William Jesse Kennedy Papers, 1902-1982


William Jesse Kennedy Papers, 1902-1982

William Jesse Kennedy Jr. (1889-1985), businessman, author, and community leader, was born in Andersonville, Ga. He began his affiliation with North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company in 1916 in Savannah, Ga. He later relocated to Durham, N.C., and, in 1952, was elected the fifth president of the company. The collection contains correspondence, speeches, photographs, organizational records, and other items that document the business, civic, social, humanitarian, and professional activities of William Jesse Kennedy Jr. Included are records relating to North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company and the White Rock Baptist Church in Durham, N.C. There are also materials relating to Kennedy's activities with the Boy Scouts of America, the Boys' Clubs of America, the Durham Committee of 100 (a group focused on developing the Research Triangle Park), 4-H clubs, Durham's Lincoln Hospital, the NAACP, and the North Carolina Board of Higher Education, among other groups. Also included are deeds and correspondence belonging to Kennedy's mentor, John Moses Avery, and a series of audiotaped interviews with Kennedy's relatives, friends, and associates conducted by Carter Cue in 1994. Materials show Kennedy's contributions to social and economic progress in North Carolina and demonstrate his interest in civil rights, integration, recreation, and industrial development, particularly in the Research Triangle Park.

About 11,000 items (11.5 linear feet)


Related Entities

There are 89 Entities related to this resource.

National Negro Business League

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6k46mp5 (corporateBody)

The National Negro Business League (NNBL) was an American organization founded in Boston in 1900 by Booker T. Washington to promote the interests of African-American businesses. The mission and main goal of the National Negro Business League was "to promote the commercial and financial development of the Negro." It was recognized as "composed of negro men and women who have achieved success along business lines". It grew rapidly with 320 chapters in 1905 and more than 600 chapters in 34 states i...

Sanford, Terry, 1917-1998

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6rg6mzr (person)

Terry Sanford, born James Terry Sanford, August 20, 1917, in Laurinburg, N. C. He was the second son of Cecil L. and Elizabeth Martin Sanford. He received the A.B. degree in 1939 and the J.D. degree in 1946 from the University of North Carolina. He served as an FBI agent, 1941-1942, with the United States Army in Europe during World War II, and as assistant director of the Institute of Government, UNC-Chapel Hill, 1946-1948. Sanford practiced as an attorney in Fayetteville, N.C., from 1948 ...

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6k17w53 (corporateBody)

Organizational History and List of Officers Organizational History 1909 Issued the “Call,” a statement calling for a conference to protest discrimination and violence against African Americans Convened the National Negro Conference on May 31 and June 1, New York, N.Y. E...


http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6ps8mvn (corporateBody)

Brown, Charlotte Hawkins, 1883-1961

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6bs9hss (person)

Charlotte Hawkins Brown (June 11, 1883-January 11, 1961) was born in Henderson, North Carolina, the daughter of Caroline Frances Hawkins and Edmund H. Hight. The family moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the late 1880's, where CHB attended public schools. During her senior year of high school Alice Freeman Palmer, formerly president of Wellesley College, encouraged her to attend the State Normal School at Salem and provided financial support. In 1901 CHB accepted a job as teacher...

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6hz245s (corporateBody)

Boys' Clubs of America

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w67n1038 (corporateBody)

Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w66j56vs (person)

Hubert Horatio Humphrey Jr. (May 27, 1911 – January 13, 1978) was an American politician who served as the 38th vice president of the United States from 1965 to 1969. He twice served in the United States Senate, representing Minnesota from 1949 to 1964 and 1971 to 1978. He was the Democratic Party's nominee in the 1968 presidential election, losing to Republican nominee Richard Nixon. Born in Wallace, South Dakota, Humphrey attended the University of Minnesota. At one point he helped run his ...

Lincoln Hospital (New York, N.Y.)

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6sf7j15 (corporateBody)

North Carolina Central University

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6zh0r34 (corporateBody)

In 1909, James E. Shepard founded the National Religious Training School and Chautauqua for the Colored Race. In 1915, the school was sold and renamed the National Training School. In 1923, the North Carolina General Assembly began to provide annual support of $20,639, and the name was changed to Durham State Normal School. Despite the support, the school faced financial hardships and mounting debt nearing $49,000. When Shepard could not raise the money, he urged the state of North Carolina to t...

Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6wb3x0n (corporateBody)

United Durham Incorporated

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6d94dr0 (corporateBody)

Holly Knoll Associates

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6c68p5v (corporateBody)

Women-in-Action for the Prevention of Violence and Its Causes, Inc.

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w63z2zhg (corporateBody)

C. C. Spaulding

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6g02q86 (person)

Boys' Club of America.

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6r27rj8 (corporateBody)

United Organizations for Community Improvement.

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w61c8f9c (corporateBody)

Avery, John Moses, 1876-1931

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6960z6z (person)

Clay, Mary K.

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6d661r5 (person)

American teachers association

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6cg4g28 (corporateBody)

Bankers' Fire Insurance Company

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6rg2s6f (corporateBody)

National urban league

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6n33p05 (corporateBody)

The National League on Urban Conditions Among Negroes, later the National Urban League, resulted from the 1910 merger of three welfare organizations in New York, N.Y.: the Committee for Improving Industrial Conditions among Negroes in New York, the Committee on Urban Conditions Among Negroes, and the National League for Protection of Colored Women. From the description of Records of the National Urban League, 1910-1986 (bulk 1930-1979). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71130941 ...

4-H Club

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6m47z6q (corporateBody)

District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6jr638g (corporateBody)

Jordan, Willis

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6mr0fgn (person)

WTVD Management Advisory Council

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w68b681s (corporateBody)

North Carolina Conference for Social Service

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6x10zsf (corporateBody)

Lay organization formed in 1912 to improve social conditions in North Carolina. From the description of Records, 1922-1981. (North Carolina Division of Archives & Hist). WorldCat record id: 70956004 ...


http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6s04f9w (corporateBody)

St. Joseph's A.M.E. Church

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6f3425g (corporateBody)

Charlotte K. Sloan

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6b437r6 (person)

Mutual Savings and Loan Association

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6wc0cgh (corporateBody)

Minority Community Resources Conference

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6h2844n (corporateBody)

Kittrell College

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w68x8gt6 (corporateBody)

Lincoln Apartment Foundation

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w61988q0 (corporateBody)

Boy Scouts of America

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6844fz4 (corporateBody)

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is one of the largest Scouting organizations in the United States of America and one of the largest youth organizations in the United States, with more than 2.4 million youth participants and nearly one million adult volunteers. The BSA was founded in 1910, and since then, more than 110 million Americans have been participants in BSA programs at some time. The BSA is part of the international Scout Movement and became a founding member organization of the World Or...

Carl Hodges

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w68x8rg1 (person)

Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6hq8sf3 (corporateBody)

Milwaukee, WI. From the description of Annual reports, ca.1900-1925. (College of Physicians of Philadelphia). WorldCat record id: 122523866 ...

National White House Conference on Education

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6n73p9k (corporateBody)

Durham Fact Finding Committee

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6586fcq (corporateBody)

Kennedy, William Jesse, 1889-1985

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w62n6hcd (person)

William Jesse Kennedy Jr., businessman, author, and community leader, was born in Andersonville, Ga. He began his affiliation with North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company in 1916 in Savannah, Ga. He later relocated to Durham, N.C., and, in 1952, was elected the fifth president of the company. From the description of William Jesse Kennedy papers, 1902-1982. WorldCat record id: 39559225 William Jesse Kennedy Jr., was born in Andersonville, Ga., on 15 June 188...

Margaret H. Turner

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6bm6s2t (person)

North Carolina Central University

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6sb841j (corporateBody)

Johnnie B. McLester

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w69q8dtm (person)

Small Business Development Center.

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6rk7ndd (corporateBody)

The University of Central Florida Small Business Development Center was founded in 1980 with the intent of providing current and prospective entrepreneurs with the tools necessary to maximize their business potential. The SBDC aids its clients in the areas of accounting, finance, marketing, operations, new venture planning, and technical support. The UCF chapter was founded in 1981 to service the Central Florida area. There are currently four offices for the UCF Small Business Development Center...

Goodwin, Margaret Kennedy, 1918-

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w62q0dsz (person)

Alex M. Rivera

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6tw04s6 (person)

Joseph Mitchell

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6mt95sg (person)

Bankers Fire & Casualty Insurance Company

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6wj7rx8 (corporateBody)

Hillside High School

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6m47xpk (corporateBody)

North Carolina Teachers Association

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w60h1sq9 (corporateBody)


http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6015gq8 (family)

National Insurance Association (U.S.)

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6rv98qd (corporateBody)

Citizens Committee on Bond Issues

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6v2772q (corporateBody)

Lenzie G. Barnes

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6qq1m5n (person)

Allen Lucious Goodloe

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6z18n16 (person)

National Negro Finance Company

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6586f34 (corporateBody)

Lambda Enterprises

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w66v5q6k (corporateBody)

Mechanics & Farmers Bank

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6304gfw (corporateBody)

North Carolina. Recreation Commission

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w64p46fs (corporateBody)

White Rock Baptist Church

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w64038qx (corporateBody)

Durham Industrial Development Company, Inc.

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6vg21dz (corporateBody)

Nathaniel White, Sr.

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6xx9xtv (person)

Kennedy, William Jr.

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w65581qz (person)

Kennedy, William J., 1938-....

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w62s93zk (person)

Fisher, Miles Mark, 1899-1970

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6kq5zhj (person)

North Carolina Mutual

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6s61tw0 (corporateBody)

Kennedy, William Jesse, 1889-1985

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w62n6hcd (person)

William Jesse Kennedy Jr., businessman, author, and community leader, was born in Andersonville, Ga. He began his affiliation with North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company in 1916 in Savannah, Ga. He later relocated to Durham, N.C., and, in 1952, was elected the fifth president of the company. From the description of William Jesse Kennedy papers, 1902-1982. WorldCat record id: 39559225 William Jesse Kennedy Jr., was born in Andersonville, Ga., on 15 June 188...

United Negro College Fund

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6gx86wn (corporateBody)

Founded in 1944 to enhance the quality of education by providing financial assistance to deserving students, raising operating funds for member colleges and universities, and increasing access to technology for students and faculty at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). From the description of Statistical reports, 1986-1988. (Benedict College). WorldCat record id: 70967588 Research Dept. was established in 1968 to gather and disseminate information about Un...

Durham Committee of 100.

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6j72q87 (corporateBody)

North Carolina Council on Human Relations

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w67h6hxr (corporateBody)

The North Carolina Council on Human Relations (NCCHR) was one of twelve state organizations affiliated with the Southern Regional Council (SRC). An interracial organization, it sought, from 1954 until 1969, to solve racial problems in North Carolina through research and communication. From the description of North Carolina Council on Human Relations records, 1940s-1980s (bulk 1954-1969). WorldCat record id: 39463400 The North Carolina Council on Human Relations ...

Southern Regional Conference on Education Beyond the High School

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w65g3tqp (corporateBody)

North Carolina Board of Higher Education

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w64788cr (corporateBody)

Goodloe, Allen Lucious

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6sc9khx (person)

Shaw University

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6k129kj (corporateBody)

Oldest historically black university in the South founded in 1865 as Raleigh Institute; renamed Shaw Collegiate Institute in 1870 in honor of benefactor, Elijah Shaw, of Wales, Mass.; in 1875 an act of the North Carolina General Assembly chartered the university as The Shaw University; originally founded to teach freedmen theology and Biblical interpretation, however within 15 years of its founding the institution began to broaden its curriculum. From the description of Commencement ...

Durham United Fund

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6vg21vs (corporateBody)

Carter Cue

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6rs7b28 (person)

Recreation for the Aging in North Carolina

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6945wn5 (corporateBody)

Joseph, Lawrence A.

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6g57ksw (person)

North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w61g5brv (corporateBody)

R. Kelly Bryant

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w69m9r44 (person)

American Tennis Association

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6vf5647 (corporateBody)

Durham Business and Professional Chain

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6kb89sm (corporateBody)

Besssie McLaurin

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6683rxs (person)

Research Triangle Park

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w65k2jgw (corporateBody)

Scarborough Nursery School, Inc.

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6489ctj (corporateBody)

Merrick-Moore Park Association

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w64g6t6s (corporateBody)

North Carolina Recreation Society, Inc.

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6v2779v (corporateBody)

Association of Governing Boards of State Universities and Allied Institutions

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6x701cz (corporateBody)

North Carolina College at Durham

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6672ggx (corporateBody)