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F. Marion Redd Papers

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F. Marion Redd Papers
MS0249

Summary Information

Repository
J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Creator
Redd, F. Marion, (Francis Marion), 1879-1956
Title
F. Marion Redd papers
ID
MS0249
Date [inclusive]
1882-1962
Extent
2.0 Linear feet circa 3,600 items
Language
English
Abstract
Papers of a mayor of Charlotte (1927-29) and judge of the Domestic Relations and Juvenile Court (1935-49). Includes speeches, arguments of Redd as a defense attorney in murder cases, correspondence, clippings, photographs, and material on the United Confederate Veterans Reunion in Charlotte (1929). Also includes papers of Redd's wife, Bessie Flowe Redd, and her father, J. Lee Flowe, a grocer. Her papers include material about the DAR Liberty Hall chapter of Charlotte and an autographed photograph of evangelist Billy Sunday.

Preferred Citation note

F. Marion Redd Papers. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

Francis Marion Redd was born in Onslow County, N.C., on August 11, 1879 to Sigley and Camilla Morton Redd. After attending Richlands Academy and Thompson's School and Business College, Redd graduated L.L.B. in 1905 from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. In 1927, Redd was elected mayor of Charlotte and served one two-year term. During his administration (1927-29), Redd worked to improve the city through various means, such as paving roads and the collection of back taxes. Redd was instrumental in bringing to Charlotte and planning the 39th United Confederate Veteran's Reunion, which was held in June, 1929. From July, 1935 until his retirement in June, 1949, Redd was judge of the combined Domestic Relations and Juvenile Courts of the city of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Organizations in which he held membership included the National Council of Juvenile Court Judges, National Probation and Parole Association, North Carolina and Mecklenburg County bar associations (he served as president of the latter), and BPOE. Redd married Bessie Lee Flowe (1899-1962) on November 1, 1919. He died in Charlotte on November 14, 1956; she died on December 21, 1962.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection primarily contains newspaper clippings pertaining to Redd's tenure as mayor of Charlotte and judge in the Domestic Relations and Juvenile Courts. Also included are correspondence, memorabilia, photographs, and copies of Redd's arguments as an attorney and speeches given as mayor and judge. This collection also contains memorabilia from Bessie Flowe Redd's days as a student at Queens College and membership in the Liberty Hall Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

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Arrangement note

The F. Marion Redd Papers are divided into six series. Series 1: Professional Papers (1910-1946); Series 2: Mayoral Papers (1927-1929); Series 3: Confederate Veterans Reunion (1929); Series 4: Judicial Papers (1935-1948); Series 5: Personal/Family Papers (1882-1962); Series 6: Photographs (1899-1960).

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte September, 1998

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 F. Marion Redd, 1998.

Processing Information note

Processed by Robin Dorfer, September, 1998.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Charlotte (N.C.) City Records (UNCC Manuscript 127). Daughter of the American Revolution, Liberty Hall Chapter Records (UNCC Manuscript 147).

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Daughters of the American Revolution. Liberty Hall Chapter (Charlotte, N.C.).
  • United Confederate Veterans. North Carolina Division.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Charlotte (N.C.)--History

Personal Name(s)

  • Redd, Bessie Lee Flowe, 1899-1962
  • Redd, F. Marion, (Francis Marion), 1879-1956
  • Sunday, Billy, 1862-1935, Photographs

Subject(s)

  • Criminal procedure--North Carolina--Charlotte
  • Mayors--North Carolina--Charlotte
  • Trial practice--North Carolina--Charlotte

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: PROFESSIONAL PAPERS 1910-1946

Scope and Contents note

This series contains copies of Redd's arguments as a defense attorney, correspondence, and speeches given as a lawyer in Charlotte. Also included are newspaper clippings concerning Redd's participation in various political campaigns.

Box Folder

ARGUMENTS AND NOTES undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes summations to juries in murder cases involving Redd.

1 1-2

CLIPPINGS 1910-1918

Scope and Contents note

Newspaper clippings concerning Redd's work as a prominent defense attorney in Charlotte during this period.

1 2

CORRESPONDENCE 1925-30, 1936, 1946

Scope and Contents note

Includes letters from the law firm of Redd & Small and correspondence as judge.

1 3

LEGAL DOCUMENTS AND MEMORABILIA undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes a copy of a memorial presented at the annual meeting of the 26th Judicial District Bar Association in memory of Redd.

1 4

POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS circa 1911-41

Scope and Contents note

Includes newspaper clippings and statements.

1 5

SPEECHES circa 1916, 1930, undated

Scope and Contents note

Speeches by Redd, including one (ca. 1916) in which he supports the re-election of President Woodrow Wilson.

1 6

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Series 2: MAYORAL PAPERS 1927-1929

Scope and Contents note

This series documents Redd's term as mayor of Charlotte from May, 1927 to May, 1929. During Redd's administration Charlotte built an incinerator, paved almost every main entrance and opened up new thoroughfares into the city, collected $99,000 in old taxes, and enforced the search warrant law. Comprised primarily of newspaper clippings from The Charlotte News and The Charlotte Observer.

Box Folder

CLIPPINGS--ARMORY/AUDITORIUM 1928-30, 1947, 1954

Scope and Contents note

Documents the controversy over this project, as well as the building's destruction by fire in 1954.

1 7

CLIPPINGS--CENSUS 1928

Scope and Contents note

Documents a special Federal census of Charlotte in which the city officially became the largest municipality in the state of North Carolina, surpassing Winston-Salem.

1 8

CLIPPINGS--ELECTION RECALL 1928

Scope and Contents note

Documents attempt to recall Redd and the other two members of the city commission (Robert L. Brown and W. R. Robertson) and force a new election.

1 9

CLIPPINGS--INCINERATOR 1928-1929

Scope and Contents note

Documents the controversy over the awarding of the bid to build as well as the site selection for a municipally-owned incinerator.

1 10

CLIPPINGS--MAYORAL RACE AND EARLY DAYS IN OFFICE 1927

1 11

CLIPPINGS--MISCELLANEOUS 1927-1929

1 12

CLIPPINGS--SANITATION TRUCK DEBATE 1927

Scope and Contents note

Documents controversy over the brand of truck to purchase.

1 13

CLIPPINGS--SEARCH WARRANT CRACKDOWN 1927

Scope and Contents note

Concerns Redd's admonition to the Charlotte police department to be observant of the law and to no longer enter homes without an authorized search warrant.

1 14

CLIPPINGS--SECRETARY CONTROVERSY 1927

Scope and Contents note

Concerns the dismissal of Redd's secretary by the other city commissioners.

1 15

CLIPPINGS--STREET PAVING 1928-1929

Scope and Contents note

Pertains to controversies over awarding paving contracts and to hiring of city engineer.

1 16-18

CLIPPINGS--TAX COLLECTION 1927-1929

Scope and Contents note

Relates to efforts to collect delinquent taxes owed to the city.

1 19

CLIPPINGS--THEATER CENSORSHIP 1927-1928

Scope and Contents note

Relates to efforts by Redd to prevent theaters from showing films after midnight and to halt the showing of a film entitled "Is Your Daughter Safe?".

1 20

CORRESPONDENCE 1927-1929

1 21

SPEECHES 1927-1929

Scope and Contents note

Includes copies of speeches and notes for speeches, most notably Redd's acceptance speech at his inauguration as mayor. Also includes a copy of a program for the First Annual Negro Spiritual Singing Contest, held in the City Auditorium on December 18, 1928 and sponsored by the Charlotte Park and Recreation Commission; Redd announced the winner of the contest.

1 22

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Series 3: CONFEDERATE VETERANS REUNION 1929

Scope and Contents note

This series contains information on the early planning and the execution of the 39th Confederate Veterans Reunion, held in Charlotte June 4-7, 1929. This was the first time North Carolina hosted the Confederate Veterans Reunion. Attendees included Gen. A. T. Goodwyn, Commander-in-Chief of the United Confederate Veterans and Gen. J. Colton Lynes, Inspector General of the United Confederate Veterans. Includes newspapers clippings on the construction of the armory/auditorium as well as Redd's welcoming speech, memorabilia, and programs from the reunion.

Box
1
Folder
23-25

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Series 4: JUDICIAL PAPERS--DOMESTIC RELATIONS COURT 1935-1948

Scope and Contents note

This series contains information on Redd's talks given as judge of Domestic Relations Courts, correspondence with industrial and training schools in North Carolina, and clippings concerning his numerous philanthropic acts. The latter included obtaining appropriations for Christmas gifts for school children, as well as a new dormitory at the Morrison Training School, an institution for boys. Redd was a member of the board of trustees of Samarcand Manor, the state's institution of correction and rehabilitation for girls at Eagle Springs. In 1945 he established a library at the school that was named in his honor. Includes clippings, correspondence, and copies of talks given while Redd was Judge of the Domestic Relations Court in Charlotte.

Box
1
Folder
26-31

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Series 5: PERSONAL/FAMILY PAPERS 1882-1962

Scope and Contents note

This series contains correspondence from F. Marion Redd to his nephew Warren Redd. He paid for his nephew's education at Christ School in Arden, N.C. and also helped him secure employment in Charlotte upon the completion of his education. This series also contains memorabilia collected by Bessie Flowe Redd from her years at school, her involvement with the Daughters of the American Revolution, and as the wife of a mayor and judge in Charlotte.

Box Folder

CLIPPINGS AND CORRESPONDENCE 1917-28, 1941-49

Scope and Contents note

Includes letters to Redd's nephew, Warren, while a student at Christ School.

2 1-3

FUNERAL AND CONDOLENCES 1956, 1962

Scope and Contents note

Includes obituaries for Redd (1956) and his wife (1962). Also includes sympathy cards and letters received by her following his death in 1956. Among those who wrote Mrs. Redd were John J. Parker, U.S. Circuit Court judge (11-17-56), and Herbert Spaugh, pastor of the Little Church on the Lane (Moravian Episcopal).

2 4

MARRIAGE, HONEYMOON, AND TRAVELS 1919, 1930s (Bulk, 1930)

Scope and Contents note

Includes newspaper clippings of the couple's engagement and marriage, theater programs from New York City, and two programs from the Biltmore Estate [possibly dating from the first year the estate was open to visitors (1930)].

2 5

TRAVELS--CHICAGO WORLD'S FAIR 1934

Scope and Contents note

Includes a souvenir book, maps, and pamphlets from various exhibits from the Century of Progress International Ex-position in Chicago.

2 6

PROGRAMS AND OTHER MEMORABILIA 1930, undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes a program from the 40th Annual Confederate Reunion in Biloxi, Miss.(June, 1930); folder 8 contains copies of the constitution, bylaws, and roster of the Charlotte Country Club.

2 7-8

LEE FLOWE 1882-1923

Scope and Contents note

Contains tax receipts the father of Bessie Flowe Redd.

2 9

BESSIE FLOWE REDD--DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION--LIBERTY HALL CHAPTER undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes clippings and memorabilia of this chapter, collected by Bessie Flowe Redd. [For additional material, see the Daughters of the American Revolution, Liberty Hall Chapter Records.]

2 10

BESSIE FLOWE REDD 1905-1935

Scope and Contents note

Includes grade reports from Presbyterian College, notebooks used at Queens College, alumnae bulletins, and other memorabilia.

2 11-15

OVERSIZE 1925-1939

Scope and Contents note

Includes DAR membership certificate of Bessie Flowe Redd and a map showing the property of the J. Lee Flowe estate in Crab Orchard Township, Mecklenburg County.

OF7 17

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Series 6: PHOTOGRAPHS 1899-1960

Scope and Contents note

This series is comprised of 62 photographs (P249/1-54; PL249/1-8), primarily of Redd and his wife. [For additional photographs of Redd and his fellow commission members, see the Charlotte (N.C.) City Records.]

box:folder

PHOTOGRAPHS--PRINTS 1923-27, 1934, 1947, 1960, undated

Scope and Contents note

Comprised of 54 prints. Includes a photograph of Redd's law office (P249/1), he and his wife in the first Ford automobile made in Charlotte (P249/9), and childhood photographs of Bessie Flowe Redd (P249/18-23). [For an itemized listing of prints, see appendix A]

P20:6
box:folder Photographs-Prints

F. M. Redd in his office with L. L. Caudle undated

P20:6 P249/1

F. M. Redd undated

P20:6 P249/2

F. M. Redd undated

P20:6 P249/3

F. M. and Bessie Lee Flowe Redd undated

P20:6 P249/4

Bessie Lee Flowe Redd undated

P20:6 P249/5

F. M. Redd undated

P20:6 P249/6

F. M. Redd undated

P20:6 P249/7

F. M. Redd undated

P20:6 P249/8

First Ford made in Charlotte 1927

Scope and Contents note

F. M. and Bessie Lee Flowe Redd (1927) [See Mecklenburg Neighbors (The Charlotte Observer), April 27, 1986]

P20:6 P249/9

Confederate Reunion in Charlotte 1929

Scope and Contents note

F. M. Redd, unidentified woman, Gen. Lynes, Bessie Lee Flowe Redd

P20:6 P249/10

F. M. Redd undated

P20:6 P249/11

Isabella Wyche [School] -- Uhlman Alexander, F. M. Redd, Harry Harding May 29, 1947

P20:6 P249/12

Judge F. M. Redd with children and fruit baskets undated

P20:6 P249/13

Children with fruit baskets undated

P20:6 P249/14

Judge F. M. Redd with baskets of vegetables and fruit undated

P20:6 P249/15

Judge F. M. Redd undated

P20:6 P249/16

Birthplace of Bessie Lee Flowe, Highway 27 at Clear Creek, eastern Mecklenburg County, N.C. undated

P20:6 P249/17

Bessie Lee Flowe at 6 months undated

P20:6 P249/18

Bessie Lee Flowe undated

P20:6 P249/19

Bessie Lee Flowe undated

P20:6 P249/20

Bessie Lee Flowe undated

P20:6 P249/21

Bessie Lee Flowe undated

P20:6 P249/22

Bessie Lee Flowe undated

P20:6 P249/23

Presbyterian College, Bessie Lee Flowe's class undated

P20:6 P249/24

Bessie Lee Flowe Redd undated

P20:6 P249/25

Bessie Lee Flowe Redd undated

P20:6 P249/26

Bessie Lee Flowe undated

P20:6 P249/27

Bessie Lee Flowe Redd undated

P20:6 P249/28

Bessie Flowe Redd undated

P20:6 P249/29

Bessie Lee Flowe Redd after making hole in one in golf undated

P20:6 P249/30

Bessie Lee Flowe circa 1914

P20:6 P249/31

Bessie Lee Flowe Redd in costume as the Queen of Sheba 1927

Scope and Contents note

[See folder Bessie Flowe Redd--Programs and Memorabilia; program from "Women of the Bible in Art and Music," Central High School Auditorium, November 17, 1927]

P20:6 P249/32

Bessie Lee Flowe Redd undated

P20:6 P249/33

Bessie Lee Flowe Redd undated

P20:6 P249/34

Various ancestors of Bessie Flowe Redd undated

P20:6 P249/35-38

Addie Belk, wife of J. Lee Flowe and mother of Bessie Flowe Redd undated

P20:6 P249/39

Various ancestors of Bessie Flowe Redd undated

P20:6 P249/40-46

J. Lee and Addie Belk Flowe at Niagara Falls undated

P20:6 P249/47

Unidentified girls sitting in a hammock undated

P20:6 P249/48

Unidentified family undated

P20:6 P249/49

Back row, left to right: Elizabeth, Drew, Humphrey and Sam; seated: Lucille, Gertrude, Mary, Bess. Mt. Mitchell [N.C.] 1960 Aug.

P20:6 P249/50

Unidentified trio in Washington, D.C. 1934

P20:6 P249/51

Arcade Pharmacy [formerly Beatty's Drug Store, 324 Latta Arcade, Charlotte] -- Campbell and Gheesling circa 1923-1924

Scope and Contents note

[see The Charlotte Observer, June 28, 1987]

P20:6 P249/52-53

Jimmy Belk, great grandfather of Bessie Lee Flowe Redd (ca. 1876), 110 years old when picture made and died when 111 years old

Scope and Contents note

[Photographer: H. Baumgarten, 7 W. Trade St., Charlotte]

P20:6 P249/54

PHOTOGRAPHS-LARGE PRINTS 1899-90, 1924-29, undated

Scope and Contents note

Comprised of 8 prints. Includes photographs of Redd (PL249/1), Bessie Flowe Redd (PL249/2-6), and an autographed photograph of evangelist Billy Sunday (PL249/7). [For an itemized listing of prints, see appendix B]

PL5:10
box:folder Photographs-Prints

Judge F. Marion Redd undated

PL5:10 PL249/1

Bessie Flowe (as a baby) and her mother, Addie Flowe, in front of their home circa 1899-1900

PL5:10 PL249/2

Bessie Flowe Redd undated

PL5:10 PL249/3

Bessie Flowe Redd undated

PL5:10 PL249/4

Caption: "Mrs. F. M. Redd who charmingly took the part of Nellie Grant, daughter of President Grant, in the historical pageant presented by the Liberty Hall Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, given Wednesday afternoon at the Woman's Club" 1927

Scope and Contents note

[see The Charlotte News, 1-30-1927]

PL5:10 PL249/5

Caption: "Mrs. F. Marion Redd, as she appeared in the pageant, 'Ladies of the White House,' presented last week by Daughters of the American Revolution. Mrs. Redd took the role of Nellie Grant, wife [daughter] of President U. S. Grant." 1927

Scope and Contents note

[see photo in The Charlotte News, 1-30-1927]

PL5:10 PL249/6

Autographed photograph of evangelist Billy Sunday.

Scope and Contents note

Caption: "To my Friends -- Mrs. And Mrs. Redd -- W. A. Sunday, Psalm 34. Charlotte Jan-Feby. 1924."

PL5:10 PL249/7

General J. Colton Lynes, C.S.A. Given to Mr. and Mrs. Redd after the general's attendance at the Confederate Veterans Reunion in Charlotte 1929

PL5:10 PL249/8

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