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Durham High School Class of 1906 Papers

Title: Durham High School Class of 1906 Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1939-1975
Extent of Materials: 2 boxes
Location: Cupboard no.1
Relationship of donor or materials to the DCL/NCR Local Durham high school.
Description: Mostly correspondence between Lee Wiggins (class secretary) and members of the class, but also some pictures, newspaper clippings, and other materials.
Subject Headings: Durham High School (N.C.) –Students—Class of 1906.
High schools — North Carolina — Durham.
Scope and Content: The Durham High School Class of 1906 Collection consists mostly of correspondence between Mr. Lee M. Wiggins and other members of the class. Mr. Wiggins was class secretary and resided in Hartsville, South Carolina for many years. He was a banker and served as President of the American Banker’s Association in the mid-1940’s; he later acted as Chairman of the Board of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Company in the late 1950’s. Mr. Wiggins was instrumental in arranging periodic reunions for the Class of 1906, both small affairs held every few years and larger events marking the fortieth, fiftieth, and sixtieth reunions. His correspondence, including letters, thank you notes, Christmas cards, postcards, and telegrams, reflects efforts to maintain current information on classmates as well as concern for personal affairs. The collection also includes a number of photographs of members of the Class of 1906 taken at various reunions. Mr. Wiggins made it a practice to have these photographs copied and mailed to each member of the class. There are also multiple newspaper clippings from the Durham Morning Herald documenting the class reunions as well as an edition of the Durham High School newspaper, the Hi-Rocket, from November 1952. Principal correspondents include: Mrs. Fred B. (Pauline Whitaker) Pritchard, Mrs. Addie Freeland Carpenter, Mr. Sterling R. Carrington, Mrs. I. L. (Felicia Kueffner) Sears, and Mrs. Estelle Upchurch.
Related Materials: Durham High School Class of 1916 Papers, North Carolina Collection, Durham County Public Library.
Durham High School Class Pictures, 1911, 1914, North Carolina Collection, Durham County Public Library.
Durham High School Reunion Papers, 1931, North Carolina Collection, Durham County Public Library.
June 1906 copy of The Messenger, the high school yearbook for the class of 1906. North Carolina Collection, Durham County Public Library, NC373.756M (locked case).
Earlier materials related to the Class of 1906 were presented to the Durham High School Library.
Container List: Box 1
Correspondence, 1939-1951 and photograph of 1944 reunion
Correspondence, 1952-1955 and 1952 photograph
Correspondence, 1956-1961, photographs of 1958 reunion, and reproduction of original class picture.
Correspondence, 1962-1964
Correspondence, 1965
Box 2
Reunion papers and photograph, 1966
Correspondence, 1967-1969
Correspondence, 1970
Correspondence, 1971
Correspondence, 1972-1975