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Collection Number: 03547

Collection Title: William Hayes Ackland Papers, 1847-1937.

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Size About 4,000 items (12.5 linear feet).
Abstract Native of Tennessee; author, art collector, and Washington, D.C., lawyer. After his death Ackland's art collection and an endowment for a museum was given to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ackland's name was originally Acklen. Ackland travelled widely, spending part of each year in London and Florida, and moved in society in England and America. His papers, mostly dating from 1890, consist of extensive social correspondence; manuscripts of short stories, novels, and plays written by him; notebooks and scrapbooks on many subjects, especially reflecting social conditions during the Victorian age and into the early 20th century; personal diaries, 1894-1900 and 1927-1928; autograph letters and autographs of many British and American notables; reminiscences of his childhood near Nashville, Tenn., his education, and his legal practice and social life; and other items. Letters to Ackland include two, 1878 and 1879, from Henry W. Longfellow, and an eight-page letter, 1880, from Sidney Lanier about what he thought was involved in being a poet. Collected items incude single letters from Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1847, Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1884, and James Russell Lowell, 1886, and two letters from John Greenleaf Whittier.
Creator Ackland, William Hayes, 1855-1940.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the William Hayes Ackland Papers, #3547, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Bequest 1957
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Native of Tennessee; author, art collector, and Washington, D.C., lawyer. After his death Ackland's art collection and an endowment for a museum was given to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ackland's name was originally Acklen.

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Ackland travelled widely, spending part of each year in London and Florida, and moved in society in England and America. His papers, mostly dating from 1890, consist of extensive social correspondence; manuscripts of short stories, novels, and plays written by him; notebooks and scrapbooks on many subjects, especially reflecting social conditions during the Victorian age and into the early 20th century; personal diaries, 1894-1900 and 1927-1928; autograph letters and autographs of many British and American notables; reminiscences of his childhood near Nashville, Tenn., his education, and his legal practice and social life; and other items. Letters to Ackland include two, 1878 and 1879, from Henry W. Longfellow, and an eight-page letter, 1880, from Sidney Lanier about what he thought was involved in being a poet. Collected items incude single letters from Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1847, Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1884, and James Russell Lowell, 1886, and two letters from John Greenleaf Whittier.

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Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

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