-1904) Folder 169
      • English III, (1903-1904) Folder 170
      • English. Works on Shakespeare, (1901-1902) Folder 171
      • Grade report, (1899) Folder 172
      • Law lectures
        •  (June 1901) Folder 173
        •  (August 1901) Folder 174
        • Notes, (1916) Folder 175
      • Short stories, (1900-1902) Folder 176
  • Legal Documents
    • State of North Carolina. County of Forsyth. License in the Profession of Law, (Aug. 7, 1914-May 31, 1915.) Folder 177
    • Harvard College. Education bond, (Oct. 10, 1904.) Folder 178
    • Memorandum of Agreement
    • Living trusts. Gilbert T. Stephenson and F. S. Crofts and Company Publishers. Folder 179
    • Wills. Gilbert T. Stephenson and Wachovia Bank and Trust Company, Raleigh, North Carolina, (Jan. 24, 1928) Folder 180
  • Writings - Gilbert T. Stephenson
    • Anecdotes I Folder 181
    • "Aphorisms and Proverbs," Winston-Salem, North Carolina, (Feb. 5, 1926) Folder 182
    • "The Business Relationship Between God and Man," Winston-Salem, North Carolina, (Nov. 1, 1920) Folder 183
    • "The Child Our Trust" Folder 184
    • "Mission Work Among Negroes." Biblical Recorder, Vol. 74, No. 30, Raleigh, North Carolina, (Jan. 27, 1909.) Folder 185
    • "The Negro as an Agricultural Factor in the South." School of Political Science of Wake Forest College for the Degree of Master of Arts, (1904.) Folder 186
    • "The Pastor Beloved," Raleigh, North Carolina, (1924) Folder 187
  • Reviews
    • Stephenson, Gilbert T., "Life Story of a Trust Man." Built Around Life of Colonel Fries. Folder 188
    • The Acorn, Vol. 1, no. 1, (February, 1907) Folder 189
    • Coleman, Frances White, "In the Midst" - History of Boykins Baptist Church, (1871-1971) Folder 190
    • Earnshaw, Edith and Elliott. Poetry, Wake Forest, North Carolina Folder 191
    • Eighteen Distinguished Men. Their Opinion of the Hampton-Tuskegee Idea. Folder 192
    • Eliot, Charles William, "The Contemporary American Conception of Equality Among Men as a Social and Political Ideal." University of Missouri, Phi Beta Kappa, (June 2, 1909.) Folder 193
    • Hughes, Charles Evans, "The Life Insurance Enterprise from the Standpoint of the Public," New York, (Dec. 9, 1926) Folder 194
    • Kesler, M. L., "The Developing Program of Child Care." In Charity and Children, Vol. 34, No. 35, Thomasville, North Carolina, (June 17, 1920) Folder 195
    • Poteat, William Louis, "The Place of the Orphanage in the Christian Program," Thomasville, North Carolina: Charity and Children Press, (1914.) Folder 196
    • Poteat, William Louis, "Putting the Kingdom First." Raleigh, Edwards and Broughton Printing Co., (1913.) Folder 197
    • Stephenson, W. Harry and Emma Gay Stephenson, "The History of Roberts Chapel Baptist Church" - One hundred Anniversary, Pendleton, North Carolina, (Oct. 31, 1948.) Folder 198
    • Wigmore, John Henry, "A Panorama of the World's Legal Systems," St. Paul, Minnesota: West Publishing Co., (1928.) Folder 199
  • Photographs
    • Barnes, William Wright (['04]) Folder 200
    • Bivens, William Clyde (['04]) Folder 201
    • Cooke, Henry Maddrey Folder 202
    • Davis, Egbert Lawrence (['04]) Folder 203
    • Jenkins, Charles Henry (['04]) Folder 204
    • Keener, Walter (['02]) Folder 205
    • Leigh, Joseph Albert ([1900]) Folder 206
    • McBrayer, Charles Evans (['02]) Folder 207
    • Mull, Odus McCoy (['02]) Folder 208
    • Pearce, Edward Delke (['04]) Folder 209
    • Stafford, Benjamin Franklin (['02]) Folder 210
    • Wake Forest College [shows 3 buildings on campus] in 1882 [while J. W. Fleetwood was a student at Wake Forest College] Folder 211
    • Wake Forest College. Students [unidentified], (1902?) Folder 212
  • Printed Materials
    • Baptist 75 Million Campaign. Miniature of Calendar. Folder 213
    • The News and Observer. Anniversary Edition, Raleigh, North Carolina, (August 14, 1904.) Folder 214
  • Professional Files
    • Baptist State Convention clippings, (1905) Folder 215
    • Brief Books for Legal Cases
      • Volume 1 Folder 216
      • Volume 2 Folder 217
      • Volume 3 Folder 218
    • Brown, Henry Alfred. Biblical Recorder. Notebook. Folder 219
    • Brown, Henry Alfred. Clippings. Folder 220
    • Brown, Henry Alfred. Oil Portrait given to Wake Forest. Presentation by Santford Martin. Clippings. Folder 221
    • Caswell Training School. Report, (1926.) Folder 222
    • Clippings (miscellaneous) Box 13 Folder 223
    • Covington, David Anderson (1884-1909). Memorial Folder 224
    • In Memoriam. Honorable Donnell Gilliam (1889-1960). Proceedings Before the Judicial Conference of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, (June 28, 1961.) Folder 225
    • The Life Insurance Trust. New York: National Bank of Commerce, (1927) Folder 226
    • Mills, John H., The Founder of Orphanage Work. News and Observer, Clippings. (December 3, 1905.) Folder 227
    • The North Carolina Baptist Foundation, Inc. By-laws. Folder 228
    • North Carolina Preachers - Many from this state doing good work in Virginia. In News and Observer, (May 6, 1906.) Folder 229
    • Roberts Chapel Baptist Church Northampton county, North Carolina ((1848),)
      • New Building Folder 230
      • Sunday School Class. Teaching notes. Folder 231
      • Tribute to Charles Wingate Scarborough Folder 232
    • Stephenson, Gilbert T. Clippings, (1906) Box 13 Folder 233
    • Thomasville Baptist Orphanage, Thomasville, North Carolina, (1920) Folder 234
    • Trust Companies of the US. First Mid-Winter Conference, Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York City, (Feb. 20, 1920.) Folder 235
    • Woodard, Emily James. Obituary, (Feb. 28, 1907.) Folder 236
  • Wake Forest College
    • By-laws of the Board of Trustees. Adopted at Gastonia, North Carolina, (Dec. 12, 1923.) Folder 237
    • Commencements
      •  (1879) Folder 238
      •  (1881-1883) Folder 239
      •  (1900) Folder 240
      • (clippings) (1912) Folder 241
    • Field Day Events, (Apr. 29, 1902) Folder 242
    • Gaines, Francis Pendleton. Inauguration as President of Wake Forest College, (April 25, 1928.) Folder 243
    • Nowell, John William Biology Notes [taken at] Wake Forest College, (['03] (1883-1930). 1900) Folder 244
    • Philomathesian and Euzelian Societies - Anniversaries
      • 44th, (February 14, 1879) Folder 245
      • 47th, (February 17, 1882) Folder 246
      • 65th, (1900) Folder 247
      • 66th, (1901) Folder 248
      • 67th, (1902) Folder 249
      • 68th, (1903) Folder 250
      • 69th, (1904) Folder 251
    • Poteat, William Louis. Inauguration, Clippings. (1905.) Folder 252
  • Oversize
    • Wake Forest College. BA Degree, [framed] (1902) Folder 253
    • Wake Forest College. MA Degree, [framed] (1904) Folder 254
    • Wake Forest College. PhD Degree, [framed] (1955) Folder 255
  • Writings
    • "The Religious Awakening of Boston," Biblical Recorder, (Mar. 24, 1909.) Folder 256

Summary Information

Repository
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Creator
Stephenson, Gilbert Thomas, 1884-1972
Title
Gilbert Thomas Stephenson Papers
ID
MS160
Date [inclusive]
1884-1972
Extent
20.5 linear feet  12 bankers boxes, 1 letter box, and 3 flat oversized boxes

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. 
Preferred Citation
MS160, Gilbert Thomas Stephenson Papers, 1884-1972, Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. 

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