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McLean Page Family Papers

Identifier: SC-MS-315

Scope and Contents

This collection contains documentation of the Page family from 1911 to 2000, including accounting books, receipts, loans, correspondence, photographs, a bible, and a marriage license. McLean Page and the Page family worked as farmers, potentially sharecroppers, in Whiteville, North Carolina. Many of the papers in this collection are records of transactions for farm equipment and resources, including financial documents, loan papers, and crop lien forms. Personal to the family are photographs of several family members including McLean Page and his wife Mary Jane Gore Page. The family bible is included in this collection, as well a marriage license and a list of births, deaths, and marriages within the Page Family.


  • Creation: 1911-2000

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Copyright Statement

Copyright 2019 University of North Carolina at Wilmington, all rights reserved (subject to exceptions). Certain items in this collections were conveyed to UNCW without the accompanying copyright.Where the donor did not convey copyright to UNCW, copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

McLean Page was born on December 25, 1875 to parents Rev. Preston Daniel page and Rachel Page. He and his family lived in Whiteville, North Carolina. McLean was a faithful Baptist, along with his wife Mary Jane Gore Page. Mary Jane was born on November 6, 1883. They wed December 3, 1903 and had seven children together. They had six girls and one boy, as well as 36 grandchildren. McLean Page died on August 31, 1965. Mary Jane Gore Page died on September 3, 1968.

The Page family is believed to have been sharecroppers, as evident in the crop lien paperwork in this collection. Sharecropping is a form of tenant farming predominant in the American south from the 1870s to the 1950s. African Americans were disadvantaged in the post slavery plantation economy, and sharecropping was often the only means for work.


2.30 Linear Feet (Contains 2 document boxes and 1 oversized box.)

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This collection is arranged into two series, Farming Documentation and Page Family Personal Papers. It is further divided at the file level within each series.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Aggie Page Harrington, grandaughter of McLean Page, on November 15, 2008.

Processing Information

This collection was reprocessed by Addison Vestal in the Fall of 2019.

McLean Page Family Papers
Addison Vestal
2019 November 1
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Repository Details

Part of the Randall Library Special Collections Repository