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L. Y. Ballentine Papers


Lynton Yates "Stag" Ballentine was born on a farm in Wake County on April 6, 1899. After graduating from Wake Forest College, Ballentine returned home to help operate the family dairy. He was active in the North Carolina Democratic Party, serving in the North Carolina State Senate, as lieutenant governor, and Commissioner of Agriculture, a position he held until his death in 1964.The bulk of this collection consists of Ballentine's private papers (1949-1964), although the collection deals indirectly with Ballentine's duties as Commissioner of Agriculture and could be classified as semi-official in some cases. Includes correspondence (political, social and agricultural in nature); newspaper c ... (more below)

Title

L. Y. Ballentine Papers

Collection Number

PC 1464

Date(s)

1941 - 1964, 1966

Language

English

Physical Description
Items
ca. 3,000
Volume
1
Physical Description
Items
3000.00
Abstract

Lynton Yates "Stag" Ballentine was born on a farm in Wake County on April 6, 1899. After graduating from Wake Forest College, Ballentine returned home to help operate the family dairy. He was active in the North Carolina Democratic Party, serving in the North Carolina State Senate, as lieutenant governor, and Commissioner of Agriculture, a position he held until his death in 1964.

The bulk of this collection consists of Ballentine's private papers (1949-1964), although the collection deals indirectly with Ballentine's duties as Commissioner of Agriculture and could be classified as semi-official in some cases. Includes correspondence (political, social and agricultural in nature); newspaper clippings; materials related to integration at Wake Forest College (1960-1963), an expansion program for Meredith College (1959), and organizations that Ballentine was active in; also includes a scrapbook (1949-1953).

Physical Location

For current information on the location ofthese materials, please consult the Public Services Branch, State Archives of North Carolina.

Creator

Ballentine, Lynton Yates, 1899-1964.

Repository

State Archives of North Carolina


The majority of the collection is arranged under a general heading of "Personal," by year.


Available for research.


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.


Processed by Betty H. Carter, January, 1971

Encoded by Dietra Stanley, October, 2005


Several photographs and plaques were sent to the North Carolina Museum of History.


Lynton Yates "Stag" Ballentine was born on a farm in Wake County on April 6, 1899. After graduating from Wake Forest College [University] in the 1920s, Ballentine returned home to help operate the family dairy. After serving four terms in the North Carolina State Senate he was elected lieutenant governor in 1944. In 1948 he was elected Commissioner of Agriculture, a position he held until his death in 1964. In addition to being a leader in the of agriculture he was a leader in the North Carolina Democratic Party. At various times he was encouraged to run for governor and U. S. senator, as well as for another term as lieutenant governor.


Lynton Yates "Stag" Ballentine was born on a farm in Wake County on April 6, 1899. After graduating from Wake Forest College [University] in the 1920s, Ballentine returned home to help operate the family dairy. After serving four terms in the North Carolina State Senate he was elected lieutenant governor in 1944. In 1948 he was elected Commissioner of Agriculture, a position he held until his death in 1964. In addition to being a leader in the of agriculture he was a leader in the North Carolina Democratic Party. At various times he was encouraged to run for governor and U. S. senator, as well as for another term as lieutenant governor.


[Identification of item], PC 1464, L. Y. Ballentine Papers, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC, USA.


Given by Mrs. L. Y. Ballentine, Raleigh. Received, November 23, 1970; accessioned, November 30, 1970.


Additional information on topics found in this collection may be found in the Manuscript and Archives Reference System (MARS)  http://www.ncarchives.dcr.state.nc.us.


This collection consists of Ballentine's private papers from 1949 to 1964. (The items dated prior to 1949 are newspaper clippings concerned mainly with his election as lieutenant governor; the one item in 1966 concerns the presentation of his portrait to the Department of Agriculture). The collection deals indirectly with his duties as Commissioner of Agriculture and could be classified as semi-official in some cases. The majority of the collection is arranged under a general heading of "Personal," by year. Types of letters in this arrangement include letters of recommendation written by Ballentine, correspondence concerning meetings or conferences (usually agricultural or political), strictly social letters written on behalf of himself and/or Mrs. Ballentine, and a few letters concerned with politics and the Democratic Party. Also found in this arrangement are letters dealing with Ballentine's Dairy-purchase of animals and equipment and submission of bids to supply milk to the public schools are two of the topics.

Following this general arrangement are folders relating to particular topics--the biggest majority concerns his term as trustee of Wake Forest College [University], 1960-1963. Of particular interest in these papers is correspondence relating to the integration of that institution.

Ballentine was chairman of a special race relations committee, 1961-1962, which was given the responsibility of deciding whether Negroes should be admitted. There is also a small group of papers concerned with the expansion program for Meredith College in 1959--Ballentine was state chairman of the program.

Ballentine was active in several organizations, professional and others. There is a group of papers concerning his activities in the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (Ballentine was president of the association in 1962-1963). A group of miscellaneous business papers, 1951, for the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America is also in the collection. Ballentine was a member of the agriculture subcommittee of the U. S. Chamber of Commerce, and there is a folder of information concerning the work of this committee, 1955-1956.

Several political topics have been filed separately from the general arrangement - the visit of Harry S. Truman in 1960, the Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner of 1950 (particularly the confrontation between Ballentine and Jonathan Daniels), the race for U. S. senator in 1950, and the state Democratic Party convention in 1952.

Other items in the collection include letters and telegrams, tributes, and memorials received upon the death of Ballentine and a scrapbook, 1949-1953.

The majority of the collection is arranged under a general heading of "Personal," by year.


This collection consists of Ballentine's private papers from 1949 to 1964. (The items dated prior to 1949 are newspaper clippings concerned mainly with his election as lieutenant governor; the one item in 1966 concerns the presentation of his portrait to the Department of Agriculture). The collection deals indirectly with his duties as Commissioner of Agriculture and could be classified as semi-official in some cases. The majority of the collection is arranged under a general heading of "Personal," by year. Types of letters in this arrangement include letters of recommendation written by Ballentine, correspondence concerning meetings or conferences (usually agricultural or political), strictly social letters written on behalf of himself and/or Mrs. Ballentine, and a few letters concerned with politics and the Democratic Party. Also found in this arrangement are letters dealing with Ballentine's Dairy-purchase of animals and equipment and submission of bids to supply milk to the public schools are two of the topics.

Following this general arrangement are folders relating to particular topics--the biggest majority concerns his term as trustee of Wake Forest College [University], 1960-1963. Of particular interest in these papers is correspondence relating to the integration of that institution.

Ballentine was chairman of a special race relations committee, 1961-1962, which was given the responsibility of deciding whether Negroes should be admitted. There is also a small group of papers concerned with the expansion program for Meredith College in 1959--Ballentine was state chairman of the program.

Ballentine was active in several organizations, professional and others. There is a group of papers concerning his activities in the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (Ballentine was president of the association in 1962-1963). A group of miscellaneous business papers, 1951, for the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America is also in the collection. Ballentine was a member of the agriculture subcommittee of the U. S. Chamber of Commerce, and there is a folder of information concerning the work of this committee, 1955-1956.

Several political topics have been filed separately from the general arrangement - the visit of Harry S. Truman in 1960, the Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner of 1950 (particularly the confrontation between Ballentine and Jonathan Daniels), the race for U. S. senator in 1950, and the state Democratic Party convention in 1952.

Other items in the collection include letters and telegrams, tributes, and memorials received upon the death of Ballentine and a scrapbook, 1949-1953.


  • Daniels, Jonathan, 1902-
  • Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972.
  • Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America.
  • Democratic Party (N.C.)
  • Meredith College (Raleigh, N.C.)
  • National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.
  • North Carolina. Dept. of Agriculture.
  • Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singi
  • Wake Forest College.
  • African Americans--North Carolina--Social conditions.
  • Agriculture--North Carolina--Societies, etc.
  • Dairy farming.
  • Segregation in education
  • Universities and colleges--North Carolina--History.
  • North Carolina--Race relations--1960-1963.
  • Wake County (N.C.)
  • Winston-Salem (N.C.)
  • Clippings.
  • Correspondence.
  • Scrapbooks.

16884
Correspondence

Box: 1464.1  
1948-1953
1948-1953
Box: 1464.2  
1954-1957
1954-1957
Box: 1464.3  
1958-1960
1958-1960
Box: 1464.4  
1961-1964
1961-1964

Box: 1464.5  
Reports and Minutes
1959-1963

Box: 1464.6  
Newspaper Clippings and Miscellaneous
1941-1964, 1966

Box: 1464.7  
Miscellaneous
1948-1966

Box: 1464.8  
Scrapbook
1949-1953