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Laura Valinda Watts memorial program

 Collection — Box: 9 - Small Collections , Folder: 9, Folder: 1
Identifier: NCC-0261

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of a sixteen-page booklet with a tied thread binding from a memorial program for Laura Valinda Watts. The booklet includes a glossy photo page with an overlay page of tissue or vellum and measures 6.5 by 9.5 inches.


  • Creation: circa 1915

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

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 Information

Laura Valinda Beall Watts was born July 25, 1854 in Cumberland, Maryland. She married George Washington Watts, also from Cumberland, on October 19, 1875 and they came to Durham in 1878. In 1878 he became part owner of W. Duke, Sons and Company which later merged to become the American Tobacco Company. Laura Valinda Watts was a popular philanthropist who helped found the Old Ladies Home in Durham in 1910. She died April 26, 1915 after a short illness and a funeral was held April 29 at the family home, Harwood Hall. On May 2, a memorial service was held at First Presbyterian Church, of which Mrs. Watts was a member.


1 Folder

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Physical Access Restrictions

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Immediate Source of Acquisition


Related Materials

Pearl Cotton Mills Records (NCC.0135)

Finding Aid for the Laura Valinda Watts Memorial Program
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Revision Statements

  • 2012: Updated by Amy McDonald.
  • 2018: Updated by Beth Morris Weiss.
  • 2019 June: Finding aid migrated to ArchivesSpace by Barbara Ilie.

Repository Details

Part of the North Carolina Collection Repository

300 N. Roxboro Street
Durham NC 27701 United States