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Collection Number: 04021

Collection Title: Sarah Rebecca Cameron Papers, 1827-1970

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Size 4.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 3600 items)
Abstract Sarah Rebecca Cameron of Hillsborough, N.C., daughter of William Cameron (1816-1893) and Emma S. (Moore) Cameron, was a novelist under the pseudonym of H. M. Legrange, and author of articles and poems for children's and religious magazines. She was an active supporter of the Confederate cause. In the 1870s and 1880s she was employed by the U.S. Treasury Department. Correspondence, writings, financial and legal material, volumes, and other materials belonging to Sarah Rebecca Cameron and members of her family. Correspondence is mostly personal and relates primarily to family matters. Also included is a large amount of correspondence among other family members, including copies of letters, circa 1827-1834, between Sarah's grandmother, Anne Call Cameron (1794-1856), and her great- grandfather, Judge Daniel Call; and correspondence, circa 1900-1915, between Sarah's brother, Allan Jones Cameron, and his children, William (1893-1910) and Anne. Also included are letters from publishers of periodicals to which Sarah made contributions, and fan mail. Volumes consist of family diaries, including one kept during the Civil War, and those of Sarah's sisters Anna Alexander Cameron and Emma Moore Cameron, as well as several composition books belonging to Sarah's nephew William Cameron.
Creator Cameron, Sarah Rebecca, 1845-1938.
Language English
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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 Sarah Rebecca Cameron papers #4021, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Miss Annie Cameron in November 1977 and October 1978.
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Sarah Rebecca Cameron was born on 26 April 1845. She was the first or second child (evidence is conflicting) of Dr. William and Emma Moore Cameron of Hillsboro, North Carolina. She was educated at the Nash-Kollock School for Girls in Hillsboro. During the Civil War, she was an active supporter of the Confederate cause. In the 1870s and 1880s Cameron worked for the United States Treasury in Washington, DC, and as a secretary in New York and New Orleans.

In 1872 Cameron published her only novel, Salted With Fire , under the pseudonym of H. M. LeGrange. During this period she also co-edited the Randolph Abbott Shotwell Papers with J. G. de Roulhac Hamilton. She also wrote articles and poems for periodicals, and during the 1880s wrote a column for the children's page of the Episcopal Church's Church Messenger . Sarah Cameron died in 1938.

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Correspondence, writings, financial and legal material, volumes, and other materials belonging to Sarah Rebecca Cameron and members of her family. Correspondence is mostly personal and relates primarily to family matters. Also included is a large amount of correspondence among other family members, including copies of letters, circa 1827-1834, between Sarah's grandmother, Anne Call Cameron (1794-1856), and her great- grandfather, Judge Daniel Call; and correspondence, circa 1900-1915, between Sarah's brother, Allan Jones Cameron, and his children, William (1893-1910) and Anne. Also included are letters from publishers of periodicals to which Sarah made contributions, and fan mail. Volumes consist of family diaries, including one kept during the Civil War, and those of Sarah's sisters Anna Alexander Cameron and Emma Moore Cameron, as well as several composition books belonging to Sarah's nephew William Cameron.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1827-1940.

About 1500 items.

Primarily personal correspondence between Sarah Rebecca Cameron and friends and relatives concerning family matters. Also included is a large amount of correspondence among other members of the Cameron family including copies of letters (circa 1827-1834) between her grandmother, Anne Call Cameron, and her grandfather, Judge Daniel Call; and correspondence (circa 1900-1915) between Sarah Cameron's brother, Alan Cameron, and his children, William and Annie Cameron.

Correspondence also includes Sarah Cameron's professional communications, ranging from letters from publishers of various periodicals to which she made contributions in the form of poems and articles, to letters from readers of the Church Messenger of the Episcopal Church, in which she wrote a column for the children's page under the name "Aunt Becky."

There is also correspondence relating to Cameron's involvement in the North Carolina Division of the Daughters of the Confederacy, in which she served as president and historian.

Also addressed to Sarah Cameron were letters concerning the shipment of goods purchased by mail, specifically clothing and home remedies.

Folder 1

1827-1834 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 1

Folder 2

1835-1840 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 2

Folder 3

1841-1860 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 3

Folder 4

1861-1867 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 4

Folder 5

1868-1869 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 5

Folder 6

1870-1871 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 6

Folder 7

1872-1875 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 7

Folder 8

1876-1879 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 8

Folder 9

1880 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 9

Folder 10

1881 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 10

Folder 11

1882-1883 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 11

Folder 12

1884-1885 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 12

Folder 13

1886 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 13

Folder 14

1887 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 14

Folder 15

1888 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 15

Folder 16

1889-1890 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 16

Folder 17

1891 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 17

Folder 18

1892 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 18

Folder 19

1893-1894 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 19

Folder 20

1895 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 20

Folder 21

June-December 1896 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 21

Folder 22

1897-1898 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 22

Folder 23

1899-1900 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 23

Folder 24

1901-January 1903 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 24

Folder 25

February-December 1903 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 25

Folder 26

1904-1905 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 26

Folder 27

January-August 1906 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 27

Folder 28

September-December 1906 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 28

Folder 29

January-June 1907 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 29

Folder 30

July-December 1907 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 30

Folder 31

January-May 1908 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 31

Folder 32

June-July 1908 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 32

Folder 33

August-September 1908 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 33

Folder 34

October-November 1908 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 34

Folder 35

December 1908 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 35

Folder 36

January 1909 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 36

Folder 37

February 1909 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 37

Folder 38

March 1909 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 38

Folder 39

April 1909 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 39

Folder 40

May 1909 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 40

Folder 41

June-July 1909 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 41

Folder 42

August-September 1909 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 42

Folder 43

October-November 1909 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 43

Folder 44

December 1909 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 44

Folder 45

January 1910 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 45

Folder 46

1-15 February 1910 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 46

Folder 47

15-30 February 1910 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 47

Folder 48

March-May 1910 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 48

Folder 49

June-July 1910 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 49

Folder 50

August-December 1910 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 50

Folder 51

January-April 1911 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 51

Folder 52

May-December 1911 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 52

Folder 53

January-July 1912 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 53

Folder 54

August-September 1912 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 54

Folder 55

January-August 1913 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 55

Folder 56

September-November 1913 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 56

Folder 57

December 1913 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 57

Folder 58

January 1914 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 58

Folder 59

February-March 1914 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 59

Folder 60

April-December 1914 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 60

Folder 61

1916-1920 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 61

Folder 62

1921-1940 #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 62

Folder 63-66

Folder 63

Folder 64

Folder 65

Folder 66

Undated #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 63-66

Folder 67

Undated fragments #04021, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1827-1940." Folder 67

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About 30 items.

Primarily receipts for food, clothing, and medication, as well as receipts for tuition and school supplies for Annie Cameron at St. Mary's School in Raleigh. Also included is a receipt (dated 2 May 1816) to John Cameron, Sarah's uncle, for taxes on Cameron property in Luninburg County, Virginia.

Folder 68

Financial and legal material, 1815-1917 #04021, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1815-1917." Folder 68

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About 70 items.

Creative writings from several members of the Cameron family. The principal author is Sarah Rebecca Cameron, although there are also a few other writers. The majority of the material, however, is unsigned.

Folder 69

A. Cameron-E. Cameron #04021, Series: "3. Writings, Undated." Folder 69

Folder 70

Sarah Rebecca Cameron #04021, Series: "3. Writings, Undated." Folder 70

Folder 71

D-Z #04021, Series: "3. Writings, Undated." Folder 71

Folder 72-75

Folder 72

Folder 73

Folder 74

Folder 75

Unsigned Writings #04021, Series: "3. Writings, Undated." Folder 72-75

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11 items.

Volumes include several diaries written by Anna and Emma Cameron, sisters of Sarah Rebecca Cameron; a volume of addresses with a list of letters written and received by Cameron from 1887-1888; a volume containing a list of employees, with hours worked and amounts paid to each; and composition books used by Sarah's nephew William Cameron. There is also an oversize volume which appears to have been used for several purposes. This volume, belonging to Sarah's father William Cameron, was used as an acount book from 1810 through the 1840s, but also includes a list of pupils of Lockhill School and a list of boarders and their accounts. The book was given to Sarah Cameron on 18 May 1861, and was used as a journal by her and possibly other family members until 1865. This volume was further used to record letters written and received from July 1868 - April 1871.

Folder 76

Volume 1: "The Soul's Inquiries Answered," with entries by Emma Cameron #04021, Series: "4. Volumes, circa 1870-1920." Folder 76

Folder 77

Volume 2: Diary of Emma Cameron #04021, Series: "4. Volumes, circa 1870-1920." Folder 77

Folder 78

Volume 3: Diary of Emma and Anna Cameron #04021, Series: "4. Volumes, circa 1870-1920." Folder 78

Folder 79

Volumes 4 and 5 #04021, Series: "4. Volumes, circa 1870-1920." Folder 79

Volume 4: Address book and list of letters written and received 1887-1888 #04021, Series 4. Volumes, circa 1870-1920., Folder 79
Volume 5: Listing of employees and their accounts #04021, Series 4. Volumes, circa 1870-1920., Folder 79
Folder 80

Volume 6: Composition book of William Cameron on Roman history #04021, Series: "4. Volumes, circa 1870-1920." Folder 80

Folder 81

Volume 7: Composition book of William Cameron on English history #04021, Series: "4. Volumes, circa 1870-1920." Folder 81

Folder 82

Volume 8: Composition book of William Cameron on Chemistry #04021, Series: "4. Volumes, circa 1870-1920." Folder 82

Folder 83

Volume 9: Composition book of William Cameron on English #04021, Series: "4. Volumes, circa 1870-1920." Folder 83

Folder 84

Volume 10: "The Little Toy Shop" - Accounts #04021, Series: "4. Volumes, circa 1870-1920." Folder 84

Folder 85

Volume 11: "The Penny Store" - Accounts #04021, Series: "4. Volumes, circa 1870-1920." Folder 85

Oversize Volume SV-4021/12

Volume 12: Book used for accounts circa 1810-1840 and as a journal by members of the Cameron family circa 1861-1865 #04021, Series: "4. Volumes, circa 1870-1920." SV-4021/12

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Image Folder PF-4021/1

Three pictures: #04021, Series: "6. Pictures." PF-4021/1

P-4021/1: Elizabeth Cameron, 1959. Photograph: 9 x 7.5 cm. #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Imagefolder PF-4021/1
P-4021/2: Annie Sutton Cameron, niece of Sarah Rebecca Cameron, 1955. Photograph: 25 x 20 cm. #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Imagefolder PF-4021/1
P-4021/3: Judge Alfred Moore, grandfather of SRC, 17--. Reproduction of engraving: 15 x 10 cm. #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Imagefolder PF-4021/1
Image Folder PF-4021/2

Four pictures: #04021, Series: "6. Pictures." PF-4021/2

P-4021/4: Hugh Williamson, circa 1800. Reproduction of engraving: 15 x 11.5 cm. #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Imagefolder PF-4021/2
P-4021/5: Preston Bynum, 1876. Carte-de-visite. #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Imagefolder PF-4021/2
P-4021/6: M. Duke B., possibly brother of Preston Bynum, 1876. Carte-de-visite. Photographer: J. H. Van Ness, Charlotte, NC. #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Imagefolder PF-4021/2
P-4021/7: Reverend Masterson, 19--. Photograph: 17.5 x 12.5 cm. #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Imagefolder PF-4021/2
Image Folder PF-4021/3

Two photographs: #04021, Series: "6. Pictures." PF-4021/3

P-4021/8: Grant Shepherd, circa 1915-1920. Photograph: 20.5 x 14.5 cm. #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Imagefolder PF-4021/3
P-4021/10: Annie Sutton and William Cameron, niece and nephew of SRC, 1902. Photograph: 6.5 x 5 cm. #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Imagefolder PF-4021/3
Special Format Image SF-P-4021/9

Emma, Anna, and Sarah Rebecca Cameron, 1869. Tintype: 6 x 10 cm. #04021, Series: "6. Pictures." SF-P-4021/9

Image Folder PF-4021/4

Four photographs: #04021, Series: "6. Pictures." PF-4021/4

P-4021/11-13: Annie Sutton Cameron and unidentified man, award presentation, 1955. Photograph: 25 x 20 cm. #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Imagefolder PF-4021/4
P-4021/14: Thomas and Strudwick Arrasmith, 1928. Photograph: 25 x 20 cm. #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Imagefolder PF-4021/4
Image Folder PF-4021/5

Five mounted photographs: #04021, Series: "6. Pictures." PF-4021/5

P-4021/15: Bynum Gymnasium, UNC-Chapel Hill, circa 1910. Photograph: 17 x 10 cm. (mount: 20 x 25 cm.) #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Imagefolder PF-4021/5
P-4021/16: Howell Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill, circa 1910. Photograph: 17 x 10 cm. (mount: 20 x 25 cm.) #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Imagefolder PF-4021/5
P-4021/17: Davie Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill, circa 1910. Photograph: 17 x 10 cm. (mount: 20 x 25 cm.) #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Imagefolder PF-4021/5
P-4021/18: Smith Building, UNC-Chapel Hill, circa 1910. Photograph: 17 x 10 cm. (mount: 20 x 25 cm.) #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Imagefolder PF-4021/5
P-4021/19: South Building, UNC-Chapel Hill, circa 1910. Photograph: 17 x 10 cm. (mount: 20 x 25 cm.) #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Imagefolder PF-4021/5
Image Folder PF-4021/6

Three pictures: #04021, Series: "6. Pictures." PF-4021/6

P-4021/20: Unidentified woman, 19--? Carte-de-visite. Photographer: George G. Rockwood, New York, NY. #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Imagefolder PF-4021/6
P-4021/21: Football team, unidentified, 1908. Photograph: halftone, 10x8 cm (mount: 15x13 cm) #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Imagefolder PF-4021/6
P-4021/22: Unidentified street scene, circa 1935-1945. Photograph: 15 x 9.5 cm. #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Imagefolder PF-4021/6
Oversize Paper Folder OPF-4021/1

Two oversize pictures and a letter: #04021, Series: "6. Pictures." OPF-4021/1

OP-P-4021/23: Picture of young woman, circa 1920-1930. Chalk drawing: 30 x 40 cm. #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Opaperfolder OPF-4021/1
OP-4021/24: Picture of C.M.S. Noble, 1933. Charcoal: 30 x 45 cm. Artist: Rebecca Cushman. #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Opaperfolder OPF-4021/1
Letter from William Cameron to Emma S. Cameron, 24 April 1840 #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Opaperfolder OPF-4021/1
Photograph Album PA-4021/1

1 album (approximately 100 photographs); 25 x 32 cm. #04021, Series: "6. Pictures." PA-4021/1

Photographs of activities at several elementary schools (including Carrboro, NC, Elementary School). Primarily plays, pageants, etc., circa 1920s-1930s.

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Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, July 2010

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