Virtually all of the material dates from the 1860s to the 1920s, with a sampling preceding and following that period. The collection includes:
I. Works by Adelaide Fries
1. Three typed or autographed letters, signed, to (1) her grandfather, (2) the “Board of Trustees of Salem Congregation,” and (3) John Fries, the latter two concerning historical matters.
2. Three typed letters signed to “Libby” concerning a project they were working on in 1945; one of the letters is accompanied by a carbon copy (11-pp typescript with manuscript corrections by Fries) of the opening chapter of a book that Fries hoped “Libby” would illustrate.
3. “An Ocean Voyage,” an undated 2-page typed poem by Fries, signed by her.
4. Approximately 200 pages of typescript with some manuscript corrections, comprising carbon copies of various biographical and historical sketches of Moravian and/or North Carolina figures and issues.
5. “The Salem Pottery,” a 5-page autograph manuscript, signed, and dated 5 January 1914.
6. “Moravian Customs,” a 45 page typescript with many manuscript corrections and additions of “four lectures delivered before the Woman’s Auxiliary of the Home Moravian Church, October 1933 to February 1934.” Self-wrappers (with significant wear), tied.
7. Small group of records (about 25 items) pertaining to personal finances; a few receipts for books purchased from The Moravian Publication Office in London are included.
8. Personal scrapbook containing mementoes from an 1894 trip to Roaring Gap, N.C., including a long poem commemorating the trip by the Fries sisters, Blair, and other friends; accompanied by newspaper clippings, four pencil drawings by Mary Fries, and two photographs, one of the Roaring Gap Hotel, the other of the participants. Several pieces of ephemera from an 1899 trip to Europe are laid in.
9. Personal scrapbook documenting Fries’s 1913-1914 service as president of the North Carolina Federation of Women’s Clubs, including newspaper clippings, programs and other printed ephemera, photographs, ribbons, postcards, and a few manuscript items.
10. “History as Told in Salem’s Memorabilia” translated from the original German by Fries: a scrapbook, containing 1916 Winston-Salem Journal clippings of Fries’s regular column dealing with 18th century Moravian history.
11. Personal scrapbook containing clippings of Fries’s column “Chips from Historic Timber” from The Wachovia Moravian, 1896-1903, with many manuscript annotations and corrections.
II. Correspondence to Fries: More than 40 autograph and typed letters and postcards to Fries from Stephen Weeks (6 items), other North Carolina historians (6), Moravian officials and historians (11), and other professional associates (23).
III. Photographs: 60 photographs of family and friends, all but a few unidentified, but many with Winston-Salem backmarks, and views of local scenes.
IV. Genealogy: About 50 pages (4to and folio) of typed and manuscript genealogical notes, most relating to the von Schweinitz and Adam Spach families.
V. Moravian manuscript: (von Schweinitz, Bishop E.A.) Short Account of Celebration of Oct 26/66. 4-page autograph manuscript, an autobiographical account of the Bishop’s Jubilee, or 50-years service for the Moravian Church. 4to. The Bishop was Adelaide Fries’s grandfather.
VI. Ephemera: More than 200 peices of ephemera, including printed programs, handbills, pamphlets, sheet music, embroidered bookmarks and other small hand crafts, and manuscript notebooks, account books, receipts, music, etc. All of this material relates either to the Fries or Blair families, Winston-Salem, or the Moravian Church.
VII. Blair family: Collection of material produced by Adelaide Fries’s sister Mary, her husband William A Blair, and their family, including correspondence (approximately 75 letters and postcards); 3 scrapbooks containing more correspondence and other manuscript material, newspaper clippings, and various pieces of printed ephemera; several typescripts; and a number of other miscellaneous items. For the archive of approximately 500 items:. Item #59180