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Collection Number: 02764

Collection Title: William Allan Papers, 1802-1937.

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 100 items)
Abstract William Allan (1837-1889) was a Confederate military officer and an educator. The collection contains letters, deeds, estate papers, business papers, diaries, reminiscences, and other material documenting the life of Allan and of members of his family. Allan's volumes include reminiscences, written in the 1880s, of his early life and of the Civil War, during which he served as a colonel and chief ordnance officer for generals Jackson, Ewell, and Early in the Army of Northern Virginia; notes on the 2nd Battle of Bull Run; notes on his conversations with General Robert E. Lee, 1867-1870 (typed transcriptions); and Allan's diaries, 1872-1873, while a professor at Washington College, Va., and 1882-1888, while principal of the McDonogh School, Baltimore, Md. Other volumes include the reminiscences of his wife, Elizabeth Randolph (Preston) Allan (1848-1933), published in Richmond, Va., in 1938; and the reminiscences (microfilm of typed transcriptions) of his father, Thomas Allan (1802-1873), who emigrated from Scotland in the 1830s and became a nurseryman and dairy farmer at Winchester, Va. Also included are copies of items relating to Preston family and Allan family history.
Creator Allan, William, 1837-1889.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
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 Allan Papers, #2764, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. William Allan of Chapel Hill, N.C., 1943. Additional material received from Anna Brooke Allan of Chapel Hill, N.C., November 1985 (Acc. 85143) and August 1990 (Acc. 90108).
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
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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William Allan (1837-1889) was a Confederate military officer and an educator.

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The collection contains letters, deeds, estate papers, business papers, diaries, reminiscences, and other material documenting the life of William Allan (1837-1889) and of members of his family. Allan's volumes include reminiscences, written in the 1880s, of his early life and of the Civil War, during which he served as a colonel and chief ordnance officer for generals Jackson, Ewell, and Early in the Army of Northern Virginia; notes on the 2nd Battle of Bull Run; notes on his conversations with General Robert E. Lee, 1867-1870 (typed transcriptions); and Allan's diaries, 1872-1873, while a professor at Washington College, Va., and 1882-1888, while principal of the McDonogh School, Baltimore, Md. Other volumes include the reminiscences of his wife, Elizabeth Randolph (Preston) Allan (1848-1933), published in Richmond, Va., in 1938; and the reminiscences (microfilm of typed transcriptions) of his father, Thomas Allan (1802-1873), who emigrated from Scotland in the 1830s and became a nurseryman and dairy farmer at Winchester, Va. Also included are copies of items relating to Preston and Allan family history.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #02764, Series: "William Allan Papers, 1802-1937." Folder 1a

Folder 1

Volume 1: Description of General John Pope's campaign, 1862 #02764, Series: "William Allan Papers, 1802-1937." Folder 1

Folder 2

Volume 2: Notebook, 1865 and undated #02764, Series: "William Allan Papers, 1802-1937." Folder 2

Folder 3-5

Folder 3

Folder 4

Folder 5

Volume 3: Notebook, 1868-1870 #02764, Series: "William Allan Papers, 1802-1937." Folder 3-5

Folder 6

Volume 4: Diary, William Allan, April -June 1873 #02764, Series: "William Allan Papers, 1802-1937." Folder 6

Folder 7

Volume 5: Diary, William Allan, January 1882-July 1883 #02764, Series: "William Allan Papers, 1802-1937." Folder 7

Folder 8

Volume 6: Diary, William Allan, September 1884-March 1886 #02764, Series: "William Allan Papers, 1802-1937." Folder 8

Folder 9

Volume 7: Diary, William Allan, March 1886-May 1888 #02764, Series: "William Allan Papers, 1802-1937." Folder 9

Folder 10

Volume 8: Reminiscences, William Allan #02764, Series: "William Allan Papers, 1802-1937." Folder 10

Folder 11

Volume 9: Reminiscences, William Allan #02764, Series: "William Allan Papers, 1802-1937." Folder 11

Folder 12

Volume 10: Memoirs, Elizabeth R. P. Allan, typescript copy #02764, Series: "William Allan Papers, 1802-1937." Folder 12

Folder 13

Volume 10: Memoirs, Elizabeth R. P. Allan, original #02764, Series: "William Allan Papers, 1802-1937." Folder 13

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Folder 18

Volume 11: Typed copies of excerpts from volumes and correspondence #02764, Series: "William Allan Papers, 1802-1937." Folder 14-18

Image Folder PF-2764/1

Photographs of portrait of William Allan #02764, Series: "William Allan Papers, 1802-1937." PF-2764/1

Portrait is located at McDonogh School in Baltimore, Md.

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Includes letters, deeds, estate papers, business papers, and other material documenting the life of William Allan and his father Thomas Allan.

Folder 19

1844-1873 #02764, Subseries: "Addition of November 1985 (Acc. 85143)" Folder 19

Folder 20

1874-1911 #02764, Subseries: "Addition of November 1985 (Acc. 85143)" Folder 20

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Adam Fielding, Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, October 2010

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

Diacritics and other special characters have been omitted from this finding aid to facilitate keyword searching in web browsers.

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