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An Act to Incorporate the Durham Public Library.

1897 Private Laws: Chapter 108

Private Laws of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1897 - Pages 196-197.

The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

Section 1. That J. S. Carr, Geo. W. Watts, E. J. Parrish, T. B. Fuller. R. W. Winston, L. B. Turnbull, Jas. H. Southgate, C. W. Toms, Jno. F. Wiley, H. A. Foushee, Edwin Mims and H. H. Markham, and their successors be and they are hereby created a body politic and corporate under the name and style of "The Durham Public Library," by which name they may contract and be contracted with, sue and be sued, have perpetual succession and a common seal, which they may break or alter at pleasure. As such corporation they may establish, conduct and maintain a public library in the town of Durham, for the use and benefit of the people thereof.

Sec. 2. That said corporation may acquire, receive, take, sell and dispose of real and personal estate, without restriction as to quantity or value thereof, which may from time to time be given, granted, bequeathed, devised or sold to it and accepted by it for the purpose and use of said library: "Provided," always, that both the principal and income thereof shall be appropriated and the property held according to the terms of the donation, devise or bequest; said corporation may likewise borrow money, execute its note for the same, and secure any and all such loans, if it so desire, by a mortgage or deed of trust upon its real or personal property, which shall be good and effectual to all intents and purposes.

Sec. 3. That all contracts or deeds of said corporation shall be made in the name of the same, and be signed by such officers thereof as may now by law execute deeds of other corporations within the state; that no trustee shall be personally or individually liable for any of the debts, obligations, contracts, engagements, torts or omissions of the corporation.

Sec. 4. That said trustees shall have power and shall make all such rules, regulations, by-laws and ordinances as they may deem necessary or useful for the conduct and maintenance of said library and the management of its affairs, and they may alter, amend or repeal the same at pleasure by the vote of a majority of the trustees; the first four named of said trustees shall hold their office for the term of three years; the next four for the term of two years, and the remaining three for the term of one year; the term of office of each to begin the 1st Monday in April, 1897.

Thereafter the term of office of each set of four trustees shall be for three years, and all vacancies in the board, whether by death, resignation, expiration of term or otherwise, shall be filled by the remaining trustees.

Sec. 5. That any number of persons may associate themselves together under the name and style of the "Durham Public Library Association" for the purpose of aiding in the maintenance of said library, and may collect from each member of said association annual dues not exceeding $10.00, which shall regularly be paid to the treasurer of the trustees herein incorporated.

Sec. 6. That the town of Durham is hereby authorized to annually or oftener donate money to said corporation in aid of said library.

Sec. 7. That this Act shall be in force from and after its ratification.

Ratified the 5th day of March, A.D. 1897.

Daniel L. Russell, Jr., Governor
Charles A. Reynolds, Lt. Governor and President of the Senate
A.F. Hileman, Speaker of the House of Representatives

State of North Carolina,
Office of Secretary of State,
Raleigh, April 28th, 1897.

I, Cyrus Thompson, Secretary of State, hereby certify that
the foregoing (manuscript) are true copies of the original acts
and resolutions on file in this office.

Cyrus Thompson,
Secretary of State.



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