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Van Landingham Family Papers

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Van Landingham Family Papers

Papers of the Van Landingham family

Summary Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Van Landingham family
Van Landingham family papers
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1900-1960
Date [inclusive]
3.0 Linear feet
General Physical Description note
Approximately 5,400 items, including 413 photographs and 21 volumes
Papers of four generations of the Van Landingham family of Charlotte and of the Harwood family of New England and Atlanta. Includes correspondence, records of household expenses and investments, genealogical information, photographs, and blueprints of the family home in Charlotte, which was designed by Charles Christian Hook and Willard G. Rogers. Also contains extensive files, diaries, scrapbooks, and photograph albums of Susie Harwood Van Landingham (1867-1940) documenting her European travels, ownership of a hotel and society life in Atlanta, marriage to Ralph Van Landingham (1875-1959), and activities in the Daughters of the American Revolution. Also includes material (1918-20) on the organization and early activities of the Charlotte chapter of the American Red Cross.

Preferred Citation note

Van Landingham Family Papers. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

The Van Landingham family settled in Charlotte in 1869. Patriarch John Henry Van Landingham (1848-1915) was the son of Nathaniel Barber Van Landingham and Sarah Hicklin Cole of Lancaster, S.C. After serving in a South Carolina regiment during the Civil War, John moved to Charlotte in 1869. Around 1876, he established his own cotton brokerage firm, John Van Landingham and Son. He also served as business manager of The Charlotte Observer (1894-95) and was an active parishioner of St. Peter's Episcopal Church. In 1873, John married Mary Oates Spratt (1851-1937), the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Spratt of Charlotte. Mary was especially active in community activities including the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and numerous book clubs. John and Mary had three children: Ralph, Norma, and John Henry Jr. Norma married Jacob Binder, and they had two sons, John Jacob and William Van Landingham. John's successful business as a cotton broker, coupled with his and Mary's involvement in community affairs, brought the Van Landingham name into prominence. Ralph Van Landingham's wife, Susan (Susie) Harwood, was the daughter of Norman Blackmer Harwood (1830-85) of Vermont and Susan Drury Deane (1832-1918) of Massachusetts. The Harwood family resided in Atlanta, Bennington, Vt., Harwood, Fla., and St. Paul, Minn. Norman was a manufacturer and orange grower. In addition, the family owned substantial assets, investments, and property, including the Majestic Hotel in Atlanta. The Harwood family achieved wealth and social prominence in Atlanta society. (For genealogical information on this line, cf. Alven Martyn Smith, Three Blackmore Genealogies in the Rare Book Collection, CS71.) Norman and Susan Harwood had eight children: Henry (1863-93), Susan (Susie) (1867-ca. 1940), Norman Beaty (1869-81), Frances (Fanny) (1872-ca. 1950), and Abigail Lucinda (1876-1955), and three who died during childhood. Fanny Harwood married Arthur Barnwell Middleton Gibbes in 1895. They had two daughters, Frances Deane (b. 1899) and Katherine Hartridge (b. 1896). After Arthur died in 1904, Frances married George Lithgoe Taylor in 1907. Abigail never married. The lines of descent of Henry and Norman are unknown; Susie is discussed below. Ralph Van Landingham, Sr. and Susie Harwood were married on September 17, 1901 at the Majestic Hotel in Atlanta, then owned by Susie. Her family traced its lineage back to the Mayflower colonists. On June 14, 1902, Susie Van Landingham gave birth to paternal twins, Susan Deane and Ralph Jr. The family soon moved to Charlotte, where Ralph associated with his father's cotton brokerage firm. In Charlotte, they became socially prominent. The Van Landinghams resided on Louise Street until the mid-1910s when they built their estate at 2010 The Plaza. The property, located in Chatham Estates, featured a garden that became the hallmark of the residence. The estate, "Harwood," was willed to UNC Charlotte by Ralph Jr. The family was active in church and community activities, with membership in St. Peter's Episcopal Church of Charlotte. Ralph, Sr. held membership on the Chapel Committee of St. Peter's Hospital in Charlotte (ca. 1940-59) and the Charlotte Community Concerts (treasurer, ca. 1941-57). Family members also participated in genealogical societies. Susie was particularly active in the DAR at the state and local level (primarily Halifax Convention chapter, Charlotte). On the state level, she served as librarian (ca. 1925), chair of the Building and Bonds Committee (1925-26), and vice-regent (1928); nationally, she served as vice-president general (1929). Other memberships included the Colonial Dames of America, Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America, First Families of Virginia, Daughters of American Colonists, Daughters of Colonial Wars, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Society of Mayflower Descendants, Daughters of the Barons of Runnemede, and the Dolly Madison Book Club. Susie also worked extensively with the American Red Cross. Ralph, Sr., worked as a volunteer with the Selective Service Board during both World Wars. He held membership in the Sons of the American Revolution. [NOTE: More information on Susie's extensive and many-faceted community activities is documented in her scrapbooks, series 4.] The Van Landinghams were benefactors of institutions in Charlotte and in other locations, such as UNC Charlotte (through Ralph Jr.) and Crossnore School in Crossnore, N.C. They were also members of All Saints Episcopal Church in Linville, N.C., where Ralph, Sr. served as senior warden and treasurer (ca. 1947-51). The Van Landinghams were members of the Charlotte and Linville country clubs (Ralph, Sr. served as treasurer of both). At Linville, they participated actively in the club's annual masquerades and tournaments. Ralph, Sr. was a charter member of the Benedicts Club. The family also traveled frequently. In 1939, Susan Deane Van Landingham married Norman Cordon (1904-64), a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate and a singer with the Metropolitan Opera. The Cordons lived in New York City until 1948 when they moved to Chapel Hill, where Norman had a radio program on WUNC called "Let's Listen To Opera." Deane was a member of the Chapel Hill chapter of the American Red Cross (chair, ca. 1955). Other memberships included the DAR (state vice-regent, 1958) [she was also a member of other genealogical societies in which her mother was a member], Linville Golf and Country Club, and St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Charlotte. They had one child, Susan "Susie" Harwood (b. ca. 1940?). (Deane and her family are the only line of descent of Ralph Van Landingham, Sr.). Ralph Van Landingham Jr. never married. He attended UNC-CH (1918-22), served in the U.S. Army Air Corps (1942-45), and managed the Charlotte office of New York brokers Harris-Upham Company. Ralph Jr. became a benefactor of UNC Charlotte by establishing a foundation for the maintenance of the campus arboretum (Van Landingham Glen) and bequeathing the family estate to the university (sold by UNC Charlotte in 1977). He was a member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Charlotte, the Linville Golf and Country Club, the Charlotte Country Club, and Educational Foundation, Inc.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection includes family correspondence, financial information, photographs, and memorabilia, primarily of Ralph, Sr., Susie Harwood Van Landingham, and Ralph Jr. The collection documents some of the activities and interests of the immediate Van Landingham family, including Deane, her husband Norman Cordon, and her daughter Susie Cordon; and of peripheral family members, such as Frances ("Fanny") Gibbes Taylor and Abigail Harwood, Susie Harwood's sisters; Frances Gibbes Frazier and Katherine Gibbes Geer, Fanny's daughters; and Norma Van Landingham Binder, Ralph, Sr.'s sister. Also substantially documented, primarily through scrapbooks, diaries, and photographs, is the life of Susie Harwood.

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Arrangement note

The Van Landingham Family Papers are divided into five series: 1: Correspondence (1908-1958). 2: Financial Records (1900-1958). 3: Photographs (1860-1962). 4: Memorabilia (1888-1986). 5: Genealogical Documentation (1890-1961). Series 1, CORRESPONDENCE (1908-58), consists of two subseries: Subseries 1.1, FAMILY CORRESPONDENCE (1908-58), which consists primarily of routine letters among family members and from friends; and Subseries 1.2, DAR CORRESPONDENCE (1925-28), relating to Susie Harwood's activities in the national state and local chapters. Series 2, FINANCIAL RECORDS (1900-58), divided into subseries by individuals, documents general household expenses, bank accounts, management of estates and other property, and investments, through records kept by Ralph Van Landingham, Sr., Susie Harwood Van Landingham, Frances Harwood Gibbes Taylor, and Ralph Van Landingham Jr. Of particular interest is legal documentation kept by Susie Harwood Van Landingham on the Majestic Hotel in Atlanta, which she and Ralph, Sr. owned and managed (1900-30). Series 3, PHOTOGRAPHS (1860-1962), provides extensive visual documentation of the Harwood sisters, Susie, Frances, and Abigail (ca. 1880-1920) and of the Van Landingham family, including Deane's husband Norman Cordon and her daughter Susie (ca. 1900-60). Also documented are family activities, particularly trips and events at the Linville Country Club. Series 4, MEMORABILIA (1888-1955), contains as its most substantial documentation diaries and scrapbooks kept by Susie Harwood Van Landingham (ca. 1888-1915). They record European trips, Dolly Madison Book Club, and other social and community activities in Atlanta and Charlotte. Other memorabilia includes clippings of Charlotte happenings and family activities (1910-55); a guest register of the Van Landingham household (ca. 1900-48); and blueprints (1913) of the Van Landingham Estate. Series 5, GENEALOGICAL INFORMATION (1890-1961), contains primarily certificates of membership based on lines of descent.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte

9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC, 28223

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Ralph Van Landingham Jr., ca. 1969. Gift of Ellen Patterson, 1981. Gift of Herbert Hechenbleickner, 1984. Gift of Norene Queen, 1984. Gift of Bonnie E. Cone, 1986. Transfer from UNC Charlotte University Archives, 1981. Purchase from George Cline, 1983.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission Reports (Mss 77): Van Landingham Estate. UNC Charlotte University Archives (files related to Van Landingham Estate, gifts to UNCC, and Van Landingham Glen).

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Controlled Access Headings

Family Name(s)

  • Harwood family
  • Van Landingham family

Geographic Name(s)

  • Charlotte (N.C.)
  • North Carolina

Personal Name(s)

  • Van Landingham, Ralph, 1875-1959
  • Van Landingham, Susie

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Collection Inventory

 Series 1 Correspondence 1908-1958 

Scope and Contents note

Divided into two subseries: general family correspondence and DAR correspondence.

 Series 1.1 Family Correspondence 1908-1958, undated 

Scope and Contents note

Contains correspondence among family members and friends. The correspondence primarily reflects family interests and activities. Included is substantial correspondence (1947-50) between Ralph Van Landingham Jr. and his aunt Abigail Harwood, whose finances he managed after her entrance into a nursing home (see also series 2: Ralph Van Landingham Jr.); letters (1910) to Susie Harwood Van Landingham from agents concerning Susie's efforts to book talent, possibly for the community concert association; correspondence (1955-56) between Ralph Van Landingham Sr. and his nieces Frances Frazier and Katherine Geer concerning their mother's estate (Frances Taylor), which was managed by Ralph, Sr. (see also series 2: Ralph Van Landingham, Sr.); and a letter (11-26-48) to Ralph, Sr. from Edwin A. Penick, rector of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, later bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina (see also series 3). Other material documents Ralph Jr's admission into the U.S. Army Air Corps (1942), including letters of reference and his transcripts from UNC-CH (4/1942), and information on his discharge (10/1945), including a record of positions and ranks served. Also includes two letters concerning family genealogy, one (8-19-09) to Susie Harwood concerning the Blackmer family of Vermont, from which she descended, and one (9-11-34) from Ralph, Sr. to J. W. Wiggington briefly describing the Van Landingham lineage.


 Series 1.2 DAR Correspondence 1925-1928, undated 

Scope and Contents note

Extensive DAR correspondence of Susie Harwood Van Landingham, relating to the activities of North Carolina and regional DAR chapters, particularly the Halifax Convention (Charlotte) chapter. Primarily concerns Susie's tenure as state chair of the building and bonds committee (1925-26) and as state librarian (ca. 1925-28?). Also includes correspondence relating to Susie's campaign for vice-president general of the national association, which she had to abandon because of a broken back (12/1925). Not documented are Susie's terms as state vice-regent of North Carolina (1928) and as national vice-president general (1929). (See also series 4-5)


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 Series 2 Financial Records 1900-1958 

Scope and Contents note

Financial records of Ralph Van Landingham, Sr., Susie Harwood Van Landingham, Frances Harwood Gibbes Taylor (Susie's sister), and Ralph Van Landingham Jr. The material, divided into subseries according to these individuals, documents general household expenses, bank accounts, management of estates, activities of organizations in which they were involved, and investments.

 Series 2.1 Records of Ralph Van Landingham, Sr. 1927-1958 

Scope and Contents note

Includes information on the estates of Susie Harwood Van Landingham (1940-58) and Frances Taylor (1947-58), managed by Ralph, Sr. after their deaths; information on the treasury accounts of Linville Golf and Country Club, Linville, N.C. (1945-47), All Saints' Episcopal Church in Linville (1947-51), and Charlotte Community Concerts, Inc. (1941-57), all for which Ralph, Sr. served as treasurer; information (1940-59) collected by the Chapel Committee of Saint Peter's Hospital in Charlotte (of which Ralph, Sr. was apparently a member) concerning the selection of an organ for the chapel of Charlotte Memorial Hospital (now Carolinas Medical Center); records (1943-58) of Ralph, Sr.'s personal investments, particularly in stocks, through Harris-Upham Company; records and ledgers (1931-37) of general household expenses, and tax records (1940-58).

Box Folder

All Saints Episcopal Church 1947-1951 

1 24

Chapel Organ, Charlotte Memorial Hospital 1940-1959 

1 21

Charlotte Community Concerts Association 1941-1957 

1 20

Estate of Frances Harwood Gibbes Taylor--Trustee's Reports and Bank Accounts 1954-1958 

1 14

Estate of Frances Harwood Gibbes Taylor--Drayton Street House, Savannah 1954-1958 

1 15

Estate of Frances Harwood Gibbes Taylor--Stocks and Related Investments 1947-1958 

1 16

Estate of Susie Harwood Van Landingham--Harris-Upham Account 1940-1958 

1 17-18

Estate of Susie Harwood Van Landingham--Miscellaneous Accounts 1955-1958 

1 19

General Household Finances and Other Expenses 1931-1937 

1 25

General Household Finances and Other Expenses 1931-1937 

2 1

General Information on Stocks and Other Investments--Financial Statements From Charlotte Companies 1933-1957 

Scope and Contents note

Includes information on the Bank of Commerce (1949-56); Independence Corporation (1947-55); Industrial Loan and Investment Bank (1946-47); Pyramid Life Insurance Company (1944-57); and Union National Bank (1933-39, 1948-57).

2 2

General Information on Stocks and Other Investments--Harris-Upham Personal Account 1943-1958 

2 3

General Information on Stocks and Other Investments--Notes 1948-1957 

2 4

Linville Golf and Country Club 1945-1947 

1 23

Tax Records 1940-1958 

1 22

 Series 2.2 Records of Susie Harwood Van Landingham 1892-1937 

Scope and Contents note

Legal documentation and other information (1925-28) on the Majestic Hotel in Atlanta, which Susie owned until ca. 1928 [see series 4, oversize file, for a probable sketch (ca. 1900) of the hotel]. Also includes ledgers (1921-37) of household expenses and Susie's bank accounts.

Box Folder

Majestic Hotel and Majestic Company 1892-1934 

Scope and Contents note

includes information on the purchase of the hotel property (1897), lease (1922), and sale (1927); and the operation of the Majestic Company as an investment company (1931-34) and its liquidation (5-22-34).

2 5

Miscellany 1905-1937 

Scope and Contents note

includes records of Susie's personal and household expenses and of her investments following the dissolution of the Majestic Company.

2 6
Box Folder

Records of Frances Taylor re: Settlement of Gibbes and Taylor Estates 1900-1938  (Bulk, 1904-1929)

Scope and Contents note

Records kept by Susie's sister concerning settlement of the estates of her deceased husbands Arthur B. M. Gibbes (d. 1904) and George Lithgoe Taylor (1864-1929).

2 7

 Series 2.4 Records of Ralph Van Landingham Jr. 1905-1957 

Scope and Contents note

Records of the finances of Abigail Harwood (Susie 's sister), which Ralph Jr. managed after ca. 1945 (See also series 1: General Family Correspondence); reports (1944-57) by his father of his mother's estate; extensive correspondence (1937-56) between Ralph and George Upham of Harris-Upham Co., any investment firm for whom Ralph managed the Charlotte branch; tax and insurance records (1945-57), and correspondence (1945-48) relating to Ralph Jr.'s membership in the Educational Foundation, Inc., an association of UNC-CH alumni organized to give financial support to the football program, primarily through scholarships. Also included are records of Ralph Jr.'s bank accounts (1944-57) and other miscellaneous personal records (1940-54).

Box Folder

Business Records--Harris-Upham, Charlotte (N.C.) Branch--Correspondence 1937-1956 

2 14

Business Records--Harris-Upham, Charlotte (N.C.) Branch--Check Stubs and Financial Records 1945-1951 

2 15

The Education Foundation 1945-1948 

3 2

Insurance Records 1945-1957 

3 1

Miscellaneous Personal Records 1940-1954 

3 3

Personal Account with Harris-Upham 1944-1957 

2 12

Records as Agent for Abigail Harwood--Bank Accounts 1932-1955 

2 8

Records as Agent for Abigail Harwood--Legal Document 1905 

2 11

Records as Agent for Abigail Harwood--Nursing Home and Other Bills 1948-1955 

2 9

Records as Agent for Abigail Harwood--Stocks and Investments 1938-1955 

2 10

Reports of Estate of Susie Harwood Van Landingham 1944-1957 

2 16

Tax Records 1946-1956 

2 13

Union National Bank Personal Accounts 1944-1957 

2 17-18

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 Series 3 Photographs 1884-1970 

Processing Information note

[NOTE: special thanks to Susan Cordon Karl, who assisted in the identification of many of these photographs in August, 1983]

Scope and Contents note

This series contains individual photographs and albums. Documented are the Harwood family, particularly Susie, Abigail, Fanny, and Fanny's daughters, Katherine and Frances, (ca. 1880-ca. 1915); the Van Landingham family and their activities, including gatherings at Linville Golf and Country Club, assorted trips, such as the Mediterranean cruise (1923), and Ralph Jr.'s military friends; and the Cordon family, including Norman and Deane and especially their daughter Susan Cordon throughout her early adulthood. Also documented is the Van Landingham estate, "Harwood," on The Plaza in Charlotte.

Photograph Collection--Albums 

Scope and Contents note

Comprised of four albums (AL57/1-4) documenting family vacations and activities (ca. 1905-ca. 1910), including photographs of President Taft's visit to Charlotte in May, 1909 (AL 3); two albums compiled by Ralph Jr. of the family's Mediterranean cruise in 1923 (AL 1-2); and one album kept by Ralph Jr. documenting family and peer activities between 1927 and 1945, particularly in Linville, N.C. Some of these photographs in the album are duplicated in the prints.


Photograph Collection--Prints 1884-1966, undated 

Box Folder item

Portrait, Perez Harwood undated 

P1 1 P57/1

Portrait, John Van Landingham [age 35] 1884 

Scope and Contents note

[P57/2 = NST162/2]

P1 1 P57/2

Susan Drury Deane Harwood, Atlanta 1884 

P1 1 P57/3-4

Susie Harwood, Baltimore/Chicago/Atlanta circa 1880-86 

Scope and Contents note

[P57/7 = NST166/35a, 36a]

P1 1 P57/5-7

Abigail Harwood dressed up as "Madame Dumesuil" 1893 

Scope and Contents note

[P57/8 = NST162/3]

P1 1 P57/8

Mrs. Smythe, Rome 1894 

P1 1 P57/9

Portrait, Ed C. Harwood mid 1800s 

P1 1 P57/10

Susan, Abigail, Frances Harwood (left to right) on European trip, Rome 1894 

P1 1 P57/11

Frances Harwood, ?, Abigail (sitting), Susie (standing), Susan Drury Deane Harwood in Vienna on European trip 1894 

Scope and Contents note

Note: unidentified individuals are possibly "Cornelia" or "Joan C." referred to in diary [see series 4, Susie Harwood's Paris diary and Abigail Harwood's scrapbook]

P1 1 P57/12

Portrait, Frances Harwood, Savannah 1899 

Scope and Contents note

[P57/13 = NST163/7]

P1 1 P57/13

Henry Harwood undated 

P1 1 P57/14

Katherine Hartridge Gibbes 1895 

P1 1 P57/15

Katherine Gibbes, Savannah 1895 

Scope and Contents note

[P57/17] [P57/18 = NST167/36]

P1 2 P57/16-18

Katherine Gibbes with Susie Harwood, Savannah undated 

P1 2 P57/19

Frances Gibbes, Savannah circa 1900 April 

P1 2 P57/20

Frances Deane Gibbes, Atlanta [age 2 years, 8 months] 1901 

Scope and Contents note

[P57/21 = NST162/5]

P1 2 P57/21

Katherine Hartridge Gibbes (left) [age 5] and Frances Deane Gibbes (right) [age 2 1/2] undated 

P1 2 P57/22

Unidentified watercolor portrait of child (male?) undated 

P1 2 P57/23

Susan Deane Van Landingham (left) and Ralph Van Landingham Jr. (right) 1902 

Scope and Contents note

[age 4 months 6 days in P57/25]

P1 2 P57/24-25

Deane Van Landingham 1908 

P1 2 P57/26

Portraits including Ralph, Sr., Ralph Jr., Deane, Susie Van Landingham family trip to Atlantic City, N.J. circa 1910-15 

P1 2 P57/27-28

Frances Gibbes circa 1910 

P1 2 P57/29

Frances Deane Gibbes circa 1912-15 

Scope and Contents note

[P57/30 = NST163/6]

P1 2 P57/30

Katherine Gibbes 1910 

P1 2 P57/31

Unidentified woman with baby undated 

Scope and Contents note

[woman in P57/27-28]

P1 2 P57/32

Susan Drury Deane Harwood circa 1911 

P1 2 P57/33

Susan Drury Deane Harwood, Ralph Jr. and Deane 1911 

P1 2 P57/34

Susan Drury Deane Harwood 1911 

Scope and Contents note

[P57/35 = NST167/33]

P1 2 P57/35

Deane circa 1911 

P1 2 P57/36-39

Ralph Sr., Susie, Ralph Jr., Deane, Frances Gibbes, and husband on family trip to Boone or Linville, N.C. 1915 

P1 2 P57/40

Family trip to Boone, N.C. undated 

P1 2 P57/41-42

Green Park Motel in Boone, N.C. undated 

P1 2 P57/43

Trip to Boone, N.C. undated 

P1 2 P57/44-52

Ralph Van Landingham, Sr. 1920-1929 

P1 2 P57/52

Ralph Van Landingham Jr. 1920-1929 

P1 2 P57/53

Frances Gibbes 1920-1929 

P1 2 P57/54-55

Deane, Ralph Jr. and Susie Van Landingham on their Mediterranean Cruise 1923 

P1 2 P57/56-80

Deane circa 1922-30 

P1 3 P57/81

Edwin A. Penick, rector of St. Peters Episcopal Church of Charlotte, later bishop of the diocese circa 1930-40 

Scope and Contents note

[see letter (11-26-1948) to Ralph, Sr. from Penick in series 1]

P1 3 P57/82

"Mother (Susie H. Van Landingham) and Mrs. Kirk", Burlesque Golf Tournament, Linville Golf and Country Club 1931 

P1 3 P57/83

Linville Burlesque Golf Tournament 1932 

Scope and Contents note

[P57/84 = NST164/15]

P1 3 P57/81

Linville burlesques undated 

P1 3 P57/85-90

Susie Harwood Van Landingham undated 

Photographs   SF1
    Box Folder item
Photographs   P1 3 P57/91-92

Box Folder item

Nine unidentified women at Linville Golf Tournament 1930-1939 

P1 3 P57/93

Grandfather Mountain Plank Road 1937 

P1 3 P57/94

DAR memorial to the birthplace of Dolly Madison in Greensboro, N.C.; Susie Van Landingham [8th from left] 1934 

P1 3 P57/95

Family gathering: Ralph, Sr. [3rd from left], Deane [5th from left], and Ralph Jr. [kneeling] 1938 July 4 

P1 3 P57/96

Unidentified man and two women at Masquerade party 1930-1939 

P1 3 P57/97

The Merrymen quartet -- Norman Cordon [2nd from left] undated 

P1 3 P57/98

Deane with dog Eric undated 

P1 3 P57/99

Deane and Susie (mid-1930s) 

P1 3 P57/100

Deane and unidentified woman undated 

P1 3 P57/101

Deane and Norman on honeymoon trip to Parramour Island 1939 May 

P1 3 P57/102-108

Susan Harwood Cordon 1943-44, undated 

P1 3 P57/109-114

Ralph Jr. in military uniform circa 1942-45 

P1 3 P57/115

Unidentified man undated 

P1 3 P57/116

Snapshots, portraits of Ralph Jr. and his army unit and of his army buddies in various situations 1942-1945 

P1 3 P57/117-118

Snapshots, portraits of Ralph Jr. and his army unit and of his army buddies in various situations 1942-1945 

P1 4 P57/119-176

Family snapshots, including Deane and Norman Cordon undated 

Scope and Contents note

[P57/186 = NST167/34]

P1 4 P57/177-188

Ralph Jr. and George "Duck" Deihl of Charlotte standing on dune at unidentified beach undated 

P1 4 P57/189

Deane and Susie standing in front of unidentified building undated 

P1 4 P57/190

Various shots of Ralph Jr. and his friends undated 

P1 4 P57/191-217

Ralph Jr. and his army buddies 1942-1945 

P1 4 P57/218-223

Ralph Jr. at bridge tourney, Pinehurst, N.C. 1947 March 

P1 4 P57/224-226

Ralph, Jr. fishing at Tupper Lake, N.Y. 1949 July 

P1 5 P57/227

Norman Cordan singing for blind division of Massachusetts 

P1 5 P57/229-230

Susan Cordon at home in Chapel Hill, N.C. 1951 

P1 5 P57/229-230

Susan Cordon in dance class 1949-1953 

P1 5 P57/231-234

Susan Cordon 1957 

P1 5 P57/235

Susan Cordon homecoming day float, Chapel Hill High School 1955 November 

P1 5 P57/236

Susan Cordon in the Lost Colony 1962 

P1 5 P57/237

Susan Cordon 1955-1956 

P1 5 P57/238-239

Susan Cordon standing with unidentified man and woman 1956 

P1 5 P57/240

Susan Cordon standing with unidentified woman 1956 

P1 5 P57/241

Susan Cordon undated 

P1 5 P57/242-243

Norman Cordon in the Lost Colony undated 

P1 5 P57/244

Dinner party at the Van Landingham Estate, Charlotte (late 1930s)  

Scope and Contents note

[left to right]: Ralph Van Landingham Jr., Mrs. Robert McKay, Jack Heath, Mrs. States Lee (Sara Toy), Randolph Scott, Deane Van Landingham, Arthur Newcombe, Tom Humble, Mrs. Arthur Newcombe, W. States Lee Jr., Dr. Robert McKay, and Isabelle Wade [P57/245 = NST161/13; P57/245 = NST169/17-22]

P1 5 P57/245

Randolph Scott (circa 1935, undated) 

Scope and Contents note

[P57/247 = NST164/16]

P1 5 P57/246-247

Miscellaneous cut picture undated 

P1 5 P57/248

Roy Tinsley, golfer undated 

P1 5 P57/249

Wilborne Colquitte of Charlotte undated 

P1 5 P57/250

Mrs. Clayton Henry Lineberger (left) and Mrs. Ella Hargrove Sullivan sitting with unidentified female child undated 

P1 5 P57/251

Clayton Lineberger of Charlotte undated 

P1 5 P57/252

Ted Hinson who lived with Ralph Jr. for a while at the house on the Plaza undated 

P1 5 P57/253

Susan Cordon 1940 

P1 5 P57/254-255

Placid Colquitte of Charlotte undated 

P1 5 P57/256

Scenes of Van Landingham house and garden, 2010 The Plaza undated 

Scope and Contents note

[P57/262 = NST161/12; P57/262 = NST167/35; P57/265 = NST161/11]

P1 6 P57/257-266

Holy Innocent's Choir undated 

P1 6 P57/267

Van Landingham house at 2010 The Plaza undated 

P1 6 P57/268

"Harwood" suburban home of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Van Landingham, located in Chatham Estates in Charlotte, N.C., before extensive development undated 

Scope and Contents note

[P57/270 = NST159/3-4; P57/271 = NST160/8; P57/272 = NST160/9]

P1 6 P57/269-272

Susan Harwood Van Landingham [P57/274 = NST166/32] undated 

P1 6 P57/273-274

Scenes of Van Landingham house and garden, 2010 The Plaza undated 

P1 6 P57/275-283

St. Peter's Episcopal Church Boys Choir 1939 

Scope and Contents note

[picture was a gift to Norman Cordon and Deane Van Landingham -- choir sang at their wedding, wedding, 5-17-1939] [P57/284 = NST 164/14]

P1 6 P57/284

Unidentified individuals undated 

P1 7 P57/285-288

Susan Harwood undated 

Scope and Contents note

[P57/289 = NST162/4]

P1 7 P57/289

Unidentified individuals undated 

Scope and Contents note

[P57/292 = NST167/36a; P57/293 = NST163/8]

P1 7 P57/290-307

Julia Bryce undated 

P1 7 P57/308

Women's Club on Hitler Yacht on a Rhine River trip, Germany undated 

P1 7 P57/309

Unidentified individuals undated 

P1 7 P57/310

Mary Oates Spratt Van Landingham [?] 1948 February 24, undated 

P1 7 P57/311-312

Unidentified man undated 

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[P57/313 = NST164/17]

P1 7 P57/313

Gene Sarazen (left) and Bill Goebel standing out on lawn at Charlotte Country Club 1921 January 

P1 7 P57/314

Ralph Van Landingham Jr. undated 

P1 7 P57/315

D. Harwood 1903 September 28 

P1 7 P57/316

Mary Oates Spratt Van Landingham undated 

P1 7 P57/317

Ken Sanford, Dean W. Colvard, Bonnie Cone, James Ramer, Ralph Van Landingham Jr., and Loy Witherspoon [left to right] at Van Landingham estate 1966 May 

P1 7 P57/318

Herbert Hechenbleikner (far left) and Ralph Van Landingham Jr. (second right) with three unidentified men undated 

P1 7 P57/319

Van Landingham estate, Charlotte undated 

P1 7 P57/320

Van Landingham home in North Carolina mountains undated 

P1 7 P57/321-323

Mary Oates Spratt Van Landingham [?] in wedding dress 1902 February 13 

P1 8 P57/324

Mary Oates Spratt Van Landingham [?] undated 

P1 8 P57/325

Unidentified baby undated 

P1 8 P57/326

Various scenes of the grounds around the Van Landingham Estate circa 1950-1970 

Scope and Contents note

[P57/334 = NST160/7; P57/335 = NST160/6; P57/336 = NST159/5; P57/337 = NST160/10]

P1 8 P57/327-337

Portrait, F. A. Sawyer undated 

P1 8 P57/338

Ralph Van Landingham Jr.'s fraternity at UNC-Chapel Hill, Sigma Alpha Epsilon: front (left to right) Howell, Baker, Bellamy, Whitaker, Darden, Swelar, Armfield; back (left to right): Whettach, Hill, Pierson, Patterson, Williamson, London, Symmes, Van Landingham Jr., and "Hap" Patterson front of fraternity house undated 

P1 8 P57/339

Unidentified man undated 

P1 8 P57/340

Susan Cordon [?] 1954 

P1 8 P57/341

Summer home, Linville, N.C. undated 

P1 8 P57/342

"Happy 10th anniversary, Kay!" 

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North Carolina table during a big Hollywood blow-out for the State's favorite son, James King Kern Kyser. The ol' professor stands behind his lovely wife, the former Georgia Carroll. next to him is John Scott Trotter, Charlotte. Seated are: Randolph Scott, Charlotte and Raleigh; Right: Carolyn Goldberg, Durham; Left: Spec. McClure, Forest City.

P1 8 P57/343

Photograph Collections--Large Prints (1880s, 1926-39, 1950-1970, undated) 

Box Folder item

Group, including members of Harwood family, at picnic or outing: Frances Harwood (middle of third row) and Susie Harwood (lower right) (circa 1880s)  

PL1 1 PL57/1

Family portrait: Ralph, Sr. (center) Ralph Jr. (on lap of Sr.), possibly John Van Landingham with Deane on his lap, and unidentified man on right undated 

PL1 1 PL57/2

Wedding picture of unidentified women [includes Deane (third from left on back row)] undated 

PL1 1 PL57/3

Susan Deane Harwood Van Landingham (circa 1930s) 

PL1 1 PL57/4

Plank road to Grandfather Mountain [photo #6 includes Deane and Ralph Jr. and three unidentified individuals] 1937 

PL1 2 PL57/5-7

Fire at Eseeola Inn, Linville, N.C. 1936 

PL1 2 PL57/8-12

Deane's wedding portrait 1939 

PL1 2 PL57/13

Unidentified portraits (circa 1800s) 

PL1 2 PL57/14-15

Susan Cordon undated 

PL1 2 PL57/16

Unidentified portraits undated 

PL1 2 PL57/17-18

Views of "Harwood," the Van Landingham house and gardens 1950-1970? 

PL1 3 PL57/19-30

Views of "Harwood," the Van Landingham house and gardens 1950-1970 

PL1 3 PL57/38-41

Deane Van Landingham [photo #33: Deane on the left, unidentified woman on right] undated, 1926 

PL1 4 PL57/31-33

Unidentified golfer undated 

PL1 4 PL57/34

Deane Van Landingham undated 

PL1 4 PL57/35

Meeting of distinguished North Carolinians: Governor Luther Hodges behind podium, Norman and Deane Cordon behind him undated 

PL1 4 PL57/36

Unidentified man (Ralph Van Landingham Jr.[?]) undated 

PL1 4 PL57/37

Photographs--Oversize Prints (1918-19, 1931, undated) 

Map-case Drawer item

Panoramic of the "French Blue Devils with 3rd Motor Mechanics Band" 1918 

Scope and Contents note

[at the Southern Railway station (?)], Charlotte (May 21, 1918) [Photographer: The Moons (W. J. Moon and Mrs. W. J. Moon), Commercial and Home Photographers, 1308 Parkwood Avenue, Charlotte]

2 6 PO-57/1

Panoramic of the "French Army Band - Guests of United Services Club" 1919 

Scope and Contents note

[in front of USC house], Charlotte (January 28, 1919) [Photographer: The Moons, Charlotte]

2 6 PO-57/2

Panoramic of the "Sons of the American Revolution 42nd Annual Congress" 1931 

Scope and Contents note

[on lawn in front of First Presbyterian Church], Charlotte (May 18, 1931) [Photographer: Eureka Photo Co., 27½ S. Tryon Street, Charlotte]

2 6 PO-57/3

Panoramic of "Our Boys & Red Cross Canteen Workers at home of Mrs. Isaac Hardeman, Myers Park" 1918 

Scope and Contents note

Charlotte (June 18, 1918) [Photographer: The Moons, Charlotte]

2 6 PO-57/4

Panoramic of "Red Cross Canteen Hut & Builders" 1918 

Scope and Contents note

Charlotte (June 15, 1918) [Photographer: The Moons, Charlotte]

2 6 PO-57/5

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 Series 4 Memorabilia 1888-1986 

Scope and Contents note

This series contains diaries, scrapbooks, clippings and other memorabilia kept by Van Landingham family members. Substantially documented in this series is the life of Susie Harwood Van Landingham, especially the period 1894-1910.

Box Folder

American Red Cross (Charlotte, N.C.) 1918, 1920, 1937 

Scope and Contents note

Includes a chapter history (1920) and a program for a benefit concert (1920) by the Charlotte Music Festival Association, Inc.

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American Red Cross (Charlotte, N.C.)--Ledger (undated) 


Annual-U. S. Army Air Corps 1942 

Scope and Contents note

From Spence Field (Moultrie, Ga.), where Ralph Jr. was stationed (1942-45).

Map-case Drawer item

Architectural Drawings 1913 

Scope and Contents note

Copies of 5 blueprints (4-6-13) by Charlotte architects Charles C. Hook and Willard G. Rogers for "Harwood," the Van Landingham estate on The Plaza. Views include: foundation, first floor, second floor, right side, rear, and dining room elevations, front and left side elevations, and assorted detailed sections.

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Book Clubs 1922-1930 

Scope and Contents note

includes two books (ca. 1922-30) containing notes for the Dolly Madison Book Club and other book clubs. [See also folder 3:5, Miscellany, for a yearbook (1909-10) of the Virginia Dare Circle.]

Box Folder

Certificates and Awards 1917-1961 

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Certificates and Awards--Oversize File 

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Class Notebook 

Scope and Contents note

Containing notes on King Lear and other subjects.

Box Folder

Clippings 1906-1964 

Scope and Contents note

Includes documentation of President Woodrow Wilson's visit to Charlotte (May 21, 1916); meeting (11-22-45) of leaders of the Democratic party in Charlotte, including Jim Farley, Paul R. Younts, and Charles Cannon; and obituaries for Susie Harwood (ca. 1940), Ralph, Sr. (8-4-59), and Deane Van Landingham Cordon (5-3-64).

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Diaries 1888, 1894, 1910-20 

Scope and Contents note

includes a diary kept by sisters Frances and Susie Harwood about their European trip (1888), with Susie's financial notes (ca. 1910-20) on the back; and an extensive diary kept by Susie documenting the Harwood's trip to Europe--primarily Paris and Rome (1894)--and documenting her reflections on her broken engagement with Lucien McClesky of Atlanta.


Guest Register (circa 1900-circa 1948)  

Scope and Contents note

for the Van Landingham household with signatures by opera stars Lauritz Melchoir and Lawrence Tibbet, R. D. W. Connor (first Archivist of the United States), entertainer Nelson Eddy, and Frederick H. Koch, drama professor at UNC-CH and founder of the Playmakers there.

Box Folder

Local History Teaching Package 1983 

Scope and Contents note

copy of "History in Three Dimensions: A Local History Teaching Package for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Teachers" (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Properties Commission, May, 1983) by Ellen H. Patterson and Dan L. Morrill. This particular study used the Van Landingham Family Papers.

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Memorabilia--Oversize File 1934-1935 

Scope and Contents note

includes a Metropolitan Opera program for the 1934-35 season signed by many of the stars.

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Miscellany 1888-1986, undated 

Scope and Contents note

Includes a bill of sale (1888) of a receipt for John Van Landingham, Cotton Buyer [photocopy of original in Torrance and Banks Family Papers], a brochure (ca. 1914) for Chatham Estate showing The Plaza almost entirely undeveloped, and a program for the 1986 Charlotte Symphony ASID Designer House, "Harwood." Also includes information about Susie Harwood's DAR chapter in Atlanta (1900); a yearbook (1909-10) of the Virginia Dare Circle book club; a program (1931) for a meeting of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution in Charlotte; the Benedicts club, Charlotte (1947-48); a program for a performance of Aida on WMIT, Mount Mitchell (1957); and a report of St. Peter's Hospital, Charlotte (n.d.).

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Scrapbooks 1894-1928, undated 

Scope and Contents note

Includes two scrapbooks (n.d.) containing postcards of Europe and European art and two scrapbooks (ca. 1900-05) containing excerpts from the Episcopalian magazine, The Churchman, and articles about race riots and Ku Klux Klan activities in Georgia in 1905. In Susie Harwood Van Landingham's memorabilia are two scrapbooks of clippings and other keepsakes, primarily concerning social and community activities with which she was involved, mainly in Atlanta but to some extent (after ca. 1910) in Charlotte. Many of the clippings concern the Majestic Hotel in Atlanta, which she and Ralph, Sr. owned and managed and then eventually sold (ca. 1928). The first scrapbook (ca. 1900-ca. 1910) includes a pamphlet (1899) mocking the free coinage of silver, and routine correspondence to Susie from American authors Mary Johnston (n.d.), Thomas Nelson Page (4-15-00) and Winston Churchill (8-28-1899); and from Thomas E. Watson (n.d.), Populist leader and U.S. senator from Georgia. The second scrapbook covers the period ca. 1905-ca. 1920. In addition, there is a scrapbook documenting the family's trip to Europe (1894 - kept by Abigail Harwood), while another contains high school memorabilia kept by Deane Van Landingham (1920).


Uncle Remus' Home Magazine 1910 

Scope and Contents note

one issue (June, 1910) of the magazine edited by Joel Chandler Harris.


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 Series 5 Genealogical Information 1890-1961 

Scope and Contents note

Box Folder

Genealogical Information 1861-1963 

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Genealogical Information--Oversize File 

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