John Henry William Bonitz was a German immigrant who came to Goldsboro, N.C., in 1859. He married Mary Stegner (1845-1921), also a German immigrant, in 1862, and moved to Wilmington, N.C., in 1887. He was proprietor, with his brother Julius, of the Goldsboro, N.C., Messenger and the Wilmington, N.C., Messenger newspapers, a hotel, and a farm. The collection includes three scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings of columns written 1902-1912 by Bonitz and his wife, Mary, concerning past days, 1859-1887, in Goldsboro; clippings, mainly 1891-1912, of similar columns by J. M. Hollowell; and items about the Bonitz family, especially Julius August Bonitz (1841-1891), and other German Americans, and about events of the 1890s at Wilmington. Also included are manuscript memoranda on family matters, and a volume entitled "Some Bonitz Families: A Genealogical Survey," written in 1973 by John H. W. Bonitz Jr. (1930- ) of Greensboro, N.C., concerning Bonitz family members in East and West Germany and the United States. Photographs include two of African Americans: Wilmington editor Alexander Manly, 1898; and a man identified only as "Drake," who ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Wilmington in 1897.