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Semans family papers, 1809-2008

Author: Semans family.Mary Duke BiddleAnthony Joseph Drexel BiddleBenjamin Duke BiddleAngier Biddle DukeAll authors
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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Correspondence, financial papers, legal papers, writings and speeches, scrapbooks, pictures, and miscellaneous material reflecting the philanthropic, cultural and social activities of the Semans family. A major focus is the interrelationship of the Semans family with the Biddle, Duke, and Trent families. Additionally, the papers document the roles of Mary Duke Biddle, James H. Semans and Mary Duke Biddle Trent
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Named Person: Seaman family.; Bedell family.; Trent family.
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Semans family.; Mary Duke Biddle; Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle; Benjamin Duke Biddle; Angier Biddle Duke; Angier Buchanan Duke; Benjamin N Duke; Sarah P Duke; Elizabeth Lucina Gotham; James H Semans; Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans; Josiah C Trent
OCLC Number: 20313967
Notes: Related collections in the Special Collections Library include the Washington Duke Papers, Benjamin Newton Duke Papers, and James Buchanan Duke Papers. Additional material related to the Duke and Semans families involvement with Duke University will be found in the Duke University Archives.
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Correspondence, financial papers, legal papers, writings and speeches, scrapbooks, pictures, and miscellaneous material reflecting the philanthropic, cultural and social activities of the Semans family. A major focus is the interrelationship of the Semans family with the Biddle, Duke, and Trent families. Additionally, the papers document the roles of Mary Duke Biddle, James H. Semans and Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans have taken in the development of arts and educational programs throughout North Carolina. To a lesser degree, the papers reflect on childcare during the early 20th century.

Individuals represented include Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle, Nicholas Benjamin Duke Biddle, Angier Biddle Duke, Angier Buchanan Duke, Benjamin Newton Duke, Sarah Pearson Angier Duke, Elizabeth Lucina Gotham, and Josiah Charles Trent as well as other members of the Biddle, Duke, Trent and Semans families. Political and educational leaders are represented.

Also includes correspondence, notes, writings, clippings, pamphlets, and brochures relating to the activities of Mary Duke (Biddle) Trent Semans, including her service as city councilwoman and mayor pro tem of Durham; her membership on various civic committees; her service as first president and member of the Board of Directors of the United Fund of Durham; her membership on the Board of Trustees of Duke University, and on the Board of the Duke Endowment; her service on the National Advisory Committee on Vocational Rehabilitation; her interest in art and music; her interest in the Woman's College of Duke University, of which she was an alumna; and other matters relating to civic needs, race relations, and the arts.

The papers of Dr. James Hustead Semans consist of correspondence, papers, reports, financial accounts, clippings, printed material, and pictures relating to his chairmanship of the Board of Trustees of the North Carolina School of the Arts, and their summer sessions in Siena at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana.

Subject areas represented in the correspondence and subject files include arts, charities, childcare, Duke Endowment, Duke University, Durham politics and social life, education, genealogy, North Carolina School of the Arts, philanthropy, universities and colleges, and the Methodist Church.

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