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Collection Number: 02005

Collection Title: Archibald Ray Black Papers, 1729-1929 (bulk 1848-1868)

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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 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 160 items)
Abstract Archibald Ray Black (died 1889) was a graduate of the University of North Carolina, 1853; teacher; county superintendent of public instruction; and sheriff of New Hanover County, N.C. He also acted as the administrator for the estate of his father-in-law, James McDuffee. The collection contains papers, chiefly 1848-1868, of James McDuffee relating chiefly to land and money in New Hanover and Sampson counties, N.C.; scattered family correspondence of the Murphy family, McDuffee family, and Black family of these counties, 1870s; miscellaneous papers, 1907-1929, of Elizabeth Janet Black, Wilmington, N.C., author of historical articles and poems, and member of the National Story Tellers League; and student notebooks, including mathematics notebooks, 1817-1826, and notes made at the Bingham School, Alamance County, N.C., late 1860s.
Creator Black, Archibald Ray, d. 1889.
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 Archibald Ray Black Papers, #2005, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Elizabeth Janel Black of Wilmington, N.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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Archibald Ray Black (died 1889) was a graduate of the University of North Carolina, 1853; teacher; county superintendent of public instruction; and sheriff of New Hanover County, N.C. He also acted as the administrator for the estate of his father-in-law, James McDuffee.

James McDuffee was an administrator of School District 22 in New Hanover County. McDuffee's wife was Catharine J. Murphy McDuffee.

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The collection includes papers, chiefly 1848-1868, of James McDuffee, father-in-law of Archibald Ray Black, for whom Black was executor, relating chiefly to land and money in New Hanover and Sampson counties, N.C. There are financial and legal documents including deeds, bills, receipts, accounts, tax returns, and inventories of assets. There are also scattered family letters of the Murphy, McDuffee (also MacDuffee and McDuffie), and Black families of these counties, 1870s. Also included in the collection are miscellaneous papers, 1907-1929, of Elizabeth Janet Black of Wilmington, N.C., author of historical articles and poems, and member of the National Story Tellers League; student notebooks, including mathematics notebooks, 1817-1826, and notes made at the Bingham School, Alamance County, N.C., late 1860s; and a few photographs.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #02005, Series: "Archibald Ray Black Papers, 1729-1929 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1729-1813 #02005, Series: "Archibald Ray Black Papers, 1729-1929 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1822-1829 #02005, Series: "Archibald Ray Black Papers, 1729-1929 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1830-1839 #02005, Series: "Archibald Ray Black Papers, 1729-1929 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1840-1849 #02005, Series: "Archibald Ray Black Papers, 1729-1929 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1850-1859, 1861-1868 #02005, Series: "Archibald Ray Black Papers, 1729-1929 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

1870-1878 and undated #02005, Series: "Archibald Ray Black Papers, 1729-1929 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

1907-1929 and miscellaneous #02005, Series: "Archibald Ray Black Papers, 1729-1929 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

Volume 1: Mathematics notebook, James MacDuffee, 1817-1820 #02005, Series: "Archibald Ray Black Papers, 1729-1929 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

Volume 2: Mathematics notebook, Catharine J. Murphy, 1825-1826 #02005, Series: "Archibald Ray Black Papers, 1729-1929 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

Volume 3: Memorandum book, 1854 (?) #02005, Series: "Archibald Ray Black Papers, 1729-1929 and undated." Folder 10

Volume 4: Student's notebook, Kenneth McDonald, 1868-1871 #02005, Series: "Archibald Ray Black Papers, 1729-1929 and undated." Folder 10

Image Folder PF-2005/1

Photograph of Laura McDuffie McDonald #02005, Series: "Archibald Ray Black Papers, 1729-1929 and undated." PF-2005/1

Photograph of Donald McDonald Miller #02005, Series: "Archibald Ray Black Papers, 1729-1929 and undated." PF-2005/1

Photograph of "Aunt Edie," a former slave #02005, Series: "Archibald Ray Black Papers, 1729-1929 and undated." PF-2005/1

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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; Kathryn Michaelis, December 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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