Guide to the Mildred McDowell Jones Papers, 1872-1988, undated

Summary Information

Title: Mildred McDowell Jones Papers, 1872-1988, undated
Collection: AC.196
Extent: 3.5 linear feet (2 boxes, 1 oversize folder)
Abstract:

Mildred McDowell Jones, a resident of Caldwell County, North Carolina, and descendant of prominent families of the area, is best known for her leadership in the restoration of Fort Defiance, the home of General William Lenoir and his descendants. Special historical interests were the American Revolutionary and Civil War periods.

Creator: Jones, Mildred McDowell, 1905-1993

Biographical/Historical Note

Mildred McDowell Jones, (1905-1993) a resident of Caldwell County, North Carolina, and descendant of prominent families of the area, is best known for her leadership in the restoration of Fort Defiance, the home of General William Lenoir and his descendants. Her parents were Frank and Ella Lee Jones McDowell. She was raised in her father's home town of Morganton, North Carolina and regularly visited her mother's Happy Valley ancestral home. She was also interested in the history, architecture and genealogy of western North Carolina and wrote a column, "Happy Valley Views," which appeared in the Granite Falls Press and in the Caldwell Courier. She received keys of Lenoir and Ft. Defiance. Special historical interests were the American Revolutionary and Civil War periods. She was a member of the Episcopal Church.

Scope and Contents

The Mildred McDowell Jones Papers collection contains personal papers and correspondence, audiovisual materials of an oral history interview with Jones, photocopies of her newspaper column "Happy Valley Views", which was carried by the Caldwell Courier and the Granite Falls Press in the 1970s and the 1980s, and many photocopied newspaper articles about the history and restoration efforts of the Ft. Definance home of General William Lenoir and Jones' involvement in this project. Jones also collected newsletters from Caldwell County, North Carolina's Genealogical Society, the Society for the Preservation of the 26th N.C. Troops, and an archival newsletter from the State of North Carolina. There are a few black and white photographs scattered through the collection, and one glass negative of a pair of unidentified elderly ladies.

Arrangement

The papers are arranged into three series: Jones' Personal Papers, Fort Defiance Historic Preservation Project, and Newsletters. Series are arranged alphabetically by subject. The items within folders are arranged chronologically.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room without restrictions.

Acquisitions Information

Provenance is unknown. The accession number was MJM. This collection was opened to the public on 22 May 2003.

Processing Information

Processed by Deborah Bell, 1994, and Kathryn Staley, 2003; Encoded by Kathryn Staley and Rachel Critzer, January 2005; Revised processing by Anita Elliott, July 2013. This collection was reprocessed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.196: Mildred McDowell Jones Papers, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Series I: Personal Papers, 1872-1988, undated

Series Description: Series I: Personal Papers contains two audio-cassettes of a February 29, 1988 interview with Mildred Jones. The interviewer is unknown. Side 1 of Tape 1: Fort Defiance restoration. Side 2 of Tape 1: Biographical information. Discusses old Happy Valley plantation homes locations and when they were destroyed. Side 1 of Tape 2: Fort Defiance's "Bed Controversy". It also contains photocopies of Mildred Jones' column "Happy Valley Views". Caldwell Courier and the Granite Falls Press published her column in the 1970s and the 1980s. Jones' column consisted of historical reminisces of the Happy Valley section of Caldwell County, North Carolina and contemporary local events. Within this collection are photocopied newspaper articles about Mildred Jones, in which Jones' Fort Defiance restoration activities and interest in the Battle of Kings Mountain is the focus. Only scant biographical information is included. Enclosed are many black and white photographs of Jones.

Audiocassettes and CDs, Oral History Interview of Jones-Biography and Ft. Defiance Project (2 tapes), 1988 Box 1.1
Genealogy and Family History, 1901-1987, undated Box 1.2
Invitation, to Wedding of Eugenia Lewis to Edmund Jones, Baptist Church, Raleigh, North Carolina, October 29, 1872 Box 1.3
Maps and Brochures, North Carolina Historic Places, undated Box 1.4
Newspaper Clippings, collected by M. Jones, 1949-1986, undated Box 1.5
Newspaper Column, "Happy Valley Views" by Mildred McDowell Jones, 1972-1986, undated Box 1.6
Personal Correspondence, 1961-1987, undated Box 1.7
Photographs and Information, undated Box 1.8
Programs of Events/Memorials, circa 1890-1987 Box 1.9
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Series II: Fort Defiance Historic Preservation Project, 1881-1984, undated

Series Description: Series II: Ft. Defiance Historic Preservation Project contains correspondence regarding the restoration of Fort Defiance. Much of the correspondence relates to the North Carolina Department of Archives and History's participation in Fort Defiance's restoration. The letters provide additional information about Fort Defiance's development. Also contains the agendas and minutes of Fort Defiance, Inc. It also includes photocopied newspaper articles about the restoration of Fort Defiance. Includes many black and white photographs of houses. Articles contain information about Fort Defiance's history as well as contemporary grant development, benefit dinners, and donations for restoration. Photographs of Fort Defiance, booklets, brochures and one paper silhouette of William Lenoir go into the makeup of this series. The Programs and Papers folder includes Volume 1, Issue 1 of Sweet Bess, a Caldwell County oral history magazine produced by Lenoir High School cultural studies students in the mid-1970s. This issue includes an interview with Margaret Harper about General William Lenoir.

Correspondence, Ft. Defiance Historic Preservation Project, 1964-1984, undated Box 1.10
Newspaper Clippings, about Ft. Defiance Historical Project, 1965-1984 Box 1.11
Papers of Ft. Defiance Inc., 1964-1984, undated Box 2.1
Programs and Papers, relating to Anniversary Celebrations of Victory Trail March from Ft. Defiance to Kings Mountain, North Carolina, 1976-1984, undated Box 2.2
Publications about Ft. Defiance Historic Project, 1881-1975, undated Box 2.3
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Series III: Newsletter, 1968-1987

Series Description: Series III: Newsletters are just that, and include newsletters of the Caldwell County (North Carolina) Genealogical Society, "Carolina Comments", the newsletter of the North Carolina State Department of Archives and History, and "Company Front", the newsletter from the Society for the Historical Preservation of the 26th N.C. Troops, Inc.

Newsletters, Caldwell County (North Carolina) Genealogical Society, Inc., Volumes 1 and 2, 1982-1983 Box 2.4
Newsletters, Caldwell County (North Carolina) Genealogical Society, Inc., Volume 3, 1984 Box 2.5
Newsletters, Caldwell County (North Carolina) Genealogical Society, Inc., Volume 4, 1985 Box 2.6
Newsletters, Caldwell County (North Carolina) Genealogical Society, Inc., Volumes 5 and 6, 1986-1987 Box 2.7
Newsletters, "Carolina Comments" from North Carolina State Department of Archives and History, 1968-1971 Box 2.8
Newsletters, "The Company Front", The Society for the Historical Preservation of the 26th N.C. Troops, Inc., April 1985-April 1987 Box 2.9