A. H. Watkins Papers, PC.5097

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A. H. Watkins Papers, PC.5097

Abstract

Allen H. (A. H.) Watkins (1906-2003) was a Greensboro, North Carolina business man. In 1936, he began corresponding with Frank Stick and Theodore S. Meekins regarding the purchase of land on the Outer Banks in order to build a summer home. He bought land from the S. E. Tillett Company and began constructing a house in Kill Devil Hills in 1939. The structure was designed by Louis Voorhees, an architect based in High Point, North Carolina. Watkins corresponded with Frank Stick during much of the construction of his house. The A. H. Watkins Papers contains correspondence, blue prints, bank statements, canceled checks, and construction crew payroll records.

Descriptive Summary

Title
A. H. Watkins Papers
Call Number
PC.5097
Creator
Watkins, A.H. (Allen H.), 1906-2003
Date
1936-1941
Extent
0.88 cubic feet
Language
English
Repository
Outer Banks History Center

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Access Restrictions

Available for research.

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Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by 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 the materials.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], PC.5097, A. H. Watkins Papers, Outer Banks History Center, Manteo, N.C., U.S.A.

Collection Overview

The A. H. Watkins Papers contain materials related to the building of a summer cottage located in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. It contains bank statements, account books, correspondence, blueprints, canceled checks, deposit slips, receipts, payroll records and blueprints. Also included are three aerial photographs of Coastal Patrol Base 16 and U.S. Navy Base operations at the Dare County airport in Manteo, N.C., during World War II. One of the images depicts Watkins's plane, the Curtiss-Wright A-14-D. There is considerable correspondence between Watkins and a number of local businessmen, including S. E. Tillett, E. W. Baum, R. Bruce Etheridge, Theodore S. Meekins, and Frank Stick. The correspondence deals with the purchase of land and building supplies, accounts due, and the possible purchase of the Croatan Hotel.

Arrangement Note

This collection is arranged into two main series: Correspondence and Personal Papers.

Biographical Note

Allen H. (A. H.) Watkins (1906-2003) was a Greensboro, North Carolina business man and a graduate of Sewanee University in Sewanee, Tennessee. Watkins, an aviation enthusiast, received his pilot's license in 1923. He served during World War II as a base commander of Coastal Patrol Base #16, at Manteo, North Carolina. After the war he had a career in business as secretary-treasurer of the Bogle-Watkins Corporation and president-treasurer of the Watkins Oil Company. He later worked for Triangle Hosiery. He married Elizabeth Adams of Greensboro, daughter of John Hampton "Hamp" Adams and his wife Elizabeth. In 1936, he began corresponding with Frank Stick and Theodore S. Meekins regarding the purchase of land on the Outer Banks to build a summer home. He bought land from the S. E. Tillett Company and began constructing a house in Kill Devil Hills in 1939. The house was designed by Louis Voorhees, an architect based in High Point, North Carolina. Watkins corresponded with Frank Stick during the much of the construction of his house.

Contents of the Collection

1. Finding Aid

2. Correspondence

General
Box 1
E. W. Baum
Box 1
R. S. Chapell
Box 1
Theo S. Meekins
Box 1
Frank Stick
Box 1
S. E. Tillett
Box 1
Louis F. Voorhees
Box 1
Bank of Manteo
Box 1
Building Supply Company
Box 1
Crane Company
Box 1
Elizabeth City Iron Works
Box 1
Garrett Hardware Company
Box 1
Jones Wholesale Company
Box 1
Kramer Brothers Company
Box 1

3. Personal Papers

Price Quotes and Invoices

General
Box 1
A. R. Winslow, Jr. Lumber and Millwork
Box 1
Building Supplies Company
Box 1
C. A. Nash and Son, Inc.
Box 1
Crane Company
Box 2
E. W. Baum General Merchandise
Box 2
Elizabeth City Iron Works
Box 2
Garrett Hardware Company
Box 2
J. H. Meyers Plumbing, Heating and Gas Fitting
Box 2
Jones Wholesale Company
Box 2
Kramer Brothers Company
Box 2
Pipkin and Reid Sheet Metal Workers
Box 2
Bills of Lading
Box 2
Way Bills, Virginia Dare Transportation Company
Box 2
Receipts
Box 2
Bank Statements, Bank of Manteo
Box 2
Deposit Slips, Bank of Manteo
Box 2
Canceled Checks
Box 2
Account Books
Box 2
Detailed Notes on Account Payments
Box 2
Misc. Notes About Invoices and Accounts
Box 2
Construction Crew Payroll
Box 2
Blueprints, A. H. Watkins' Summer Cottage
Box 2
Notes of Types of Materials Used in the Building of A. H. Watkins' Cottage
Box 2
Building Supply Flyers
Box 2
Student Work Program Affidavit Forms
Box 2
Photographs of Coastal Patrol Base 16 and U.S. Navy Base Operations at the Manteo, N.C. Airport During World War II, 1940s
Box Image Box 1

Subject Headings

  • Stick, Frank, 1889-1966
  • Watkins, Allen Harrison, 1906-2003
  • Dare County Construction Company
  • Building--North Carolina--Kill Devil Hills
  • Real estate development--North Carolina--Kill Devil Hills
  • Runways (Aeronautics)
  • Nags Head, (N.C.)
  • Acquisitions Information

    The bulk of the collection was purchased through an Ebay auction in 2006. The photographs of World War II air bases in Manteo were donated by LeVern Davis Parker in January 2019.

    Processing Information

  • Processed by Kelly R. Grimm, August, 2009
  • Encoded by Kelly R. Grimm, October, 2009