The Moonshining in Burke County: The Career of N.C. ABC officer Fred Hennessee collection represents Fred Hennessee's twenty year career as a North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control officer in Burke County. Born in Morganton, N.C. in 1926, Hennessee joined the Navy before he finished High School. Upon his return home, Hennessee held a number of jobs including: grocery store operator, gas station owner, Morganton city police officer, Burke County deputy sheriff, and eventually ABC officer for Burke County. For nearly twenty years, Hennessee spent most of his time staking out, investigating, and gathering evidence on possible illegal still operations. Most investigations began with anonymous phone messages or other "tips." His records indicate the discovery and destruction of 153 illegal stills during his career.
The collection consists only of reproductions of the originals. The original items were scanned or photocopied and returned to Fred Hennessee's family. The collection contains digital scans stored on CDs and printouts of the scans of the scrapbook photos, loose photographs, publications and ephemera related to Hennessee's specific career activities. There are also photocopies of newspaper articles and index cards of illegal still and alcohol finds. The time span for most of the collection items is 1950-1989.