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James Boyce Hood papers

Identifier: MS0129

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised primarily of letters (1895-1898) written by James Boyce Hood to his friend and later fiancee, Eva Lee Hickman. Also includes an account book, biographical information, a photograph of James, and postcards of Matthews, N.C. [There is no correspondence from Hickman.]


  • 1895-1898, 1929-1933
  • 1895 - 1898


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright retained by donors.

Biographical / Historical

James Boyce Hood was born in Mecklenburg County, N.C., on August 28, 1868, and died in Gaston County, N.C., on January 6, 1933. He was graduated from Erskine College in Due West, S.C., in 1894, and from the Erskine Theological Seminary in 1896. His first pastorate was in Bartow, Fla., where he arrived in December, 1896. From there he went to Newberry County, S.C., in May, 1897 and remained for about five years. The Hoods were married on February 2, 1898, and had seven sons and one daughter. They are buried in the Old Sardis Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Charlotte.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 document box (shared))

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Primarily letters (1895-98) written by this Mecklenburg County native and Associate Reformed Presbyterian minister during his long-distance courtship of his future wife, Eva Lee Hickman. He describes his studies at Erskine Theological Seminary (S.C.), her attendance at State College for Women (Va.), their growing affection for each other, his early days as a minister in Florida and South Carolina, and his expectations as to the proper role of a minister's wife. Also includes his account book (1929-31), postcards of Matthews, N.C. (ca. 1920s), and material (1990) relating to My Dear Miss Eva, Mary Norton Kratt's book based on Hood's letters.


The James Boyce Hood Papers are organized into a single, alphabetical folder title series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Margaret Hood Barach, Ralph E. Hood, and James G. Hood, 1983. Gift of Martha Ann Hood Standerra, 1983. Gift of Martha Hunter Hood Norton and Mary Norton Kratt, 1990.

Related Materials

Mary Norton Kratt Papers (UNCC Manuscript 113).

Processing Information

Processed by Randy Penninger, October, 1992.



James Boyce Hood papers
Randy Penninger
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte 28223 United Stated

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