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Collection Number: 00032

Collection Title: James Atkins Papers, 1874-1931.

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web. See the section for more information.


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 2.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1680 items)
Abstract James Atkins (1850-1923) was a clergyman of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South; the bishop of North Carolina; the president of Asheville Female College, 1879-1889; and the president of Emory and Henry College, 1893-1896. The collection includes family and professional correspondence of Atkins; and family and business papers, 1923-1931, of his son, James Atkins, Jr., a real estate broker of Waynesville, N.C. Also included is material relating to Haywood County, N.C., schools, Asheville Female College, Emory and Henry College, Methodist churches in the South, and home and foreign missions. Volumes include miscellaneous records of the two colleges and brief diaries, 1891, 1895, and undated.
Creator Atkins, James, 1850-1923.
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 James Atkins Papers, #32, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mr. and Mrs. James Atkins, Jr., of Waynesville, N.C., 1938.
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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James Atkins (1850-1923) was a clergyman of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South; the bishop of North Carolina; the president of Asheville Female College, 1879-1889; and the president of Emory and Henry College, 1893-1896. He was married to Ella Maria Branner and they had a son, James Atkins, Jr., a real estate broker of Waynesville, N.C.

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The collection includes family and professional correspondence of James Atkins; and family and business papers, 1920-1931, of James Atkins, Jr. Correspondence of James Atkins is primarily concerned with family and religious affairs, with some descriptions of travels abroad and within the United States. Among the correspondents are B. B. Comer, F. M. Simmons, and Edwin Mouzon. Some items are related to educational institutions with which Atkins was affiliated including Haywood County, N.C., schools; Asheville Female College; Emory and Henry College; Vanderbilt University; and Southern Methodist University at Dallas, Tex. There are also items related to Methodism, its doctrine, growth in the South, and missionary work. Volumes include miscellaneous records of the Asheville Female College and Emory and Henry College and brief diaries, 1891, 1895, and undated. Among the miscellaneous and undated items are sermon notes, articles for publication, and scripture quotations.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #00032, Series: "James Atkins Papers, 1874-1931 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1874-1875 #00032, Series: "James Atkins Papers, 1874-1931 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1876, 1878-1880, 1889 #00032, Series: "James Atkins Papers, 1874-1931 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1890-1893, 1895 #00032, Series: "James Atkins Papers, 1874-1931 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1896-1897 #00032, Series: "James Atkins Papers, 1874-1931 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1898-1899 #00032, Series: "James Atkins Papers, 1874-1931 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

1900-1902 #00032, Series: "James Atkins Papers, 1874-1931 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

1903-1904 #00032, Series: "James Atkins Papers, 1874-1931 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

1905-1906 #00032, Series: "James Atkins Papers, 1874-1931 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9-10

Folder 9

Folder 10

1907 #00032, Series: "James Atkins Papers, 1874-1931 and undated." Folder 9-10

Folder 11

1908 #00032, Series: "James Atkins Papers, 1874-1931 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

1909 #00032, Series: "James Atkins Papers, 1874-1931 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13-15

Folder 13

Folder 14

Folder 15

1910 #00032, Series: "James Atkins Papers, 1874-1931 and undated." Folder 13-15

Folder 16

1911 #00032, Series: "James Atkins Papers, 1874-1931 and undated." Folder 16

Folder 17

1912 #00032, Series: "James Atkins Papers, 1874-1931 and undated." Folder 17

Folder 18

1913 #00032, Series: "James Atkins Papers, 1874-1931 and undated." Folder 18

Folder 19

1914-1915 #00032, Series: "James Atkins Papers, 1874-1931 and undated." Folder 19

Folder 20

1916 #00032, Series: "James Atkins Papers, 1874-1931 and undated." Folder 20

Folder 21-22

Folder 21

Folder 22

1917 #00032, Series: "James Atkins Papers, 1874-1931 and undated." Folder 21-22

Folder 23

1918-1919 #00032, Series: "James Atkins Papers, 1874-1931 and undated." Folder 23

Folder 24

1920-1922 #00032, Series: "James Atkins Papers, 1874-1931 and undated." Folder 24

Folder 25

1923 #00032, Series: "James Atkins Papers, 1874-1931 and undated." Folder 25

Folder 26

1924 #00032, Series: "James Atkins Papers, 1874-1931 and undated." Folder 26

Folder 27-28

Folder 27

Folder 28

1925 #00032, Series: "James Atkins Papers, 1874-1931 and undated." Folder 27-28

Folder 29

1926 #00032, Series: "James Atkins Papers, 1874-1931 and undated." Folder 29

Folder 30

1927 #00032, Series: "James Atkins Papers, 1874-1931 and undated." Folder 30

Folder 31-32

Folder 31

Folder 32

1928 #00032, Series: "James Atkins Papers, 1874-1931 and undated." Folder 31-32

Folder 33

1929-1931 #00032, Series: "James Atkins Papers, 1874-1931 and undated." Folder 33

Folder 34-46

Folder 34

Folder 35

Folder 36

Folder 37

Folder 38

Folder 39

Folder 40

Folder 41

Folder 42

Folder 43

Folder 44

Folder 45

Folder 46

Undated #00032, Series: "James Atkins Papers, 1874-1931 and undated." Folder 34-46

Folder 47

Clippings #00032, Series: "James Atkins Papers, 1874-1931 and undated." Folder 47

Folder 48

Miscellaneous #00032, Series: "James Atkins Papers, 1874-1931 and undated." Folder 48

Extra Oversize Paper Folder X-OPF-31/1

Diplomas and certificates #00032, Series: "James Atkins Papers, 1874-1931 and undated." X-OPF-31/1

Folder 49

Volume 1: Account book, 1885-1887 #00032, Series: "James Atkins Papers, 1874-1931 and undated." Folder 49

Folder 50

Volume 2: Treasurer's book, Emory and Henry College, 1890-1896 #00032, Series: "James Atkins Papers, 1874-1931 and undated." Folder 50

Folder 51

Volume 3: Mailing list, Asheville Female College, 1890-1893 #00032, Series: "James Atkins Papers, 1874-1931 and undated." Folder 51

Folder 52

Volume 4: Diary, 1891 #00032, Series: "James Atkins Papers, 1874-1931 and undated." Folder 52

Folder 53

Volume 5: Diary, 1895 #00032, Series: "James Atkins Papers, 1874-1931 and undated." Folder 53

Folder 54

Volume 6: Account book, 1893-1896 #00032, Series: "James Atkins Papers, 1874-1931 and undated." Folder 54

Folder 55

Volume 7: Notebook, James Atkins Junior, undated #00032, Series: "James Atkins Papers, 1874-1931 and undated." Folder 55

Folder 56

Volume 8: Travel diary, James Atkins, undated #00032, Series: "James Atkins Papers, 1874-1931 and undated." Folder 56

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, May 2009

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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