Lawrence D. Kessler Collection, 1820-1989


Lawrence D. Kessler Collection, 1820-1989

Lawrence D. Kessler, emeritus professor of Chinese history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, gathered the unrelated papers of George R. Marvell, the North Carolina China Council, Lawrence D. Kessler, and the Newton and Underwood families. George Ralph Marvell was a career United States Navy officer, who retired from active service in 1931 as a rear admiral. His papers, many of which relate to travels and work in China and the Philippines, contain personal correspondence, financial and legal papers, photographs, and other materials relating to him; his wife, Anna Nippes Wynkoop Marvell; and their son, George, who served as a submarine officer in the Navy, 1917-1935. The North Carolina China Council, a regional affiliate of the Asia Society, was established in 1977 and remained active until at least 1989. Records consist of administrative materials, including newsletters, annual reports, minutes from meetings, memoranda, funding and grant proposals, and a correspondence file, and research materials, including photographs and audio-visual recordings relating to the Council's traveling exhibit and presentation, . Publications include pamphlets, flyers, posters, and a bound print version of the text and photographs that were in the exhibit. There are also research materials and publications related to other Council activities on topics such as the One-Child Policy and United States-China trade. The Lawrence Kessler papers relate to his activities in radical politics. They include organizational materials and public documents of the North Carolina Legal Defense Fund and the Chapel Hill chapter of the New University Conference. The organizational papers include minutes from meetings, annual reports, press releases, project proposals, correspondence, fund raising letters, and posters. The public documents include pamphlets, position papers, and serial publications of the New University Conference. Ruth Elizabeth Newton (fl. 1888-1957) was the daughter of John C. Calhoun Newton (1849-1931) and Letty Lay Newton (1848-1924?) of Kobe, Japan, where her father, a minister, taught theology and ethics at the Kwansei Gakuin, a secondary school run by the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. In 1905, Ruth Newton married Emory Marvin Underwood, a lawyer who later served as a federal judge in Atlanta, Ga. The Newton and Underwood family papers consist of the personal letters received or written by Ruth Elizabeth Newton Underwood, the sermons and other unpublished writings of John C. Calhoun Newton, United States and Japanese publications of the Episcopal Methodist Church, South, and photographs of the Newton family and their friends from Kobe, Japan. The Addition of December 2006 consists of materials relating to activism and activist groups on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus and in the Chapel Hill community at large, including publications relating to activist groups, such as newsletters of the Chapel Hill Peace Center, socialist community newsletters, issues of , and other printed materials. North Carolina's China Connections, 1840-1949 Bread and Roses The Southern Patriot

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