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James Boyce Hood Papers

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Hood (James Boyce) Papers

James Boyce Hood papers

Summary Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Hood, James Boyce, 1868-1933
James Boyce Hood papers
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1895-1898
Date [inclusive]
1895-1898, 1929-1933
0.25 Linear feet
Primarily letters (1895-98) written by this Mecklenburg County native and Associate Reformed Presbyterian minister during his long-distance courtship of his future wife, Eva Lee Hickman. He describes his studies at Erskine Theological Seminary (S.C.), her attendance at State College for Women (Va.), their growing affection for each other, his early days as a minister in Florida and South Carolina, and his expectations as to the proper role of a minister's wife. Also includes his account book (1929-31), postcards of Matthews, N.C. (ca. 1920s), and material (1990) relating to My Dear Miss Eva, Mary Norton Kratt's book based on Hood's letters.

Preferred Citation note

James Boyce Hood Papers. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

James Boyce Hood was born in Mecklenburg County, N.C., on August 28, 1868, and died in Gaston County, N.C., on January 6, 1933. He was graduated from Erskine College in Due West, S.C., in 1894, and from the Erskine Theological Seminary in 1896. His first pastorate was in Bartow, Fla., where he arrived in December, 1896. From there he went to Newberry County, S.C., in May, 1897 and remained for about five years. The Hoods were married on February 2, 1898, and had seven sons and one daughter. They are buried in the Old Sardis Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Charlotte.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection is comprised primarily of letters (1895-1898) written by James Boyce Hood to his friend and later fiancee, Eva Lee Hickman. Also includes an account book, biographical information, a photograph of James, and postcards of Matthews, N.C. [There is no correspondence from Hickman.]

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Arrangement note

The James Boyce Hood Papers are organized into a single, alphabetical folder title series.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte 1992

9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC, 28223

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright retained by donors.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Margaret Hood Barach, Ralph E. Hood, and James G. Hood, 1983. Gift of Martha Ann Hood Standerra, 1983. Gift of Martha Hunter Hood Norton and Mary Norton Kratt, 1990.

Processing Information note

Processed by Randy Penninger, October, 1992.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Mary Norton Kratt Papers (UNCC Manuscript 113).

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. (1839-1858)

Personal Name(s)

  • Hood, James Boyce, 1868-1933


  • Southern States--Social life and customs

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Collection Inventory


Scope and Contents note

Includes biographical material, a photograph of James Boyce Hood, and an account book.


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Letters 1895-1898 

Scope and Contents note

These reflect the growth in the depth of feeling of Boyce Hood for Eva Hickman. There are many referenc¬es to his studies at the seminary and to her studies at State College for Women in Farmville, Va., and career as a school teacher. The letters illustrate how his deep affection for Hickman evolved into love and marriage. They also reveal something of Hood's expectations as to the proper role of a minister's wife and of male female relationships of the time. Some of the envelopes and letters have been anno¬tated by the Hood's daughter, Martha. [NOTE: see the Mary Norton Kratt Papers for information relating to her book based on her grandfather's letters, My Dear Miss Eva (Charlotte: Cedar Press, 1990).]


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Postcards circa 1920s   3.0 Items

Scope and Contents note

Comprised of three pictorial postcards of Matthews, N.C


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