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Collection Number: 01527-z

Collection Title: John Y. Bassett Papers, 1822-1871.

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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 153 items
Abstract John Y. Bassett (1805-1851) was a physician of Huntsville, Ala. The collection contains letters relating to medical, financial, and family matters of John Y. Bassett and family correspondence of his wife, Isaphoene Thompson Bassett. The correspondence includes letters from editors Theodore Parker and William Gilmore Simms, 1849-1850, criticizing Bassett's article on race ethnology. After her husband's death in 1852, there are letters to Mrs. Bassett from her children, including sons Watkins (died 1862) and Henry Willis. Watkins wrote from Waco, Tex., where he was living with his uncle. Henry joined the Confederate Army and wrote from camps in Mississippi.
Creator Bassett, John Y., 1805-1851.
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 John Y. Bassett Papers, #1527-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Lenore Bassett Young (Mrs. Edward) Turnbull of Huntsville, Ala., September 1948.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1.
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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John Y. Bassett (1805-1851) was a physician of Huntsville, Ala. His wife was Isaphoene Thompson Bassett (died 1871).

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The collection includes letters relating to medical, financial, and family matters of John Y. Bassett and family correspondence of his wife, Isaphoene Thompson Bassett. The correspondence includes letters from editors Theodore Parker and William Gilmore Simms, 1849-1850, criticizing Bassett's article on race ethnology. After her husband's death in 1852, there are letters to Mrs. Bassett from her children, including sons Watkins (died 1862) and Henry Willis. Watkins wrote from Waco, Tex., where he was living with his uncle. Henry joined the Confederate Army and wrote from camps in Mississippi.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, July 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.

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