Guide to Research CollectionsDuke University
William R. Perkins Library Special Collections Department
Papers: ca. 1713-1972, approximately 60,855 items.
The collection contains the papers of both the elder Charles L. Abernethy and his son, but principally comprises the files accumulated by the senior Charles L. Abernethy during his tenure as U.S. Congressman. There are papers relating to the senior Charles L. Abernethys law practice and business dealings (including legal papers concerning land development in Carteret County, Cape Lookout, and Horse Island maintained by both father and son), as well as letters, speeches, newspaper clippings, a diary, photographs, the Abernethy coat-of-arms, a volume of poems written by the younger Charles L. Abernethy, and other materials. There is a photograph album containing snapshots the elder Charles L. Abernethy took during a congressional trip to Alaska for three months of 1923 (including photographs of President and Mrs. Harding), as well as a typescript of his diary from the trip; and an album containing postcards of Beaufort, N.C, in 1907, featuring a celebration of either the 200th anniversary of the towns founding or the opening of passenger and rail service to the town (or both events).
Library of Congress
Papers: In the Reed Smoot Papers, 1896-1928, 27 items.
Correspondents include Charles L. Abernethy.