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H. Haywood Robbins Papers

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Robbins (H. Haywood) Papers

Inventory of the H. Haywood Robbins papers
MS0102

Summary Information

Repository
J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Creator
Robbins, H. Haywood (Henry Haywood), 1909-1969
Title
H. Haywood Robbins papers
ID
MS0102
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1936
Date [inclusive]
1933-1969
Extent
0.5 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract
Materials related to the "Green Pastures Rally" organized by Robbins and held in Charlotte in 1936 to mark the beginning of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's re-election bid in the South.

Preferred Citation note

H. Haywood Robbins Papers. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Historical note

The Green Pastures Rally was organized by Robbins as a gathering of Southern Democrats to honor President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The rally attracted 100,000 spectators along the motorcade route to Memorial Stadium, while an additional 30,000 people filled the stadium. Prominent Democrats from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Virginia, and Alabama were present. The September 10, 1936 rally was the official kickoff of Roosevelt's first bid for reelection.

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Biographical note

Henry Haywood Robbins was born in Statesville, N.C. on November 16, 1909. Following his graduation from Duke University in 1932, he opened a law practice in Charlotte, where he also served as a municipal court judge (1933-36). In 1936, he organized the "Green Pastures Rally" to honor President Franklin D. Roosevelt. During World War II, he served as a flag secretary and aide in the U.S. Navy. After the war, he joined J. A. Jones Construction Company of Charlotte as its general counsel (1946-65). In addition, he sat on the North Carolina State Board of Elections (1950-53) and worked as a consultant to NASA (1960-66). Following his tenure with J. A. Jones, Robbins promoted office building projects for Charlotte, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem, N.C. Married to Patricia Eastwood, Robbins died in Charlotte on May 20, 1969.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte

9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC, 28223
704-687-1170
spec-coll@uncc.edu

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 Patricia Eastwood Robbins, 1984.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Charlotte (N.C.)--History

Personal Name(s)

  • Robbins, H. Haywood (Henry Haywood), 1909-1969

Subject(s)

  • Presidents--United States--Election--1936

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Collection Inventory

Photographs--Prints 1934-1952   

Scope and Contents note

1934-52, undated: contain 43 prints (P102/143), mostly of Robbins. Includes Franklin D. Roosevelt and the "Green Pastures Rally," Harry S Truman, and the 1929 Supreme Court of North Carolina.

Box
P4
Folder
8

Various shots of Robbins   5.0 Items

Box
P4
Folder
8
Photographs-Prints
P102/1-5

Robbins with Mona Patricia Eastwood-Robbins   1.0 Items

P4 8 P102/6

Various shots of Robbins during his service in U.S. Navy circa 1942-1945   10.0 Items

Box
P4
Folder
8
Photographs-Prints
P102/7-16

USS Vincennes 1948   2.0 Items

Box
P4
Folder
8
Photographs-Prints
P102/17-18

Clyde Hoey speaking [Robbins on his immediate left], possibly at a Young Democrats Club of Mecklenburg County function   2.0 Items

Box
P4
Folder
8
Photographs-Prints
P102/19-20

Group of men in front of Eastern Air Lines airplane, including Robbins (front, 3rd from right) and C. A. McKnight (3rd man directly behind Robbins wearing glasses and hat)   1.0 Items

P4 8 P102/21

Harry S. Truman, James McHale and Robbins (left to right)   1.0 Items

P4 8 P102/22

Green Pastures Rally, Charlotte: various shots of Franklin D. Roosevelt, podium, and crowd at Memorial Stadium 1936   8.0 Items

Box
P4
Folder
8
Photographs-Prints
P102/23-30

West Trade Street looking east from Southern Railway station prior to FDR's arrival for Green Pastures Rally 1963   1.0 Items

P4 8 P102/31

Brigadier General George W. Goddard 1952   1.0 Items

Scope and Contents note

[autographed]

P4 8 P102/32

Aerial view of Robbins's house at 2115 Providence Road   1.0 Items

P4 8 P102/33

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Photographs--Large prints 1934-1952 

Scope and Contents note

1934-52, undated): includes 7 large prints (PL102/17).

Box
PL1
Folder
5

Franklin D. Roosevelt at the Green Pastures Rally, Charlotte 1936 

Box
PL1
Folder
5
Photographs-Prints
PL102/1-2

H. H. Robbins (left), Ben E. Douglas (center), and three unidentified individuals 

PL1 5 PL102/3

Robbins and unidentified man 

PL1 5 4

Victor Shaw (left), Robbins (front, right), and several unidentified men 

PL1 5 PL102/5

Robbins (right) and two unidentified men 

PL1 5 PL102/6

Supreme Court of North Carolina: George W. Connor, William J. Adams, Walter P. Stacy (Chief Justice), Heriot Clarkson, and Willis J. Brogden (left to right) 1929 

Scope and Contents note

[signed by Heriot Clarkson in 1934]

PL1 5 PL102/7

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