|North Carolina Mutual founders John Merrick, C.C. Spaulding, and Aaron Moore|
The company's archives includes thousands of business documents, newsletters, commercials, photography and books which chronicle the vitality of Durham’s “Black Wall Street” in the early 20th century. During the Jim Crow era, North Carolina Mutual allowed the black middle class access to home mortgages, small business loans, and insurance. The archives may be the largest assemblage of African American corporate material in the nation.
For more information on using this collection, contact the Franklin Research Center staff at franklin-collection(at)duke.edu.