Guide to the James S. Sweet Papers, 1930-2003

Summary Information

Title: James S. Sweet Papers, 1930-2003
Collection: AC.645
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection contains correspondence of James Sweet regarding a 1930s birth control study in Watauga County, North Carolina conducted by Lena Gilliam Hilliard, copies of related birth control articles, Sweet's handwritten notes, and an interview questionnaire filled out by Hilliard's husband, Ernest Hilliard.

Creator: Sweet, James S.

Biographical/Historical Note

James S. Sweet lived in Boone, North Carolina and later moved to Silver Spring, Maryland.

Scope and Contents

James Sweet corresponded with several people in different areas during his research of the 1930s birth control study/experiment in rural Watauga County, North Carolina. Included in this collection is his interview questionnaire of Lena Gilliam Hilliard's husband Ernest about Ms. Hilliard's role in the study. Several handwritten research notes of Sweet's are also included in this collection. Sweet has included copies of journal articles and his personal research notes.


This collection is divided into correspondence, articles and notes. Each section should be in chronological order.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

Donor James Sweet gave these papers to Appalachian Collection in April 2004. Accession number AC.2004.015

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott, May 2013. This collection was processed 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.645: James S. Sweet Papers, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina.

Container List

Papers, 1930-2003 ACSC_Box 20, Folder 1