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Wallace C. Murchison Papers

Identifier: SC-MS-106

Scope and Contents

The Wallace C. Murchison Papers contain personal correspdonce, financial documents, memos and programs, his political work with Senator Alton Lennon and New Hanover County polling sites, publications and correspondence regarding the Diocese of Eastern Carolina, wills and financial documents of the Diocese, publications on housing from the government and private companies, Murchison's home floor plans, and housing advertisements and handwritten specifications for additions.

The North Carolina Fund portion of the collection includes annual reports, grant proposals, correspondence, progress reports, publications, and newspaper clippings associated with the North Carolina Fund, a non-profit corporation established in North Carolina to help alleviate poverty in the state, with emphasis on better educational opportunities.


  • 1950-1972

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 / Historical

Wallace C. Murchison of Wilmington, North Carolina began practicing law in the 1940s and married during the same time. Murchison assisted the Diocese of Eastern Carolina, where he served as Director of the Finance Department. Politically, he was involved with Senator Alton Lennon's campaign each election to register voters who would vote for Senator Lennon. He also worked with other government officials, including Governor Sanford.

In June of 1963, Governor Sanford established the North Carolina Fund, a non-profit, charitable corporation. The corporation was created to study problems associated with improving education and economic opportunities for North Carolinians. The public's general welfare was in mind, while the Fund recommended grants for research within the state which would seek solutions to problems, while using public and philanthropic funds. The North Carolina Fund focused on a solution to poverty and dependency, while recommending which organizational and financial changes in government and community services would be required. Mr. Murchison was a member of this corporation and served from 1963 - 1971.

Murchison died in Wilmington in 2013. His son, Michael Murchison, replaced his father in the law practice.


14 Linear Feet (Contains 35 document boxes, 1 oversize box, and 1 map case folder)



Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by Wallace Murchison in 1991.
Wallace C. Murchison Papers
Partially Processed
Melissa L. Blake
27 April 1998
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Part of the Randall Library Special Collections Repository