Joseph Blount Cheshire papers, 1758-1954.

Creator: Cheshire, Joseph Blount, 1850-1932.
Collection number: 146
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Abstract: Joseph Blount Cheshire (1850-1932) was Episcopal bishop of North Carolina from 1893 until 1932. Correspondence, sermons, speeches and writings, reports, financial and legal material, clippings and volumes documenting the work of Joseph Blount Cheshire. Also included are minutes and account books of diocesan organizations, 1828-1884, before Cheshire became bishop. The addition of February 2000 contains family letters from Joseph Blount Cheshire (1814-1899), Episcopal priest in Edgecombe and Halifax counties, and letters of Theophilus Parker (1775-1849) and John Haywood Parker, as well as speeches and writings by Joseph Blount Cheshire (1850-1932) and account books of attorney Joseph Blount Cheshire (1882-1961) of Raleigh, N.C.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Cheshire was actively involved in mission work and concerned with relations with African-American Episcopalians in the Diocese. Issues of race relations within the Diocese are well documented throughout the collection. Speeches include “Church and the Negro,” ca. 1885, and “Racial Episcopate,” 1916. Subject files cover topics including “St. Augustine’s School,” “Convocation Among Colored People,” and “Joint Commission on a Racial Episcopate [List of African American parishoners in Folder 394].”