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Collection Number: 03365

Collection Title: Edmund Ruffin Beckwith Papers, 1753-1949

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Size 2.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1600 items)
Abstract Edmund Ruffin Beckwith (1890-1949) was a New York City lawyer. The collection includes papers accumulated by Edmund R. Beckwith while he was researching biographical information on his ancester, John Wright Stanly (1742-1789), merchant and Revolutionary patriot of New Bern, N.C. Included are papers of John Beckwith (1785-1870), physician of Raleigh, N.C., and Petersburg, Va., and his wife, Margaret, daughter of J.W. Stanly; papers of Harvey Stanly, Episcopal minister of New Bern and Elizabeth City, N.C., and Somerset County, Md., of his wife, Mary Ann, and of her father, C.R. Kinney (d. 1845), lawyer and legislator of Elizabeth City; scattered papers, chiefly typed transcripts and photocopies, of other members of the Stanly family; and correspondence, 1924-1949, of E.R. Beckwith and family members and research assistants about J.W. Stanly and his descendants.
Creator Beckwith, Edmund Ruffin, b. 1890.
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 Edmund Ruffin Beckwith papers #3365, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. Beckwith in 1958.
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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Edmund Ruffin Beckwith (1890-1949) was a New York City lawyer.

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The collection includes papers accumulated by Edmund R. Beckwith while he was researching biographical information on his ancester, John Wright Stanly (1742-1789), merchant and Revolutionary patriot of New Bern, N.C. Included are papers of John Beckwith (1785-1870), physician of Raleigh, N.C., and Petersburg, Va., and his wife, Margaret, daughter of J.W. Stanly; papers of Harvey Stanly, Episcopal minister of New Bern and Elizabeth City, N.C., and Somerset County, Md., of his wife, Mary Ann, and of her father, C.R. Kinney (d. 1845), lawyer and legislator of Elizabeth City; scattered papers, chiefly typed transcripts and photocopies, of other members of the Stanly family; and correspondence, 1924-1949, of E.R. Beckwith and family members and research assistants about J.W. Stanly and his descendants.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1753-1949.

About 1,200 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

The early correspondence consists chiefly of typed copies and photostats of letters of the Stanly family. Beginning in 1832, there are papers of C.R. Kinney, lawyer of Elizabeth City, N.C., and his son-in-law, Harvey Stanly, Episcopal minister and grandson of John Wright Stanly. After Kinney's death in 1845, the letters are those of other members of the Stanly family. In 1924, Beckwith began work on Stanly and letters consist of correspondence connected with his research.

Folder 1

1753-1783 #03365, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1753-1949." Folder 1

Folder 2

1784-1789 #03365, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1753-1949." Folder 2

Folder 3

1790-1800 #03365, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1753-1949." Folder 3

Folder 4

1802-1827 #03365, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1753-1949." Folder 4

Folder 5

1832-1833 #03365, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1753-1949." Folder 5

Folder 6

1835-1838 #03365, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1753-1949." Folder 6

Folder 7

1839-1840 #03365, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1753-1949." Folder 7

Folder 8

1841-1842 #03365, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1753-1949." Folder 8

Folder 9

1843 January-May #03365, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1753-1949." Folder 9

Folder 10

1843 June-September #03365, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1753-1949." Folder 10

Folder 11

1843 October-December #03365, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1753-1949." Folder 11

Folder 12

1844 #03365, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1753-1949." Folder 12

Folder 13

1845 #03365, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1753-1949." Folder 13

Folder 14

1846-1883 #03365, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1753-1949." Folder 14

Folder 15

1890-1923 #03365, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1753-1949." Folder 15

Folder 16

1924-1931 #03365, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1753-1949." Folder 16

Folder 17

1933 January-March #03365, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1753-1949." Folder 17

Folder 18

1933 April-19 May #03365, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1753-1949." Folder 18

Folder 19

1933 20-31 May #03365, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1753-1949." Folder 19

Folder 20-22

Folder 20

Folder 21

Folder 22

1933 June #03365, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1753-1949." Folder 20-22

Folder 23-24

Folder 23

Folder 24

1933 July #03365, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1753-1949." Folder 23-24

Folder 25

1933 August #03365, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1753-1949." Folder 25

Folder 26

1933 September #03365, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1753-1949." Folder 26

Folder 27

1933 October #03365, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1753-1949." Folder 27

Folder 28

1933 November-December #03365, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1753-1949." Folder 28

Folder 29

1934 January #03365, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1753-1949." Folder 29

Folder 30

1934 February-March #03365, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1753-1949." Folder 30

Folder 31

1934 April #03365, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1753-1949." Folder 31

Folder 32

1934 May #03365, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1753-1949." Folder 32

Folder 33

1934 June-July #03365, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1753-1949." Folder 33

Folder 34

1934 August-December #03365, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1753-1949." Folder 34

Folder 35

1935 #03365, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1753-1949." Folder 35

Folder 36

1936-1938 #03365, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1753-1949." Folder 36

Folder 37

1937-1948 #03365, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1753-1949." Folder 37

Folder 38

1949 #03365, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1753-1949." Folder 38

Folder 39-42

Folder 39

Folder 40

Folder 41

Folder 42

Undated #03365, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1753-1949." Folder 39-42

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About 400 items.

These papers include research materials, such as index cards, and clippings pertaining to Beckwith's biography of Stanly.

Folder 43

Whitford narrative #03365, Series: "2. Other Papers." Folder 43

Folder 44

Clippings, maps #03365, Series: "2. Other Papers." Folder 44

Folder 45

John Wright Stanly biography (fragment) #03365, Series: "2. Other Papers." Folder 45

Folder 46

Genealogical sheets #03365, Series: "2. Other Papers." Folder 46

Folder 47-50

Folder 47

Folder 48

Folder 49

Folder 50

Index cards #03365, Series: "2. Other Papers." Folder 47-50

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26 items.

Arrangement: topical.

Image P-3365/1-7

P-3365/1

P-3365/2

P-3365/3

P-3365/4

P-3365/5

P-3365/6

P-3365/7

Portraits of Codgell and Stanly family members. #03365, Series: "3. Pictures, undated." P-3365/1-7

Image P-3365/8

Stanly Mansion, Newbern, N.C. #03365, Series: "3. Pictures, undated." P-3365/8

Image P-3365/9-23

P-3365/9

P-3365/10

P-3365/11

P-3365/12

P-3365/13

P-3365/14

P-3365/15

P-3365/16

P-3365/17

P-3365/18

P-3365/19

P-3365/20

P-3365/21

P-3365/22

P-3365/23

Heirlooms of the Stanly and Beckwith families. #03365, Series: "3. Pictures, undated." P-3365/9-23

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Processing Information

Processed by: Suzanne Ruffing, February 1996

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

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