Lawrence L. Swain Papers, PC.5054

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Lawrence L. Swain Papers, PC.5054

Abstract

Lawrence Swain was a longtime Manteo resident and member of the Dare County Board of Commissioners from 1950 to 1966. This collection primarily documents the projects in which Swain was involved as a county commissioner, with a particular focus on infrastructure and county planning projects, such as roads and bridges, ferries, harbor projects, shoreline erosion control, hurricane response and preparation, and tourism.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Lawrence L. Swain Papers
Call Number
PC.5054
Creator
Swain, Lawrence Leroy, 1915-2003
Date
1946-1966
Language
English
Repository
Outer Banks History Center

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Available for research.

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Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by the United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying these materials.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], PC.5054, Lawrence Swain Papers, Outer Banks History Center, Manteo, NC, U.S.A.

Collection Overview

The Lawrence L. Swain Papers, 1946-1966, primarily focuses on Swain's work as a commissioner for Dare County. The materials in the collection comprise correspondence, meeting minutes, notes, reports, and other data pertinent to the various projects Swain participated in during his time on the board. Most materials document various infrastructure and county planning projects, such as roads and bridges, ferries, harbor projects, shoreline erosion control, hurricane response and preparation, and tourism.

Arrangement Note

Original order has been retained. Most materials are arranged chronologically or in reverse chronological order within folders.

Biographical/Historical

Lawrence Leroy Swain was born 26 June 1915 in Plymouth, North Carolina, to Leroy R. Swain and Hilda Ralph Swain. He attended Plymouth High School and graduated in 1932. In 1935, he enlisted in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and was stationed at CCC camp 436, Camp Virginia Dare, on the north end of Roanoke Island. While working for the CCC, Swain helped plant beach grasses to stabilize the dunes on Dare County's beaches and worked as a first aid attendant, mess hall steward, and company clerk. In 1936, Swain married Ollie Bell Midgett, a Dare County native, and the couple lived in Manteo when Swain was discharged in 1937. They soon became active members of the Manteo community.

In 1950, Swain was elected to the Dare County Board of Commissioners, on which he continued to serve for most of the next sixteen years. During Swain's time, the board established the offices of County Accountant, County Tax Supervisor, and County Tax Collector, and drafted tax maps for the county. After being defeated in the 1966 election, Swain took a job as an area development officer for the United States Agency for International Development in Vietnam, where he remained until 1973, when he returned to the United States and took a job in sales. He retired in 1984 and returned to his family home in Plymouth, where he remained until his death in 2003.

Contents of the Collection

Collection Contents
Road Projects: North Carolina Highway Commission Ferry Operations, Personnel Data, 1962-1965
Road Projects: North Carolina Highway Commission Ferry Operations, Personnel Data
Road Projects: Oregon Inlet Highway Bridge, 1961-1964
Road Projects: Oregon Inlet Highway Bridge
Road Projects: Roads, Dare County Board of Commissioners, 1950-1966
Road Projects: Roads, Dare County Board of Commissioners
Road Projects: Carolina-Virginia Turnpike Authority, 1963
Road Projects: Carolina-Virginia Turnpike Authority
Harbor Projects: Public Landing Site, Mill Landing, Wanchese, North Carolina, 1960-1964
Harbor Projects: Public Landing Site, Mill Landing, Wanchese, North Carolina
Harbor Projects: Stumpy Point Channel and Harbor, 1959-1965
Harbor Projects: Stumpy Point Channel and Harbor
Harbor Projects: Manns Harbor Basin, 1963-1964
Harbor Projects: Manns Harbor Basin
Harbor Projects: Avon Harbor Channel and Basin, 1960-1965
Harbor Projects: Avon Harbor Channel and Basin
Harbor Projects: Buxton Harbor and Channel, 1963-1965
Harbor Projects: Buxton Harbor and Channel
Harbor Projects: East Lake Harbor, 1962
Harbor Projects: East Lake Harbor
Harbor Projects: Rodanthe Harbor and Channel, Rodanthe, North Carolina, 1963-1965
Harbor Projects: Rodanthe Harbor and Channel, Rodanthe, North Carolina
Waterways Projects, General: Dare County Waterways and Harbors, 1956-1966
Waterways Projects, General: Dare County Waterways and Harbors
Waterways Projects, General: Hatteras Inlet, Rollinson Channel, Hatteras Harbor, 1954-1965
Waterways Projects, General: Hatteras Inlet, Rollinson Channel, Hatteras Harbor
National Rivers and Harbors Congress, 1954-1966
National Rivers and Harbors Congress
Erosion Projects: Jethro Midgett Proposal, 1965
Erosion Projects: Jethro Midgett Proposal
Erosion Projects: Beach Erosion Organizations (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Beach Erosion Board, American Shore and Beach Preservation Association), 1962-1966
Erosion Projects: Beach Erosion Organizations (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Beach Erosion Board, American Shore and Beach Preservation Association)
Erosion Projects: Handbook for Erosion Control, Dare County, 1956
Erosion Projects: Handbook for Erosion Control, Dare County
Commercial Fishing Projects: Correspondence and Other Papers, 1957-1966
Commercial Fishing Projects: Correspondence and Other Papers
Commercial Fishing Projects: Newsletters, 1963-1966
Commercial Fishing Projects: Newsletters
Civil Defense Program: Dare County Planning and Program Responsibility, 1962-1964
Civil Defense Program: Dare County Planning and Program Responsibility
Civil Defense Program: Hurricane Donna Project (1961), 1960-1961
Civil Defense Program: Hurricane Donna Project (1961)
Outer Banks Convention Center and Museum, Inc. (1961), 1961-1966
Outer Banks Convention Center and Museum, Inc. (1961)
Dare County Tourist Bureau: Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Finances [Folders 1-2 of 3], 1951-1959
Dare County Tourist Bureau: Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Finances [Folders 1-2 of 3]
Dare County Tourist Bureau: Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Finances [Folder 3 of 3], 1951-1959
Dare County Tourist Bureau: Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Finances [Folder 3 of 3]
Dare County Tourist Bureau: General Files, 1959-1963
Dare County Tourist Bureau: General Files
Dare County Tourist Bureau: General Files, 1964-1966
Dare County Tourist Bureau: General Files
Miscellaneous Projects: Dare County Economic Opportunity Program, 1964-1965
Miscellaneous Projects: Dare County Economic Opportunity Program
Miscellaneous Projects: Federal Payments in Lieu of Taxes, Wetlands Hearings, 1963-1965
Miscellaneous Projects: Federal Payments in Lieu of Taxes, Wetlands Hearings
Miscellaneous Projects: Washington Baum Bridge Dedication Committee, 1962
Miscellaneous Projects: Washington Baum Bridge Dedication Committee
Miscellanous Projects: Recreation Program for Dare County, 1963-1964
Miscellanous Projects: Recreation Program for Dare County
Miscellaneous Projects: Navy, Airforce Bombing Range [Folder 1 of 2], 1957-1966
Miscellaneous Projects: Navy, Airforce Bombing Range [Folder 1 of 2]
Miscellaneous Projects: Navy, Airforce Bombing Range [Folder 2 of 2], 1957-1966
Miscellaneous Projects: Navy, Airforce Bombing Range [Folder 2 of 2]
Miscellaneous Projects: Manteo Airport Department, 1946-1965
Miscellaneous Projects: Manteo Airport Department
Miscellaneous Reports: Dare County Election Results, 1964-1966
Miscellaneous Reports: Dare County Election Results
Miscellaneous Reports: Summary of Dare County Government, 29 November 1966
Miscellaneous Reports: Summary of Dare County Government
Miscellaneous Reports: Regulations and Ordinances, 1964
Miscellaneous Reports: Regulations and Ordinances
Miscellaneous Reports: Development Plan, Dare County, North Carolina, 1964
Miscellaneous Reports: Development Plan, Dare County, North Carolina
Miscellaneous Reports: Population and Economy, Dare County, North Carolina, 1963
Miscellaneous Reports: Population and Economy, Dare County, North Carolina
Miscellaneous Reports: The Need for Hurricane Protection for the Mainland of Dare County, North Carolina, 1958
Miscellaneous Reports: The Need for Hurricane Protection for the Mainland of Dare County, North Carolina
Miscellaneous Reports: On Proposed Water Facilities and Firefighting Apparatus and Equipment..., 1958
Miscellaneous Reports: On Proposed Water Facilities and Firefighting Apparatus and Equipment...
Dare County Board of Commissioners, 1963
Dare County Board of Commissioners

Subject Headings

  • Dare County Tourist Bureau (Dare County, N.C.)
  • Beach Erosion--North Carolina--Dare County
  • Bridges--North Carolina--Dare County
  • Ferries--North Carolina--Dare County
  • Harbors--North Carolina--Dare County
  • Hurricanes--North Carolina
  • Infrastructure (Economics)--North Carolina--Dare County
  • Roads--North Carolina--Dare County
  • Tourism--North Carolina--Dare County
  • Dare County (N.C.)--History--20th century
  • Herbert C. Bonner Bridge (N.C.)
  • Acquisitions Information

    Donated by Lawrence Swain, October 1997.

    Processing Information

  • Processed by Samantha Crisp, October 2019.