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Lila Markham Brogden Collection

Title: Lila Markham Brogden Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1900-1986, 2003
Extent of Materials: 2 boxes
Location: Duke Storage
Date of Accession: 3/4/1986, 2011
Donor: Mary Brogden, daughter-in-law of Lila Markham Brogden.
Relationship of donor or materials to the DCL/NCR The creator was a local school teacher, woman’s club leader, and civic leader.
Processor: 2013 addition and revisions: Cale McCammon
Subject Headings: Clubs–North Carolina—Durham.
Women—North Carolina—Durham—Societies and Clubs.
Durham High School (N.C.).
Budget—North Carolina—Durham.
Women—North Carolina—Societies and clubs.
Trinity College—Durham (N.C.).
Markham family.
Brogden family.
Scope and Content: “The Lila Markham Brogden Collection consists of club records and correspondence, programs, photographs, newsletters, and budgets. Lila Markham Brogden was a local schoolteacher, woman’s club leader, and civic leader. Brogden served as president of the Woman’s Club of Durham, organized in 1923 to “direct the organized effort of the women of the community along intellectual, philanthropic, social and domestic lines.” The collection includes early club pamphlets, correspondence, and other records. The collection also contains Durham city budgets, 1939-1940, materials relating to the Durham High School classes of 1900, 1901, and 1916, and graduation memorabilia from Trinity College, Class of 1902.
The 2013 additions introduce materials that concern other members of the Brogden-Markham family, including John L. Markham (1848-1898), Charles Blackwell Markham (1886-1955), Sadie Hackney Markham (1887-1973), Eleanor Mallory Markham (1912-2001), Sarah Hackney Markham (1913-1997), Charles Buchanan Markham (1926-2010), Susan Tyree Markham, and W. J. Brogden. The materials consist primarily of newspaper clippings, advertisements, and letters concerning Charles Buchanan Markham’s mayorship of Durham from 1981 to 1985; manuscripts and newspaper clippings relating to his activities as editor of The Duke Chronicle and The Charlotte News; product advertisements from John L. Markham’s general store; and photographs of Brogden-Markham family members and houses.”
Related Materials: Durham Women’s Clubs – Various.
Durham High School Class of 1916 Papers.
Blackwell Markham Papers (#5427), Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Willis James Brogden Papers (#4407), Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Mayor Charles Markham Collection.
Restrictions: The collection is open for research.
Biographical/Historical Note: Charles Buchanan Markham was the son of Charles Blackwell Markham, a former treasurer of Duke University, and Sadie Hackney Markham, and the grandson of John L. Markham, a Durham general store owner. His sisters were Eleanor Mallory Markham, Sarah Hackney Markham, and Charlotte Markham Shuford. Charles Buchanan Markham graduate from Durham High School in 1942 and attended Duke University, where he served as editor of The Duke Chronicle. He later served as editorial writer for The Charlotte News and went on to study law. From 1981 to 1985, he served as mayor of Durham. Lila Markham Brogden (1882-1948) was one of Charles Buchanan Markham’s aunts.
Condition Notes:
Organization of Collection: 1. 1986 Accession
2. 2013 Addition
Container List:
Box 1
1. Woman’s Club of Durham (3 folders)
Records from founding in 1924 through 1939. Includes deeds to property, letters from lawyers.
2. North Carolina Federation of Women’s Clubs
Various papers.
3. Durham City Budgets 1939 – 1940
4. Durham High School
Classes of 1900, 1901, and 1916, including photos of productions of The Merchant of Venice by Durham High School students in 1908 and 1913.
Collection also includes copies of the Durham High School Messenger for June 1908, May 1910, May 1916, and May 1917, which are cataloged separately: NC 373.756M.
5. Trinity College
Graduating exercises of the class of 1902, which was Lila Markham’s graduating class.
Box 2
1. Academy of Music Program undated
2. W.J. Brogden: Letter from N.C. Supreme Court 1952
3. Lessie Bertie Walker Cole: Funeral Program and Commemoration 1962, 1976, 2003
4. Duke Directory of Faculty and Students 1931-1932
5. Duke University Chapel Program 1983
6. Duke University Formal Opening of the James A. Memorial Room, Library of the Woman’s College 1942
7. Duke University School of Medicine Dedication Program 1931
8. “Fourteen Distinguished Physicians and Surgeons: Brief Sketches of Eminent Men for Whom Duke Hospital Wards Are Named” 1931
9. “A Little Known Story” Typescript Concerning Ritta Greer undated
10. Charles Buchanan Markham: Address to the Durham Civitan Club 1984
11. Charles Buchanan Markham: Correspondence Concerning Griggs v. Duke Power Company 1971
12. Charles Buchanan Markham: Manuscripts 1963, 1973-1974, 1980
13. Charles Buchanan Markham: Miscellaneous Letters 1948, 1983
14. Charles Buchanan Markham: Newspaper Clippings Concerning Mayorship 1981-1985
15. Charles Buchanan Markham: Political Advertisements 1981, 1985
16. Charles Buchanan Markham: Who’s Who in America Certificate 1986
17. Eleanor Mallory Markham: Biographical Sketch, Certificates, and Appointment Letter 1937-1938, 1973
18. John L. Markam: General Store Ads circa 1900
19. Susan Tyree Markham: Wedding Invitation 1919
20. Miscellaneous Newspaper Clippings 1980, 1984-1985
21. Photographs
LB001 Sadie Hackney Markham, mother of Eleanor Mallory and Charles Buchanan Markham, with baby, undated
LB002 Eleanor Mallory Markham, circa 1915
LB003 Eleanor Mallory Markham, 1914
LB004 Eleanor, Sarah, and Charlotte Markham at home on 204 N. Dillard Street, circa 1917
LB005 Charles Buchanan Markham portrait, undated
LB006 Eleanor Mallory Markham portrait, circa 1935
LB007 Markham home at 506 Cleveland Street, prior to WWII
LB008 Markham home at 506 Cleveland Street, prior to WWII
LB009 Markham home at 506 Cleveland Street around the time of urban renewal, circa 1985
LB010 Markham home at 506 Cleveland Street around the time of urban renewal, circa 1985
LB011 Home of W. J. Brogden and Lila Markham Brogden at 516 Jackson Street, prior to WWII
LB012 Home of W. J. Brogden and Lila Markham Brogden at 516 Jackson Street, prior to WWII
22. Temple Baptist Church Program 1938
23. Watts Hospital Annual Reports 1924-1925, 1927, 1930


Updated November 4, 2013.