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Collection Number: 00065-z

Collection Title: Mary E. Strayhorn Berry Papers, 1841-1944.

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 About 30 items
Abstract Mary E. Strayhorn Berry (died 1934) was the daughter of William F. and Harriet Holden (Nichols) Strayhorn; and niece of Thomas Jackson Strayhorn (1831-1864), member of the Orange Guards, Company G, 27th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, Confederate States of America. The collection includes papers of the family of Mrs. Mary (Strayhorn) Berry, including sixteen letters, 1863-1864, from a soldier with the Orange Guards, Company G, 27th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, serving in Virginia and Pennsylvania; slight family correspondence of Mrs. Berry's daughters, 1934; and a typed transcription, 22 pages, of her recollections of her childhood near Hillsborough, N.C., before the Civil War.
Creator Berry, Mary E. Strayhorn, d. 1934.
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 Mary E. Strayhorn Berry Papers, #65-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mary E. Strayhorn of Chapel Hill, N.C., 1927
Received from Mrs. Kent J. Brown of Chapel Hill, N.C., 1944, 1945, and 1968.
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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Mary E. Strayhorn Berry (d. 1934) was the daughter of William F. and Harriet Holden (Nichols) Strayhorn; and niece of Thomas Jackson Strayhorn (1831-1864), member of the Orange Guards, Company G, 27th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, Confederate States of America. Mary E. Strayhorn Berry died in 1934.

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The collection includes papers of the family of Mrs. Mary (Strayhorn) Berry, including sixteen letters, 1863-1864, from Thomas Jackson Strayhorn, a soldier with the Orange Guards, Company G, 27th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, serving in Virginia and Pennsylvania; slight family correspondence of Mrs. Berry's daughters, Mary Elizabeth Berry Brown and Margaret Strudwick Berry Street, 1934; and a typed transcription, 22 pages, of her recollections of her childhood near Hillsborough, N.C., before the Civil War. Additional papers include a bill of sale for a slave, 1841; a letter from W. P. Mangum to John Berry on financial matters, 1842; an obituary for Kent James Brown, 1944; and other items.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, January 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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