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Straughan's Book Shop Records

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Straughan's Book Shop Records, 1930-1962 | Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives

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Collection Overview

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Predominant Dates:1945-1962

ID: 04/Mss037

Primary Creator: Straughan's Book Shop

Extent: 6.4 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in 3 series: 1: Correspondence; 2: Clippings; and 3: Audio recording, photographs, and publications

Languages: English

Abstract

The three Straughan sisters -- Mattie, Alice, and Mabel -- operated bookstores at various locations in Greensboro and High Point, North Carolina, from 1924 to 1960.

The Straughan's Book Shop Records include correspondence, promotional material, reviews, articles, and photographs.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Straughan's Book Shop Records date from 1930-1962, with the bulk of the collection covering the period 1945-1962. The papers include correspondence with patrons, publishers, and authors; advertising and promotional material; reviews and articles. There are also photographs and radio scripts for the promotion of authors and books.

The bulk of the autographed correspondence was written by authors associated with the state of North Carolina or the American South. Other notable items in this collection include: promotional booklets for Carl Sandburg's Always the Young Stranger and Remembrance Rock; Peter Beagle's A Fine and Private Place (filed under Viking); Elizabeth Gray Vining's Country Life of Nippon; and Van Wycke Brook's Makers and Finders. There are also booklists for the White House Library dating from 1929 and copies of some National Book Awards speeches from the 1950s.

Collection Historical Note

The three Straughan sisters--Mattie, Alice, and Mabel--operated bookstores at various locations in Greensboro and High Point, North Carolina, from 1924 to 1960. They remained associated with the Greensboro store until 1962. Retail merchandising was an unusual career for women in the American South of the 1920s, but the Straughans were successful entrepreneurs: through the years they expanded their mail order business until they earned the title, "Booksellers to the South".

Administrative Information

Repository: Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 16 boxes

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions:

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information. Please see our Sensitive Materials Statement.

Acquisition Method: These records were in the library in 1972 and were recorded by Archives staff in 1975.

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Straughan's Book Shop Records, Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC, USA.

Processing Information: Processed by Archives staff.

Finding Aid Revision History: Series identified and hierarchical description created during finding aid revision, 2011.


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