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Collection Number: 00066

Collection Title: William Birnie Papers, 1836-1919 (bulk 1842-1864).

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 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 325 items)
Abstract William Birnie (fl. 1842-1864) was a Charleston, S.C., merchant and president of the Bank of South Carolina. The collection includes letters, 1842-1864, to Birnie, from members of the Birnie and Ferguson families, mostly in Aberdeen, Scotland, about family affairs, commerce, economic conditions, and current events; letters from American relatives which contain information about life and industries in Charleston, S.C., in the early 1800s, railroad enterprises, and agricultural trade; and letters, 1862-1864, to Birnie in Greenville, S.C., from his nephews, who were managing his affairs in Charleston.
Creator Birnie, William, fl. 1842-1864.
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 William Birnie Papers, #66, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. James Lewis of Greenville, S.C., prior to 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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William Birnie (fl. 1842-1864) was a Charleston, S.C., merchant and president of the Bank of South Carolina. He was at one time associated with Birnie & Stuart, and later with Birnie & Ogilvie.

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The collection includes letters, 1842-1864, to William Birnie, from members of the Birnie and Ferguson families, mostly in Aberdeen, Scotland, about family affairs, commerce, economic conditions, and current events; letters from American relatives which contain information about life and industries in Charleston, S.C., in the early 1800s, railroad enterprises, and agricultural trade; and letters, 1862-1864, to Birnie in Greenville, S.C., from his nephews, who were managing his affairs in Charleston.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #00066, Series: "William Birnie Papers, 1836-1919 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

Introductory material #00066, Series: "William Birnie Papers, 1836-1919 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1836, 1842, 1843 #00066, Series: "William Birnie Papers, 1836-1919 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1844-1845 #00066, Series: "William Birnie Papers, 1836-1919 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

January-August 1846 #00066, Series: "William Birnie Papers, 1836-1919 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

October 1846-June 1847 #00066, Series: "William Birnie Papers, 1836-1919 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

July-November 1847 #00066, Series: "William Birnie Papers, 1836-1919 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

December 1847-March 1848 #00066, Series: "William Birnie Papers, 1836-1919 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

April-December 1848 #00066, Series: "William Birnie Papers, 1836-1919 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

January-July 1849 #00066, Series: "William Birnie Papers, 1836-1919 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

August 1849-April 1850 #00066, Series: "William Birnie Papers, 1836-1919 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

May-December 1850 #00066, Series: "William Birnie Papers, 1836-1919 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

January-May 1851 #00066, Series: "William Birnie Papers, 1836-1919 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

June-November 1851 #00066, Series: "William Birnie Papers, 1836-1919 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

December 1851-1852 #00066, Series: "William Birnie Papers, 1836-1919 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

January-November 1853 #00066, Series: "William Birnie Papers, 1836-1919 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16

January 1854-July 1855 #00066, Series: "William Birnie Papers, 1836-1919 and undated." Folder 16

Folder 17

August 1855-1856 #00066, Series: "William Birnie Papers, 1836-1919 and undated." Folder 17

Folder 18

January 1857-August 1858 #00066, Series: "William Birnie Papers, 1836-1919 and undated." Folder 18

Folder 19

September 1858-1859 #00066, Series: "William Birnie Papers, 1836-1919 and undated." Folder 19

Folder 20

January 1860-May 1862 #00066, Series: "William Birnie Papers, 1836-1919 and undated." Folder 20

Folder 21

July-August 1862 #00066, Series: "William Birnie Papers, 1836-1919 and undated." Folder 21

Folder 22

September-December 1862 #00066, Series: "William Birnie Papers, 1836-1919 and undated." Folder 22

Folder 23

January-June 1863 #00066, Series: "William Birnie Papers, 1836-1919 and undated." Folder 23

Folder 24

July 1863 #00066, Series: "William Birnie Papers, 1836-1919 and undated." Folder 24

Folder 25

August 1863-September 1919 #00066, Series: "William Birnie Papers, 1836-1919 and undated." Folder 25

Folder 26

Undated letters #00066, Series: "William Birnie Papers, 1836-1919 and undated." Folder 26

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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.

Diacritics and other special characters have been omitted from this finding aid to facilitate keyword searching in web browsers.

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