MS 035 Johnston Avery and Virginia Hall Avery Private Papers


The bulk of this collection consists of correspondence written or received by Johnston Avery, including holograph, typewritten and typewritten carbon copy letters. Important correspondents include William V.S. Tubman, President of Liberia from 1944 to 1971, and other Liberian government officials; Robert R. Reynolds, U.S. Senator from North Carolina from 1933 to 1945; J.C.B. Ehringhaus, North Carolina governor from 1933 to 1937; and various businessmen involved in the LAMCO Joint Venture. Of particular note is correspondence with Avery's family members, which provides descriptions of his surroundings and opinions on various issues. Other items of correspondence include letters written by or addressed to Virginia Hall Avery, the wife of Johnston Avery, and copies of letters concerning his business interest sent by various parties for his information.

The collection also includes two typewritten manuscripts authored by Mr. Avery. One deals with the decartelization of German industries and the other is a biography of Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, one of Mr. Avery's most admired historical figures. Additional files contain LAMCO reports, speeches, photographs, souvenir programs, Liberian newspapers, assorted newspaper clippings, and a scrapbook.