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Contract – Bailment – Historical Documents – Loan – Request for Return – Civil Practice – Statute of Limitations – Laches (access required)

Johnson v. North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources In correspondence in 1910, plaintiffs’ ancestor made clear that he was lending his family’s historical documents to the state, and the Secretary of the Historical Commission acknowledged the arrangement was a loan, which plaintiffs’ ancestor could recall at any time. A bailment was thus created, and plaintiffs are entitled to have the documents returned to them.

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