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Lila Markham Brogden papers

Identifier: NCC-0010

Scope and Contents

The Lila Markham Brogden Papers consist of early documentation of the Woman's Club of Durham, including correspondence, programs, photographs, newsletters, budgets, and other material. It also contains Durham city budgets, materials relating to the Durham High School Classes of 1900, 1901, and 1916, and graduation memorabilia from Trinity College, Class of 1902.

The 2011 addition introduces materials that concern other members of the Brogden-Markham family, including John L. Markham, Charles Blackwell Markham, Sadie Hackney Markham, Eleanor Mallory Markham, Sarah Hackney Markham, Charles Buchanan Markham, Susan Tyree Markham, and Willis James Brogden. Included in the addition is correspondence, campaign material, and clippings concerning Charles Buchanan Markham's mayorship of Durham from 1981 to 1985; biographical sketches of Markham-Brogden family domestic workers; photographs of Brogden-Markham family members and houses; and civic, cultural and religious programs and ephemera.


  • Creation: 1900 - 2009

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

Biographical / Historical

Lila Markham Brogden (1882-1948) was a local schoolteacher, woman’s club leader, and an active participant in a number of local charitable and civic projects. Brogden served as president of the Woman’s Club of Durham, organized in 1923 to “direct the organized effort of the women of the community along intellectual, philanthropic, social and domestic lines.” She was married to Willis James Brogden, an attorney in Durham, civic leader, and associate justice on the N.C. Supreme Court. She was aunt to Charles Buchanan Markham, attorney, politician, and public servant.


2.5 Linear Feet (2 document boxes, 1 oversize folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by subject into the following series: Series 1: Education and Professional Life. Series 2: Women's Club Work. Series 3: Markham and Brogden Family Material. Series 4: Charles Buchanan Markham Material.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mary Brogden

Related Materials

Mayor Charles Markham Collection (NCC.0116)

Separated Materials

Collection includes copies of the Durham High School Messenger for June 1908, May 1910, May 1916, and May 1917, which are cataloged separately: NC 373.756M.

Finding Aid for the Lila Markham Brogden Papers
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Edition statement
Addition and revisions by Cale McCammon, 2011. Updated by Barbara Ilie, January 2019.
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Repository Details

Part of the North Carolina Collection Repository

300 N. Roxboro Street
Durham NC 27701 United States