Category Archives: Finding Aids

Legacy finding aids update

The latest group of updated and encoded legacy finding aids has just been posted online, and includes over 50 finding aids. Some of the notable collections in this group are:

Jeremiah Austill Papers, #2214-z

Jeremiah Austill (born 1794), a commission merchant, was involved in campaigns against Native Americans in Georgia and Alabama. The collection includes two typescripts: “Partial autobiography of Jeremiah Austill,” concerning his Indian campaigns in Georgia and Alabama, Andrew Jackson, and experiences as a commission merchant; and “Early Life of Margaret Ervin Austill,” including an account of the marriage of her parents, John Eades and Jenny Fee Eades, their emigration from Georgia to points south, and their experiences on the frontier and with the Cherokee Indians.

Elmer Roberts Papers, #2243

Elmer Roberts (1863-1937) was an Associated Press correspondent in Berlin, Germany, circa 1900-1914, and chief of the Associated Press office in Paris, France, 1914-1927. The collection includes correspondence, memoranda, scrapbooks, political commentaries, and other papers, relating to Roberts’s work for the Associated Press in Berlin and Paris, and including extensive material on European political affairs before, during, and after World War I. Also included are correspondence with reporters in Cuba in the 1890s and a scrapbook of clippings about the Spanish-American War; a scrapbook about Germany, 1903-1904; correspondence, drafts, and source materials for Roberts’s biography of Friedrich von Holstein; copies of lectures of Rudolf Steiner and other materials about Rosicrucianism; and other items.

Joseph Nicholson Barney Log and Diary, #2246-z

Joseph Nicholson Barney (fl. 1839-1852) was a United States (and later Confederate) naval officer and native of Maryland. The collection includes a personal diary kept by Barney, containing ship’s log entries while he was in Singapore and the East Indies, 1839, on the United States frigate Columbia, and diary and log entries while he was sailing up and down the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of North and South America, 1849-1852, on the U.S.S. Vincennes, with frequent and sometime lengthy stays in port. Diary entries describe in detail his impressions in 1850 of Rio de Janeiro, Guayaquil, Ecuador, various California ports, and other locations, and note social and other daily events and Barney’s reflections on self and surroundings.

Chapin and Tunnell Family Papers, #2275-z

Sophia Chapin Tunnell (fl. 1852-1896) was a native of New England who moved to teach school in South Carolina and Kansas. The collection is chiefly papers of Sophia Chapin (later Mrs. Robert M. Tunnell), including letters from her to her father, Moses Chapin, in Massachusetts and Vermont, describing life in Abbeville District, S.C., in the 1850s; her occasional diary, 1870-1896, while she was living in Kansas; letters from relatives in Brandenburg, Ky., 1859-1860; autograph albums; and other items.

Marshall and Wildes Shipping Records, #2356-z

Marshall and Wildes was a merchant firm of Boston, Mass. The principals in the firm were Josiah Marshall (1771-1848) and Dixey Wildes (fl. 1822-1826). The collection includes records of Marshall and Wildes in trade with China and the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii), including accounts with stewards, lists of cargo (including sandalwood), sales and purchases in Canton, China, and Sandwich Island (Hawaiian) ports, names of vessels, etc.

Susan Dabney Smedes Papers, #2392-z

Susan Dabney Smedes (1840-1913) was a Mississippi planter’s daughter, author, and teacher and missionary in the West. The collection includes copies of papers of or about Smedes and microfilm of a manuscript recipe and household hint book, 1860. Included are Smedes’s diary and memoranda, 1888-1889, at Helena, Mont., about life in the household of her sister and brother-in-law, with whom she lived; letters she wrote from England, 1908; and an account of her life written in 1930.

King Family Papers, #399

Members of the King family of New Orleans, La., included Nina King, Annie Ragan King, and author Grace Elizabeth King (1852-1932). The collection contains miscellaneous papers of the King family including letters from Nina King, 1906-1908, while traveling in Europe, to Mrs. Charles Gayarre; a typescript of a story by Annie Ragan King; and a scrapbook of Grace Elizabeth King, containing clippings on New Orleans, the Civil War, and other historical topics, 1836-1930.

A complete list of all updated and encoding finding aids can be found here.

Legacy finding aids update

The latest group of updated and encoded legacy finding aids has just been posted online. Some of the notable collections in this group are:

W. D. Robinson Papers, #1214

Confidential files and correspondence of W. D. Robinson (1865-1945), legislative correspondent and roving reporter in Louisiana and Mississippi for New Orleans newspapers. The files contain memoranda in the 1920s and 1930s (chiefly 1930-1935) about the activities of Huey Pierce Long and his associates, mostly in regard to alleged malfeasance. A smaller number of items are concerned with the Ku Klux Klan in Louisiana and Mississippi in the early 1920s, in particular the “Mer Rouge Murders” in Morehouse Parish, La. Correspondence is with leading political figures in Louisiana and Mississippi, concerning opposition to Long and also other political issues. Among those represented are Huey P. Long, Julius T. Long, Pat Harrison, Theodore G. Bilbo, John M. Parker, Louis M. Howe, Stephen Early, John Y. Saunders, J. N. Sandlin, Mike Sennett Connor, Paul N. Cyr, and Hugh White. Also present are broadsides, pamphlets, newspapers, judicial proceedings, and other printed matter about Long or the Klan, and five scrapbooks of clippings about politics in the two states, 1916-1932.

William D. Chipley Book, #1841-z

Book of autographs of fellow prisoners and songs and poems by various authors, collected by Chipley, an officer in the 9th Kentucky Infantry Regiment, Confederate States of America, while he was a prisoner at Johnson’s Island, Ohio.

Otway B. Norvell Papers, #1921-z

Account (37 pages), written in 1891, by Norvell of his experiences, 1863-1865, as a Confederate prisoner in federal Camp Douglas near Chicago, Ill. Norvell was one of Morgan’s raiders (2nd Kentucky Cavalry) and was captured in Ohio in 1863. Also included is a contemporary handwritten transcription (4 pages) of charges against conspirators who allegedly planned to attack Camp Douglas in 1864.

Farm Diaries, #2165-z

A volume of farm records from Terrell County, Ga., 1889-1905, with short entries on farm activities; and an unrelated volume from Princess Anne County, Va., 1821, recording farm work, inventories of household furnishings, tools, livestock, purchases, and other memoranda.

A complete list of all updated and encoded finding aids can be found here.

Legacy finding aids update

The latest group of updated and encoded legacy finding aids has just been posted online. Some of the notable collections in this group are:

Elizabeth S. Martin Papers, #1023-z

Elizabeth S. Martin (fl. 1841-1849) was a resident of Pocotaligo, S.C. Her cousin, Ellen Galt Martin (fl. 1841-1849), lost her ability to hear and speak when she was four or five years old. The collection contains letters to Elizabeth S. Martin from Ellen Galt Martin in New Orleans, La., concerning the latter’s schooling, travels to the North, attempted cures, local events, and family news.

Calvin Stowell Books, #1117-z

Calvin Stowell (born 1836) was a newspaper writer, federal soldier in the Civil War, and state legislator of Illinois. The collection includes a diary and two scrapbooks. The diary, 1856, contains records of daily activities and events at Oberlin College, where Stowell was a student, January-May, records of farm work and other activities near Chillicothe, Ill., May-August, and personal financial accounts, January-July. The scrapbooks contain clippings of descriptive articles Stowell wrote between 1910 and 1912 about race relations, Confederate memorial activities, and other matters in Savannah, Ga.; a description of Stowell’s Civil War service with the 11th Illinois Infantry; a few Civil War letters; a few later letters; and other items.

James Fountain Heustis Logbooks, #1199-z

James Fountain Heustis (died 1891) of Cahaba, Ala., was a surgeon in the United States navy. The collection includes books kept by Heustis as surgeon on the “John Adams,” including notes on weather, work, the ship’s position, prescriptions, quarterly reports of cases of illness on board, medical notes, poems, and notes on church history. The logbooks were kept while Heustis’s ship was stationed near Norfolk, Va., at sea, and cruising off the west coast of Africa.

Trenholm Family Papers, #1238

William Lee Trenholm (1836-1901) of Charleston, S.C., was a banker and Comptroller of the Currency of the United States, 1886-1889. His daughter, Kate Trenholm Abrams of Washington, D.C., was active in the women’s suffrage movement and an organizer of the District of Columbia branch of the League of Women Voters. Her daughter, Katherine T. Abrams, was chief yeoman, Fitness Report Section, Bureau of Navigation, United States Navy Department. The collection includes six essays or speeches by Colonel William Lee Trenholm about the South, “King Cotton,” the silver issue, and other matters; a play and other papers by Kate Trenholm Abrams; a scrapbook of invitations, calling cards, etc.; and a scrapbook of World War I correspondence, photographs (including one of Josephus Daniels), memorabilia, and other items of Katherine T. Abrams.

Charles K. Gallagher Papers, #1569-z

Charles K. Gallagher (1833-1893) was a druggist who during the Civil War served as captain of a Beaufort County company in the 4th North Carolina Regiment, Confederate States of America. The collection includes Civil War papers, mainly military, of Gallagher while serving in Virginia. Items include enlistment papers, papers relating to Gallagher’s exchange as a prisoner of war in 1862, commissions, passes, orders, the roster of the regiment, and items relating to Gallagher’s release from service because of deafness in 1864. Also included is a pocket diary kept by Gallagher on a trip to France in 1859, with notes on dining, wines, and wine-making, and a letter on wines written from Reims.

A complete list of all updated and encoded finding aids can be found here.

Legacy finding aids update

The latest group of updated and encoded legacy finding aids has just been posted online. Some of the notable collections in this group are:

J. L. M. Curry Papers, #197-z

J. L. M. Curry (1825-1922) was a Southern educator. The collection includes two letters from Grover Cleveland, and one each from James Bryce and Wade Hampton, to Curry concerning Curry’s work with the Slater Fund for the education of freedmen. Also included are a description of an incident in the Confederate Congress, written by Curry, and a hymn written for his memorial service. This collection has been digitized and is available through the collection’s finding aid, which is linked above.

William B. Burke Papers, #105

William B. Burke (1864-1947) was a Methodist missionary in Shanghai, China. The collection includes letters to Burke and his wife Addie from his mother and his father, John William Burke, publisher and stationer of Macon, Ga. Topics discussed include the yellow fever epidemic in Florida, 1888; American politics and immigration legislation affecting the Chinese, 1890; and the business depression in the United States, 1891. Volumes are a handwritten sketch of the life of John William Burke, by George G. Smith, and two scrapbooks of a newspaper column, “Life’s Reflections.”

H. C. Kendrick Papers, #397-z

H. C. Kendrick (died 1863) was a Confederate soldier who served in the 8th Georgia Infantry Regiment, Army of Northern Virginia. The collection includes letters from H. C. Kendick to his parents, brothers, and sister while serving in the Civil War. Letters were written from camps at or near the following locations: Daleville, Va.; Winchester, Va.; Manassas, Va.; Centerville, Va.; Camp Sam Jones; Savannah, Ga.; Gordonsville, Va.; Fredericksburg, Va.; Richmond, Va.; and Suffolk, Va. Kendrick’s letters contain little discussion of major battles. They give excellent views of camp life, food, sickness among the troops, rapid marches, and other aspects of military life, including troop morale, the importance of mail from home, hatred of Yankees, drills, the superiority of southern soldiers, patriotism, kindness of the local populace (particularly the ladies of Virginia), scenery, northern degeneracy, and homesickness. Some minor skirmishes are described. A final letter is from Kendrick’s commanding officer to Kendrick’s parents describing Kendrick’s death at Gettysburg.

Caroline O’Reilly Nicholson Papers, #537-z

Caroline O’Reilly Nicholson (born circa 1812) was the wife of A. O. P. Nicholson (1808-1876), United States senator and chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court. The collection contains “Reminiscences of an Octogenarian (Mrs. A. O. P. Nicholson),” typescript (43 pages), written circa 1894, by Caroline O’Reilly Nicholson, and one letter. The reminiscences cover social activities, religious life, and town events in Columbia, Tenn., and Nashville, Tenn., 1820s-1840s; politics and elections in Tennessee, 1830s-1840s; social life in Washington, D.C., 1840s; and A. O. P. Nicholson’s political activities, including his personal and political friendship with James K. Polk.

Waddy Thompson Papers, #718-z

Waddy Thompson was a South Carolina politician and United States minister to Mexico. The collection is chiefly correspondence of Thompson while he was United States minister to Mexico, 1842-1844, including letters to his wife, Emmala Butler Thompson, and letters received from American political friends in the United States, the Republic of Texas, and Mexico, concerning yellow fever epidemics and general living and working conditions in Mexico, and diplomatic relations among Mexico, Great Britain, and the United States. Also included are some business papers related to sugar and cotton planting and the slave trade in Alabama and South Carolina.

A complete list of all updated and encoded finding aids can be found here.

Legacy finding aids update

The latest group of updated and encoded finding aids has just been posted online. Some of the notable collections in this group are:

Edwin Björkman Papers, #3070

Edwin Björkman (1866-1951) was a Swedish-American literary critic, translator, newspaperman, and author, and, from 1925, a resident of North Carolina. The collection includes literary, personal, and business correspondence, chiefly from 1907, writings and collected writings, of Edwin Björkman. His correspondence is divided into two series: Professional (literary), and Personal. The Professional series includes letters from many significant twentieth century authors, including Zoe Akins, Van Wyck Brooks, James Branch Cabell, Olive Tilford Dargan, John Galsworthy, Francis Grierson, Archibald Henderson, Henry Goddard Leach, William Lyon Phelps, Upton Sinclair, Freeman Tilden, and Allan Eugene Updegraff. Topics include Björkman’s work as a translator of Swedish literature and drama, his World War I experiences in Sweden as an employee of the British Department of Information and the American Committee on Public Information, and his work in North Carolina as literary editor of the Asheville Times newspaper and, after 1935, as director of the North Carolina Federal Writers’ Project. The Personal series consists of correspondence of and writings of Björkman’s family, including his four wives.

Thomas F. Hickerson Papers, #3809

Thomas F. (Thomas Felix) Hickerson was a professor of civil engineering and applied mathematics at the University of North Carolina and an expert in highway design. The collection includes professional and technical correspondence related to Hickerson’s work as professor at the University of North Carolina; papers, photographs, and genealogical and other data connected with the writing of his two books about the history and families of the Happy Valley area in Wilkes county and Caldwell county, N.C.; and about fifty items concerning the slaying of William C. Falkner (great-grandfather of the novelist William Faulkner) at Ripley, Miss., in 1889.

William Calk Diary, #131-z

William Calk (fl. 1775) traveled from Prince William County, Va., to Boone’s Fort on the Kentucky River in 1775. The collection is a typescript copy of a daily journal, 13 March 1775-2 May 1775, kept by Calk while on this trip.

A complete list of all updated and posted legacy finding aids can be found here.

Legacy finding aids update

The latest group of legacy finding aids has just been posted online. Some of the notable collections in this group are:

Carolina Central Railway Company Records, #4278

In 1873, the Wilmington, Charlotte, and Rutherfordton Railroad was reorganized as the Carolina Central Railway Company. In 1875, the company completed a line to Shelby, N.C. The collection includes correspondence, financial and legal material, and other records, of the railroad and its officials in Wilmington, N.C., and New York, N.Y., particularly Charles H. Roberts (born 1821), president. Principally consisting of intra-company correspondence, the records chiefly relate to railroad management, financial matters, and bond sales.

James Crawford Biggs Papers, #4299

James Crawford Biggs was an attorney in various North Carolina locations, 1894-1933 and 1935-1950; solicitor general of the United States, 1933-1935; and federally-appointed trustee for the Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad Company. Correspondence, chiefly 1915-1924 and 1933-1939; organizational records and financial and legal material relating to the Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway; notes for court cases; speeches and other writings on law, politics, and North Carolina history; miscellaneous financial and legal material; and photographs of Biggs and friends from the 1930s and 1940s.

Adelaide Walters Papers, #4293

Adelaide Walters (1907-1981) of Chapel Hill, N.C., was a local political activist, volunteer, civic leader, and Democratic Party officer. The collection includes correspondence, writings, clippings, and other papers of Adelaide Walters. These papers are mostly political correspondence and records relating to various organizations, especially the Chapel Hill Board of Aldermen, the Community Church of Chapel Hill, and the Chapel Hill Interfaith Council for Social Service. They treat such topics as civil rights of African Americans in Chapel Hill, the North Carolina Democratic Party, women in politics, and urban and regional planning.

E. E. Moffitt Papers, #519

E. E. Moffitt was the daughter of North Carolina governor Jonathan Worth. She married first Samuel Spencer Jackson (died 1875), second Samuel Walker (died 1877), and third Eli Needham Moffitt (died 1886). The collection includes correspondence, club records, scrapbooks, and other papers, chiefly 1878-1930, of Elvira Evelyna (Worth) Moffitt, concerning her club work and civic, cultural, and historical projects in Raleigh, N.C., and Richmond, Va. Organizations represented include the Raleigh Woman’s Club, North Carolina Peace Society, Women’s Association for the Betterment of Public Schools, Matthew Fontaine Maury Memorial Association, Daughters of the American Revolution, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Colonial Dames, and Roanoke Colony Memorial Association.

A complete list of all updated and posted legacy finding aids can be found here.

Legacy finding aids update

A new batch of updated and encoded legacy finding aids has just been posted. Some of the notable collections in this group are:

Salisbury Book Club Records, #4054

Oprah has nothing on these ladies (yet). The collection includes descriptive and detailed minutes of monthly meetings of a women’s book club in Salisbury, N.C., for thirty-three years, with only a few gaps, including book lists, accounts of programs, notes on discussions of cultural interest and on social matters, and indications of the spirit and atmosphere of the meetings, the charm of the hostesses’ arrangements, and other matters.

Emily Louise Pollard Papers, #4106

Emily Louise Pollard (1896-1972) traveled extensively, visiting Europe, 1913, 1924, 1926, and 1951, and California, 1917. The collection includes diaries and letters written by Pollard while traveling; letters concerning life in Chapel Hill, N.C., 1939-1941; poems and other writings by Pollard and her brother, Edward Bagby Pollard Junior, of Chapel Hill, N.C.; and miscellaneous volumes, including collected eulogies honoring Emily Pollard.

Riddick Family Papers, #4120

Members of the Riddick family include Wallace C. Riddick (1864-1942), professor of civil engineering and administrator at North Carolina State College, Raleigh, N.C., 1892-1937; his nephew, Ivy G. Riddick (1890-1956), an agent of the British-American Tobacco Company, Shanghai, China, 1918-1943; and Ivy Riddick’s wife, Margaret Riddick. Wallace Riddick’s material consists largely of items relating to land he bought and sold in Wake County, N.C., but includes some items relating to N.C. State College and engineering education. Papers of Ivy Riddick and his wife include personal letters discussing conditions in Shanghai and the Philippines, 1939-1943, and some items relating to Riddick’s employment by the British-American Tobacco Company. Also included are photograph albums and scrapbooks kept by the Riddicks in China.

Hubert Samuel Robinson Diaries and Scrapbooks, #4123

Hubert Samuel Robinson (1893-1972) was a chauffeur, butler, and gardener, 1932-1949, for the family of Frank Porter Graham, president of the University of North Carolina. Robinson was also a custodian, 1950-1966, at the University of North Carolina, a civic and political leader, and the first black alderman of Chapel Hill, N.C. The collection includes pocket diaries, 1929-1969, and scrapbooks, 1912-1964, containing clippings, correspondence, and memorabilia of Hubert S. Robinson Senior. The diaries contain very brief, almost daily entries, chiefly concerning Robinson’s work, his church, civic, social, and political activities, events in Chapel Hill, University sports events and other University occasions, family matters, and national news.

A complete list of all updated and posted legacy finding aids can be found here.

Legacy finding aids update

The latest group of legacy finding aids has just been posted online. Some of the notable collections from this group include:

Edith Russell Harrington Papers, #3821

Edith Russell Harrington was a writer, producer, and director of civic pageants across the South.  With her husband, Herschel R. Harrington, she founded Harrington-Russell Studios, Complete Pageant Service, in Asheville, N.C., in 1930, and operated the business for about fifteen years. Herschel Harrington did technical work, including lighting and set design, for the pageants his wife wrote and directed. The collection includes correspondence, plans, outlines, notes, and other papers of Edith Russell Harrington, primarily from the 1930s, relating to outdoor dramas, pageants, and festivals produced by Harrington-Russell Studios throughout the South; material relating to Van Horn’s, a Philadelphia costume supplier for which Harrington-Russell acted as agent in Florida in the 1930s; and scripts Harrington wrote for the Children’s Civic Theater in Atlanta, Ga., in the 1960s and early 1970s.

Genevieve Pearce Moore Diary, #3943

Genevieve Pearce Moore (born circa 1889) of High Point, N.C., was an elementary school teacher and counselor in North Carolina, Florida, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C. The collection includes the intermittent personal diary of Moore while working and vacationing in various locations. The entries concern Moore’s daily personal and domestic life, her work with school children, especially in music; her various social, church, volunteer, and club activities; and her frequent vacation trips.

North Carolina Constitutional Commission, #3991

In 1931 a commission of nine members was appointed to recommend revisions to the state constitution of North Carolina. Burton Craige (1875-1945), a lawyer of Winston-Salem, N.C., was one of commission members, along with Lindsay Carter Warren (born 1889) and John Johnston Parker (1885-1958). The collection inlcudes correspondence of Burton Craige regarding the report of the Constitutional Commission. Also included are mimeographed proceedings, drafts, working papers, and pertinent published material. At the recommendation of the State Supreme Court, the proposed constitution of 1933 was never submitted to the voters.

Lucy Maria Cobb Papers, #4019

Lucy Maria Cobb (1877-1969) was a teacher, professional genealogist, and free-lance writer of Raleigh, N.C. The collection includes personal and professional papers of Cobb including family and genealogical correspondence, genealogical notes, primary drafts of poems, plays, children’s stories, and articles by her, and the libretto (by Cobb) and music for an unpublished operetta, “The Pirate and the Governor’s Daughter.” Mary Louisa Cobb (1899-1976), Lucy Cobb’s niece in Chapel Hill, N.C., was her most frequent family correspondent; her letters discuss family matters and report on people and events in Chapel Hill. Family correspondence also deals with Lucy’s well-being as she ages, discussing dilemmas faced by an older, single woman in the late 1950s and 1960s.

A complete list of all updated and posted legacy finding aids can be found here.