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Ruth Peeling Barbour Papers


Ruth Peeling Barbour (1924- ), newspaper editor and author, was educated in Syracuse University (BA, 1946) and Florida State University (MA, 1953). After graduation she became editor ofThe Beaufort News (Beaufort, N. C.), and continued as editor after merger of that newspaper in 1948 with theTwin City Daily Times (Morehead City, N. C.) to form theCarteret County News-Times. She commenced writing a weekly column for the paper in 1952, and continued doing so for a quarter of a century after her retirement as editor in 1975.Mrs. Barbour's papers include general and special correspondence and clippings relating to the newspaper and to local and regional matters; correspondence, research notes, a ... (more below)

Title

Ruth Peeling Barbour Papers

Collection Number

P.C.1859

Date(s)

1680 - 2002

Language

English

Physical Description
Fibredex boxes
5
Physical Description
Folders
13.00
Abstract

Ruth Peeling Barbour (1924- ), newspaper editor and author, was educated in Syracuse University (BA, 1946) and Florida State University (MA, 1953). After graduation she became editor of  The Beaufort News (Beaufort, N. C.), and continued as editor after merger of that newspaper in 1948 with the  Twin City Daily Times (Morehead City, N. C.) to form the  Carteret County News-Times. She commenced writing a weekly column for the paper in 1952, and continued doing so for a quarter of a century after her retirement as editor in 1975.

Mrs. Barbour's papers include general and special correspondence and clippings relating to the newspaper and to local and regional matters; correspondence, research notes, and drafts relating to her historical novel,  Cruise of the Snap Dragon and a projected sequel to it; copies of six of her historical dramas, and a few representative articles written by her.

Physical Location

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

Creator

Barbour, Ruth Peeling, 1924-

Repository

State Archives of North Carolina


The collection is arranged in the fibredex boxes according to the following three series: General Files;  Cruise of the Snap Dragon; and Articles and Plays


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 George Stevenson, September 24, 2004

Encoded by Dietra Stanley, November, 2005

Additional encoding by Ashley Yandle, May, 2006


One item of scarce Americana consulted by Mrs. Barbour in her search for authenticity has been transferred from this collection to the Vault Collection:  Journal, of a young man of Massachusetts, late a surgeon on board an American privateer, who was captured at sea by the British...and was confined first, at Melville Island, Halifax then at Chatham, in England, and last, at Dartmoor Prison (Boston; Rowe and Hooper, 1816), 288 pages, full calf binding.


Ruth Peeling Barbour (1924- ), newspaper editor and author, daughter of Lucien C. and Hilda (Leckley) Peeling of York, Pennsylvania, was educated in Syracuse University (BA, magna cum laude, 1946) and Florida State University (MA, 1953) where her major areas of study were history and journalism. While at Syracuse she was managing editor of the campus newspaper,  The Daily Orange, during the academic year of 1945/46. After graduation she became editor of  The Beaufort News, published at Beaufort, N. C., and continued as editor after merger of that newspaper in 1948 with the  Twin City Daily Times (Morehead City, N. C.) to form the  Carteret County News-Times. She commenced writing a weekly column for the paper in 1952, and continued doing so for a quarter of a century after her retirement as editor in 1975. Miss Peeling, who married J. 0. Barbour, Jr., in 1970, was selected as  "Tar Heel of the Week" by the Raleigh  News and Observer for its issue of March 31, 1968.


Ruth Peeling Barbour (1924- ), newspaper editor and author, daughter of Lucien C. and Hilda (Leckley) Peeling of York, Pennsylvania, was educated in Syracuse University (BA, magna cum laude, 1946) and Florida State University (MA, 1953) where her major areas of study were history and journalism. While at Syracuse she was managing editor of the campus newspaper,  The Daily Orange, during the academic year of 1945/46. After graduation she became editor of  The Beaufort News, published at Beaufort, N. C., and continued as editor after merger of that newspaper in 1948 with the  Twin City Daily Times (Morehead City, N. C.) to form the  Carteret County News-Times. She commenced writing a weekly column for the paper in 1952, and continued doing so for a quarter of a century after her retirement as editor in 1975. Miss Peeling, who married J. 0. Barbour, Jr., in 1970, was selected as  "Tar Heel of the Week" by the Raleigh  News and Observer for its issue of March 31, 1968.


[Identification of item], P.C.1859, Ruth Peeling Barbour Papers, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC, USA.


Gifts from Mrs. Barbour, 1997, 2003


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.


Mrs. Barbour's papers include general and special correspondence and clippings relating to the newspaper and to local and regional matters; correspondence, research notes, and drafts relating to her historical novel,  Cruise of the Snap Dragon and a projected sequel to it; copies of six of her historical dramas, and a few representative articles written by her.

A substantial amount of Mrs. Barbour's general correspondence (1949-2002) relates to editorials or to special articles she wrote for the  News-Times (though the editorials and column clippings are not present in the collection) and letters from readers in response to them. Some of the letters concern her support for conservancy issues and, during the 1980s and 1990s, the letters relate more generally to community affairs and to Mrs. Barbour as a writer. Two small sets of special files follow the general correspondence; the first relates to the Cape Lookout National Seashore, and the second relates to the International Longshoreman's Association and efforts to establish a closed-shop union among employees of the North Carolina Ports Authority.

Three fibredex boxes contain materials connected with the historical novel written by Mrs. Barbour (published in 1976), based on the career of Captain Otaway Burns (1775-1850) and his privateer,  Snap Dragon, during the War of 1812. The boxes include correspondence with her publisher, John Fries Blair (1903-1986), and with a retired seaman, John Stewart MacCormack (1908-1982), to whom she turned as an expert technical advisor in the writing of the novel. The correspondence with Blair (and with his firm following his death) contains communications relating to the publication and marketing of the novel, and to the possibility of publishing a sequel to the novel. This series also includes research files, research notebooks and notes, extracts of published primary sources, copies off miscellaneous documents, and photographs relating to Otway Burns and the  Snap Dragon.

There are but few items in the collection to represent Mrs. Barbour as a columnist, and one of those is actually the monograph  Open Grounds, which began its life in serial form in issues of the  News-Times from March 11 to April 15, 1992. It is a history of Open Grounds Farm, Inc., which grew out of a 1920s effort to reclaim for farming purposes nearly 45,000 acres of shrub bog in eastern Carteret County. The collection also includes six plays (1959-1985) written and locally produced by Mrs. Barbour, a long time member of the Carteret Community Theater. The plays are based on local history and local historical personages including Civil War heroine Emeline Jamison Pigott (1836-1919), Captain Otway Burns, and pirate Edward Teach (1680-1718). Other plays commemorate of the bicentennial of the American Revolution, the two hundredth anniversary of the Ann Street United Methodist Church in Beaufort, N. C., and the anniversary of transatlantic voyages sponsored by Sir Walter Raleigh between 1584 and 1587 to explore the outer coastal plain of North Carolina.

The collection is arranged in the fibredex boxes according to the following three series: General Files;  Cruise of the Snap Dragon; and Articles and Plays


Mrs. Barbour's papers include general and special correspondence and clippings relating to the newspaper and to local and regional matters; correspondence, research notes, and drafts relating to her historical novel,  Cruise of the Snap Dragon and a projected sequel to it; copies of six of her historical dramas, and a few representative articles written by her.

A substantial amount of Mrs. Barbour's general correspondence (1949-2002) relates to editorials or to special articles she wrote for the  News-Times (though the editorials and column clippings are not present in the collection) and letters from readers in response to them. Some of the letters concern her support for conservancy issues and, during the 1980s and 1990s, the letters relate more generally to community affairs and to Mrs. Barbour as a writer. Two small sets of special files follow the general correspondence; the first relates to the Cape Lookout National Seashore, and the second relates to the International Longshoreman's Association and efforts to establish a closed-shop union among employees of the North Carolina Ports Authority.

Three fibredex boxes contain materials connected with the historical novel written by Mrs. Barbour (published in 1976), based on the career of Captain Otaway Burns (1775-1850) and his privateer,  Snap Dragon, during the War of 1812. The boxes include correspondence with her publisher, John Fries Blair (1903-1986), and with a retired seaman, John Stewart MacCormack (1908-1982), to whom she turned as an expert technical advisor in the writing of the novel. The correspondence with Blair (and with his firm following his death) contains communications relating to the publication and marketing of the novel, and to the possibility of publishing a sequel to the novel. This series also includes research files, research notebooks and notes, extracts of published primary sources, copies off miscellaneous documents, and photographs relating to Otway Burns and the  Snap Dragon.

There are but few items in the collection to represent Mrs. Barbour as a columnist, and one of those is actually the monograph  Open Grounds, which began its life in serial form in issues of the  News-Times from March 11 to April 15, 1992. It is a history of Open Grounds Farm, Inc., which grew out of a 1920s effort to reclaim for farming purposes nearly 45,000 acres of shrub bog in eastern Carteret County. The collection also includes six plays (1959-1985) written and locally produced by Mrs. Barbour, a long time member of the Carteret Community Theater. The plays are based on local history and local historical personages including Civil War heroine Emeline Jamison Pigott (1836-1919), Captain Otway Burns, and pirate Edward Teach (1680-1718). Other plays commemorate of the bicentennial of the American Revolution, the two hundredth anniversary of the Ann Street United Methodist Church in Beaufort, N. C., and the anniversary of transatlantic voyages sponsored by Sir Walter Raleigh between 1584 and 1587 to explore the outer coastal plain of North Carolina.


  • Blair, John Fries, 1903-
  • Burns, Otway, 1775-1850--Fiction.
  • MacCormack, John Stewart, 1908-1982.
  • Pigott, Emeline Jamison, 1836-1919--Drama.
  • Teach, Edward, d. 1718--Drama.
  • Ann Street United Methodist Church (Beaufort, N.C.)
  • Carteret County News-Times (N.C.)
  • North Carolina State Ports Authority.
  • Open Grounds Farm, Inc. (Carteret County, N.C.)
  • Snap Dragon (Schooner)
  • Community theater--North Carolina--Carteret County.
  • Historical drama.
  • Historical fiction.
  • Journalists--North Carolina--Beaufort.
  • Nature conservation.
  • Newspaper editors.
  • Ports
  • Women authors.
  • Cape Lookout National Seashore (N.C.)
  • Carteret County (N.C.)
  • North Carolina--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775--Drama.
  • United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Drama.
  • United States--History--War of 1812--Fiction.
  • United States--History--War of 1812--Naval operations.

A substantial amount of Mrs. Barbour's general correspondence (1949-2002) relates to editorials or to special articles she wrote for the  News-Times concerning local and regional issues (though the editorials and column clippings are not present in the collection) and letters from readers in response to them. Some of the letters were written in connection with her support for conservancy issues and efforts by admirers to secure for her recognition as a conservationist. Letters from the 1980s and 1990s relate more generally to community affairs and to Mrs. Barbour as a writer.

Two small sets of special files follow the general correspondence. The first relates to the Cape Lookout National Seashore, and the second relates to the International Longshoreman's Association and efforts to establish a closed-shop union among employees of the North Carolina Ports Authority. The former includes xerox copies of editorials and articles written by Mrs. Barbour (then Ms. Peeling) at a time when it-appeared unlikely that the state of North Carolina would actually acquire the land necessary to transfer to the United States in order to create the Cape Lookout National Seashore (authorized by act of Congress in 1966). In the end, a 1969 act of the North Carolina General Assembly authorized the state to proceed by way of condemnation in order to acquire the necessary land, and until then, Mrs. Barbour used the  News-Times to sound the clarion and to make her readers aware of the problem. In addition to the xerox copies of newspaper clippings, there is also a reference file of materials relating to the national seashore and to acquisition in 1976 of land on Core Banks in order to extend its area.

In the matter of the efforts of the International Longshoreman's Association to negotiate a closed-shop union for workers at the ports of Wilmington and Morehead City, Mrs. Barbour assumed a strong stance against the union, and supported the principle of  "right to labor". Though some of the correspondence dates to 1975, the greater part of it dates from 1978, as do the newspaper clippings on the subject of the threatened port strike. While some of the correspondence is addressed to public officials, the majority of it was carried on between Mrs. Barbour and the National Right to Work Committee at Washington, D.C.

Box: 1859.1  
General Correspondence

1949-1968
1949-1968
1970-1979
1970-1979
1980-1988
1980-1988
1991-2002
1991-2002

16898
Cape Lookout National Seashore

Newspaper Clippings
1968-1977
Reference Files

16901
N.C. State Ports Authority

ILA Labor Contract
1975
ILA Strike (Correspondence)
1978
ILA Strike (Clippings)
1978

Physical Description
Folders
13.00

Three fibredex boxes contain materials connected with the historical novel written by Mrs. Barbour (published in 1976), based on the career of Captain Otaway Burns (1775-1850) and his privateer,  Snap Dragon, during the War of 1812. Six of the folders contain correspondence with her publisher, John Fries Blair (1903-1986) and another four folders contain correspondence with a retired seaman, John Stewart MacCormack (1908-1982) to whom she turned as an expert technical advisor in the writing of the novel. The correspondence with Blair (and with his firm following his death) contains communications relating to the publication and marketing of the novel, and to the possibility of publishing a sequel to the novel. The correspondence with MacCormack shows the care Mrs. Barbour took to understand and use the correct technical phrase, nautical term, sailing instruction, or seaman's phraseology in writing about the cruises of the privateer. Both series of correspondence shed considerable light on the whole process entered into by authors and publishers in the revision and preparation of a manuscript novel for publication. Other files relating to publication of the novel include correspondence on marketing, a draft appendix, publicity, and reviews.

After publication of the novel, Mrs. Barbour planned a sequel to it to be entitled,  Captain from Carolina and continued to turn to MacCormack as her technical advisor in a run of letters dating from 1977, 1978, and 1979. The collection includes a partial unpublished draft entitled,  Third Cruise of the Snap Dragon. Mrs. Barbour's research files for the novel include research notebooks and notes, extracts of published primary sources, copies off miscellaneous documents, and photographs relating to Otway Burns and the  "Snap Dragon".

Box: 1859.2  
Correspondence

Descriptive Information
Physical Description
Folders
10.00

John F. Blair
1967-1990
John S. MacCormack
1973-1982
Marketing
1976-1987

Box: 1859.3  
Appendix

16910
Publicity

16911
Reviews

16912
Sequel

Captain From Carolina(Unpublished)
MacCormack Correspondence
1977
1977
1978
1978
1979
1979
Third Cruise of the Snap Dragon (Unpublished draft)

Box: 1859.4  
Research Notebooks

n.d.
1974
1974

16922
Burns

Correspondence
1968-1979
Battle
1901
1901
1905
1905
Maclay
1916
Miscellaneous Research
Photographs
Statue

16931
Miscellaneous Research Notes

Descriptive Information
Physical Description
3 folders

16932
Snap Dragon

Correspondence
1971-1983
Log Book
1814
Miscellaneous Documents
Photographs

There are but few items in the collection to represent Mrs. Barbour as a columnist, and one of those is actually a monograph, rather than an article (although it began its life in serial form in issues of the  News-Times from March 11 to April 15, 1992). It is a history of Open Grounds Farm, Inc., which grew out of a 1920s effort to reclaim for farming purposes nearly 45,000 acres of shrub bog in eastern Carteret County, republished as a 35-page monograph by the Carteret County Historical Society in 2001.

A long time member of the Carteret Community Theater, Mrs. Barbour wrote and locally produced six plays between 1959 and 1985 based on local history and local historical personages. Her earliest,  "Bonnie Blue Sweet-heart", written in 1959, centered on a local Civil War heroine, Emeline Jamison Pigott (1836-1919), who is traditionally said to have engaged in espionage on behalf of the Confederate States of America, and who was certainly arrested and briefly imprisoned at New Bern by the United States Army early in 1865 after having been bodily searched for contraband. Her second play,  "Captain Otway Burns: Firebrand of 1812" was produced in 1962, and was quickly followed in 1963 with one based on the career of the pirate, Edward Teach (1680-1718),  "Blackbeard: Raider of the Carolina Seas". Three of Mrs. Barbour's historical dramas were commissioned for specific events:  "It Happened Here" (1976) in commemoration of the bicentennial of the American Revolution;  "The Best of All" (1878) in commemoration of the two hundredth anniversary of the Ann Street United Methodist Church in Beaufort, N. C.; and  "On These Shores", written in connection with efforts of the state sanctioned America's Four Hundredth Anniversary Committee to commemorate the anniversary of transatlantic voyages sponsored by Sir Walter Raleigh between 1584 and 1587 to explore the outer coastal plain of North Carolina and to colonize it. Several of the playscripts are accompanied by programs, tickets, or publicity materials. One of them,  "It Happened Here", includes a set of 24 color slides to be used in conjunction with the production of the drama.

Box: 1859.5  
Articles

The Forgotten War
1987
Open Grounds (Monograph)
2001
Otway Burns
2001
Outer Banks
1977
Pride of Baltimore
1980
What Happened to the Snap Dragon
1980

16944
Plays

The Best of All
1978
Blackbeard: Raider of the Carolina Seas
1963
Bonnie Blue Sweetheart
1959
Captain Otway Burns Firebrand of 1812
1962
It Happened Here
1976
On These Shores
1985