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Robert E. Tapp Private Papers

Identifier: SC-MS-028

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the personal family photo album of the Robert Estworthy Tapp family. There are also photographs and postcards dated between 1870 and the early 1900s of downtown Wilmington, a letter to Tapp from Louis T. Moore, and the typescript of a September 2, 1948 article from the Wilmington Morning Star, now the Wilmington Star News.


  • Creation: 1870-1979, Undated

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Copyright Statement

Copyright retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical Note

Robert (Bob) Estworthy Tapp was born in Abbotsford, Somerset, England on February 19, 1880. He came to America at the age of 14. Bob lived near Chicago with his maternal aunt and her husband on their dairy farm until early manhood. He moved to Wilmington, NC on the advice of a salesman from that area in order to seek better opportunities. Initially, Bob worked for the J.S. Williams Towing Company and later for Bear Brothers' Dry Goods Company. For several years he was the shipping clerk for the McNair and Pearsall Company and later became associated with the Clayton Giles Insurance Agency. From 1920 until he retired, Bob was associated with the Broadfoot Iron Works, where he held the position of bookkeeper and finance officer. Tapp married Elizabeth Prentess Woodward of Wilmington on October 21, 1911. She worked for the Wilmington Public Library. The couple resided at 1920 Princess Street in Wilmington. Bob was very active in the church; at one time he served as superintendent of the Sunday School at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, though he was a communicant of St. James Episcopal Church. Elizabeth died on January 30, 1978. Bob died on June 23, 1979, and both are interred in Oakdale Cemetery.


1 Container (Contains 1 document box)

Language of Materials



This collection consists primarily of a family album and other photographs donated by a local Wilmingtonian, Robert E. Tapp, who relocated to Wilmington, NC in approximately 1904 from Somerset, England.

Arrangement Note


Acquisition Information

This collection was initally donated by Robert Tapp via Carole Ellis with the UNCW English Department in February, 1979. A later addition was added July 5, 1979 via Billie McEachern.

Digital Access

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Processing Information

Originally processed by Lana Donaldson Taylor in 1989. In 2014, this manuscript collection was re-foldered and re-housed with current archival standard materials by Kate Edwards.

Robert E. Tapp Private Papers
Special Collections Staff
1989 April 24
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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Revision Statements

  • 2018 January 12: This finding aid was revised for conversion to ArchivesSpace by Rebecca Baugnon.

Repository Details

Part of the Randall Library Special Collections Repository