Cicero Yow worked as the attorney for the City of Wilmington for 25 years and served in the North Carolina senate for several terms representing the 9th district. These papers primarily contain Yow's personal and business correspondence from 1942 to 1969 and document the daily interactions of a member of Wilmington's upper middle class during the 1950s and 1960s. While much of the correspondence is comprised of invitations and acknowledgment or congratulatory letters, it nevertheless documents Yow's extensive network of elected officials at the local, state, and judicial levels. The correspondence also illustrates the close familial relationships that existed between members of the family of Yow's wife, Elizabeth Hardwicke Yow, who was the great niece of Champion McDowell Davis, President of the Atlantic Coastline Railroad. Correspondents and topics of significance have been noted in each file. These papers also contain a variety of documents pertaining to Yow's personal life and include two land surveys of the Pembroke Jones and Sarah Walters estate.