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Robert L. and Mary Lee (Swann) McMillan Papers


Robert L. McMillan (1888-1969) was born in Richmond (now Scotland County) to Mary Amanda (Johnson) and Archibald Alexander McMillan. Founder of the law firm, McMillan and McMillan, he was a leader in Wake County and state civic, patriotic, and political functions, and Pullen Memorial Baptist Church. During World War II, he was state director of the N.C. Office of Civil Defense. Long a stalwart of the Democratic Party, McMillan was chairman of his precinct for around forty years. A native of Kingstree, South Carolina Mary Lee (Swann) McMillan (1890-1981) was a daughter of Mary Frances (Lewis) and James Milan Swann. Like her husband, Mrs. Swann was a leader of state and local organizations, lo ... (more below)

Title

Robert L. and Mary Lee (Swann) McMillan Papers

Collection Number

P.C.1677

Date(s)

1908 - 1980

Language

English

Physical Description
Boxes
19
Abstract

Robert L. McMillan (1888-1969) was born in Richmond (now Scotland County) to Mary Amanda (Johnson) and Archibald Alexander McMillan. Founder of the law firm, McMillan and McMillan, he was a leader in Wake County and state civic, patriotic, and political functions, and Pullen Memorial Baptist Church. During World War II, he was state director of the N.C. Office of Civil Defense. Long a stalwart of the Democratic Party, McMillan was chairman of his precinct for around forty years. A native of Kingstree, South Carolina Mary Lee (Swann) McMillan (1890-1981) was a daughter of Mary Frances (Lewis) and James Milan Swann. Like her husband, Mrs. Swann was a leader of state and local organizations, long active in her church and community. Her literary pursuits included writing a garden column that was featured in the  Raleigh Times for twenty-three years, until 1973. She was one of the founders of the North Carolina Art Society.

Abstract

The McMillan papers include circular letters, reports, publications, newspaper and magazine clippings, photographs, American Legion materials. These date from the year 1908 to the year 1980 and relate to their private lives; their activities in the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary, the Clan McMillan Society, Inc., in American, the Garden Club of North Carolina, the National Council of State Garden Clubs, the North Carolina Camellia Society, the Raleigh Garden Club, the Olla Podrida Club, the North Carolina Office of Civilian Defense, the State Recreation Commission, and so forth. The papers include also material relating to Mr. McMillan's political activities.

Physical Location

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

Creator

McMillan, Robert Leroy

Repository

State Archives of North Carolina


Series include: Mary Lee (Swann) McMillan Personal Papers: Correspondence, 1980-1980 and Biographical Materials; Mme. Paderewski Papers; American Weekly Papers; Robert L. McMillan Papers: Personal Materials: Correspondence, 1934-1967 and Biographical Material; Organizations; Political Papers; Oversized Materials.


Available for research.


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Processed by George Stevenson, 1994; Fran Tracy-Walls, 2011.

Encoded by Fran Tracy-Walls, 2011


 Robert Leroy McMillan

Robert Leroy McMillan (1888-1969) was born in Richmond (now Scotland County) to Mary Amanda (Johnson) and Archibald Alexander McMillan. He was graduated from Spring Hill High School at Wagram, N.C. (1904); Wake Forest College (A.B. in 1909 and M.A. in 1910); Columbia University School of Law, NYC (LL.B. in 1917). Before pursuing his study of law in New York City, McMillan had been an educator with the Philadelphia (N.C.) schools, teaching English, Latin, and higher mathematics.

In early 1917 McMillan enlisted in the U.S Army following the country's entry into World War I. After training and service at Camp Jackson, S.C. he was sent to Hoboken, N.J. where he was promoted to sergeant first class. Later McMillan was selected as a candidate for a commission in the infantry and sent to officers training school at Camp Lee, Va. There he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in Infantry and assigned as an instructor. Following discharge in January 1919, he was commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant in the Infantry Reserve Corps. Thereafter, McMillan remained active in the American Legion, holding various leadership positions in the legion's Post 1, at Raleigh, and the state and national organizations.

In 1918 McMillan was married to the former Mary Lee Swann, a native of Kingstree, S.C., who had spent several years in New York City as a student, writer, and private secretary. Eventually the McMillans became parents of two sons, Archibald Alexander and Robert LeRoy, Jr.

McMillan was admitted to the N.C. Bar in 1919 and in August of that year began practicing in Raleigh in the area of general civil and trial law. Throughout most of his law career, he was associated as a partner with the Raleigh firm of Douglass and McMillan. During the course of his career, McMillan was a member and former president of the Wake County Bar Association, and member of the N.C. Bar Associaton, the N.C. Bar, Inc., and the American Bar Association. During the early years of his legal career, he had been a Professor of Law at Wake Forest College and a special instructor in business law at N.C. State College at Raleigh.

Throughout McMillan's adult life, he also played a strong leadership role in various civic, college alumni, groups and church. As an example, he served for a number of years on the board of trustees of the N.C. Institution for the Blind in Raleigh, and the board of the Salvation Army. Other activities during the decade of the 1940s and possibly beyond included working with the Boy Scouts of American, fund raising for the American Red Cross in Wake County, the YMCA of Raleigh, and the Greek War Relief Fund, and serving as state director of Civilian Defense in North Carolina. He was also a Mason and a long term member of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, McMillan's commitments there included service twenty-five years as superintendent of the Sunday School, teacher of the men's class, and service as a trustee of the Baptist State Convention of N.C.

 Mary Lee (Swann) McMillan

A native of Kingstree, South Carolina Mary Lee Swann McMillan (1890-1981) was a daughter of Mary Frances (Lewis) and James Milan Swann. She attended Winthrop Normal and Industrial College of South Carolina, Rock Hill (later Winthrop College, then University), receiving a Commerical Department certificate there in 1913. She did further study at Teachers Collge of Columbia University and the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (Parsons' School). In 1915 she was given charge of the home economics department of the Bernard School of Household Arts in New York. During the course of her residence in New York, Miss Swann taught in the Scudder School of Household Arts and the Barnard School of Household Arts, and began writing a weekly homemaking column for American Weekly. Around 1917-1918 she served as personal secretary to Madame (Helena) Paderewski, the wife of Ignace Jan Paderewski, pianist and Polish patriot, and in that capacity began working with the Polish Victim's Relief Fund, and helped organize the Polish White Cross.

In 1918 Mary Lee Swann was married to Robert Leroy McMillan, Jr. A native of Richmond (now Scotland) County, N.C., McMillan had recently received a LL.D from his course of study at Columbia University, New York City. In 1919, he was admitted to the North Carolina bar, and the young couple moved to Raleigh, their home for the remainder of their lives. Eventually the McMillans became parents of two sons, Archibald Alexander and Robert LeRoy, Jr., both of whom saw military service during World War II in the United States Marine Corps. In 1966 Mrs. McMillan was named North Carolina's Mother of the Year.

Mrs. McMillan held offices, including the presidency, in various civic and service organizations such as the Woman's Club of Raleigh, the Raleigh Garden Club, the N.C. Garden Club, the N.C. Camellia Society, the March of Dimes, the American Legion Auxiliary, Raleigh Unit, Johnston Pettigrew Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Parent-Teachers Association. She was author of several books, including  Old Homes and Gardens of N.C.,  Beautiful North Carolina and the World of Flowers (joint author with Ruth Dorval Jones, 1979), and  My Helenka (joint author with Ruth Dorval Jones, 1972).

Like her husband, Mary Lee McMillan was long an active member of the community and of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church. For over forty years she made from 800 to 1,000 pillow corsages each year for hospital and nursing home patients. In her neighborhood she was known for years as  "The Pied Piper of Cameron Park" because numerous children flocked around her and played in her yard. Once when the circus came she hosted a clown and neighborhood children at a breakfast at her home. Her obituary listed many accomplishments, but began with the statement that she was known for her love of children and flowers.

 Sources:

 News and Observer (Raleigh), May 10, 1969;  Raleigh Times (Raleigh), May 10, 1969; October 8, 1981; biographical material within the papers.


[Identification of item], P.C.1677, Robert L. and Mary Lee McMillan Papers, North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, NC, USA.


Gift, Robert L. McMillan, Jr., Raleigh, 1993.


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.

  1. Organization Records: OR.12.American Legion. NC Department; OR.13.American Legion Auxiliary. Raleigh Post No. 1.

The McMillan papers include circular letters, reports, publications, newspaper and magazine clippings, photographs, American Legion materials and constitute the papers of Robert Leroy McMillan and Mary Lee (Swann) McMillan. These date from the year 1908 to the year 1980 and relate to: their private lives; their activities in the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary, the Clan McMillan Society, Inc., in American, the Garden Club of North Carolina, the National Council of State Garden Clubs, the North Carolina Camellia Society, the Raleigh Garden Club, the Olla Podrida Club, the North Carolina Office of Civilian Defense, the State Recreation Commission, and so forth. The papers include also material relating to Mr. McMillan's political activities.

Note: Additionally, there are approximately 43 cubic feet of material stored at the Old Records Center. These are client files of Mr. Robert L. McMillan and as such remain for an undetermined period as privileged records. Researchers wishing to consult these files must place a request for consideration and obtain the consent of the State Archivist to examine the papers. No interior description of the papers and their contents is available.

Series include: Mary Lee (Swann) McMillan Personal Papers: Correspondence, 1980-1980 and Biographical Materials; Mme. Paderewski Papers; American Weekly Papers; Robert L. McMillan Papers: Personal Materials: Correspondence, 1934-1967 and Biographical Material; Organizations; Political Papers; Oversized Materials.


  • McMillan, Mary Lee Swann.
  • McMillan, Robert Leroy.
  • Paderewski, Ignace Jan, 1860-1941.
  • Paderewski, Helena.
  • McMillan family.
  • American Legion. Dept. of North Carolina.
  • American Legion. Auxiliary. North Carolina.
  • American weekly (New York, N.Y.)
  • North Carolina Camellia Society
  • Office of Civil Defense. North Carolina.
  • Paderewski Foundation
  • Paderewski Fund for Polish Relief
  • Woman's Club of Raleigh (N.C.)
  • Camellias
  • Clans--Scotland.
  • Clan McMillan.
  • Democratic Party (N.C.)--History--20th century.
  • Garden Club of North Carolina.
  • Raleigh Garden Club.
  • Politics and culture
  • Women--Journalists--North Carolina--History--20th century.
  • Women--North Carolina--Raleigh--Societies and clubs.
  • Women--North Carolina--20th century.
  • Raleigh (N.C.)
  • Wake County (N.C.)
  • Photographs.
  • Recipes.

The personal correspondence is not complete, but does includes family and other correspondence of interest. The few surviving letters from the 1960s and until 1975 are from friends, while nearly all from 1975 to 1979 are from family members. The correspondence is followed by Mrs. McMillan's designs for the family's Christmas card, 1918-1925, 1930-1937 (except for 1931 and 1932, which are lacking), and 1940-1944. The remainder of the files in this box are biographical in nature and include citations, commissions, part of a 1939 desk diary, the 1964 John Charles McNeill Bookclub program based on Mrs. McMillan's life, the Mary Lee McMillan Memorial Garden dedicated in her honor in 1973, her 1966 selection as North Carolina's  "Mother of the Year" and personal newspaper clippings. The last three folders include Mrs. McMillan's general writings, including part of the text of a four act play, Japonica, written by Mr. and Mrs. McMillan.

Note concerning Mrs. McMillan's Papers. Autographs of well-known individuals were separated in the past for purposes of appraisal and placed in flat box numbered PC. 1777.19.

Box: PC.1677.1  
Correspondence, 1908-1980, and Biographical Materials
1908-1980

Descriptive Information
Physical Description

Scope and Content

The pre-1920 materials are recommendations from Kingstree Graded Schools and Winthrop College, and letters concerning her employment by the Scudder School. The few letters dating from the 1930s include one from Gerald Johnson, a McMillan kinsman with whom she carried on a correspondence over the years. Letters from the 1940s include a small, but informative group written by her mother and her sister Elizabeth (Mrs. John D. Britton) in Kingstree. The letters by Mrs. Britton (Bessie), a professional writer, are not only descriptive and characterized by social comment, but shed light on race relations in her community. They also are revelatory of a mother's coping with the death of a son killed in battle.

Correspondence, , undated
1908-1980
Scope and Content

(7 folders)

Christmas Cards, , undated
1918-1944
Scope and Content

(3 folders). Note that dates are not are a range and there are no cards for some years.

Biography
Scope and Content

Citations
Scope and Content

Commissions
Scope and Content

Diary
1939
Scope and Content

John Charles McNeill Book Club Program
1964
Scope and Content

Mary Lee McMillan Memorial Garden
1973
Scope and Content

Mother of the Year--Award
1966
Scope and Content

Mother of the Year--Letters of Congratulations
1966
Scope and Content

Mother of the Year--National Awards Week
1966
Scope and Content

Mother of the Year--Newspaper Clippings
1966
Scope and Content

Newspaper Clippings (personal)
Scope and Content

Photographs
Scope and Content

Writings--Play (Japonica)
Scope and Content

Writings--Poetry
Scope and Content

Writings--Speeches
Scope and Content

Box: PC.1677.2  
Paderewski Papers, ,1926-1927
1915 1926-1927

Scope and Content

The obviously incomplete correspondence in this small body of papers includes an autograph letter from Helena Paderewska (from which the signature has been cut), a typed letter signed by Mme. Paderewski and dated May 14, 1922, and a typed transcription of part of an undated letter (original not present) from Mme. Paderewski to Mrs. McMillan. (The file concerning a recipe book being compiled by Miss Swann and Mme. Paderewski includes the first page of a typed letter from Helena Paderewska dated August 18, 1917.) Nearly one-third of the letters relate to the Paderewski Testimonial Fund, and another third (including letters from Bernice Kelly Harris) to Mrs. McMillan's projected book on Mme. Paderewski-published in 1972 under title,  My Helenka. Other files concern Polish Victims' Relief Fund, the Paderewski Foundation, Polish reference materials, drafts and research notes for  My Helenka, and typescripts of recipes for a cookbook projected by Mme. Paderewski.

Correspondence
1922-1974
Scope and Content

Raleigh Concert
1939
Scope and Content

Polish Victims' Relief Fund
Scope and Content

Paderewski Foundation
Scope and Content

Ignace Jan Paderewski--Draft
1943-1944
Scope and Content

Helena Padereska--Draft articles
Scope and Content

Helena Padereska--Recipe Book
Scope and Content

Helena Padereska--Recipes
Scope and Content

Typescript drafts--scattered sheets
Scope and Content

My Helenka (1972)
Scope and Content

Magazine Articles
Scope and Content

Newspaper Clippings
Scope and Content

Research Notes
Scope and Content

Research Materials--Polish Relief
Scope and Content

Box: PC.1677.3  
American Weekly Test Kitchen
1930s-1940s

Scope and Content

Mrs. McMillan commenced work with the Hearst chain of papers before America entered World War I as Mary Lee Swann, and continued publishing under her maiden name for 33 years. This file relates exclusively to her work with  The American Weekly, and dates altogether from the 1930s and 1940s.For the magazine, Mrs. McMillan prepared menus for use in American homes in the coming week, and tested recipes submitted by readers (subsequently published with her comments). Some of Mrs. McMillan's weekly menus and tested recipes, though generally undated, were preserved by her. In this file, too, will be found a small group of recipes in typescript that might be a surviving fragment of Mary Lee Swann's My Favorite Recipes (Milwaukee, Wis.: C.N. Caspar Co.; Raleigh, N.C.: Edwards and Broughton, 1930, 316 pages). The correspondence for the years 1938 and 1939 is fairly full and provides a good sampling of letters addressed from women across the country to Mary Lee Swann at The American Weekly. In a file separated from the rest of the correspondence will be found letters from the advice columnist, Dorothy Dix, some of which relates to a foreword to a cookbook proposed in 1945, but which was never published, apparently.

Correspondence
1933-1944
Scope and Content

(4 folders)

Correspondence--Dorothy Dix, 1930s-1940s Articles (drafts)
Scope and Content

Articles (drafts)
Scope and Content

Articles (printed)
Scope and Content

Menus
Scope and Content

Recipes (drafts)
Scope and Content

Recipes (drafts)
Scope and Content

Recipes (tested)
Scope and Content

Miscellaneous--Certificate of Culinary Merit
Scope and Content

Miscellaneous--American Cookery
Scope and Content

The organizations represented in this collection are as follows: American Legion Auxiliary, Garden Club of North Carolina, National Council of State Garden Clubs, N.C. Camellia Society, and Raleigh Garden Club, and other organizations, including the Woman's Club of Raleigh and the Caswell-Nash Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Reflecting Mrs. McMillan's strong interest in gardening, there are three organizations with a central emphasis on gardening and flowers.

Box: PC.1677.4  
American Legion Auxiliary
1936-1948

Scope and Content

With a husband who was a veteran of World War I and active in the American Legion, and two sons who were soldiers in World War II, Mrs. McMillan found it natural to involve herself in the programs of the American Legion Auxiliary. She was elected president of Raleigh Unit No.1 in 1937, and remained active through the 1940s. The file which is very incomplete, includes a smattering of correspondence, but is made up for the most part of printed ephemera concerning the Auxiliary and its activities.

Auxiliary Correspondence
1936-1946
Scope and Content

Ala-Gab
1946-1948
Scope and Content

Bulletins
Scope and Content

For the years 1941/42-1942/43.

Christmas Pageant
1936-1937
Scope and Content

Conventions (State)
1941-1943
Scope and Content

Conventions (National)
1941
Scope and Content

Girls' State
Scope and Content

Conventions (National)
1941
Scope and Content

For the years 1941; 1942; 1946.

Newspaper Clippings
Scope and Content

Miscellaneous
Scope and Content

Photographs
Scope and Content

Raleigh Post No.1--Yearbooks
Scope and Content

For the years 1937/38; 1940/41; 1943/44.

Box: PC.1677.5  
Other Organizations: American War Mothers, Wake County TB Seal Sales, DAR, Etc., circa
1925-1935

Scope and Content

Other organizations materials, except for those connected with gardening, follow the same pattern as found in the Auxiliary papers-some small amount of correspondence, and some published material, including yearbooks and programs. The files for the Woman's Club of Raleigh include an incomplete run of yearbooks from the 1920s to the 1970s, and those for the Caswell-Nash Chapter of the DAR contain a similar run from the 1930s to the 1970s. Yearbooks for the Olla Podrida [Book] Club were not retained with this gathering of Mrs. McMillan's papers since a set of those yearbooks is already held by the Archives in the club's records.

Photographs
Scope and Content

American War Mothers
Scope and Content

DAR, Caswell-Nash Chapter--Miscellaneous
Scope and Content

DAR, Caswell-Nash Chapter--Yearbooks
Scope and Content

These are for years 1938/39-1973/74.

The Hobby Club
Scope and Content

National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis
1942-1948
Scope and Content

Olla Podrida [Book] Club
Scope and Content

Scottish Clans Evacuation Plan
1941
Scope and Content

Tuesday Afternoon Book Club
1965
Scope and Content

Salvation Army
Scope and Content

United Daughters of the Confederacy
Scope and Content

Wake County Tuberculosis Seal Sale
Scope and Content

Box: 1677.6  
Other Organizations: Woman's Club of Raleigh, Junior Woman's Club,, circa
1925-1935

Scope and Content

The files for the Woman's Club of Raleigh include an incomplete run of yearbooks from the 1920s to the 1970s.

Correspondence
1922-1946
Scope and Content

Memorials and Tributes
Scope and Content

Miscellaneous
Scope and Content

Newspaper Clippings
Scope and Content

Yearbooks
Scope and Content

These are for the years 1921/22-1973/74.

Junior Woman's Club
Scope and Content

Box: PC.1677.7-PC.1677.8  
Garden Club of North Carolina, Including Executive Files, , circa
1925-1939

Scope and Content

These files are fairly full for the period from 1934 to 1939and include the papers, not only of Mrs. McMillan who was president from 1937 to 1939, but include as well papers of her predecessors, Mrs. Wesley Taylor, 1934-1935, and Mrs. H. R. Totten, 1935-1937. The papers contain a copy of the club's 1925 constitution, minutes from 1925/26 to 1938, reports from 1933 to 1938, yearbooks of federated local clubs from across the state, correspondence from 1934 to 1939, publications, newspaper articles, and a few of Mrs. McMillan's speeches and writings about the club.

There is material in folders about the following Federated Clubs: Aberdeen, 1936/37; Bath, 1938/39; Candler, 1938/39; Chapel Hill, 1937/38; Clinton, 1838/38; Greenville, 1936/37; Leaksville, 1936/37; Raleigh (Club for Shut-ins); 1937/38 Ramseur, 1936/37;Reidsville 1937/38; and Wake Forest, 1936

Box PC.1677.8 contains correspondence for the years 1934-1936.

Box: PC.1677.9-PC.1677.10  
Garden Club of North Carolina, Correspondence Continued, and Writings and Speeches, and Publications, and Publicity.
1937-1944

Scope and Content

The correspondence is from 1937 through 1939.

The writings and speeches include topics such as Biblical Plants; Floral Arrangement; Gardening Club Activities; The Healing Good Earth; Memorials and Tributes; Miscellaneous; Old Homes and Churches; Potpourri; and St. Fiacre. There are also Radio Talks, 1937-1944; and newspaper articles.

In Box PC.1677.10, there are various publications, such as issues of  Southern Homes and Gardens;  Old Homes and Gardens (Mrs. McMillan's book); and local publications. There is a file on the Eleanor Roosevelt visit, 1936 and various newspaper clippings.

Box: PC.1677.11-PC.1677.12  
National Council State Garden Clubs Executive Files
1929-1939

Scope and Content

Organized in 1929 to bring into one mutual-aid society all the various state federations of garden clubs, the council divided the continental U.S. into seven regions, published a monthly bulletin, and engaged in national fund raising projects (such as the publication of a recipe book). Materials in Mrs. McMillan's papers include minutes of national and some regional meetings, essentially for the 1930s, issues of the Bulletin, and yearbooks and publications of federated state clubs from across the country.

Box PC.1677.11 includes By-Laws; Bulletins, 1935-1946; Minutes, 1929-1938; a cookbook, and souvenirs, 1938-1939.

Box PC.1677.12 includes material on the following Federated Clubs (A-Z):California, 1934-1936; Colorado, 1935-1937; Connecticut, 1934; Florida, 1935-1937; Georgia, 1932-1938; Illinois, 1935-1937; Iowa, 1934; Kentucky, 1935-1936; Louisiana, 1937-1938; New Hampshire, 1935; Oregon, 1936-1937; South Carolina, 1936-1942; Texas, 1934-1935; Virginia, n.d.. There is some material designated as Miscellaneous.

Box: PC.1677.13  
North Carolina Camellia Society and the Raleigh Garden Club
1929-1977

Scope and Content

The dates for each of the two organizations is as follows: N.C. Camellia Society, 1944-1967, and Raleigh Garden Club, 1929-1977. Mrs. McMillan served as president of the Raleigh Garden Club from 1934 to 1936, and chairman of the club's Camellia Study Group in 1947. When the North Carolina Camellia Society was organized in 1949, shewas made honorary life president. The present group of papers contain a smattering of materials relating to Mrs. McMillan's love of camellias, the first two yearbooks of the N.C. Camellia Society, the registration book for the 1950 Camellia Day event, and miscellaneous reference materials relating to camellias. The papers concerning the Raleigh Garden Club include minutes from 1929 to 1932, correspondence from 1931 to 1937, materials on the flower schools organized by Mrs. McMillan and mounted by the club in 1934 and 1935, some yearbooks from 1932/33 through 1966/67, and miscellaneous materials.

N.C. Camellia Society--Correspondence and Programs
Scope and Content

N.C. Camellia Society--Camellia Day, 1950
1950
Scope and Content

N.C. Camellia Society--Publicity
Scope and Content

N.C. Camellia Society--Reference File
Scope and Content

N.C. Camellia Society--Yearbooks
Scope and Content

These are for the years 1950/51-1951/52.

Raleigh Garden Club--Minutes
1929-1932
Scope and Content

Raleigh Garden Club--Correspondence
1931-1937
Scope and Content

Raleigh Garden Club--Flower Show
Scope and Content

Raleigh Garden Club--Garden School
1934-1935
Scope and Content

Raleigh Garden Club--Miscellaneous
Scope and Content

Raleigh Garden Club--Newspaper Clippings
Scope and Content

Raleigh Garden Club--Victory Garden Center
Scope and Content

Raleigh Garden Club--Yearbooks
Scope and Content

For years 1932/3-1966/7.

Includes personal correspondence dating from 1934-1936 and 1950-1966, biographical files, and files of information of his family and on Spring Hill Baptist Church, Scotland County, founded by his maternal grandfather (Daniel White) in 1807.

Box: PC.1677.14  
Correspondence and Other Material
1934-1966

Scope and Content

The correspondence dating from the 1930s is routine and touches some matters concerning Mr. McMillan's law practice, Baptist Church affairs, and family matters. The correspondence dating from 1950 to 1966 is chiefly routine and concerns speaking engagements, public appointments, and some family correspondence. The family correspondence often relates to family reunions or concern the Scotland County farm of his cousin Walter Johnson of Riverton, N.C.

Included, too, are letters from or concerning his brother, Henry Hudson McMillan, retired Baptist missionary to China who died at Riverton in 1959. Following the death of Mr. McMillan's oldest sister, Kate R. McMillan, in 1954 at age 78, he began to manage the farm affairs of his surviving sister, Onetah. The correspondence concerning Onetah's affairs and the farm in Spring Hill Township is filed separately from the other personal correspondence; although this separate file includes a few personal letters exchanged between brother and sister, the bulk of the correspondence concerns crops, land use, agricultural practices, allotments and soil bank requirements and so forth.

Correspondence
1934-1936
Scope and Content

(3 folders)

Correspondence
1942-1948
Scope and Content

No correspondence in 1943-1947.

Correspondence
1950
Scope and Content

(3 folders)

Correspondence
1953-1966
Scope and Content

(8 folders)

Correspondence--Onetah McMillan
1949
Scope and Content

Correspondence--Onetah McMillan
1954-1967
Scope and Content

(2 folders)

Biographical--Henry Hudson McMillan
Scope and Content

Biographical--Robert Leroy (Roy) McMillan
Scope and Content

Biographical--Spring Hill Church
Scope and Content

Biographical--Spring Hill Church--Johnson Family
Scope and Content

Biographical--Spring Hill Church--McMillan Family
Scope and Content

The organizations represented in this collection are as follows: American Legion, 1928-1960; Clan McMillan, 1959-1969; Various Organizations and Agencies, including the state's Office of Civilian Defense, 1935-1960.

Box: PC.1677.15  
American Legion
1928-1960

Scope and Content

From 1919, Mr. McMillan was active in the American Legion and served extensively with its Americanism patriotic program and the Legion's Boys' State program. He was department commander of the North Carolina American Legion during 1941 and 1942, and vice-commander of the American Legion for the southern region in 1943 and 1944. This small addition of American Legion papers includes some correspondence dating from 1924 to 1960, Armistice day programs from 1928 to 1933 and 1941, bulletins, materials relating to state and national conventions and to Mr. McMillan's campaigns for state and national offices, a collection of convention medals for the American Legion and the Society des 40 Hommes et 8 Chevaux (1935-1946), newspaper clippings, photographs, and so forth.

Correspondence
1924; 1928
Scope and Content

Correspondence
1929-1935
Scope and Content

(3 folders)

Correspondence
1941
Scope and Content

Correspondence
1944-1960
Scope and Content

Armistice Day, , 1941
1928-1933
Scope and Content

Bulletins
1929-1942
Scope and Content

Campaign for Commander (State)
1941
Scope and Content

Campaign for Commander (National)
1938-1946
Scope and Content

Conventions (State)
1929-1946
Scope and Content

Conventions (National)
1938-1946
Scope and Content

Conventions--Medals
Scope and Content

Miscellaneous
Scope and Content

Newspaper Clippings
Scope and Content

Photographs
Scope and Content

Raleigh Post No.1
Scope and Content

Reports (various)
Scope and Content

Society des 40 Hommes et 8 Chevaux
Scope and Content

Speeches
Scope and Content

Box: PC.1677.16  
Clan McMillan Society
1959-1969

Scope and Content

In 1959 Mr. McMillan was elected president of the Clan McMillan Society in North America (an office he held until 1961), and he remained active in the society's affairs until his death. The correspondence is, for the most part, concerned with administration of clan affairs and includes communications with General Sir Gordon H. A. McMillan of McMillan (hereditary chief of the clan), the Reverend Somerled McMillan (clan bard), and others in Scotland, Canada, and the United States. Other materials include copies of the clan newsletter, membership lists, souvenir programs, newspaper clippings, and so forth. A family lineage of the McMillans of Marion, South Carolina (cousins to R. L. McMillan)is included in these files.

Correspondence
1959-1969
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Consists of seven folders.

Correspondence, undated
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Clan History
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Clan McMillan Trust
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Grandfather Mountain Highland Games
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McMillan Family Lineage
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Clan McMillan Trust
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Membership Lists
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Newsletters
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Newspaper Clippings
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Reports; Audits; Constitution; Officers
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Souvenir Programs, etc.
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Box: PC.1677.17  
Other Organizations, Agencies, Including N.C. Office of Civilian Defense
1935-1960

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This small group of papers suggests that it is probable that some of Mr. McMillan's appointments to committees; conferences, and commissions were made because of his activities and standing in the American Legion. In 1941 he was appointed to the National Committee on the Housing Emergency, and from 1942 until the end of the war in 1945 he served as director of the state's Office of Civilian Defense. His work with the State Recreation Commission, 1945 to 1955, was a direct outgrowth of his work in Civilian Defense. These various materials, which are supplementary to the larger body of Mr. McMillan's papers, include both correspondence and publications. The Office of Civilian Defense papers contain a file of all eleven issues of the news sheet, Home Front (1943-1945) and a file of the  "War Bulletin" published between January and June, 1943.

Note: There is a folder with several biographical sketches of McMillan labeled as follows: R.L. McMillan - Personal File, in Box 154 of the Military Collection, World War II Papers.

National Committee on the Housing Emergency--Correspondence
1941
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National Committee on the Housing Emergency--Publications
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N.C. Office of Civilian Defense--Correspondence
1942-1944
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N.C. Office of Civilian Defense--Civilian Front
Dec. 11, 1943
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N.C. Office of Civilian Defense--Home Front
Aug 1943-Jan 1945
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N.C. Office of Civilian Defense--Miscellaneous
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N.C. Office of Civilian Defense--Home Front
Aug 1943-Jan 1945
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N.C. Office of Civilian Defense--Newspaper Clippings
1942-1945
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N.C. Office of Civilian Defense--Speeches and Programs
1942-1945
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N.C. Office of Civilian Defense--War Bulletins of N.C.
Jan-June 1943
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State Recreation Commission--Correspondence
1945-1956
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State Recreation Commission--Commission and Citations
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State Recreation Commission--Miscellaneous
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State Recreation Commission--Newspaper Clippings
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The Watauga Club
1935-1960
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The majority of Mr. McMillan's political papers were deposited in the Archives in 1974. This is a small, but valuable, addition.

Box: PC.1677.18  
Political Correspondence
1934-1967

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Includes working correspondence from the 1936 campaign of Sandy Graham in the gubernatorial race of that year; letters testing the waters for a possible gubernatorial campaign by McMillan, himself, in 1947; a file on the 1960 statehouse campaign of Representative Archie McMillan; general political correspondence of Mr. McMillan from 1954 to 1967; and his correspondence concerning political patronage for the year 1935 and during the period from1955 to 1967.

The presidential campaign of 1954 is represented by two typed notes signed by Adlai Stevenson. The presidential campaign of 1960 is represented two typed letters signed by John F. Kennedy, and a "Declaration of Conscience for Baptists to Consider" circulated by Clarence Poe and others as an antidote to prejudice against a Catholic presidential candidate.

1936 Sandy Graham Campaign--Central Office: Correspondence and Mailing Lists
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1936 Sandy Graham Campaign--Central Office: Managers (by district)
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1936 Sandy Graham Campaign--Central Office: Miscellaneous Material
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1936 Sandy Graham Campaign--County File: Alamance Wilkes
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(incomplete--29 folders; remainder in major body of papers)

1947 McMillan Consideration of Gubernatorial Race
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1954 Presidential Campaign--Adlai Stevenson
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1960 Presidential Campaign--John F. Kennedy
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1954 Presidential Campaign--Adlai Stevenson
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1960 State House Campaign--Archie McMillan
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General Political Correspondence
1954-1967
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Patronage Correspondence, 1935 and
1955-1967
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The oversized materials are from the papers of both Mr. and Mrs. McMillan.

Box: PC.1677.19  
Oversized Photographs, Commissions of Office, etc.

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Here are filed oversized photographs from the papers of both Mr. and Mrs. McMillan, commissions of office, and so forth, too large to be filed among the papers to which they relate.

This box also contains autographs from Mrs. McMillan's Papers. These autographs of well-known individuals were separated in the past for purposes of appraisal. The abbreviations are as follows: ALS - Autograph Letter Signed; the entire letter, text as well as signature, is in the hand of the author; TLS - Typed Letter Signed; the text of the letter is typewritten; the signature is in the hand of the author; and ANS - Autograph Note Signed; a brief message in which the text as well as the signature is in the hand of the author

Eleanor Roosevelt
March 26, 1945
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TNS.

Bess W. Truman, White House Invitation Signed
Jan. 7, 1946
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Bess W. Truman
March 26, 1945
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ANS [Oct. 5, 1965] [query: social secy's signature?]

Lady Bird Johnson
Jan. 30, 1968
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TLS

Josephus Daniels
Apr. 30, 1936
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ALS

Helen Gahagan Douglas
July 1, 1946
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TNS

Frank Porter Graham
July 15, 1942
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TLS. Also, Apr 1, 1969, May 21, 1971

B. Everett Jordan
April 20, 1966
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ALS. Also July 30, 1971 (secy's sig?)

Sam J. Ervin, Jr.
Apr. 19, 1966
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TLS, (2) (secy's sig?)

Harold D. Cooley
May 2, 1966
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TLS

Jesse Helms
June 12, 1970
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TLS. Also Aug 23, 1974; Aug 12, 1975

Clyde D. Hoey
Mar 20, 1942
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TLS

Paul Green
July 8, 1946
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TLS.

Bernice Kelly Harris
July 8, 1946
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Aug 26 [1968] + 3 undated. (see also Paderewski box--My Helenka folder)

Betty Smith
June 4, 1945
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ANS

Inglis Fletcher
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ALS. Aug. 20, no year.

Struthers Burt
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ALS.

Sally Rand
Aug 27, 1963
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TLS. Also, TNS, n.d.

Frankie Saluto (famous clown)
Feb. 20, 1967
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ALS. Also, Feb. 20, 1968