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Walter Wilford Kale Papers, 1917-1970

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-2022-011

Content Description

This collection contains materials relating to the personal and professional life of Walter Wilford Kale. Materials are arranged into 5 series:

Series 1: Personal, 1917-1970, is arranged into 19 subseries--

(1.1) Subseries 1: Automobile, 1933-1946, contains receipts from Atkinson-Norfleet, Inc., Dodge, Plymouth, Hoppe, Pettit Motor Co., Ford, Earl Boomershine, Inc., and Buick. Also included is a North Carolina driver's license and courtesy card for the National Car Rental System.

(1.2) Subseries 2: Real Property, 1943-1953, includes surveys, diagrams statements of repairs, rental property receipts, and correspondence relating to various properties in Charlotte.

(1.3) Subseries 3: Deeds in Trust, 1917-1943, includes deeds in trust for the Kale family.

(1.4) Subseries 4: Insurance, 1934-1958, includes weekly premium books, correspondence, fire insurances, and travel receipts.

(1.5) Subseries 5: Estate Papers-Walker F. Kale, 1946, includes a valuation of estate and account books belonging to Walker F. Kale.

(1.6) Subseries 6: Estate Papers-Virginia Long Kale, undated, includes account books, correspondence, court records, and bank documents.

(1.7) Subseries 7: Estate Papers-Walter Wilford Kale, 1950, includes an unsigned copy of a will dated October 1950.

(1.8) Subseries 8: Genealogy, includes birth and death announcements for members of the Kale family.

(1.9) Subseries 9: Medical, 1925-1947, includes receipts from St. Peter’s Hospital, coroner’s report, and Presbyterian Hospital.

(1.10) Subseries 10: Invitations, 1958-1970, includes invitations to banquets, dinners, anniversary parties, and professional events.

(2.1) Subseries 11: Photographs, 1935-1962, includes photographs of various people.

(2.2) Subseries 12: Education, 1929-1938, includes a Duke University program, transcripts from Central High School, and report card from Elizabeth Elementary School.

(2.3) Subseries 13: Recognition, includes materials from the Salvation Army, Robert B. Bale Institute of Personal Development, Key to the City, and the Mecklenburg Historical Society.

(2.4) Subseries 14: Taxes, 1927-1955, includes City of Charlotte tax notices and records, state income tax returns, and federal income tax returns.

(2.5) Subseries 15: Record books, 1953-1954, includes expense and tax records.

(2.6) Subseries 16: World War II, 1941-1943, includes an air raid warden ID card, stamp book, correspondence, draft notifications, and other miscellaneous military materials.

(3.1) Subseries 17: Banking Records, 1946-1955, includes Union National Bank statements and deposit slips

(4.1) Subseries 18: Correspondence (From), 1954, includes correspondence from Walter Wilford Kale.

(4.2) Subseries 19: Correspondence (To), 1936-1970, includes correspondence to Walter Wilford Kale.

Series 2: Professional Organizations, 1926-1967, is arranged into 7 subseries--

(5.1-5.7) Subseries 1: Charlotte Merchants Association, 1946-1956, includes organizational documents, correspondence to and from Walter Wilford Kale, financial records, member directories, minutes, publications, brochures, and newspaper clippings.

(6.1-6.2) Subseries 2: North Carolina Merchants Association, 1949-1956, includes correspondence to and from Walter Wilford Kale, conference materials, finance committee records, lobbying materials, management training program materials and correspondence, official papers and newsletters, photographs, publications, and newspaper clippings.

(7.1-8.8) Subseries 3: Miscellaneous Organizations, 1942-1956, includes materials from the Better Business Bureau, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Credit Bureau of Charlotte, Inc., Credit Women’s Breakfast Club, Credit Women of Concord, Charlotte Sales Executive Club, Executives Club, and National Secretaries Association.

(9.1-9.7) Subseries 4: Charitable Organizations, 1926-1958, includes materials on churches, Community Chest, American Red Cross, Mecklenburg County Charity Campaign Review Board, Rotary Club, United Fund, Mecklenburg Historical Society, City Club, and other civic and social organizations Walter Wilford Kale was involved in.

(10.1-10.12) Subseries 5: Lions Club Materials on Charitable Work, 1932-1960 includes correspondence, committee materials, reports, organizations documents, Ephemera, financial records, and programs.

(11.1-11.3) Subseries 6: Lions Club Publications, 1935-1967, includes annual reports and magazines.

(12.1-12.2) Subseries 7: Lions Club Correspondence, 1935-1950, includes correspondence to and from Walter Wilford Kale in relevance to the Lion Club.

Series 3: Business Records, 1925-1968, is arranged into 12 subseries--

(13.1) Subseries 1: Banking, 1951-1955, includes account books, promissory notes, and other financial records.

(13.2) Subseries 2: Christmas Parties, 1947-1948, includes programs.

(13.3) Subseries 3: Correspondence, 1949-1954, includes correspondence to and from Walter Wilford Kale.

(13.4) Subseries 4: Matchbooks, includes three matchbooks.

(13.5) Subseries 5: “The National,” includes a newsletter.

(13.6) Subseries 6: Order Books and Salesmen’s Daily Call Sheets, include order books and call sheets.

(13.7) Subseries 7: Photographs, 1935, includes one photograph of Kale-Lawing staff.

(13.8) Subseries 8: Pound-Moore, 1958, includes an invitation to the opening of the new store and a booklet commemorating the 50th Anniversary.

(13.9) Subseries 9: “The Southern Stationer and Office Outfitter,” 1959, includes one copy of the September 1959 issue with comments from W.W. Kale and R.M. Pound.

(13.10) Subseries 10: Minute Book, 1925-1952, includes one book of minutes dated 1925-1952.

(13.11) Subseries 11: Subscription Agreement, 1925, includes an original agreement to incorporate the firm.

(13.12) Subseries 12: Stock Certificates, 1925-1968, include stock certificates dated 1925-1968.

Series 4: Ephemera, 1946-1956 includes blank bound books, greeting cards, publications, brochures, and articles. (14.1-14.13)

Series 5: Newspapers, 1939-1963, includes newspapers on a variety of topics. (15.1)

Dates

  • 1917 - 1970
  • Majority of material found within 1950 - 1956

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public without restriction. The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to duplicate or publish material from this collection must be obtained from the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

Extent

4.78 Cubic Feet

9.08 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Walter Wilford Kale (1897-1983) was born in Cleveland County, NC and moved to Charlotte with his family at a young age. In 1925, he partnered with his brother, Walker, and A.J. Lawing to form the Kale-Lawing Company. Their company sold office supply products from its storefront on 227 South Tryon Street until the 1980s.

The papers in this collection include financial and business records, correspondence, genealogical information, photographs, awards, and records relating to the Lions Club and Charlotte Merchants Association. Materials are in good condition and dated 1917-1970.

Arrangement

Materials are arranged into 5 series:

Series 1: Personal, 1917-1970, is arranged into 19 subseries--

(1.1) Subseries 1: Automobile, 1933-1946, contains receipts from Atkinson-Norfleet, Inc., Dodge, Plymouth, Hoppe, Pettit Motor Co., Ford, Earl Boomershine, Inc., and Buick. Also included is a North Carolina driver's license and courtesy card for the National Car Rental System.

(1.2) Subseries 2: Real Property, 1943-1953, includes surveys, diagrams statements of repairs, rental property receipts, and correspondence relating to various properties in Charlotte.

(1.3) Subseries 3: Deeds in Trust, 1917-1943, includes deeds in trust for the Kale family.

(1.4) Subseries 4: Insurance, 1934-1958, includes weekly premium books, correspondence, fire insurances, and travel receipts.

(1.5) Subseries 5: Estate Papers-Walker F. Kale, 1946, includes a valuation of estate and account books belonging to Walker F. Kale.

(1.6) Subseries 6: Estate Papers-Virginia Long Kale, undated, includes account books, correspondence, court records, and bank documents.

(1.7) Subseries 7: Estate Papers-Walter Wilford Kale, 1950, includes an unsigned copy of a will dated October 1950.

(1.8) Subseries 8: Genealogy, includes birth and death announcements for members of the Kale family.

(1.9) Subseries 9: Medical, 1925-1947, includes receipts from St. Peter’s Hospital, coroner’s report, and Presbyterian Hospital.

(1.10) Subseries 10: Invitations, 1958-1970, includes invitations to banquets, dinners, anniversary parties, and professional events.

(2.1) Subseries 11: Photographs, 1935-1962, includes photographs of various people.

(2.2) Subseries 12: Education, 1929-1938, includes a Duke University program, transcripts from Central High School, and report card from Elizabeth Elementary School.

(2.3) Subseries 13: Recognition, includes materials from the Salvation Army, Robert B. Bale Institute of Personal Development, Key to the City, and the Mecklenburg Historical Society.

(2.4) Subseries 14: Taxes, 1927-1955, includes City of Charlotte tax notices and records, state income tax returns, and federal income tax returns.

(2.5) Subseries 15: Record books, 1953-1954, includes expense and tax records.

(2.6) Subseries 16: World War II, 1941-1943, includes an air raid warden ID card, stamp book, correspondence, draft notifications, and other miscellaneous military materials.

(3.1) Subseries 17: Banking Records, 1946-1955, includes Union National Bank statements and deposit slips

(4.1) Subseries 18: Correspondence (From), 1954, includes correspondence from Walter Wilford Kale.

(4.2) Subseries 19: Correspondence (To), 1936-1970, includes correspondence to Walter Wilford Kale.

Series 2: Professional Organizations, 1926-1967, is arranged into 7 subseries--

(5.1-5.7) Subseries 1: Charlotte Merchants Association, 1946-1956, includes organizational documents, correspondence to and from Walter Wilford Kale, financial records, member directories, minutes, publications, brochures, and newspaper clippings.

(6.1-6.2) Subseries 2: North Carolina Merchants Association, 1949-1956, includes correspondence to and from Walter Wilford Kale, conference materials, finance committee records, lobbying materials, management training program materials and correspondence, official papers and newsletters, photographs, publications, and newspaper clippings.

(7.1-8.8) Subseries 3: Miscellaneous Organizations, 1942-1956, includes materials from the Better Business Bureau, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Credit Bureau of Charlotte, Inc., Credit Women’s Breakfast Club, Credit Women of Concord, Charlotte Sales Executive Club, Executives Club, and National Secretaries Association.

(9.1-9.7) Subseries 4: Charitable Organizations, 1926-1958, includes materials on churches, Community Chest, American Red Cross, Mecklenburg County Charity Campaign Review Board, Rotary Club, United Fund, Mecklenburg Historical Society, City Club, and other civic and social organizations Walter Wilford Kale was involved in.

(10.1-10.12) Subseries 5: Lions Club Materials on Charitable Work, 1932-1960 includes correspondence, committee materials, reports, organizations documents, Ephemera, financial records, and programs.

(11.1-11.3) Subseries 6: Lions Club Publications, 1935-1967, includes annual reports and magazines.

(12.1-12.2) Subseries 7: Lions Club Correspondence, 1935-1950, includes correspondence to and from Walter Wilford Kale in relevance to the Lion Club.

Series 3: Business Records, 1925-1968, is arranged into 12 subseries--

(13.1) Subseries 1: Banking, 1951-1955, includes account books, promissory notes, and other financial records.

(13.2) Subseries 2: Christmas Parties, 1947-1948, includes programs.

(13.3) Subseries 3: Correspondence, 1949-1954, includes correspondence to and from Walter Wilford Kale.

(13.4) Subseries 4: Matchbooks, includes three matchbooks.

(13.5) Subseries 5: “The National,” includes a newsletter.

(13.6) Subseries 6: Order Books and Salesmen’s Daily Call Sheets, include order books and call sheets.

(13.7) Subseries 7: Photographs, 1935, includes one photograph of Kale-Lawing staff.

(13.8) Subseries 8: Pound-Moore, 1958, includes an invitation to the opening of the new store and a booklet commemorating the 50th Anniversary.

(13.9) Subseries 9: “The Southern Stationer and Office Outfitter,” 1959, includes one copy of the September 1959 issue with comments from W.W. Kale and R.M. Pound.

(13.10) Subseries 10: Minute Book, 1925-1952, includes one book of minutes dated 1925-1952.

(13.11) Subseries 11: Subscription Agreement, 1925, includes an original agreement to incorporate the firm.

(13.12) Subseries 12: Stock Certificates, 1925-1968, include stock certificates dated 1925-1968.

Series 4: Ephemera, 1946-1956 includes blank bound books, greeting cards, publications, brochures, and articles. (14.1-14.13)

Series 5: Newspapers, 1939-1963, includes newspapers on a variety of topics. (15.1)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated to the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room by Wallace Wilford Kale, 2007, 2022.

Related Materials

Kale Family. NCR Vertical Files.

Condition Description

Materials in good condition.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of this collection was completed by Tom Cole, 2015.

Title
Walter Wilford Kale Papers, 1917-1970
Status
Completed
Author
Tom Cole
Date
2015-06
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Repository

Contact:
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library-Main
310 N. Tryon Street
Charlotte NC 28202 USA