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Overview of Collection

Repository:  McCain Library and Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi

Creator:  Flinn and Pegram families

Collection Number:  M453

Title:  Flinn-Pegram Family Collection

Dates: 1830-1903

Abstract: The collection contains various receipts, deeds, and items of correspondence from the Finn Pegram families, and materials range in date from 1830 to 1903.  There are also a few samples of 19th century advertising included: “Dr. Clark’s Pocket Memorandum Book” and an Arm & Hammer brand booklet that contains a series of stereotypical depictions of African Americans from that time period.

Biographical/Historical Note

Claude E. Fike, son of Claude Edwin and Rosa Pegram Fike, was born in Delmar, Maryland, on March 31, 1920, and grew up in North Carolina.  He served in the Navy during World War II before pursuing an academic career; he received his PhD in History from the University of Illinois in 1950 and followed a teaching career. Dr. Fike joined the University of Southern Mississippi faculty as a professor in 1957 and served as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1961 to 1976.  He was then appointed director of the McCain Library and Archives, a position he held until his retirement in 1986. Dr. Fike died on August 4, 1994, of cancer. He is interred in Roseland Park Cemetery, Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

A descendant of both the Flinn and Pegram families, the items in this collection belonged to Dr. Fike’s ancestors, and the Flinns were his grandparents.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains various receipts, deeds, and correspondence of the Flinn-Pegram families, ranging from 1830 to 1903.  Some items are accompanied by a typed transcription.

There are also a few samples of 19th century advertising within the collection, including two copies of “Dr. Clark’s Pocket Memorandum Book,” advertising pharmaceutical remedies for medical ailments, and an Arm & Hammer brand booklet that contains a series of stereotyped depictions of African Americans from the time period.

Topics Covered

Fike, Claude Edwin.

North Carolina--History--19th century.

Related Collections

M270: Fike (Didamie Emaline Hicks) Diary

M275: Fike (Claude E.) World War II Diary

Administrative Information

Provenance:  Donated by Dr. Claude Fike on June 18, 1990.

Restrictions on Use:  This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Preferred Citation Method:  Item, Title of collection, McCain Library & Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi.

Processing Information:  Processed by Lauren White. 


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Last Edited: Jul 20 2016 03:06:54 PM