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Collection Number: 00025

Collection Title: Arnold and Appleton Family Papers, 1822-1907 (bulk 1864-1870)

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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 3.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 875 items)
Abstract The papers of the Lyman family and Appleton family of Waltham, Mass., and Savannah, Ga., the Arnold family of Providence, R.I., and White Hall plantation, Bryan County, Ga. comprise this collection. Central figures include Mary Ellen Lyman who married first J. Amory Appleton and second Charles S. Arnold; George Lyman Appleton (born 1841); and George's wife, Louisa Caroline Arnold, daughter of Samuel Green and Louisa Arnold. The collection includes correspondence, chiefly 1864-1870, of George Lyman Appleton while in Europe during the Civil War, and of his wife, Louisa; papers pertaining to the Lyman, Appleton, and Arnold families; diary, probably kept by Mrs. George W. Lyman during a trip to England in 1822; diary (1864-1869) kept by Mrs. Mary Ellen (Lyman) Appleton Arnold, telling of running the blockade from Wilmington, N.C., to Nassau, and life in Europe; personal diary (1864-1869) of Louisa Arnold; record (1842) of ships and cargoes of William Appleton and Company, Boston; and other miscellaneous family items.
Creator Arnold family.



Appleton family.
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 Arnold and Appleton Family Papers, #25, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Mrs. Mary Appleton Myers, Savannah, Ga., in May, 1940
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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The Lyman and Appleton families were of Waltham, Mass., and Savannah, Ga. and the Arnold family was of Providence, R.I., and White Hall plantation, Bryan County, Ga. Central figures include Mary Ellen Lyman who married first J. Amory Appleton and second Charles S. Arnold; George Lyman Appleton (born 1841); and George's wife, Louisa Caroline Arnold, daughter of Samuel Green and Louisa Arnold.

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The collection includes correspondence, chiefly 1864-1870, of George Lyman Appleton while in Europe during the Civil War, and of his wife, Louisa; papers pertaining to the Lyman, Appleton, and Arnold families; diary, probably kept by Mrs. George W. Lyman during a trip to England in 1822; diary (1864-1869) kept by Mrs. Mary Ellen (Lyman) Appleton Arnold, telling of running the blockade from Wilmington, N.C., to Nassau, and life in Europe; personal diary (1864-1869) of Louisa Arnold; record (1842) of ships and cargoes of William Appleton and Company, Boston; and other miscellaneous family items.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #00025, Series: " 1. Correspondence, 1822-1907 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1822-1863 #00025, Series: " 1. Correspondence, 1822-1907 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2-3

Folder 2

Folder 3

1864-1865 #00025, Series: " 1. Correspondence, 1822-1907 and undated." Folder 2-3

Folder 4

1866 #00025, Series: " 1. Correspondence, 1822-1907 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1867 #00025, Series: " 1. Correspondence, 1822-1907 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6-9

Folder 6

Folder 7

Folder 8

Folder 9

1868 #00025, Series: " 1. Correspondence, 1822-1907 and undated." Folder 6-9

Folder 10-16

Folder 10

Folder 11

Folder 12

Folder 13

Folder 14

Folder 15

Folder 16

1869-1870 #00025, Series: " 1. Correspondence, 1822-1907 and undated." Folder 10-16

Folder 17

1871-1875 #00025, Series: " 1. Correspondence, 1822-1907 and undated." Folder 17

Folder 18

July 1876-March 1901 #00025, Series: " 1. Correspondence, 1822-1907 and undated." Folder 18

Folder 19-30

Folder 19

Folder 20

Folder 21

Folder 22

Folder 23

Folder 24

Folder 25

Folder 26

Folder 27

Folder 28

Folder 29

Folder 30

undated #00025, Series: " 1. Correspondence, 1822-1907 and undated." Folder 19-30

Folder 31

Financial Material, 1836-1880 #00025, Series: " 1. Correspondence, 1822-1907 and undated." Folder 31

Folder 32

Printed Menus, August 1881-August 1882 #00025, Series: " 1. Correspondence, 1822-1907 and undated." Folder 32

Folder 33

Newspaper Clippings #00025, Series: " 1. Correspondence, 1822-1907 and undated." Folder 33

Folder 34

Miscellaneous #00025, Series: " 1. Correspondence, 1822-1907 and undated." Folder 34

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Folder 35

Vol. 1 May-August, 1822 #00025, Series: "2. Volumes, 1822-1878" Folder 35

Journal of European travel. Unidentified author, probably Elizabeth Gray (Otis) Lyman, of Waltham, Mass., daughter of Harrison Gray Otis and wife of George W. Lyman, traveling with her husband and baby. Full descriptions of travel in England and the return voyage to New York, N.Y.

Folder 36-37

Folder 36

Folder 37

Vol. 2a, Vol. 2b #00025, Series: "2. Volumes, 1822-1878" Folder 36-37

1837. Two small commonplace books kept by Mary Ellen (Lyman) Appleton.

Folder 38

Vol. 3 #00025, Series: "2. Volumes, 1822-1878" Folder 38

1841. Knitting directions by Mary Ellen (Lyman) Appleton.

Folder 39

Vol. 4, 1841-1869 #00025, Series: "2. Volumes, 1822-1878" Folder 39

Irregular private journal of Mary Ellen (Lymon) Appleton concerned almost entirely with the state of health of George Lyman Appleton.

Folder 40

Vol. 5 #00025, Series: "2. Volumes, 1822-1878" Folder 40

1842. Record of ships and cargoes, W.A. & Co. Probably records of William Appleton.

Folder 41

Vol. 6, April 1842-July 1858 #00025, Series: "2. Volumes, 1822-1878" Folder 41

Account of George W. Lyman with Mary Ellen (Lyman) Appleton.

Folder 42

Vol. 7, January-November, 1852 #00025, Series: "2. Volumes, 1822-1878" Folder 42

Short entry journal by George Lyman Appleton and Mary Ellen (Lyman) Appleton.

Folder 43

Vol. 8 #00025, Series: "2. Volumes, 1822-1878" Folder 43

1864. History notebook by Louisa Caroline. Arnold.

Folder 44

Vol. 9 #00025, Series: "2. Volumes, 1822-1878" Folder 44

1864-1869. Mary Ellen Arnold's journal of European travel with her son, George Lyman Appleton. The journal tells of running the blockade from Wilmington, R.I., to Nassau, and has full descriptions of places visited; not all the entries are in chronological order.

Folder 45

Vol. 10 #00025, Series: "2. Volumes, 1822-1878" Folder 45

October 1-18, 1864. Brief journal kept on European trip by George Lyman Appleton

Folder 46-58

Folder 46

Folder 47

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Folder 49

Folder 50

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Folder 57

Folder 58

Vol. 11-43 #00025, Series: "2. Volumes, 1822-1878" Folder 46-58

1864-1869. Diaries and notebooks of Louisa Caroline (Arnold) Appleton, Providence and Newport, R.I., and Georgia. Diaries cover her school life as well as travel in the East, South, and Midwest.

Folder 59

Vol. 44 #00025, Series: "2. Volumes, 1822-1878" Folder 59

1872-1874. Scattered brief diary entries, probably by Louisa Caroline (Arnold) Appleton.

Folder 60

Vol. 45 #00025, Series: "2. Volumes, 1822-1878" Folder 60

1875-1878. Commonplace book, by Louisa Caroline (Arnold) Appleton.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Adam Fielding and Jodi Berkowitz, September 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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