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An Act to Incorporate the Raleigh Library.

1897 Private Laws: Chapter 105

Private Laws of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1897 - Pages 192-193.

The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

Section 1. That John C. Drewry, B. F. Montague, F. H. Bushee, C. J. Parker, N. B. Broughton, T. S Kenan, H. W. Jackson, John Gatling, I. M. Procter, Frank Stronach, C. T. Bailey, J. J. Thomas, C. J. Hunter, John T. Pullen, W. H. Day and M. T. Leach, be and the same are hereby created a body politic and corporate under the name of The Raleigh Library, under which name they may contract and be contracted with, sue and be sued, have and use a common seal, which they may alter at pleasure, and shall have a corporate existence for thirty years. This corporation may establish, conduct and maintain a library in the city of Raleigh for the benefit and instruction of the citizens thereof and others.

Sec. 2. The Raleigh Library may acquire, receive, take by deed, gift, devise or otherwise and sell and dispose of real and personal property for the use of said library and for the purpose of obtaining an income for its support. It shall be lawful for any and all persons and corporations to give, grant, bequeath, devise or sell to the said library, which shall have power to receive and hold the same. The corporation may likewise borrow money, execute bonds or notes for the same, and may secure any and all debts due it by mortgage or deed of trust or other conveyance.

Sec. 3. That all contracts, deeds, bonds or other instruments which the said corporation may desire to execute may be in the name of the same attested by its corporate seal and be signed by such officers thereof as may now by law be authorized to execute similar instruments for other corporations. No officer or trustee or stockholder shall be individually liable for the debts and obligations or other liabilities of the corporation.

Sec. 4. That the corporators named in this Act shall be the trustees of the library until their successors are elected and qualified as provided herein. Said trustees and their successors shall have power to make all rules, regulations, by-laws and ordinances as they may deem necessary and desirable for the maintenance of the said library in the management of its affairs and may alter and repeal the same at pleasure.

Sec. 5. The corporators above named shall, as soon as these subscriptions to the library justify its inauguration, call a meeting of the corporators and such other persons as shall subscribe thereto an amount of not less than fifty dollars, and the corporators and subscribers shall thereupon elect from their number nine trustees, to be divided by lot into three classes to hold office for the terms of one, two and three years respectively, and three trustees shall be elected each successive year; Provided, that the said corporation shall have power to increase the number of trustees at their pleasure, the same to be allotted among the classes in the above proportion.

Sec. 6. The members of the library shall be of two kinds: those who subscribed the sum of fifty dollars or more, to the library, shall become life members. The trustees shall by ordinances or by-laws provide for the creation of a class of annual members, who shall become such upon payment of a sum to be fixed by the said trustees, not less than three dollars, and the privileges of the library shall be accorded to such members in accordance with the terms of the by-laws. The control and management of the library shall be vested in the two kinds of members above created.

Sec. 7. The city of Raleigh is hereby authorized and empowered to make donations or subscriptions in aid of this corporation in the discretion of its board of aldermen and upon such terms as the board of aldermen shall prescribe.

Sec. 8. The benefits of the library authorized to be created by this Act shall, so far as admission and the use of its books in the library building as far as practicable, be thrown open to all well behaved white persons; but the taking of books from the library shall be regulated by the trustees.

Sec. 9. 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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