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John Alexander Oates Papers

Finding Aid & Inventory

John Alexander Oates was a Wake Forest College alumnus (1895) who became a lawyer and state legislator. He also served as editor of the North Carolina Baptist and local historian of the city of Fayetteville and Cumberland County, North Carolina. These papers consist of correspondence, family papers, financial documents, legal documents, literary productions, clippings, photographs, printed materials, subject files, and his Wake Forest College files.

Biographical and Historical Note

John Alexander Oates was a Wake Forest College alumnus (1895) who became a lawyer and state legislator. He also served as editor of the North Carolina Baptist and local historian of the city of Fayetteville and Cumberland County, North Carolina.

Collection Overview

These papers consist of correspondence, 1851-1871; family papers, 1853-1967; financial documents, 1950-1959; legal documents, 1771-1952 [broken series]; literary productions, 1902-1952 and undated; clippings; photographs; printed materials, 1912-1967; subject files, 1898-1957 and undated; and his Wake Forest College files, 1912-1957. 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.

Collection Inventory

  • Biographical information
    • Oates, John Alexander (1938-1970) box 1 folder 1
    • Oates, John Alexander (undated) box 1 folder 2
  • Correspondence
    • Bradford, James A. Letter (1851 February 11) 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 (1864 April 15) box 1 folder 10
    • Oates, David T. [brother]. Obituary box 1 folder 11
    • Oates, John A., Sr., [father] (1833-1901) 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 and land records (1771-1949) box 1 folder 22
    • Insurance policies (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
    • 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 box 2 folder 61
  • Printed materials
    • 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 3 folder 71
      • H-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-V (1907-1908) box 2 folder 79
      • W (1907-1908) box 2 folder 80
      • X-Z (1907) box 2 folder 81
      • Pamphlets (1902-1944) box 2 folder 82
    • Counties (North Carolina)
      • Bladen (1957, undated) box 2 folder 83
      • Brunswick (1951, undated) box 2 folder 84
      • Cumberland (1911-1954, undated) box 2 folder 85
      • Duplin (1950) box 2 folder 86
      • Moore (1950) box 2 folder 87
      • New Hanover (undated) 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
      • 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 (1864 September 8 and June 28) 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] (1863 June) box 3 folder 108
    • Tryon Dailey Bulletin (1953 October 20) box 3 folder 109
    • Miscellaneous, [broken series] (1907-1967, undated) 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

Summary Information

Repository
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Title
John Alexander Oates Papers
ID
MS144
Date [inclusive]
1771-1970
Extent
2.81 Linear Feet  2 record cartons, 1 document box

Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Revision Description
 Revised by Finley Turner 2019 October
Access Restrictions
This collection is open for use. 
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
John Alexander Oates Papers (MS144). Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA. 

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